Queen announce “emotional” new album featuring Freddie Mercury
Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed that the band will be releasing a new record later this year featuring previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury.
“We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful. People will be hearing this work towards the end of the year,” May told BBC Wales Radio. “We are going to put out an album which will probably be called Queen Forever. It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”
“Most of it comes from the ‘80â€²s when we were in full flight,” May explained. “It is quite emotional. It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”
According to Vintage Vinyl News, unreleased songs in the Queen archive which could be included on the album include collaborations with Michael Jackson, David Bowie, The Bee Gees’ Andy Gibb and Rod Stewart. Queen Forever will be the first Queen compilation album featuring vocals by Mercury (who died in 1991) and bassist John Deacon (who retired in 1997) since 1995’s Made in Heaven.
Queen have confirmed that they’ll tour Australia in August with Adam Lambert as their frontman. Original members Brian May and Roger Taylor first teamed up with Adam Lambert during American Idol in 2009 for a performance of ‘We Are The Champions’. They got together again at the MTV European Music Awards in 2011 and in the summer of 2012 for a series of shows across Europe including three sold-out gigs at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. This year they will play shows across North America, Japan and South Korea before heading to Australia.