Queen to Release Never-Before-Heard Freddie Mercury Fronted Tracks

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Posthumous albums must be a ll the rage this year because the remaining member of Queen have revealed plans to release an album with tracks featuring Freddie Mercury that previously were unreleased. 

In an interview with BBC Radio, guitarist Brian May revealed the plans and that the compilation would be titled, Queen Forever and will probably be released by the end of the year. 

According to May, some of the tracks can be traced as far back as the 1980s. In the interview, he also unveiled that he and fellow bandmate, Roger Taylor will be heading up the restoration process for the songs. “We had to start from scratch because we only had scraps,” May explained. “But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology.”

Previously, May had also revealed plans to release a never-before-released track that featured a collaboration between Mercury and Michael Jackson. So far, the track still has not been released, but there might be a chance that the song will appear on the upcoming compilation. 

While nothing will ever be as “epic” as having Freddie Mercury in the flesh, the band have gone ahead and kept on going and will be heading out on tour this Summer with former American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert. This won’t be the first time that the former reality television show contestant has performed with the rest of the iconic band. Lambert performed with Queen on American Idol and went on a short tour with them across the pond. And no, according to Lambert, he has no intention of replacing one of his idols.

Check out their upcoming tour dates below. 

2014 QUEEN featuring ADAM LAMBERT TOUR:

06/19 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
06/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
06/23 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
06/24 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
06/26 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
06/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
07/01 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
07/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
07/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
07/06 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
07/09 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
07/10 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
07/12 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/13 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
07/14 – Montreal, QC 2 Bell Centre
07/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
07/17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
07/19 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/20 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/22 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
07/23 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center
07/25 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
07/26 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
07/28 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/22 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
08/26 – Sydney, AU @ Allphones Arena
08/29 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena
09/01 – Brisbane AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic Casts Their Freddie, Again

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After all this time, it looks like that Freddie Mercury bio-pic has finally gotten someone to play the iconic frontman and it might not be someone who we expected.

Ben Whishaw.

That is correct, the guy who played Q in Skyfall and Freddie Lyon (see it was already in the cards, we think) on BBC’s The Hour has been chosen to take the place of Sacha Baron Cohen after he bowed out of the role.

About six weeks ago, there was story written by the BBC blog, Anglophenia, that Queen’s Roger Taylor had his heart set on Whishawn taking on the role of the late-singer. At the time, even the blog had to admit that it was a stretch that the actor would take on the role that was previously occupied by someone with much more credentials. But alas, it looks like the rumor wasn’t a stretch at all because today it was confirmed.

At the time, Cohen has decided to leave the film, it was rumored that it was due to creative issues between the actor and the band. After his departure, guitarist Brain May said, “you have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha. That’s not any criticism of his talent whatsoever, it’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore.”

It’s also been reported that Dexter Fletcher has already closed the deal on the bio-pic and is currently working on how to represent the events that lead to the formation of Queen. Deadline reported that the film would be more of a celebration of Mercury’s glory days rather than concentrating on his last days.

Daniel Radcliffe NOT to Play Freddie Mercury in Bio-Pic

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After Sacha Baron Cohen bowed out from the Freddie Mercury bio-pic back in July due to some “creative” and rating issues with the remaining members of Queen, some people were starting to wonder who would be taking on the role of the iconic musician. Cohen, from the second he was cast, fit in as the singer and even revealed at some point that he was excited to take on the role especially since he had wanted to play that part for quite sometime.

While at first some might have been upset with the casting call, there was a slight resemblance between the actor and the late frontman.

Then rumors started a short time ago that Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, would be taking on the role. Talks might have been on the mum side since then, but the actor has officially confirmed that he would not be taking on the part in the still going forward film.

While speaking with Empire magazine, he confirmed that he would be”all wrong” for the part.

“Everyone on the internet who I presume is saying I’m totally wrong for that part is correct,” he said. “I AM completely wrong for that part!”

Radcliffe added, “if I’d seen a rumor about me playing Iggy Pop, I’d think, ‘Hey, I’d have a go at that – that’d be fun!’, but Freddie Mercury? No. I don’t even know who the director is. They seem to be saying it’s Stephen Frears and Tom Hooper on the internet.”

But while Cohen had bowed out and Radcliffe has now confirmed that he is not attached in any way with the project, Queen drummer Roger Taylor said in an interview about his departure, “we felt Sacha probably wasn’t right in the end. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved.”

Even though it looks like the film will be taking longer than planned to hit the big screen, Digital Spy has it on good authority that the project is still alive and will be making it on the screen; now when, only they know.

Freddie Mercury/Michael Jackson Tracks to Be Released

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What happens when you combine to of music’s biggest stars in the ’80s and a llama?

Apparently that’s what happened when Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson entered the studio to record some tracks together during that time.

The Times has reported that three tracks that were recorded by the twosome would be making their debut sometime this year, according to Queen guitarist, Brian May. May was quoted as saying that these rare, and never before heard tracks will be released in two months’ time.

In 1983, the two mega stars worked together in California, but did not release anything because they could not secure the adequate time to record more tracks. But that wasn’t all that led to the non-release of the songs before; there was some apparent tension between Mercury and Jackson.

In comes the llama bit.

During a recording session, Jackson brought a llama with him into the recording studio which resulted in Mercury calling Jim ‘Miami’ Beach, a lawyer who later became Queen’s manager and telling him, “Miami, dear, can you get over here? You’ve got to get me out of here, I’m recording with a llama.”

This news about the unreleased tracks come on the heels of Sacha Baron Cohen pulling out of the Freddie Mercury bio-pic he had been connected to for about three years. Due to some ratings and content issues with the remaining members of Queen, who get the final approval on the script contents, Baron decided to bow out of the role as the flamboyant frontman.

Sacha Baron Cohen Out of Freddie Mercury Bio-Pic

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The Freddie Mercury bio-pic no longer has a Freddie Mercury, because Sacha Baron Cohen has officially left the film.

According to Deadline, Cohen has left the film due to some creative issues after three years of being tied to the project. Cohen wanted the film to have more of a rated-R feel to it when telling the story about the late-Queen frontman, but the remaining members of the band, who get to have “script and director approval,” wanted more of a PG rating for the feature.

This news comes as surprise to those looking forward to the film because Cohen had apparently been looking forward to portraying Mercury for a long time and just this past October, Queen guitarist, Brian May posted an update online where he sounded excited for the way that the film was progress.

On his website he posted the following:

“Ah … I promised news of yesterday’s Queen band meeting. Well, it was just Roger and Jim Beach and myself … we are a small cottage industry !! Our main agenda was the Freddie film … which, I’m happy to tell you, is on course. Much of our discussion was about contractual things … it’s pretty complex …. and determining who is responsible for what. The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule – filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014.”

Back in March, the website had also reported that Tom Hooper (of Les Miserable fame) was hoping to claim the directing duties on the film, but seeing as there’s no star anymore the question is whether or not there was a back-up plan or if even a film will be made now.

Hooper reportedly was excited to work with Cohen on the film since the both of them had previously worked on Les Miserable together; remember, Cohen played Thénardier.