Brian May Wants Lady GaGa To Front Queen
Maybe it’s setting their standards too high or wanting to cash in on Lady Gaga’s fame, but I think this is way off. Sorry Brian, I love Queen, I love your music, I love Lady Gaga’s music, but having her be a part of Queen would make the band Queen GaGa. People used to call Van Halen when Sammy Hagar joined Van Hagar because the sound had changed. You are talking about a different song writer, different singer all together. I also think that Queen would just be a back up band to GaGa, which would be an insult to both.
The reason Brian is speaking this way is he played Guitar on the latest hit for her “You and I”.
Cloudy-haired astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May told a reporter at yesterday’s BMI awards something that sounds like he and the band are eyeing Lady Gaga to front Queen. The reporter’s publication, Express, puts it absolutely (“Brian May tells us he’s in negotiations to get Lady Gaga to front”). In reality, the evidence is not so stark:
We talk about going out on the road all the time but there’s a bit of a singer problem, to put it mildly. We get a lot of offers to work with other people. I worked with Lady Gaga and she’s very creative and is someone we’ve talked about singing, fronting the band with. She’s not just a singer, she writes her own material.
The “singer problem” May is referring to is the absence of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 of complications from AIDS. Since then, May and drummer Roger Taylor have performed with various guest artists under the open moniker “Queen +,” as in “Queen + Wyclef Jean,” “Queen + Robbie Williams,” et cetera. There’s no indication if May’s quote implies a Queen + situation with Gaga or if he has higher, way unrealistic hopes.
See What Lady GaGa has to say about Queen.