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FEBRUARY 2013

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**Thu 07 Feb 13**
SIMPLY QUEEN TO PERFORM REGENT'S THEATRE, OSHAWA, CANADA
Feb 17 at 7pm
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Simply QueenSimply Queen is a world class act. The band is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock, along with Bob Wegner, Greg Hawco and Mark Yannetta.

Simply Queen celebrates all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time! They are "Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!"

This show is in support of Ajax FC - Helping All Kids Play, Laurier Collegiate 50th Reunion, Sick Kids Hospital and The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Simply Queen is selected to headline Breakthru 2013, the Official North American Queen Convention, in Toronto, July 12-14, 2013

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**Thu 07 Feb 13**
STRING VERSION WWRY
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David Garrett plays his string version of We Will Rock You in a recent concert. Not bad at all.


David Garrett - We will Rock You -http://youtu.be/BjUrMgsBGVQ
David Garrett live in Köln.
We will Rock You
16.11.2012

David Garrett, Encore albumMORE ON DAVID GARRETT

Stephane Ddjarayan wrote:

David Garett had also recorded a version of "Who Wants To Live Forever" in his album "Encore" in 2008.
But nothing or anybody can equal your [Brian's] original version with the amazing voice of Freddie...

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**Thu 07 Feb 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Brian May - Live At The Brixton Academy - Intro and Back To The Light
- http://youtu.be/iBqawUPv7vI

In 1975 - Queen played The Palace Theatre, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played The Beacon Theatre, New York, New York, USA.
In 1978 - Queen released We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You (Spun Fold) USA 7" single.
In 1979 - Queen played the Tivoli Halle, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia.
In 1984 - Queen released Radio Ga Ga / I Go Crazy USA 7" picture sleeve single.
In 1994 - The Brian May Band Live At The Brixton Academy album UK release on double LP, CD and casette album UK release
- recorded 15 June 1993, hightest chart position 20, no of weeks on chart 2, produced by Brian May and Justin Shirley Smith, concept Richard Gray.
In 1998 - Brian May & Roger Taylor made a guest appearance at the DoRo party - Nikodemus, Purkersdorf, Austria.

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**Thu 07 Feb 13**
ROGER TAYLOR ON "WHEN ALBUMS RULED THE WORLD" FRIDAY
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When Albums Ruled the World

Recently Roger Taylor was interviewed to contribute toward the production “Long Player” being made by IWC (which has had a recent name change to When Albums Ruled The World. We’re excited to let you know that this documentary will be shown on BBC4 at 9pm on Friday 8th February.


When Albums Ruled The World
Fri 8th Feb, 9pm
Continuing the season, Noel Gallagher, Guy Garvey and many others look back at an era when musicians expressed themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album.

Watch a clip: A golden age of vinyl

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When Albums Ruled the World
Fri 8 Feb 9pm
BBC4

When Albums Ruled the World
Sat 9 Feb 2am BBC4 Repeat
When Albums Ruled the World
Sat 9 Feb 10:45pm BBC4 Repeat
When Albums Ruled the World
Mon 11 Feb 11:30pm
BBC HD
When Albums Ruled
the World
Wed 13 Feb 12:30am BBC4 Repeat

REVIEW: by Jack Seale
A film the length of a double album about vinyl LPs, and the period of roughly 20 years when they were music’s preferred format. At first it tells the same story, of an artist dissatisfied with pop singles wanting to make a grander statement, repeatedly: Bob Dylan, the Doors, the Beatles and Marvin Gaye all grow up and expand. Then it’s a case of ticking off the monsters of the 1970s. Tapestry, Dark Side of the Moon, Tubular Bells, A Night at the Opera, Frampton Comes Alive and Never Mind the B******s are all examined, often with the creators themselves. Music fans will learn very little that’s new but will enjoy themselves anyway.

ABOUT THIS PROGRAMME
Documentary exploring the heyday of LPs from the mid-1960s to the late 70s, as artists embraced the creative opportunities they offered for music and artwork. The programme also examines how the arrival of new formats spelt the end of the album's golden era. With contributions from Queen's Roger Taylor, Noel Gallagher, Mike Oldfield, the Doors' Ray Manzarek, Slash and singer-songwriter Grace Slick.

CONTRIBUTORS  
Roger Taylor
Noel Gallagher
Mike Oldfield
Ray Manzarek
Slash
Guy Garvey
Nile Rodgers
Grace Slick
Director and Producer
- Steve O'Hagan
Executive Producer
- Hamish Barbour

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**Wed 06 Feb 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Queen - The Show Must Go On - http://youtu.be/KnVEbHLtp6U

In 1975 - Queen played at Reflections, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played The Beacon Theatre, New York, New York, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long Island, New York, USA.
In 1979 - Queen lplayed the Dom Sportova, Zagreb, Yugoslavia.
In 1989 - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe - Barcelona EP released, UK.
In 1992 - Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody / The Show Must Go On casette and 7" single, USA.

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**Tue 05 Feb 12**
TESCO COMPARE USERS RATE QUEEN "QUEEN OF THE ROAD"
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Queen of the RoadPRESS RELEASE:
DIGITAL JOURNAL
- PR Newswire
Tesco Compare Users Respond: UK's Most Popular Driving Music
5 February 2013

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MORE INFORMATION AT: TESCO COMPARE

What do Brits listen to most while driving? The results of a recent competition held by Tesco Compare showed that, from postcode to postcode, Queen are the champions - and by some distance, too.

In September 2012, the comparison website launched a competition that questioned motorists on their choice of in-car music. 30,000 responded to the question, "What is your favourite song to drive to?" The results are published today in the infographic Queen of the Road.

Over 75% of the country's postal districts returned a decisive Mercury as Motor Monarch vote, almost exactly 50% more than Adele, their nearest competitor. Queen's Greatest Hits, originally released in 1981, was recently confirmed by the Official Chart Company as the UK's biggest selling album, with sales approaching 6 million.

The London-based rockers did not top the charts in every district, however, and the pockets of resistance make for interesting analysis in themselves. The survey showed that Adele keeps the motorists on track in Bromley, Truro, Wigan, Crewe and Southall, while she shares equal stereo time with other artists in Ilford (with ABBA and Michael Jackson), Worcester (Coldplay and Take That) and Sunderland (George Michael).

Perhaps the most unusual findings showed a small outcrop of passionate Louis Armstrong supporters at the wheel in Slough, and a loose but significant scattering of Killers and Gerry Rafferty fans populating the roads around Llandrindod Wells.

The Drivers' UK Top 10 came in as follows:

1. Queen
2. Adele
3. Madness
4. Coldplay
5. ABBA
6. Take That
7. The Beatles
8. Meat Loaf
9. Bon Jovi
10. Rihanna

Individual songs that scored very highly included Don't Stop Me Now and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, Someone Like You by Adele and Driving in My Car by Madness.

"Despite the abundance of modern pop music, it turns out that Queen retain the audio affections of the UK's road users," said Gemma Whitton, spokesperson for Tesco Compare. "Personally, I find listening to music while driving is quite therapeutic and helps me concentrate on my journey. I remember that when I bought my first car, the most important feature was the stereo. These days, I have a playlist of Driving Music on my iPod."

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**Tue 05 Feb 13**
FLASHBACK: QUEEN STEAL THE SHOW AT LIVE AID
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Watch the band's triumphant 1985 set


Queen Live Aid Full Video HQ - http://youtu.be/eQsM6u0a038

ROLLINGSTONE
5 February 2013 By Andy Greene

Queen had a pretty tough task when they took the stage at Live Aid in July of 1985. This was arguably the biggest concert in rock history, featuring reunions of Led Zeppelin, the Who, Black Sabbath and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in addition to performances from pretty much every big name in rock. How could they possibly stand out? Freddie Mercury insisted to the press that the show wasn't any kind of competition, yet they slyly requested to go onstage at Wembley Stadium at 6:00 p.m., knowing viewership in England was likely to begin peaking around then.

They had their work cut out for them. "Money for Nothing" was the song of the summer, and Dire Straits had just played it with Sting before wrapping up with "Sultans of Swing." Their set was preceded by U2, who absolutely destroyed the place with a two-song set that culminated with a 12-minute version of "Bad." Queen also knew they were to be immediately followed by David Bowie, the first Who performance in three years and Elton John with special guest Wham!

<< Freddie Mercury: His Life in Pictures >>

Given 20 minutes, Mercury's band did everything possible to cram a full concert into it. They opened with an abbreviated "Bohemian Rhapsody" that went right into "Radio Ga Ga." Their newest single, "Hammer to Fall," came next, followed by "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and the finale of "We Will Rock You" into "We Are the Champions." Many bands were swallowed up by the enormous Wembley stage (on loan from Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA tour), but Mercury worked it like an absolute pro.

Their task was made easier by the simple fact that the big reunions (Zeppelin, The Who, Sabbath, CSNY) fell completely flat. Those bands were woefully under-rehearsed and, in the case of Led Zeppelin, out of tune. Queen never sounded better and many critics said they stole the show, even though U2 put up a very good fight. Buoyed by the goodwill, Queen booked a stadium tour for 1986. It was another triumph, but sadly, it was to be their final outing with Mercury.

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**Tue 05 Feb 13**
JACKY SMITH ON OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL QUEEN FAN CLUB 39TH BIRTHDAY
(2 FEBRUARY)
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The Official International Queen Fan Club was founded by sisters Pat and Sue Johnstone 2 February 1974.

Jim Jenkins and Jacky Smith
Jacky with one of the longest serving fan club members, Jim jenkins

YOU CAN JOIN IN THE FUN AT WWW.QUEENWORLD.COM

Jacky Smith, President of the Official International Queen Fan Club, was kind enough to tell us a bit about those years and what the Fan Club means to her:

JACKY: "When I first took over the Official Queen fan club in 1982, the fan club had been running for 8 years, and I thought it was a job I would love to do for a while... That "while" is now just over 30 years, and last weekend was the club's 39th anniversary! When the club reached 20 years, I applied for inclusion in the Guinness Book Of World Records, as we were the longest running fan club for a group ever at that time. Next year I will be asking the Guinness people to update their records when the fan club reaches it's 40th anniversary. I don't think ANY other fan club will ever beat that! Sometimes keeping the fan club current, interesting (and afloat!) is not so easy, but it's something I will never let go. And it's all down to the loyalty of Queen fans - many have been with us for all of our 39 years, and don't intend giving up their memberships just yet! We still get new members, we still have great events and parties, we still send out magazines... and we still support and love the band that brought us all together - Queen!"

Pat and Sue Johnstone - Founders of OIQFC
Pat and Sue Johnstone

Jacky Smith, Freddie Mercury and Peter Straker
"Jacky with Freddie and Peter Straker"

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**Tue 05 Feb 12**
R.I.P. REG PRESLEY- THE TROGGS
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Sad to hear of the death of Reg Presley, singer with The Troggs, from lung cancer at the age of 71. See SKYNEWS REPORT: Reg Presley: The Troggs Singer Diees - Friends say the man who sung songs including Wild Thing and Love Is All Around for the famous 1960s group has died.T

Reg Presley

QUEEN CONNECTIONS?Best Air Guitar Album In The World... Ever!

Brian May clearly likes the track as he included "Wild Thing" on his 2001 compilation - "The Best Air Guitar Album In The World.. .Ever!

The Troggs: Wild Thing - http://youtu.be/icAOfeNsatc

Years ago - Smile's first Imperial College Gig was supporting Pink Floyd. There was also another band on the bill, believed to be The Troggs.

Slighty conflicting accounts below

EXTRACT frrom artilcle:
QUEENPEDIA
SMILE - HISTORY
Adapted from article by Andy Davis / John S Stuart

As a newly chic power band, Smile played their inauspicious debut at Imperial on 26th October 1968, at someone else's auspicious gig: opening for Pink Floyd, who'd recently charted with “See Emily Play”. Smile were billed as one of two “supporting groups”, and were somewhat taken aback by these psychedelic pioneers. “They were strange” recalls Tim Staffell. “That wasn't something I could easily relate to. They were extremely English”. Like their predecessors 1984 and the Reaction, Smile was essentially a covers band. They had few compositions of their own, and were content to reconstruct existing material to suit their own developing tastes.

Chris Smith’s recollections of the same events however, are somewhat different; “I remember our first gig at Imperial College… we didn’t support Pink Floyd, but the Troggs”. (The Troggs by this time were a household name and had charted in the UK with tracks like “Give It To Me”, “Night Of The Long Grass”, “Hi Hi Hazel”, and “Little Girl”. Four of their singles - “Wild Thing”, “I Can’t Control Myself”, “Anyway You Want Me”, and “Love Is All Around” – had scored top ten hits, while the massive “Girl Like You” claimed the coveted number one spot for two weeks in August 1966). Smith continues; “I opened our set with Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor”, rushing straight into “Can’t Be So Bad” by Moby Grape at Break-neck speed”. Read more HERE


GARY TAYLOR writes:

It looks like they could both be correct.

It was indeed Smile's first gig on 26th October 1968 and they were supporting Pink Floyd. The other band on the bill were more than likely The Troggs.

See ad:

Imperial College poster

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**Tue 05 Feb 13**
JOSH GROBAN - ON KERRY ELLIS & QUEEN
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BROADWAY WORLD
InDepth InterView: Josh Groban Discusses ALL THAT ECHOES Album & Live Concert Event, Plus CHESS on Broadway?, GLEE & More
4 February 2013 by Pat Cerasaro

EXTRACT Interview with Josh Groban:

PAT CERASARO: Kerry Ellis also spoke so favorably of working with you on CHESS when she did this column.

JOSH GROBAN: Oh, she's just got an amazing voice, right?! She really blew me away when she did CHESS with us in London. I know [Queen's] Brian May is a big proponent of hers and I am a fan, too - she's just got one of the greatest voices onstage right now.

PC: You have a particular affection for Queen, correct?

JG: Yes, I definitely do. I love Queen.

PC: Have you ever recorded any Queen songs?

JG: No, I don't think I have ever recorded any Queen songs. At the moment and pretty much always, Queen has been the band for most of my go-to karaoke songs, you know? [Laughs.]

PC: So many hits.

JG: There are - and they are so fun to sing! But, when you've got someone like Freddie Mercury singing them - someone who just nailed those songs to the wall with these quintessential original versions - it becomes daunting to sing a Queen song. At least doing it for real - recording it and everything.

PC: A high bar has been set.

JG: Yeah, they are a real challenge. So, what can you do?! I would love to do it at some point, though, in the future - definitely.

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**Tue 05 Feb 13*
35th ANNIVERSARY QUEEN FAN CLUB ARGENTINA 6 FEB
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Brian May's message:

Cheers Silvana. And congratulations on this great feat.

and thanks for the wonderful support.

love to all

Bri

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Flyer Argentinian Queen Fan ClubGreetings Dr. May and collaborators!

February 6th 2013 marks the 35th anniversary of the first ever Queen Fan Club formed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, "Comunidad de Súbditos de la Reina".

As one of the original founders and always hoping to get back in touch with old members, I share a picture of a flyer made to promote a very special club meeting back in 1981.

We organized that particular one (a picnic) on Freddie's birthday that year, and also it was the first "all members" meeting after Queen's visit to Argentina. We got to share vivid memories, photos, souvenirs, etc. from those unforgettable and intense days in late February/Fay 1981.

35 years have passed and my love and admiration for Queen have not diminished one bit. I met my first love, my best ever friends who are like brothers and sisters to me now, enjoyed some of the most amazing experiences of my life through our deep appreciation for the band when we were young teens.

I wish to express my gratitude and affection for creating such a beautiful artistic combo that continues to inspire so many people around the world. I'm touched and amazed to learn of new generations of Queen fans coming about every year!

Thank you from the depths of my heart.

Love always.
Silvana I. Andrada

Opposite: 1981 Flyer

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**Tue 05 Feb 13**
NIKKI SIXX COMPARES NEW ALBUM TO QUEEN
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VH1 CLASSIC ROCK RADIO REPORT 5 FEB

SIXX: A.M. WORKING ON NEW MUSIC
It’s been two years since Sixx: A.M. released their last album, This is Gonna Hurt, but Nikki Sixx and his bandmates are working on new music. The bassist revealed to Loudwire.com that they have six songs done and will do another ten before deciding which ones to put on the record and when to release it. He added that being in Motley Crue takes up a lot of his time but that he would like to hit the road with Sixx: A.M. this year and do “maybe a month’s worth of shows.” As for the new music, he said, “We’re just taking a lot of chances musically and at this point nothing sounds at all like Sixx: A.M.”

Nikki compared the new album to something that a band like Queen might do, explaining, “There would be songs on Queen’s albums that would be like, ‘I can’t believe that came out of a rock band,’ and that’s what we want to do.”

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**Tue 05 Feb 13**
QE TOUR ENDS
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WELL DONE TO QE BAND AND TEAM


**Tue 05 Feb 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Queen - Doing Alright (Langham Studio Version) - http://youtu.be/AWNYq6XM3AE
BBC Langham Studio version of Doing Alright recorded on February 5th 1973 at Langham 1 Studio in London. Broadcast on John Peel's show on February 15th 1973 on Radio 1.

In 1966 - 1984 played The Rowing Club, Shepperton, Middlesex, UK.
In 1966 - The Opposition played The Village Institute, Countersthorpe, Leicestershire, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played The Agora, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played The Beacon Theatre, New York, New York, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA.
In 1991 - Innuendo album was released in the USA.
In 1973 - Queen recorded their first BBC session at Langham I Studio, London, England:
“My Fairy King”, “Keep Yourself Alive”, “Doing Alright", “Liar”.

From GARY TAYLOR:
On this day in 1975, Queen started their U.S. 'Sheer Heart Attack' tour at The Agora, a theater in Columbus, Ohio. This was their second American tour and the first as a headlining act, and took in 38 concerts over 2 months that also included 2 gigs in Canada. Among the dates are two shows on the same day at New York's Avery Fisher Hall and their first outdoor show in America at the Marine Stadium in Miami in March. Because of severe swelling to Freddie's throat, many concerts are cancelled throughout the tour. The same set list is performed as that in the UK and Europe in October, November and December. Opening with a pre-recorded tape of 'Procession' and going straight into 'Now I'm Here', the show finishes with 'Jailhouse Rock' and the pre-recorded tape of 'God Save The Queen'. The same costumes are worn as on the previous UK and European tours in late 1974.

Queen on stage

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**Mon 04 Feb 13**
VOTE FOR BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY IN RADIO 2's MOST PLAYED ALBUMS
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This moth, BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music are celebrating The Golden Age of the Album with a host of special programmes. As part of this album season, you can pick your favourite from s list of Radio 2's 100 Most Played Albums. Albums have been selected whose singles are played by Radio 2 regularly - one album per artist - studio albums only.

The vote opened at 10.00am on Friday 01 February and closes at 6.59pm on Friday 22 February.

The albums with the most votes in a special countdown programme at Easter.

Get voting! - FOR "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" - of course! HERE

A Night At The Opera cover

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**Mon 04 Feb 13**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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Making of Innuendo Album Pt 1 - http://youtu.be/brq08tieRWw

In 1977 - Queen played Cole Field House, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played the Hallenstadium, Zürich, Switzerland.
In 1978 - Queen’s biggest hit of the Seventies, “We Are the Champions,” reaches No 4 in the US and No 2 in the UK
In 1984 - Queen made a guest apearance at the San Remo Festival, San Remo, Italy.
In 1991 - Innuendo album released UK and crashed straight to No 1 in the UK chart. -
SEE REVIEWS:
- A track-by-track album fan review - HERE
- Classic Rock Jewels In The Crown - HERE
- And VOX Magazine March 2001- Whaddya Mean - "..unfortunately Queen sound like they are asleep" (!!!) - HERE
In 2000 - Brian and Roger were in Dublin, working on We Will Rock You with Five for their up and coming BRITS performance.

More from GARY TAYLOR
On this day in 1991, Queen's 14th studio album 'Innuendo' was released in the UK. The album was issued on LP, Cassette and CD and contained 12 new songs including the No 1 hit single 'Innuendo'. Produced by Queen and David Richards, it was the 7th Queen album to reach No 1 in the UK album chart and was awarded Platinum status by Parlophone records. The cover artwork design was by Queen and Richard Gray and based on work by Grandville with additional illustrations by Angela Lumley and photography by Simon Fowler.

Innuendo cover
Innuendo - Grandville Band Members
Innuendo - Queen
Innuendo - Grandville

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**Sun 03 Feb 13**
WE WILL ROCK YOU - SUPER BOWL 2013 WARM UP
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Super Bowl 2013 Pre Game Warm Up Song - http://youtu.be/90sTbwGKryY

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**Fn 01 Feb 13**
ON THS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 1969 - The Art played the Village Hall, Kibworth, Leicestershire, UK.
In 1976 - Queen played the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada.
In 1979 - Queen played the Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany.

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