Brian May and his wife, British actress Anita Dobson, have been vacationing in Africa before Queenand Adam Lambert hit the road next month.
While there, they made a trip to Zanzibar, where Freddie Mercury was born and spent part of his childhood.
May writes on his website, "I’m in a beautiful place, where people live simple lives -- Muslim, Christian, Hindu all side by side in harmony. Crime is virtually non-existent. So why can’t the whole world be like this?... Under guidance from Freddie’s lovely sister Kashmira, and Abdul, our excellent Zanzibarian guide, we managed to retrace many of Freddie’s childhood steps. This something I dreamed of doing for many years."
Among their stops were the building where Freddie and his family lived, and his school. "We’ve enjoyed spending the day with this little boy in our minds. A small boy with big dreams. A young man who became a brother to Roger [Taylor] and John [Deacon] and me for 22 years. A shy boy with whom we shared an impossible vision of making music that would change the world. Little did we dare to believe it would actually happen."
Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 from AIDS.
Queen and Lambert start their tour on July 10th in Vancouver.