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DECEMBER 2013

Contains some Industry and General News from 'OUT THERE'

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REMINDERS
2 Dec Opening of Queen Studio Experience - Montreux (open to public from 3 Dec)
3 Dec - WWRY NAm Tour, Progress Energy Center, Raleigh - tickets
4 & 5 Dec - SAS Band, The Brook - tickets
7 Dec - SAS Band + The Cross, G LIVE, Guildford, Surrey, UK - SOLD OUT


10 Dec - WWRY NAm Tour, Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami to 15 Dec - tickets
17 Dec - WWRY NAm Tour, Barbara Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers - tickets
23 Dec - Roger Taylor on Dutch Radio 1 - listen live from 14:45h (13.45 GMT)
4 Jan - Roger Taylor BBC Radio 2 from 3-6PM


**Tue 31 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Queen + Paul Rodgers - All Right Now (live in Tokyo, 2005)
- http://youtu.be/4BFoD6tfjMY

In 1965 - The Opposition played Market Harborough Youth Club, Leicester, UK.
In 1965 - The Reaction played the Flamingo Club, Redruth, UK.
In 1966 - The New Opposition played the Market Harbour Youth Club, Leicester, UK.
In 1971 - Queen played the Rugby Club, Twickenham, UK.
In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers Live in Tokyo 2005 televised on Japanese TV channel, Sky PerfecTV.
In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers Sheffield concert (1 hr edit) broadcast on German TV.
In 2007 - Say It's Not True released as a CD single with all proceeds going to "46664". (Download was available for World Aids Day tht year)

Say Its Not True (Yesterday) - Queen Feat. Paul Rodgers
- http://youtu.be/0VQk9ZWWFZo

Brian in Tokyo 2005

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**Mon 30 Dec 13**
ROGER TAYLOR AND QUEEN TREATS - BBC R2 THIS SATURDAY
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On BBC Radio 2, Saturday Jan 4 - in the UK at 15:00 - "Taylor Made". Roger Taylor will be playing records from his collection followed at 17:00 by "Queen At The BBC"

Roger Taylor

Sat 4 Jan 2014
15:00 - 16:00
BBC Radio 2
Queen drummer, Roger Taylor, delves into his record collection and plays some of his favourite rock tracks and tell us the stories behind them. There'll be songs from The Kinks, Foo Fighters, The Pretenders, AC/DC and Joe Walsh, as well as Roger's all-time favourite Queen track.

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Queen at the Beeb

Sat 4 Jan 2014
17:00 - 17:56
BBC Radio 2
Ken Bruce introduces a compilation of Queen's best BBC sessions and interviews.

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Mon 30 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Nothing significant happened in Queen history for today's date.

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**Sun 29 Dec 13*
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 2007 - Brian performed at 'We Will Rock You' musical in London, UK afternoon and evening performances)
In 2012 - Brian May visits "Walking With Dinosaurs" at London O2. [More info HERE]

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**Sat 28 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 1973 - Queen played the Top Rank Club, Liverpool, UK.
In 1976 - Public demand forces the BBC to repeat Queen's 1975 concert on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'.
In 2012 - Roger Taylor made a guest appearance at Christmas Party, Mike Rutherford's home, Loxwood, UK

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**Fri 27 Dec 13**
QUEEN'S MUSIC HAS HAD A PROFOUND EFFECT ON ERICA PECK
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Erica Peck as OzzyBROADWAY WORLD INTERVIEW
26 December 2013 by Paul Batterson

Erica Peck was about five years old when Freddie Mercury died but the flamboyant lead singer for Queen has made a major impact on the Canadian singer's life.

Peck will be playing the role of Ozzy when the musical WE WILL ROCK YOU rolls into Columbus on Jan. 7-14 at the Palace Theatre.

"I experienced a lot of Queen's music from a secondary source," Peck says in a telephone interview from Fort Myers, Fla. "I learned Bohemian Rhapsody from WAYNE'S WORLD - which is still my favorite movie.

"The funny thing with this show is even if you think you don't know too many Queen songs, you probably know every one of the songs in the show. Their music is everywhere. They're in commercials and on the radio."

And now, the Queen catalog is the centerpiece of the script penned by Ben Elton (a British comedian and writer for THE YOUNG ONES and BLACKADDER). In the musical, a group of young Bohemians rebel against a dominating society that limits fashion, music and thought. If George Orwell's 1984 and Freddie Mercury lyrics had a baby, it'd look and sound a lot like WE WILL ROCK YOU.

This national tour is Peck's second go-around with the musical. Her first musical employment came when Elton, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor selectEd Peck, then 19, to play Scaramouche in for Toronto premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU.

The role seemed tailor-made for the quirky dressing Peck. Peck did four shows on CANADIAN IDOL before being cut and struggled to fit in Sheridan College's music theater program. After being told by professors she'd never make it in the industry, she abruptly quit the program after being cast in as a lead.

"I was a bit of a rock and roll girl and (Sheridan was) more of a classical school. Now that a few years have passed, I see their efforts they were making," she says with a laugh. "I have to credit them greatly. In the years since I've left, they have made leaps and bounds in their program. I think if I went to Sheridan now I would have a much different experience. That's normally the type of thing you can see after a few years in the business."

After WE WILL ROCK YOU closed in Toronto, Peck proved to be a musical chameleon, taking on the roles of Mary Maguire in Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH, Maria in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Penny Pingleton in HAIRSPRAY and Lucy in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN.

"You want to keep some of yourself in each character but you ask yourself if you were this person, how you would do it?" Peck says. "I try to put myself in that person's shoes."

A pair of outlandish boots and wigs helpEd Peck make the transition to Ozzy, a cynical Bohemian rebel leader.

"Ozzy is the complete opposite of Scaramouche. She's a leader, physically strong, sexy and loves to rock," Peck says. "I couldn't figure out how to (become) to be tough, strong and in your face like she was.

"(Assistant director Tracey Flye) had this idea of giving me these boots that weigh about 1,000 pounds. (Turning into that character became) so much easier the second I put those boots on."

Peck admits she was a little nervous when she auditioned for the musical the second time around. When she stepped on to the stage for the audition for the American tour, she looked out and saw Elton, Taylor, May and actor Robert De Niro, who is serving as the tour's producer sitting about four feet away from the stage.

"That was terrifying. You go 'Oh wow, that's one of the greatest actors in American history,'" Peck says. "Roger says "Oh my gosh, it's Erica. You got married?'

"(May and Taylor) are always involved in the casting of WE WILL ROCK YOU. They were there for the auditions and played with us at the opening of the tour in Baltimore."

Peck says not only has her role in the show changed but the script for WE WILL ROCK YOU has also transformed. Elton spent six weeks updating the script and revamping it for American audiences. He even included a Miley Cyrus joke.

Peck says performing the show with intricate melodies and vocals is a demanding but gratifying grind. "You have to remember: Queen didn't perform eight times a week," Peck says. "When we're doing a show, we have to completely change our lives. It changes your whole life when you're doing a show that's this demanding. But the reward is so fantastic that it's completely worth it."

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WE WILL ROCK YOU runs Jan. 7-12 at the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215). For tickets, call the CAPA Ticket Center at 614-469-0939 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 - book online at http://columbus.broadway.com/shows/we-will-rock-you-baa

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**Fri 27 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Queen - Good Company from A Night At The Opera - http://youtu.be/XJgfvp59ExQ

Brian playing ukulele

In 1965 - The Reaction played the Schools Christmas Dance, Truro, UK.
In 1975 - A Night At The Opera hits the No. 1 spot.
In 2012 - Brian May put on the costume and was Secret Santa at We Will Rock You at the Dominon Theatre London (27 Dec 2012).

Secret Santa 2012
Last year Brian May was Dominion Theatre's Secret Santa - 27 December 2012

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**Thu 26 Dec 13**
QUEEN STUDIO EXPERIENCE BROCHURE PAGES
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Brian shared on SOAPBOX what he wrote for the Queen Studio Experience Brochure, as produced on a series of card:.
"MY INTRODUCTION - QUEEN STUDIO EXPERIENCE" READ HERE
and has also sent the following card pages to share here:

Click on small images for larger - text to be found below.

QSE Brochure  cover

Brochure 2
Brochure 3

2 BRIAN AND ROGER

Welcome to beautiful Montreux!

Freddie, Roger, John and myself spent countless hours here, staying in various lodgings, including chalets in Blonay, apartments in Montreux and beside the lake, and hotels, including the Eden au Lac and the splendid Montreux Palace. We walked the streets, swam in the lake and sometimes attempted to water-ski on it. We ate and drank to quite a high standard, drove around the mountains, and breathed the good air of this usually sleepy little town.

But most of the time, we ate, drank, discussed, argued, planned arid played our instruments in one building, Mountain Studios, which was part of the Montreux Casino complex. We spent so much time here that we began to feel like residents, and indeed Freddie eventually bought himself a beautiful flat bordering the lake, where he was able to spend some peaceful hours towards the end of his life, away from the prying eyes of the media.

Mountain Studios was an absolutely state-of-the-art recording facility in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The studios were equipped with acoustically well-designed tracking and control rooms, a massive Neve desk with flying faders and a world-class engineer in David Richards. The facility already had a fine reputation when we, as Queen, first worked there in 1978 to work on the Jazz album, and then our Live Killers album.

Although it was possible to record all instruments in the studio itself, we often used the much larger area of the casino auditorium, called Hall 'C', to set up our gear. This allowed us to play in an environment that was closer to a concert situation, at full volume, interactively, 'as live'.

The large volume of this massive room also enabled David Richards to record us (especially the drums) with the right kind of natural ambience, to make the performance sound huge. On the inner spread of the 'gatefold' album sleeve for the Jazz album, you can see us in this set-up.

You can hear the effect very clearly on the 'Innuendo' track, in which that huge sound is all real and 'live'.

Many of the subsequent overdubs and other work on the tracks were done in the control room, and it is this room which we have carefully reconstructed for Queen: The Studio Experience.

In those days, all the recorded information from each instrument, and every vocal, was stored on tape, initially on 2-inch tape, on those huge 24 track analogue tape machines, and later on 24 track digital 'DASH' machines.  Quite often 24 tracks were not nearly enough to store all the overdubs we needed, so the ability to 'lock' two digital machines together was very useful. Groups of overdubs, for instance choral vocal harmonies, could be 'bounced' down together to a stereo submix, and off-loaded on to a 'slave' reel of tape, making room for the next overdubs, or separate subsections of overdubs could be kept on separate slave reels. So on a typical day in the studio the air would be filled with music, the whirring of tape machines and cigarette smoke. In the exhibition we have reproduced it all for your enjoyment, apart from the smoke!

Queen : The Studio Experience gives you a chance not only to absorb the atmosphere of this great place of creativity, but to create your own mix from a Queen Multitrack tape.

Enjoy!

Brian May


3 THE MERCURY PHOENIX TRUST
- FIGHTING AIDS WORLDWIDE

The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded by Brian May, Roger Taylor and their manager Jim Beach in memory of rock band Queen's iconic lead singer Freddie Mercury who died in 1991 from AIDS.

In the last 21 years, the Trust has given away over 15 million dollars in his name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against AIDS.

We give to a wide range of Education and Awareness projects, principally targeting young people in the developing world. The 18 million orphans who have lost one or both parents to AIDS are in desperate need of help as they struggle to survive and build their lives, often becoming 'head of the family' for their younger siblings. The Trust has now supported projects in 57 countries.


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4 QUEEN: THE STUDIO EXPERIENCE

This exhibition is located in the area of the Casino that originally accommodated Mountain Studios.

The studios were originally on two floors, with the control room - linked by closed circuit television - in its current position and the recording studio on the floor above. The rest of the exhibition space was originally a bar in the Casino.

The control room has not been changed since the days when Queen worked here. The only thing that has been replaced is the original Neve desk. In its place is a reproduction of the original, which allows visitors to make their own remix of some of Queen's classics. Many of the fixtures and sound equipment remain exactly as they were when owned by the band.

MOUNTAIN STUDIOS

On 4th December 1971, a fire tore through the Montreux Casino during a concert by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The fire, started by a fan with a flare gun, was immortalised by Deep Purple in their track, 'Smoke On The Water', written and recorded here in Montreux.

When the new Montreux Casino opened five years later it contained the state-of-the-art recording studio, Mountain Studios, designed and built by the legendary American studio designer Tom Hadley Mountain Studios quickly became the recording destination of choice for some of the biggest name's in music: [sic AC/DC], David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Chris Rea, The Rolling Stones, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Led Zeppelin, Bryan Ferry, Stan Getz and Nina Simone, not to mention the music produced during the Montreux Jazz Festival and the 'Rose d'Or de Montreux' television festival.

Queen owned the studios between 1979 and 1993. In 2002, the facility relocated to Attalens, near Chatel St Denis.


5 DEDICATION PLAQUE
THIS EXHIBITION IS DEDICATED TO THE IMMORTAL SPIRIT OF FREDDIE MERCURY 1946 -1991

THE ROUND PLAQUE
The Mixing Room features a brass plaque showing the exact spot where, in May 1991, Freddie stood to record his vocals for 'Mother Love'. It was the last song Freddie recorded.

IMAGE OF THE REPLICA CONSOLE
The image printed on the replica console was formed from over 300 separate photographs of the original Neve modules. The frame and trim were constructed with reference to the original 1974 Neve drawings.

THE WALL
Following Freddie Mercury's death on 24th November 1991, Queen fans started coming to Montreux, and in particular to the original entrance to Mountain Studios, where they would leave personal messages. This act of remembrance and support continues to this day.

You can join our campaign to support The Mercury Phoenix Trust by signing your name outside on the original studio entrance and see yourself live on:

WWW.QUEENSTUDIOEXPERIENCE.COM
Share your pictures on Twitter @The_MPT


6 A SOUND ENGINEER'S TALE

Between 1984 until 1991 I had probably spent more time in this room than anywhere else but, when I sat down here in June 2013 to test the speaker system and demonstrate this mixing concept for Queen : The Studio Experience, I didn't anticipate feeling quite so moved. That music ... in this room ... after all this time - ' Mother Love' - Freddie's final vocal recording. I was working on that session in May 1991 as assistant engineer, and Dave was at the helm with Brian, Roger and John here too.

There was one particular day however, not long before we'd started work on 'Mother Love', that was more significant for me personally. The other band members were not around and Freddie had been in Montreux for a few days preparing to record his vocal on 'A Winter's Tale'.

This song had been started that January but the key had been changed, the lyrics since finished, and Freddie was ready to sing. When the day came, Dave was suddenly taken ill, and, when I told Freddie, he just said " ... you'll have to do it then darling".

He was in the habit of recording vocals in the control room with minimal monitoring and no headphones - it was quite intimate - just Freddie and me - and everyone else banished for the afternoon. He sang three or four takes all the way through, then went back and focussed on various parts he felt needed attention - so we had up to five versions of the most 'tricky' bits ready to compile.

In addition to his lead vocal, Freddie also sang some multi-track harmonies near the end of the song. I noticed he had a remarkably clear mental image of exactly what performance of each lyric was on each track. So, for example, he might ask to drop-in one line on a particular track to replace what he knew was his least favourite without checking it first - he just knew.

And all the time, even when struggling to stand with his walking-stick and finding it difficult to reach notes he thought he should have made easily ... he was still incredibly funny and up-beat.

That is how I came to spend a day alone in the studio with Freddie recording one of his last vocals. Jim told me afterwards Freddie was very pleased with how the session had gone, so naturally I was too.

JUSTIN SHIRLEY-SMITH


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7 DESIGN AND CURATION
MARMALADE LONDON

Marmalade London was responsible for the design and curation of the 2011 exhibition 'Queen : The Early Years - Stormtroopers In Stilettos' at The Truman Brewery in London's East End.  The ten day exhibition celebrated Queen's 40th anniversary and attracted over 22,000 visitors.

In February 2013 Marmalade London was delighted to be asked to design and curate 'Queen : The Studio Experience', the band's first permanent exhibition.

"Queen is all about the live performance - the show - the drama - and the theatrical excess. Imagine after a major tour that the band packed away all their instruments, all their lyrics, their photos and countless memories in to the tour flight cases and locked them away. Over time the spirit of the band has transformed these ordinary functional flight cases in to ornate, beautiful theatrical items with touches of gold and lush red velvet...just as you see them in the exhibition today.  We have found the lost key and unlocked a musical treasure ... "
Phil Marshall - Creative Director

Key considerations in the design of Queen: The Studio Experience:

- through the extensive use of red, black and gold we created a design aesthetic that not only captures the theatre of Queen but complements the existing décor  of the Casino

- we faithfully replicated in colour, materials and texture the character of the original Mountain Studios

- it was important to balance the retrospective elements of the exhibition (such as the Mixing Room and the Neve replica desk built by RMA Attractions) with a contemporary graphic and typographical style to reflect Queen's ongoing relevance in today's music arena

- the content has been curated to ensure that there is something new to satisfy the Queen devotee, as well as sufficient background to nurture a new legion of fans

- the exhibition has been designed to satisfy the evolving expectations of exhibition visitors with audio, visual and interactive elements to make the experience engaging and memorable

Lastly, it was important to strike a balance with these three key issues:

- to include a celebratory reverence to the talent and life of Freddie Mercury such as the plaque in the Mixing Room where Freddie stood to record his last vocals

- to celebrate Queen's momentous success over four decades, and Brian May and Roger Taylor's enduring place at the heart of the music industry, by including the facts and figures of their global achievements

- to use the exhibition as a vehicle to promote the crucial work of The Mercury Phoenix Trust, to help raise funds to maintain the organisation's important work, and to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS which, in 2013, all too often falls off the media agenda and out of public consciousness

www.marmaladelondon.co.uk
T. +44 (0) 2073780660
E. studio@marmaladelondon.co.uk


8 DAVID RICHARDS

The one steadfast feature of Mountain Studios from its inception has been David Richards.  Best known to Queen fans as the producer of their last four albums, David's career has been varied and distinguished.

Born into a musical family in London in 1956 his father Bobby Richards worked as an orchestrator and arranger on various movie and stage productions, most notably with John Barry.

David began piano lessons aged three and by five he had already won a prize playing to an audience of over three hundred!  He also became a championship-winning ice-skater and, whilst preparing the soundtracks for his skating routines, discovered a talent for editing music on audio-tape with a razor-blade and sticky-tape.

As a boy of eight David witnessed his father working on a movie soundtrack in a big London studio and remembers: "There was a huge sound, all these knobs and guys with smart clothes, very cool, behind the console. I realised that this was what I wanted to do".

David secured his first job in 1973 at Chappell Studios in London where he worked as assistant to chief engineer John Timperley recording many of the greats including Bing Crosby. He says of the time:" I learned to respect the musicians and to never interrupt them while they were searching for an idea".

In 1975 John relocated to Montreux as chief engineer of the brand-new state-of-the-art studio within the recently re-built casino building ... and he asked David to accompany him.  Within two years John had moved on to other things and David became chief engineer at the age of 21!

During his time working at Mountain Studios, David encountered a huge range of artists well documented
elsewhere in this exhibition plus hundreds more coming through the Montreux Jazz Festival.

All this music, recording and mixing provided an enormous wealth of experience and, with his natural musical talent, his calm, discreet and efficient manner, it was unsurprising he was soon in demand as a record producer racking up countless gold and platinum discs and production credits for Queen, David Bowie, Chris Rea, Iggy Pop and Duran Duran to name a few. He won a Juno award in 1978 and at one point in 1994 David was Billboard Magazine's Producer Of The Month with three Number One records.

David eventually bought the studio from Queen in 1993 and continued to work here until 2002 when he relocated Mountain Studios to the village of Attalens, not far from Montreux, where it remains and he works to this day.  Needless to say his production work takes him all over the world for months at a time but he always returns to his home near Montreux and Mountain Studios.


9 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Sponsored by the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Fighting Aids
Worldwide, and supported by the Fondation du Casino
Barriere Montreux and the Casino Barriere Montreux.

Exhibition Design and Curation by Marmalade London

Memorabilia Curator: Greg Brooks

Studio Equipment and Musical Instruments :
Kindly loaned by Queen and David Richards

Handwritten song lyrics and stage costumes:
Kindly loaned by Queen

Memorabilia: Kindly loaned by the Brian May archive

Control-Room Audio-Visual Producer & Mixer:
Justin Shirley-Smith

Additional Audio Production, Engineering & Video
Editing :
Kris Fredriksson

Music Stems Mixer:
Joshua J Macrae

Additional Audio-Visual Technicians :
Eric Glardon (Mediaproject), Declan O'Regan

Replica Console, Mixer and Quad Playback Systems :
Nigel Knight, Simon Prophet, Nik Kirby, Jon Macnamara,
RMA Attractions Ltd

Original Console Photography:
Andrew Guyton

Original Console Photographed at :
Svenska Grammofonstudion, Gothenburg, Sweden
courtesy of Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm

Video Editing:
Nigel Gourley, Outpost Facilities

Cinema Room Documentary :
Produced and Directed by Rhys Thomas
Edited by Christopher Bird

Lions : Painted by Magnus Irvin

Exhibition Content Consultant:
Gary Taylor

Mercury Phoenix Trust :
Claudia Walker, Vicky Vocat

Special Thanks :
David Richards, Michel Feria, Gilles Meillet,
Dominique Desseigne and Richard Gray

Thanks : (alphabetical order)
Patrick Ballestraz, Matilda Beach, Sara Bricusse, Nigel
Burchett, Emma Donoghue, Justine Ellis, Sally Frost,
Andre Gauchat, David Hawkins (Eastlake Audio),
Ake Linton, Simon Lupton, Pete Malandrone, Janice
Page, Denis Pellerin, Caryn Tomlinson, Max Hole and
the Universal Music Group, Valentine Vaccari, Nick
Weymouth

Publicity: Phil Symes

Translations by gracious support of :
Hitoshi Yoshioka
Marie-Line Klein-Feria
Raffaella Rolla
Wilki Amieva

Brochure Printing: Hill Shorter Ltd.

For further copies of the brochure and other items
of merchandise for 'Queen The Studio Experience'
please go to : www.queenonlinestore.com/The-StudioExperience-Montreux

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**Thu Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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"I'm in Love With My Car", London / Hammersmith Odeon (26 Dec 1979) Queen
-http://youtu.be/LBUCc91V3bw

In 1969 - Smile played PJ's Club, Truro, UK.
In 1979 - Queen played Concert for the People of Kampuchea, Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.

Queen | Somebody To Love (Live at Concert for People of Kampuchea 1979) -http://youtu.be/Cc2uicXzVQs

Queen Hammersmith Odeon 26 December 1979
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - Live in Hammersmith Odeon 1979 - http://youtu.be/wpOTNnIeXFI

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**Wed 25 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Nothing significant happened in Queen's history today.

Instead - enjoy....

A Winter's Tale (Final Version, promo video, 1995) - http://youtu.be/CjWQZBmJf6M

Freddie Mercury

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**Tue 24 Dec 13**
MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL
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hollyhollyholly

Happy Christmas Queen


HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL BRIAN MAY AND QUEEN FRIENDS

Wishing you good cheer in the spirit of Christmas

Thanks for your valued support in 2013 and let's hope for a New Year full of optimism and bright tomorrows.

ROCK ON !!
BrianMay.Com XXX

hollyhollyholly

With thanks to Jodie Mercury for lovely graphic.

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**Tue 24 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Queen Hammersmith Odeon 24. December 1975 - Long lost intro - http://youtu.be/LWhW4wGw-d0

In 1965 - The Reaction played St Brannocks Hotel, Newquay, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played the Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.

Freddie playing White Queen 24 Dec 1975
Freddie plays White Queen 24 December 1975
Check it out at http://youtu.be/h-0NmMJyZJs

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**Mon 23 Dec 13**
QUEEN STUDIO EXPERIENCE - PART 5
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The Studio Experience Official Merchandise (2013) - http://youtu.be/I5b48ZtOPf8

Here is some official merchandise for sale at The Studio Experience in Montreux, Switzerland and includes a hoodie, beanie hat, guitar picks, baseball top, coffee mug and a lavish 68 page brochure/programme. You can also see here the card invitations to the launch party prior to opening to the public.

Brochure - Freddie Costumes

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**Mon 23 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 197 - England's Lawn Tennis Association refused to give permission for Queen to perform an open-air concert at Wimbledon.
In 1992 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Extreme at Wembley Arena, London, UK - played the Encore: "I Want To Break Free" and "Tie Your Mother Down".
In 2012 - First broadcast BBC Radio 2 Brian May and Kerry Ellis in "Christmas at the Union Chapel" hosted by Terry Wogan, played "Born Free", The Kissing Song", "In The Bleak Midwinter"

Extreme Featuring...BRIAN MAY - http://youtu.be/-6wMEPAoyOA

Brian May Union Chapel Christmas Concert

Kerry Ellis & Brian May Christmas Concert 2012
Kerry Ellis `& Brian May Christmas Concert at Union Chapel, broadcast 23 Dec 2012 BBC Radio hosted by Sir Terry Wogan

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**Sun 22 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Smile (reunion) - Earth (Roger Taylor & Tim Staffell & Brian May - 22/12/1992)
- http://youtu.be/TH53vUQUklM

In 1973 - Queen played the Town Hall, Peterborough, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played the Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
In 1992 - The Cross and Smile reunion with Brian May and Roger Taylor at a Fan Club Christmas party with special guests, The Marquee Club, London, UK.

Tim Staffell
Tim Staffell

Brian May and Roger Taylor
Brian May and Roger Taylor

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**Sat 21 Dec 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 1967 - The Opposition played the Raven Youth Club, Thurnby Lodge, UK.
In 1973 - Queen played the County Ballroom, Taunton, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, California, USA.
In 1992 - The Cross made guest appearance at a Christmas party with special guests at the The Marquee Club, London, UK.

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**Fri 20 Dec 13**
DAVID RICHARDS RIP
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David Richards, Claude Nobs and Queen
Brian May, Roger Taylor, Claude Nobs, Freddie Mercury, David Richards and John Deacon)

Best known to Queen fans as the producer of their last four albums, David Richards' career was varied and distinguished. Born into a musical family in London in 1956, his father Bobby Richards worked as an orchestrator and arranger on various movie and stage productions, most notably with John Barry. David began piano lessons aged three, and by five he had already won a prize playing to an audience of over three hundred. He also became a championship-winning ice-skater and, whilst preparing the soundtracks for his skating routines, discovered a talent for editing music on audio-tape with a razor-blade and sticky-tape.

As a boy of eight, David witnessed his father working on a movie soundtrack in a big London studio and later recalled: "There was a huge sound, all these knobs and guys with smart clothes, very cool, behind the console. I realised that this was what I wanted to do". David secured his first job in 1973 at Chappell Studios in London where he worked as assistant to chief engineer John Timperley recording many of the greats including Bing Crosby. He said of the time: "I learned to respect the musicians and to never interrupt them while they were searching for an idea".

In 1975 John Timperley relocated to Montreux, Switzerland, as chief engineer of the brand-new state-of-the-art Mountain Studios within the recently re-built casino building, and asked David to accompany him. Within two years John had moved on to other things and David became chief engineer at the age of 21.

By this time David had married Collette McCready and had two children together.

During his time working at Mountain Studios, David encountered a huge range of artists plus hundreds more coming through the Montreux Jazz Festival. All this music, recording and mixing provided an enormous wealth of experience and, with his natural musical talent and his calm, discreet and efficient manner, it was unsurprising he was soon in demand as a record producer racking up countless gold and platinum discs and production credits for Queen, David Bowie, Chris Rea, Iggy Pop and Duran Duran to name a few. He won a Juno award in 1978 for Best Jazz Recording and at one point in 1994 David was Billboard Magazine's Producer Of The Month with three Number One records.

David eventually bought the studio from Queen in 1993 and continued to work there until 2002 when he relocated Mountain Studios to the village of Attalens, not far from Montreux. Needless to say, his production work took him all over the world for months at a time but he always returned to his home near Montreux and Mountain Studios.

After his first marriage ended David had a longstanding relationship with the cellist Nathalie Manser, producing a number of CDs together. Latterly he was married to Vivian Wong.

David Richards passed away on the morning of Friday 20th December 2013 after a long illness. He will be remembered by many as a good friend. He was funny and generous and great company, a talented and capable man who had an instinctive "magic touch" in the recording studio. His creative productions will be enjoyed for years to come. He is survived by his daughter Wendy and son Christopher.

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