Queen's Brian May Addresses 'Idol Fallout'

Source: http://new.music.yahoo.com/queen/news/queens-brian-may-addresses-idol-fallout--31620391 Apr 13, 2006

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

After Queen appeared on this past Tuesday's episode of American Idol to coach the remaining eight contestants--who all sang Queen songs this week, with varying degrees of success--many assumed the band would perform on Wednesday's results show, as this season's previous coaches (Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Kenny Rogers) have done.

So when Queen was a no-show last night (in their place, viewers got a Queen medley performed by the finalists), some fans jumped to the conclusion that the band had bailed because they were displeased with how their songs were performed (some would say mangled) by the contestants.

This speculation can likely be traced back to the on-air bickering between Queen guitarist Brian May and finalist Ace Young, regarding Young's suggestion to turn "We Will Rock You" into an R&B number. (Said May, flat out, "I can't do that to my song.") But now May himself has addressed the Idol rumors in the "Brian's Soapbox" section of his official website. .

May addresses the specific rumor about Queen's absence on the Wednesday show in one entry (http://brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbapr06a.html#06), then discusses the Ace Young controversy, or as he calls it, "the fallout from American Idol," in a separate blog entry at http://brianmay.com/brian/brianssb/brianssbapr06a.html#05. .

Ace Young narrowly escaped elimination last night, landing in the bottom three with Bucky Covington and Elliott Yamin. But ultimately it was Bucky who had to go, allowing Ace to continue on to next week, when the finalists will work with special guest Rod Stewart. Meanwhile, Queen with Paul Rodgers perform tonight at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. .