Tag: Brian May

Sunday 8/22/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Brian May – Back To The Light (1992)

Back to the Light is the debut solo studio album by Queen guitarist Brian May released on September 28, 1992 in the UK and on February 2, 1993 in the United States and Canada. The album contains the Top 10 singles “Too Much Love Will Kill You” and “Driven by You”. Back to the Light peaked at number six on the UK Albums Chart and at number 159 on the US Billboard 200.

  1. “The Dark” 2:20
  2. “Back to the Light” 4:59
  3. “Love Token” 5:55
  4. “Resurrection” (with Cozy Powell) 5:27
  5. “Too Much Love Will Kill You” 4:28
  6. “Driven by You” 4:11
  7. “Nothin’ But Blue” 3:31
  8. “I’m Scared” 4:00
  9. “Last Horizon” 4:10
  10. “Let Your Heart Rule Your Head” 3:51
  11. “Just One Life” 3:38
  12. “Rollin’ Over” 4:36

Cozy Powell – drums (2-4, 7-8)
Geoff Dugmore – drums (10, 12)
Gary Tibbs – bass (2, 10, 12)
Neil Murray – bass (3, 8)
John Deacon – bass (7)
Mike Moran – piano (3, 12), keyboards (9)
Don Airey – keyboards (extra) (4, 7)
Gill O’Donovan – backing vocals (2, 10)
Maggie Ryder – backing vocals (2, 12)
Miriam Stockley – backing vocals (2, 12)
Suzie O’ List – backing vocals (2, 10)
Chris Thompson – backing vocals (12)

Tuesday 7pm / 11pm: Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes

Brian MayThis week on Rock Talk – Join Dominic Forbes with a chat with Brian May.

Brian Harold May, CBE (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include “We Will Rock You”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “I Want It All”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “The Prophet’s Song”, “Flash”, “Hammer to Fall”, “Save Me”, “Who Wants to Live Forever” and “The Show Must Go On”.

May was a co-founder of Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, having previously performed with Taylor in the band Smile, which he had joined while he was at university. Within five years of their formation in 1970 and the recruitment of bass player John Deacon completing the lineup, Queen had become established as one of the biggest rock bands in Britain with the album A Night at the Opera and its single “Bohemian Rhapsody”. From the mid-1970s until the early 1990s, Queen were an almost constant presence in the UK charts and played some of the biggest venues in the world, most notably giving an acclaimed performance at Live Aid in 1985. As a member of Queen, May became regarded as a virtuoso musician and he was identified with a distinctive sound created through his layered guitar work. Following the death of Mercury in 1991, Queen were put on hiatus for several years but were eventually reconvened by May and Taylor for further performances featuring other vocalists. In 2005, a Planet Rock poll saw May voted the 7th greatest guitarist of all time. He was ranked at No. 26 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. In 2012, May was ranked the 2nd greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine readers poll.