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SEPTEMBER 2015

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REMINDERS:
1 Sept - Brian and Kerry - Italy Raitre TV Parallelo Italia, Rome
4 Sept - Brian presents "One Night In Hell" Cambridge Film Festival
5 Sept - Pup Aid, Primrose Hill, London
8 Sep - Failing Badger Cull Protest, Westminster, London. Registration from 10AM. http://pupaid.org/

18 Sep - 1 Nov - One Night In Hell, Hollywood.
9 Oct - Brian & Kerry headline Wildlife, Dorcheste r Hotel, London.
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**Thu 24 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY ON TURNING HIS HORROR LOVE INTO A FEATURE FILM & QUEEN'S 2016 PLANS
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Brian May from Queen performs at 2015 Rock in Rio 18 September 2015 in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. Raphael Dias/Getty Images

BILLBOARD
24 September 2015 by Steve Baltin

For the past few years, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights has been another creative outlet for musicians, with Slash, Black Sabbath and Rob Zombie among those who’ve seen their music used as the soundtrack and inspiration for horror mazes. This year, Queen guitarist Brian May is the de facto artist in residence with the annual Halloween event featuring the U.S. debut of his short film One Night in Hell.

Visitors to the Hollywood park will watch the six-minute short at various spots around Universal Studios as they wait for entry to mazes inspired by The Walking Dead and This Is the End, among others. For May, it’s a chance to share his passion for the Diableries cards, a French series from the 1860s to 1900 depicting a fantastical demonic world of skeletons.

The short film is just the beginning for May, who tells Billboard he will be turning the more than 40-year fascination with the cards into a full-length feature film, while balancing his work with Queen and singer Adam Lambert. We spoke with May right after he headlined Brazil's Rock in Rio.

Previous musicians included in Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights include Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Slash and Rob Zombie.

So is this your way of showing people the more hard-rocking side of Queen?

[Chuckles] Well, I didn’t really do it as Queen, to be honest. I did it as me, and the interest that I had in the Diableries goes back a very long way. It’s not conventional Hammer Horror at all. It starts as a very church-inspired view of hell. It was very real to these people. It’s something a little different from what you would get from these other guys.

When did you begin work on the film?

It’s just kind of a life’s work, a labor of love for me, because I’ve been collecting those cards for 40 years. Finally we were able to put the main series of 72 together and offer them to people in the 21st century in 3-D in stereoscopic realism, exactly the same as they would have seen them in the 1860s. So this is something quite deep with me.

What was your first introduction to the cards?

If you see these cards in real life, they are absolutely stunning. I stumbled across a couple of them in [London's] Portobello Road Market about 1970 probably, and Portobello Road operates very early in the morning, so I was there about 6 o’clock in the morning in the bitter cold. I find this guy who’s a street trader and he says, “Have a look at these, they’re called Diableries. I bet you’ve never seen anything like these before.” You look at them and they’re black and white, but you see these beautiful skeletons very beautifully carved and portrayed doing odd things. So these things are just amazing, and I’d never seen anything like it in my life. I said, “What are they? Where do they come from? What do they mean?” And nobody could tell me, so it became like a 40-year campaign, a kind of quest, to find out the truth about these cards.

Given your passion for these cards, would we ever see a feature-length version of this film?

We’re working on a full-length version right now. Yes, this is going to develop into a feature film and we’re pretty well on with it; we have a script and everything. Again, it’s a little bit to the side. It’s not a conventional horror film at all; it will be a story which relates to the way people saw hell in an earlier age, so it has a lot of mystery and imagination to it. It’s not out-and-out horror, it’s not out to shock you; it’s out to intrigue you.

Is there a film that would be an inspiration in the style and look?

There’s plenty of inspiration in the actual cards. There’s an absolute wealth of imagination in them they carved out. It is shocking, some of it, and some of it is quite disturbing, but there’s a lot of fun in there as well. There’s a lot of satire and a lot of just pure enjoyment, like skeletons doing weird stuff like skating on ice and having boating regattas. And some of the time they’re tearing each other apart, torturing each other, but basically they’re living life the way we do and that’s the mysterious part of it. Somehow this whole depiction of hell as was painted by the Diableries is something disturbingly close to the way we live our lives.

Will you be doing the full score and composing new music for this film?

Yes, I will be doing the score, and that’s a real challenge. I really enjoyed doing this one. I did it incredibly quickly. I had an orchestra session booked in Prague, so I took this with me, gave it to them and asked them to play [Tchaikovsky's] “1812 Overture,” but with a subtle difference. So it happened quickly, and it was a huge amount of fun. And of course the “We Will Rock You” side to it is something I can claim ownership of. So the ownership is me and Tchaikovsky.

That is not a bad combination to be partnered with. Did you ever think you’d be collaborating with Tchaikovsky?

I count myself as very lucky so many of my dreams came true, and this is one of them. I’ve loved Tchaikovsky ever since I was a kid, and I remember being told by my music teacher that the “1812 Overture” was rubbish and I shouldn’t be enjoying it. And I thought, “No, I know what I like.” There’s so much passion in it and so much danger and excitement, so I’m a huge fan of romantic music, as it should properly be called, the era of Tchaikovsky and those Russian composers. Yeah, I’m very happy that I’m able to interact with all these great things. I’ve always said one of the great perks in being successful in what we do is you get to work with the best people. So alive or dead, you get to work with the crème de la crème.

Who would be the crème de la crème you’d like to work with on the film?

We already have our team together, so I can’t probably tell you that, sadly. But I have many heroes in the film business, for sure. Did you see Hugo? To me, the magic that was in that is pretty close to what I would love. So [Martin Scorese is] a hero of mine. I have a lot of heroes, I suppose, but in a sense, we’re doing this in a rather European way, because the source material is French; it’s not even English. It’s very much a French thing. I’ve become saturated in this period, in this way of looking at things.

Is there a timeline for when this will be released?

We hope 2017. It’s a big project, but that is the timeline. And if you’re asking if I have the time to take this on, no, I don’t. I’m ridiculously busy, but there’s an old saying in England: “If you want something done, ask a busy man.”

Does this mean you are also busy in 2016 with Queen-related projects?

No plans, but there’s a possibility we’ll do some in there as well. It’s going very well. I’m in Buenos Aires at the moment. We just headlined Rock In Rio 30 years after we originally did that to another 100,000 people who are kids, really. It’s wonderful that our music still appeals to a new generation. So you’ll probably see some Queen activity.

For the score, is it going to be all-new original music?

I have no idea, absolutely no idea. You have to plunge into these things knowing nothing, and I’m letting it flow. It’s going to be completely flying by the seat of my pants.

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**Thu 17 Sep 15**
LEMMY, HOW DID BRIAN MAY END UP DOING A GUEST SOLO ON NEW MOTORHEAD ALBUM?
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Lemmy Klimstar

YAHOO MUSIC
Diabetes, Heart Issues, and a Collapsing Record Industry Can’t Stop Motörhead’s Lemmy Klimiister
17 September 2015 by Jon Wiederhorn

EXTRACT of interview with Lemmy:

How did Queen’s Brian May end up doing a guest solo on “The Devil”?

LEMMY: That was [guitarist] Phil [Campbell’s] thing. He lives near Brian in Wales. He had Brian come in and do a solo at his home studio. So I never saw Brian. I know him, but I never saw him on this record. He did it in Wales and sent it over.

Did you know he’d nail it from the start, or did you have any reservations about Brian May playing on a Motörhead record?

Bad MagicLEMMY: No, I knew he’d nail it. Brian’s a nailer, all right. I thought he got a bit samey at the end of Queen. He’s said that himself. But it was great to have him on the album.

Full interview HERE

MOTORHEAD - 'BAD MAGIC'
AMAZON

Released 28 August 2015

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**Thu 17 Sep 15**
PRESS RELEASE: BRIAN MAY'S HALLOWEEN HORROR ONE NIGHT IN HELL - GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
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Brian May's Halloween Horror ONE NIGHT IN HELL To Launch At Universal Studios Fri, 18 Sep 2015

One Night In Hell

Halloween Horror Nights launch Friday 18th September 2015

Rock star Brian May’s & Unanico Group’s unique short film will launch in Hollywood
at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights on
Friday 18th September 2015

“Devilishly happy that our demonic short film One Night in Hell is to feature at Universal Studios - generating a new kind of Halloween Havoc !! It Rocks !!! It jives ! It'll rattle yer bones!” Brian May

Brian May’s London Stereoscopic Company collaborated with leading production company and animation studio, Unanico Group, to adapt the critically acclaimed book, Diableries, into a magical seven minute film, One Night In Hell, with effects that will captivate and astound visitors.

The short film, produced by Unanico Group and Duck Productions in association with The London Stereoscopic Company, features an original soundtrack by Brian May, has launched at over 20 film festivals worldwide, was given five stars in the British press, proclaimed by Esquire to be the “best film you’ll see all Halloween,” and hit the number one spot for short films on iTunes.

http://www.onenightinhell.com

With the heritage of making horror films for over 80 years, Universal Studios Hollywood brings you the most terrifying live Halloween event in Los Angeles! Halloween Horror Nights 2015 offers a haunting new slate of nightmares featuring the most authentic scares from some of the biggest horror properties in film and TV. One Night In Hell is set to be a main attraction at the event, which runs from 18th September until 1 November. http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2015/overview.php

A 3D phenomenon of 1860s Paris will be unleashed on 21st century Hollywood. In association with The London Stereoscopic Company, One Night in Hell is a devilish and spectacular animation short that tells the story of one skeleton’s journey into a stereoscopic Hell.

Using an innovative combination of CGI, 2D and stop motion animation, the film brings to life, for the first time, the Diableries stereo cards that have fascinated devotees for over 150 years and inspired the earliest film-makers, including Georges Méliès. Adapted from the book, “Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell” by Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, the film is a satanic 6 minutes and 66 seconds long, styled after the traditional Diableries stereo cards from 19th century France.

One Night in Hell is directed by Jason Jameson and James Hall and the soundtrack features new music composed by Brian May. The film’s sound has been mixed in state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound providing the utmost clarity, richness and detail in selected cinemas. The music arranged and produced by Brian May was recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Prague. The film’s climax is a demonic concert, in which Satan is the conductor and the skeleton is the lead guitarist, as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” combines with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in a way that it has never been played before.

“It has been an incredible pleasure working with Brian May on “One Night in Hell”. A skilled team of 3D and 2D animators, graphic artists and sound designers in our London studio have done an amazing job bringing the Diableries characters to life, and Brian’s score really shines.”
Paul Laikin, Producer at Unanico Group

ONE NIGHT IN HELL - Trailer - Brian May (2015) - https://youtu.be/DdKCltHJNt0

Brian May and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra - One Night In Hell - Official Music Video
- https://youtu.be/wwrAOU-J07o

See also:
TOP 10 FILMS
Hollywood set to meet Brian May's Unique 7-minute Horror "One Night In Hell"
18 September 2015

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**Wed 16 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS TO TOP BILL AT WILDLIFE BALL
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Legendary Queen Guitarist Brian My and Kerry Ellis will be topping the bill at Wildlife Ball.

DAVID SHEPHERD WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

NEWS: We’re delighted to announce that legendary Queen guitarist Brian May with West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis will be providing the evening entertainment at our black tie Wildlife Ball on Friday October 9th at The Dorchester Hotel in London.

Limited tickets still available – call 01483 272323 to book yours today to avoid missing out on a spectacular evening for wildlife.

Dinner and Dancing at the Dorchester
Fri 9th Oct 2015

Join us for a spectacular night at the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London for our black tie dinner and dance. This fantastic fundraiser brings together sparkling entertainment including legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and chart topping singer Kerry Ellis along with wonderful food and fine wines in the Dorchester Ballroom.

Standard ticket price includes champagne reception with canapes , sumptuous four course dinner, entertainment and dancing!

Members: £200  
Non-members: £220 
Table of 12: £2,400
Platinum package - £5 ,000 SOLD OUT
Package includes a table of 12 with premier placement ( incl . champagne, dinner and a prime seat for the evening), Premium Sponsor listing in the event programme and in all related print material and an exclusive invitation to a pre-dinner VIP reception.

For tickets call DSWF on 01483 272323 -

More info: http://bit.ly/WildNightFun

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**Mon 14 Sep 15**
NEW COVER OF "ANOTHER WORLD" IN SPANISH
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Check out cover of Brian May's 'Another World' track:

Cover the theme "Another World " by Brian May . Based on another version of it does Brian May in Castilian .
Forensic Lord are:
Vane Linares, Rafa Carrasco and Sergi Flores
Audio and recorded in the studio Productions A / V video

BRIAN MAY "OTRO LUGAR" Señor  Forense Cover - https://youtu.be/2FnxRbCIFM8

We are "Sr. Forense" a band from Barcelona, Spain. We have made a cover from "Another World" in spanish. We love your music and we have taken the cover you made in spanish "Otro lugar" and we have done it in our way. I hope you enjoy, you can share if you want, it is made with all respect and affection.

Thanks a lot,
Sergio Flores

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**Fri 11 Sep 15**
BRIAN MAY CONTRIBUTES TO "THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY"
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The Ritchie Blackmore StoryBrian May contributes to the soon to be released documentary, "The Richie Blackmore Story", from Eagle Rock Entertainment - looking at the life and career of the former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist.

Released Worldwide on November 6th, “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson. This is the definitive story of a true guitar legend.

Amazon: The Ritchie Blackmore Story - will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats and Deluxe Edition.

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On 6 November 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment release “The Ritchie Blackmore Story”. This is a simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats and Deluxe Edition. Without doubt one of the all-time great guitar players, Ritchie Blackmore hardly ever does interviews but has granted extraordinary access for the creation of this truly revealing programme and talks in great depth about his life and career. 

The amazing Deluxe Edition contains the DVD of “The Ritchie Blackmore Story”, the DVD of “Live In Tokyo” and 2CDs of “Live In Tokyo” all contained in a 60 page 12” x 12” hardback photobook with a black and silver front cover. “Live In Tokyo” is the first official DVD & CD release of the 1984 concert by Rainbow from Tokyo’s famous Budokan. It was to be the last Rainbow concert before Ritchie Blackmore & Roger Glover went on to reform Deep Purple.

From his pop roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies and eighties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles. For the first time “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson. The Bonus Features on this release offer up over 40 minutes of additional interviews with Ritchie Blackmore and his peers.

The Ritchie Blackmore Story (Trailer) - https://youtu.be/q87-ze4SLEM

Released Worldwide on November 6th, “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson. This is the definitive story of a true guitar legend.

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