Before Queen and Adam Lambert took the stage for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee concert on June 4, founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor announced that a previously unreleased song featuring Freddie Mercury will be released in September.
The group was interviewed for the event on BBC Radio 2 by Zoe Ball, who quoted Taylor as saying, “We did find a little gem from Freddie that we had forgotten about, and it was — It’s wonderful.” In reality, it was a true discovery. It is from the ‘The Miracle’ sessions, and I believe it will be released in September.”
Queen’s thirteenth studio album, “The Miracle,” was released in 1989 and was recorded during a highly productive period for the band in 1988. Mercury stated during a radio interview with DJ Mike Read that 30 songs were recorded for “The Miracle.” Some songs were released as B-sides, while “Hang On In There” and “Chinese Torture” were included as bonus tracks on the original CD.
May further explained that the song was “sort of hiding in plain sight.” We looked at it numerous times and concluded that there was no way to save it. In actuality, however, we went back in, and our brilliant engineering team said, “Okay, we can do this and that.” It’s similar to sewing pieces together. However, it is a beautiful and moving piece.” Taylor concurred, “It is a very passionate work.” Since Mercury’s death in 1991, Queen has released several unreleased songs featuring the singer, including the compilation “Queen Forever” from 2014.
Lambert has been the band’s lead vocalist since 2011, when he replaced Paul Rodgers, who toured with the group from 2004 to 2009. For their most recent performance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Queen and Adam Lambert performed a medley of their greatest hits, including “We Will Rock You,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and “We Are the Champions.” Queen and Lambert are currently on tour together and are scheduled to perform three shows at London’s O2 Arena this week, followed by six shows from June 14 to June 21.