British rockers Queen
are to release a free song download to raise awareness of World AIDS Day - 17 years after frontman Freddie Mercury
died from the illness. The We Will Rock You
hitmakers - ambassadors to Nelson Mandela
's global 46664 HIV/AIDS initiative - will release Say It's Not True
to coincide with the day itself, this weekend.
The track, written by drummer Roger Taylor in 2003 and featuring former Free
vocalist Paul Rodgers
, deals directly with the disease.
Taylor says, "By making the song available for free we hope to help Nelson Mandela with his campaign to get across the message that no-one is safe from infection. We have to be aware, we have to protect ourselves and those we love. The song follows the line of Mr. Mandela's personal message: it's in our own hands to bring a stop to this."
May and Taylor helped found the 46664 campaign - named after Mandela's prison number - alongside fellow music stars Dave Stewart
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)