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**Fri 22 Dec 17**
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
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.
**Wed 20 Dec 17**
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
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. "
**Sun 17 Dec 17**
Rick Parfitt Solo Album - Release date and details.
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
**Fri 15 Dec 17**
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".
**Thu 14 Dec 17**
T3 - the leading online gadget and tech magazine, features Queen in 3-D as one of..... The best gifts for him for Christmas 2017
A stereoscopic hardback box set book written by Brian May
REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent photographs
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
**Wed 13 Dec 17**
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.
16. Dan Auerbach
**Tue 12 Dec 17**
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
**Tue 12 Dec 17**
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.
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.
**Thu 07 Dec 17**
Guitar Magazine also reveal the winners of 2017’s Gear Of The Year awards, as chosen by readers.
**Mon 04 Dec 17**
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
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:
About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
**Mon 04 Dec 17**
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.
**Fri 01 Dec 17**
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.
These are the days of our lives
This 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
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
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