Queen has started a new 50-week YouTube series called ‘Queen: The Greatest Live’ which will give fans a glimpse into the band’s live performances. It is a follow-up to their previous series, ‘Queen: The Greatest,’ which was announced in March 2021 and covered the band’s history from their early gigs to their current performances with Adam Lambert.
The brand-new series promises “rare archive live footage, contemporary performances and behind-the-scenes interviews from across Queen’s five decades”.
Simon Lupton, a longstanding band associate who has worked on the documentaries ‘Queen: Rock the World’, ‘Queen: Behind the Rhapsody’, ‘Queen: Days of Our Lives’, ‘Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl’, and ‘Queen Live at Wembley ’86’, created the series. He also produced ‘Queen: The Greatest’.
Brian May and Roger Taylor discussed their rehearsal method and how they create set lists in the first episode of the new series.
“Rehearsing with Roger is always a bit of a surprise because you don’t know how much you’re going to remember and you don’t know if it’s still going to feel the same,” said May. “But it’s surprising how stuff does flow back into you, into your veins once you start kicking stuff around.”
“Normally we play a song through and see if it works, if we think it’s going to work live, and they don’t always work live,” added Taylor. “Some of them just, they’re not suited really for an exciting or involving, engaging performance, a live performance. So there’s quite a few songs we’ve never played live that have been on albums and probably for good reason.”
Take a look at the first installment of ‘Queen: The Greatest Live’ below:
In an interview with Variety from back in November, May hinted about potential future live performances with Adam Lambert.
“There’s a strong possibility that we’ll be going out together again. We’re talking about that as you and I speak, making those decisions,” he said. “Now, it does get to be more of a decision as you get older. I’m not 35 anymore, and leaving home for two months is not easy.
“But we feel as like if we’re all fit and well that we’d like to go out there one more time. It would probably be in the United States in 2023 at some point. I’m hoping that happens, but it’s a strong possibility.”
Another artist, Che Lingo, recently released a song called ‘My Radio’ that featured a cameo from Roger Taylor and reimagined Queen’s hit ‘Radio Ga Ga’ through the prism of modern hip hop.