Thursday, September 12, 2013

Queen guitarist hints at new album with unreleased Freddie Mercury tracks

Queen guitarist Brian May says the band is considering a new album featuring unreleased tracks with Freddie Mercury.

Vintage Vinyl News reports May spoke about the project at the Freddie For A Day event in Mayfair this past weekend, telling iHeartRadio, "We did the Made In Heaven album [in 1995] and 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. And there’s quite a few other things"

"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,” explained May. “We’re sort of thinking 'Made In Heaven II' in a sense, although it wouldn’t be called that. But there is a lot; it’s surprising how much has come to light. It gives you a chance to go back in there, open the box again and some of the magic may come out.”

Released in 1995, “Made In Heaven” was Queen’s final release with Mercury, who passed away in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. The band worked with vocals and piano parts that Mercury recorded before his death, along with newly recorded lyrics by the remaining band members, to complete the project.

Following its release, “Made In Heaven” went platinum and multi-platinum in several countries.

This summer, May confirmed that three duets recorded by Mercury and Michael Jackson will be released this fall. The demos were recorded in 1983 at Jackson's home studio, but a larger project never came to fruition due to the singers' conflicting schedules.

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