Brian May shared his new video “Another World – Part 2”, filmed in Tenerife. In the exclusive interview, the Queen the guitarist shares his thoughts on pioneering British rock band, Mott The Hoople, from whom he covers “All The Way From Memphis” on the deluxe edition of his new Another world reissue. You can watch the full video below.
“Mott the Hoople was a big influence on us,” Brian reveals. “They were our mentors in a way. We are just starting out as a rock band. We have so many great ideas. We have songs, we have presentation ideas, etc. But we’ve never been on tour, so we go on tour, very fortunately to support Mott the Hoople, which is a big band at the time. In fact, they should have been bigger if they hadn’t broken. I think they would have been like the Stones or whatever.
“But we supported them, we opened up to them all over the UK and learned our craft and learned how to deal with an audience. I mean, we had big ideas. Even then, we were precocious boys. But I remember seeing Mott the Hoople burst onto the stage and the whole audience would erupt because it was just designed that way.
“I say designed because you’re working on an audience that you want to reach. You don’t just walk around and walk away hoping something will happen. At least we don’t. You know, you have this opportunity to excite, to excite, to inspire an audience. And they did. They would go on and on…and the whole place would explode.
“And Ian Hunter as a pianist, not many people can do that as keyboard players, but he would do it with… Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. And it was All The Way From Memphis, and when the guitars came like that, I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I want to do. Again, a big inspiration for me.
“And so I did ‘All The Way From Memphis’ on that album. Loving it. And I got a little quote from Ian Hunter. He’s a miserable old jerk, but I love him a lot. once gave good advice.
“We are in the middle of the tour. I think we are in Memphis, Tennessee. My jaw drops, my eyes are wide open. I have never seen anything like it. It was chaos. It was like… I don’t know how to describe it, it was like indulgence personified. It’s like, you imagine a rock tour, the concert, the hotel, everything, and I sat down with Ian late at night and he said, ‘Brian, are you enjoying this’ and I I said ‘Yeah, I said it’s… I’ve never experienced anything like it’.
“And he’s like, ‘Do you miss your home life? I said, ‘Well, actually, you’re right.’ So I said, ‘I miss things around me. I miss my stuff, I miss my people and everything.” He said, ‘Brian. If you miss your business and your people, you are in the wrong business.
“So that’s the advice I didn’t take. Fortunately. I persisted, but it’s a tough job, you know, when you get into rock music for real. You have to say goodbye to your family life for quite a long time. So all your stuff that you thought was essential to you, all the things that make you feel safe. All the people who support you. You have to say goodbye.
“And at that time, even more so because you couldn’t communicate. When you’re on the road, you can’t call home. We could not. I couldn’t afford to phone home when we were there for the first time. So do I regret it? No, of course not, because it gave me my life. It’s been an amazing life, and it’s opened doors to so many other things.