CR AWARDS: Queen
Queen won the Best Reissue Of The Year Award – come inside for exclusive chinwags with none other than guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
Best Re-issues Of The Year (sponsored by Alchemy)
Did revisiting the original Queen albums bring back some ghosts?
Brian May: Very much so, but the re-mastering process was interesting because a lot of the time you were dealing with analogue recordings and the difference [with digital] was quite stunning. The aim was to recapture that wonderful sound you used to get back then.
This was a reader-voted category, which considering you were up against classic releases from Thin Lizzy, The Who, David Bowie, Deep Purple and King Crimson makes it all the more valuable.
Roger Taylor: That it came from the readers is the most important thing. We’d like to thank everyone that voted. We’re extremely grateful.
Do you have any theories about why those old Queen albums are still so popular?
Taylor: That’s such a difficult question to answer, there were so many great bands that didn’t last the way we have. We definitely put out hearts into what we did back then. It was beautifully crafted; Freddie and Brian were always utter perfectionists.
May: We were also very competitive at the beginning, and that contributed to our high standards. Being so critical of each other definitely helped to raise the bar. We could all be self-indulgent, but between the four of us we managed to stop that.
Are the newspaper rumours true, is Lady Gaga going to join Queen?
Taylor: No. Even though she nicked the name [from Radio GaGa].
May: It’ll never happen.
And also in the realms of the surreal, with Anita Dobson doing so well on Strictly Come Dancing, is there any chance that Brian May might appear on the show in the future?
May (looking like he has encountered a particularly bad smell): It’s not me. There’s no way. [Taylor is laughing uncontrollably].
But if they asked, what would you say?
May: There’s a very simple answer to that, and it also has two letters. You get so much of it [at home] when you’re on the periphery that it’s not something I enjoy talking about.
(Interview: Dave Ling)
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