Queen’s Roger Taylor releases political new solo single ‘Gangsters Are Running The World’

Taylor's last solo record was 2013's 'Fun on Earth'

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has released a new solo single, ‘Gangsters Are Running This World’.

The track – his first new music in more than five years – feature lyrics that address the state of the world.


There’s blood in the streets / Panic in the air / The markets are trading up / In madness and fear“, Taylor sings in the new song.

It’s not the first time that Taylor has made political statements in his material. In 1994 he released the single ‘Nazis’ while his 1998 album ‘Electric Fire’ featured a cover of John Lennon’s ‘Working Class Hero’.

Roger Taylor
Queen’s Roger Taylor

Elsewhere, in 2011 Taylor re-released his protest song about media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

There were no details of a new album with the release of ‘Gangsters Are Running This World’.

Taylor recently attended numerous awards ceremonies for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which won a string of accolades including Best Picture at the 2019 Golden Globes. He continues to tour with Queen and Adam Lambert, who begin their Rhapsody tour in North America this summer.


Singer Adam Lambert, drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May of Queen

Last August, Taylor joined members of Foo Fighters onstage to perform a cover of one of his band’s classic songs.

Foo Fighters held the event in the car park of Hollywood’s Palladium to promote their festival, CalJam.

Before the Foos took to the stage as The Holy Shits, drummer Taylor Hawkins led covers band Chevy Metal through a number of classic rock songs, including Queen and David Bowie‘s ‘Under Pressure’. Taylor took over drum duties, while Hawkins handled Freddie Mercury’s vocals.