Highlander Queen songs ‘opened a floodgate’ for Brian May ‘dealing with various tragedies’ | Music | Entertainment

This week’s episode of Queen the Greatest seems again on the band’s second time engaged on a Hollywood film. Having penned the Flash Gordon soundtrack, the band have been roped into contributing to 1986’s Highlander by director Russell Mulcahy after displaying Queen 20 minutes of tough footage. In the tip, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon agreed to write down six songs and extra music, when the filmmaker was solely hoping for one initially.

Roger Taylor remembered: “I don’t know what prompted Russell to get in touch with us, but he said, ‘Come down to a screening theatre and have a look at this and see what you like.’ 

“And we went and we saw the opening scenes and then I think the love scene, in the Highlands, and we thought it was magnificent, visually.

“It was nowhere near finished by then, we just thought, ‘That’s really great, we could do some good stuff on that’.  And that inspired Brian to write Who Wants To Live Forever, and then I wrote A Kind Of Magic off that, nicking the line from the film.  And that was quite a nice experience.”

For Brian May although, the plot involving the hazard of falling in love actually hit house with him personally.

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Brian shared: “It depends how well you know the Highlander film, but it’s a film about a man who becomes conscious that he’s immortal, and he’s reluctant to accept the fact.

“He’s told that if he falls in love he’s in for big trouble, but of course he falls in love anyway and the girl that he falls in love with eventually grows old and dies in his arms.

“That kind of opened up a floodgate in me, I was dealing with various tragedies in my own life, the death of my father, the death of the marriage etc, etc, so I could immediately hear this Who Wants To Live Forever song in my head.”

The Queen guitarist remembers operating the track by his supervisor throughout a drive.

Highlander director Russell Mulcahy teamed up with Queen once more to make their promo movies for Princes of the Universe and A Kind Of Magic.

Roger stated: “I remember discussing it with the director, Russell Mulcahy, saying how we want strange little things to happen.

“Like I remember I sort of wanted gargoyles winking and things like that, and having this magic stuff flying all over the place.  And I think it worked nicely, it’s unpretentious, and it’s rather nice.”

Next week’s episode of Queen the Greatest will have a look at the band’s 1986’s The Magic Tour.

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