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FEBRUARY 2018


Contains some Industry and General News from 'OUT THERE'

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QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TOUR


Fri 3 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
tickets
Tue 6 - Perth, Perth Arena tickets

EUROPE:
JUNE
Thu 7 - Lisbon, Altice Arena tickets
Sat 9 - Madrid, Wiznik Arena tickets
Sun 10 - Barcelona, Palau St Jordi tickets
Wed 13 - Cologne, Lanxess Arena tickets
Fri 15 - Herning, Jyske Bank Boxen tickets
Sun 17 - Oslo - Telenor Arena tickets
Tue 19 - Berlin. Mercedes Benz Arena tickets


Wed 20 - Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena tickets
Mon 25 - Milan, Forum tickets
Wed 27 - Rotterdam, Ahoy tickets
Fri 29 - Antwerp, Sportspalais tickets: NL | FR | EN
JULY
Sun 1 - London, Wembley Arena tickets + www.axs.com/uk
Mon 2 - London, The O2 tickets
Wed 4 - London, The O2 tickets
Fri 6 - Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival - tickets
Sun 8 - Dublin, Marlay Park tickets

FREDDIE MERCURY BIRTHDAY PARTY
8 Sep 2018 - tickets

AUSTRALASIA:
FEBRUARY
2018
Sat 17 - Auckland, Spark Arena tickets
Sun 18 - Auckland, Spark Arena tickets

Wed 21 - Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena tickets
Thu 22 - Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena tickets
Sat 24 - Brisbane, Brisbane Ent Centre tickets
Tue 27 - Adelaide, Adelaide Ent Centre - tickets
Wed 28 - Adelaide, Adelaide Ent Centre tickets
MARCH
Fri 2 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena tickets


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**Wed 28 Feb 18**
CALLING ALL GIRLS AND BOYS - THE MERCURY PHOENIX TRUST 2018
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‘Here’s to the future, hear the cry of youth’ (I Want It All)

MPT calling all girls and boys

It is no secret that the music of Queen and Freddie Mercury knows no boundaries in terms of age or reach across the globe, sadly that can also be said of HIV and AIDS. Armed with this knowledge we want to continue the fight and raise awareness with the next generation.

In 2018, we want the voices of the future to be rocking it as part of Freddie For a Day and all the fun that goes with it. How can we forget the fabulous video for ‘The Miracle’ with the kids playing Freddie, Brian, Roger and John? Poignant...and Fun

The Miracle - little Freddie and little Brian
https://youtu.be/2DaY8-Mui0I

The MPT has a fabulous history of working with children throughout the world, using all the good stuff; music, fashion, sport, theatre, cookery, dressing up (of course!), you name it! It’s extremely inspiring to them and us. Let’s stand by these brilliant, creative children and support them as they take up the baton and fight the good fight. It is the youth who will be carrying on the legacy after all!

This is a new generation that won't be stopped. One that has fun, takes action and believes in the future of rock n’ roll, love, unity and togetherness and an AIDS-free world where they can live to meet their heroes or even become one.

Have you met, Alfie?

Alfie is 12 and a HUGE Freddie fan, he performed at his local Vocal School, where he won the prize imitating his hero, he even has a regular blog where he talks about what Freddie means to him and how odd it is that he ‘misses’ him, someone who he never met. We think this is pretty cool. Anyone else out there feel the same?


Alfie Thomas 12yrs doing what he loves most singing Queen songs Radio gaga more than 6mths later
- https://youtu.be/U5McoeNLTEs

So, kids, it’s over to you...blow us away! Sing a song, paint a picture, grab your buddies and get out there. ANYTHING you do is "Guaranteed to Blow Our Minds!"

Show us what you are made of!

- You can participate by sending through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #callintallgirlsandboys - and we will find it.

Team MPT

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**Wed 28 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 28 FEBRUARY
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In 1969 - Smile played the Athletic Club, Richmond, UK.
In 1976 - Queen played the Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played Pavillon De Paris, Paris, France.
In 1981 - Queen played Estadio José Samaritan de Valdez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1984 - "The Works" released in the USA.
In 1986 - Queen shoots promo video for "A Kind Of Magic".

A Kind of Magic

In 1988 - The Cross played The Mayfair, Newcastle, UK.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
In 1996 - I Was Born To Love You released Japan - and Hollywood Records released Canadian promo one-track CD 'I Was Born To Love You' (Canadian Promo edit).
In 2000 - Queen released "Princes Of The Universe" Enhanced CD single, with CD-ROM materials. [Amazon]

Princes Of the Universe CD

In 2012 - Queen announced they would perform with Adam Lambert at the Olympic Arena, Moscow, Russia, 30 June 2012.
In 2012 - 'Days Of Our Lives' - The Definitive Documentary Of The World's Greatest Rock Band' by Rhys Thomas and Simon Lupton, nominated for a Golden Rose Award.
In 2012 - Announced that Roger Taylor on BBC World Service the following day (29.02.2012), on the occasion of the BBC World Service''s 80th Anniversary, Roger being guest of William Orbit in a live broadcast from Bush House and perform 'Radio GaGa'.
In 2012 -
Brian May donated a signed "Mini May Red Special Guitar" for charity auction in aid of a 12-year-old St Albans boy, suffering from neuroblastoma cancer.
In 2012 -
The musical "We Will Rock You" currently held a visitor record of 13 million visitors worldwide.
In 2012 - Announced that "Ready Steady Go! Mercury Rising" with many previously unpublished photos to be published April 2012 "Classic Rock" - photos from book "Queen On Camera - Off Guard" by Mark Hayward.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis working on new songs in Roger Taylor's studio and rehearsing for launch of "Tiger Tracks".
In 2013 -
"M Magazine" published an interview with Brian May about Queen. READ HERE
In 2013 - "We Will Rock You" 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour opened at Hartwell Arena, Helsinki, Finland - showing till 03.03.2013.
In 2014 - "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell" exhibition shown at the "Victorian Oddities Art Exhibition", City Hall, Cape Town through until 02.03.2014.
In 2014 - Brian May and dairy farmer Phil Latham interviewed on BBC News.

Brian May BBC News

Brian May & Phil Latham on Leaked Badger Cull Report BBC NEWS 28 Feb 2014
- https://youtu.be/YXTnH2QZJLY

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice The Tour 2016, Auditorium Parco Della Musica - Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy.

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**Tue 27 Feb 18**
Q+AL NEXT SHOWS - ADELAIDE 27 AND 28 FEB
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Tue 27 and Wed 28 February
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
98 Port Rd, Hindmarsh SA 5007,
Adelaide, South Australia
Capacity: 11,300 (Arena); 1,950 (Theatre)
Phone: +61 8 8208 2222
- tickets

Auditorium & Arena Doors: 7.15pm
Queen + Adam Lambert: 8.15pm - 10.15pm (No Intermission or Support)
Approx. Finish: 10.15pm
Venue Close: 11.00pm

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**Tue 27 Feb 18**
WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 - FRENCH PAIR SKATE TO QUEEN
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French couple Marie-Jade Lauriault and Romain Le Gac skated to Queen's 'You Take My Breath Away' in their final ice dance at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics - French Pairs Skating Feb 2018 - https://youtu.be/GQlxdX_dCVg
'You Take My Breath Away'

With acknowledgement and thanks to Frederico Lencioni

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**Tue 27 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN IN HISTORY - 27 FEBRUARY
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In 1969 - Smile played the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
In 1976 - Queen played the Convention Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played Pavillon De Paris, Paris, France.
In 1984 - "The Works" album released UK - their 11th studio album, which was produced by Queen and Mack and recorded at the Record Plant, PA, and Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.

The Works promo
The Works promo

In 1988 - The Cross played Bradford University, Bradford, UK.
In 1995 - The Amazing Spiderman (with tracks by Brian May) released UK. Parts of the main track used for theme tune of BBC Radio 1 series.
In 2011 - The single "Stormtroopers In Stilettos" with "Keep Yourself Alive (Long Lost Retake)" and "Stone Cold Crazy (2011 Remaster)" to be released as a download in UK.
In 2011 -
"We Will Rock You" shortlisted for " BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award" - making up the top 4 "Billy Elliot", "Jersey Boys" and "Les Miserables".
In 2012 - Brian May guest appearance with Dappy BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Maida Vale Studios, London. The two perform again live on the "Trevor Nelson Show" BBC Radio 1 "Xtra Live Lounge".
The MP3 download single "Rockstar" is ranked 2nd on the iTunes Charts.

Brian and Dappy

In 2012 - Brian May appeared on the cover of the March 2012 issue of the Guitar & Bass" magazine, UK, including the cover story "Play Like Brian May! In A Week".
In 2012 -
An article titled "My Week" published in "The Big Issue" magazine (issue 27.02. - 04.03.2012 No 989). In the interview with Jasper Hamill, Brian May described a typical week for him between astronomy, stereography, music, animal protection and his life as a family man. One day a week, Brian May spent time with Kerry Ellis in the studio to record and produce new songs. Brian was currently working with Sir Patrick Moore on the sequel to the book"The Complete History of the Universe", titled "The Cosmic Tourist".
In 2013 - Brian May guest speaker Oxford Union, Oxford, UK.

Brian badger rally
Brian May with Anna Foster BBC Radio 5 Live Drive 1814pm 27-02-2013
- https://youtu.be/I1CPS9f8ewg

Brian May took part in an item about the announcement on 27 February by
Owen Paterson that the Badger Cull will go ahead in June.

Brian May
Brian May on ITV Ten o'clock News - Badger Cull Report 27-02-2013
- https://youtu.be/39HIfgMCY_U

In 2013 - Brian May featured on "Ten O'Clock News" in a Badger Cull Report on ITV.
In 2013: An interview with Anita Dobson about Brian May's astronomy passion published in the "Daily Express".
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis give two interviews for "Magic FM". The first interview for the program "Magic Restraint" is the theme for the launch of "Tiger Tracks" on 01.03.2013 and the second interview for the show "Magic Meets" promotes "The Born Free Tour 2013".
In 2014 - The Brian May Official Facebook site already had received over 175,000 Likes.
In 2014 - "We Will Rock You" USA Tour, Mexico, Monterrey, Auditorio Banamex
, Monterrey, Mexico 27.02.2014 - 02.03.2014.
In 2014 - Kerry Ellis announces more "Candlelight Concerts" scheduled for March/April 2014 in Europe.
In 2014 -
ABC News and American media reported that Queen + Adam Lambert had announced a press conference for 6 March 2014 at Madison Square Garden, New York City. It was assumed that US tour dates for summer 2014 would be announced by Queen + Adam Lambert at the event.
In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, UK.

Adam and Brian Sheffield

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice The Tour, Gran Teatro Palazzetto c / o Palabam, Mantova, italy.

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**Mon 26 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN IN HISTORY - 26 FEBRUARY
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In 1976 - Queen played Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Sam Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.
In 1988 - The Cross played Manchester University, Manchester, UK.
In 1996 - "Too Much Love Will Kill You" / "We Will Rock You" / "We Are The Champions" maxi single released UK.

[376] Too Much Love Will Kill You UK Singles and Promotional Items (1996)
- https://youtu.be/zgKWsWCaid0

Here are the UK formats and promo items for the single Too Much Love Will Kill You, that was released by Parlophone records on 26 February 1996. As well as 7" promo and coloured vinyl sing les, cassette and CDs, you can also see here a poster, flat, postcard and song sheet. Piano by Mariano Bryner.

In 1996 - Billy Squier released "Reach For The Sky - The Anthology 2 Collection" 2-CD, with all his Queen collaborations: "Emotions In Motion", "(Another) 1984", "Love Is The Hero (Reach For The Sky Extd Mix)", "Lady With A Tenor Sax".
In 1998 - Brian and Anita Dobson were on the Caribbean Island of Curacao to watch the Solar Eclipse.
In 2004 - Brian May and Roger Taylor held a press conference at Balchug Hotel in Moscow to launch We Will Rock You musical Russia. Later took part in the Total Show, MTV Russia, returning to UK that evening.

Brian - MTV Russia
Brian May - MTV Russia

In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, UK.

Brian and Kerry, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend - 26 Feb 2014
Kerry & Brian Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert Liverpool Echo Arena, UK. - ALSO CHECK FOR MORE PHOTOS on INSTAGRAM

Adam Lambert Liverpool Echo 26 Feb 2015
Adam Lambert toasts Freddie and Queen Liverpool Echo 26022015
- https://youtu.be/ym2meFCiSxE

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis press conference at the Principe di Savoia in Milan, covering the upcoming Italian concerts, the new single "Roll With You", the Red Special book, which just been released in Italy and the Queen + Adam Lambert Show in Padova 25.06.2016.
In 2016- The opening of the exhibition "From Stables To Studios: The Story Of Rockfield, Monmouth & Music" announced for April 2016. In the legendary Rockfield Studios in Rockfield, Monmouthshire near Monmouth, Wales, Coldplay, Oasis, Simple Minds and many other bands recorded their tracks.

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**Sun 25 Feb 18**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT BRISBANE REVIEW
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COURIER MAIL
Unlikely pairing deliver some kind of magic
25 February 2018 by Daniel Johnson

Q+AL Brisbane - by Christian Gilles
Singer Adam Lambert, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor on stage.
Picture: Christian Gilles

EXTRACTS:

As a giant wraparound screen featuring the head of Frank - the giant robot that adorns the cover of Queen’s 1977 album News of the World - lifts to reveal the band, Lambert struts on to stage, leading the band through the refrain from We Will Rock You.

Apart from the fact his trademark shock of black hair is now grey, Brian May - dressed head to ankle in black with bright white trainers - commands the stage with a swagger that belies his age, and opening track Hammer to Fall gives the now 70-year-old guitarist and drummer Roger Taylor, 68, ample opportunity to prove their enduring chops.

Brian May - Brisbane

"Thank you, Brisbane, I didn’t think I’d ever get the chance to be back here to do this again,” guitarist Brian May told the crowd in Brisbane. Photo: Christian Gilles

Queen + Adam Lambert have accomplished the difficult task of appropriately honouring Queen and Mercury’s legacy while contemporising the iconic group’s embarrassingly rich back catalogue, and as the members of the audience rise in applause while the band takes a bow to the strains of God Save the Queen, the consensus seems clear — don’t stop them now, they’re having a ball.

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**Sun 25 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN IN HISTORY - 25 FEBRUARY
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In 1967 - The Opposition played the Antiquity Club, Churchgate, UK.
In 1967 - The Reaction played the Town Hall, Wadebridge, UK.
In 1975 - Freddie visited another throat specialist in Washington and told he had a swelling in the throat (not nodes) and instructed to rest voice completely. A Pittsburgh show cancelled.
In 1977 - Queen played Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played Les Arenes, Poitiers, France.
In 1985 - John Deacon and keyboard player Henry Crallan (Kevin Ayers Band) opened Milo Studios, London.
In 1985 - Brian had own programme on Capitol Radio. Played his favourite tracks.
In 1991 - The Cross started work on 3rd album “Blue Rock”, Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, Bath, UK.
In 1993 - Brian May Band played Jefferson Civic Centre Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA, as support to Guns N' Roses.
In 2003 - Brian and Roger attended a press conference at the Calderon Theatre, Madrid, Spain, for Spanish WWRY Musical opening 1 October - later conducted interviews with Spanish press and TV.

Madrid Press Conference - Photo by WENN

In 2004 - Brian May and Roger Taylor met with fans in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. They ate in the Mario restaurant for three hours, plus shopping in the evening at GUM shopping centre. Later ate at Bagration.
In 2010 - Brian May took up new guitars in the studio for a new version of "We Will Rock You". The mix of the original version and the new orchestra described by "E.S. Posthumus" for the XLIV Super Bowl of the National Football League on 07.02.2010.
In 2011 - Queen Stormtroopers in Stilettos featured on BBC The One Show. Twenty thousand visitors attended during the two weeks of the exhibition and donated £5,000 for "The Mercury Phoenix Trust".

Stormtroopers exhibition
Queen Stormtroopers In Stilettos - The One Show 25 Feb 2011
- https://youtu.be/5aeVA-j_3sg

In 2011 - Brian May was in Cardiff to participate in badger debate and vote for Wales.
In 2011 - The exhibition "Stormtroopers In Stilettos: Queen - The Early Years" opened to the public, Old Trumans Brewery in London's East End - showing until 12.03.2011.
In 2011 -
The wax figure of Freddie Mercury was exhibited in the "Madame Tussaud's" in Berlin for 3 months, a copy of the London Madame Tussaud's figure.
In 2012 - Brian May rehearsed with Dappy and his band for a live performances to take place 27.02.2012 at BBC Radio 1 Studios.
In 2013 - In a press release, Brian May & Kerry Ellis announced the launch of Tiger Tracks, to take place at St Pancras International Station, London, on 1 March 2013. With the slogan "The Clock Is Ticking - Help Save Wild Tigers", the event organized by "Save Wild Tigers".
In 2013 - Brian May's interview with Sean Styles, Radio Merseyside, was broadcast - also an interview with Brian May about the badger problem was to be broadcast on the "Bernie Keith Show", BBC Radio Northampton.


Brian May talks to Sean Styles Radio Merseyside 25 Feb 2013 (recorded 21 Feb)
- https://youtu.be/SPE8Z94nF2I

In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, UK.

Kerry and Brian, Eastbourne 2014 by Terry Brisco

In 2014 - To celebrate "Record Store Day 2014" on April 19, 2014, a special gold-plated snare drum signed by Roger Taylor was to be raffled by DW Drums and Eagle Rock Entertainment in the USA.
In 2014 -
"Classic Rock" magazine issued a teaser of current interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor of the special "Queen II - The Making Of A Masterpiece", for the April 2014 issue.
In 2014 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis posed with T-shirts, promoting "Rock Against Cancer" charity event, scheduled for 31 May 2014, Kings Arms, All Cannings.
In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert visited the famous "Le Crazy Horse de Paris" in Paris.
In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis, Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy - also on sale the first signed Mini May Red Special Guitars at the show Merchandise Stand, also to be sold at the subsequent concerts.
In 2016 - Announced that Freddie Mercury was to be honoured with a "Blue Plaque" at his former house, Feltham, West London. The award was to be unveiled later in the year.

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**Sun 25 Feb 18**
STATEMENT FROM MARC MARTEL
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Marc Martel


I am disappointed that I cannot be with you on the upcoming QuEx tours. The simple fact is that, as much as we both tried to make it work, QuEx and I could not get our 2018 schedules to line up.

I’ve loved every single time I’ve stepped on stage with the Queen Extravaganza and am proud to have been, and continue to be a part of it.

I truly wish nothing but the very best for Tyler, FO, Nick, Darren, Alirio and the crew on this tour. I have no doubt it will be a killer show, with t he high level of talent that each of these great musicians bring to the show, and Roger and Brian at the helm.

I hope to see you on the road sooner than later! In the meantime, I look forward to seeing what 2018 holds, sharing more with you online and connecting with you further on my upcoming projects. Thank you to each one of you. Your enthusiasm for what I do is so meaningful to me and my team.

Remember as a wise man once said “We must not let the show end!” Or something to that effect. I think I’m getting the exact wording wrong, but you get the gist ;-)

Marc Martel

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**Sun 25 Feb 18**
FURTHER "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" CASTING - iMDB
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iMDB logo

Additional named character casting, according to iMDB (unofficial)

Ace Bhatti - Bomi Bulsara - Freddie's father
Dermot Murphy - Bob Geldof
Dickie Beau - Kenny Everett
Philip Anders - Mack

More general cast and crewe listing HERE

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**Sat 24 Feb 18**
PRESS RELEASE: QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA REVEAL THE BAND LINE UP FOR 2018 TOUR
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Queen Extravaganza, Queen’s official tribute show produced by Roger Taylor and Brian May today announced the confirmed line up for the 2018 tour with Alirio Netto joining as lead singer Brazilian born singer Alirio Netto is one of the most recognised rock voices in Brazil. Whether it be on stage or in the studio, his powerful voice and amazing range impressed Roger and Brian when he starred as Galileo in the Brazilian production of We Will Rock You in 2016.

Alirio Netto
Alirio Netto

As well as his stage career, Alirio has achieved success as a signed artist with albums released worldwide and performances on numerous shows and festivals including the world famous Rock In Rio, Brazil.

He is an award-winning singer, having won Brazil’s Best Musical Actor Award for his role in Jesus Chris Superstar as Judas Escariot. He also provided the Brazilian voice of Lefu for the feature film Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

Roger Taylor comments “Alirio is not only a superlative singer, he is also a great showman who will deliver our songs with tremendous flair”

The remaining band members, who have all performed on previous Queen Extravaganza tours will
be:

Drummer: Tyler Warren (USA)
Tyler is the touring MD, keeping the band in time and well rehearsed, which he does alongside his
‘other’ job as percussionist on tour with Queen + Adam Lambert

Bassist: François-Olivier Doyon. (Canada)
Has been with Queen Extravaganza since the first online auditions in 2011 where he beat
hundreds of other applicants to the coveted role of bassist for the band.

Guitarist: Nick Radcliffe. (UK)
Joined Queen Extravaganza in 2015 having performed in We Will Rock You’s London show as well
as working with a wide range of artists & shows from Tony Hadley, The Motown Musical

Keyboards: Darren Reeves. (UK)
Has been keyboardist since 2015 having previously deputised for Queen keyboardist and QuEx’s
Worldwide Musical Supervisor Spike Edney at the London We Will Rock You show.

Further information regarding tickets and tour dates: www.queenonline/quex

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**Sat 24 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 FEBRUARY
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM STAFFELL
Born in London on 24 February 1948

Tim Staffell

In 1967 - The Reaction played Penmare Hotel, Hayle, UK. After the show Roger involved in crash in the group van, resulting in visit to the Royal Cornwall Hospital - thankfully no serious injury.
In 1968 - The Opposition played the Youth Club Hall, Kibworth, UK.
In 1968 - 1984 play the URL1 Club, London, UK.
In 1969 - Freddie, Brian, Roger and Tim Staffell attend Jimi Hendrix gig, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
In 1975 - Queen play Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC, USA. Freddie sang show despite having been told by a throat specialist in Philadelphia following 2 shows there, that he had 'nodes' through straining his voice / almost losing voice.
In 1976 - Queen played the Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In 1988 - The Cross live at the Rock City, Nottingham, UK.
In 1997 - Re-release of A Night At The Opera and The Freddie Mercury Album on vinyl commemorating 100th anniversary of EMI record company.
In 2004 - Brian May and and Roger Taylor arrived at Moscow airport, to launch the Russian production of We Will Rock You: The Musical. In the evening they had supper in the Pushkin restaurant, though Brian arrived in the country with a stomach bug and had to resort to sipping Fernet-Branca.

Moscow Skyline
Moscow Skyline view from Brian's hotel

Brian and Roger in Moscow

In 2009 - Brian May, Roger Taylor & Ben Elton attend launch party of UK touring company We Will Rock You: The Musical, Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester UK.

Roger, Ben and Brian - Manchester WWRY Launch Party
WWRY Tour Manchester launch party

In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attended the opening of the Stormtroopers In Stilettos exhibition at the Truman Brewery, East London, UK.
2011 - The Royal Mail published stamps from eight London West End musicals. The "Royal Mail Musicals Stamps Set", each with 4x 1st class and 4x 97p stamps, included a "We Will Rock You" set with Tony Vincent as "Galileo" (1st class stamp), and Brian May and Roger Taylor presented the "We Will Rock You" stamp at the Dominion Theatre, London.
In 2011 - The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Raymond Weil had produced a limited edition of 4 watches for the band members to mark Queen's 40th anniversary. The watches will be handed over to Brian May and Roger Taylor at The Savoy Hotel in London. Freddie Mercury's watch would be auctioned for charity at a later date.
In 2011 - Opening/press night of "Stormtroopers In Stilettos" Exhibition took place old Truman Brewery, London, attended by Brian May and Roger Taylor, with many music/celebrity guests.
In 2011 - "We Will Rock You Berlin" presented a birthday video for Queen40 with statements and birthday wishes by the WWRY Berlin principals and the best Queen Live scenes.
In 2011 - Hollywood Records announced USA activities for Queen's 40th Anniversary including the releases in North America and Canada.
In 2012 - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is used on TV commercial for "Lay's Potato Chips".


TV ad for Lay's classic chips - Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- https://youtu.be/qYM3NlbpExc

In 2012 - Brian May visited Pogo Films, London, makers of the "Time Traveller Guide 3D" series. READ MORE

Brian May at Pogo Films

In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Wembley Arena, London, UK.

Brian and Adam
Wembley 24 Feb 20015 - Adam Lambert and Queen KIKA/WENN.com

Wembley selfie

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice The Tour 2016, played Obihall, Firenze, Italy.
In 2016 - New TV series "Inside Buckingham Palace" first episode shown Channel 5, UK, including an interview with Brian May.


Brian May from "Inside Buckingham Palace" - Pt1 extract
- https://youtu.be/VZJ5LSHE_XA

Brian May - Inside Buckingham Palace

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**Fri 23 Feb 18**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT NEXT SHOW - BRISBANE SAT 24 FEBRUARY
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Q+AL Brisbane 24 February 2018

Sat 24 - Brisbane, Brisbane Ent Centre - 8.15PM
Tickets

Melaleuca Drive, Boondall QLD 4034, Australia
Capacity: 13,500
Phone: +61 7 3265 8111

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**Fri 23 Feb 18 **
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 23 FEBRUARY
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In 1974 - Queen released their second single “Seven Seas Of Rhye” bw “See What A Fool I've Been”.


[272] Seven Seas Of Rhye - 7" Vinyl Singles (1974) - https://youtu.be/0qE0Zs7NzFM

In 1975 - Queen played the Erlinger Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2 shows). Freddie had to visit a throat specialist at Philadelphia University Hospital as he could hardly speak.
In 1976 - Queen played the Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Kiel Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played the Pabellon Del Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
In 1980 - Queen scored their first No 1 in the USA with 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', written by Freddie Mercury for "The Game" album. Mercury revealed later the song took him 10 minutes to write he got the idea while taking a bath.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury released his 7th solo single ”The Great Pretender”, cover version of The Platters’ 1956 original. Successful, reaching No4 in charts.


[271] Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender UK and Worldwide Vinyl Singles (1987)
- https://youtu.be/B3xIXtnyGiQ

Guitar Player March 2012

 

In 1987 - Freddie visited Barcelona to meet Montserrat Caballe at the Ritz Hotel`
In 1988 - The Cross played the Polytechnic, Sheffield, UK.
In 1993 - Brian May played Frank Erwin Centre, Austin, Texas, USA, supporting Guns N' Roses.
In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attend WWRY the Musical, the Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark. Roger performs for the encore, but not Brian as he had a hand injury.
In 2011 - Sucker Punch movie soundtrack, including 'I Want It All'/'We Will Rock You' Mash-Up -- Queen w/ Armageddon Aka Geddy reviewed in Spinner.
In 2012 - "Brian May Still Reigns as King of Tone" interview published in Guitar Player March issue, on sale.

READ PARTIAL INTERVIEW


Brian May King of Tone

In 2013 - In an interview with Lisa Davidson for "Backstage Pass", Kerry Ellis announced she is was working with Brian May on live album of the "The Born Free Tour" as well as on a new studio album.
In 2013 - "The Guardian" published "David Bowie And Me" with celebrity interviews including. Roger Taylor talking about working with Bowie in Montreux during the recording of 'Under Pressure'.
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Theatre Royal, Bath, UK.

Royal Theatre, Bath

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