Roger Taylor says Queen won’t release an album of lost Freddie Mercury demos

Drummer says the last thing his band wants to do is 'have a barrel-scraping exercise'

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has ruled out the possibility that they will release a new album of old demos featuring their late singer Freddie Mercury.

Guitarist Brian May had previously revealed that he was going through the band’s old material with Taylor to compile a selection of unreleased tracks for an LP, but the drummer has now said that no such album will be released as there “isn’t enough” material.

Taylor told Ultimate Classic Rock magazine about the possibility of a new album: “I’ve got to tell you, there won’t be an album. There’s just not enough and the last thing I want to do is have a sort of barrel-scraping exercise.”

Taylor did confirm that the band will release a series of duets that Mercury recorded with Michael Jackson next year.

He said of this: “There’s a couple of great tracks that Freddie recorded with Michael Jackson that Brian and I are working on and they are good. So at some point they will surface I think when we feel it’s a good moment. I don’t really want to ride any sort of wave there. So that’s an interesting thing, but that will be probably later some point next year.”

Lady Gaga was recently in talks to tour with the surviving members of the band as their singer following the departure of Paul Rodgers in 2009.