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by Andy Coleman (subscribe)
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Rock royalty returns with UK tour
Queen singer Freddie Mercury took his final curtain call 23 years ago this November but his music lives on.

Fellow band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are set to tour again as Queen with Adam Lambert as frontman and on November 10 a new compilation CD, including three previously unreleased tracks, is unveiled.

The Queen plus Adam Lambert tour plays Birmingham NIA on January 23, 2015.

Queen Adam Lambert, Birmingham NIA
Rock royalty: Queen with Adam Lambert


Brian and Roger first teamed up with Adam in 2009 to perform Queen's rock anthem We Are the Champions on American Idol's season eight finale. They joined forces again in 2011 at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast.

In the summer of 2012 they performed their first live concerts, including three sold-out shows in the UK and appearances in Russia, Ukraine and Poland.

A one-off performance at the IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last September triggered the idea to take the show on the road. What followed was a world tour taking in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and Japan.

Queen Adam Lambert, Birmingham NIA


"On the technical side, it's definitely more of a production than two years ago," enthuses Adam of the show. "We've had a lot more cities to visit and so I think we all decided to build up the visuals and the stage accordingly, and of course we do all the hits."

Adds guitarist Brian May: "We have a very interesting set design, it's big and daring. We're going to do it to the max.''

Drummer Roger Taylor is excited about collaborating again with Adam.

''Each time we've worked with Adam with our music he's just the most incredible front man,'' he says. "He's sensational. He's an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality. It is very comfortable."

Adam will probably only tour, rather than record, with Queen in the near future but previously unreleased band tracks with Freddie Mercury can be heard on Queen Forever, the new compilation album.

Queen Adam Lambert, Birmingham NIA, Queen Forever
The music lives on: Queen Forever compilation


Included is the long anticipated Michael Jackson collaboration, There Must Be More to Life Than This, a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track, Let Me In Your Heart Again, originating from the band's The Works album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury's first solo hit, Love Kills.

The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings that Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits."

There Must Be More to Life Than This began as a song written by Freddie during sessions for Queen's 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track but the song was never completed.

Queen Adam Lambert, Birmingham NIA, Queen Forever
Music legends: Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury


Freddie visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984's The Works but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie's own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985's Mr Bad Guy. This new production of the ballad by William Orbit fuses Queen's original backing track and Mercury and Jackson's distinctive vocals.

Brian May's Let Me In Your Heart Again was first recorded by Queen for The Works album but not completed at the time. On the new album it features Freddie's vocals, newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger.

Love Kills, was composed by Freddie Mercury and Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder's newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang's 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984. Freddie recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track.

The new Queen-Freddie studio version revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor.

Watch the official album trailer here

Queen Forever – Track Listings:

Single CD:
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
It's A Hard Life
You're My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Drowse
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don't Try So Hard
Bijou
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Winter's Tale
Play The Game
Save Me
Somebody To Love
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Crazy Little Thing Called Love

2-CD SET
CD1
Let Me In Your Heart Again
Love Kills – The Ballad
There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
Play The Game
Dear Friends
You're My Best Friend
Love Of My Life
Drowse
You Take My Breath Away
Spread Your Wings
Long Away
Lily Of The Valley
Don't Try So Hard
Bijou
These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Nevermore
Las Palabras De Amor
Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2
I Was Born To Love You
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Friends Will Be Friends
Jealousy
One Year of Love
A Winters Tale
'39
Mother Love
It's A Hard Life
Save Me
Made in Heaven
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Sail Away Sweet Sister
The Miracle
Is This The World We Created
In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
Forever






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Why? Rock royalty returns as Queen team up with Adam Lambert.
When: January 23, 2015
Phone: 0844 338 8000
Where: NIA, Birmingham
Cost: £78.33 & £67.08 plus fees
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