24th September 1982 – Brian May grants this particular interview one day before Queen’s appearance on the famed American variety show, Saturday Night Live, which was taped and aired on September 25, 1982.
SNL was Queen’s last US Performance, ever with Freddie Mercury at the helm.
The band rested a few weeks and performed 6 shows in Japan before taking an extended break.
Interviewer: Are you happy with the way your career is going?
Brian May: To be honest, no. I didn’t feel that this tour was making me very happy. I’ve often felt that in the studio, but that’s the first time I felt it on tour. I didn’t feel happy until the last concert. The last night in L.A. I felt quite cheered up. I was prepared to think, “Well, I don’t really want to do this anymore”. Somehow when it got to the last one, Freddie was really on form and giving a million precent, and I felt that I was going well. So the end of the tour finished on a good note for me. I felt like I did want to be out there doing it again sometime. But we are going to have a long rest.
Interviewer: Do you get tired of rock and roll?
Brian: No, definitely not.
Interviewer: Do you have any advice you’d give young rock guitarist?
Brian: Yeah, I would say just believe in yourself. Belief is the main thing, because nobody believes in you in the beginning. If you know that you have something to say, just keep on believing it and push and push and push until everyone else belives, too.
Interviewer: Is there anything you’d like to accomplish in the future?
Brian: I’d just like to make better music. Sometime I would like Queen to go back to really hard rock album. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but that’s one of the things I would like to do.
Interviewer: How would you like to be remembered?
Brian: If I’m honest, I think I would like to be remembred for a few of the songs, none of which were really hits, but some of which had a lot of emotion in them: “White Queen” and “Let Us Cling Together” and “Long Away” off the A Day At The Races album [laughs]. And “We Will Rock You”
Brian May Interview published in the 1983 of Guitar Player
The fabulous picture is Freddie and Brian on stage at Milton Keynes, England June 5, 1982