Brian May and Roger Taylor are planning to perform live as QUEEN later this year, the guitarist has confirmed.
And he’s predicted that an upcoming announcement regarding their Freddie Mercury biopic is going to “cause sensation”.
The guitarist – who recently endured a cancer scare – says via his website: “It looks like it will be a very busy year for us. We seem to be still hovering on the button as I write, ready to start the engine rolling on the Freddie film.
“It’s been a long haul as you know, trying to assemble the right team to make the film. I have learned in my short time in the movie world that availability is everything. There are windows of opportunity, when everyone you need is free – but the windows can close unexpectedly, and it’s back to the drawing board.
“But the line-up is looking very exciting. I think just the announcement will cause a bit of a sensation.”
May says of working with Taylor again: “We’ve been looking at doing some dates – Roger and myself and who knows who else. Of course, these days nothing is a secret for more than the five minutes it takes for Twitter and Facebook to spread rumours.
“I think we’re up for one more swing out there. In fact, in our Queen meeting today we drank on it!”
Queen’s most recent concerts have been with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert at the front of the band. They played a number of shows in 2012 and appeared in Las Vegas last September.
Meanwhile, the band have released a new video discussing their 1986 shows at Wembley Stadium.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home yesterday (Thursday, December 5th) after a prolonged lung infection.
QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor pay tribute to Mandela with the following:
“Very sad to hear of Madiba’s passing. We (Queen, along with DAVE STEWART, and THE CORRS) were privileged to spend some days and nights with him at his game park retreat, while we were organising the first 46664 concert for AIDS at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town. They were life-changing days, with quiet time and talks around a camp fire at night, which we will remember til we die.
Mandela was the most inspiring man of his generation. His message, by example, was the power of forgiveness. He showed us that it’s possible to act after great injustice with no thought of revenge. He was light, funny, enormously generous, and, quietly, the greatest example to the world that a man can be.
RIP dear Madiba.” – Brian May
“Mandela, how sad. Leaves a great big hole in the world.” – Roger Taylor
(Pictured left to right: PETER GABRIEL, Brian May, ANNIE LENNOX, Nelson Mandela, Roger Taylor, Dave Stewart)
Yesterday morning (Sunday, June 17th) the legendary QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor made a surprise appearance on the streets of London – on a guided pub tour – all to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust (an AIDS Charity set up by Queen and the bands management after Freddie Mercury died).
The walk was arranged as part of the Freddie For A Day campaign which encourages people to dress as Freddie for one day to raise sponsorship money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
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(Photo credit – Emilie Bailey)