Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May, along with Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor, spoke up about their touring experiences in a recent interview with iHeartRadio. With Lambert standing in for the late Freddie Mercury, fans have avidly followed the band’s journey, and the shows have been nothing short of fantastic. However, as they continued traveling, Brian May acknowledged that it was becoming more difficult for him to play.
Since 2011, Queen and Adam Lambert have been on the road together, performing in front of packed houses in several nations. Recent tours by the band, such as the “Rhapsody Tour” and “The Crown Jewels,” have demonstrated their continuing appeal and continued significance in the music business. The members of Queen have continuously given audiences stirring shows despite their demanding schedules. These shows did not, however, come without challenges.
Brian May discussed the difficulties the band had in satisfying the needs of their large international fan base throughout the interview. He expressed gratitude for the affection and support they had received from fans, particularly in America, where Queen first became well-known in the music industry.
When asked how the band made the decision to embark on a tour, May explained:
“It’s a complex thing. I mean, it has to do with the demand, and it’s like – people want us. You know, you respond to that, and we’re very aware that America is still very encouraging to us. I could put it that way. So, you wanna go where people want you. Yeah, [people want Queen all over the world], but America is kind of where we grew up. You know that. It just felt right.”
As May talked further about traveling, he acknowledged that as they grow older, it becomes more difficult for him and his bandmates to do. He emphasized the difficulty of living on the road and the challenges of spending long periods of time away from home. The guitarist, however, also stressed the joy and camaraderie that the band has while playing with Adam Lambert while pointing out that the young singer’s age makes things different for him.
He expressed, “I’ll be honest. It gets harder because when you get to our age – well, I’d say my age – I’m gonna discount Adam from this, but you don’t necessarily want to be away for two months from your home, you know, because you can’t get back. There’s no way; you’re stuck in hotel rooms.
So, you have to really wanna do it, and it has to be fun. Luckily, where these guys [are], it is fun. It’s creative, and it’s demanding in the right kind of way [and] challenging, and we have a laugh. We have fun, and the audiences give us incredible responses. We just love it. So, we’re doing it.”
While Brian May acknowledged that as the band has aged, the responsibilities of traveling have grown more difficult for them, it is evident that the love and support of their fans, together with the enjoyable and creative chemistry they share, have kept Queen moving ahead. Queen will continue to excite audiences all around the world for many years to come because of their unwavering enthusiasm for their music and dedication to its fans.