Brian May Ponders Queen’s Uncertain Future
In a recent BBC interview, Queen's Brian May was his usual personable talkative self when asked about Queen's past, present and possible future. However, responding to a question about what's next for the band, May said frankly “I don't know, I'm asking myself that question a lot."
He goes on to explain, "We don't have a complete band as you know. We don't have Freddie and effectively we don't have John anymore, it's just Roger (Taylor) and me and the question always comes up what are we doing? Are we Queen? In a sense we are but in a sense we never can be.”
This has been a busy year for May and Taylor, with the band preparing 40th Anniversary deluxe CD reissues of all of their albums (the final five come out in 2012), not to mention being crowned 'Global Icons' at the MTV Europe awards show.
As for any more archival release May was cautious saying “there's a lot of tapes kicking around, but we're not actually working on dredging up loads and loads of stuff, we just find stuff now and again.” Among that 'stuff' are some tapes of Freddie with Michael Jackson, as discussed here in our interview with Taylor.
Summing up, May said "It really is great to be appreciated and still regarded as part of what is often regarded as a young persons' medium. I'm a young person inside, but unfortunately the rest of it has crumbled,” he added with a laugh. “We keep getting asked to do things, which is great, but it's that being Queen thing. I think we'll have to make a film called 'Being Queen-What Does It Mean?'”