After the death of Freddie Mercury and retirement of John Deacon, Bryan May and Roger Taylor have been collaborating with rock singer Paul Rodgers since 2005 under the name of Queen+Paul Rodgers. This collaboration has then led them into studio to record their first album under the title "The Cosmos Rocks." Further, the album is finally set to be released in Europe on September 15 and in the U.S. or Canada on October 14 under EMI record label.
According to Paul, they have recorded nine tracks for the upcoming album in which all members of the band contributed their song writing. Meanwhile, other tracks will include cover versions.
One of the singles, which the title hasn't been known yet, will be aired for the first time in U.K. on Radio 2 and Virgin Radio on August 4. However, single "Say It's Not True" has been premiered at the end of 2007 as a free download for Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV/AIDS charity. In addition, another track called "C-lebrity" has also been performed by the band on ITV's Al Murray's Happy Hour (April 4).
For promotional project, the band have announced a Queen and Paul Rodgers' 14-Nation European Tour which will start in September right after the album is released in Europe. The tour is said to hit Russia first including two concerts at Moscow's SCO Olympic Arena, and then continue their path through Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The last, they will land in U.K. in early October for 6 concerts.