Queen to Release New Album With Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

May 27, 2014 9:55 AM ET
Freddie Mercury of Queen performs
Freddie Mercury of Queen performs in Paris, France.
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Brian May also reveals sequel to ‘We Will Rock You’ musical in the works

Queen guitarist Brian May stopped by BBC Radio ostensibly to discuss Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, his new book on 19th century French stereoscopic cards. But after detailing his lifelong love of the cards and their odd visions of hell, May revealed plans for a new Queen album featuring unreleased Freddie Mercury vocals from the Eighties.

Readers’ Poll: 10 Greatest Queen Songs
Asked what his favorite Queen song ever recorded was, May said the answer changes every time, but “my favorite at the moment is ‘Made in Heaven,’ which was never a single but it’s the title track off the [1995] album we made after Freddie was gone with all the pieces that were left.

“I’ve just been doing something very similar because we found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they’re quite beautiful. People will be hearing this work toward the end of the year.”

May revealed the album will “probably” be called Queen Forever, with the material primarily taken from the Eighties “when we were in full flight.” It’s a compilation but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard and I think people will really enjoy it,” said the guitarist. “It’s the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We only had scraps, but knowing how it would’ve happened had we finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”

The guitarist also admitted that he has “secretly and quietly workshopped” a follow-up to We Will Rock You, the wildly successful musical based on the band’s songs. “We are working on a sequel, yes,” said May. “In fact, we’ve already very secretly and quietly workshopped, which means you stand it up and get people to sing it and act it. Everybody loved it, so we’re looking for a theatre and we hope to have a sequel out there at some point. More than this, I cannot say. It’s a little naughtier than the first one.” We Will Rock You author Ben Elton will return for the sequel.

But before any of that, Queen will embark on a 19-date cross-country tour with Adam Lambert kicking off June 19th at Chicago’s United Center and wrapping up July 20th at Washington D.C.’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. “This is the closest that you’ll ever get to see Queen as it was in our golden days, but it’s not a reproduction,” May told Rolling Stone“It’s not an imitation. We’re here live and real and we have a great singer. They’ll be a lot of newness about this. I think that’s very exciting. It’ll be loud and dangerous and all the things that people used to look for in us.”




Batbileg’s manager presents videos on his artwork at the 28th International Queen Fan Convention in the UK

Batbileg’s Manager Unurmaa Janchiv gave presentation on Batbileg’s artwork “The Magnificent Years”, which is now being hosted by the Dominion Theatre in London since October 2011, at the 28th International Queen Fan Convention in Great Yarmouth, UK, which took place between 19-22 April 2013.

Among the guest speakers, there were Jacky Smith of the Queen International Fan Club, Former PA to Freddie Mercury Peter Freestone and all those wonderful people who are connected to Queen and their music, including Rhys Thomas, Jamie Moses, Doug Puddifoot and performers including the amazing Natalia Poznova and the tribute bands “The Bohemians” and “Kinds of Magic”, who were superb! We must mention Queen Mime, Q-Factor, the fancy dress and tattoo competitions, which were hilarious, but fun fun fun!!! …

The Queen fans were again so warm and we had fantastic time there near the beach town of Great Yarmouth. Of course there were many those who fell in love with Batbileg’s artwork dedicated to life and music of Queen at his first display during the 25th International Queen Fan Convention in the same venue in 2010. The artist and Miss Unurmaa had then both met many of the delegates including Jacky Smith of the Queen International Fan Club, Former PA to Freddie Mercury Peter Freestone, Freddie’s sister Kashmir Cooke and her husband Roger Cooke and many more.

We managed to raise some funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust and gave our small donation to the wonderful Maureen Barclay of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Thanks to everyone who bought prints of Batbileg’s amazing painting and we hope to hear from you more often!

Thanks again to the amazing Jacky, who invited Unurmaa to speak at the Convention and everyone who has been helpful throughout the event! See you in 2014 at the next Convention!

As you know, many fans have been asking about prints and finally you are now able to purchase signed and unsigned cards, photo prints an prints on canvas of the “Magnificent Years”. 5% of each sale goes to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Lots of love from
Batbileg & Unurmaa

Here are some photos from the Convention by Aza. Please feel free to circulate, tag and share:

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Batbileg Darjaa is an Honorary Artist of Mongolia and a graduate of the Art College in Ulaanbaatar. He taught at the Art College before launching on his biggest project: Queen. A huge music fan himself, Batbileg Darjaa worked on “The Magnificent Years” (oil on canvas, dimension: 80x150cm each/320x150cm for four paintings), the series of four paintings, dedicated to “Queen” at the peak of their career, after working on the paintings for four and a half years. The painting is hosted by the Dominion Theatre in London at present. There are eight hand-woven tapestries and two sculptures named after their songs also. “The Magnificent Years” was hosted at the 25th International Queen Fan Convention in the UK in 2010, the Freddie Mercury Memorial Day celebration in Montreaux, Switzerland and the Dominion Theatre, celebrating Freddie Mercury’s birthday in support of fundraising for the Mercury Phoenix Trust in September 2011. As mentioned above, the paintings are now being hosted at the Dominion Theatre permanently for over one year.

Some fans may have already seen it, some may have not. Here is a short video for you to see how it is displayed at the Dominion Theatre.

In the next video, Batbileg talks about his experience of working on “The Magnificent Years”, which was inspired by the music of “Queen”. His tells his story of being a music fan in the early 90s in a socialist country before the democratic process took place in Mongolia and how hard he worked on his paintings to achieve his most ambitious plan to complete the full set of four paintings, now hosted by the Dominion Theatre in London, where We Will Rock You musical is staged six days a week for over 10 years. He goes on to say that his oriental background, combined with his professional training in western Modernist style of painting, helped him to tell a story about 40-years of the legendary rock band “Queen”.

Batbileg’s website: http://www.queenart.wordpress.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Batbileg-Darjaa/166915393395229
Contact Batbileg’s Manager Unurmaa: unurmaa@linguaglobal.org.uk

Монгол зураач Д. Батбилэгийн менежер Ж. Өнөрмаа 2013 оны 4 дүгээр сарын 19-22-ны өдрүүдэд Англи Улсын далайн эргийн Грэйт Ярмут хотод зохиогдсон Квийн хамтлагын олон улсын фенүүдийн 28-р конвенцид уригдан оролцож Д. Батбилэгийн уран бүтээл болох Лондон хотын Доминион театрт 2011 оны 10-р сараас эхлэн байнга тавигдаад буй “Гайхамшигийн он жилүүд” тосон будгийн зургийн цувралын тухай болон түүний уран бүтээлийн тухай танилцуулга хийлээ. Д. Батбилэг Квийн хамтлагт зориулсан уг зургийг оролцуулсан өөрийн уран бүтээлийн үзэсгэлэнг 2010 онд мөн дээрх хотноо болсон Квийн хамтлагын фенүүдийн 25-р конвенцийн үеэр гаргаж байв. Одоо Монгол улсдаа амьдарч, уран бүтээлээ туурвиж яваа Д. Батбилэг 2012 оны 12 дугаар сард “Та бэлэн үү?” хэмээх нэртэй дэлхийн поп рок хөгжмийн сэдэвт уран зураг, цуглуулгын үзэсгэлэнгээ Улаанбаатар хотноо хоёр долоо хоног гаргасан ба уг үзэсгэлэн нь 2013 оны 2 дугаар сараас эхлэн Эрдэнэт хотноо байнга дэлгэгдээд байгаа билээ.

Уг Конвенцид Фреди Меркюригийн туслах асан Питр Фрийстоун, Квийн хамтлагын олон улсын фенүүдийн клубын тэргүүн Жаки Смит, Квийн хамтлагын фото зурагчин асан Даг Падифүүт, Квийн хамтлагтай тоглож явсан, Брайн Мэйтэй тоглодог гитарчин Жэйми Моүзес, Фреди Меркюригийн тухай баримтат киноны продюсер Райс Томас, Квийн хамтлагын дууг найруулан төгөлдөр хуураар гайхамшигтай тоглодог Наталья Поснова зэрэг хүмүүс уригдан оролцож, дурсамжаасаа хуваалцлаа.

Bidding starts as Dominion Theatre in London hosts “The Magnificent Years” by Batbileg as of November 2011 until November 2012

Batbileg’s painting “The Magnificent Years” has been received with huge interest and delight by Freddie fans and the Queen Community both in Montreux, Switzerland and the Dominion Theatre in London, celebrating Freddie’s 65th birthday. We raised some funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust and made friends with many people and fans. Big thanks to the Freddie Mercury Memorial Day Team and Eve at En Beauregard Gallery and our fellow Swiss artists in Montreux! Our thanks also go to Catherine Simon, who co-organised the fundraising event at the Dominion Theatre, The Mercury Phoenix Trust and the Dominion Theatre & WWRY Management for their support!

Another boost in Batbileg’s life was the news that his paintings will be hosted by the Dominion Theatre in London for a year, where the legendary We Will Rock You show rocks away every night!  Batbileg is very appreciative and would like to thank the Management of the Dominion Theatre, including David Pearson, Mark Satchell, Peter Gibbons and also particularly Maureen Barclay of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, who kindly took the artist’s wish to the Theatre and the WWRY show management! This will mean a lot to the artist . As Catherine Simon, who helped to organise the day in the Dominion Theatre, wrote “Bata’s talent has been widely acknowledged by the Queen Community”.

Long live Queen! Visit WWRY at Dominion Theatre to view these magnificent paintings and bid!

NEWS * * * You can order prints and card of Batbileg’s amazing paintings! * * * NEWS

We are now taking orders for prints and cards. 

You can now order prints and card of Batbileg’s amazing paintings! The artist will donate a percentage of all sales to the Mercury Phoenix Trust continously! So you have a chance of owning this magnificent piece and supporting the MPT at the same time! All rights reserved. 

Contact to order via e-mail:


PRINT of FOUR paintings (118cm x 63.8 cm each separate print & 118cm  x 245.2cm for the set of four paintings): £500 (including the postage fee for one series within Europe; + postage for other countries)
SIGNED CARD of FOUR paintings (32 x 75cm): £15 (Including the postage fee for one card within Europe; + postage for other countries;)

Batbileg’s artworks of Queen at the Dominion Theatre in London on 5 September, 2011

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 Batbileg’s artworks on Queen will be displayed at the Dominion Theatre on 5th September 2011 to raise funds for  the Mercury Phoenix Trust:

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    One Cause One Vision is organising an Exhibition dedicated to legendary rock band Queen at We Will Rock You London, UK on 5 September 2011, to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust. We are currently calling for more artists willing to participate and make a difference. So feel free to join and combine your passion for Arts and Queen!!!

Exhibition in Montreux, Switzerland

Batbileg will bring his exhibition on Queen to Montreux for the celebration of Freddie Mercury’s birthday between 30 August to 10 September 2011:



See you in Montreux!


Photos of the exhibition at En Beauregard Gallery

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