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DECEMBER 2017

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**Fri 22 Dec 17**
BRIAN MAY AND ANITA DOBSON ATTEND "HAMILTON" OPENING NIGHT IN LONDON
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EVENING EXPRESS
Bryan Cranston, Ronnie Wood and Brian May hail Hamilton on opening night
21 December 2017 by Press Association

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Queen star Brian May, who arrived to see the show with his wife Anita Dobson, said he was particularly excited to support Rachel John, who is playing Angelica Schuyler after a run in Queen musical We Will Rock You

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Brian and Anita at "Hamilton" premiere
Brian May and Anita Dobson (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He said: “I’ve only heard bits and pieces but I think it’s indisputable that it’s already made a huge mark on our pop culture and I’m thrilled that something so different can be so successful, and it’s got a lot going for it in terms of content.

“It’s got a wonderful star in Rachel John, who I cannot wait to see, she’s one of ours, she was in We Will Rock You, and was unforgettable.”

Hamilton is booking to June 30 2018 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

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**Wed 20 Dec 17**
BRIAN MAY IN BILLBOARD "QUEEN COMES ALIVE IN 3-D"
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BILLBOARD
2 December 2017 by Lyndsey Havens

FLASHBACK
QUEEN COMES ALIVE IN 3-D

At the height of Its power Queen was always being documented - often by guitarist Brian May, with his stereo camera snapping photos on and off stage. In August. the 70-year old released the band biography Queen in 3-D through his London Stereoscopic Company. a collection of 300 never-before-seen career-spanning photos that come to life through special viewing glasses. Now, as Queen celebrates the 40th anniversary of 1977's News
of the World
(which housed hits like We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions", May breaks down favourite photos from that time, which he says "seems like yesterday.”

1. May. pictured onstoge during Queen's 1978 U.S. Jazz Tour, started lending his Stereo Realist camera for 3-D slides to professional photographers during Queen's shows. “A 3-D picture feels like you can walk into it and touch the people in it,” says May. “If we enable [fans) to experience these in 3-D they too will be able to feel that they're back in those moments with us."

2. When a photo for the cover of the book, May says this image of Freddie Mercury leapt out at him."This is such an iconic picture of [him]. It sums up so much of when he's in his prime - you can see every vein in his arm and every bead of sweat. You can see the power of the man. To me. that summed up the book. People ask, ‘Why don't you put the four of you on the front?' From the very earliest times we were conscIous that Freddie was our icon. He was that symbol of what we are."

3. “We were always into our toys,” says May of what they called “pizza oven” onstage lights. “What people have forgotten is you couldn't change the colours in those days. So if you had red over here and green on the other side, that's it. You only got on and off. We were conscious of that, and when we design our new shows, there's a strong retro element.”

4. Roger Taylor's bass drum had the robot from the News of the World album cover art emblazoned on It and was used only on the U.S. leg of the band's world tour. “Roger takes credit for [the album artwork) because he found a 1950s copy of AstoundIng ScIence Fiction and Fact, and on the cover was this picture of the robot. holding a soldier in his hand. We loved the look and feel of it. "

Billboard - Queen comes alive in 3-D

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**Sun 17 Dec 17**
RICK PARFITT POSTHUMOUS ALBUM FTs GUEST APPEARANCE FROM BRIAN MAY AND OTHERS
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Rick Parfitt - Over and Out

Rick Parfitt Solo Album - Release date and details. 

Rick's debut solo album “Over And Out” is to receive a posthumous release on March 23rd, 2018 via earMUSIC. [AMAZON]

Featuring ten brand new songs recorded by Rick with Producer Jo Webb. The album features guest appearances among others, from Queen’s Brian May and Muse’s Chris Wolstenholme, who both stepped in to make sure the album could be completed.

Rick recorded the album while recovering from his July 2016 heart attack. Sadly Rick passed away 19 Jan 2017

A track has been shared on radio: 'Without You' from "Over and Out" - https://youtu.be/IeQv01yJ9zc

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**Fri 15 Dec 17**
QUEEN IN 3-D IN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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Queen in 3-D was featured in the December 15th issue of Entertainment Weekly in the Book section, "The Most Beautiful Books of the Year".

"In this interactive book, Queen's May takes fans through the band's wild journey.  Photographs appear in 3-D using a plastic stereoscope  view of May's own invention."

EW - Books

EW - Books - Queen in 3-D

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**Thu 14 Dec 17**
T3 MAGAZINE RECOMMENDS "QUEEN IN 3-D" "BEST GIFTS FOR HIM"
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T3 - the leading online gadget and tech magazine, features Queen in 3-D as one of..... The best gifts for him for Christmas 2017
Treat the man in your life to the best audio gadgets, mobile and grooming tech, gaming gear and more

QUEEN IN 3-D

A stereoscopic hardback box set book written by Brian May

REASONS TO BUY

+ Excellent photographs
+ Cool viewer
+ Special gift

TODAY'S BEST DEALS

This box set book features epic photographs from the history of Queen. It even has its own 3D viewer and is the first history of any rock group ever to be created in 3-D!

The 3D illustrations were all captured with Brian’s stereoscopic cameras, mostly by the man himself. From an early age Brian would travel with a 3D camera in hand. Decades later these are now being shared for the very first time. Initially thought by Brian to be a quick job, this project turned into a labour of love for May and his team which spanned three years. More info at queenin3-d.com

T3.com Best Gifts For Him

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**Wed 13 Dec 17**
TOTAL GUITAR/MUSICRADAR 2017 ROCK GUITARIST POLL RESULTS
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Total Guitar/MusicRadar 2017 Best Rock Guitarist poll results are now live http://bit.ly/BestRockGuitarist2017.

Over the moon to tell you that BRIAN MAY is the category WINNER. Congratulations.

Brian May - winner

16. Dan Auerbach
15. Steve Morse (Deep Purple)
14. Tom Morello (Prophets Of Rage
13. Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear (Foo Fighters)
12. Rich Robinson, Marc Ford (The Magpie Salute
11. Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (Art Of Anarchy, Sons Of Apollo)
10. Paul Gilbert
9. Steve Vai
8. Richie Kotzen
7. John 5
6. Satchel (Steel Panther)
5. Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins (The Darkness)
4. Joe Satriani
3. Slash, Richard Fortus (Guns N' Roses)
2. Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)
WINNER: Brian May

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**Tue 12 Dec 17**
LSC CHRISTMAS ORDER DATES
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LSC Christmas Order Dates

LAST CHANCE to to get your orders into LSC shop and receive Brian May's stereoscopic treasures in time for Christmas:

UK/Ireland - 17 December  
Western Europe - 14 December  
USA/Canada - 13 December 

Queen In 3-D -  for everyone...
Poor Mans Picture Gallery and A Village Lost And Found - for the art historian in your family....
Diableries - for the devilish friend....
Crinoline - for the fashionista......
Owl VR Kit - for the collector of all things gadget.... 
Lite Owl - for the stocking... 
Victorian - Gems for the luxury gift....

and you'll find much more at the store -http://shop.londonstereo.com

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**Tue 12 Dec 17**
CHECK OUT BRIAN MAY GUITARS ACCESSORIES
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Need a Christmas gift for guitarist in your life? ... check out the latest accessories at Brian May Guitars.

Of course they also sell Brian May Signature guitars.

http://shop.brianmayguitars.co.uk/bmg-accessories.html

 

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A selection of original replacement hardware, pickguards, tremolo arms, premium quality hard cases and gig bags, Elites superior quality electric and acoustic guitar strings plus exclusive Brian May Guitars apparel, G7th Signature capos and 100% vegan BMG Custom Straps.

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**Thu 07 Dec 17**
BRIAN MAY INTERVIEW - THE GUITAR MAGAZINE
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Brian May article first page _ Jan 2018 Guitar Magazine


Guitar journalist and author, Simon Bradley (aficionado when it comes to Brian May's Red Special and gear) interviewed Brian recently and this appears in January 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine.

Guitar Magazine also reveal the winners of 2017’s Gear Of The Year awards, as chosen by readers.

This new issue on sale NOW (from 1 December 2017) and you can get hold of a copy HERE and in good newsagents. Digital copies available HERE. Check out: MORE INFO.

Brian May's Red Special Book

Simon is well-known for many previous authoritative articles for magazines and web sites including:

Guitarist, Total Guitar, What Guitar?, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Future Music, MusicRadar.com - as well as co-author with Brian May of "Brian May's Red Special" book.
[AMAZON]

 

Guitar Magazine Jan 2018

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**Mon 04 Dec 17**
STARCARDS CHRISTMAS AUCTION
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BM StarCard

Once again, Brian May has contributed towards the StarCards' Christmas auction for a great cause - Great Ormond Street Hospital , this year including the Queen of Hearts card kindly signed by Brian.

Brian’s StarCard is already over £100 so off to a really good start. See Press Release below,

Commencing at the beginning of December, the auction includes many legendary artists such as· Mark Knopfler · George Benson · David Gilmour · Phil Collins and Roger Hodgson. Check out the FULL LISTING HERE

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PRESS RELEASE:
STARCARDS CHRISTMAS CHARITY AUCTION

Celebrating 15 years of fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, StarCards launch the 2017 Christmas collection of celebrity signed GOSH playing cards.

Some of the greatest legends in Rock music history have again signed the popular collectable ‘StarCards’. Music fans can bid on their favourite legend, choosing from David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Brian May, George Benson, Neil Murray, Phil Hilborne many more.

The auction will be held at www.starcards.org starting at 22.00 (GMT) on 2nd Dec finishing ten days later on 12th Dec.

Paul Brett StarCards founder said:

This is another amazing sets of bespoke signed playing cards. Some of the most highly respected guitarists, musicians and celebrities have come up trumps again for us this year helping us continue to raise funds for our favourite charity. To be supported by some of the most iconic guitarists in modern history is a real treat for us and music fans around the world.’


About StarCards
Established in 2002 and supported by six British Prime Ministers and one American President, StarCards are a not for profit fundraising team who raise funds by auctioning playing cards signed by celebrities. In 2012 StarCards were awarded by Sir Mike Rake the BT Chairman’s MyDonate award for fundraising.

About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions, from across the country and abroad.  Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity needs to raise vital funds to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

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**Mon 04 Dec 17**
ABSOLUTE RADIO COMPETITION
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Win signed  Queen in 3-D

AbsoluteClassic Rock are running a promo on air for two weeks offering one person the chance to win a Brian May signed Queen in 3-D.

The first mention on radio is today after midday and you can view online.

http://absoluteradio.co.uk/competitions/win-queen-in-3d-signed.html

#HappyMonday

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**Fri 01 Dec 17**
THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES - THE SCOTSMAN
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In advance of Queen's arrival in Scotland this weekend, today's Scotsman features a double page spread on Brian May's "Queen In 3-D" book.

THE SCOTSMAN
1 December 2017

These are the days of our lives

While travelling the world as Queen sought their big break, Brian May captured candid off-stage moments using a 3-D camera. Now his photographs, shot in pairs and viewed using a patented gadget, have been gathered together to offer an intimate portrait of the rock band at work and play.

Scotsman 1

Scotsman 2This book is a journey in itself. When I first began looking at the possibility of creating a 3-D book on Queen, I had no idea it would end up like this. My idea was to gather together the 3-D photos I’d taken over the years while we, as the rock group Queen, were going about our business. I thought I’d maybe add a few words of explanation. I thought it would be quite a small picture book – just a series of 3-D snapshots.

But once my brilliant forensic team, Denis Pellerin, stereoscopic historian, and Greg Brooks, official Queen archivist, got to work, I realised there was a mountain of great material to channel into this work, and also that
each picture unlocked a story, often in a long-forgotten situation that the 3-D pictures brought so vividly to life when re-presented to my eyes. I’ve always felt that 3-D pictures were a thousand times more powerful than flat snaps, but some of these 3-D moments are so extraordinarily evocative that I was actually shocked in myself what recollections they brought out of my head. So this book has become a kind of multidimensional potted history of Queen, seen from my intimate point of view.

Some people will tell you that ‘the touring life’ gives you hotels and gigs, and little else. And we sure have seen a lot of those. But for us interested and fairly well-educated human beings, touring was always an opportunity to see how the rest of the world lives, up close; and there have been other unique bonuses along the way. If we had simply travelled as tourists, we might have seen plenty of art galleries and cathedrals, and beaches too, if we fancied it. But as working, touring beings, we have had the fantastic luck to interact closely with thousands of people in many foreign countries, some of which we’d never heard of when we started. Through creating our spectacles in collaboration with local skilled people, we experienced things a tourist never could. We have worked and mixed with artists and musicians, and local heroes of sport and culture. We have met heads of state, councillors, and dignitaries, and been invited to sup in select rooms and edifices that even local people were not allowed to visit.

Queen’s music has crossed all barriers of age, race, colour and creed since the time we got together around 1970 and decided, precociously, that we would change the world. I feel proud of our efforts, and I hope this book will transmit some of the good feelings we felt in ourselves while it happened.

You have all seen Queen from the outside. Now enjoy it from the inside, in 3-D.

Most of the pictures in this section are snaps taken in leisure time while we were enjoying a healthy growth period for Queen. All around the world we’d made friends and had a following but, as has been well documented, we were still in debt, and both inside the band and out there, you could almost sense an expectation – we needed ‘The Big One’ – the big hit that would consolidate everything and make our future secure. Nevertheless, in blissful ignorance of what was to come, we had a lot of fun.

This rapturous moment (see photo) is Freddie having his hair dried. I think it’s backstage in Paris. It’s very Wayne’s World isn’t it, really? When you look at it here, it seems like the machine is sucking instead of blowing. I think I was moved to take this shot partly because the hairdryer is such a stereoscopic object, and partly because of the incongruity of the emerging rock star sitting under something which we were more used to seeing in our mums’ hairdressers back home, getting their perm for the week. Anyway, you get the idea. But, from this distance of time, looking at Freddie off-guard, it’s a very different feeling.

Another picture was taken in Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris – Roger and Freddie. And there is somebody else we can’t quite see, but I think he was a big guy called Dave, who, while acting as our personal assistant made a grab for management of the band. He, like many others, didn’t last long with us.

They are looking down at something. I don’t know what it is, though. And Freddie for some reason has his microphone stand in his hands? Why? That’s very odd. It might not be a mike; it might be his whip. He was fond of carrying a whip that he occasionally cracked, for special effect. Don’t ask me why. I don’t think it’s a selfie stick. But why is he carrying it at the airport?

Answers on a postcard please ....

- Queen and Adam Lambert play the SSC Hydro on Sunday
- Queen in 3-D by Brian May, published by The London Stereoscopic Company at £50 is out now, www.queenin3-d.com

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