Frank Turner recently stopped by the UK newspaper The Sun and performed a cover of the classic Queen track I Want To Break Free. The song has special significance to Turner as he told The Sun that Freddie Mercury was a huge influence on his career. Turner’s full quote says,
The [Tribute to Freddie Mercury] was a major musical milestone in my life. My older sister made me watch it with her, and we taped the whole thing over a number of VHS cassettes (swapping them over as fast as possible so as not to miss anything). I was 10 years old, I’d just started finding out about music, but seeing Metallica, Guns n Roses, Spinal Tap (!) and a host of others playing Queen tunes was a major eye-opener for me. We watched those tapes till they broke.
It’s not the first time he’s covered Queen. He’s performed the song We Are The Champions quite a few times and, to tell you the truth, it’s probably the best cover I have ever heard. You can watch that one here.
Turner’s critically-acclaimed Poetry for the Dead was released this past September on Epitaph.