New Queen album to feature unreleased Freddie Mercury tracks

For rock fans of Queen, it's not just a fantasy -- it's real life.

A new Queen album is in the works featuring unreleased Freddie Mercury vocals from the 1980s, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed during an interview with BBC Radio on Monday. The album, which will probably be called "Queen Forever," will be released later this year.

"We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they're quite beautiful, so people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year," said May. "[The album] is a compilation, but it will have this new material on which nobody in the world has ever heard. And I think people will really enjoy it."

"Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight, so it's quite emotional. It's the big, big ballads and the big, big kind of epic sound," May added.

Mercury, Queen's iconic frontman, died in 1991 of complications from AIDS. The band's bassist, John Deacon, who wrote a number of Queen's hit songs like "Another One Bites the Dust," has retired from music.

The band, with original members May and Roger Taylor, is touring the United States this summer with former "American Idol" contestant Adam Lambert at the helm. The 24-date North American tour will kick off June 19 in Chicago, and come to the Forum in Inglewood on July 3.

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