Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has announced some good news all across the board this week. After he revealed that he was undergoing testing for cancer before Christmas, the guitarist updated fans with the results.
The guitarist wrote to his fans on Monday that he received a phone call from his medical specialist who revealed that he is cancer free. His specialist said, “I have good news. The results of your biopsy is here, and we did not find any cancer cells.”
May writes, “Thanks to all of you who have cared so much… I never realized I was so much thought of.”
However, before his doctor revealed the good news, May spent much of the day in the studio where he unveiled a forgotten track featuring all original Queen members — May, vocalist Freddie Mercury, bassist John Deacon and drummer Roger Taylor.
“I had a great day in the studio today anyway, even before the welcome news,” the guitarist writes. “And some Queen magic is happening… I feel it in my bones. It’s annoying to have to be so secretive, but I guess I have to, for now. What I can say is the track we dusted off today has the four of us, Freddie, John, Roger and myself playing together on a track we’d all forgotten about, that was never finished.”
“It’s nice to be putting the Queen hat on again for awhile. This year will be interesting, to say the least.”
May continues, “It sounds so fresh, now all carefully transferred into the ProTools environment – but sounding exactly like it did straight off the 24-track tape it was recorded on… OVER THIRTY YEARS AGO!”
May describes the tape as having “some rough takes, some discussion and banter, and then a really good take, and some overdubs,” but doesn’t elaborate further.
May states how surprised he is that with today’s technology no one has leaked the track, “It’s crying out to finally be brought into the world. What’s great is nobody has got hold of this and leaked it. How brilliant is that? So many surprises get ruined these days… it only takes one clever dick to steal a rough mix of some unfinished recording and forever more it is out there on the Internet, being chewed up by everyone before it’s even had a chance to be born properly.”
May didn’t reveal a release date but stated that he and Taylor would be meeting up soon to “compare notes” and figure out what to do with the track.
He wrapped by stating, “I can’t help but feel a buzz. I’m energized again. It’s nice to be putting the Queen hat on again for awhile. This year will be interesting, to say the least.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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