Brian May and Roger Taylor celebrate huge Freddie Mercury achievement

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It’s been over 30 years since Freddie Mercury died at just 45 after losing his battle with AIDS. Although Queen bassist John Deacon retired in 1997, Brian May and Roger Taylor have been keeping the show on the road ever since with Paul Rodgers and now Adam Lambert. Yesterday, they released a previously unheard Queen track which is the first of six from The Miracle album sessions back in 1988.

Face It Alone has been dubbed by Roger, “a little gem from Freddie that we’d kind of forgotten about… It’s wonderful. Actually, it was real discovery. It’s from the Miracle Sessions…It’s a very passionate piece.”

Brian shared: “It was kind of hiding in plain sight. We looked at it many times and thought, oh no, we can’t really rescue that. But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, okay, we can do this and this. It’s like kind of stitching bits together… But it’s beautiful. It’s touching.”

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Brian enthused: “I’m happy that our team were able to find this track.  After all these years, it’s great to hear all four of us … yes, Deacy is there too … working in the studio on a great song idea which never quite got completed … until now!”

Celebrating Freddie’s Face It Alone reaching No 1 on its debut release date in the Rock singles chart, the guitarist was joined in a restaurant by Roger and a special guest.

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Pictured with Brian and Roger was Ben Elton, who wrote the Queen musical We Will Rock You.

The guitarist wrote on his Instagram: “Celebrating A Number One !!! Who is this ?! Bri. OK …. we got a little rowdy … but this stuff doesn’t happen every day !!! Thanks folks for the wonderful support – we never take it for granted. Bri.”

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The other five tracks that have been in the vault for 33 years will feature in the upcoming Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition, which will be released on November 18.

An hour-plus disc will include previously unheard songs like Dog With A Bone, I Guess We’re Falling Out, You Know You Belong To Me and the newly released Face It Alone.

Queen The Miracle Collector’s Edition will be released on November 18 as an 8-Disc Book Set: Vinyl LP/5CD/DVD/Blu-ray and can be pre-ordered here.

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