Brian May has spoken about the “emotional” experience of returning to the location featured on the cover of his 1998 album Another World to shoot a music video.
The album, the Queen guitarist’s second solo effort, was reissued as part of his Gold Series campaign, which also included his 1992 debut solo album Back To The Light, originally recorded and released during Queen’s final years with Freddie Mercury was relaunched last year.
The 74-year-old has now also released Otro Lugar, a Spanish-language version of the track Another World, which is also accompanied by a music video filmed earlier this year on location in Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro, part of the Canary Islands .
The music video shows May visiting the Teide observatory in Tenerife and also features a tree found in El Sabinar in La Dehesa, which featured on the Another World album cover when it was released more than two decades ago.
May told the PA news agency: “It was very emotional, this tree means a lot to me, it’s kind of a symbol to me alongside its natural beauty.
“It’s iconic because for me it represents how an organism, a plant or a tree or a person under difficult circumstances has to bend or else it breaks. And this tree has adapted to its situation where the prevailing winds are always strong and always from the same direction, it is bent, it looks to me like a woman with hair always blowing in the wind.
“And I just fell in love with the beauty of it. But it means a lot to me in terms of its symbolism. And that’s woven into the album…
“But walking back I just felt an emotional rush, more than I expected, and I wanted to come up to him and hug him. But I didn’t do that because it now has a rope around it, which I’m very happy about. Because this tree needs some respect.
“It’s been there for hundreds of years and if everyone ran out and started hugging and trampling on it, it would suffer, so all along I made a wish that people would respect it.
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“And it seems that they do, I noticed that nobody went past the small ropes (it), nobody went through. So I sat down next to the tree but didn’t touch it out of respect.”
The musician had previously visited the Teide Observatory during his doctoral studies and received his doctorate in astrophysics in 2007.
He said of the Spanish version of the song, “I’ve spent a lot of time in Spanish-speaking areas, particularly in Tenerife, where I wrote my work for my thesis… I love the language, I just love the musicality of it and I’ve got a few.” great friends who I am still close to in the Canary Islands.
“So it’s always been a love of mine. Somehow the language speaks to me and I wanted this particular song to have that sound of the Spanish language. Because for me, the places where I have worked above the clouds are a different world. It’s something absolutely magical for me.”
May will also soon be back on the road when Queen + Adam Lambert resume the UK and European legs of their Rhapsody World Tour, which have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “It’s amazing, it’s very exciting and a little bit disheartening, I have to tell you, because after not doing it for two years we have to say we’re up to the task.
“I trained really hard, I trained physically and played a lot.
“And I’m trying to remember the place where we were stopped abruptly in Australia when the whole thing collapsed and we came back to lockdown in England, which was really grim and tough on everyone…”
Brian May’s Another World reissue and Otro Lugar’s music video are available now.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/brian-may-releases-spanish-language-song-and-music-video-of-another-world-track-41621811.html Brian May releases a Spanish language song and music video for the track “Another World”.