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MARCH 2017

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Queen In 3-D
Golden Days28 Mar - Bovine TB Symposium, Imperial College, London. Tickets
Wed 13 Apr - Sun 12 Mar 2017: V&A exhibition
"Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear".
7 April - "Golden Days" album release - PRE-ORDER
25 May '17: "Queen in 3-D" stereo book - PRE-ORDER
TBA May 2017: Talks/Book-signings Hay Festival, Waterstones Piccadilly
18-23 Jun 2017: Starmus IV, Tromso, Norway. Tickets
NOTE: Brian NOT able to attend this year.

 

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**Wed 22 Mar 17**
MORE 'GOLDEN DAYS' PRESS COVERAGE
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Ultimate Classic Rock - April 2017 new releases
Pre-order HERE

 

Ipswich Star
Kerry Ellis announces new album with Brian May and Apex gig with Matt Cardle
9 March 2017

In between these major commitments the Stowmarket-born songstress has found time to record her second studio album with long-time collaborator and Queen guitarist Brian May. The pair have been good friends since Brian cast her in the original production of We Will Rock You in 2002 and the new album Golden Days continues their fusion of powerful rock anthems with reworkings of favourite show tunes and timeless classics...

Speaking of heroes how excited is she about the release of her new album with Brian May? “It’s finally out – or will be in April,” she whoops. “It’s been a long time coming. We’ve spent the best part of a year recording it in bits and pieces but we are both very happy with it and it is an accurate reflection of where we are. It’s got some new stuff, some old favourites and some songs we have been doing live but haven’t recorded until now, so it’s a real mixture of everything that we love and what excites us.”

It turns out that the recording itself is only part of the reason for Kerry’s excitement. The new album has five newly written songs and three of them co-authored by Kerry. “It’s the first time I have really sat down and written anything and I do that with Brian May who has written so many hits with Queen – it’s crazy.

“Basically it’s taken me 15 years to pluck up the courage to write something. I am so proud with what we have produced and it did happen very organically. Brian was very encouraging and allowed me to develop the songs. The way we work is very collaborative. He comes up with a riff or part of a melody and has an idea for a lyric and from there we develop it together, ironing out the melody and writing the finished lyrics. Brian actually told me there’s bits of me in the songs I didn’t contribute to. He would pick up phrases I use and insert them into the songs. The whole experience has been so much fun and as a result the album has a good feel to it.”

The album features a rocked-up version of their formally acoustic classic Born Free, a driving new rock song from Brian, It’s Gonna Be Alright, a cover of Shirley Bassey’s I Who Have Nothing, a slice of psychedelia in Love In A Rainbow as well as a contribution from Abba’s Benny and Björn who supplied The Story of a Heart.

Kerry says that although nothing is planned yet she would love to perform the new songs live. “I am in Wonderland until August and Brian will be involved in an American tour with Queen over the summer, but maybe we can set something up for the autumn or towards Christmas. Brian and I keep talking about playing Cargenie Hall so maybe we can arrange a tour that takes in London and New York. I would love to play these songs live as they take on a life of their own in front of an audience and we can all share that experience together.”
Golden Days, the new album by Brian May and Kerry Ellis, is out on April 7 and is available to pre-order online.

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RTT News
Queen’s Brian May To Team With Kerry Ellis For New Release
6 March 2017

Contactmusic
Brian May And Kerry Ellis Join Forces Once Again for ‘Golden Days'
6 March 2017

Love London Love Culture
NEWS: Kerry Ellis and Brian May Announce Brand New Album
6 March 2017

Classic Rock (@ClassicRockMag, 212k followers)
Brian May and Kerry Ellis will release their new album Golden Days next month: goo.gl/BQDphO

Ultimate Classic Rock (@UltClassicRock, 172k followers)
Brian May has announced the new ‘Golden Days’ LP with Kerry Ellis. Details here: trib.al/tek2UJ0

LondonTheatre1 (@LondonTheatre1, 29k followers)
KERRY ELLIS + BRIAN MAY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “GOLDEN DAYS”….

Broadway World
Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle in Concert at The Apex this Summer
9 March 2017
Kerry continued her long-term working relationship with Brian May last year with a tour of Europe and the release of their new album Golden Days.

Best Classic Bands
Brian May Teases Queen Monopoly Game
March 2017

EXTRACT:
May has been especially busy as of late. In addition to touring with Queen + Adam Lambert, the guitarist has a new collaborative album, "Golden Days", with Kerry Ellis, due in the U.K. and Ireland on Sony on April 7. A U.S. release date has not yet been announced. The album, according to a press release, includes five new original compositions plus new rock arrangements of some of May and Ellis’ favorite songs of all time: a tribute to guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, two songs dedicated to their work on behalf of wild animals, and a couple of reinterpretations of songs which have already become essentials in their live act.

East Anglian Daily Times
9 March 2017
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East Anglian Daily Times

West End Wilma
BRIAN MAY + KERRY ELLIS announce new album GOLDEN DAYS
10 March 2017
Brian May and Kerry Ellis have announced the forthcoming release of a new much anticipated second studio album, titled “GOLDEN DAYS”.

Team Rock Ultimate Classic Rock
April 2017 New Music Releases
16 March 2017
The list of April 2017 New Music Releases features loads of fresh material by signature classic-rock legends, as well as another wallet-emptying edition of Record Store Day Queen guitarist Brian May offers his second studio collaboration with singer Kerry Ellis. Golden Days follows 2010’s Anthems and a series of joint live dates.

The Irish News
Burrow into Wonderland for a musical journey of self-discover
16 March 2017
... Kerry Ellis, who has just recorded a new album with Queen guitarist Brian May, alternating in the role of Alice.

Theatre.London
Hear it first: Kerry Ellis on Wonderland The Musical
16 March 2017
Ellis has young children, has been recording a new album with Queen guitarist Brian May and presents a regular radio programme.

Queen Monopoly to launch in May
21 March 2017
EXTRACT:
Earlier this month, May announced details of his new album with Kerry Ellis titled "Golden Days". It’ll be released on April 7 via Sony Music and is now available for pre-order.

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**Mon 20 Mar 17**
BRIAN MAY REVEALS NEW QUEEN MONOPOLY GAME - ROLLING STONE
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ROLLING STONE
20 Mar 17 by Daniel Kreps
"It was a blast working on it – like making an album," says guitarist

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Brian May has revealed that Queen will release their own themed Monopoly game this spring.
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Brian May revealed that Queen will release their own version of Monopoly in May. The new board game will take fans through pivotal moments in the band's history. 

"We've been very secretly developing Queen Monopoly for over a year. And it's due in a shop near you in May," the guitarist wrote on his website after Amazon "leaked" the news. "I'm excited – it was a blast working on it – like making an album! We hope you love it!"

Instead of the original game's goal of becoming a real estate scion, the Queen-themed Monopoly will allow fans to build the band's career from the ground up while avoiding "taxes, jail and bankruptcy."

"Tour the amazing gig history of Queen, from their very first at Imperial College in 1970 to their last with Freddie Mercury at Knebworth Park in 1986. Tour the world with the band and buy gig locations and hit singles," the game's description says.

The players' tokens for the game are also tied to iconic Queen songs and images: The giant robot from the News of the World cover, a bicycle for "Bicycle Race," a vacuum cleaner that nods to the "I Want to Break Free" video, a hammer for "Hammer to Fall" and May's guitar.

Online vendors give the Queen Monopoly game a May 5th release date.

In unrelated Monopoly news, Hasbro recently announced they're updating the original game's tokens to include a T. Rex, penguin and a rubber duck, with the thimble, wheelbarrow and shoe getting the boot. [MORE]

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**Sun 19 Mar 17**
NEWS OF CHUCK BERRY [R.I.P.]
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Chuck Berry

SEE BRIAN'S OBIT MESSAGE - HERE

Very sadly - news in just after midnight of the death of rock legend, Chuck Berry, aged 90. Often referred to as "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll". Chuck Berry undoubtedly an early influence to Brian's guitar playing.

 

Early News reports

VARIETY
Chuck Berry, Key Pioneer of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Dies at 90
18 March 2017 | 03:15PM PT

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chuck Berry, the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who established the form and the themes of the music with his slyly funny, rhythmically propulsive ’50s hits, such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Johnny B. Goode,” has died. He was 90. St. Charles County police responded to call placed at around 12:40 p.m. local time on Saturday (18 March 2017). They arrived on the scene where Berry was found unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m., according to the police department.

Berry hammered out the then-nascent sound’s groundwork in a series of self-penned singles for the Chicago R&B label Chess Records that successfully crossed over into the pop mainstream. The tunes showcased Berry’s droll singing, inventive guitar licks and acute eye and ear for the nuances of teenage life. In a matter of years, his repertoire would be adopted by such British acolytes as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones; California band the Beach Boys surrendered some of the copyright for its 1963 hit “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” which shamelessly copped the melody of Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen” without credit.

Like early contemporaries Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, Berry put his music over with a showman’s flair. The pompadoured, mustachioed musician’s “duck walk” — a crouched, head-bobbing march across the stage — was an onstage trademark that became familiar to viewers of the ’50s exploitation films like “Rock, Rock, Rock!” and “Go, Johnny, Go!” in which he starred. (Continues)

BBC NEWS
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry dies
19 March 2016

Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has died aged 90, police in the US state of Missouri report.

The singer was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said.

Berry's seven-decade career boasted a string of hits, including classics Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 (Continues) | Obituary

'Johnny B Goode' has also just passed Saturn... in playlist on s NASA Space Probe - the Voyager Interstellar Mission [READ MORE: "Music From Earth"]

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An influence on Brian - he can be seen performing 'Johnny B. Goode' below. The same track appeared on Brian's recent compilation "Air Guitar Anthems" released 18 Nov 2016.

The duo, Brian May and Dave Dilloway collectively known as "1984" played Chuck Berry songs in their early gigs -1966: 'Too Much Monkey Business' and 'Our Little Rendezvous'. Later, Brian joined REO Speedwagon with 'Johnny B. Goode' 29/05/1985 at Hammersmith Odeon, London, and also performed same as guest with Jerry Lee Lewis, Hammersmith Odeon, 21/11/1989 (see below).

Brian on guitar and vocals at his daughter, Emily's wedding, 31/08/2013, Natural History Museum, London:


The Bluejays (Featuring Brian May) - 'Johnny B Goode' - Live at the Natural History Museum
https://youtu.be/jNZVSrxdVqA

Jerry Lee Lewis - Johnny B Goode - 21/11/1989 - https://youtu.be/gu247GKesyg
Find on: Jerry Lee Lewis And Friends [DVD] [2007]

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**Sat 18 Mar 17**
VERA LYNN 100TH BIRTHDAY TV TRIBUTE AND CONCERT FT ANITA DOBSON
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Dame Vera Lynn

In a programme to celebrate the 100th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn, Anita Dobson, will be one of the artists honouring her birthday in the Concert

Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday
BBC2 - 9-10PM

Repeat Wednesday 22 March
BBC2 12.15am

The programme will be available shortly after broadcast at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08k5v5l

Earlier this evening there is a concert at London Palladium tonight.

Venue: London Palladium
Date: 18th March 2017
Starts: 7.30pm

http://rutlive.co.uk/event/100-a-tribute-to-dame-vera-lynn/

Dame Vera Lynn concert

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**Fri 17 Mar 17**
STS-107 WAKE-UP CALL - 'LOVE OF MY LIFE'
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Johnny Vavruska wrote:

A few days back I've heard Pink Floyd's "Coming Back To Life" and I wanted to look at lyrics. I saw in curiosities, that this song was as "Wakeup Call" for astronauts in space. I found that web page and there is one Queen song too - "Love Of My Life". It is mixed together with reporting. I don't know, if you know this, but it is really nice to hear it.


There is a link: https://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/audio/shuttle/sts-107/html/ndxpage1.html and there you can find your song (Flight Day 12, Red Team)

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STS-107 Wake-up Calls
Wake-up calls are a long-standing tradition of the NASA program. Each day during the mission, flight controllers in the Mission Control Center will greet the crew with an appropriate musical interlude.

Flight Day 12
Red Team
STS-107 crew wake up call, Flight Day 12, Red Team - "Love of My Life" by Queen
(6.3 MB) .wav file| Net Show | RealAudio

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With thanks to Johnny

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**Thu 16 Mar 17**
"QUEEN IN 3-D" GERMAN AND ITALIAN EDITIONS (BRIAN MAY AT LONDON BOOK FAIR)
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As reported 14 March, Brian attended The London Book Fair for the Day and met with foreign book distributors.

We are happy to confirm that his forthcoming title: "Queen in 3-D" will be pubLished in Italian and German.

Here he is pictured below with a happy Jos Bendinelli Negrone who has just secured German and Italian language publishing rights for Queen In 3-D.

Jos BendinelliNegrone andBrian May


Jos Bendinelli Negrone and Brian May

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**Thur 16 Mar 17**
BOVINE TB SYMPOSIUM 2017 - IMPERIAL COLLEGE
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Bovine TB Symposium 2017

 

A unique BTB Symposium on the 'New insights into the control of bovine tuberculosis' at Imperial College, London on 28 March 2017.

Brian May will be opening the following event, as well as on discussion panel.

Tuesday 28 March 2017- Bovine TB Symposium 2017
9am - 6pm
by Save Me Trust and the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College
Imperial College, South Kensington, London. SW7 2AZ. Tickets

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Bovine TB Symposium 2017
New insights into the control of bovine tuberculosis

Chair:
Lord John Krebs University of Oxford

Speakers:
Professor James Wood University of Cambridge;
Nigel Gibbens CBE Director General, Chief Veterinary Officer;
Professor Rowland Kao University of Glasgow;
Dr Catherine ED Rees Associate Professor in Microbiology, University of Nottingham;
Professor Christl Donnelly Imperial College;
Professor Tim Coulson Professor of Zoology, Associate Head of Department Jesus College;
Lucy Brunton Department of Epidemiological Sciences at Animal & Plant Health Agency;
Dr Graham Smith Lead Scientist for the National Wildlife Management Centre. Animal & Plant Health Agency;
Professor Liz Wellington University of Warwick; Freya Smith Animal & Plant Health Agency;
Associate Professor Eamonn Gormley School Of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Science Centre, University College Dublin;
Fraser Menzies DAERA;
James O’Keeffe, DAFM;
Amie Adkin Animal & Plant Health Agency;
Professor Rosie Woodroffe Institute of Zoology;
Dr Gareth Enticott Cardiff University;
Professor Glyn Hewinson, APHA;
Professor Sheila Bird OBE University of Cambridge;
Professor John Bourne Formerly, Institute of Animal Health and Former Chairman, Independent Scientific Group;
Professor Ian Boyd Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;
Professor Neil Ferguson Imperial College London;
Richard J Sibley BVSc Hon FRCVS;
Christianne Glossop Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales;
Dr Brian May CBE Save Me Trust.

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**Tue 14 Mar 2017**
LONDON BOOK FAIR 2017
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London book fair 2017

Brian May attended the London Book Fair, Olympia, London, today as a visitor, meeting with LSC's foreign book distributors.

LSC not exhibiting on this occasion.

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**Tue 14 Mar 2017**
PRESS COVERAGE - BRIAN MAY + KERRY ELLIS 'GOLDEN DAYS'
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Golden Days banner

 CD Pre-order available: - includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
http://amzn.to/2nb1wiK

Here is a rundown of Press/Media coverage regarding Brian May + Kerry Ellis forthcoming release of their "Golden Days" album.


NEW TODAY:  

Theatre.London
14 March 2017
Hear it first: Kerry Ellis on Wonderland The Musical



Theatre.London, where they mention that Kerry Ellis ‘has been recording a new album with Queen guitarist Brian May’, in an article about Kerry starring in Wonderland the Musical.

YAHOO! Celebrity - SNAPPA Celebrity
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with 'Britain's most beautiful voice' Kerry Ellis

What’s On Stage
3 March 2017
Kerry Ellis and Brian May to release new album

Irish News
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Playbill
3 March 2017
Brian May and Kerry Ellis to Collaborate on New Album

Glasgow Evening Times
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Irish Examiner
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Evening Echo
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Basildon/Canvey/Southend Echo
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

BreakingNews.ie
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Kildare Nationalist
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Waterford News & Star
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Open Ghana
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Wexford Echo
3 March 2017
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Flipping The Record
3 March 2017
Queen’s Brian May and Kerry Ellis announce new album

Has It Leaked
3 March 2017
Brian May + Kerry Ellis – Golden Days

Broadway World
Brian May and Kerry Ellis Announce Release of New Album

Guardian Series
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Bournemouth Daily Echo
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Borehamwood & Elstree Times
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

The Arts Shelf
Brian May And Kerry Ellis To Release Second Studio Album ‘Golden Days’ On 7 April, 2017

Flick of the Finger
New Music From Brian May & Kerry Ellis This April Titled ‘Golden Days’

Team Rock
Brian May and Kerry Ellis announce new album Golden Days

Yahoo! News UK
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

The List
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

Contactmusic
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

Sunday World
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

This Is Oxfordshire
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Live Theatre UK
Kerry Ellis & Brian May Team Up Again For Golden Days

Box Office Bloggers
Kerry Ellis and Brian May New Album Golden Days

Ultimate Classic Rock
Brian May Announces New ‘Golden Days’ LP With Kerry Ellis

MSN
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

Stereoboard
Brian May And Kerry Ellis Announce New Album ‘Golden Days’

Female First
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

Zap Gossip
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis

York Press
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Hampshire Chronicle
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Lancashire Telegraph
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Dorset Echo
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Salisbury Journal
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Penarth Times
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Dudley News
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Ayr Advertiser
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
Bucks Free Press
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis
 
NWI Times
Brian May to release new album with Kerry Ellis
 
Vintage Vinyl News
Brian May And Kerry Ellis Announce Second Album
 
Hard Rock Hub
Brian May Announces New ‘Golden Days’ LP With Kerry Ellis
 
New Magazine
Brian May announces new album with theatre star after cancelling Christmas tour

Playbill
What’s Hot in London: March 4-10

Southern Daily Echo
Brian May reveals new album with ‘Britain’s most beautiful voice’ Kerry Ellis

Musicology
Brian May and Kerry Ellis announce new album

RTT News
Queen’s Brian May To Team With Kerry Ellis For New Release

Contactmusic
Brian May And Kerry Ellis Join Forces Once Again for ‘Golden Days’

Love London Love Culture
NEWS: Kerry Ellis and Brian May Announce Brand New Album

TWITTER
 
Classic Rock (@ClassicRockMag)
Brian May and Kerry Ellis will release their new album Golden Days next month: goo.gl/BQDphO

Ultimate Classic Rock (@UltClassicRock)
Brian May has announced the new ‘Golden Days’ LP with Kerry Ellis. Details here: trib.al/tek2UJ0

LondonTheatre1 (@LondonTheatre1)
KERRY ELLIS + BRIAN MAY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “GOLDEN DAYS”….

 

Golden DaysCD Pre-order available
- includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
http://amzn.to/2nb1wiK

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**Mon 13 Mar 2017**
CONCERT ARTISTES' ASSOCIATION BALL
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Anita Dobson had a lovely event last night (12 March) accompanied by Brian May - the Concert Artistes' Association Ball celebrating 120 years of supporting performers, which took place at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

Among the guests, Rick Wakeman and Vicki Michelle ('Allo 'Allo!), comedian Roy and Debbie Hudd - and cabaret provided by Hilary O'Neil.

Brian, Anita, Vicki Michelle
Anna Golden, Vicki Michelle, Anita Dobson and Brian May


Anita, Brian and Vicki

Rick Wakeman, Vicki Michelle
Rick Wakeman and Vicki Michelle
Photos: Vicki Michelle

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**Thu 09 Mar 17**
GOLDEN DAYS ARTWORK
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Golde Days back cover

Golden Days cover artwork

Bri - Golden Days photoshoot

Brian and Kerry - Golden days photoshoot
Brian May and Kerry Ellis - Golden Days

Kerry Ellis - Golden Days

Golden DaysCD Pre-order available
- includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
http://amzn.to/2nb1wiK

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**Tue 07 Mar 17**
SHE'S SO COOL - CATHERINE PORTER INTERVIEW CONTINUED - PART 2
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Continuing Patrick Lemieux's fascinating interview with the lovely Catherine Porter... [READ PART 1 HERE]



Crazy Times

Catherine PorterAll the while working the London stage and session recordings, Catherine was writing and collaborating on her own material, as she explains,Tony Moore, the Founder of the Kashmir Klub, became my first serious collaborator. He was able to take some crazy ideas I had and develop them into songs. For a period of time we were incredibly prolific, writing by day and performing what we had just written that night in the club. It was an incredibly creative and satisfying time musically.”


One such “crazy idea,” in fact, became the song “Crazy.”

“Ah, yes! Crazy! You might say this was my signature song. It stemmed from a very frustrating time in a relationship. I had gone back to New York to visit family for a week and took my pen to paper as I always did. I was trying to work out my frustration with a particular person and I was in a terrible mood,”
says Catherine, “I think I actually snapped at my mother who in turn, kindly, but firmly, said I was really being a ‘bitch.’ She was worried about me. I immediately apologized and then wrote, ‘I don’t want to be a bitch…’ and the rest of the lyrics flew. It came out of a genuine bad time, a deep frustration and confusion as to what was happening in the relationship, but in spite of that, it made people laugh. And that was the most rewarding part of all.”

In 2000, Catherine entered the A Song For Europe contest, whose finalist would go on to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. She entered two of her songs. Says Catherine, "Both ‘Crazy’ and ‘The Answer’ were entered at the request of Jonathan King after he had supported both songs in his ‘tip sheet.’ Both went to the BBC Radio vote so it was very exciting to hear them being played on the radio every morning. In all honesty, I thought that if one song was going to make it to the Top 4, it was going to be ‘The Answer,’ so we were all surprised that ‘Crazy’ got through.”

During Catherine’s time in the Song For Europe contest, record companies began circling. In the end, 'Crazy' placed 3rd. It turned out those record companies were only interested in whomever placed #1.

“I was devastated,”
she remembers, “I was sure that no matter what, the exposure for my songs was going to bring a positive outcome, but I soon discovered that wasn’t going to happen, so I had to take a little time to recover, gather my thoughts and come back with a renewed energy.”

 

Finding something good

“They say that signs appear on the road as you should travel in your life, you just have to see them. This one was pretty blatant.” – Catherine Porter


The singer-songwriter now had to take a hard look at her creative direction. “My manager was instrumental at the time in making me go back and think about what really brought me to love music in the first place. What were my roots? What did I grow up listening to? What did I love? What did I want to say?”

It was the work of artists like Carole King and The Carpenters that Catherine grew up listening to and it was the influence of their music that motivated her as she began to write new a material. “With Kevin Malpass, we started on piano this time. We wrote a few songs and my manager happened to play them to Steve Jenkins from Jive Records, who was a friend of his. He was asking his advice, ‘what would you do with this?’ Steve’s reply? ‘I’d make a record.’ So, with Steve’s guidance, we wrote the rest of the album and started recording it. I was in heaven recording with some of my favorite musicians-- James Pearson, Norman Wattroy, Dylan Howe, to name a few. What I didn’t know at the time was that Jive Records had just begun its journey in being taken over by BMG during our recording, a move I later discovered did not help my album. It was unfortunate that the timing was so bad, forcing a lack of support in promoting the album. I remain so proud of that album and all the heart and soul that went into making it. Kevin and I continued to write together for me as well as for other people. The collaboration continues today.”

The album, released on 2002, was called Something Good, with the single 'She’s So Cool' getting airplay and support from BBC’s Radio 2. The title track appeared in the film Undertaking Betty.

Something Good


Catherine also dabbled in film, with a cameo in 2005’s Batman Begins.

“That is me, indeed! I played an assassin.”
In the movie, her character assassinates the murderer of Bruce Wayne’s parents, inadvertently thwarting Wayne’s own plan to kill him in cold blood. “The role involved a day of safety and shooting lessons followed by a full day on set, focussing on my scene. There were over 100 extras all playing reporters, lawyers, general public waiting for the man to be released who had been convicted of murdering Batman’s folks years earlier. I had the job of making sure he didn’t exit the court house. It was all very exciting and fun and centered around me. Unfortunately, the way it was filmed, you can’t really tell it’s me!! You just see a mess of blonde hair, a few words mumbled, shots fired, I’m taken down and carried off by police and it’s all over in a matter of seconds. Two full days of work for me to get 10 seconds of film time. But it sure was fun!”

 

A New Treasure

In 2005, Catherine and her husband were blessed with their daughter Ruby, who was the inspiration for her next album, Gems For Ruby. She wanted to share with her daughter not only her favourite songs, but, as she describes it, “In that same lush style that my parents turned me onto."

“'Gems' was a great project to work on. Danny Saxon and Mark Jaimes were amazing to work with and had a ton of fantastic ideas already, so I put mine in the pile with theirs and we set out to see which ones worked and which didn’t. It was great to have a concept and let loose with it. I got to have some of my favorite songs in there. I have to say, there were so many favourites, but the surprise for me on that album was ‘More Today Than Yesterday.’ When I went to record the vocal, the guys had done a completely different arrangement than the one that is on the album. I had heard it a million times before recording, but somehow when I got into the studio, it just didn’t gel. So, Danny jumped on the grand piano in the studio we were recording in and tried some things out. What resulted turned out to be my favorite track on the album. I also love ‘Summer Of ‘69’ and was thrilled to one day get an email from Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams telling me my version of their song was by far their favorite. I think Brian May had sent it to Bryan Adams, which led to this communication. I don’t think I’ve been given a bigger compliment than that. It was really thrilling.”

Gems for Ruby
AMAZON: Gems For Ruby

That would not be Brian May’s only involvement with the new album. Another favourite song of Catherine’s was Queen’s 'Somebody To Love'. As with all the songs on Gems, Catherine’s version features a new arrangement of Freddie Mercury’s classic.

“Of course, I love our version of ‘Somebody To Love.’ We had pretty much had all of it recorded when I approached Brian. He had such a positive response that the collaboration began. It was great to have him play. His solo is just so very ‘HIM.’ It really meant so much to me; a full circle moment.”

Gems For Ruby was released on 2009, with “Somebody To Love” as the single.

In a career full of unexpected doors opening, another one came in the form of dance club music.

“Kevin Malpass,”
Catherine’s co-writer, and producer for her Something Good album, “had recommended me to a manager in the US that works with DJ’s. My first release was with a UK DJ called Matt Darey. Matt and I wrote ‘Blossom And Decay.’ From there, this manager introduced me to Paul Beckwith, who actually is a NJ-based producer. He’s not far away from where I live, so we got together.”

The result was a collaboration on the track 'Back To Love'.

“‘Back To Love’ was interesting because Paul and I basically wrote an entire song; verses, choruses, bridge, etc. The record company heard it and loved the hook and some adlibs. So, they scrapped the rest and kept those! It’s a cool track. I love the dance/trance/house world. It’s very freeing for me to be given tracks to write to and just come up with whatever I want. The DJ’s work their magic after I’ve laid all my vocals down. For me, it’s basically still songwriting, but what happens to the song when the DJ/Producer gets their ears on it is always interesting.”

Shotgun Wedding
Shotgun Wedding


Living in New York now, where music and theatre is always booming, Catherine is still busy both in the studio and onstage. She was recently the lead in the rock musical production of Next To Normal, winning the Suzi Bass Award for the part. She’s in a new band, too, called Shotgun Wedding.


Living in New York now, where music and theatre is always booming, Catherine is still busy both in the studio and onstage. She was recently the lead in the rock musical production of Next To Normal, winning the Suzi Bass Award for the part. She’s in a new band, too, called Shotgun Wedding.

“We are a City/Country band, meaning we are not pretending to be from Nashville or the South,” she clarifies, “There are no cowboy boots or hats. We are all pretty much from NYC and we love Country music. We do covers and originals.”

Shotgun Wedding performs in the New York City area, so keep your eyes out for them! Their debut album is available on iTunes: HERE

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Catherine Porter’s music can be found on iTunes and Amazon.
Amazon:
HERE

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Patrick Lemieux is a Canadian artist and writer. He is the co-author of the book The Queen Chronology: The Recording & Release History Of The Band, available on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com.

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**Tue 07 Mar 17**
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**Fri 03 Mar 17**
PRESS RELEASE: BRIAN MAY + KERRY ELLIS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
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Brian May and Kerry Ellis have announced the forthcoming release of a new much anticipated second studio album, titled “GOLDEN DAYS”.

The 13-track album, which includes five original compositions, two by May, including the title track, and three by May and Ellis, is to be released in the UK and Eire this April.

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The album also includes new rock arrangements of some of May and Ellis’ favourite songs of all time: a tribute to guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, two songs dedicated to their work on behalf of wild animals, and a couple of reinterpretations of songs which have already become essentials in their live act.

In 2010, the May-produced Kerry Ellis debut album, “Anthems” gave the partnership their first taste of chart success and triggered a highly successful touring career.

"This album is a true collaboration between Kerry and myself,” says May. “Five years ago, ‘Anthems’ was the result of me producing an exciting new artist - Kerry Ellis. This new record has both our names on it, and breaks new ground. We produced ourselves together as a team. I feel confident it's the best thing we've ever done and a worthy testament to 13 years of belief. It also happens to feature Britain's most beautiful voice!"

Since undertaking their first “Anthems” tour of the UK in 2011, May and Ellis have gone on to play five further series of UK dates as well as widely touring Italy and Eastern Europe. In addition, they have regularly performed high profile one-off concert appearances, such as the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Italy’s San Remo Festival screened live across Europe, and most recently a triumph at a packed Opera cross-over extravaganza in the beautiful Arena di Verona.

In what is now established as a unique May-Ellis fusion style, this collection includes May’s radical rock re-arrangement of the classic Born Free, the May-Ellis The Kissing Me Song, a re-cast of Ruth Moody’s powerful One Voice, and a new version of Amazing Grace. These sit alongside songs from such timeless writers as, Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson and legendary classic American songbook writers Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller. Add to this the brand new self-penned high energy offerings It’s Gonna Be All Right” (The Panic Attack Song) and Roll With You, as well as the haunting retro-psychedelic Love In A Rainbow, and we become conscious of the broad musical landscape May and Ellis’ unique chemistry harnesses.

Though both strong in their separate careers, May and Ellis have been developing their own special musical interaction as a creative partnership for over 13 years, both in the studio and in live performances. What at first sight might have seemed an unlikely union of different styles has evolved into their unique strength – a fresh and original force in music.

“This new album has been a real journey of discovery and I feel so proud of how Brian and I have developed over the years; we have learnt how to work together and inspire each other to create special performances and music,” says Ellis.

“The album is really a mixture of our experiences and has a story behind each song. Brian and I have had such fun developing it and can't wait for people to hear it.”

The album is set for release April 7th on the Sony Music label.

Brian May + Kerry Ellis – GOLDEN DAYS
(Sony Music Entertainment, 7 April 2017)


1. Love In A Rainbow (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)

2. Roll With You (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)

3. Golden Days (Brian May)

4. It's Gonna Be All Right (The Panic Attack Song) (Brian May)

5. Amazing Grace (John Newton, Trad. Arr. Brian May)

6. One Voice (Ruth Moody)

7. If I Loved You (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers)

8. Born Free (John Barry, Don Black)

9. Parisienne Walkways (Phil Lynott, Gary Moore)

10. I Who Have Nothing (Carlo Donida, Mogol, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)

11. The Kissing Me Song (Brian May, Kerry Ellis)

12. Story Of A Heart (Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson)

13. Can't Help Falling In Love (Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George, David Weiss)

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**Wed 01 Mar 17**
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BRIAN MAY, this year is unavailable to attend Starmus IV, in Norway, as this
coincides with rehearsals for the forthcoming Queen + Adam Lambert Tour.

March already.... Starmus 2017 will soon be here. Trondheim 18-23 June 2017. Another great event promised.

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