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JANUARY 2015

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REMINDERS - 2014:
13 Oct 2014-Apr 2015 - Stereoscopic Cards Exhibition Tate Gallery


14 Jan - One Night In Hell Australian Premiere

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**Sst 31 Jan 15**
BRIAN MAY MAGICAL MOMENT - LOVE OF MY LIFE, AMSTERDAM
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Queen + Adam Lambert - Brian May sings Love Of My Life and cries, Amsterdam 2015
- http://youtu.be/mrc481Gs_b4

Magical moment during Love Of My Life. 30 January 2015, Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam.

Brian May Amsterdam 30 Jan 2015

Love of My Life Amsterdam 30 Jan 2015

Brian May Amsterdam 30 Jan 2015

Brian May Amsterdam 30 Jan 2015

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**Mon 26 Jan 15**
ULTIMATE GUITAR SHOWDOWN, ROUND 2: ROBERT FRIPP VS BRIAN MAY
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Robert Fripp v Brian May

Brian is now paired with King Crimson's Robert Fripp in Round 2 of Ultimate Guitar Showdown.

They provide the six-string bits for two fairly different bands, yet they are bonded together by being very unique players. Quite recognizable and experimental, they're about to kick off a memorable clash we hope.

In the left corner is Mr. Fripp, the man who in many ways singlehandedly invented the prog rock genre, and that's no mean feat. To get here he defeated Adam Jones of Tool in the first round. Give it up for the man!

In the right corner, we have a man wielding a chunk of fireplace known as the Red Special. Apparently he eats prog masters for breakfast, as he bested Dream Theater's John Petrucci to reach phase two. Let's hear you!

Visit http://ultimate-guitar.com and VOTE for our man !!

The voting ends on January 28 at 11:59 PM EST. The next pair will be here on January 29. And may the finest axe-wielder win!

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**Mon 26 Jan 15**
TONY IOMMI AND BRIAN MAY FORMED A STARGAZING SUPERGROUP IN BIRMINGHAM
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BIRMINGHAM MAIL
26 January 2015 12:28 By Luke Beardsworth, Marc Reeves

Tony Iommi and Brian May shared a dinner and a spot of stargazing. Brummie guitar legend Tony Iommi has revealed how he and fellow rock god Brian May went stargazing together in the Sabbath star's back garden in Lapworth.

Iommi said: "I've been mates with Brian for more than 40 years and he and his missus came over for dinner while he was in town for the Queen show at the NIA."

May and Iommi were guitarists for two of the biggest bands of the seventies, but May is almost as well known for his internationally renowned work in astrophysics. He gained a PhD in 2007, and has written several respected books and research papers on the subject. He's used to the finest star gazing equipment money can buy, but had to make do with something more basic when he popped round to pal Iommi's house.

Iommi said: "We were having a nice meal and a chat when Brian said something like 'crikey - it's 10 O'clock - I need to go outside'. He said there was a comet coming over and he wanted to have a look so we went outside but all I had was an old pair of binoculars. Even then he told me to turn all the house and garden lights off because they were affecting the view. That was a right pain because I had go all over the house finding the switches."

Queen played at the Barclaycard Arena this weekend. VIEW GALLERY | Read our verdict here.

Tony and Maria Iommi, Brian May and PA
Brian May, PA, Maria and Tony Iommi

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**Mon 26 Jan 15**
CHARITY AUCTION MINI COPY RED SPECIAL - FOR CATS
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MORE INFO Polish Queen Fan Club:
Auction end - 5 February.

Information in English about auction on Allegro:
http://charytatywni.allegro.pl/en/agreement
http://charytatywni.allegro.pl/en/about-us

FAQ About payment and more:
http://charytatywni.allegro.pl/en/help/category-29621

http://charytatywni.allegro.pl/en/help/article-10155 (payment option)

We can send this guitar all world via Polish Post Office: 30-60 PLN

Polish Queen Fanclub sent the following:

Miniature guitar for auction

We cordially invite you to participate in a charity auction in aid of stray cats.

The key item of the auction is a unique miniature copy of The Red Special with two necks. It was hand-made by one of the Queen fans from Poland - Rafa? Sobczyk. The guitar is 1:3 in scale; about 36 cm (14 inches) in length. One of the necks has 12 strings, the other 6. It has been made purely out of pine wood. It has been painted with traditional wood stains and covered in a layer of colourless varnish. Special attention has been paid to the smallest details, e.g. frets.

All collected funds will be donated directly to Viva Foundation - they are the ones who care for stray and feral cats in Szczecin. The goal of the auction has not been randomly chosen - Queen fans are always eager to help. Moreover, cats were Freddie's the favorite animals.

Link to the auction: HERE

Shipping outside of Poland is available. Starting bid: 20 GBP.

Additional information regarding the auction can be found on the fanclub's webpage: HERE
Koci Szczecin's Facebook

Thanks,
Dagmara
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Polski Fanklub Queen / Polish Queen Fan Club
http://fanklub.queen.pl
https://www.facebook.com/polskifanklubqueen
https://twitter.com/FanklubQueen


**Fri 23 Jan 15**
BRIAN MAY SUPPORTS WOOLLY HAT DAY - EBAY AUCTION FOR HOMELESS CHARITY
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Roger Taylor and Brian May in Calgary hats

See also CALGARY HERALD
Queen's Brian May puts ceremonial Calgary white hat up for auction on eBay
27 January 2015

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Last June, when rock legend Brian May came to town with the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, the guitarist was gifted with a Smithbilt cowboy hat as part of the famed white hatting ceremony that visiting celebrities and dignitaries are honoured with when the visit the Stampede City.

Now, the symbol of western hospitality is up for auction on eBay’s U.K. site, albeit for charitable purposes. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer May has signed the garment and put it online to raise money for St. Mungo’s Broadway, a British charity that “provides a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and works to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.”

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2015 Celebrity Hat Auction
(On eBay from Friday 23 January to Sunday 1 February) in aid of homeless - St Mungo's Broadway

Brian May is supporting along with many celebrities and artists. More info at:
http://www.mungosbroadway.org.uk/woollyhatday/celeb_hat_auction

You an choose your favourite celebrity hat from the list and bid now:

Brian May
Eddie Redmayne
Hugh Jackman
Ed Sheeran
Vivienne Westwood
Roger Federer
Ozzy Osbourne
Simon Le Bon

Pet Shop Boys
Maria Sharapova
Sting
Hugh Laurie
Ricky Gervais
Elvis Costello
Jo Brand
Noddy Holder

Simon Pegg
Phil Spencer
Joan Collins
Phillip Treacy Ricky Hatton
Susan Boyle
Ivana Trump
Ranulph Fiennes

See also http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk
Hats off to Simon Pegg, Ed Sheeran, Brian May and Dame Vivienne Westwood for supporting Woolly Hat Day

Brian May's contribution:

BRIAN MAY Signed Smithbilt Calgary Hat - St Mungo's Broadway Woolly Hat Day
Auction at: http://www.ebay.co.uk/
Closes: 01 Feb, 2015 19:01:20 GMT

Brian May - White Smithbilt hat

BRIAN MAY CBE

Brian May CBE, is an English musician, singer and songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for "services to the music industry and for charity work". In 2012, he was ranked the second greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine readers poll.

Brian has donated an official white Smithbilt hat. This hat was given to Brian during his visit to Calgary as part of his recent North American tour with Queen and Adam Lambert. He has signed the rim of the hat.

The White Hat Ceremony is a long-standing tradition in Calgary, a symbol of the Western hospitality and good cheer we like to share with visiting guests. The white Smithbilt hat has been bestowed on numerous celebrities and dignitaries on their visits to our city since the 1950s, when Calgary's Mayor, Don MacKay, started the tradition.

Style/Type: Calgary Stampede Hat | Colour: White
Material: Straw | Dimensions (cm): Height 13 x Brim Width 33
Signed: Yes | Brand: Smithbilt
Previously worn.

This item will be accompanied with a letter from St Mungo's Broadway confirming its authenticity.

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**Fri 23 Jan 15**
RIP EDGAR FROESE
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Very sad news - Edgar Froese, founDder of Tangerine Dream, with whom Brian May played the Sonic Universe Concert in Tenerife, 2011, has passed away at just 70 years of age.

Sincere condolences to his family. RIP.

The following email circulate to Tangerine Dream fans:

+++ FAREWELL TO EDGAR +++

Dear TD Fans,

This is the saddest time in my life…

I’m so sorry to tell you that on January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese, my beloved husband and best friend, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

I still can’t really believe this, it feels that unreal. I’m so infinitely sad.

Yours,
Bianca

Edgar Froese

Brian May and Tangerine Dream

Sonic Universe

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