Brian May says he's often thought of the way Freddie Mercury handled his final illness when dealing with the aftermath of the Queen guitarist's own health scare. Mercury died in 1991 from complications relating to the AIDS virus.
Brian May's 2014 is getting off to a pretty exciting start: Not only has the Queen guitarist been given a clean, cancer-free bill of health, but he's also turned up a long-forgotten recording featuring the band's late frontman, Freddie Mercury.
After months of delays, word is now circulating that Dexter Fletcher has been tapped to direct the Freddie Mercury biopic. Perhaps more importantly, Ben Whishaw will play Freddie Mercury, replacing Sacha Baron Cohen, who left over the summer.
In 1983, Freddie Mercury recorded some tracks with Michael Jackson that have remained in Queen's vault. Now, drummer Roger Taylor tells us that he and Brian May have completed them, and the songs will see the light of day, pending approval from Jackson's estate.
Last month we learned that the Queen biopic was in trouble due to Sacha Baron Cohen, who was set to play Freddie Mercury, leaving the project. In a new interview, guitarist Brian May gave his account of why it wasn't meant to be.