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Freddie Mercury to haunt We Will Rock You

Brian May says late band-mate will ‘appear’ at musical’s ten year anniversary show
Freddie Mercury performing in 1978

A ten-year anniversary performance of hit West End musical We Will Rock You will feature a visitation from the star who wrote a half the hits in the ‘jukebox musical’.

Queen guitarist and vocalist Brian May said that his late band-mate Freddie Mercury will ‘appear’ at the special performance.

May said to BBC News that it would be ‘an optical illusion of sorts’ and hinted it would have a similar effect used to make rapper Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996, appear on stage with Snoop Dogg at Coachella music festival last month.

'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,' said May.

May also confirmed that Robert de Niro, one of the show’s producers, will appear in the anniversary performance.

The musical that features Queen’s greatest hits strung together with a sketchy plot set in the future was universally panned by critics but has played to packed audiences at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End for nearly ten years.

The special ten year anniversary We Will Rock You is on Monday 14 May.

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