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adam lambert & brian may & roger tayler -- queen 乌克兰RMF FM联合采访  

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Brian May on RMF Extra

Marta Grzywacz, RMF FM: You’re coming to Poland with a new vocalist, with whom you’re doing 6 shows. Why did you pick Adam Lambert?

Brian May: It’s nice to play with talented musicians and it’s exactly one of those that we have met. Adam is a great guy and undoubtedly very talented. He has an incredible voice. Freddie would have have loved him – both professionally and personally. Moreover, Adam is charming, very relaxed, he’s easy to work with and has an extraordinary instrument – his voice. Music is his passion, he lives and breathes it, just like Freddie did once. Furthermore, he’s a showman, just like Freddie was and has a natural talent when it comes to connecting to the audience, which is an extremely important part of people a rock singer. Because for me, music is not just music. It’s a conversation with an audience and it is of great importance. Oddly enough, the organisation, which on our behalf auditions vocalists for We Will Rock You in Las Vegas, didn’t notice Adam. Adam tried out for the part of Galileo and they turned him down. He didn’t make it through and we didn’t have the chance to get to know him. That is shocking to me – a guy like him enters a room and no one notices him?!

Did someone get punished for that?

Heads should have rolled because of that but that organisation does not exist anymore, because we backed out of Las Vegas.

You’ve played together for 40 years, in that over 20 years without Freddie Mercury. How do you think about that time when he passed away?

The time after Freddie’s death was very difficult for us. We all reacted with denial. Denial in the sense that we didn’t want to talk about it, we didn’t want to reflect on it. I went on tour, I sang and played with the Brian May Band then and I didn’t want to talk about Queen with anyone. I said: it’s over, let us talk about what I am doing now. When I think about that now, I think that it was my way of experiencing grief. Today, after years, I gladly reminisce about the old days because I’ve found the proper place for them in my memories.

Did you really once think that Queen was over?

Yes and most probably that part of Queen has ended. You can’t get that back, that time has passed and gone away. It was very valuable for us, I am proud that I was a part of it because we are left with a long list of songs which people still want to listen to and probably would rather want to listen to us play them than someone else. But I like my current life a lot. I like that I don’t have to be on tour constantly, lock myself in recording studios for months on end, that I can do other things that are important to me. Nevertheless, there are times when Queen calls out to me and you can’t do anything but respond to that call. Everything else must be put on hold then. You press a button and feel as if the Phoenix rises again and that we, yet again, are sacrificing life for the sake of the group. And we take it very seriously. Like for instance these rehearsals. We’ve been working in a studio for a month, even though we’re only doing a few numbers with Adam but we want everything to be as it should be. And that is what’s fun. The mother sheep calls and the children must make yet another trip to the stars.

I’ve heard that there’s a movie in the making about Freddie?

Yes, we’re making a film about Freddie’s life. Sasha Baron Cohen will play him, we’ve already signed the contract. Sasha has been waiting for it for a long time, he’s very involved and helps us move the production through its different stages. Our partner is Robert de Niro and his Tribeca Film Festival. The proceedings are already well advanced. We have the script and all the needed paperwork. We start shooting this autumn.

You’re coming to Poland to play a show in a few weeks. Which of the concerts that you’ve played in life has been the most tough one for you?

From a technical aspect probably the show on the roof of Buckingham Palace in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (in 2002 - marked the Queen's 50th year on the British throne – editor’s note). No one had done anything like it before and everyone told us: you won’t be able to do it, you can’t play it live, it’s too difficult, what will you do if something goes wrong in front of an audience of billions? To which I replied: I’d rather that something went wrong in front of an audience of billions than if I made a mistake in front of an audience of billions. Therefore, we had loads of rehearsals but still, technically we only had everything in order 10 minutes before the show started. But what the audience saw was performed live from beginning to end. And it was very dangerous. Me and the orchestra were standing in a great distance from each other, connected only with wires (Roger Taylor and the orchestra were on the ground – editor’s note). People asked me afterwards: weren’t you scared that you’d fall off the roof? But I wasn’t scared of that. I was scared that I’d look stupid if I played something wrong. Thankfully, everything turned out well.

And you met the Queen in person?

Yes, a few times even. I got the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from her. But we don’t hang out. And we’re not very close to each other.

What do you care about the most before a show?

About the 3 square millimetres on my fingertips. They are very important and if I damage them, I am in big trouble. Therefore, I need to be very careful during rehearsals because if I overdo it and the skin on my fingertips start peeling off I won’t be able to play properly. You can’t put passion into the playing if your fingers are bleeding. You must play just enough to make your fingertips hard and not more.

What song is the most difficult to play in shows?

We don’t play the toughest ones. We make life easier for ourselves. One of those tracks is for example Bohemian Rhapsody. If we wanted to play it like the studio recording, we wouldn’t be able to. There are too many voices in there and our own, of course. We recorded it on several paths. There are several guitars. That track is like a painting, put together by many colours. On stage we make it into a show with video and light because playing it live would be stupid.

What do you think about during a show?

About all different kinds of things. After all, even when I’m playing, life goes on and even though I’m immersed in music, I’m aware of many things: I see the banner at the back of the venue, on which someone’s written some kind of weird message and I start thinking about what the heck that is about, what do they mean? Your foot might start aching, something that happens more often with age. Sometimes I search for the sound, sometimes it’s difficult to hear myself or the other musicians, so there are times when I struggle with the vocals and think about how to get more information on my monitor. Because if I can’t hear myself, I’m not able to play. Then I feel like a 5-year old. I don’t play the guitar from my memory, I need to have feedback and if I lose that I’m like a blind man.

And do you care about your looks?

When I play – not that much. In other situations, a bit more. Especially when I see my photo in magazines and think: Oh my God, do I really look like that now?!

But you almost don’t change.

Of course I change, but I don’t have trouble accepting what time has done to me. I’m not glamour, I’m not a movie star and I feel completely comfortable in my own skin. A lot better nowadays than when I was young because I’ve gotten used to my looks and I’m a lot more conscious of my role in universe.

Time has been kind to your hair...

Yes, I still have a bit of it on my head. I think that the cold showers make my hair grown this well. I really like cold showers, they work wonders on the nerves, skin, self-esteem and you connect with reality. But it has to be really cold. I am sure that you have good, cold water in Poland. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

... and through-out the years you’ve never changed your hairdo.

No, I would feel weird. When you’re young, you don’t have that feeling of safety. I too didn’t have it when it came to my looks. I was always too long and too skinny. I had curly hair, which I was ashamed of because all my idols had awesome hairdos. Eric Clapton for example – I really wanted hair like his. Until the day that Jimi Hendrix showed up on the music scene and I thought: now I can feel great about my hair too. That was a moment of liberation. I have to thank Jimi Hendrix for that.

You say that you now have time to do other things which you’re passionate about. You went back to astronomy...

That’s true, I went off into other regions, but that area has some odd force of attraction. It’s my other passion. Wherever I can see stars, I only have to put in a little effort and I have a bit of happiness. I love astronomy and what it gives me – a feeling of belonging to the universe, a perspective to life. Astronomy changes very quickly, especially in these days when new things are discovered every minute. This applies not only to experts but also to amateurs, who have great equipment, some of them have better computers than those that sent people to the moon. So astronomy sucked me again. I came to the conclusion that it would be worth finishing what I once started. Today, I have a Ph.D. A Ph.D in astrophysics. And I don’t have patience for people who only title me “mister”. If you put that much work into getting a Ph.D. to put in front of your name, you can’t let others forget about it.

Did you return to astronomy because you heard a calling from the above?

More or less. It’s really a quite funny story. I was spending a fair amount of time with Patrick Moore, who is considered to be the father of British astronomy and who has lead the television show “Sky at Night” for 50 years, a show which has no precedent anywhere in the world. He became a good friend of mine, and together we observed the ellipses and the transit of Venus, and it was he who always said: Brian, you should finish your Ph.D. You have 4 years of work behind you. And I always replied that I didn’t have it in me. Until someone once asked me in an interview if I’ll ever write that doctorate. I replied that I’d like to. Coincidentally, that interview was read by Michael Robinson, head of the astrophysics department at Imperial College, that will say my alma mater and he sent me an email: Dear Brian, I heard that you’d like to finish your doctorate, if you said that in all seriousness, come to Imperial College, I’ll be your promoter. I could not refuse.

What was your Ph.D. thesis about?

It was about the dust in the solar system. And later me and Patrick wrote a book: “Bang! A complete history of the Universe”, which sold a large number of copies. It’s a type of guide to the universe that presents events in chronological order. Before us, no one had done that.

Not even Stephen Hawking?

Hawking presents the theory of the universe from a slightly different angle. We are aware of what he writes about, but we also know that no one understands his books. Including myself. That is why we wanted to write something that would be understandable by everyone. And now we’re writing another book, it was just sent to the published, “Cosmic Tourist”. It’s a trip around the universe during which we visit all sight points that matter in the fabulous scenery of the sky. So if you want to travel around the universe, we suggest the places where you should make a stop.

In that case, you probably know if 2012 will be the end of the world?

As an astronomer I ask: where is your evidence that there will be an end? In my opinion, there won’t be an end of the world.

 

 

 

 



Roger Taylor on RMF Extra

Marta Grzywacz, RMF FM: While on my way here, I realised that you’ve been performing on stage for 40-something years, 20 years with Freddie and 20 years without him. How would you describe those periods of time?

Roger Taylor: That’s an interesting and very difficult question. The first 20 years were like a roller coaster. Incredible. It was all work, work, work. We travelled the world, building our band brand. And suddenly when we lost Freddie, we experienced a huge disaster. However, life has been good to us, our music is still popular, which is incredible and it still amazes me. This is, of course, a cause of great happiness for both me and Brian. But many things have changed. We have changed but Queen lives on. It’s amazing but we constantly feel Freddie’s presence, in spirit and within the music. And we constantly miss him. But I was surprised myself when I realised that we’ve managed to survive as many years with him as without him. Back when he got sick, we were completely helpless. We couldn’t halt the development of his illness. Today, with the development of medicine it would probably have been different. But then, it was a hard time for us.

After all these years together, are you still friends with Brian?

Of course, which you can easily see. Obviously, we argue, we always argue but we’re like brothers to each other. And the fact that we argue with each other? Well, that’s the way it’s always been and still is. And when we argue we’re both convinced we are right.

And so for 40 years...

Yes, longer than most marriages.

While on that subject – are you happy in your private life?

Yes, I consider myself lucky. I have a wonderful life and I’d like it to continue that way. I’ve managed to stay healthy, which isn’t that easy when you live a rock and roll life.

How did you do it?

I don’t know.


Maybe you didn’t drink too much wine.

Maybe I was tough. But life has been very kind to me.

And you have a happy family life?

Yes, I have five children that I love very much. One of them is a doctor, one is a drummer and the others are still in school.

You wanted to be a doctor yourself once...

I was going to be a dentist but I preferred playing in a rock band. The medical studies were just a way of getting to London, in reality I never wanted to be a dentist.

However, in the end you still finished biology.

Yes, at a university in London. During that time we were already working on our first album and I was only interested in music. But I didn’t want to waste the years I had spent at university.

But that biology didn’t really prove useful to you in life...

Not at work. But the knowledge of the human body, plants and animals is very useful.

Apart from your son, who is a drummer, none of your other children have followed your footsteps?

No, however, my son Rufus plays with us, on the drums and percussion. Brian is his fan because Rufus really is a great drummer.

And now you also have a great vocalist.

That is true. Adam is one of the best vocalists I have ever seen. He will be good in our repertoire. He’s very theatrical, has an incredible vocal range, great charisma and presentation. He has the chance of becoming a great star.

Do you think you’ll just play a few shows together and that will be it, or will you stick together for longer?

I really don’t know. This is a very joyous experiment for us, which in my opinion will prove to work out excellently. We will know more when we’re done with this tour but Queen is us, Brian and I. Having someone else join us permanently would be a mistake.

 

 

 


 
 
Adam and Queen on RMF Extra

Today, 17 June (15:01)
Considered one of the most important bands in the history of music, composers of many unforgettable hits – the band Queen. After a years-long break, they return to the stage with a new vocalist. Marta Grzywacz talked to the members of the group and their new frontman Adam Lambert ahead of their July show.

Adam Lambert

Marta Grzywacz, RMF FM: How do you feel next to a legend of music such as Queen?

Adam Lambert: The atmosphere which Brian and Roger create is extremely warm, both of them are very natural, normal yet very taken by the fact that they are singing songs which they’ve created and which the public still wants to hear. No one has a big ego there. You can just be yourself with Brian and Roger and that is great.

You are much younger than them, weren’t you a bit scared of them?

No, I wasn’t scared of them. If there was any fear between us then our music, which we are creating together, wouldn’t sound good. Freddie was courageous, strong and that inspires me. Of course, I am honoured that I can be with them and am aware of the big heritage that I am dealing with. But you know how I think about that? – we have lots of great music to play and we are going to have a blast playing it.

How did your first meeting with Brian and Roger look?

Our first meeting took place during the final of the American edition of ”Idol” in 2009. But there was so much going on then that I didn’t even have time to think: Oh God, I’m on stage with Queen! That didn’t hit me, even though I knew that it was a huge moment. However, I do remember how Brian came up to me and said: You know what? I woke up this morning, looked at the rising sun and thought: how wonderful it is to be alive! And I thought: What an amazing guy! He has such an unusual, positive energy! We had an awesome gig together then and we knew immediately that it would be fun to work together in the future.

Is that collaboration or your solo career the most important thing for you right now?

To be on stage with Queen is a great honour for me, which gives my career a shine but I started making records because I had my own ideas for music. Playing with Queen is an honour and I hope we’re not doing it for the last time, but I am putting my second album “Trespassing” first.

Which was just released in Poland. What kind of album is it?

It is pop, but with a rock and roll energy. There’s also funk and dance and ballads, songs with a slower tempo, more moody, more profound. This album shows both sides of my personality. My joy of life, rebelliousness and distance which I have to myself. Maybe thanks to this people will understand who I am and what moves me. After all, these feelings apply to all of us. We all have good and bad days, when we’re having fun, when we’re together and when we’re having a tough time. I’m very glad that you can find a full spectrum of emotions on this album.

Are you really a rebel?

Sometimes, yes. Sometimes I am very rebellious. But I say about myself: a rebel with a smile. I’m not an asshole, I respect people, have a friendly attitude toward them, I’m nice but I don’t let people run me over. And I really like breaking rules.

Do you think you have anything in common with Freddie?

A fondness of theatricality, he too had no concerns about getting to the top, he loved melodic songs and loved singing. There are differences as well, but when I watch Freddie’s performances I feel a kinship between us in how we tackle music, in the way he approached his own performances on stage. It’s difficult to talk about this, I can’t be objective about this matter but I do, without a doubt, model myself on Freddie as an artist.

I know you openly talk about being homosexual. Do you have a boyfriend?

Yes, me and my boyfriend have been together for a year and a half. He’s from Finland.

Does he live with you in Los Angeles?

Yes, we’re been living together in LA for a year, and now he has come with me to London. We’re both very happy about this relationship and we’re happy together.

Is he a musician as well?

No, he’s “reality star”. In 2007, he won Finnish Big Brother and we met three years later when I was there on my tour. It was love at first sight.

You talk about your sexual orientation bravely, others don’t do that.

I’ve turned 30 and I don’t have time to be scared of what others think. It’s not my problem. I worry about my own happiness. I want to be honest, I want to be myself. When I stopped performing in theatre, where I could be anyone and everyone, and started performing on the music scene as myself, I was very excited.

And your parents accept that?

Yes, they are great. In this aspect, I had a comfortable upbringing. My parents accepted me and being gay in the art world isn’t that tough, though I understand that it can be hard for some.

Your parents don’t worry that you won’t have children?

I can have children. I can adopt and there are surrogate mothers. Furthermore, I can make a baby. I can do it all.

You say: comfortable upbringing. Does that mean you had a happy childhood in San Diego?

My childhood was amazing. I have a brother who is two years younger and my parents are awesome. When I was born, they were young and relaxed.

Were they musicians?

Fans of music. My dad was a DJ at college and had a huge collection of vinyl records and mom knew the lyrics to all the songs that were playing back then. My brother plays the piano because we had a piano at home. At the age of 10, I started getting involved in musical theatre. My parents did encourage me to try different kinds of activities, including sports, but I didn’t like it that much. The moment that I became interested in music, I found that this was the thing I could finally be good at. So from an early age I was into music.

Did you study?

Well, I started my studies but I went to university for only 5 weeks and then I quit.

What did you quit from?

Theatre studies. I came to the conclusion that someone like me would learn more from real life experience than in a classroom. I rather wanted to perform and learn this profession on my own.

You must have had thick skin…

Yes, but I could only learn this through real life experience. I had to dive straight into show business, get to experience rejection, hear “no” and understand how tough it is in this profession. This made me a stronger artist and person.

And are you ok with criticism?

At this stage in life? Are you kidding? Of course! I am used to it. I hear awful things about myself all the time. I accept it as just another thing in life.
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