Roger Taylor will release a recording of ‘The Outsider Live’ as an album.
The 73-year-old musician – who is best known as the drummer for legendary rock band Queen – has embarked on a solo tour in support of his sixth solo studio album ‘The Outsider’ in 2021 and now wants his fans to ‘appreciate’ the album after such “dark times”.
He said: “For a while now we’ve all been trying to get by. Now it’s back to basics, myself and some great musician friends are coming back out there to rock. I just wanna everyone enjoy it, get away from the depressing time we had.”
The live recording is a combination of various shows from the 22-date tour and is set to be released as a 2CD and digital release at the end of September, but will be preceded by a new version of ‘Surrender’ – a 1999 track which has highlighted domestic violence – which was taken from a live recording at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.
Regarding his solo music, Roger explained that he “doesn’t try” to emulate the sound of Queen – with whom he sold 300 million records worldwide – and that he prefers to be himself .
He said, “I’m not trying to look like Queen or not like Queen. I just want it to be me.”
The live album sees Roger take the audience through renditions of solo efforts such as “Strange Frontier”, “Gangsters Are Running The World” and “Outsider” before closing the show with the Queen classic “Radio Gaga” in direct from Guilford.
Roger dedicated the album to Foo Fighters star Taylor Hawkins – who was found dead aged 50 in March 2022 – and described the late rocker as his “brother”.
He said: “This album is dedicated to the memory of Taylor Hawkins. My wonderful brother who brought sunshine into all of our lives.”
Pre-order or pre-register ‘The Outsider Live’ and accompanying merchandise at http://www.rogertaylor.lnk.to/TheOutsiderTourLive.
“Surrender” is available to stream starting September 8.
“The Outsider Live” is slated for September 30.