Brian May has rung in the New Year with his first solo recording in 20 years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has unveiled an official video for a brand new single “New Horizons (Ultima Thule Mix).”
Rolling Stone reports on Jan. 3 that Queen's lead guitarist named the song after NASA's New Horizons space mission. The Grammy winner released the clip on Tuesday to celebrate the probe's record-breaking accomplishment as it surpassed the farthest object ever reached when it passed an asteroid beyond Pluto on Jan. 1 named “Ultima Thule."
The multi-talented British rocker has a special interest in the project. Among his numerous credentials, the multi-platinum seller happens to hold a doctorate in astrophysics and joined the NASA mission as a collaborator on the science team back in 2015.
The video celebrates New Horizon's entire 12-year mission, opening with footage of the probe's liftoff back in 2006 with narration by the late Stephen Hawking. May's signature guitar sound and layered Queen-style vocal harmonies are present in abundance as May sings, “New horizons to explore/New horizons no one's ever seen before.”
Queen recently enjoyed renewed popularity with the massive success of their 2018 bio-film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which will become available for home viewing in digital format on Jan. 22 and on Blu-ray and DVD formats on Feb. 12 via Fox. May will be back with his bandmates when Queen + Adam Lambert launches its Rhapsody Tour. The 23-city summer romp through North America kicks off July 10 in Vancouver, BC, at Rogers Arena and will wrap up Aug. 23 in Charlotte, NC, at Spectrum Center.