We didn’t really believe it when the local promoter [in South America] said we could do football stadiums.

Brian May

Dave [Richards; he was not only Queen’s engineer but also David Bowie’s] asked me to come down to see what was happening. Suddenly you’re writing something together. It was totally spontaneous.

David Bowie on working with Queen [Mojo Classic: Queen]

The rarefied atmosphere was driving Brian mad… what he missed dreadfully was normality. He used to say to me: ‘What can I honestly say I know about anything, living the way we do?’” He wanted to go back to scheduled flights because “I’d feel I’ve been somewhere!

Pete Brown (part of Queen’s crew) talking about Brian May [source: Queen: The Definitive Biography]

If anyone left… that would be the end of Queen. We are four equal, interwoven parts.

Freddie Mercury talking to Record Mirror’s Rosie Horide

We thought maybe the tickets had sold on novelty, but the audience were true fans and sang every word. The whole feeling was so electric, like they understood exactly what we were about. You could feel it surging out of them, that release.

Brian May
(Page 164 of Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock)

(Page 164 of Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock)

We struggled bitterly with each other. [in 1980/early 80’s] We were all frustrated with each other. I remember John saying I didn’t play the kind of guitar he wanted on his songs…. We all tried to leave the band more than once. But then we’d come back to the idea that the band was greater than any of us. It was more enduring than most of our marriages.

Brian May talking to Mojo’s Dave Thomas

Why the hell go on stage with backing tapes behind you and pretend you can do it like the record?

Roger Taylor talking about performing Bohemian Rhapsody live, to Harry Doherty of Melody Maker

I’d like to see us work together more on songs. Making A Night at the Opera, it was impossible because we hadn’t got enough time and a couple of us were in one studio and the others in another- you lose a bit of the group feeling. The relationship gets strained sometimes.

Brian May talking to Harry Doherty of Melody Maker

We go through so many traumas and we’re so meticulous. We’re probably the fussiest band in the world. We feel so much about what we put across.

Freddie Mercury talking to Melody Maker’s Harry Doherty

Everybody goes off to their separate homes. (To me) it’s a very soul-destroying time. I get something written and then I listen to it the next day and I throw it away. The others usually never get to hear them. Anyway, then we all get together for about two weeks and pool the material we have- play around with it, pull it to pieces, change bits, throw some out.

Roger Taylor talking to Circus

The debt side of it was becoming a pressure. If you don’t pay people like sound companies, lighting companies, they don’t want to do it any more. Our careers were actually threatened. It was awful. It affects your morale. It dries you up completely….. We couldn’t write at all that summer.

Brian May talking to Jonh Ingham of Sounds talking about the summer of 74 or 75?

He liked that. and so the song instantly became ticky-ticky-ticky. That was really something that gelled very quickly.

Brian May on helping Freddie create Stone Cold Crazy x

Freddie had this great idea called ‘Stone Cold Crazy,’ and it was all about — um, I don’t know what the hell it’s about! [Laughs.] It was one of Freddie’s frenetic ideas! But it wasn’t a frenetic song [at first]. So, when we got together, I said it would be really funny if we did it more frenetically — like the way you normally are.

Brian May on Stone Cold Crazy x