Monday, February 27, 2012

Brian May puzzled by new music

Brian May "doesn't understand" most modern music.

The Queen star is widely thought of as one of the most talented guitarists in the world. The type of rock music he is famed for isn't as popular as it once was, with dance and R&B tunes charting higher these days.

May can't fathom why tastes have changed so much.

"I was driving around in the car and I had [UK music station] Radio 1 on and basically I don't understand a lot... I think I'm too old to understand it," he laughed.

Queen are set to play a series of shows later this year. American Idol star Adam Lambert will front the performances.

Lambert took part in the eighth season of the TV singing contest, coming in second place behind Kris Allen. The show aired in 2009 and as soon as Brian saw Lambert he knew he wanted to work with him.

"It's very exciting, we are touring with a young man called Adam Lambert so it will be very different and new," he told BBC Radio 1.

"Adam has made a sensation really and has an incredible voice. I was instantly drawn to him, I tuned in and watched. We went over for the final, they were both great but Adam has this incredible range. Freddie would be pretty amazed."

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  1. I understand what Brian is saying. Most of what is played on radio today doesn't come close to what Queen created. Brian and Roger are accomplished musicians that have seen and heard the best. I consider them the best. Adam Lambert's performance with Queen was stunning, exciting, thrilling and worthy of Freddie's legacy and Brian and Roger's expertise. They perfectly compliment each other with passion and instinctive love of sound. They are equally powerful and at the top of their game. I can't wait to be mesmerised again! funbunn40

  2. I too understand Brian's bewilderment with the new music being played on radio. What he may not realize is that radio along with labels have been conditioning young people's minds to believe that the pop music and hip hop they hear is good but as anyone with any taste in music knows hip hop/rap isn't music and most of pop tunes played are gawd awful cheezy songs. So kids think they should listen to it and not expect good music to be played. Hopefully, Adam's new music due out soon will change their minds and they will demand better songs on the radio and labels to produce good music again like they did decades ago.