After announcing their first live album in Live Around The World, Queen and Adam Lambert have debuted one of their tracks early. Fans can view The Show Must Go On, performed at London’s O2 Arena in 2018, from today on the band’s official YouTube channel below. But did you know the track featured on Queen’s final album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime?
The Show Must Go On was recorded while Freddie was already in the final stages of his battle with AIDS.
On that difficult time, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “Even though we were all aware of Freddie’s impending tragedy, we had some inspired and joyful times in the studio, making the Innuendo album.
“We didn’t speak much about Freddie’s illness – he just wanted to get on with ‘business as usual’ as far as possible.
“But already there was only a day or two per week when Freddie was well enough to come in and work with us.”
The 73-year-old added: “We grabbed those precious moments and made the most of them.
“I’d been working on The Show Must Go On as an idea, but I was uncertain whether the title was too obvious.
“Freddie heard it and loved it and dismissed any thoughts that there was a problem with the chorus or the title.
“He wanted to work on it.”
Tragically, Freddie’s untimely death meant he never had the opportunity to sing The Show Must Go On live.
However, the tenacious song made its on-stage debut in April 1992 at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, just a few months after his death.
Elton John sang lead vocals, while Black Sabbath Tony Iommi guested on the guitar.
On singing the iconic track today, Adam Lambert said: “The Show Must Go On is a song with a very deeply resonating message.
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The singer added: “I think we all have moments in life where we feel the odds are against us and the climb is a steep one.
“I always sense a great cathartic release throughout the audience during this song.
“I think we all recognise that it was a big statement for Freddie at that point in his journey as well.
“He was fighting for his life.”
While drummer Roger Taylor simply said: “The song says it all”.
Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album is released on October 2.
And fans can chose from CD, CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray and Vinyl versions.
Queen and Adam Lambert: Live Around The World can be pre-ordered here.
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