Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS
Queen is using one of the previously unreleased tracks from its upcoming Queen Forever compilation for a good cause. The group has released "Let Me In Your Heart Again" via iTunes, with proceeds going to Coca-Cola's RED campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury died from AIDS-related causes in 1991. "It's been 23 years since the world lost our beloved Freddie Mercury," guitarist Brian May said in a statement. "We've made extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS in that time. But we cannot simply rest on the fact that the treatment is available. We must ensure that it is provided. Roger [Taylor] and I are proud to lend this rediscovered song to the RED campaign, in the hope that Freddie's powerful voice can inspire the world yet again."
"Let Me In Your Heart Again" is one of three unreleased songs on Queen Forever, joining "Love Kills" and Mercury's duet with Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More to Life Than This."
Taylor tells Billboard that the song was recorded during sessions for Queen's 1984 album The Works "and it somehow didn't get used, or it didn't get finished, I guess, and it just got put aside and forgotten. I think Brian discovered it again, and I'd completely forgotten about it, I have to say. So we did a little work on it. We did a few backing vocals on it and there it is, with all of the original instruments and the rhythm section and guitar as it was recorded at the time. That was a nice surprise for me."
Listen to William Orbit's six-minute remix of the song below. A four-minute version of "Let Me In Your Heart Again" will appear on Queen Forever.
Queen Forever comes out Nov. 11 in single and double-disc versions. Queen + Adam Lambert, meanwhile, return to the road in the new year, starting a 22-date European trek on Jan. 13 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K.