As the band – currently formed of Roger Taylor and Brian May – tours North America with vocals from Adam Lambert, their hits are being enjoyed all over again.
But there’s one forgotten track from their back catalogue that was never going to make the setlist – perhaps because Roger Taylor has openly admitted that he “hates” it.
It’s from their 1991 album Innuendo; released just nine months before Mercury died of AIDS-derived bronchopneumonia.
A tribute to Mercury’s favourite cat, the song was released as a single in Thailand – and did not win a fan in Taylor.
He is quoted by Smooth Radio as saying: “I hate Delilah. That’s just not me.”
Lyrics include: “You make me so very happy when you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me.
“And then you make me slightly mad when you pee all over my Chippendale Suite.”
Taylor has also singled out his absolute favourite Queen track – and it’s one of their biggest hits.
“For Queen I might pick Under Pressure,” he told Shortlist in 2013.
“I just like that one, it could have been recorded better – technically – but it’s just a special song.”
Last year, the Official Charts Company revealed that Under Pressure, which features David Bowie, is Queen’s third best-selling track in this country.
The song hit No1 in 1981 and is behind only Bohemian Rhapsody in first and We Are The Champions in second.
Meanwhile, Don’t Stop Me Now has long been thought to be among Brian May’s least favourite of all Queen’s tracks, and in an old interview he explained why it makes him somewhat conflicted.
“I thought it was a lot of fun, but yes, I did have an undercurrent feeling of – ‘oh, aren’t we talking about danger here?’” he told Absolute Radio in 2011.
“Because we were worried about Freddie at this point, and I think that feeling lingers.”
May reasoned that the “hedonistic” feel of the lyrics could be what’s helped its enduring appeal.
“And I have to say, a kind of stroke of genius from Freddie,” he admitted.