After announcing their first live album in Live Around The World, Queen and Adam Lambert have debuted one of their tracks early. Fans can view The Show Must Go On, performed at London’s O2 Arena in 2018, from today on the band’s official YouTube channel below. But did you know the track featured on Queen’s final album released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime?
The Show Must Go On was recorded while Freddie was already in the final stages of his battle with AIDS.
On that difficult time, Queen guitarist Brian May said: “Even though we were all aware of Freddie’s impending tragedy, we had some inspired and joyful times in the studio, making the Innuendo album.
“We didn’t speak much about Freddie’s illness – he just wanted to get on with ‘business as usual’ as far as possible.
“But already there was only a day or two per week when Freddie was well enough to come in and work with us.”
The singer added: “I think we all have moments in life where we feel the odds are against us and the climb is a steep one.
“I always sense a great cathartic release throughout the audience during this song.
“I think we all recognise that it was a big statement for Freddie at that point in his journey as well.
“He was fighting for his life.”