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Brian May of Queen: New album of new Freddie Mercury material in the works

Oh, has this been a year for Queen fans. Not only is the band back out on the road touring -- and doing so with none other than "American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert as the frontman -- but Brian May, the band's legendary guitarist, just recently divulged that there was a new full-length album of previously unreleased music coming that features none other than the late Freddie Mercury.

At a recent BBC radio interview to promote his book Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (about 19th-century stereoscopic playing cards), Rolling Stone reported (via Yahoo Music) May 27, Brian May revealed that his favorite Freddie Mercury song (at the moment -- because it apparently changes with time) was "Made In Heaven," a song where the title was used for the 1995 album but didn't include the song itself. That album had contained material that Queen had been working on at the time of the lead singer's death.

"I've just been doing something very similar," he told BBC radio, "because we found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing and they're quite beautiful. People will be hearing this work toward the end of the year."

The album will most likely be titled Queen Forever, the guitarist said.

"It's 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," said the guitarist. "It's the big, big epic sound. It wouldn’t have been if we hadn’t have done this restoration job. We only had scraps, but knowing how it would've happened had we finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology."

Freddie Mercury fronted the group from 1971 until his death in 1991 from complications with AIDS. The band's worldwide album sales range from 150 million to 300 million, making them one of the world's bestselling bands. With a theatrical style and hard rock sound, the four-man band would produce platinum-selling albums like A Night At The Opera, A Day At The Races, News Of The World, and The Game over a very successful eight-year period (1973-1980), songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," "We Are The Champions," "Somebody To Love," "Killer Queen," and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" becoming hits and rock station staples for decades to come.

Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Queen isn't the only legendary rock band to have new music materialize after decades of gathering dust on old demo and master tapes. Jimmy Page completed his overhaul of the first four Led Zeppelin albums and announced that there would be previously unreleased material from the band on the reissues. The music, to be released June 2, will be the band's first new music since 1982.