Queen to Release New Album, Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

5:10 PM PST 05/26/2014 by Colin Stutz, Billboard
Associated Press
Queen in 1978

In a new interview, guitarist Brian May reveals plans for "Queen Forever," due out later this year.

In an interview Friday with BBC Wales, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the iconic rock band would be releasing a new collection of music later this year that will include 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,” May said, speaking with radio host Wynne Evans. “It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”

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May said the album’s title will probably be Queen Forever and should see release towards the end of the year.

“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.”

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Last year, May revealed news on released Mercury and Michael Jackson collaborations that would see the light of day. No word whether that material will make it on this Queen Forever collection.

Queen will hit the road for its first full North American tour in nearly a decade, fronted by singer Adam Lambert. The tour starts June 19 in Chicago and ends July 28 in Toronto before the band heads to Australia for dates there.

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