Band's Brian May says he found old outtakes the day he got cancer all-clear
Brian May has teased the existence of a new Queen song featuring the vocals of Freddie Mercury.
Writing on his official blog, the guitarist said: “Some Queen magic is happening… I feel it in my bones. It’s annoying to have to be so secretive, but I guess I have to, for now. What I can say is the track we dusted off today has the four of us, Freddie, John, Roger and myself, playing together on a track we’d forgotten about that was never finished.”
“It sounds so fresh,” he added, “now all carefully transferred into the ProTools environment but sounding exactly like it did straight off the 24-track tape it was recorded on over 30 years ago. I got quite emotional hearing some of it… some rough takes, some discussion and banter, and then a really good take and some overdubs, and well… it’s crying out to be finally brought into the world.”
He then expressed his surprise and gratitude that no one had obtained the tape and leaked it during the intervening years. He made the announcement in the same post in which he delivered some health news. Just after Christmas, May announced he has undergoing tests for cancer. Now he has the results, he wrote: “Well, I got a great phone call from my specialist this evening. He said… ‘I have good news. The result of your prostate biopsy is here, and we did not find any cancer cells.’ So finally, as far as that vital organ is concerned, I am – thank God – in the clear. It’s a great relief. I celebrated in the studio with a cup of tea. Hey… I know how to rock!”
Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991. The band’s 15th and final studio album, ‘Made In Heaven’, was released in 1995 after the remaining three members had worked on extensive recordings Mercury made before he died.