The first studio recording by Queen in 10 years will be available to download for free, to promote World AIDS Day. Say itâ€™s not true was written by Roger Taylor especially for Nelson Mandelaâ€™s AIDS awareness campaign, 46664.
â€œItâ€™s been a magical experience, fantastic,â€ Taylor said of Queenâ€™s return to the studio. The track can be downloaded from the 46664 and Queen websites from Saturday, which is World AIDS Day. It is also available on Paul Rodgersâ€™ website â€” Rodgers took on the role of lead singer for Queen in 2004.
Taylor said the AIDS cause was close to the bandâ€™s heart. â€œWe are inextricably linked with that after losing Freddie,â€ he said.
Rodgers was a founding member of the band Free Queen, led by flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, released a string of hit records throughout the â€™70s, â€™80s and â€™90s - including Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, widely regarded as one of the best UK singles of all time.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related condition in 1991. â€œBy 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 the infection,â€ said Taylor.
The 46664 charity is named after Mandelaâ€™s prison number. Queenâ€™s last studio recording was in November 1997 when May, Taylor and the bandâ€™s bassist reunited to record No-one but you. The song was written by Brian May and was heavily influenced by the loss of Mercury. â€” Agencies