Musician Roger Taylor, the legendary drummer of Queen, intended with his latest solo album, "Fun On Earth," to create an "eclectic" work that he himself likens to a "roller coaster."
Taylor's fifth solo project goes on sale Nov. 11 at the same time as the boxed collection spanning his career called "The Lot," which includes his five studio albums, three with The Cross - the rock group he founded in 1987 - and another four plus singles and unpublished numbers.
In an interview with Efe in London, the musician discussed Queen's late charismatic frontman Freddie Mercury and confessed he was "proud" to have been part of the Queen legend, which was a craze in the 1970s with hits like "Sheer Heart Attack" in 1974 and "Night At The Opera" in 1975.
Taylor was visibly excited when talking about "Fun On Earth" but confessed he was nervous about what kind of reception it will get from the public, which he will have to consider when deciding whether to take it on tour or not.
"Any musician who says he just plays for his own satisfaction is lying," Taylor said.
The 13 tracks on the album, recorded at Priory Studio, were worked up over a "super long" five-year period during which the singer and drummer worked "a lot but without pressure," with the goal of recording numbers "that were very different one from another," Taylor said.
"Each song is totally different from all the others, which is just what I was after. I had in mind an eclectic album that would be like a roller coaster," Taylor, one of the backup vocalists and at times lead vocalist of Queen and the composer of classics like "Radio Ga Ga" and "A Kind Of Magic," said. EFE