QUEEN recently announced a tour with Adam Lambert on vocals, but for some time now, they’ve also been compiling some old music they found in the archives with the hopes of releasing it. VH1 Radio Network‘s Dave Basner asked guitarist Brian May to reveal more about what they found.
“We have a few songs that we discovered which were sort of stuck away in a drawer and I think we’d overlooked them,” May said. “Yeah, we have two or three or four or five [tracks], I don’t know. It’s not a whole album’s worth but definitely some significant material and [late QUEEN singer] Freddie [Mercury] sounds just so alive and fresh it’s like it was recorded yesterday and we’re playing together a lot of the time so you’ll hear something which I think people will enjoy. It’s been a voyage of discovery for us because we thought after ‘Made In Heaven’, there wasn’t any more QUEEN material, but there it is, and I think you’ll get a kick out of it.”
Since they don’t have a full album yet, would they consider recording with Adam and adding that music to the record?
“Well, you know, anything is possible,” Brian told VH1 Radio Network. Roger added: “It’s logical, it’s a very logical thing to do, so I don’t know.” Brian continued: “You never know. You never know.”
May and Taylor recently put finishing touches on some of Mercury‘s 1983 demos with Michael Jackson. In addition to that, the other “lost” Mercury tracks in the QUEEN vaults include collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.
Shortly before his death, Freddie Mercury was amazed by QUEEN‘s longevity and massive global fanbase. “I must say, I didn’t really think we were going to last that long,” he said. “You never think about it. You don’t get up every morning and think, ‘My God, this is going to be over.’ You just carry on and come up with fresh ideas and think about what to do. So, as long as we don’t take it too seriously. Earlier on we used to take it very seriously and I think it got a bit tooserious. And I just thought to myself, we should try and inject some fun into it, y’know?”