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Brian May Reveals New Queen Album Title, Release Plans

Ian Tyas, Hulton Archive

In a recent BBC Wales Radio Interview, Queen guitarist Brian May confirmed that the group will be releasing a new record later this year which will feature a selection of previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury.

News of the album first surfaced from at the end of January but the guitarist shared additional details when he and photographer Denis Pellerin were recently speaking with radio host Wynne Evans.

“We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they are quite beautiful. People will be hearing this work towards the end of the year,” May says. “We are going to put out an album which will probably be called ‘Queen Forever.’ It is a compilation but will have this material that nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it.”

Asked by the host to describe the unreleased tracks featuring the late Freddie Mercury, May says, “Most of it comes from the ’80’s when we were in full flight. 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.”

As we wait for ‘Queen Forever’ to drop later this year, the group had previously shared they may also do some recording with current vocalist Adam Lambert. Queen and Lambert will be embarking on a tour which kicks off on June 19 in Chicago.

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