Amazing rare recording from 1977 shows Freddie Mercury playing the drums at a band rehearsal

Publish Date
Monday, 15 February 2021, 1:18PM

While it has been nearly 30 years since the legendary Freddie Mercury left this earth, a rare recording from 1977 is giving fans a new insight into the Queen frontman.

While Mercury is known as one of the greatest vocalists of all time, few are aware that he was also an excellent drummer.

Captured at the Shepperton Studios in Surrey, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hitmaker could be seen playing the drums, while Roger Taylor played the guitar, during a rehearsal for Queen's News Of The World tour.

It is believed the footage - which was part of a documentary filmed by the BBC that was eventually released in 2018 - is the only time Mercury was filmed on a drum kit.

The band's News Of The World tour was a huge success, spanning from 11 November 1977 to 13 May 1978.

Mercury died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991 at 45.