Brian May channels Back to the Future as duets with younger self in new music video WATCH
It was almost 30 years ago when Brian May released his debut solo album Back to the Light. While just last month the Queen guitarist unleashed a remastered version of the record which had previously be unavailable for years. And now, after a few teases this week, the 74-year-old has announced a physical release for the title track and a stunning new music video.
Back to the Light: The Time Traveller sees Brian channel Back to the Future, as he finds himself back in 1992 thanks to some masterful visual effects wizardry.
Wearing a fedora in a smoky atmosphere that wouldn’t look out of place in noir classic The Third Man, the Queen legend becomes an audience member at his own solo concert.
But it isn’t long before older Brian is rocking on stage with his younger self, in a duet that a Johnny B Goode strumming Marty McFly would be proud of.
On Back to the Light, the 74-year-old said: “I feel kind of affectionate looking back. Looking back at me 30 years ago, a young man with no idea of the incredible journey that was still to come”
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On Back to the Light’s origins, Brian shared: “The song came at a difficult time in my life. It wasn’t a sunshine time.
“I had to find a place where I could see a signpost to the journey I had to make. So the song is about that.”
The Queen legend said how the track starts off very sombre, talking about night creatures, but not foxes and badgers of course.
He said: “They’re the sort of creatures of your imagination that are biting you and making you feel fearful.”
Brian added: “So I’m sitting all on my own listening to these cries, and the verses are in that kind of atmosphere.
“But the choruses are all UP!!!. It’s all, ‘I’m going to find it – get back to the light – this is what I’m looking for – this is what I’m going to find.’”
The 74-year-old also spoke warmly of the track and album’s drummer, the late Cozy Powell, to who the Back to the Light re-release is dedicated to.
He said: “I had the great fortune of having some wonderful people with me when I was going through this, notably Cozy Powell who was the most fantastic support to me emotionally as well as musically.”
The upcoming physical CD and 7” white vinyl and digital single of Back to the Light also comes backed with May’s Freddie Mercury tribute Nothin’ But Blue.
While the digital version also has a karaoke version of Back to the Light for fans to enjoy.
The Back To The Light single is available to buy, download and stream from October 22.
While Brian May’s Back to the Light remastered reissue album is available now on CD, Vinyl, Cassette, digital download and streaming formats and can be ordered here.
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