Queen have announced their first live compilation album with vocalist Adam Lambert, which collects 20 performances personally selected by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert. Live Around The World is set to arrive in CD, DVD and vinyl formats on 2 October 2020.
The announcement follows a series of cryptic social media posts made by May earlier this week, teasing a new project from Queen.
Queen announced their new upcoming album in a Facebook post, writing that they had gone through recordings from “over 200 shows” in order to curate the record. They also said that the release would include the band’s Live Aide set, from the Fire Fight Australia Benefit Concert on 16 February 2020, as well as several tracks “exclusively available for the very first time”.
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This summer, Queen had planned to embark on an expansive UK and European tour, before it was rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a response, the band launched a special Queen + Adam Lambert Tour Watch Party over YouTube, collecting an hour’s worth of highlights from previous tours. Fan response was receptive, inspiring the band to put together the live album.
“We hadn’t really watched those clips before, we were always too busy touring,” said Taylor in a statement. “We weren’t aware of how good the band sounded. So we thought, well, maybe there’s a live album of highlights of concerts that we’ve done over the last eight years with Adam Lambert to be made.”
Brian May added: “As we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, it seemed the perfect time for us to create a collection of hand-picked live highlights from our Queen shows over the last 7 years with our brother Adam Lambert.
May continued: “It’s a first! As you watch and listen to these tracks you’ll be journeying all around the world with us, and experiencing a complete virtual live set. The collection climaxes in Sydney earlier this year when, in support Fire Fight Australia, we recreated the complete Queen Live Aid set.
“It was a historic event for a great cause – with perhaps the highest adrenaline level since the original Live Aid in 1985. It makes me particularly happy that we can now share this unique moment with the whole world.”
Lambert added: “When we couldn’t tour this year we wanted to give the fans something in place of that, and a Live album just felt right.
“It’s the first time we have released an album together and we have had a lot of fun putting it together, picking out favourite performances over the past seven years.”
The record announcement marks the first major activity from Queen since May suffered a heart attack earlier this May.
Pre-orders for Queen + Adam Lambert’s Live Around The World are now open on the band’s online store. Physical editions include CD, DVD and vinyl formats.
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