Brian May addresses controversy over album promo
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Queen legend Brian May, 74, has admitted some of his fans have been left feeling “a little uncomfortable” about the way he has promoted his album, Back to the Light. The guitarist has been frequently referring to his hordes of dedicated fans as his “Bri-army”, which has sparked some backlash over recent weeks.
Speaking about the controversy, Brian took to Instagram to share a lengthy video this evening.
Addressing the situation from his garden, the musician said in view of his 2.9 million followers: “Hi folks, just wanted to deliver a little update from your commanding officer.
“Actually, this whole thing maybe is getting a little too military, I don’t know.
“A couple of people have said to me they feel a little uncomfortable about the army thing, and I understand that.
“I guess I have as my example the Salvation Army, who have been fighting poverty for a long time, sometimes you’ve got to fight, but if selling my album isn’t a good enough cause to fight for, then I can accept that.”
Brian went on to share his hopes that his army of fans will become a force for good in the world.
The star added: “But I hope that those beautiful people out there, all of you who have joined the army, I hope you can do some good in the world.
“We can start by trying to end the badger cull again, it’s still there, I can’t believe they’re still doing that, but anyway, what else do I have to say?”
Brian then apologised to his followers for the significant delays in another aspect of his album launch.
He continued: “Apologies for the T-shirts, it just took a hell of a long time for them to print more.
“We’re a victim of our own success, we sold a thousand in the first couple of days, which I never ever expected.
“We have another one now I’m sporting here, but also thank you for putting the album out there, I really appreciate it.”
Brian then showed off his latest merchandise, before gushing: “It feels amazing to have Back to the Light out there, especially in the beautiful box, which I just love holding really.
“It’s like tying up things which are in danger of getting lost, we are now working on Another World in the same way.
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“I’m looking forward to having a box that’s of a similar field to that, and it will kind of be part of the set, and we’ll move on after that.”
Brian went on to share another point of contention within his fanbase, surrounding the release of an art book in support of his album.
He continued: “Exciting today, we have a new release which is the Back to the Light art book by Sarah Rugg, and I’m fully aware that a lot of you are probably angry with me for publishing a book with her and not with you guys, because there are so many amazing artists out there who I love and respect.
“But Sarah gave me a great present – first of all the book, which seemed to very well illustrate the Back to the Light journey, and also it’s a gift to the Save Me Trust, which will be much appreciated and all the wild animals round here will appreciate it.
“But I love doing things with people who are creative, and I’m looking forward to doing more with more of you as time goes on.
“You can only do what you feel at the time, can’t you? This just leapt out at me and I thought, if we don’t do this right now, we’ll never do it.
“So I hope you enjoy the book, I think a lot of you really will, it even has stereoscopic illustrations, which are damn hard to do, and very few people have successfully negotiated that path – I think you’ll enjoy that.”
Brian ended his video by saying: “So, it’s a beautiful day here and they’re rare, so I’m going to go off for a little walk and try to stretch my weary legs, love you lots folks.
“Thanks so much for being there for me and making Back to the Light a success.”
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