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Gary Kemp Collaborates With Queen’s Roger Taylor To Release New Single

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets guitarist, Gary Kemp has released a new single “Too Much”. You can check it out below.

“Too Much” is the second single from his upcoming album “InSolo”, due for release on July 16 via Columbia.

Also included on that album is “Ahead Of The Game”. Check out that track here.

“Too Much” features contributions from The Feeling’s Richard Jones and the Rolling Stones’s Matt Clifford. Jones is on bass alongside Loup Garoux, with Clifford playing the French horn.

Kemp also paid special mention to someone who he has known since the mid 1980s for their contribution to the track.

“During recording I sent a couple of songs over to my friend Roger Taylor from Queen, wondering if he fancied playing drums on anything”, Kemp explained.

“He chose this and I’m so glad he did. The power in his playing seems to help the lyric and lift the song just at the right moment”.  

Roger Taylor also recently released details of an upcoming UK tour for this Autumn. More on that here.

“A certain reputation”

“InSolo” arrived 25 years after his solo album “Litte Brusies”. Kemp explained why he has released a solo album now.

He also praised former Pink Floyd star Nick Mason for giving him that reputation as a guitarist.

“It’s confidence, playing around the world with Nick Mason gave me a certain reputation as a guitar player and singer that I never gained from Spandau Ballet”, he said.

He added, “That allowed me to go and do my own record and I am of a certain age where I feel the need to understand the issues in the world and my own life, the only way I can do that is in the self-therapy of songwriting”.

Former Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason founded Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets in 2018, with Kemp as guitarist. The band also recently rescheduled their tour dates to April 2022.

Check out the new tour dates here. 

“Too Much”

Gary Kemp’s latest work, “Too Much” deals with the feeling of being overpowered by the global bad news that constantly appears to get us down.

“It is about that feeling of helplessness and exhaustion that it sometimes creates in us”, Kemp said.

“That sense that there’s too much going on to ever be able to change anything can make you retreat into the shell of your family. I was hit by it one day and sat at the piano – my usual solace along with the guitar – and this tune and lyric came out in one sitting”.

“If felt like a comfort to declaim it and not write a song about what we should all be doing”.

The track’s music video was directed by Charlie Lightening. There is a relfective nature to this song that is illustrated in this video, which shows Meaghan Grace the lead dancer of the Royal Ballet at the National Opera in an urban setting.

Melanie Hamrick also choreographed the routine. It was also peformed at Camden’s Alexandra Road Estate.

“I wanted the dancer to be like my alter ego, my wish fulfilment character, feeling free and expressive, while the real me is struggling to deal with the ‘crisis’ surrounding him”, Kemp added.