Queen guitarist May reveals plans to release a brand new album – featuring vocals recorded by Mercury before his death

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Queen are working on a brand new album set to featured previously unheard vocals from late singer Freddie Mercury.

Guitarist Brian May has revealed he and drummer Roger Taylor are searching through their archives for material the band worked on before their frontman died in 1991.

And he says there are enough songs to release a Queen record and also create an update to their 2002 musical We Will Rock You.

May tells the Daily Star the pair are “going through some old drawers” and adds: “As well as seeing what we can unearth, we want to do a new musical to follow We Will Rock You.

“The songs are there – it’s just a question of finding time to get the right production.”

Meanwhile, Paul Rodgers says he’d be receptive to the idea of reuniting with Queen for the opening of the London Olympics in 2012.

Q+PR worked together between 2004 and 2009 before the singer decided to refocus on solo work. He’d previously stated the project was all in the past – but now he tells Billboard: “I would be open to something like that, I must say.

“We did great; I think we did fantastically well. We were up against potential disaster, really, and I think we really pulled it off. Toured the world a couple of times. Made a brand new studio album.

“I just didn’t want to do it forever – but for something like that would be ideal.”

A recent survey suggested Queen’s anthem Bohemian Rhapsody is the song most likely to appear on iPods in the UK, with over 40% of all music fans carrying the track on their MP3 players. The nearest competition was Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance with a 33% presence. Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, REM’s Everybody Hurts and tracks by the Beatles, U2 and Coldplay also made the shortlist.

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