Queen + Paul Rodgers have recorded a new single, "Say It's Not True," to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday (Dec. 1).
Queen + Paul Rodgers have recorded a new single, "Say It's Not True," to commemorate World AIDS Day on Saturday (Dec. 1). The track, Queen's first studio collaboration with Rodgers, will be available as a free download from the band's Web site.
In recent years, Queen reactivated with Rodgers replacing the late Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS complications in 1991.
"By making the song available for free, we hope to help Nelson Mandela with his campaign to get across the message that no one is safe from infection," drummer Roger Taylor said in a statement. "We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love."
The last new recording under the Queen name was "No-One But You," which appeared on a 1998 Mercury tribute. Rodgers recently told Billboard.com he and the band are at work on a new album, due next year.
"With any band there's two sides -- there's the image and there's the music," he said. "I don't feel that I stepped into the image of Queen, although I wouldn't know that. But I really stepped into the music. It's safe to say we're quietly excited about what we're doing."