Freddie Mercury always made Queen his principal creative focus, releasing only a few stand-alone singles, one solo album and a duet project with operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe before his 1991 death from AIDS complications. In fact, Mercury returned to complete a Queen album during the sessions for his 1985 debut 'Mr. Bad Guy,' releasing a No. 10 U.K. solo hit with 1984's "Love Kills" in the meantime. But when it finally appeared, 'Mr. Bad Guy' became a U.K. Top 10 hit as well, producing a single in "I Was Born to Love You" that also went to No. 11 overseas. 'Barcelona,' recorded in 1988 with Caballe, grew out of a song project Mercury undertook after Barcelona was selected to host the 1992 Summer Olympics. That initial Caballe duet eventually evolved into a full-length studio project. Since his sad passing, Mercury's solo debut has proven to be a treasure trove for posthumous Queen releases. Two tracks were later updated by Queen's remaining members for 1995's 'Made in Heaven.' A discarded collaboration with Michael Jackson from the 'Mr. Bad Guy' sessions ended up on 2014's 'Queen Forever,' as did the single "Love Kills."
Why Freddie Mercury Kept Buying Paintings in His Final Days
Mainstay of British rock industry recalls his time with Queen icon, the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
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It's the band's first release to feature the late singer in eight years.
Queen's 'Face it Alone' Featuring Freddie Mercury Out Thursday
Track dates back to sessions for the band's 1989 album 'The Miracle.'
40 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury and Queen Rise to 'SNL' Pressure
Missed opportunities marked the legendary band's only 'Saturday Night Live' appearance.
Is Freddie Mercury Rock's Greatest Frontman?: Roundtable
Thirty years after his death, the Queen singer's legacy is as strong as ever.
Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’: Freddie Mercury’s Epic Final Bow
Song echoed singer's determination to continue making music in the months before his death.
Why Freddie Mercury Wouldn’t Let Queen Write Political Songs
Roger Taylor says late frontman would never forgive him if he became too “preachy.”
Freddie Mercury’s ‘Wonderful Solution’ for Equality in Queen
Roger Taylor admits four-way split deal “didn’t go that well for me.”
Why Freddie Mercury Rejected His First Queen Recordings
Brian May says singer was “out of control” during early demo sessions.
How Freddie Mercury Helped Brian May Start His Solo Career
Queen singer told guitarist, "You've got to take care of yourself."