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AUGUST 2015

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5 Sep - Freddie Mercury Official Birthday Party, Montreux

 
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**Mon 31 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 31 AUGUST
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In 1984 - Queen played the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK.
In 1980 - Queen played the Convention Centre, Rochester, USA.

Freddie - Another One Bites The Dust

In 1980 - 'Another One Bites The Dust' reached No 1 in Billboard chart USA.
In 1998 - Brian May released 'Why Don't We Try Again' 7” picture disc single with 'Only Make Believe' (originally a hit for Conway Twitty) and The Shadows' 'F.B.I.', from his "Another World" album.

Twit E Conway
T E Conway

In 2013 - Brian May guest appearance at daughter, Emily May's wedding, Natural History Museum, London, UK. Brian wrote on SOAPBOX - HERE.

Emily and Brian

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**Sun 30 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 30 AUGUST
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In 1980 - Queen played at CNE, Toronto, Canada.
In 1982 - Queen played McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA,
In 1985 - "Highlander" movie filming finishes and post-production begins

John and Brian highlander

in 2010 - NPR Radio Morning Edition (USA) featured "Freddie Mercury Rock 'N' Roll's Humble Showman", part of their series '50 Great Voices'. Includes interviews with QFC's Jacky Smith, Rudi Dolezal and Adam Lambert.

Freddie Mercury: Rock 'N' Roll's Humble Showman
AUGUST 30, 201012:00 AM ET

In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert played the Rod Laver Arena, Melboune (2nd show).

Melbourne 30 August 2014

In 2014 - British Film Institute screened brand-new digital transfer of Flash Gordon, British Muesem as part of the Institute's ‘Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’ season.

Flash Gordon

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**Sat 29 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 29 AUGUST
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In 1979 - Queen awarded Gold award for “Live Killers” UK.

Live Kilelrs
Amazon: Queen Live Killers

In 1980 - Queen The Forum, Montreal, Canada.
In 1984 : Queen Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds, Dublin, Ireland. (2nd show).
In 1987 - John Deacon sent a postcard, stamped this date, from his holiday in Biarritz, France.
In 1987 - Brian May guest appearance with Bad News, Reading Festival, UK. Played on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Warriors Of Ghengis Khan’, ‘Hey Hey Bad News’, ‘Bad News’ and ‘Life With Brian.’

Brian May and Bad News

In 1998 - Brian May attended the Reading Festival to see Foo Fighters, Festival Arena, Reading, UK.
In 2007 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attended unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue, Parliament Square, London, UK.
In 2011 - Steve Cropper released "Dedicated - A Tribute to The 5 Royales" album with Brian May on guitar on track 'I Do'. AMAZON: CD | 'I Do' MP3

Steve Cropper
Steve Cropper

In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia.

Adam and Brian Melbourne 29 August 2014
Queen's Brian May and Adam Lambert in concert at Rod Laver Arena. Picture: Norm Oorloff

Brian May Melbourne 29 August 2014
Brian in Melbourne

Adm and Brian - Melbourne 2014
Adam and Brian in Melbourne - Source: http://clairestbearestreviews.com

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**Fri 28 Aug 15**
FFAD 2015: LATEST HARD ROCK CAFE AND EVENTS LIST!
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MPT and Hard Rock Cafe

Where are you joining us?

Check out the latest events list lined up for Freddie For A Day 2015! Join the party at a venue near you and help raise funds for The MPT in celebration of Freddie's Birthday!

Ideas are coming in thick and fast so keep checking back or take a look at the Mercury Phoenix Trust Facebook and Twitter.

Austria
Hard Rock Cafe - Vienna - 5th September. More event details here.

Brazil
São Paulo - 6th September. More event details here.

Germany
Hard Rock Cafe - Munich - 5th September - More event details here.
Hard Rock Cafe - Cologne - 5th September - More event details here.
Hard Rock Cafe - Berlin - 5th September - More event details here.

Holland
Hard Rock Cafe - Amsterdam - 5th September. More event details here.

Italy
Hard Rock Cafe - Florence - 5th September. More event details here.
Hard Rock Cafe - Rome - 5th September. More event details here.
Hard Rock Cafe - Venice - 5th September. More event details here.

Japan
Hard Rock Cafe - Tokyo, Uyeno-Eki Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Osaka Universal, Fukuoka - September 6th. More event details here.

Mexico
Mexico City - 6th September - More event details here.

Spain
Hard Rock Cafe - Barcelona - 5th September. More event details here.
Hard Rock Cafe - Madrid - 12th September. More event details here.

Switzerland
Montreux - The Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party - 5th September. More event details here.

UK
Hard Rock Cafe - Glasgow - 5th September. More event details here.

US
Hard Rock Cafe - New Orleans - 5th/6th September - More event details here.

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The following Hard Rock Cafes are also supporting FFAD 2015 and celebrating Freddie's birthday, more details to follow:

Athens, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dallas, Dubai, Edinburgh, Foxwoods, Houston, Key West, Lisbon, London, Mall Of America, Manchester, Nice, Paris, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Prague, Toronto.

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**Fri 28 Aug 15**
MPT AUCTION: RAINBOW BOX SET SIGNED BY BRIAN, ROGER AND JOHN!
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LATR

Mercury Phoenix Trust Auction: Live At The Rainbow '74 Super Deluxe Box Set signed by Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon!

“This item has been signed by Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon so shrink wrap has been removed and the box has been handled by the three of them.”

Bid now at http://www.ebay.co.uk

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**Fri 28 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 28 AUGUST
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In 1968 - The Reaction played Godolphin Hall, Helston, UK.
In 1982 - Queen played Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
In 1984 - Queen played Royal Dublin Society Showgrounds, Dublin, Ireland, with Spike Edney joining band as 5th Queenie - guitar on 'Hammer To Fall', piano 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'.
In 1994 - Brian May and son, Jimmy, attended final night of Reading Festival, Reading, UK - spoke about in "Guitarist":

Guitarist Magazine Oct 1994Guitarist Magazine 1 Oct 1994

EXTRACT:
Does Brian keep up with the new bands?

"To a certain extent, yes, but I don't find it that easy with some of it. The rap stuff I found very hard to get into, but it's gradually warming on me. I love having a 16-year-old son, Jimmy, who turns me on to the best of everything that is happening now. I was into the best of everything when I first got into music in my teens and now he's into everything and I'm glad to say that we do cross over quite a bit. But there are some areas that I don't understand; NWA, for example, doesn't mean a lot to me, it doesn't move me

"We went to see the last night of the Reading Festival
[28 Aug 1994] and all those bands I found a lot to identify with. Senser were really interesting and Jimmy is really in to them; they're a crossover in themselves. I was pretty impressed with Therapy? I had heard some of their stuff before, but it's not until you see them and you're that close to them that you are aware of where they have been and at what stage they are at. I thought they were very polished, very committed and knew where they were going.

"The Chili Peppers were incredible, I just love them. With Henry Rollins, all I knew was that Jimmy had played some stuff and I had seen the 'Liar' video and I was more aware of his image than him. But when I saw him I instantly related to him, even though I'm becoming older as time goes by. But if I had seen any of those bands on the bill a couple of years ago it would have been completely foreign to me because I don't get to it very quickly. I'm very conscious that there's a lot going on out there and it's changing very fast. I think that anyone who ignores that and detaches themselves from it becomes like a little island." READ FULL INTERVIEW

In 1996 - Brian May and Roger Taylor (Aug 28 - Sep 7) attend 53rd Venice Film Festival, where they met Robert De Niro, who suggested the Queen Musical.
In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers release downloadable single: 'Reaching Out' + 'Tie Your Mother Down' (Live - Single Version) and “Fat Bottomed Girls" (Live - Single Version) recorded at Sheffield concert.

Queen + Paul Rodgers - Fat Bottomed Girls (Live) - http://youtu.be/kNPTat4SVaU

In 2011 - Brian May guest appearance on 'You And I' with Lady Gaga, MTV Video Music Awards, Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Bri and Lady Gaga

Bri and Lady Gaga - VMAs 2011
Lady Gaga and Brian May MTV VMAs 2011

In 2011 - Brian May wrote about how his appearance with My Chemical Romance came about.
READ: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE AND BRI AT READING FESTIVAL - How did it happen?
In 2012 - Queen re-release Greatest Video Hits DVDs Eagle Rock Entertainment a single 2-disc set (USA) AMAZON

Greatest Video Hits

In 2014 - Brian May wrote that he had arrived in Melbourne ready for the next Q+AL show. SOAPBOX

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**Thu 27 Aug 15**
FREDDIE FOR A DAY ITALY
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MPT and Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Cafes of Florence, Rome and Venice will partecipate to the FFAD 2015 with some individual events on 5th September along with special themed menus plus music and video by Freddie and Queen
Check out their websites

HRC Florence http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/florence/it/
HRC Rome http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/rome/
HRC Venice http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/venice/

The official Italian Queen fan club, We Will Rock You, will organize for the Fc members only a special screening of the Hammersmith 75. This event will be in direct line to the Montreux Freddie's Birthday Party where the new Hammersmith 75 video will be exclusively previewed, and in cooperation with the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Frate Professional and Universal Music Italy.
Further information will be sent to the Italian WWRY fan club members via newsletter.

https://www.facebook.com/ffaditalia
http://www.wewillrockyou.it/

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**Thu 27 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 27 AUGUST
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In 1980 - Queen played the Spectrum, Portland, USA.
In 1982 - Queen played City Myriad, Oklahoma City, USA.
In 2012 - Brian May appeared at a private party at his home, Surrey, UK.
In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert played the Allphones Arena, Sydney (2nd night), Lady Gaga a surprise guest on 'Another One Bites The Dust'.

Sydney set list 27 August


Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert + Queen: Another One Bites The Dust HD
- https://youtu.be/mIHCZItwYFQ

Adam and Lady Gaga
Rocking out: Gaga sang with Adam Lambert at the Queen gig on Wednesday (27 August)
night wearing her big curly wig.

Lady Gaga and Queen + Adam Lambert band
Lady Gaga and Queen + Adam Lambert group shot - Sydney 27 August 2014

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**Wed 26 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 26 AUGUST
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In 1977 - Roger Taylor ‘I Wanna Testify bw ‘Turn On The TV’ released UK - his first solo single and played all the instruments.
In 1980 - Queen played Civic Centre, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
In 1992 - Brian May appeared on Simon Bates radio programme, BBC Radio One, UK.
In 2011 - Brian May guest appearance with My Chemical Romance, Reading Festival, Little John's Farm, Reading, UK.

Brian and Gerard Way

Brian May Reading 260811 - https://youtu.be/QZMzmHtOwJ8

Brian May Reading with My Chemical Romance 26 August 2011

Brian May at Reading Festival performing with My Chemical Romance - 26 Augut 2011

In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia. Brian May wrote on Soapbox that they recorded audio of whole show HERE.

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**Tue 25 Aug 15**
ALMOST QUEEN: ANNUAL FREDDIE FOR A DAY EVENT IN NYC
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Freddie For A Day Concert Event
Highine Ballroom
431 W 16th St, New York, NY - 212-414 -5994

SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015
in Conjunction with THE MERCURY PHOENIX TRUST

Almost Queen - Freddie For a Day 2015

For more information visit www.AlmostQueen.com

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**Tue 25 Aug 15**
QUEEN CONCERT FROM UTRECHT DOME (NETHERLANDS)
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Story from The Netherlands...

This night (24 August) I was working in my attic, when I heard strange and surrealistic versions of Queen songs coming through my opened windows. What the hell?

I jumped on my bike to find where it was coming from. The source appeared to be the Utrecht Dom tower (largest tower in the Netherlands). There was a crowd at the foot of the tower singing along with the music coming from above. It appeared to be an 80 minutes concert played by the offiicial Utrecht carillion player and two electronic pianists, all seated somewhere high in the tower. The atmosphere was great and enjoying Queen's music with so many people in my own town was a goose bump experience.

The concert is live streamed to youtube: (Quite a wait at beginning - You might like to skip to 7:58)...

Malgosia Fiebig, Jeroen van Veen en Mike del Ferro spelen Queen /
UKV Zomeravondconcerten 2015 - https://youtu.be/UdQRdBm4Fjo
(Possibly skip to 7:58)

The organiser is pianist Jeroen van Veen:
http://jeroenvanveen.com/queen/index.html

I take this opporrtunity to thank you for the marvellous concert concert in the Ziggodrome last January.

Cheers,
Wim Arnoldbik, (Fellow physicist)

With much thanks to Wiim

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**Tue 25 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 25 AUGUST
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In 1984 - Queen shoot their promo video for "Hammer To Fall" at Forest National, Brussels, the audience from the previous evening's concert having been invited back to take part.
In 1984 - Queen interview in the 'Record Mirror' HERE.

Queen Hammer To Fall - https://youtu.be/JU5LMG3WFBw


Hammer To Fall

In 2012 - Astronaut Neil Armstrong, died 25 August 2012, aged 82, Cincinnati, OH. Brian was co-participant with the first man to set foot on the Moon, Starmus, June 2011, writing at the time. "What an inspiring man he was - completely human, humble, open-minded, wise, kind … the best kind of human being. Bri"

108 minute round table - Sttarmus
"A snapshot of the Starmus conference inside the giant GTC 'Grantecan' telescope dome
in La Palma, Canary Islands … me, Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov
(the first man to walk in space), Neil Armstrong, Dr. Garik Israelian. Bri"
(June 2011)

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
PRESS RELEASE: EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF "QUEEN: THE STUDIO COLLECTION"
QUEEN FAN OFFER: HEAR THE STUDIO COLLECTION FIRST
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Studio Collection

PRESS RELEASE: UNIVERSAL MUSIC AND CLARITY PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF “QUEEN: THE STUDIO COLLECTION” AT THE NATIONAL AUDIO SHOW

Hear the 180gm vinyl box set on a studio quality hi-fi system before it is released.

Queen fans can get exclusive pre-sale tickets for the National Audio Show unveiling of “Queen: The Studio Collection”, available for a limited period only from 09:00 on Tuesday 25th August until 24:00 on Friday 28th August, after which they will go on general sale.

Tickets can be booked at www.showclix.com/event/nas15-queen-members-presale

Clarity, the hi-fi industry trade association, in conjunction with Queen and Universal Music is very pleased to announce the presentation of "Queen: The Studio Collection” box set at the UK’s National Audio Show on 19th and 20th Sept 2015 – a full week before the box set goes on sale and Fan Club members can get exclusive pre-sale tickets to the show.

The top-flight hi-fi system assembled for the event, includes the same £45,000 studio monitor loudspeakers used by Miles Showell at Abbey Road during the vinyl mastering process, to present a fantastic opportunity for fans to hear the albums sounding the best they possibly can. Using these ultra-high resolution speakers provides the capability to show off the audio quality of the box set with incredible detail and will help create a feeling of actually being at the recording itself, reproducing the energy and atmosphere that was felt when Freddie, Brian, Roger and John put the tracks together.

Five years in the making "Queen: The Studio Collection” brings together the complete collection of 15 studio albums, re-mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig and mastered for half speed vinyl cutting by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. Encased in a beautifully crafted box and complete with a lavishly illustrated 108-page book featuring material from Queen’s archive and the personal archives of Brian May and Roger Taylor, these classic albums are presented in the highest possible audio quality for die-hard fans and audiophiles alike.

The National Audio Show gives audiophiles and music lovers the chance to hear the world's best hi-fi in one location. Learn about the latest technology, including how to stream music around the home, how to turn a computer into a high-end audio source and experience the very best that the vinyl resurgence has to offer.

The Show Must Go On at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire (next to Silverstone race track) on 19th-20th September. “Queen: The Studio Collection” event will take place at 12noon on the Saturday and Sunday.

Queen Fan Pre-sale starts tomorrow @ www.showclix.com/event/nas15-queen-members-presale

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
VOTE FOR FREDDIE - 100 GREATEST SONGWRITERS
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Freddie Mercury

Rolling Stone magazine having got it so wrong last week with their assessment of the 100 Greatest Songwriters - The Telegraph have a new poll to redress the balance and sugges the 100 best left out by Rolling Stone.

Freddie leads at the time of writing with 821 votes. You can add your vote HERE by cicking the up (or down) arrows on the left.

Current Top 10:
1 Freddie Mercury
2 Cole Porter
3 Damon Albarn
4 Ray Charles
5 Louis Jordan
6 Kate Bush
7 Richard Thompson
8 Ewan MacColl
9 Townes Van Zandt
10 John Haitt

READ MORE: www.telegraph.co.uk

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
FREDDIE MERCURY AS A TUDOR - GREAT NEW PORTRAIT
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SHROPSHIRE STAR
Freddie Mercury's New-Look Portrait by Shrewsbury Artist is Unveiled
3 August 2015

Freddie in Tudor style
Graham Jenkins of Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury with the Freddie Mercury portrait and artist Adam Birch

He’s painted portraits of popes and archbishops and now Shrewsbury artist Adam Birch has turned his attention to Queen singer Freddie Mercury for the latest addition to a town restaurant’s collection of musical legends. The picture, which gives the star a Tudor makeover, has been commissioned by Henry Tudor House, a restaurant, bar and music venue in the centre of the town.

The walls of the restaurant already feature period-style portraits of some of the world’s most famous rock and roll names, including Sid Vicious, Amy Winehouse and Mark Bolan, as part of owner Graham Jenkins’ idea of giving the historic half-timbered building a contemporary feel.

He described the Freddie Mercury portrait as having “swagger”, adding: “It is an amazing piece of artwork. Customers absolutely love the paintings. They look so authentic that people often do a double take when they realise the subjects are famous rock stars. We are sure the Freddie Mercury picture will cause quite a stir.”

Shrewsbury artist Mr Birch, a graduate of Wolverhampton University, undertakes commissions all over the world from his studio in The Square.

He was short-listed for the final selection of this year’s international BP portrait award. He specialises in ecclesiastical work and has been commissioned to paint portraits of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis and is working on commissioned portraits of the Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Luxembourg.

He said: “I am very pleased with the way the Freddie Mercury painting has turned out. I have created him in the dark and stately manner of the Tudor aesthetic and included his famous lyrics ‘I want to break free’ in Latin scripture.”

The Henry Tudor House building, situated in Barrack’s Passage, is one of the oldest, most historic medieval buildings in Shrewsbury. It is reputed to have got its name when Henry Tudor stayed at the site on his way to victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
FREDDIE FOR A DAY BRAZIL 2015
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We've been asked to post notice of this event in Sao Paulo...

Following information about our FFAD that we do for MPT here in Brazil:

The fifth edition of the event will be held on September 06, 2015 at Bar Charles Edward in São Paulo, Brazil.
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/409845329140696/

Lucas Marques

FFAD Brazil

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
PRESS RELEASE: 'LITTLE FREDDIE GOES TO SCHOOL' SINGLE
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Little Freddie Goes To School

A song by Stuart Leathem

Little Freddie Goes to School

A brand new song featuring vocals by Freddie Mercury…..
Coming 7th September 2015


‘Little Freddie Goes to School’ is a brand new track from Irish composer Stuart Leathem in which Leathem musically imagines a young Freddie Mercury’s journey to boarding school in India. The vocals on the verses are sung by Irish vocalist Esther Trousdale with Freddie’s voice taking the choruses.

The song will receive a World Premiere at the Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party at the Casino Barriere Montreux, Switzerland on Saturday 5th September, 2015 before going on worldwide release on Monday 7th September. The Casino is also the home of the Queen Studio Experience Montreux (http://www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com/studioexperience)

The track samples two rare Freddie vocals taken from his original Barcelona sessions: 'When this old tired body wants to sing' - late night jam, and 'The Golden Boy' a cappella.

The release will in part benefit The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV AIDS charity set up in Freddie’s name following his death in 1991.

“As a composer I don't write many songs, usually big modern-classical Mike Oldfield-type works”, explains Leathem. “I am however a big admirer of Freddie, especially his work as part of Queen, and was very lucky to call his old producer Dave Richards my friend.

“It had always struck me how little he referenced his upbringing in his musical style. One could perhaps look at 'Mustapha' on the Jazz album but aside from that his childhood roots remained something closely guarded in every way.

“I have the pleasure of working regularly with the wonderful vocalist in Esther Trousdale and I decided to write a song about Freddie's journey to boarding school in India, giving her the lead vocal. The initial idea was to fuse ethnic instrumentation with modern synthesis and create something quite different from anything Freddie himself composed (in terms of timbre).

“I was aware of the 'When This Old Tired Body....' track and loved the energy in Freddie's vocal. It seemed to fit perfectly with the piece I was creating and, when placed into the track it throws the listener backwards and forwards through Freddie's life at its tentative beginning, and near its end as he faced his illness.

“Lyrically the song focuses on the person of Freddie Mercury, and the idiosyncrasies that made him so unique, right down to the unorthodox way in which he hammered the piano.

“Essentially the track is a tribute to a shy boy who went on to achieve incredible things. It should also give the impression (just now and again) that the two vocalists are belting the song out on the same stage, with a wonderful Indian/Asian/Western fusion of musicians backing them.

“It is an alternative tribute to a wonderful artist, and he contributes in unmistakable fashion.

“I hope it makes people smile, and does some good for the MPT in the process.”

10% of every purchase of the track will go to the work of the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Fighting AIDS worldwide since 1992.

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‘Little Freddie Goes to School’
Words & Music - Stuart Leathem/Freddie Mercury
Vocals - Esther Trousdale featuring Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury appears courtesy of Mercury Songs Ltd.

"Little Freddie Goes To School" contains elements from “When This Old Tired Body Wants To Sing”(Mercury/Moran) and “The Golden Boy”(Mercury/Moran/Rice). Published by Mercury Songs Ltd. All rights reserved.

Stuart Leathem is a composer based in Northern Ireland. His diverse work has earned him critical acclaim. He was recently honoured as guest composer at Oxford University, England and his ‘Café for Lost Souls & Other Works’ concert and companion album have also brought recent success. Keep up to date with Stuart and his work on Twitter @stuartleathem or at www.soundcloud.com/stuartleathem

Esther Trousdale is a classically trained vocalist from N Ireland. She is a member of the prestigious Ulster Youth Choir. Esther was thrown together with Stuart Leathem when they were both commissioned to produce a wedding song in 2013. She went onto sing lead vocals on Stuart's 'Café for Lost Souls' album and has earned acclaim for her vocals on his major works. Esther's versatility as a singer is evident in her contribution to this new track, 'Little Freddie Goes to School’.

If you are interested in finding out more about Stuart, you can do so at:

www.stuartleathem.com
www.soundcloud.com/stuartleathem

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**Mon 24 Aug 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 AUGUST
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In 1969 - Ibex played the open-air Bluesology Festival, Queen's Park, Bolton, UK.
In 1975 – Queen starts recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Rockfield studio’s in Wales. The band sang their vocal parts continually for 10-12 hours per day, three days straight, resulting in 180 separate vocal overdubs. Guitarist Brian May recalled placing the tape in front of a light and being able to see through it, as they had been recording so intensely. Source

Rockfield Studios - taken in 2004
Rockfield studios - 2004

Rockfield Studios - taken in 2004

In 1979 - “We Will Rock You (Live Killers - Fast - Single Edit)” bw “Let Me Entertain You (Live Killers - Single version)” released on Elektra, USA.
In 1980 - Queen played the Civic Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1982 - Queen played the Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In 1982 - 'Back Chat' entered UK charts at no 40. Also released in 12" version being first ever Queen song released in different version to LP release.

Queen - Back Chat (Official Video - http://youtu.be/y6QGP0OUaV4

Brian May - Back Chat

In 1984 - Queen played the Forest National, Brussels, Belgium.

Brian May Interview In Brussels [Concert snippet] (1984-08-24) - http://youtu.be/PVOCeEVyJAw

In 1992 - Brian released 'Too Much Love Will Kill You' single formats (UK).

[046] Brian May 7" Vinyl and Cassette Singles (1983 - 1998)
- https://youtu.be/XIgnOc2sHxI

In 1998 - Brian May released 'Why Don’t We Try Again' singls formats (UK).

[203] Brian May CD Singles from Another World (1998)
- https://youtu.be/zHM_KkaEYtM

In 2005 - “We Will Rock You: The Musical” ends Japanese run, Shinijuku Koma Theatre, Tokyo, Japan.

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**Sun 23 Aug 15*
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 23 AUGUST
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In 1969 - Ibex played The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, UK, with Freddie Bulsara making his debut live performance int he UK.

Freddie with Ibex August 1969
Freddie with Ibex - trip to Bolton for gig at Octagon

In 1970 - Queen played Imperial College, London, UK, attended by ex-1984 member, John Garnham.
In 1980 - Queen played The Civic Centre, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
In 2004 - Queen released "Greatest Hits - We Will Rock You Edition" (US only) celebrating opening of "We Will Rock You: The Musical" in Las Vegas, includes tracks from forthcoming" Queen On Fire: Live at the Bowl (1982)".

Queen Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition USA
Queen Greatest Hits: We Will Rock You Edition USA

In 2007 - Brian May received his doctorate after completing his thesis "A Survey of Radial Velocities In The Zodiacal Dust Cloud", 36 years after beginning studies for the thesis at an observatory in Tenerife in 1971. Brian's jubilant announcement:

By text message:

I am celebrating ! X
From: Brian Mob
17:25 23-AUG-07

Top Entertainmanet News story on BBc News24

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