Queen’s final album with late singer with Freddie Mercury was released almost two decades ago and since then, it’s been believed that everything meaningful created and recorded by the legendary frontman is already in the public domain, however that could be about to change.
‘Made in Heaven’ was the 15th studio album released by the British band and was the final one to feature Mercury who died in 1991 and John Deacon, who left the group to retire two years after the album’s release on 6 November 1995.
However, in a new interview Brian May has revealed that he may have some additional material which could be put together to form another posthumous release.
‘Made In Heaven’ was recorded both before and after Freddie’s death and after his passing Deacon, Roger Taylor and Brian worked with vocals and piano parts that Mercury recorded before his death, along with newly recorded lyrics by the remaining band members. It was all completed at the band’s studio in Montreux, Switzerland.
Since the mid 90s May and Taylor have kept the band’s name in the spotlight and after a tour with singer Paul Rodgers in the late 2000s they have more recently performed with American Idol finalist Adam Lambert. In fact Adam is set to join them on stage once more later this month, when Queen perform at the iHeart Radio music event at Las Vegas.
May thinks it could be time after that gig to look at finishing and releasing some never heard before tunes, which were recorded at old studio sessions when Freddie was alive.
“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.”
“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.”
That would be amazing!
Meanwhile, Adam Lambert has admitted that he’s getting used to the criticism and abuse that he opened himself up to when he auditioned for Idol. He’s become a world famous singer in the ensuing years but still, he always has some detractors and Lambert told Phoenix Radio:
“Everybody has an opinion, right?… Sometimes it’s hard to hear, but I think growing up as a kid and doing theater, I got used to wanting a role and not getting it. So, I think I’ve had a long history of rejection and criticism. That’s what being a performer is all about. It’s just part of it — part of the territory.”