it depends on the subject.. I'd like to chat with Brian regarding outer space, cosmos, and quantum physics. But I prefer Roger if the subject is Queen. (Since it appears to me that he has more accurate memories of the old days. Brian does not even remember he had performed It's A Hard Life live during The Works Tour.)
I have NO idea about who of the 2 is more likeble!
If I could pick one of them I would go for Brian.
As Brian is connected to a lot of other musicans and bands, and he did the 2 large solo tours I would have alot more questions to him than to Roger. But I would spare the Badgers out...
Brian. He likes Guinness (as do I)
Firstly we could talk about the unique processing of Guinness. Then talk about time as a session guest in the 80's when Queen had ceased touring. Might have to bring a recorder along if I were to ask him about the glory days.
But most especially would ask about his musicianship.I.e. how he constructed various songs like dreamers ball and good company. .. particularly for a blues style rock player.
There are some odd chords in there. (At least for myself)
I'd ask if he'd used a template or old era sheet music for a template to modulate and transfer over those elements or if it were all rudimentary to his learning
Oh and then ask about the meaning behind WWRY (thegood SONG not the crappy musical)
If I wanted him to leave I'd simply bring up the Queen Anthology I've been waiting 13 years for. ...Then the conversation would take a turn for the worse.
Then I'd make a half hearted attempt to fix the situation by asking if he were still friends with the guys in extreme.
I'd ask him about Pat BADGER's solo project named BADGER. And if he thought the album title was suitable as BADGER for a man whose surname is ostensibly BADGER.
Then I'd ask him if he ever considered an alternate guitar tuning based on BADGER with R denoting a string removed
Then he'd leave ;)
I have the feeling that Brian tries too hard to be the nice guy that most of the times you can see only to Brian May, Queen's guitar player, the "nice guy in rock" but not the real Brian May.
Roger, on the other hand, it seems to me that Roger Taylor (the human being) and Roger Taylor the famous musician are the same person, without any stage persona, without any mask, which may explain why Brian seems to be more popular than Roger.
Having said that, if I want to laugh my ass off and also have a very fresh, unique and deep understanding of Queen, I would choose Roger (he's always way too serious in certain questions)
If I want to have an amazing (but serious) chat about music, science and guitar playing I would choose Brian.
Roger would've been more fun to hang out with when he was younger, and I should imagine these days he'd have plenty of fun stories to tell.
But out of two of them, especially these days, I'd find Brian more interesting to talk to. He's into astronomy/science, which is always fascinating. I don't think he's trying to be a nice guy either, I think he genuinely is, and his love for animals is a reflection of that to my mind. On the other hand, although I like Roger, he goes hunting for sport. Whilst that might not bother some people, I find it somewhat off putting. That's not to say I don't think he's an alright guy though.
I think I choose the wrong words!
What I was trying to say is that I feel that Brian is a truly nice guy but sometimes I get the feeling that sometimes he is not in the mood and instead of just leaving, he keeps his nice attitude toward fans so they (the fans) does not feel disappointed, sad, angry or whatever. Which may explain why he seems to be "way too rude" to people.
I remember the Back to the Light tour, a friend of mine used to work for EMI in Spain, EMI did a meet & greet for Barcelona or Madrid (cant remember which city) for some reason Brian didnt wanted to do it, after a few hours he agreed and it was a "5 minute m&g with no pictures, just an improvised handshake"
She told me something like that happened in the Another World tour (according to her, she was told by another guy at EMI that most of the times Brian is amazing but sometimes he's an asshole)
I guess this might be an example...
Do you think he's being an arsehole here? (linked video)
Personally, I don't. I think he does his best not to be rude, hence his explanation. An arsehole (in that situation, at least) wouldn't bother to even explain, apologise, nor care.... link
Yup I agree that he wasnt an asshole in this video. In fact he doesnt seems to be upset or anything (or it may be the fact that Im used to see very rude reactions from people like Malmsteen!)
I got your point.