Brian May on internal battles and ‘fighting way out of emotional black hole’ when younger

Brian May plays his Red Special guitar in 2014

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It’s been 30 years since Brian May released his debut solo album, Back to the Light. The 73-year-old is gearing up to re-release the hard-to-find re-mastered record this year and has been reflecting on the man he was at the time. Sharing a picture of himself now, standing with himself at the time, the Queen guitarist also posted some fan art on his Instagram.

Brian captioned the post: “Heading into the 30th Anniversary of my first solo album – BACK TO THE LIGHT.

“I’ve been pondering these images – and I’m sorry I don’t have ALL of them to hand.

“Delving into my history, preparing for the imminent re-release of this epic, I have been a kind of father-figure looking back kindly on a young man who was fighting his way out of a kind of emotional black hole.”

The 73-year-old then reflected on how he’s still looking for answers.

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Brian added: “The strange thing is that the father-figure that I am today is still battling internally, searching for answers to the same questions – even though the landscape has changed.

“Thanks, Bri-artists (and I mean ALL of you) for helping me visualise what is going on. Have a great weekend, folks. Bri.”

The Queen legend spoke with earlier this year about Back to the Light’s re-release.

He said: “I’m very excited, I’ve been putting a lot of work in and polishing that up, finding some tracks that weren’t on the original; a nice new package.”

Commenting on the difficulty of finding the album these days, Brian said: “Funny thing is, it’s not out there. People often ask, ‘Where can I get your solo album?’

“You can’t. Those deals have gone. It’s not been on iTunes or anything so now it will be.

“Early summer I think we’re going for. So suddenly that stuff will be out there.”

The 73-year-old even admitted that it was only because of the lockdown that he was able to work on the re-mastering.

Brian continued: “For me, it’s been a nice thing to explore. Again, probably if Covid hadn’t have happened I wouldn’t have had the time.

“But we’ve been able to go back into the archives and find all the original masters; re-polish them if you like.

“And for me, it’s been a discovery of where my brain was at the time. [It’s been] fascinating for me.”

The Queen guitarist added that while working on Back to the Light once again, he found that there are “some things inside me that are eternal.”

Brian shared: “I still feel I want to stand by this album as a statement from me.

“There are some hits on it too, so it’s something I’m quite proud to bring out and dust off and bring to a new generation. I’m well excited I must say!”

At the time, the rock legend teased that he’d been working on a new video for the re-release, for which he’s had “some great ideas”.

He added: “Again, [producer] Simon Lupton’s working with me, bless him; patiently listening to all my crazy demands.”

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