Brian May and Roger Taylor release Queen song as digital single for first time | Music | Entertainment
Queen and Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour is currently entertaining fans across North America, with the final two shows taking place in Los Angeles this weekend.
Although the same tour took place Stateside in 2019, the show is constantly changing with a brand new opening with Machines (or Back to Humans) from Queen’s 1984 album The Works, which is a digital single today.
Roger Taylor said: “Basically, it starts with everything being electronic – electronic drums, everything, And what you’ve got is the human rock band that hits.
The Queen said: “While the immersive staging draws the audience into a dystopian world of spinning pinwheels and suit pistons, a battalion of CGI robots march across the giant video screens to the sound of ‘Machines’ and look down on the crowd with wild eyes – but with the help of Freddie’s virtual voice, the band launches into the electro-narrative but very human Radio Ga Ga, which begins a two-hour roller coaster and more of the band’s legacy catalog .”
The description continues: “As the new ‘Rhapsody’ production opens, the audience hears the lead vocals of Freddie Mercury and Brian May from behind, raising the alarm (first in 1984!) that The Machines are about to go in charge. In contrast, the robotic voices provided by the vocoded voices of Roger Taylor support the attitude of the Machines. The theme of this conflict recurs at various points later in the series.”
Sir Brian May, who co-wrote the song Machines with Roger, said: “The Robot Horde provides a narrative thread for our new show. In these days where Artificial Intelligence is starting to invade all our lives, these mechanical people personify the Robotic Rebellion. In our current and still developing show, Back to Humans is the soundtrack to us as humans reclaiming our control. Machines and Radio Gaga actually have a common ancestor, the beginning of the collaboration between myself and Roger in the sessions for the Works album in 1984.
“But we had different ideas about how it should develop, and the track split into two songs going in opposite directions … Roger piloting Radio Gaga to completion and into a global peak, with me leading the way to make ‘Machines’ a kind of endless battle. Putting the new show together, it struck me that ‘Machines’ was more relevant than ever. Hence the idea to introduce the show with a 21st century version of this battle – and, incidentally, bring Ga Ga and the Machines back together again and again. And this really stands up to our long-standing belief that a rock show should be live and dangerous rather than performed according to clicks and electronic backings.”
Roger added: “Machines was born out of the electronica that we first explored on Raidió Ga Ga to create this sense of the battle between the electric side and the human side.
“Now that it’s becoming more of a machine world and we’re all trying to keep up, we felt it was the perfect time to revive this idea of going back to the human.”
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