Taylor says band’s attempts to build a record from archive was ‘barrel-scraping exercise’ – but there could be two singles

Freddie Mercury

Archive hunt: Freddie

Queen have shelved plans to make a new album featuring recordings of Freddie Mercury’s voice before he died.

Guitarist Brian May last month said he and bandmate Roger Taylor were aiming to go through their archives in order to build a record based on tracks laid down by their iconic singer before his death in 1991.

But now Roger Taylor says it’s not going to happen.

The drummer tells Ultimate Classic Rock: “I’ve got to tell you: there won’t be an album.

“There’s just not enough. And the last thing I want to do is have a sort of barrel-scraping exercise.”

But that doesn’t mean fans have heard the last of Queen – Taylor says there are at least two unheard recordings which can be brushed up and turned into releases.

“There’s a couple of great tracks that Freddie recorded with Michael Jackson. Brian and I are working on them and they are good.

“At some point they will surface, I think, when we feel it’s a good moment. I don’t really want to ride any sort of wave there. That will be probably later some point next year.”

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