Freddie Mercury died 30 years ago, but his iconic rock voice lives on, and Queen is bringing it back.
Mercury, of course, fronted the band until his death from AIDS in November 1991. His opera-style lead vocals gave them a sound like no other rock band ever. And now, he can be heard again, and not just on one of those classic rock stations.
Instead, Queen is putting out a never-before-released song, entitled “Fear It Alone,” with Mercury. The single was recorded in 1989 and will be added to the collector’s edition, due out Nov. 18. For the record, Nov. 24 marks the 31st anniversary of Mercury’s death.
Queen – Face It Alone
“We did find a little gem from Freddie, that we’d kind of forgotten about and it was — it’s wonderful,” drummer Roger Taylor told BBC Radio 2.
Legendary Queen guitarist added that the song “was kind of hiding in plain sight.”
At first, Queen was hesitant to release the song, as it was never really finished.
“We looked at it many times and thought, oh no, we can’t really rescue that,” Mahy said. “But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, ‘OK, we can do this and this.’ It’s like kind of stitching bits together. But it’s beautiful, it’s touching.”
Given that the song had to be pieced together, there will be plenty of Mercury vocals, including the repeated lyrics, “When something so deep, so far and wide falls down beside you… In the end, in the end / You have to face it all alone.”