Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s friend and collaborator Dave Clark has the biggest surprise for Queen fans. On World Music Day, Clark released a never-seen-before music video of Freddie Mercury singing ‘Time Waits For No One’ in a 1986 clip. The clip, released on Thursday shows the singer-songwriter looking every bit the superstar he was\is as he ups the vocal game on the empty stage of London’s Dominion Theatre.
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According to the YouTube description, the track is an early version of Mercury’s “Time” which appeared on the 1986 concept album for Dave Clark’s stage musical of the same name.
‘Time Waits For No One’ shows Freddie Mercury at his most compelling; a completely stripped-down performance, accompanied by just a piano, showcasing one of music’s most beloved and show-stopping voices’’ the title read.
Clark, who released the never-seen-video said he’d kept the footage buried deep in his archives, until Thursday. Talking about the video, Clark, best known as the former leader and drummer of the Dave Clark Five, in an interview with Rolling Stone had said, “Freddie asked me, ‘How do you want me to perform this?’”. “I said, ‘As a cross between Edith Piaf, Jennifer Holliday and Shirley Bassey.’ He said, ‘Well, dear. I have all the dresses. I can do it perfectly.’ He recalled.
Clark also added that the restored version of “Time Waits for No One” was ready for release last year, but he purposely waited for the Rami Malek Freddie biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody to die down. Mercury, known as one of the most ionic musicians of all time died in 1991 due to complications from AIDS just one day after publicly announcing he was HIV positive.