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Queen Drummer says Freddie Mercury/Michael Jackson Duets Are Ready for Release


Back in July, Queen revealed that never-before-heard duets featuring late singers Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson were set for release this fall.

Now, during a recent interview with Nicky Horne of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Team Rock Radio” show, drummer Roger Taylor has stated that the tracks are about finished, and Queen is just waiting for the go-ahead from Jackson’s camp to unleash them.

“[The] tracks have been sort of hanging around now for years and years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their up minds about what to do with them,” Taylor explained to Horne. “So we suggested we finish them…I think they’re pretty good – one of them is great.”

He continued, “We think they’re finished to our satisfaction. If you give us the go-ahead we’ll put them out…it’s as simple as that, really.”

As previously reported, the three tracks, entitled “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory,” were recorded at Jackson’s home studio in Encino, CA in 1983. However, due to the fact that both singers were supremely busy at the time, the songs were never finished.

Meanwhile, guitarist Brian May also teased last month that an entire new album an unreleased material could be in the works for Queen.

“We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on but since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson and there’s quite a few other things,” May told iHeartRadio.

“Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn't be just doing odd bits and pieces...maybe we should be heading towards an album? So it just might be.”

Are you looking forward to hearing some new material from Queen? Let us know in the comments section below and check out ClassicRockMagazine.com for more of Roger Taylor’s interview!