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Freddie Mercury died almost 30 years ago, but his legacy is continued by Queen and Adam Lambert to this day. The band’s new No 1 live album Live Around The World features a number of nods and tributes to the late star. And now Brian May has revealed which song makes him feel the closet connection to Freddie’s spirit when he’s performing.
Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, May said: “Well it has to be Love of My Life.”
The ballad, written by Freddie, originally featured on Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera.
On performing it today, the 73-year-old explained: “I have my solo spot, which is a moment where I really climb off my pedestal and get close to the audience; which I love to do.
“It’s nice to be rock star zooming around on stage, but it’s lovely to do the opposite and go down and be very intimate.”
May continued: “So I can do anything I want there; loads of my own songs I could play, but the one I always want to play is Freddie’s Love of My Life.
“The way we’ve arranged it recently…it’s very strange, it’s very emotional doing it I have to say.
“I’m sitting there on a stool and in the old days it would have been Freddie right beside me, while I play acoustics.”
The Queen guitarist said how he plays the track on an acoustic guitar which singing, before saying something spontaneous about Freddie.
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Anybody see our ‘Watch Party”tonight on Queen Channel Youtube ? What did you think ? This is an nice alternative view of the Love of my Life Moment from the O2 – the same night we used for the Watch Party. From @3dbyelisa – thanks !!! Well, those were the days. Let’s see what the future brings. Take care Folks. Bri
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During the concert performance, which is included in the new live album, a virtual Freddie appears on a screen behind Brian to sing the last verse.
May added: “It’s just a beautiful moment, I love it so much.
“By that time the audience have lit up all their phones and we have a moment.
“The crowning glory is Freddie coming on and tying the whole thing up with a great sense of humour as he always did have, which I think is the icing on the cake. And then he’s gone and that’s it.”
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Express.co.uk caught up with May the day before Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album made No 1.
At the time we asked the 73-year-old how it would feel for the trio to get that UK No 1 album.
After all, it’s Queen’s first No 1 album in 25 years, their 10th No 1 record and Lambert’s first-ever.
The Queen guitarist said: “I hardly dare to think really! It would feel very good.”
May added: “It would make me laugh and smile.
“Something nobody could have predicted, certainly not us. So yes, I’m very thrilled it’s been received so well out there.”
“I love it myself and I’m surprised, I think we’re all surprised how well it came out; how powerful it is.”
Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album Live Around The World is out now.
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