29th May 1982: Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991), lead singer of 70s hard rock quartet Queen, in concert at Leeds Football Club; SYDNEY - JANUARY 01: SINGER DAVID BOWIE PERFORMS DURING HIS GLASS SPIDER TOUR IN 1987, AT SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE.

There may be more where Queen and David Bowie‘s “Under Pressure” came from.

Speaking on Britain’s Radio X, Queen guitarist Brian May said that, “Not all of what we did in those sessions has ever come to light. So there’s a thought…” about releasing some of that material.

May described the 1981 sessions as volatile, with Bowie a “forceful” presence who “locked horns without a doubt” with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

But, he maintained, that was all positive: “Those are things that happen in a studio. That’s when the sparks fly and that’s why it turned out so great. (Bowie and Mercury conflicted) in subtle ways, like who would arrive last in the studio. So it was sort of wonderful and terrible. But in my mind, I remember the wonderful now more than the terrible.”

May did not give any indication about a timetable for release of any of the additional material. “Under Pressure” was a No. 1 smash in the U.K. (No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.) and has become one of Queen’s most popular tracks.

May recently published a Queen In 3-D photo book, while Queen + Adam Lambert begin a North American tour on June 23 in Glendale, Ariz.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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