Brian May has revealed that a new Queen album with unreleased Freddie Mercury material will be released later this year.
In an interview with BBC Wales on Friday, the Queen guitarist told radio host Wynne Evans that he has found enough material with the iconic singer to release a complete album.
“We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,” he says. “It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”
May said the album should be released toward the end of the year and will probably be called Queen Forever.
“Most of it comes from the ’80s when we were in full flight,” May continued. “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.”
May told iHeartRadio last fall that he, along with drummer Roger Taylor and retired bassist John Deacon, has enough unreleased material in the vaults to release another full length LP with the late singer although nothing was certain at the time.
“It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”
“We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on, but since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson,” he confirmed. “Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn’t be just working on bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be.”
In January, May updated fans with an exciting announcement that he had been in the studio working on a track that was over 30 years old.
“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.”
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!”
Queen announced in March that they would be hitting the road this summer with American Idol‘s Adam Lambert fronting the band. The 19 date tour kicks off June 19th in Chicago and will see stops in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Dallas and more before wrapping July 20th in Washington, DC.
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