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SEPTEMBER 2011

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**Wed 14 Sep 11**
WWRY: MEL C, CHILDREN IN NEED NIGHT REPORTS

MIRROR
MEL C ROCKS OUT WITH BRIAN MAY FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
14 September 2011

Mel C and Bri
Melanie C and Brian May take to the stage at musical We Will Rock You,
in aid of BBC Children in Need POP Goes the Musical (Pic:WireImage

Melanie C and Brian May take to the stage at musical We Will Rock You, in aid of BBC Children in Need POP Goes the Musical (Pic:WireImage)
Mel C took to the stage of West End musical We Will Rock You last night to perform a unique curtain call collaboration with cast members.

And in a further electrifying surprise for the audience, rock legend Brian May joined the former Spice Girl for a rendition of the musical's title song and We Are The Champions.

Introduced by the show's writer and director Ben Elton, the performance was part of BBC Children in Need Pop Goes The Musical, a series of West End performances by pop stars to help raise money for the charity.

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DAILY MAIL
LEGGY SPICE! MEL C SHOWS OFF AN IMPRESSIVE PAIR OF PINS AS SHE GETS SET TO ROCK LONDON FOR CHARITY
14 September 2011 by GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN

Mel C and Bri
Let's rock! Melanie is joined on stage by Queen guitarist Brian May

She was the fitness fanatic that earned her name of Sporty Spice during her time as one fifth of the world's biggest girl band.
And her dedication to the gym has stood pop veteran Melanie Chisholm in good stead as she flaunted her toned legs outside a London theatre yesterday.
Melanie, also known as Mel C, looked sensational in a short black dress that set off her sexy pins to perfection and showed off the large dragon tattoo on her right calf.

The singer, 37, was snapped arriving at the Dominion Theatre to join cast members of We Will Rock You on stage for Children In Need at the curtain call.
Melanie joined the cast of a West End show to sing with them as part of the BBC charity's POP Goes The Musical where this week, five celebrities will make an appearance in five different West End shows to perform a song.

The musical is based on the songs of Queen and the band's guitarist Brian May joined Melanie on stage as they delighted the audience with renditions of 'We Will Rock You’.

The audience went wild, taking part in the infamous ‘stamps and claps’ as Melanie C’s impressive vocals were stunningly enhanced by Brian May’s signature show-stopping guitar riffs.

Melanie said afterwards: 'I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of ‘Pop Goes the Musical’ for this year’s BBC Children in Need. I can’t believe I had the chance to perform with the amazing cast of ‘We Will Rock You’.
'I have always been a massive Queen fan, and to have the opportunity to perform two of the band’s biggest anthems and to be joined on stage by the legendary Brian May is a dream come true! Thank you Pudsey!'

And despite getting her Spice Girl moniker wrong, May added: 'I always wanted to work with Rocky Spice! And tonight it finally happened. She is such a total pro - a delight to interact with. Thanks Mel C! You rock!'

Celebrities who have already taken to the stage for the charity event include Stacey Solomon who joined the cast of Wicked for the final song on Saturday night.

On Monday, Amy Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield took to the stage to deliver a rendition of ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ with the cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Tonight, Peter Andre will be on stage at the Piccadilly theatre on Wednesday night to sing Unchained Melody and tomorrow, the Sugababes will join Mamma Mia for their rendition of Abba's Dancing Queen.

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**Wed 14 Sep 11**
MELANIE C AND BRIAN MAY ROCKED THE WEST END

PRESS RELEASE:
14 September 2011
Melanie C and Brian May rocked the West End last night
in the award winning musical We Will Rock You for
BBC Children in Need Pop Goes the Musical

Mel C

Last night one of the most recognised singers in the world, Melanie C took to the stage joining cast members from the award-winning West End musical We Will Rock You to perform a unique curtain call collaboration. Introduced by writer and director of the show, comic genius Ben Elton, the performance was part of BBC Children in Need Pop Goes The Musical, a series of West End performances by pop stars to help raise money for the charity.

But as a further electrifying surprise for the audience, rock legend and music supervisor of the show Brian May took to the stage to join Melanie C in a fantastic and highly energised rendition of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’.

The audience went wild, taking part in the infamous ‘stamps and claps’ as Melanie C’s impressive vocals were stunningly enhanced by Brian May’s signature show-stopping guitar riffs.

Melanie C said: “I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of ‘Pop Goes the Musical’ for this year’s BBC Children in Need. I can’t believe I had the chance to perform with the amazing cast of ‘We Will Rock You’. I have always been a massive Queen fan, and to have the opportunity to perform two of the band’s biggest anthems and to be joined on stage by the legendary Brian May is a dream come true! Thank you Pudsey!”

Brian May said: “I always wanted to work with Rocky Spice! And tonight it finally happened. She is such a total pro - a delight to interact with. Thanks Mel C! You rock!!!”

Based on the songs by legendary rock band Queen and named after their hit single of the same name. We Will Rock You is written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen member’s Brian May and Roger Taylor. The story takes place in a tongue-in-cheek dystopian future where originality and individualism are shunned, and a lone "Dreamer" appears who can fulfill a prophecy that will enable the return of rock 'n roll.

In August 2005, We Will Rock You officially became the longest running musical to play at the Dominion, one of the West End’s biggest theatres. Now in its tenth year, the show recently won the industry acclaimed BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award 2011.

BBC Children in Need POP Goes the Musical 2011 is working with the best of West End Theatre and a star-studded line up. This unique charity project is giving renowned celebrities from the music sphere the chance to perform a hit song with a top show, to take place in September to help raise vital funds for disadvantaged children and young people here in the UK.

The show-stopping celebrities involved in the series of unique curtain calls are the gorgeous Peter Andre performing GHOST the Musical’s spectacular number ‘Unchained Melody’, the loveable Stacey Solomon singing the duet ‘For Good’ from WICKED, soul sensation Dionne Bromfield delivering a rendition of ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love’ with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, chart-toppers Sugababes will take on ‘Dancing Queen’ in MAMMA MIA! and the legendary Melanie C will sing [sang] the highly charged ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ in the Queen musical WE WILL ROCK YOU.

Don’t miss out on what’s set to be a week of unforgettable nights and your chance to experience a series of pop-tastic performances.

Bookings can be made immediately for the following dates at:

14th September 2011 – GHOST the Musical – ‘popping up’ is Peter Andre
15th September 2011 - MAMMA MIA! – ‘popping up’ is Sugababes

Tickets for ‘BBC Children in Need POP Goes the Musical 2011’ are available at www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/. Prices start from £25.

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BBC Children in Need changes the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. The charity currently makes grants to 2000 voluntary projects, community groups and registered charities that make a positive difference to young people’s lives; working with projects that support children living in poverty, deprivation or homelessness, suffering from illness, abuse, distress or neglect, living as young carers or with learning difficulties, disabilities, or psychological disorders.

For more information on the charity please visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/

BBC Children in Need® is a registered charity

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**Mon 12 Sep 11**
LADY GAGA YOU AND I - SIX REMIXES AND PICTURE DISC

NME
12 September 2011
Lady Gaga's Wild Beasts and Metronomy remixes get picture disc release
A digital bundle with five more 'You And I' remixes is also on the way

Lady Gaga is set to release seven inch picture disc of her Wild Beasts and Metronomy remixes of her new single.

Both UK artists recently remixed the pop singer's track 'You And I'. Now, the tracks will be released on the limited edition collector's item on September 26. A digital bundle featuring a whole raft of other versions of the song will be available from September 18.

'You And I' is the fourth single to be released from her 'Born This Way' album. It was produced by AC/DC and Def Leppard collaborator Mutt Lange, and features Queen's Brian May on guitar.

The tracklisting for the digital bundle remix is:

Wild Beasts Remix
Mark Taylor Remix
10 Kings Remix
ATB Remix
Metronomy Remix
Danny Verde Remix
Hector Fonseca Remix

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**Wed 07 Sep 11**
BRIAN MAY REMEMBERS FREDDIE MERCURY
[AUDIO]

9/5 would have been Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday. While the legendary performer is gone, his music lives on as Queen celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Guitarist Brian May reflected on what made Freddie such a great frontman.

Cut #1: “Brian May of Queen on Freddie Mercury” - AUDIO HERE

“Well Freddie just completely had the outrageous persona I suppose and he always was that way, he didn’t work at it, he didn’t decide he was going to play this part. He just was this guy who had a very unusual way of coming across and came from an unusual place I guess. He had an insane belief in himself which was wonderful, his driving force, and in us as his friends and partners in crime.”

Brian went on to describe how Freddie performed.

Cut #2: " Brian May of Queen with more on Freddie Mercury” - AUDIO HERE

“I mean Freddie had the amazing voice but I think he also had this thing that he could also make people feel like they were making contact. So we could play things like Wembley Stadium, which up to that time, had not been done. People didn’t do it because they couldn’t really get across in this vast space but Freddie particularly had this knack of making everybody feel like they could be personally in contact and almost, I think he made them feel like they could do it too, you know, this business of singing along and stuff. He just had that kind of common touch I suppose. I don’t know what it’s called. It’s a kind of magnetism that he had.”

As part of Queen’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the band is re-releasing their albums, which have been remastered and include bonus materials.

• TIDBIT: This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Freddie’s passing. He died on November 24th, 1991.
• TALKING POINT: Do you think Freddie Mercury was one of the best frontmen of all time?

With thanks to: VH1
Refers to CLASSIC RADIO REPORT FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2011

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**Wed 07 Sep 11**
ANITA DOBSON - STRICTLY COME DANCING FROM THIS WEEKEND

   

The celebrity dancers have been revealed and include Anita Dobson. Full list and photos HERE.

Strictly Come Dancing
BBC ONE - Series 9, Episode 1
SAturday 10 September 2011
6.10-7.15pm

and

Sunday 11 September 2011
5.25pm - 6.30pm
Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly begin the ninth series of the celebrity dance contest with a special red carpet launch show. Fourteen brand new stars discover who their professional partners will be for the rest of the competition, and they all take to the dance floor for the very first time. There is also a very special performance from the Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton. SUB REP
Sunday 11th September on BBC1 London from 5:25pm to 6:30pm

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**Wed 07 Sep 11**
LADY GAGA, ‘YOU AND I’ METRONOMY REMIX – SONG REVIEW

POP CRUSH
3 September 2011 by Scott Shetler

Another British indie rock band has remixed Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I.’ This time, it’s Metronomy, and we love their interpretation of the song as a futuristic, atmospheric tune.

Unlike the recent remix by Wild Beasts, which utilized very little of the original song, the Metronomy remix is built around Gaga’s entire vocal track, though her voice has been processed to give it an echoed, hollow feeling. The remix almost takes the song back to its roots, since it started out as a quiet piano ballad before the stomping drums, Mutt Lange vocals and Brian May guitar licks were added in.

After the chorus passes, Metronomy experiment with the line, “Baby, you and I,” layering the music with computerized recordings of each of the words. A drum beat appears during the second verse but doesn’t take away from the awesomely eerie vibe.

Following Gaga’s masculine performance of ‘You and I’ at Sunday’s VMAs, the song jumps to No. 16 on the singles chart this week. Metronomy’s latest album, ‘The English Riviera,’ is a contender for the 2011 Mercury Prize, a critics’ award for the best British album of the year. Also nominated are Adele, Tinie Tempah, and a host of indie rock acts.

LISTEN HERE

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**Sun 04 Sep 11**
URGENT ACTION BY 5 SEPT - HOME OFFICE TRANSPOSITION OF EU ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION DIRECTIVE

URGENT REQUEST TO READERS:

We hope you can add your name and address to the attached consultation and email to: aspd-brp@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk by this coming Monday. Thanks

DOCUMENTS:
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HO-Consultation-Response-AugSep11_(1).doc
- Uncaged-briefing-to-MPs-regarding-Home-Office-Transposition-of-EU-Animal-Experimentation-Directive.pdf

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**Fri 02 Sep 11**
ASTRO CARDS

Astro cards

Wonderful sets of Brian's 3-D Astro Cards have just landed in the London Stereoscopic Company Shop.

For more details and to buy the cards, check out HERE.

WEBSITE: www.londonstereo.com

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**Thu 01 Sep 11**
BRIAN MAY JOINS ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE'S EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

ASTRONOMY
1 September 2011 by David J Eicher

The astrophysicist is best-known as a guitarist and songwriter with the rock group Queen.

BrIan May in Save-Me shirtBest-known as a member of the legendary
rock group Queen, Brian May is also a Ph.D.
astrophysicist. He joins the Astronomy
magazine team on its Editorial Advisory Board.
Photo by David J. Cable/Arcadia
Photographic UK (Wikimedia Commons)

It isn’t every day that a legend joins with Astronomy magazine, so the brand is proud to announce that astronomer, songwriter, producer, and performer Brian May has joined the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. May, 64, is of course known around the world as guitarist, songwriter, and singer for Queen, one of the most successful bands in the history of rock ’n’ roll (the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). Not everyone knows that May also is a Ph.D. astronomer, having studied astrophysics at Imperial College London just as Queen was gaining success, leaving his postgraduate work in 1970 for full-time band work, and then returning years later to finish his doctorate. May’s dissertation dealt with radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. He also co-authored the book Bang!: The Complete History of the Universe (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott.

May’s musical career began in earnest with the group Smile in 1968, which included Roger Taylor as drummer and led to meeting Freddie Mercury and John Deacon. These four musicians formed Queen soon thereafter. May’s guitar work in the band with his famous “Red Special” homebuilt guitar is among the most celebrated in pop music, and his backing vocals added much to the group. May’s songwriting credits include “We Will Rock You,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Hammer to Fall,” “I Want It All,” “The Show Must Go On,” “Save Me,” “39” (which is about relativistic space travel), “Who Wants to Live Forever,” and many others. His credits include 22 top 20 hits worldwide.

Bian May and Kerry EllisMay is currently touring with British
Singer Kerry Ellis.
Photo by Stephenjamesx (Wikimedia Commons)

May has also performed and produced solo work with The Brian May Band, explored more Queen material with Queen + Paul Rodgers, ventured into writing and producing in musical theater, and produced and played with a large number of other musicians. He has recently toured with British singer Kerry Ellis on an “Anthems” tour. In 2005 May was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the music industry.

May continues to be actively interested in astronomy as well as animal welfare, and for more on his many activities, check out: www.brianmay.com.

An upcoming issue of Astronomy will feature May’s first contribution to our magazine. Stay tuned for more!

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