Queen drummer Roger Taylor believes the highly anticipated duet between singer Freddie Mercury and pop icon Michael Jackson could be released by the end of the year, if they can get the Jackson’s Estate to agree.
Taylor tells the UK’s Standard that he anticipates the previously unreleased track, recorded in the Eighties, to be on the upcoming Queen Forever album that he, guitarist Brian May and retired bassist John Deacon are putting together.
“[Yes] if we could get a decision from the Michael Jackson estate, who seem to be, well, difficult,” Taylor states. “William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I’m pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it’s been like wading through glue.
“I’m not quite sure what’s on it yet,” Taylor continues. “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”
May has spoken in the past about the album being a compilation of older material mixed with newer tracks featuring current Queen frontman Adam Lambert.
“William Orbit did a really nice mix of one of our tracks with Michael and I’m pretty certain that will be on Queen Forever. But it’s been like wading through glue.”
“We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful,” May states. “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 ’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.”
Queen just wrapped up a U.S. tour on July 20th with Lambert, but Taylor is set to tour the U.K. with Queen Extravaganza, the Queen tribute band he put together before envisioning touring again with Queen.
“I was fed up with seeing not very good tribute bands,” Taylor quips. “I didn’t want to be remembered like that.”