Added on 28-Jul-2013
Jayce Lewis has the last three years touring with the likes of Gary Numan, Killing Joke and Limp Bizkit since his debut album in 2010
Jayce Lewis was in his very own Bohemian Rhapsody when a member of music legends Queen agreed to appear on his new album.
Rock icon Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer, is set to star on the Welsh electro-rocker’s forthcoming second album Nemesis after Jayce met a friend of the famed sticksman at his London show.
“I was doing a headline gig in London and in the crowd there was a chap called Joshua Macrae, who used to be the drummer for Roger’s side project The Cross,” said the singer, from Kenfig Hill, near Bridgend.
“Joshua said ‘I love your sound’ and he was full of praise for the live show. He also said ‘one of the noticeable things is that the energy you’ve got as a performer reminds me of a certain frontman’ and I could only assume he must have been talking about Freddie Mercury!
“From there we developed a friendship and kept in touch. Then I asked if Roger would be interested in drumming on the record. Joshua requested I send Roger some material, which I did and he picked a track called Wrath.
“The song is very much similar to the We Will Rock You days of Queen, so naturally Roger liked this particular track and happily put his mark on the song.
“When I went to meet him at his studio which is in his country mansion in Surrey he had Freddie Mercury’s piano in the foyer of the studio, which is impressive. It’s just a privilege to have him drumming on the album.”
For Jayce it’s been a tireless few years of touring since his debut self-titled album in 2010.
In that time he’s toured with some of rock’s biggest names including Gary Numan, Killing Joke and Limp Bizkit.
In fact it was on a tour of Europe’s arenas with Limp Bizkit, playing to crowds of 5,000, that he befriended the US band’s guitarist Wes Borland, who also appears on Nemesis.
“We just spent a lot of time on the tour bus together,” said Jayce. “We hatched a few ideas about how Limp Bizkit create sounds through programming and how I do it.
“We were chewing the fat basically, then I can’t remember whether it was me or him who suggested it, but we agreed to do a song together.”
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