Jun 072011

Hard to believe, but Freddie Mercury died 20 years ago this upcoming November. The flamboyant frontman of Queen always seemed so full of life, bigger than life really, until he succumbed to AIDS at the young age of 45. Now, all these years later, an artist who took her name from one of his band’s songs (Lady Gaga) tops the charts with songs that could easily fit in on many a Queen album.

Glasvegas vocalist James Allan paid tribute to Mercury and the boys in a recent appearance on Minnesota Public Radio with a cover of “I’m Going Slightly Mad” off of 1991’s Innuendo. He slows the track way down, provides a simple acoustic accompaniment and drenches it in so much echo that it makes Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” sound positively dry. Listen to the track below, or catch the full session here. If you listen to the rest of the session, good luck trying to decode that Scottish accent!

MP3: Glasvegas – I’m Going Slightly Mad (Queen cover)
[audio: News0611/07ImGoingSlightlyMad.mp3]

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