Queen Recalls Final Freddie Mercury Sessions
Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor shed light on the band's final full album to feature Freddie Mercury. The duo recalled the sessions for the band's 1995 set, Made In Heaven, which was comprised of Mercury's last songs, recorded literally as the legendary frontman was dying of AIDS. Made In Heaven, was completed posthumously, and released on November 6th, 1995 -- just under four years after Freddie Mercury's 1991 death.
Brian May told Mojo, "(The song) 'Winter's Tale' was Freddie's last piece of songwriting. He knew he wouldn't have long and was singing about the beauty of the world. It's not maudlin at all. After he died, I decided nobody else could touch it until Roger and I decided to bring it to a natural conclusion. 'Mother's Love' is the last utterances of Freddie in the studio. It's hard to describe what happened during those final days. All Fred's troubles were left outside the studio. We became an incredibly close-knit family."
Roger Taylor looked back at the sessions for Made In Heaven saying, "I was the one driving it, to begin with. Brian, particularly, was very reluctant. But when we all heard Freddie's voice coming back at us from the control room, it made all the difference. Freddie wanted us to make as much music as we could while he was still alive. He didn't want us to stop."
This past November 24th marked the 27th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death from AIDS. Close friend Elton John was among the few allowed to visit Mercury during his final days, and recalled how even until the end showed how much he cared for his friends and family: "He was sick and he was dying. I used to go around and see him -- I was one of the few people to be there and I couldn't stay there for very long; I'd stay there for about an hour at a time, because I found it was so painful and traumatizing. And he was so brave. He was still spending money and buying things at auction right up to the point that he died -- which I thought was hilarious, and the kind of thing I probably would do. But at that Christmas, the Christmas shortly after he had died, I got a present delivered to me in a sheet and I collect Henry Scott Tuke paintings and it was a painting by Henry Scott Tuke from Freddie, saying 'Dear Sharon (laughs) -- hope you love this, love Molina.' It was. . . I just completely broke down. And to think of me as he was so ill, he wanted to give that to me for Christmas and he died about a month beforehand. And it was quite a choker. That was the kind of person he was."