Roger Taylor says Queen could reunite for the Olympics

Drummer is also putting together a new Queen tribute band

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has said that the band may reform with Free frontman Paul Rodgers for some live shows, including one at next summer’s Olympics.

The band toured and recorded with Rodgers as their frontman from 2004 to 2009, but ended the collaboration and have not played live since. Taylor has now however said that the band have “not ruled out” performing live together again.

Asked by Rolling Stone if he thought the band would ever play live again with Rodgers, Taylor replied:

I wouldn’t rule it out. In fact I read the other day Paul said he wouldn’t mind doing something. If something came up as special, we could maybe do that, maybe the Olympics or something. But I certainly wouldn’t rule it out and he is a wonderful singer, there’s no doubt about that.

Taylor also revealed that he is putting together his own version of Queen as a new touring tribute band.

The outfit, which will be called The Queen Extravaganza, will be put together from open auditions, which Taylor himself will oversee. Asked why, the drummer replied that he believes a lot of the tribute bands aren’t up to scratch and he wants to produce his own.

He said:

Essentially we’re producing our own show using our own footage and production values to make a show because let’s face it, we’re getting a little long in the tooth, but there are an awful lot of tribute bands, some of them good, some of them not good. And we put together something that we felt was purely extraordinary.

For more information about the auditions and the tribute band, visit Meanwhile, watch My Chemical Romance discuss their onstage collaboration with Queen‘s Brian May by clicking on the video below.