Roger Taylor says Queen would still be making music today if Freddie Mercury was alive

"It was a great collaboration".

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has said the band would still be making new music today if Freddie Mercury was still alive. 

In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, Roger said he believes Queen would have continued to release music if Freddie hadn't passed away in 1991. 

"I do believe that," he said. "Me and Freddie… he was my closest friend and we were very, very close. We came up together and we literally lived in each other’s pockets and clothes some of the time!

"I do believe we would still being doing stuff together because it was a great collaboration."

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Roger added it was unlikely that bassist John Deacon, who retired from music in 1997, would have stayed in the band. "I don’t know if John Deacon would allow… of course John wasn’t quite mentally suited for it, the other three were,” he said.

Referring to Queen's ongoing world tour with Adam Lambert filling in for Freddie, Roger said: "I would like to think we were still doing stuff together, whatever it might be. I think Brian May and I with Adam Lambert, we just loved doing the show, just seemed to get better and better, while we still can do it, we still will do it."

Queen's music continuse to thrive in 2020: their 1981 Greatest Hits album - the UK's best-selling album of all time - is currently inside the Official Albums Chart Top 20.

It was recently revealed that Queen (the band) will feature on series of commemorative postage stamps, available to purchase from July 9 - just ahead of the 50th anniversary of Queen's first ever gig on July 18.