Brian May recently spoke about the prospect of ending Queen. He noted how “there will come a time” when touring for him and the drummer “ain’t gonna work” anymore.
The rock band has achieved a lot and nothing is preventing Messrs May and Taylor from calling it a day right now. There is a desire to keep the unique magic of Queen’s live shows rolling just a bit more, especially given how well their relationship with singer Adam Lambert seems to be going.
The two rockers aren’t exactly getting younger, and the beloved Queen guitarist candidly told Planet Rock in a recent interview how the end may indeed be approaching.
Queen + Adam Lambert is scheduled to begin a US tour in October titled “We Will Rock You One More Time”, while a short Japanese tour in early 2024 was described as May and Talyor as maybe “the last time… who knows?” Asked whether the upcoming shows will indeed be Queen’s last, Brian May said via Ultimate Guitar:
“Y’know it always feels a bit that way. It’s like, how long can we do this?
“I don’t know how long my legs will deal with what I have to do out there, and the hands too. You get problems as you get older, which you don’t really want to talk about, but it makes doing what you do that bit harder every time.
“I don’t want people to be thinking about that when they see me doing my stuff because I will be over it – adrenaline will take over and I’ll be able to handle it. But there will come a day when we can’t, it ain’t gonna work. For the time being, if we can do it we do it.”
After playing with Queen for nearly 10 years, Adam Lambert noted earlier this summer how the whole project felt “right”:
“Being with Brian and Roger on stage, these are rock legends. They light up when the lights come up; they get to perform these songs they embedded in pop culture and get to bask in the legacy that they’ve created, and I love being of service to that. I love being able to make that possible that’s a real treat.”
At the time, he added:
“Audiences are elated when they leave; they love the show, and that’s what keeps me going is the joy that it brings people. You look out there, and you’re like, ‘We’re doing something right; people are having a great time.'”