Entertainment Highlander Queen songs ‘opened a floodgate' for Brian May ‘dealing with various tragedies'
Roger Taylor on ‘damn good' new Queen song recorded with Brian May in Nashville
ROGER TAYLOR has confirmed he and Brian May have been working on a "damn good" new Queen song.However, Queen and Adam Lambert have in fact been working on new music together.
This week's episode of Queen the Greatest looks back at the band's second time working on a Hollywood movie. Having penned the Flash Gordon soundtrack, the band were roped into contributing to 1986's Highlander by director Russell Mulcahy after showing Queen 20 minutes of rough footage. In the end, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon agreed to write six songs and additional music, when the filmmaker was only hoping for one initially.
Roger Taylor remembered: "I don't know what prompted Russell to get in touch with us, but he said, 'Come down to a screening theatre and have a look at this and see what you like.'
Brian May releases new version of Who Wants To Live Forever for charity initiative - WATCH
BRIAN MAY has released a new version of Queen's Who Want To Live Forever to raise awareness for the Young Hearts Africa Foundation. The 74-year-old began the single's music video with a special message. May said: "Hello, I'm Brian May. Every year in Africa thousands of children die from congenital heart disease."The saddest thing is these tragic deaths could be avoided if their parents could only pay for the lifesaving operations that they need. The Young Hearts Africa Foundation is giving hope to these children.
"And we went and we saw the opening scenes and then I think the love scene, in the Highlands, and we thought it was magnificent, visually.
"It was nowhere near finished by then, we just thought, 'That's really great, we could do some good stuff on that'. And that inspired Brian to write Who Wants To Live Forever, and then I wrote A Kind Of Magic off that, nicking the line from the film. And that was quite a nice experience."
Forthough, the plot involving the danger of falling in love really hit home with him personally.
Brian shared: "It depends how well you know the Highlander film, but it's a film about a man who becomes conscious that he's immortal, and he's reluctant to accept the fact.
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"He's told that if he falls in love he's in for big trouble, but of course he falls in love anyway and the girl that he falls in love with eventually grows old and dies in his arms.
"That kind of opened up a floodgate in me, I was dealing with various tragedies in my own life, the death of my father, the death of the marriage etc, etc, so I could immediately hear this Who Wants To Live Forever song in my head."
The Queen guitarist remembers running the song by his manager during a drive.
Brian said: "It was almost complete in the car going home, I remember singing it to my manager as he drove me home and he was pretty surprised.
"He said, 'Where did that come from?' and I said 'I don't even know where it came from, but I can just hear it in my head.'"
Unlike the Flash Gordon movie, Queen didn't release a soundtrack album but added their Highlander songs to their 1986 album A Kind Of Magic.
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The record was an immediate No 1 album in the UK, and saw Who Wants To Live Forever and A Kind Of Magic become hit singles.
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Highlander director Russell Mulcahy teamed up with Queen again to make their promo videos for Princes of the Universe and A Kind Of Magic.
Roger said: "I remember discussing it with the director, Russell Mulcahy, saying how we want strange little things to happen.
"Like I remember I sort of wanted gargoyles winking and things like that, and having this magic stuff flying all over the place. And I think it worked nicely, it's unpretentious, and it's rather nice."
Next week's episode of Queen the Greatest will look at the band's 1986's The Magic Tour.
Brian Cox reveals how an 'end game' is in sight for Succession – the show which has cost him his ‘anonymity’ .
Succession star Brian Cox has revealed his star turn as media mogul Logan Roy has cost him his anonymity - as he revealed the hit show is unlikely to run for more than five seasons. © Brian Cox stars as Logan Roy in Succession. The actor said the show had become an "extraordinary phenomenon” but had transformed his public profile to the extent that he was now seen as Logan Roy's "nice twin.”Cox, who said he did not want to overstay his welcome in the role, said he was unable to go anywhere without Succession fans asking him to swear for them.