Brian May Says Working With ‘Reclusive’ Axl Rose on Chinese Democracy Has Been a ‘Strange’ Experience |

Queen’s Brian May Was Once Set To Feature On Guns N’ Roses Chinese democracy album, and called his time working with Axl Rose in 1999 “weird” in a new interview.

In an interview with classic rock [per Guitar World]the iconic guitarist described his odd long-distance working relationship with Rose on the track Catch in the rye. “It was a weird experience. I think it was about halfway there. At that point, Axl was pretty much a recluse,” May recalled.

“He was working in his house, and I was working in the studio at the bottom of the hill with his engineer at the time, and he rarely came down. Every now and then he would call and get excited and talk a lot and then he’d go back I don’t think what I played made it into the album.

May learned that her contribution to the album was removed just before its long-awaited release in 2008. A fan wrote to May’s website to inform her that her name was no longer credited to the track, to which May replied, “Well, that’s a shame, maybe… I put a lot of work into it and I was proud of it. But I can understand that Axl wants to have an album that reflects the work of the members of the group as it is, right now.

May also revealed that he had mixes of the track with his work still intact, but would not release any material out of respect for Rose.

In other Queen news, Roger Taylor spoke about the band’s difficulty writing new music despite the recent announcement of a new vocalist in 2011, American Idol alum Adam Lambert. “We started it in Nashville when we were all pretty tired.” thinks the drummer. “We couldn’t decide on a title and the lyrics seemed a bit too negative for Queen, maybe.”

Taylor revealed that May suddenly “lost interest” in the track, although he has no answers as to why the guitarist responded that way. The drummer later clarified that the stress of touring and creative differences led to the band’s struggles.