Freddie Mercury 'Optical Illusion' to Join Queen Musical

FARROKH BULSARA (a.k.a. Freddie Mercury)

<p>The late Mercury's image will make an appearance at the West End musical "We Will Rock You."</p>

In the wake of Tupac Shakur's projected appearances at Coachella in April, the return of a number of dead musicians was discussed -- and Queen's Freddie Mercury is set to be next.

According to the BBC, "an optical illusion of sorts" will take the stage at the 10th anniversary of the West End musical "We Will Rock You." Mercury died in 1991, at age 45.

"People will come out saying, 'Did we actually see Freddie?'" guitarist Brian May told the BBC.

He added that their illusion, long in the works, had been beaten to the punch by Tupac's much-discussed surprise.

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"It's a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we've been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while," May added. "[That technique] is something we've looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it's not really quite practical."

However, don't expect Mercury to join the band next. In April, Queen's Roger Taylor told Billboard.com that he wouldn't play with a Tupac-style recreation of Mercury.

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"I don't want to appear with a hologram of my dear friend. It's the real one or no hologram for me. But I think it's an amazing effect when used properly -- obviously in darkness," he said at the time.

Instead, Queen's enlisted singer Adam Lambert for a handful of summer shows this year, including two nights at the HMV Apollo Hammersmith in London in July.