Last month, Brian May reissued his long-out-of-print 1992 solo debut album, Back to the Light, with a second disc of bonus tracks titled Out of the Light.
As part of revisiting this formative album, May also decided to do a unique update of sorts to the title track's music video. Subtitled "The Time Traveller 1992-2021," the cheeky new video features the Brian May of 1992 jamming with... the Brian May of 2021.
Arriving prior to "Back to the Light"'s physical release on CD and 7” vinyl on October 22, you can check out the video below.
Back in June, May told Guitar Player that assuming frontman duties for the first time for Back to the Light in 1992, especially in the wake of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's death the previous year, "was heaven and hell, but mainly hell because I never felt I was good enough. But it was also heavenly because I had the chance to be out there and just be me and express myself.
"There’s an enormous amount of grieving in my solo career, because, first of all, I’m grieving for Freddie. And then I was also grieving for Queen," he continued.
"I was determined not to look back and not to be defined by the band. I was out there being Brian May of the Brian May Band, and people would ask me about Queen and I would say, 'No, I don’t want to talk about Queen. That was then and this is now.' But you know, it’s like, 'He doth protest too much.' Because I was part of Queen, and I had to go back in and reappraise that at some point."
To pick up a copy of the Back to the Light reissue, stop by brianmay.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.