Is Queen Planning to Release a New Album?
It has been close to two decades since Queen put out a release of original material. 1995’s Made in Heaven last featured vocals from Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. While the rest of the group toured with Adam Lambert, who performed with them initially on American Idol, there since hasn’t been any new material released.
However, guitarist Brian May revealed in a Mojo interview that he has been going back through unused materials Mercury recorded. Queen has been recording instrumentation to the tracks they found, and may even have enough to put together a full-length album.
About his approach, May told the magazine: "I'm a little nervous of saying there's an album there, but there's certainly a few tracks ... We've found some Freddie vocals, some demos."
Out of the material found, May discovered a duet between Mercury and Michael Jackson, although there’s no word whether this track will make the final cut.
Talking about their process, May said: "If we find an analogue 24-track of Freddie singing something that never got finished, the first thing we do is ... make [a digital] copy at the highest resolution you can. Then we start weaving our tapestry."
It’s not certain how far back May has been going. Earlier reports have him looking at demos Queen recorded with William Orbit in the early 1980s. Additionally, while the album may come out before the end of 2013, there is no release date for the final product.
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