In a recent interview, Brian May spoke about Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie in the 1980’s.
The Queen guitarist opened up about the atmosphere in the studio while laying down the track ‘Under Pressure’. He then casually dropped into the conversation that there are unheard recordings featuring David Bowie and Queen!
Bowie famously teamed up with Queen for 1981’s ‘Under Pressure’, but now Queen member May has teased further collaborations between the two legends.
May says there was tension during the ‘Under Pressure’ sessions and that Bowie and Queen front man Freddie Mercury “locked horns”. He went on to say that further material was recorded.
“It wasn’t easy because we were all precocious boys and David was very… forceful, yes,” May recalls. “Freddie and David locked horns, without a doubt. But those are the things that happen in a studio, that’s when the sparks fly and that’s why it turned out so great.”
“[They locked horns] in subtle ways,” May adds, “like who would arrive last at the studio. So it was sort of wonderful and terrible. But in my mind, I remember the wonderful now, more than the terrible.”
May went on: “And not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light, so there’s a thought.”
What we would give to hear those recordings!
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