Brian May on recording Too Much Love Will Kill You with Freddie Mercury in his final years

Brian added: “So the song started to feel like something different. And we didn’t shy away from making it very big, very Queen-like. And I like it.”

The Queen version of Too Much Love Will Kill you earned the guitarist an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

He added: “But if you want to hear what the song originally had poured into it, with the blood, sweat and tears of my life, then that’s this version.”

On the origins of his original solo version, Brian remembered being in a “tangled state of mind” brought on by a period of personal upheaval when his first marriage was breaking down and he was falling in love with his current wife Anita Dobson.

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