Freddie Mercury Will Perform with Queen Once Again

    May 14, 2012
    WebProNews Staff
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Freddie Mercury, the voice behind the legendary rock powerhouse Queen, may have passed away in 1991, but that’s not stopping him from performing with his band one more time. Brian May, guitarist extraordinaire, has revealed that Mercury will be performing at Monday’s (May 14th) 10th anniversary production of the musical “We Will Rock You”. However, don’t call it a hologram. Instead, Mercury will be performing as an “optical illusion”.

This news comes hot on the heels of the holographic return of fallen rapper 2Pac at this year’s Coachella music festival, a performance that May claims is a little unfortunate.

“It’s a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we’ve been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while,” May explained to the BBC. “[That technique] is something we’ve looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it’s not really quite practical.”

In other Queen news, it’s been reported that director Stephen Frears will direct the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, which finds funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead role. Cohen’s involvement with the picture was confirmed way back in 2010, though it was only recently announced that the “High Fidelity” filmmaker would helm the project.

Excited about Freddie Mercury posthumous return to the stage? Good to hear. Twitter users, however, seem to be divided on the announcement. A selection of their excitement has been sliced and served up below.

A Freddie Mercury illusion or some shit? What is happening? Can we put Brian May in a basement, forever http://t.co/xDrDnBre(image) 1 minute ago via Twitterrific for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Oh please, please leave Freddie Mercury in peace, and not turn him into some weird posthumous sideshow. http://t.co/wRiTxrrD(image) 44 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Certainly won’t be throwing bottles of piss on stage if #Freddie Mercury makes a digital apparance. If it was Limp Biskit, I certainly would(image) 15 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

They brought back Tupac to make some cash, now Freddie Mercury? Where does profit go when they bring back dead performers?(image) 5 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What @VICEUK said about how #holograms will ruin music is true (http://t.co/IET35GtK) starting w/ Queen & Freddie Merc http://t.co/iqxLcn01(image) 4 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

  • Paul

    Why don’t you keep your pie-holes shut until you see what Brian has in mind. He’s not going to sully Freddie’s memory by reproducing that Tupac hallogram, which was a joke. Queen fans don’t go for Tupac anyway. The greatest thing I remember seeing is the very first time Natalie Cole sang a duet with her dad. Technology has come a long way since then.

    • Informed Consent

      really? – you don’t think it has anything to do with money?

      • Jimmy

        I think it is a wonderful tribute and honor that will assist in carrying the memory of a great artist like Freddie into the future!!!

      • SE

        No, They have more than enough money…..it is about performing, its about longing for Freddie being back on stage…Always putting it down to money is a juvenile logic, they would have had a sold out show regardless of the freddie twist!

      • Carl

        Don’t knock it, Michael Jackson is next with Houston singing a duet. The possibilities are endless…

    • Scribe

      Seriously? “Queen fans don’t go for Tupac anyway” ??? I’m both a Queen and a Tupac fan. Stop hating on the hologram (not hallogram), which by the way was quite dope.

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    • Jay

      Very well said. I totally agree.

    • Mercury

      How was that Tupac hologram a joke?!? You seem to be the only person who scoffs at this technological marvel. It was awessome to see.

    • shawn


    • Kat

      I am both a Tupac and Queen fan. FYI…people are dynamic and can have multiple interests.

    • milly

      I’m a Queen fan and I go for Tupac.

      • Cuss

        I’m a Queen fan and I cannot stand Tupac (nor can I stand 99.75% of rap, hip-hop or whatever it’s called these days).

    • Ava R. Reddick

      I’m with you Paul!

    • caeolyn

      Thanks Paul..

  • TLM

    does ANYBODY ….REALY…want to see this shit??? He’s dead.

    • linda

      Freddy Mercury is one of the greats. I look foward to seeing what they come up with. Its not hurting anyone. You dont think Freddy would like to preform one last time.

    • RIbbert

      Absolutely. I never got a chance to see some of the greats in concert, and things like this are the closet I’ll ever come to enjoying them in a live atmosphere, short of getting a time machine. I recently saw Frank Zappa’s son perform his music with Frank on a big screen playing along and it was amazing. I’d love for more of this sort of thing to happen. Those who have had the pleasure of already seeing these performers while they were alive will scoff, but there’s millions of fans who never did and would love to be able to recreate the experience in some way.

      • Mike

        that’s exactly what I was thinking of, Ribbert. I saw the Tour De Frank Tour as well and was blown away. If it’s anything like that, it would be great to see.

      • http://WebProNews Lizz

        I’m a huge fan of Frank Zappa & would love to know where I can see this performance. Can ya help a fellow Zappa fan out? Thanx.

  • Steve

    Great singer! I think this is a great thing!

  • Tracy

    Video killed the radio star, but technology is bringing him back. Weird.

  • Manuel

    I was there when Coachella had Snoop and Dre headlining. I don’t think Coachella used Tupac’s image to make money, because it was a surprise. No fan purchased tickets to see Tupac. That being said, and by the way, I am not a fan of the three hip hop stars, this thing with Queen could be cool if they do it right, like the way Coachella did it.

  • linda blasky

    We all miss Freddie, but you can never go home again.

    • Earl

      Yeah, but it doesn’t hurt to look at the pictures once in a while.

  • Steve DAndrea

    As a long time fan of Queen, I am anxious to see it! Nice going Brian!

  • Robert

    I think it’s a GREAT idea! Maybe they could do that with Hank Sr, Patsy Cline or Keith Whitley.

    • Carl

      And don’t forget the man in black; Johny Cash

  • Earl

    I’d rather see ‘Dead Fred’ than most of the bands of today!

    • http://facebook tim bouchee

      very well said ill take freddy over most music today 100% correct

  • Ben

    Yea its good and bad. It would be great to see all of our fave musicians again but the prophets should go to there family. Eventually you might see Elvis and Biggie Smalls doing a duet lol.

  • http://yahoo Robin Daddario

    And next will get fat overweight Elvis!

  • Shawn

    I personally don’t think this is about money. I think this is a way to remember someone that was taken away at a young age. Brian May has money already and is just trying to continue the remembrance of Freddy and his legacy. To keep his memory alive and devote his time and efforts should be appreciated and not hated. God Save The Queen!

  • Erin

    Queen is, has been, and will always be my favorite band. Being only 18 years old, I have never had the honor of seeing Freddie Mercury live. I trust DOCTOR Brian May as he would never steer Queen or Freddie’s memory wrong. He did an awesome job with We Will Rock You, the Queen rock opera, I think he can do just as well with this. Plus it will give a chance for younger Queen fans, such as me, to have a chance to see Freddie on stage. Give it a chance, why is everyone knocking it before it even happens? I think it’s badass.

  • rick

    not being a fan of hip hop couldnt really care less about that 6 pack guy, but being a big Queen fan I dont really see anything wrong unless they plan on going on tour with this thing.

  • Greg Godovich

    There will only be 1 Freddie Mercury, no one even comes close. Adam Lambert,and all those tribute bands. Anyone who disagrees with me as no idea what a rock is.

  • http://none Azzarah

    I am excited to see what Brian will do. Brian is a creative person. And of course, so was the awesome, multi talented Freddie Mercury. He lives on in our home forever.

  • steel magnolia

    Bring back gerry!!!

  • Emma Peelfan

    Hey, beats Madam Lambert any day!

  • Detroit Red

    I saw Queen back in the 80’s in Detroit during THE GAME tour. I’m good.

  • SE

    If you don’t like the idea of a hologram, fine…..then stop listening to the digital voice recordings and stop watching the videos, don’t even look at a picture……..Now do you see how unreasonable you logic is? The hologram is from a past performance, not a new performance created by a computer…..its simply adding a visual on stage, the same as putting them on the big screen,which is done over and over for years now.

  • Gino

    I’m just interested to see how they intertwine the voice over with the live set. That will be a great technological feat in itself.

  • lyn

    the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, which finds funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead role.


  • Christina

    I think that this would be wonderful. I love Freddie and the band and think it is great that we can see the master at work once more.

  • michael

    Some people have an open mind. I enjoy 2 pac and Queen and
    many artists inbetween. open your mind!!
    It is meant to honor the fallen rock/rap artist.
    Take it for what it is, and enjoy without being so critical!

  • Sara

    I think this will be amazing. I wish people weren’t so negative.

  • Cyclonus

    I guess Elvis will becoming back from the dead next.

  • IfYouSeeKay

    Queen can do what they like and if it’s a tribute sort of thing I see no harm in that. Let’s just hope that this is not a performance based on a video, which would be nothing short of having an audience paying to see the Karaoke. Their call. Just glad I got to see the group when everyone was alive.

  • andy

    too creepy

  • http://yahoo matt

    who ever said put may in a basement?you my Dear are a MORON..as for may he is a very very smart, he has 2 masters and if he’s bringing back freddie well all i have to say is holy sh?t i have always wanted to see QUEEN this maybe my only chance….life is what you make it..

  • Dave

    I would much rather see a “Freddy Mercury” illusion than a real life Adam Lambert. Why would they want that douchebag to sing with them?

  • http://www.queenbreakthru.com iron eagle

    having seen the show in London and Vegas, Freddies name and picture show up during No One But You… its done with great taste and class
    and its one of those moments where it touches your heart..

    as Freddie said ‘just do it with style’ and i am sure todays event will be just that– done with style

    Breakthru 2012 is a Queen convention held in North America… join us!!



  • Me

    I would like to add that @natalie_shaw is a f.ucking c.unt.

  • Cody

    The technology was stolen from Japan. Hatsune Miku is this example. If you want to blame anyone, blame the idiots that stole Japanese technology and made it their own. We can’t come up with anything ourselves, so we have to steal it from somewhere else. I’m honestly ashamed to live in this country.

  • Jodi Davis

    I agree with SE being able to see Freddie Mercury perform would be the best thing ever. He was an amazing artist and was taken from us way to soon. I love Queen. I also feel if May was trying to earn money from this he wouldnt have been trying to figure a way to bring Freddie back to his fans for yrs now he would of just did some lame thing yrs ago and made money from it. This is truely a memorial tribute and to please the fans.

  • derek

    Yeah, I think there’s enough $$$’s between the three remaining members of Queen (or maybe paul Rodgers is in on this too?, and perhaps some other “interested” parties, that this is more of a tribute thing than a money thing…they infact won’t really make money on the whole thing. I know that “All you need is love” is not really true, but money without ethics, morals, and love doesn’t mean much either!

  • chrissie reese

    Queen was the most artistic and well-educated bands in the history. If Brian May wants to pay tribute to the late Freddie Mercury, I would anticipate it will be spectacular and in good taste. My only regret is I wont be there to see it!

  • coreen

    I say, GOOD for Brian! Let’s all wait and see what happens . LOVE Freddie forever !!

  • Angela

    Freddie worked so hard to have his music continue after he died. He recorded until he could not record no more. I think it has to do with honoring his want for something like that. Freddie would have loved it. He was a big stage man. I have to say personally We have watched every you-tube video of the band and one of my children watched all she could find and says mommy have you seen this video. Freddie Mercury is a music legend if he could he would still be playing. So as he sang once the show must go on.

  • Jax

    I personally am looking forward to seeing Freddie strut his stuff again.

  • J Stanuslavski

    The Tupac crap was for money . . . anythign w Freddie Merc is for the ART. Come on, y’all!

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