Queen guitarist Brian May will premiere his first solo song in more than two decades on New Year’s Day 2019 with a little help from NASA.
Written by Brian May alongside esteemed lyricist Don Black (John Barry, Meat Loaf, Queen + Paul Rodgers), the song entitled ‘New Horizons’ was recorded and completed earlier this month at Allerton Hill Studios.
Brian will be there in person when the song gets its global premiere at NASA control headquarters in Maryland, Washington County on Tuesday 1st January 2019. The track will then be available to download digitally afterwards.
It’s the Queen legend’s first official solo single since ‘Why Don't We Try Again’ way back in autumn 1998, which was an offshoot from his second studio album ‘Another World’.
Brian, of course, is a doctor of astrophysics and ‘New Horizons’ is his personal homage to NASA’s New Horizons mission, which on New Year’s Day 2019 will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history, in an encounter with a remote Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) named Ultima Thule, far out beyond Pluto on the edges of the solar system.
Brian May 'New Horizons'
An anthem that celebrates mankind’s spirit of exploration, Brian’s ‘New Horizons’ track (Ultima Thule mix) celebrates the entire 12-year voyage of the New Horizons probe, and includes a message from the late-great Stephen Hawking congratulating NASA on their successful rendezvous with Pluto in 2015.
“This project has energised me in a new way,” says Brian. “For me it’s been an exciting challenge to bring two sides of my life together - Astronomy and Music.
“It was Alan Stern, the Project Instigator of this amazing NASA Mission, who threw down the glove last May. He asked if I could come up with a theme for Ultima Thule which could be played as the NH probe reached this new destination.
“I was inspired by the idea that this is the furthest that the Hand of Man has ever reached – it will be by far the most distant object we have ever seen at close quarters, through the images which the space craft will beam back to Earth.
“To me it epitomises the human spirit’s unceasing desire to understand the Universe we inhabit. Everyone who has devoted so much energy to this mission since its launch in January 2006 will be feeling they are actually INSIDE that small but intrepid vehicle - only about the size of a grand piano - as it pulls off another spectacular close encounter.
“And through the vehicle’s ‘eyes’ we will begin to learn, for the very first time, what a Kuiper Belt Object is made of. And pick up precious clues about how our solar system was born.”
Brian has been premiering snippets of the track on Instagram, which you can lend your lugholes to below:
TO BE CONTINUED !!! NEW !!! New Horizons ! Launched nearly 13 years ago from Cape Canaveral, this NASA probe made history with its spectacular fly-by of Pluto in 2015. Now it’s on course to fly close to Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day - 1st January 2019. This 60 second clip is the first of three brief tasters of my own new “New Horizons“ track, which will pay homage to this mission. We will reveal the song in full on 1st Jan. Visit the official NASA website at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/ Image credit: NASA and APL. And watch this Space !!! Thanks to the mighty John Miceli for epic drums on this track. Thanks to the legendary Don Black for helping me write it. Also to my co-producers and engineers Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson. And respects to Kris for putting this clip together. And. Special thanks to NH Project Instigator Alan Stern. Bri
EPISODE 2 !! New Horizons sneak preview. Episode 3 is under construction ! And the full song will be unleashed on New Years Day, during the encounter of the New Horizons probe with Kuiper Belt Object MU 69 - Ultima Thule. To see Episode 1 - the launch - please revisit my IG feed about 18 posts ago ! And please search and visit the NASA New Horizons site. Thanks John Miceli for mighty drums. Thanks Kris Fredriksson for genius protools video work. And thanks Alan Stern ! Remember, folks, you can ‘reverse pinch’ your fingers on the phone screen to zoom in and see what’s going on here more clearly. Cheers all - Bri
EPISODE 2 !! New Horizons track second trailer. Episode 3 is under construction ! And the full song will be unleashed on New Years Day, during the encounter of the New Horizons probe with Kuiper Belt Object MU 69 - Ultima Thule. To see Episode 1 - the launch - please revisit my IG feed about 18 posts ago ! Cheers all - and thanks @AlanStern ! Search and Visit the NASA New Horizons website. pluto.jhuapl.edu - Bri. Dammit ! IG is playing tricks on me !