Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen have collaborated with Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters to complete a track that late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson started more than 40 years ago. Titled 'Holy Man', the single was sold at Record Store Day last week.
Wilson wrote and recorded 'Holy Man' but didn't complete it for his only solo album, 'Pacific Ocean Blue', in 1977 as noted on Queen's official site. Hawkins put vocals to it back in 2009, and now May and Taylor have added new vocals and additional instrumental backing. The b-side is Wilson's instrumental version that found a home as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary re-issue of the album from 2008.
This single marked the fourth Queen-related offering available on Record Store Day. The band issued a picture disc of the soundtrack to the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' biopic and a coloured vinyl single of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' backed with 'I'm in Love with my Car'. Brian May is also putting out a 12" single of 'New Horizons' - the song he recorded in celebration of NASA's New Horizons probe flying past Ultima Thule (an object beyond Neptune's orbit 4.1 billion miles from Earth).
Hawkins spoke of the influence of Roger Taylor a few months back when he sat in with the Foo Fighters for a rendition of 'Under Pressure' in Atlanta the night before the Super Bowl:
"One of the reasons I am here tonight, besides my mother and father, is a guy named Roger Taylor of Queen. When I was 10 years old, my older sister took me to go see Queen in concert -- the first concert I ever saw. And I watched the fucking drummer and I said, 'I wanna fuckin' be him. I wanna do that.' Well, my mentor is here tonight, Mr. Fuckin' Roger Taylor, and he's gonna do a Queen song with us. How about that?" Hawkins said.