On This Day in Queen History – 20 May

In 1966 – The Reaction played the Penmare Hotel, Hayle, UK.
In 1977 – Queen first and only EP single released UK only on the EMI label: ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy,’ ‘Death On Two Legs’, ‘Tenement Funster (EP Single Edit)’ and White Queen (As it Began (EP Single Version)’. Reached No 17 in charts.

Queen's first £.P.

In 1985 – Queen awarded 3x Platinum for Greatest Hits I UK sales.
In 1994 – Beginning on 20 May, Roger Taylor performed for The Great Music Experience Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan, with Hotei, Yoshiki, Toshinori Kondo and Bon Jovi.
In 2009 – Queen + Adam Lambert played ‘We Are The Champions’ with Adam Lambert and Kris Allen for American Idol Season 8 finale, Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, USA.

Adam Lambert, Brian May and Kris Allen - AI final 2009
Adam Lambert, Brian May and Kris Allen – AI final 2009

In 2011 – A press release announced publication of the official “40 Years Of Queen” book by Harry Doherty scheduled for 1 September 2011.
In 2012 – Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees passed away after a long battle against colon and liver cancer in London. BRIAN MAY’S TRIBUTE

Prince's Trust Gala 1988 - pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales
Prince’s Trust Gala 1988 – pictured with Diana, Princess of Wales

In 2013 – Brian May handed over the role of Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University, to the Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson in a ceremony at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Welcomed into the role by trainer-clad Queen guitarist, Brian May, Liverpool-born judge Sir Brian joked it would be tough stepping into his predecessor’s shoes.

Brian May and Justice Leveson
Brian May and Justice Leveson

In 2013 – The official video “Save The Badger Badger Badger” from Weebl May ft. Brian Blessed, King Of Hawkmen, announced – the new version produced by Brian May who also added vocals and guitar.

Save The Badger Badger Badger cover art
Save The Badger Badger Badger cover art

In 2014 – A new book on stereoscopic photography, “The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery” by Denis Pellerin and Brian May announced in a Press Release, for autumn 2014 publication.

A Poor Man's Picture Gallery

In 2014 – “We Will Rock You” North American Tour opened Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, USA.
In 2014 – Roger Taylor interview published in the Daily Express, titled “I’ve Formed My Own Queen Tribute Band”.
In 2015 – “Queen Forever” is published as a Platinum Series Diamond Edition in Indonesia.

Brian May on ‘Queen Forever’ and Adam Lambert Nov 2014
Pt 1 – https://youtu.be/I3GKjKVfu3o
Pt 2 – https://youtu.be/df3c4EyI5_0

In 2015 – “Queen Rock Montreal” shown in Italian cinemas.
In 2016 – A new documentary about EMI Records “EMI – The Inside Story” with Roger Taylor broadcast on BBC4.
In 2016 – Queen + Adam Lambert – European Summer Festival Tour 2016 started with Rock In Rio Lisboa 2016, Parque da Bela Vista, Lisbon, Portugal. Registration with the concert ticket allowed purchase of a Brian May signed BMG Mini May Travel Guitar and / or a BMG Rhapsody Electro-Acoustic Guitar.  Q+AL EUROPEAN INTERVIEWS Pt1, 2, and 3

Rock In Rio Lisboa