Queen’s Brian May Reveals Inspiration For ‘China Belle’

Queen’s Brian May Reveals Inspiration For ‘China Belle’

May 28, 2022

Brian May has revealed in a new interview how pursuing his passion for astronomy in China resulted in the magical track “China Belle” from his Another World album.

“‘China Belle’ happened when I went on this wonderful trip to China to see a total eclipse of the Sun,” May said in an exclusive interview filmed in Tenerife.

“I think I was on a bus cruising around to find the best sites for seeing the eclipse, and I started to hear this song in my head, China Belle. It’s about a fictitious character, a lady called China Belle, who’s big trouble. And it just amused me,” he added.

“And when I came home, I put it all together. It’s very complex. It kind of surprises me. There’s too many twists and turns, it’s almost impossible to take it all in. But it’s fun, I think. I enjoy looking back on that and thinking about all the strange ideas that are in there. Yeah, it’s one of those things which evolved in my head before I actually got into the studio, so it’s quite rich in little ideas,” said the Queen guitarist.

Another World is the second solo album by May, released in 1998. The album was reissued as the second release in May’s Gold series in April.

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