Sometimes when musical arts die, they leave behind a legacy that doesn’t ever end. On top of being praised by droves of fans decades after they have passed on, there are the rare occasions where unreleased material makes its way into the limelight. That is certainly the case for Freddie Mercury, the legendary front man for Queen. Mercury passed away back in 1991 from complications from the AIDS virus, which was far more deadly back then. The song that is set to be released comes from the band’s sessions recording their 13th studio album, The Miracle, which took place in 1989. The song is called “Face It Alone,” and it will be out sometime in September of this year.
Queen band members, Brian May, and Roger Taylor, recently spoke to BBC about finding this “gem” of a song decades after recording it. Taylor said in the interview that he had “kind of forgotten about [the song]” and that it was a “wonderful” and “real discovery.” He was the only that also revealed the song would be out sometime in September of this year. This is huge news for fans of Freddie Mercury and Queen fans, especially considering the man passed away two years after the song had been recorded. It was likely a forgotten tune that may have just been left due to the pain the members of Queen had to feel when Mercury tragically passed away.
May also added, “It was kind of hiding in plain sight. We looked at it many times and thought, ‘Oh no, we can’t really rescue that.’ But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, ‘Okay, we can do this and this.’ It’s like kind of stitching bits together…But it’s beautiful. It’s touching.” Although the track had been recorded in the late 1980s, technology in terms of musical production is far more advanced currently. That means that we could be hearing an epic track, further produced to truly let Freddie Mercury shine. He has arguably the best voice in rock and roll, and that is likely not the aspect that needs some touching up, however, remastering a track that was released some 40 years ago will need to happen. Enhancing Mercury’s voice will help this track to sound extra intense too.
Queen has been popular since the 1970s. The band was recently thrust back into the spotlight as their lives had been showcased in a biopic called Bohemian Rhapsody. The film starred Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and was met with huge critical acclaim. So much so, that it netted the actor his first Academy Award win for Best Actor. The film sent many of the songs from the historic band back to the #1 spot on the charts.
Although Freddie Mercury has been dead for over 30 years, his influence on music has surely been felt this entire time. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is arguably one of the biggest songs that have ever been created. You can’t go anywhere without hearing this and joining in by belting out the lyrics. Especially when it comes to the headbanging part. We know you all do it because so do we. We certainly cannot wait to hear this final song of his, well, presumably the final song to be released with him singing. With how popular Queen is, this song will likely shoot its way up the charts as well.