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.

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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.”




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!!!
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