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**Thu 30 Nov 17**
IN THE STUDIO WITH REDBEARD - BRIAN MAY TALKS NOTW
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In the studio

THE N American syndicated Rock radio programme "IN THE STUDIO with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands is celebrating the 40th anniversary of QUEEN News Of The World with a radio special containing archival interviews with Brian May about the album.   The show will broadcast this weekend on our 35 affiliate radio stations.  Meanwhile, the interview portion of the program is available to stream now.

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**Wed 29 Nov 17**
BRIAN MAY REMEMBERS QUEEN IN 'PARIS, MILAN AND MONTREUX' IN HIS NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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29 November 2017

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Queen's lead guitarist remembers touring with the band in Europe and observes rhetoric today around Brexit and Donald Trump. The book is the first real, intimate view on the inside of one the world's greatest rock bands by a founder member - documenting them over five decades with a stereo camera

Early selfie
'An early selfie - 1961' (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

BRIAN MAY:

We mentioned Freddie smashing things up on stage in Paris. And we talked about the stresses that can make that happen. But in this case there was another reason, I think.

There is a certain raw energy in Paris and I think on this trip we felt we had broken through to it. I think there is a part of France, rather like England, that treasures its independence of thought and doesn’t take foreigners to heart very easily. So we felt that it was a great step forward that we were now able to make such contact with the Parisian audience, and that has continued to this day. When recently Kerry Ellis and I played Paris in the blistering heat, it was also one of the most memorable shows of our lives because there was so much energy, so much participation, in that special Parisian way; it’s different from anywhere else. Again I think we’ve been so lucky to experience all these things.

Then there is Italy! Queen never played in Italy until the very last moment of the Freddie/Queen days, in September 1984. We always wanted to go, but they told us we’d have our gear stolen! Finally, in 1984 we played a couple of nights in Milan, and that’s the only time we ever played there. But, by some miracle, Italy has now become an incredible boiling cauldron of Queen music, and to this day, whether it’s with Queen, or any of our solo efforts, we feel that Italians are eternally excited, and when we go there we are permanently excited; it’s different again from Paris.


Freddie behind the glass
Freddie in a New York Cadillac limo (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

In yet another way, Germany has also been thrilling and very loyal to us. Germany was difficult in the beginning as well. We went there and felt like we were really unwelcome the first time. We were shepherded around by these very stern record company people, who told us we must arrive on time and mustn’t do this and we mustn’t do that; and we couldn’t get audiences, we just couldn’t fill the places.

Things happened to us like we would drive for three hours to a radio station and then they would say they were too busy to talk to us; we felt really kind of snubbed. I remember thinking, “We will never come back here – we will never make it in this country.” And yet, a couple of years later, after the first hit records and some great work by our EMI Deutschland promotion team, Germany became one of the greatest places for Queen music, and still is. So these stories around Europe are all different – they all have their own colours, and I think we were very fortunate that we waded into it all early on, rather than just being a band that relied on playing to English-speaking people. That’s one of the essences of Queen, that we’ve always been international rather than national. I think all of us share that feeling that we really don’t like nationalism.

Band on bullet train - Japan
On the bullet train in Japan (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

Freddie on bullet train - Japan
On the bullet train in Japan (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

We feel that it holds the world back. Hearing the rhetoric that was around during the Brexit campaign to take Britain out of Europe, to me, was laughable – but also not laughable because it was actually people seriously suggesting Britain would be ‘great’ again and all that kind of nonsense; and seeing Trump’s similar speeches about “Let’s make America great again”, it all resonates too much with what we know about what happened to Germany in those years leading up to World War II.

Nationalism is, in my mind, something that is on the surface rather jolly and flag-waving, but under the surface very sinister and destructive to the world. So, give me internationalism rather than nationalism any day. And I can’t help thinking Britain withdrawing from Europe, with no road map, is a massive backward step for us and for Europe. OK, enough politics.

Freddie at piano - Paris
Freddie at the piano (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

The final shows of the tour in Paris were filmed and recorded. In fact all of that tour was recorded. It’s all in the archives. And we made the Live Killers album by trawling through all those sound recordings.

Here we are in Mountain Studios in Montreux, mixing those live recordings for the album Live Killers, with engineer John Etchells in March, 1979. Freddie’s looking pensive. It was actually a long and arduous job, choosing all the tracks from dozens of live takes of various quality. See the cameraman in shot here? We have the footage he shot in our archive.

Freddie at mixing desk
Freddie and John Etchells mixing (Brian May/Queen in 3-D)

Since it was a long job, and it was the first time we’d attempted this, we all rented places to stay in and around Montreux. In the beginning we stayed in chalets in Blonay, which is a little way above Montreux, in the mountains, not far from where, later on, David Bowie had a house.

It was quite a hard time because putting this live album together was a seemingly endless process. But we did like the studio and we liked the friendly little town of Montreux, so this led to us buying the studio, and it became our own ‘Mountain Studios’. In this very homely environment, we made so many recordings over the years, right up to the very end when we worked on the tracks that were to be used for the Made in Heaven album. This was our hang-out.

Queen in 3-D for Christmas

Queen in 3-D by Brian May is published by the London Stereoscopic Company - out now. All photos taken on Brian May's stereo cameras and are part of the Queen in 3-D collection. Queen + Adam Lambert tour the UK from 28 November - 15 December

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**Tue 28 Nov 17**
AMAZING UNSEEN PHOTOS OF FREDDIE MERCURY, QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT REVEALED
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3 photos - Queen and Adam Lambert

To coincide with Queen landing in the UK for the last leg of the European tour, Gay Star News feature Queen in 3-D with focus on "Enter Madam Lambert" chapter - with images, quotes and large cover image.

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Amazing unseen photos of Freddie Mercury, Queen and Adam Lambert revealed
Plus, an exclusive, moving extract from Brian May’s new photographic autobiography about ‘gift from God’ Adam
28 November 2017 by Jamie Tabberer

He tragically passed away in 1991 at the tender age of 45. But Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s memory lives on in the band’s continued legacy – as well as in new, unseen photos from guitarist Brian May.

In his new book ‘Queen in 3-D’, the first to be written by a band member, Brian reveals hundreds of images of Queen’s late, great voice, as well as Adam and the surviving band members – some, such as the below shot, and the fourth from bottom shot, for the very first time. May also tells the story of exactly how Adam Lambert came to join the band in the book, as the band’s latest tour hits the UK. In one chapter, ‘Enter Madam Lambert’, May recalls how ‘gift from God’ Adam changed the course of Queen forever. Read the extract below.

‘I suddenly started getting messages saying: “There is this incredible guy on ‘American Idol’ who has sung one of your songs in the competition, and looks like he may win the whole season.” So I immediately checked out YouTube to find out what was going on; and, sure enough, there was this amazing young chap singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Adam Lambert.

"And it was evident that he was something completely out of the ordinary. And into my inbox came a deluge of people saying, “You must get together with this guy; he is the natural successor to Freddie; he is the guy you should be touring with.”

"Then we got a call, Roger and I, inviting us to come and play in LA on American Idol, with the two finalists, one of whom was Adam. So we went over and did our live dramatic heroic entrance with these two boys, and it really was a fun experience."

‘The idea of us working with Adam was seeded in our brains’

"They were both good singers and both had a good presence on stage, and it was easy to interact with them. But it was really blindingly obvious that there was a chemistry already between us and Adam. 

"It just happened completely naturally and made us all smile. The public reaction was massive, and so I think from that moment the idea of us working with Adam was seeded in our brains.

"It was not to happen for quite a while, though, because Adam, in common with most of the contestants on these programmes, was signed up following the competition, which, incidentally he didn’t win. 

"But of course that made no difference. Adam was already perceived as a star by his fans and the media and that’s without Queen having anything to do with it. In the fullness of time we found ourselves booked to do an awards show in Belfast, and Adam was booked to do the same show.

"We all thought it would be a blast to appear together, just to see what happened. So we did a couple of days of rehearsal and then, totally live (as we always are), on British TV we played “The Show Must Go On”, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions”.

‘"he response was stupendous. It was pretty much unanimously “this works”. So immediately we started thinking, “let’s try some gigs, just to see what happens.”

‘I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like “I hate you, Madam Lambert”

"The thing snowballed very quickly, and we started a long and very fruitful association with Adam in which he has become one of us, part of our family. He’s never attempted to be Freddie, and I think that’s what endears him to the fans, apart from the fact that he is an extraordinary singer with an extraordinary presence.

"I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like “I hate you, Madam Lambert,” because even Freddie would have been gobsmacked at his range and his ability to reinterpret these songs which the four of us originally created together.

"There are people out there who think it’s something quite unforgivable that we should be touring at all. They think we should pack up our gear and go into an old people’s home.

"But it’s been very obvious that not just the old folks, but at least two new generations around the world have absolutely latched on to Queen music, and love it, and have woven it into their lives; and they love seeing us play it live with this “boy”!’

All photos in the book were taken on Brian’s stereo (3-D) cameras, many by the rockstar himself.

The book comes with a 3-D viewer designed by Brian (he named it an Owl) that will bring the images to life.

Queen in 3-D is out now. Published by the London Stereoscopic Company. [AMAZON]

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**Tue 28 Nov 17**
QUEEN LEGEND BRIAN MAY IN TOWN TO LAUNCH MAJOR NEW BOOK ON BAND’S HISTORY
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LIVERPOOL ECHO
28 November 2017 by Naomi Taylor

“I went through quite a trip doing it. So in a way I’m sort of sharing the last 50 years of Queen"

Queen guitarist Brian May was in town for the launch of a major new book on the band - ahead of their much-anticipated gig at the ECHO Arena.

The rock legend visited Liverpool’s Waterstones store as the book, Queen in 3D, hits shelves. The stereoscopic book captures the history of Queen through May’s personal archives, using the various stereo cameras he has carried throughout his life.

He told the ECHO: “I went through quite a trip doing it. So in a way I’m sort of sharing the last 50 years of Queen. It's different from your normal book, with this you get a sort of time machine.”


Brian at Waterstones Liverpool
Queen legend Brian May with his new book at Waterstone's book store in Liverpool One.
Jason Roberts (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Initially, May said he thought it would be a quick project but the creation of the book turned into a long-term commitment for the lead guitarist as the uncovered photos continued to pop up, prompting further memories and filling gaps in the narrative. He said: “I suppose the project took about two years but in a sense I was writing it forever."

Brian May at Waterstones Liverpool

Queen legend Brian May with his new book at Waterstone's book store in Liverpool One.
Jason Roberts (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“I was shocked how much came out of me because my memory isn’t actually that great these days but as soon as I saw the pictures in the book and I see them in 3D these things come flooding back. The 3D pictures are extraordinarily evocative for me. With the 3D images it’s a lot more intense because you feel like you’re there.

Brian May at Waterstones

Queen legend Brian May with his new book at Waterstone's book store in Liverpool One.
Jason Roberts (Image: Liverpool Echo)

This evening, Queen and singer Adam Lambert will take to the Arena stage with a specially designed state of the art production that will acknowledge this year’s 40th anniversary of Queen’s biggest selling studio album, News of the World, in 1977.

Queen in 3-D, Brian May, published by The London Stereoscopic Company, is £50 from www.queenin3-d.com | AMAZON

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**Tue 28 Nov 17**
BRIAN MAY: HOW ADAM LAMBERT JOINED QUEEN
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Classic Rock Magazine has printed an extract from Brian May’s “Queen in 3-D” book, as follows:

Brian and Adam on stage - stereo

CLASSIC ROCK
27 November 2017 by Brian May

Brian May's book 'Queen in 3-D' tells the band's story, from first album to the arrival of 'Madam Lambert'. Here, May reveals how the American Idol star became part of the Queen family

BRIAN MAY:

"After we’d finished touring with Paul Rodgers, once again Roger and I felt we were done, and probably that would be the end of Queen touring. We didn’t go out looking for a singer who sounded like Freddie and we didn’t embark on one of these TV searches for stars. We just quietly got on with our business. But fate was to intervene. A gift from God?!

By 2009 we were well into the age of dominance of social media – but also of ‘Idol’ type TV talent shows. I suddenly started getting messages saying: “There is this incredible guy on American Idol who has sung one of your songs in the competition, and looks like he may win the whole season.”

So I immediately checked out YouTube to find out what was going on; and, sure enough, there was this amazing young chap singing Bohemian Rhapsody – Adam Lambert. And it was evident that he was something completely out of the ordinary. And into my inbox came a deluge of people saying, “You must get together with this guy; he is the natural successor to Freddie; he is the guy you should be touring with.”

Then we got a call, Roger and I, inviting us to come and play in LA on American Idol, with the two finalists, one of whom was Adam. So we went over and did our live dramatic heroic entrance with these two boys, and it really was a fun experience. They were both good singers and both had a good presence on stage, and it was easy to interact with them. But it was really blindingly obvious that there was a chemistry already between us and Adam. It just happened completely naturally and made us all smile. The public reaction was massive, and so I think from that moment the idea of us working with Adam was seeded in our brains.

It was not to happen for quite a while, though, because Adam, in common with most of the contestants on these programmes, was signed up following the competition, which, incidentally he didn’t win. But of course that made no difference. Adam was already perceived as a star by his fans and the media and that’s without Queen having anything to do with it.

In the fullness of time we found ourselves booked to do an awards show in Belfast, and Adam was booked to do the same show. We all thought it would be a blast to appear together, just to see what happened. So we did a couple of days of rehearsal and then, totally live (as we always are), on British TV we played The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The response was stupendous. It was pretty much unanimously “this works”. So immediately we started thinking, “let's try some gigs, just to see what happens.”

The thing snowballed very quickly, and we started a long and very fruitful association with Adam in which he has become one of us, part of our family. He’s never attempted to be Freddie, and I think that’s what endears him to the fans, apart from the fact that he is an extraordinary singer with an extraordinary presence.

Roger and I have seen literally thousands of singers in our lifetimes including some great ones auditioning for our We Will Rock You show (which, did I mention, ran for 12 solid years in The Dominion Theatre on the Tottenham Court Road in London?) but we’ve never seen or heard anything like Adam. I always think that Freddie, with a wicked smile, would say something like “I hate you, Madam Lambert,” because even Freddie would have been gobsmacked at his range and his ability to reinterpret these songs which the four of us originally created together.

There are people out there who think it’s something quite unforgivable that we should be touring at all. They think we should pack up our gear and go into an old people’s home.

But it’s been very obvious that not just the old folks, but at least two new generations around the world have absolutely latched on to Queen music, and love it, and have woven it into their lives; and they love seeing us play it live with this ‘boy’.

He is a little older now, but still a boy compared with us old rockers. But the age difference doesn’t matter. We have the same work ethic, the same enjoyment of the material, and in these arenas and larger places that we’ve played all I see are happy faces, people who feel, like us, that it’s a privilege to share these kinds of moments, long after Freddie has gone. And – my God – it’s fun!

This is excerpted from Queen in 3-D by Brian May, published by the London Stereoscopic Company. It's on sale now priced £50. AMAZON

Slipbound and featuring 300 3D photos, including previously unseen pictures of Queen, the book also comes with the Owl Viewer, a device designed by Brian May for viewing stereoscopic images. Selected images from the book can be seen below.

Queen + Adam Lambert are currently on your in the UK. Tickets are on sale now.

Freddie in makeup - stereo

Brian with old box viewer

John and Freddie

Bri behind Pentax camera

Queen in limo

Brian and Adam stage shot

Band with small plane

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**Mon 27 Nov 17**
QUEEN IN 3-D BOOK ON SALE AT TOUR VENUES
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Brian’s book Queen in 3-D is available at merchandise stands at all the tour venues and is being sold with a presigned bookplate. Pick up a copy from a concert!!

Tour Queen in 3-D ad

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*'*Mon 27 Nov 17**
EUROSPORT UNVEILS REMAKE OF BRIAN MAY'S QUEEN CLASSIC AS ANTHEM FOR OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
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Remake track approved by Brian May.

EUROSPORT
27 Nov 2017

Eurosport has unveiled its official anthem for the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018 - a modern remake of the Queen classic, ‘I Want It All’.

Eurosport IWIA orchestra - image 1

The contemporary version of the iconic song, performed by the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra, resonates with Eurosport's ambitious and comprehensive coverage of the Olympic Winter Games.

It was developed by La Plage Records (Sebastien Lipszyc and Emmanuel Lipszyc) and produced with leading composers Chris Elliott (Amy Winehouse, Adèle, Mark Ronson, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Sylvain Morizet (Zero Dark Thirty, The Imitation Game, The King's Speech); percussionist Nicolas Montazaud (Alexandre Desplat, Vangelis) and mixed by Alan Meyerson (Dark Knight, Tron, Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception).

The anthem was recorded at the iconic Air Studios in London and approved by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May.

“We wanted to develop an anthem that would really resonate with our fans across Europe but also personify our ambition as a brand and create a new, fresh Olympic Winter Games identity for Eurosport," explained Antonio Ruiz, vice president of marketing at Eurosport. By reimagining a classic song from an iconic band, who already have heritage in sport, we’ve developed an anthem with world-renowned music talent that really celebrates how we will let fans watch all the action from PyeongChang 2018 their way. We know they ‘Want it All’ and Eurosport will deliver just that; every minute, every athlete, every sport, on the device of their choice."

The anthem conveys the desire fans have for instant access to every moment of the Games anywhere and anytime, which they can only achieve through Eurosport and the Eurosport Player.

You can watch the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang LIVE on Eurosport and the Eurosport Player

'I Want It All' - Eurosport's anthem for Olympic Winter Games A mouthwatering taster of Eurosport's anthem, 'I Want It All', for the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018. LINK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF TRACK.

Short URL: http://bit.ly/2iWC013

Eurosport IWIA orchestra - image 2

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**Mon 27 Nov 17**
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS: QUEEN IN 3-D BY BRIAN MAY
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THE IRISH TIMES
24 November 2017

Adam and Brian onstage
Adam Lambert and Brian May in action with Queen

Brian May's Queen in 3-D is the first ever book from a member of the iconic British rockers

AS VETERAN rockers Queen return to Ireland this weekend for sold-out dates in Dublin and Belfast, those missing out on Brian May and Roger Taylor's modern day version of the band fronted by Adam Lambert can now travel back in time to the Freddie Mercury days by pouring over Mr May's excellent new book, Queen in 3-D.

Published today [in Ireland], this lavish coffee table tome is the first ever Queen book written by an actual band member. And, as the title suggests, it is jam-packed with eye-popping 3-D photography snapped by the legendary guitarist, who personally captured these previously unseen intimate moments from throughout the entire history of the band with his trusty stereo camera.

Every copy of Queen 3-D [purchased via Queenin3-d.com]comes with its own special stereoscopic 'OWL viewer' (a patented Brian May invention, doncha know), which allows this extraordinary collection of images to leap off the page.

An essential Christmas gift for any Queen fan you like enough to spend £50 on.

Queen in 3-d front cover

Buy now via Queenin3-d.com | AMAZON
and all good bookshops

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**Thu 22 Nov 17**
BRIAN MAY'S VISIT TO WWRY REHEARSALS, BUDAPEST - AND INTERVIEW
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BRIAN MAY A QUEEN LEGENDÁS GITÁROSA - INTERJÚ
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PS PRODUCTION
Published on Nov 7, 2017

Brian May, Queen guitarist, has visited the We Will Rock You musical rehearsal! Friday 3 November 2017.

BRIAN: "It was overwhelming, I was sensed because I remember how we took the first steps ... ... honestly, I have a strong emotional relationship with this whole thing because the music really is what we are."

INTERVIEW Brian May [sign?] with the Queen's solo guitar for the WWRY musical coming November 24!
http://wwry.hu https: //www.facebook.com/events/14183 ...
#brianmay #Queen #WWRY #WWRYBudapest #PSProduct #QueenMusical

PREMIER: November 24 BOK (former Syma) Hall

TRANSCRIPT:

BRIAN MAY: Beautiful, amazing…

It's been great seeing this already. You know I love seeing it in this state and once we have the costumes snafu lights and the sounds, it will be stupendous. I think it will connect with a whole new generation.

I'm blown away. really. ObViously it's very emotional for me because obviously I remember the very first steps we took. Fresh, you know. the choreography’s new, the costumes are new and you know the music and the story are the same which is great and that makes me happy you know. But I have a big emotional investment in this you know because the music is us,

[Music] ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’

It's a great yeah you know I think t puts the cast very much in contact with us and the sort of vibe - we call it 'the vibe' you know - the energy of what we created comes through the cast.

[Music] `Radio Ga Ga’

I've seen a lot of the set designs on costumes which are incredible you know, I love the fact that it's so new and so creative and this is exactly the right time and the right place to do this. See the thing is I know this off by heart. I know every word - every song every, you know, so I know what's going on but it's very true to the original … and I think the comedy will come across. That's important you know because there’s a heart to this. It’s an emotional story but there's also a lot of comedy and the two have to balance. You have to laugh and you have to cry as well or the

[Music] ‘A Kind of Magic’
[Applause]

And to see this young company with this incredible energy doing incredible choreography which is new - amazing really - and singing to this standard as well is amazing. I know the amount of work that it takes to get it to this point so to me it's great you know and I think this musical will actually will live on long after we've gone and I felt that at the time and something I'm very proud of.

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**Mon 20 Nov 17**
VOTE FOR BRIAN - BEST ROCK GUITARIST YEAR END POLLS
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Voting closes at 23.59 (GMT) on Sunday 3 December 2017.

Rock music has had a bumper 2017. This year, fans of the hard stuff were treated to tours from rock’s greatest and an axe-laden haul of incredible new albums. A brief look at the diversity of guitarists shortlisted in this category gives an indication of just how peachy this year in rock was. From new contenders to the rock throne, to rock guitar icons still playing right at the top of their game, which lord of the riff gets your vote this year?

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**Sun 19 Nov 17*
MORE PHOTOS FROM BRIAN'S VISIT TO AMERICAN BOOK CENTER, AMSTERDAM
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Tuesday, November 14th 12:45-13:00 ABC Amsterdam, Spui 12 1012XA

Brian May announces the first book ever to be published about the legendary rock band Queen by a member of the band. And certainly the first book of its kind in the world. Its a unique collection of original, highly personal snapshots of Queen in Three Dimensions, from the bands inception in the early '70s right up to the present day, accompanied by the exclusive recollections of founding member and lead guitarist, Brian May.

Courtesy of Marzia Cosenza

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**Sat 18 Nov 17**
HAPPY 17TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE DOC AND MRS MAY
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