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**Sat 10 Nov 12**
TUNBRIDGE WELLS SET LIST - 9 NOVEMBER 2012


TUNBRIDGE WELLS
SET LIST - 9 NOVEMBER 2012

Born Free
Butterfly
I Who Have Nothing
Dust in the Wind
Cosie Celeste
Somebody to Love
Nothing Really Has Changed
Life is Real
The Way We Were
39
Something
Love of My Life
I’m Not That Girl
NOBY
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down
Can't Be Your Friend
WWRY
Champions

Born Free
Crazy Little Thing


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**Sat 10 Nov 12**
CORBY ORBS

Corby orbs
A little magic in the air.... - Kerry Ellis and Brian May onstage Corby Cube - Wed 8 November -
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**Sat 10 Nov 12**
PANORAMA ON BADGER CULL

Brian May was interviewed for this programme:

PanoramaBBC ONE
PANORAMA

Monday 12 November 20:30
Badgers: Dodging the Bullet?

Investigating the government's decision to postpone its controversial badger cull.
FIRST BROADCAST: 12 Nov 2012

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**Sat 10 Nov 12**
BRIAN ON JOHNNIE WALKER 'SOUNDS OF THE SEVENTIES' SUNDAY SHOW

Johnnie Walker and Brian May 8 November 2012 Radio 2 StudiosBrian May can be heard on Johnnie Walker's 'Sounds of the Seventies' Show this Sunday.

Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
Brian May dropped by to Radio 2 (on Thursday 8 November) to catch up with Johnnie and flick through Queen's 1970s records.

BBC Radio 2
SOUNDS OF THE 70s

Sunday 11 November
15:00

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**Sat 10 Nov 12**
REMINDER: BRIAN ON SMOOTH RADIO VINYL TURNS THE TABLES
SUNDAY
11 NOV 2PM

Vinyl Turns The Tables

Smooth RadioLISTEN LIVE HERE

"Vinyl Turns The Tables"
SMOOTH RADIO
Sunday 11 November 2pm

Brian May will be on the Smooth Radio throughout the UK to day.. He was interviewed on Monday 29 October by Paul Sexton, for a programme about vinyl records.

The show goes out on Sunday 11 November at 2.00pm.

A Mark Goodier one-hour special....

Everywhere you look, vinyl is back in style. 2012’s Record Store Day reported a 50% increase in sales, with vinyl exclusives by everybody from Coldplay and Kate Bush to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

At a time when the future of the compact disc, the very format that was sent to bury vinyl, is uncertain, and many music fans are tiring of the faceless zeroes and ones of digital downloads, the death of vinyl has indeed proved to be extremely exaggerated. The sheer warmth of the sound of a vinyl disc, and the way it includes the audience in the listening (and indeed viewing) process, has sent young and old music fans alike racing back to the record player. Listening parties are now becoming highly fashionable, with digitally-savvy teenagers turning off their smartphones to sit quietly and listen to vinyl in a shared music experience that’s the polar opposite of the anti-social iPod/headphones cocoon.

In this documentary, we talk to artists, vinyl junkies, journalists, record label executives and retailers who have all witnessed the format’s return to health, in a show that crackles with life like an original 33 and a third. We’ll tell the full story of how vinyl has turned the tables, why the platters still matter, and how these classic Beatles recordings are now back with us in the form that they were created.

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**Fri 09 Nov 12**
ANITA DOBSON FINDS HER PERFECT STAGE ROLE IN THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH
9 November 2012 by Marion McMullen

Anita Dobson in Merry Wives of Windsor
Anita Dobson in The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Picture Pete Le May/RSC

VOLUMES of the complete works of Shakespeare and the complete works of Oscar Wilde were among Anita Dobson’s cherished possessions as a child.

“They were a gift from my father and one had a red cover and one had a blue cover,” she remembers fondly. “He loved Shakespeare and he would have been so proud of me working at the Royal Shakespeare Company. “I would have loved for him to see me here,” she sighs with a wistful smile, “but you know, I believe he is watching me.”

The former EastEnder is proving a comedy gem on the Stratford stage as the quirky, bubbly livewire Mistress Quickly in Bard comedy The Merry Wives Of Windsor. The modern-day version marks Anita’s RSC debut and sees her as a chatty, gossip-loving, super-energetic doctor’s receptionist who gets caught up in the saucy sexcapades of Falstaff and the local housewives.

“I’m playing myself, darling,” laughs Anita. “I’m just running around everywhere and having a ball. I just feel at home on the stage here and the cast are wonderful.”

She says she started her acting career thinking the theatre would be her home and recalls coming to Stratford and seeing Helen Mirren on the stage as Queen Margaret in Richard III. “Gosh, that must have been before EastEnders came along,” she says. Anita still holds the record for the highest ever soap rating when 30.15 million viewers switched on to see Dirty Den hand Angie Watts her divorce papers on Christmas Day in 1986, but this year she will be busy putting a smile on the faces of audiences in the Midlands on Boxing Day.

“It’s live theatre and anything can happen,” she points out happily. “We have one scene were underwear goes flying everywhere and when I went on stage tonight a big pair of black underpants had been left behind. I thought I can’t leave them there someone might slip so I picked them up and carried them off with me holding them at arm’s length. Most people probably never noticed, but it was a lovely unscripted bit that just happens when you perform live every night.”

Husband and Queen guitarist Brian May has already been to see the show and performed himself at the Assembly in Leamington this week in an intimate candlelight performance as part of the Born Free Tour with Kerry Ellis.

We are always brutally honest with each other and I asked him what he thought of Merry Wives and he really enjoyed it. It’s such a fun show and they look after you so well here. They even arranged a flu jab for me.”

The youthful 63-year-old has just finished a successful tour of the two hander play Bette And Joan playing Joan Crawford and brought the hit drama to the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Last year she proved a sensation in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and later took part in the live national tour. “I’ve never worn so much bling, sparkles, hair extensions or make-up as Strictly,” she giggles. “I loved every minute of it although I think I did something wrong in the dance routines every week.”

Anita is still big friends with her dance partner Robin Windsor. “He’s such a lovely man and he and Lisa Riley are doing brilliantly this year. He keeps saying if I want to do any dance performances to give him a shout, but I think Merry Wives will keep me busy for now.

“I never go the gym or anything like that, but Brian and I do have lots and lots of steps at home ... I think that keeps me in shape. I’m also a vegetarian and look after myself particularly when I’m appearing on stage.” But she quickly adds with a wicked grin: “I do love a glass of Champagne at the end of the night though. It’s my little treat.”

* The Merry Wives Of Windsor runs at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, until January 12. Box office 0844 800 1110.

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**Fri 09 Nov 12**
BRIAN AND KERRY ON TV - MERIDIAN TONIGHT

Brian and Kerry appeared on ITV 'Meridian Tonight' regional TV around 6pm, ahead of their show at Tunbridge Wells.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis 'Meidian Tonight' - http://youtu.be/brtdTr-HDmE

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*Fri 09 Nov 12**
LOOSE WOMEN - VIDEO

BRIAN MAY ON LOOSE WOMEN - 9 November 2012 - http://youtu.be/eUMdkyRTg-8

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*Fri 09 Nov 12**
BBC 3 COUNTIES RADIO INTERVIEW - LISTEN LIVE THIS AFTERNOON

Brian May and Kerry Ellis were interviewed by Nick Coffer of BBC Three Counties Radio at Corby on Wednesday. This will go out 2-3pm today (Friday) and you can listen live HERE. http://bbc.in/PGUqj8 - This is an extended interview and will be available to access from iPlayer on same link for 7 days.

BBC Three Counties Radio
Fri 9 Nov 2012 at 12:00
BBC Three Counties Radio

Kerry, Nick Coffer and Brian - 3 Counties Raio
Kerry Ellis, Nick Coffer, Brian and Emmai

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
REVIEW: BRIAN MAY & KERRY ELLIS - 'THE BORN FREE TOUR'
LEAMINGTON SPA - 6 NOVEMBER 2012

by Andrew Bytheway
for CLASSICROCKRADIO.eu (with thanks)

‘Intimate’ and ‘acoustic’ – two words that you wouldn’t normally associate with guitar-god Brian May. But this was no ‘normal’ evening! From start to finish this concert was an absolute joy, Kerry’s sublime voice coupled with Brian’s brilliance on guitar made for a very special concert in a great venue.

Kerry Ellis is a supreme performer in her own right, and Brian of course needs no introduction, with over 40 years of rock music history behind him, but together they appear to take everything to another level. They compliment each other perfectly, and obviously enjoy every moment on stage together.

The evening began with ‘Born Free’, the signature tune by John Barry & Don Black. Now available as a single by Brian & Kerry. This was followed by ‘I Loved A Butterfly’, a song possibly more familiar to Queen (and Paul Rodgers) fans as ‘Some Things That Glitter’, written by Brian for ‘The Cosmos Rocks’ album, but renamed and reworked acoustically for Kerry’s debut solo album ‘Anthems’.

Kerry and Brian first performed ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ at the San Remo Music Festival earlier this year, when they were joined by Irene Fornaciari, daughter of Italian singer Zucchero. This time the song had been stripped back to bare bones for the acoustic guitar, but was no less powerful. Next up was ‘Dust In The Wind’, a Kansas song penned by, as Brian noted, ‘a blonde called Kerry’ (Kerry Livgren).

Zucchero’s influence was again present with ‘Cosi Celeste’, a song written by him, but again reworked by Kerry & Brian into a beautiful love song. A stripped down version of Queen classic ‘Somebody To Love’ followed, with Brian taking the lead on vocals and Kerry (along with the audience) joining in as the song progressed.

This tour is raising money for the Born Free Foundation, and their campaign to ‘Keep Wildlife in the Wild’. Born Free was, of course, founded by Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers in the 60’s, and it was Virginia herself who wrote the next song ‘Nothing Really Has Changed’. For this simple but beautiful song Brian used a silver version of his infamous ‘Red Special’ to accompany Kerry’s gorgeous vocals.

‘Life Is Real’ is a Freddie Mercury composition, written as a tribute to John Lennon, and included on Queen’s 1982 album ‘Hot Space’. A magical performance from Kerry & Brian, was emotionally heightened with projections of Freddie on to the screen at the back of the candlelit set.

Kerry, Freddie and Brian, Leamington Spa

The projection screen was used to great effect during ‘The Way We Were’, the Marvin Hamlisch tune made famous by one of Kerry’s vocal heroines – Barbra Streisand. Stunning vocals were accompanied by pictures of Kerry AND Brian in their younger days, the way they were!!

39’, another Brian May song, first appeared on Queen’s seminal 1975 album ‘A Night At The Opera’ and once again the audience joined Brian for a fun sing-along.
Throughout the concert there was lots of interaction between Kerry, Brian and the audience which added to the relaxed atmosphere and undoubtedly increased both performers enjoyment of the evening.

Next Brian (and Kerry) paid tribute to the late, great George Harrison with a haunting rendition of his 1969 song ‘Something’. Closely followed by Queen live favourite ‘Love Of My Life’, backing vocals from the 500 strong audience in The Assembly!

Brian left the stage to give Kerry the opportunity to please her masses of ‘Wicked’ fans with a fabulous performance of ‘I’m Not That Girl’. The musical theme continued with Brian back on stage for ‘No-One But You’ from ‘We Will Rock You’. Incredibly, given their history, this tour is the first time the two have performed the song together.

No concert with Brian May would be complete without a Brian solo, and fans of the ‘Red Special’ or the ‘Old Lady’ as Brian calls it, were in for a treat with a typically brilliant performance of ‘Last Horizon’.

Tie Your Mother Down’ was traditionally a hard-rocking set opener for Queen but Brian & Kerry’s ‘HillBilly’ version was something VERY different, but perfectly in keeping with the evening. As was the exquisite ‘I Can’t Be Your Friend’, a personal favourite of mine, written by Brian and lyricist Don Black for Kerry’s ‘Anthems’.

Brian then asked the audience to test the floor by stomping on it! An odd request you might think? But not when the stomps are joined by claps and the rhythmic beat of ‘We Will Rock You’ starts pounding. The whole hall joining in stomps, claps and vocals gave rise to Brian declaring it the best live version he’d heard! This was naturally followed up with ‘We Are The Champions’ to end the main set.

After huge applause, Kerry & Brian returned to the stage for an encore. A second performance of their new single ‘Born Free’ was accompanied by their video on the rear screen. Finally a very lively ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ closed the evening.

I’ve seen Kerry and Brian many times, both together and separately, but this was without doubt one of the most enjoyable concerts I’ve been to. Two fabulous performers having fun together, and enjoying themselves immensely. An incredible night!

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
BRIAN AND BEN ON LOOSE WOMEN + AUDIO

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Bri on Loose Women
Brian May

Here is a link to Brian May and Ben Elton's 's appearance on Loose Women today.
http://www.itv.com/itvplayer/video/?Filter=327494

Brian appeared at the top of the show in the Green Room with Ben Elton and Paloma Faith. As Ben Elton was the first guest there was a mention in his interview about We Will Rock You as well.

Brian's interview spans the third and fourth parts of the show (starting at: 26.18) and he talked about his memories of being in Queen and of Freddie Mercury, performing at The Olympics Closing Ceremony with Jessie J (in the third part of the show), The Born Free Tour and The Born Free Foundation (in the fourth part of the show).

Brian May - Loose Women

Brian May - Loose Women

Brian May - Loose Women

Ben Elton on Loose Women 8 November 2012
Ben Elton

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
BRIAN AND KERRY ON TV FRIDAY - TWICE!

Brian May and Kerry Ellis, our tuneful, touring due, will be on TV tomorrow:

MORNING
Catch Brian and Kerry on Sky Sunrise this Friday at 8.45am (9 Nov) Channel 501``
And....EVENING
Meridian TV at Tunbridge Wells - they will be doing a live broadcast at around 6.15pm tomorrow (9 Nov).

Their evening show is: Tunbridge Wells Assembly
- tickets online or 01892 530613 / 532072

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
JUST THE TWO OF US

THIS IS SURREY
8 November 2012 (Leatherhead Advertiser)

egendary Queen guitarist Brian May comes to Crawley this week as part of an unplugged tour with singer and actress Kerry Ellis. The two have been working together recently and earlier this year Kerry received a Best Solo Performance award for Anthems, the show arranged and produced by Brian as a showcase for her talents. Now they are performing together on their Born Free Tour – a series of intimate and acoustic shows performed under candlelight.

Join them for an informal evening at The Hawth in Crawley as they present a new collection of their own personal favourite songs as well as new arrangements of some of those they have previously performed in concert and recorded together.

The tour aims to raise awareness of the Born Free Foundation, which works to protect and conserve threatened animals, particularly Africa's lions. Having been invited to view and participate in its work at the Shamwari game reserve and rescue centre in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Brian and Kerry have pledged to support the charity.

They have made a new recording of Born Free, the Oscar-winning song written for the 1966 film. A large-scale production version and acoustic version are available to download digitally, with all proceeds going to the foundation.

Brain explains: "Over the last year, Kerry and I have been recording new material when our schedules have allowed it. As on the Anthems album, some of the tracks have very big and splendid arrangements, but we have become more and more fascinated with the magic of great songs stripped down to their core and re-interpreted in an 'acoustic' way. Kerry's instincts as an interpreter of songs are always inspiring, and the art of arranging has always been one of my obsessions. We have found that the two of us just working live off each other can distill the very essence of a song – and that's what we hope to bring you. After all, if you have great songs and a great singer, what more do you need? Well, maybe just a little bit of guitar!"

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
GUITAR HERO MAY PLAYNG ACOUSTIC SET

CRAWLEY NEWS
7 November 2012

ONE of the greatest guitarists of all time will be swapping the bright lights of stadium rock for acoustic by candlelight. Brian May, the legendary Queen guitarist, spoke to the News this week about his forthcoming tour with acclaimed West End singer Kerry Ellis – someone he has been working with for more than ten years.

Kerry and Brian onstage
MANE MAN: Brian May hopes his tour with Kerry Ellis will raise awareness
of the plight of animals such as the African lion

The pair will be coming to The Hawth on Thursday November 15 as part of their Born Free tour. Crawley The Hawth - 01293 553636

Brian said: "We decided to go acoustic and present this new collection of songs in a very intimate way. It is the opposite of what we tend to do normally. We have done the big rock anthems and orchestral stuff with past shows. Once you strip away all of the embroidery from a song, you are left with the purity of a voice and acoustic guitar. It's something that I have become fascinated by. It doesn't actually seem to take the power away from the music. It seems to reinforce the songs."

Though most comfortable on the guitar Brian has been known to grab a microphone from time to time and will be exercising his vocal chords during this tour.

He said: "I am singing a little. I did a couple of tours with Queen on vocals when Freddie (Mercury) died and went for it 100 per cent. But I came to the conclusion that I prefer to play guitar. I prefer to work with a singer and Kerry really is amazing. Her voice is completely magical. To me she has got the most beautiful voice in the country."

Brian talent spotted Kerry while she was understudy to Martine McCutcheon in the musical My Fair Lady. He cast her in Queen musical We Will Rock You in 2002 and it was while they were working on that show that they began talking about other projects. Since then they have released an orchestral version of Queen song No One But You (Only The Good Die Young) and the album Anthems, which reached number 15 in the UK chart.

Collaborating with Kerry again was an easy decision for Brian.

He said: "She is very dedicated to her art. There is a fashion for wheedling around songs just for the sake of it and adding embellishments to the end of notes. But there is a lot more beauty in simplicity. Kerry's voice is powerful and delicate at the same time and she doesn't mess about with her vocals."

The Born Free tour aims to increase awareness of the Born Free Foundation. The global organisation aims to protect threatened species, particularly African lions. Brian and Kerry have re-recorded Born Free, the song from the film of the same name, which will be performed along with other new material They travelled to Africa ahead of their tour to see the work the foundation does, even performing an impromptu gig.

Brian said: "We did some singing actually in the jungle. It was really intimate and quite special. The show is all about raising awareness of the plight of these animals. There are only a few hundred lions left in Africa, which I find appalling. You can pay someone to shoot a lion, take its head and display it on your wall and it is still legal to import a lion head into America. This tour will hopefully help put an end to that."

Tickets are £39.50, and available by calling Crawley The Hawth 01293 553636.

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
BRIAN MAY PLAYS ONSTAGE WITH COUNTY YOUTH CHOIR

WEST SUSSEX GAZETTE
7 November 2012

A West Sussex choir has been given a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to play onstage with rock legend Brian May. The County Youth Choir will be performing next to the Queen guitarist at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley next week. The band, made up of youngsters from across the county, will also be joined by leading West End actress Kerry Ellis, who starred in hit musicals Wicked and We Will Rock You.

The concert, which starts from 7:30pm on Thursday November 15, is being run in aid of the Born Free Foundation which helps protect endangered animals around the world.

Choir leader Emily Barden said: “This is quite literally a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, a chance to sing with an iconic figure in British music. We will be performing three songs with Brian and Kerry as part of their acoustic tour around the country for their new album, while they will also be playing a number of classic Queen tracks.”

The County Youth Choir, which rehearses at the Weald School in Billingshurst every month, is made up of nearly 30 youngsters all aged under 18. The students are part of 15,000 other young and adult musicians who learn with the West Sussex Music Service every year.

Peter Griffiths, County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “The concert is a fantastic prospect for all the children involved in the choir and certainly something they will never forget. Being invited to play alongside two internationally-recognised performers shows the high standard the County Youth Choir has attained under Emily Barden’s leadership.”

Tickets for the concert are available at Hawth Theatre on 01293 553 636.
To find out about the County Youth Choir call 01243 642 361 or email: music@westsussex.gov.uk.

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**Thu 08 Nov 12**
REMINDER - BRIAN MAY AND BEN ELTON ON 'LOOSE WOMEN' TODAY

Loose Women

Brian and Ben will be on the ITV1 daytime chat show 'Loose Women' TODAY at 12.30pm.

Coming up:
Thurs 8th Nov: Brian May, Ben Elton and Paloma Faith
12.30pm Loose Women ITV1
Comedian Ben Elton and Queen's Brian May join Carol Vorderman, Janet Street-Porter, Jane McDonald and Lisa Maxwell this lunchtime, and Paloma Faith performs live.

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**Wed 07 Nov 12**
CORBY SET LIST - 7 NOVEMBER 2012


THE CUBE - CORBY, NORTHANTS
SET LIST - 7 NOVEMBER 2012

Born Free
Butterfly
I Who Have Nothing
Dust in the Wind
Cosie Celeste
Somebody to Love
Nothing Really Has Changed
Life is Real
The Way We Were
39
Something
Love of My Life
I’m Not That Girl
NOBY
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down
Can't Be Your Friend
WWRY
Champions

Born Free
Crazy Little Thing


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**Wed 07 Nov 12**
WIN TICKETS FOR ST ALBANS BRIAN & KERRY SHOW

Radio RADIO VERULAM

Win tickets to see Brian May & Kerry Ellis at the Alban Arena on Monday 12th November 2012
To win a pair of tickets to see Brian May & Kerry Ellis perform live at the Alban Arena, all you need to do is answer a simple question. Visit HERE to enter

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**Wed 07 Nov 12**
LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY SET LIST - 6 NOVEMBER 2012


LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY LEAMINGTON SPA
SET LIST - 6 NOVEMBER 2012

Born Free
Butterfly
I Who Have Nothing
Dust in the Wind
Cosie Celeste
Somebody to Love
Nothing Really Has Changed
Life is Real
The Way We Were
39
Something
Love of My Life
I’m Not That Girl
NOBY
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down
Can't Be Your Friend
WWRY
Champions

Born Free
Crazy Little Thing


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**Tue 06 Nov 12**
REVIEW: KERRY ELLIS & BRIAN MAY: ACOUSTIC & CANDLELIT
THE APEX, BURY ST EDMUNDS

ELFC2012
6 November 2012 by Andrew Clarke

Kerry Ellis and Brian May, Bury St Edmunds Apex - 5 November 2012
Kerry Ellis and Brian May: Acoustic and Candlelit,
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Monday November 5.

A sell-out crowd greeted Kerry Ellis and Brian May with a rapturous reception for the first night of their acoustic tour. The pair responded with a playful show that mixed magical Queen classics with show tunes and some re-worked rock standards.

There were also some pleasant surprises in the set list. It was great to hear Brian singing ’39 – his solo number off Queen’s A Night At The Opera and Kerry delivered an exquisite I’m Not That Girl from Wicked.

Kerry had said earlier that she wanted to kick-off the tour in Bury having had such a wonderful time when she played The Apex with her own solo show in March. She was certainly on great form – her voice soaring in a dazzling, stripped down version of No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young), Brian’s tribute to Freddie Mercury.

This tour was all about raising awareness for the work of the Born Free Foundation. Kerry and Brian have released a new version of the John Barry-penned theme tune to raise funds for the charity and performed the song accompanied with a video chronicling Kerry and Brian’s trip to South Africa with Born Free founder Virginia McKenna.

The pair also performed a beautifully reflective song, written by McKenna, called Nothing Really Has Changed.

Among the new numbers performed were I, Who Have Nothing, which the pair originally performed at the San Remo Music Festival in February, and a stripped down version of the Rainbow stomper Since You’ve Been Gone. This followed seamlessly on from a simple and elegant version Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were – testimony to the eclectic nature of the show. Other surprises included a rare outing for Freddie Mercury’s Hot Space album track Life Is Real and a hillybilly version of Tie Your Mother Down.

The whole show was relaxed and playful with Brian and Kerry trading introductions and Brian having to overcome some amplification issues with good humour.

The evening ended with Brian’s homemade Red Special guitar making a welcome appearance for some audience participation with We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.

A wonderful evening and a wonderful showcase for The Apex. The sound quality was first class.

Andrew Clarke

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**Tue 06 Nov 12**
BURY ST EDMUNDS SET LIST - 5 NOVEMBER 2012 - AND AUDIO


APEX THEATRE, BURY ST EDMUNDS
SET LIST - 5 NOVEMBER 2012

Born Free
Butterfly
I Who Have Nothing
Dust in the Wind 
Cosie Celeste
Somebody to Love
Nothing Really Has Changed
Life is Real*
The Way We Were
Since You've Been Gone
39
Something
Love of My Life
I’m Not That Girl
NOBY
Last Horizon
Tie Your Mother Down
Can't Be Your Friend
Knocking On Heavens Door
WWRY
Champions

Born Free
Crazy Little Thing


*Soundcloud

Bury St Edmunds Set List

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**Mon 05 Nov 12**
KERRY ELLIS ON DRIVE TIME RADIO SUFFOLK

Stephen At approximately 4.45pm today - Kerry Ellis on the line with Stephen Foster of BBC Radio Suffolk, talking about collaboration with Brian May, Born Free and looking forward to tonight's show at the Bury St Edmunds Apex theatre.

Opposite: Stephen Foster

Listen to AUDIO HERE

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**Mon 05 Nov 12**
PRESS RELEASE: 'BORN FREE' REBORN - DOWNLOADS AND TOUR DATES

M 5/11
T 6/11
W 7/11
F 9 /11

Sa 10/11

Su 11/11

Apex, Bury St Edmunds - 01284 758000
Leamington Assembly - 01926 31131
Corby Cube - 01536 470470
Tunbridge Wells Assembly
- online or 01892 530613 / 532072

Brighton St Georges Church
- 01273 279448
London Union Chapel - 0207 226 3750

 

M 12/11
Th 15/11
F 16 /11

Sa 17/11
M 19/11

St Albans Alban Arena - 01727 844488
Crawley The Hawth - 01293 553636
Portsmouth New Theatre Royal
- 023 9264 9000
Salisbury City Hall - 01722 434434
High Wycombe Swan Theatre
- 01494 512000

Ticketzone.co.uk - or call 08448 758758

Born Free - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - video
http://youtu.be/RmLkdBC9qD8
Download details HERE

QUEEN LEGEND BRIAN MAY AND SINGING SENSATION KERRY ELLIS
RE-RECORD EPIC ‘BORN FREE’ SONG

Today sees the worldwide release of the Oscar-winning song ‘Born Free’ re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway songstress Kerry Ellis. The classic hit single will be sold in aid of international wildlife charity, the Born Free Foundation.

‘Born Free’ was first recorded by Matt Monro in 1966 as the title song to the classic wildlife film of the same name, starring Virginia McKenna OBE and the late Bill Travers, which told the story of George and Joy Adamson’s successful release of Elsa, an orphaned lioness, to the wild. Inspired by their experiences in Kenya, Virginia and Bill went on to establish the Born Free Foundation.

The music and lyrics to ‘Born Free’ combined the extraordinary talents, John Barry (Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves) and Don Black (Diamonds are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun), collaborators on some of the most enduring film scores of our time.

With May’s driving guitar riffs and Kerry’s power-packed vocals, this is very much a new and exciting evolution of ‘Born Free’ the song.

Brian said; “We paid a lot of respect to this iconic song and were fortunate to have Don Black himself write some special new lyrics as we put our own mark on this awesome and moving track. We hope that people will really like what we have done and that it will contribute to the long-lasting legacy of this great piece of music.”

‘Born Free’ is widely recognised and loved all over the world and has been covered by some of the greats such as Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams.

The single was recorded by Brian and Kerry following a recent visit to South Africa to see the work of the Born Free Foundation first-hand. There they were involved in the relocation of two rescued lions at the Born Free Centres at the Shamwari Wildlife Reserve and went on to perform at the launch of Pride of Cape Town, a massive public arts exhibition of fibreglass lions, scheduled for Spring 2013.

Kerry said; “Seeing Born Free’s invaluable welfare and conservation work to help Africa’s lions really moved us to re-record a song which means so much to so many people. We hope we have done it proud and that the funds raised by the downloads will help the charity continue to protect fragile populations of lions in the wild.”

Throughout the years ‘Born Free’ has remained an enduring anthem that magically tugs at the heart strings; a powerful legacy of a film that told the story of a lioness named Elsa and her journey to freedom, made possible by two great conservationists, George and Joy Adamson.

The release of the single ties in with Brian and Kerry performing a series of intimate UK concert tour dates, also in support of the Born Free Foundation (for full listing of dates see below). The single is accompanied by a powerful promotional video focussing on the plight of lions, filmed in South Africa by the award-winning director Mike Slee (Flight of the Butterflies, 2012) and featuring Virginia McKenna.

Virginia is clearly delighted by this new version and said, “'Born Free' is reborn! Brian, Kerry, and Don have brought a new energy and a new meaning to a song, known and loved all over the world. Mike has made a magical film. If 'Born Free' can touch the ' of a new generation then maybe there is still time to save Africa’s wild lions. How fortunate we are at Born Free to receive this priceless support from people such as Brian and Kerry, who share our deep concern and love for wild animals and their place in the world.”

Members of the public are urged to alert the global online community about the song and to sign Born Free’s online Petition where they can pledge their support for lion protection and conservation. Visit www.bornfree.org.uk/bfsingle

Available in three formats, including a large-scale production and acoustic version, the ‘Born Free’ single is a digital only release and is available Monday 5th November to download, the day May and Ellis start their 11-date Born Free Tour.


DOWNLOAD DETAILS:
SINGLE 1
Born Free – Large scale version - Audio
SINGLE 2 Born Free – Acoustic Version – Audio
BUNDLE 3
Born Free – Large scale version - Audio
Born Free – Video

Born Free: Brian May | Format: MP3 Download - and Video
Release Date: 6 Nov 2012 | Label: Universal Music Group International

Born Free Audio
-AMAZON:
- Acoustic Version CLICK HERE
ASIN B009ZNO266

and

- Full Version CLICK HERE
ASIN B009ZNNTU6

 


Born Free Video version- VIDEO e-Mix bundle - CLICK HERE
ASIN B009WXSXRI

And iTunes
- ACOUSTIC VERSION
- FULL VERSION
- VIDEO eMix Bundle

 

VISIT www.bornfree.org.uk/bfsingle

TOUR DATES:
Brian May & Kerry Ellis Born Free Concert dates:
Monday 5 November 2012- Bury St Edmunds, The Apex
Tuesday 6 November 2012- Leamington Spa, The Assembly
Wednesday 7 November 2012 - Corby, The Core at Corby Cube
Friday 9 November 2012 - Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall Theatre
Saturday 10 November 2012 - Brighton, St. Georges Church
Sunday 11 November 2012 - London, Union Chapel
Monday 12 November 2012 - St Albans, Alban Arena
Thursday 15 November 2012 - Crawley, The Hawth
Friday 16 November 2012 - Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal
Saturday 17 November 2012 - Salisbury, City Hall
Monday 19 November 2012 - High Wycombe, Swan Theatre

For online bookings please visit www.ticketzone.co.uk

FOR ALL PRESS ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT BORN FREE'S PR DEPARTMENT:

Shirley Galligan, PR Director T: 0207 792 9668 M: 07773 848352
Kate Chapman, PR Officer T: 01403 240170 M: 07920 195512

About the Born Free Foundation

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. Born Free takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos. We rescue animals from lives of misery in tiny cages and give them lifetime care.

Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Our high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide. For more information about Born Free please visit: www.bornfree.org.uk

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**Fri 02 Nov 12**
BRIAN MAY- RED CARPET, Q AWARDS

EDITOR'S NOTE: It appears the Brian was NOT there this year - so maybe old footage has been used.

Brian May spotted onQ Awards red carpet. The Q Awards took place afternoon of Monday 22 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, and hosted by Al Murray

Quote from Brian: "It still is a buzz. It's still exciting and you're wondering who you're gonna meet and you know you're feeling part of this particular moment in time - you feel current in a way." AUDIO HERE

Rocking red carpet - Q Awards 22 October 2012 - http://youtu.be/3TFVkveqtqg

Q Awards 2012The full list of winners:

Q Best New Act: Django Django - presented by Merc
Q Best Track: Plan B for Ill manors - presented by Q Radio
Q Best Album: Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe - presented by Red Stag for Jim Beam
Q Best Live Act: Blur - presented by Zeo
Q Best Video: Keane, Disconnected - presented by Café de Paris
Q Best Solo Artist: Emeli Sandé - presented by Citroën
Q Best Act In The World Today: Muse
Q Classic Song: Dionne Warwick for Walk On By
Q Idol: The Killers' Brandon Flowers
Q Spirit Of Independence: The Cribs
Q Innovation In Sound: Underworld - presented by Beats By Dr Dre
Q Inspiration Award: Pulp
Q Icon Award: Dexys
Q Classic Album: Manic Street Preachers for Generation Terrorists
Q Hero: Johnny Marr

www.musicweek.com

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**Fri 02 Nov 12**
NO REGRETS FOR SIR PATRICK MOORE, OUR OLDEST STAR

SUNDAY EXPRESS
28 October 2012 by Jane Clinton

SIR PATRICK MOORE cranes his neck to look at my notebook. “Is that shorthand?” he asks. He laughs gleefully as if he has just met an old friend and then floats off into a convoluted wartime story about his failure to master it. This zest for life and playful curiosity are, say his friends, what makes him such wonderful company with one likening him to a “giant toddler”.

Dressed in a bow tie and a jacket so large it swamps even his not inconsiderable frame, Moore’s monocle teeters delicately on his cheek, a blob of glue keeping it in place. Just.

Opposite: Astronomist Sir Patrick Moore at home in his study

A hero to many, he has inspired both amateur and professional astronomers with The Sky At Night, which he has presented since 1957. He is in the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest-serving presenter. He still works for the BBC, these days from his beloved home in Selsey, Chichester (where he has lived for 40 years), as his arthritis means he rarely leaves the house. His hands are gnarled and stiff and he can no longer play his adored piano and xylophone. There have been complications from shrapnel. He has had two new knees and in recent years there have been hospital dashes from which it was thought he would not return; but he did.

“Everything takes three times as long,” he says matter-of-factly; there is no self-pity here. (He dictates his books now and has carers to assist him.) He has written more than 100 books and his latest, The Cosmic Tourist, which he co-authored with Brian May and Chris Lintott, has just been released.

I meet him at the book’s launch in his cottage (with its own observatory), where his mother Gertrude’s bogey (friendly aliens) paintings line the wall with numerous photographs of Patrick and his beloved cats (his latest, Ptolemy, is next door sleeping).

His voice is a whisper and at times the crowd gathering to wish him well threatens to drown him out. (The impersonator Jon Culshaw pops in with a gift and one couple have travelled from Devon as Patrick is “like a grandfather” to their children.)

On the cover of The Cosmic Tourist the three writers are in cartoon form flying off in a rocket. It taps into the recent interest in space tourism.

“I would love to have gone into space as a professional astronaut,” he says. “I have no chance now but it is amazing how we have come on. New discoveries are being made all the time. We are always updating. There is a hell of a lot to do.” He is equally excited by the rover, Curiosity, which has sent data and pictures from Mars: “I wonder what they will find. I hope they find life on Mars. I am 50/50.”

He is boyish in his enthusiasm for skydiver Felix Baumgartner, who recently broke the sound barrier: “I thought, ohhhhhhhhh!” he chuckles, as his eyes widen. “I experienced weightlessness for a few seconds during the war. We were in a plane at 18,000ft and a German got at us and we came down very quickly. I never thought we would survive.”
I ask if that experience had formed his attitude to life. “No,” he replies sharply.

The war did have a profound effect, however, as it was then that he met the love of his life, Lorna. She died when the ambulance she was driving was bombed. Does he regret not marrying? “No mystery here,” he says in staccato. “My girl was killed when we were 20 and that was that. There was no one else for me. She and I were just for each other. When we met it took us, oh, 40 minutes to make the decision to get engaged [he laughs]. “It was love at first sight. People say it can’t happen. Well it can. I am a one-man band. I didn’t get lonely. I have plenty of friends.”

When I touch on rumours that he was involved with the intelligence services during the war his eyes survey the room: “Nice day, isn’t it?” I laugh and compliment him on his comical evasion of the question.

The money spent on war, however, angers him, especially when it comes to discussions about funding space programmes. “Think of what we have spent this week muddling around in Afghanistan,” he says. “We can send men to Mars within the next century but we are spending all our money in Afghanistan. We have no right to be there anyway.”

The BBC is also a subject that gets him animated: “It is very different from the BBC I joined,” he states adding that he watches tennis, cricket, the news and his favourite, Miss Marple. “It is changing all the time. It is change for change’s sake. “I met George Entwistle [BBC director general] and said to him: ‘The BBC is our fountain of information so make sure our information is correct’. The BBC isn’t always correct. The news is sometimes very biased. It is left-wing. It annoys me but at the same time I am not sure it matters much, people make up their own minds.”

Born in 1923 in Pinner, Middlesex, Patrick was an only child. He became interested in astronomy aged six and at 14 he was running a small observatory in East Grinstead. He “swindled” his way into the RAF by lying about his age and in 1952, at 29, wrote his first book about the moon. “It is up there,” he says gesturing to the rows and rows of books, telescopes and nick nacks.

He is not sure what will happen to it all when he dies. “I wouldn’t give them to schools because they are very temporary and it depends on the person in charge.” What about the science museum? “They have no room,” he says. “I don’t know where it will all go frankly. It is a problem. I have all this equipment here and my library too. This is one of four rooms like this. I’d like it to stay as it is and for it to become a meeting place for science weekends. We have got the room, the telescopes, the computers. I would love that but I cannot see it happening.”

So what does he believe will be his legacy? “If I have achieved anything it would be that I have given a hand to other people, mainly youngsters, who want to take up science,” he says. “What I would like to do I won’t have time to do. I would like to write a really good book but I haven’t got much time left.”

He will have a “big party” next March when he will be 90. “I am not in the least afraid of dying. I am interested to see where I go. I would like to be at Selsey. As for regrets, I have regretted so much that I can’t do things better than I actually do.”

Would he come back to haunt Selsey? Does he believe in ghosts? “Yes, in the non-kranky sense. I am a spiritualist. I sense things.” Does he sense Lorna? He nods.

He is more comfortable with the notion of aliens. “I am sure there is life elsewhere,” he says. “I don’t see why they would be hostile. I’m quite sure they’re not.”
As for the end of his own life he is unfazed. “When I die I shan’t have a funeral. I will have a tape with a recorded message from me on it and a lighted candle. We will let the tape run and at the correct time in the tape I will try to blow out the candle.”

He will happily donate his brain to science. “When I am gone they can do what they like with my brain and the bits that are working,” he says. “I will look down and laugh. “I think I have done what I can do on Earth now,” he says. “I will go on for as long as I can. You see, I hate relaxing. It is so boring.”

As I get up to leave he looks up. “Did you really think I was evading your question?” he asks with a mischievous glint in his monocled eye. “I wonder why.”

The Cosmic Tourist, by Brian May, Patrick Moore & Chris Lintott (Carlton, £25) is out now

Cosmic TouristOUT NOW

Available from Amazon.co.uk - Click here

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**Thu 01 Nov 12**
BRIAN ON SMOOTH RADIO

Smooth RadioBrian May will be on the Smooth Radio throughout the UK next week.. He was interviewed on Monday 29 October by Paul Sexton, for a programme about vinyl records.

The show goes out on Sunday 11 November at 2.00pm.

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