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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

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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**Thu 22 Feb 18**
WWRY PERTH - 23-31 MARCH 2018
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WWRY Perth March 2018

GET READY TO ROCK PERTH! 23 - 31 March 2018
ABOUT WE WILL ROCK YOU

Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production, based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn).

WE WILL ROCK YOU reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances, with more than 24 hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Gaga, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, Killer Queen and I Want to Break Free. Presented by Platinum Entertainment WA. By arrangement with David Spicer Productions. Showing 23 - 31 March 2018

Tickets from $49 (juniors), $59 (seniors and students), $69 (adults) via
http://ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/whats-on/we-will-rock-you/

ABOUT HEARTKIDS 
HeartKids is the compass to help navigate the lifetime journey of the 64,000 Australian children, teens and adults affected by congenital/childhood heart disease. Their aim is to help them - and their families - to lead the most fulfilling life possible and to reach their personal goals. 

They are the voice for all people impacted by congenital/childhood heart disease - the largest cause of infant death in Australia.  We Will Rock You Perth is proud to support HeartKids in memory of a very special friend.

KEY CAST

NORMIE ROWE Buddy 
Normie Rowe AM was the first and biggest male solo star of Australian pop in the 1960s. A strong singer and a natural performer, his bright, edgy tenor voice was showcased in well-chosen material, much of which was produced by the legendary Pat Aulton, house producer for the Sunshine, Spin and Festival labels. Supported by the assured performances of his backing band The Playboys, Normie cut a string of classic beat singles on the Sunshine label that kept him at the top of charts for two years and made him the most popular Australian solo singer of the "beat" era. Normie's double-sided hit "Que Sera Ser" / "Shakin' All Over" is cited as the top-selling Australian single of the 1960s and is still one of the biggest-selling Australia recordings of all time. 

COURTNEY MURPHY Britt 
It seems all too easy to regard the average Australian Idol performer as a ‘flash in the pan’ overnight sensation, but the truth behind Courtney Murphy’s success is far more involved. Having a musical career that spans longer than many of his peers, Courtney still performs regularly solo and with the band he formed with his brothers in the early 1990’s, Murphy’s Lore.  As one of the final three on ‘Australian Idol’ in 2004, still the highest rating season of the popular Network Ten program, Courtney quickly became one of the most recognisable new artists in Australia. His extraordinary voice and dynamic performances garnered him praise from the viewing public, who embraced his soulful interpretations of popular hits and hidden gems, as well as his happy-go-lucky persona and quirky sense of humour.

DEAN MISDALE A.K.A FEMINEM Killer Queen 
No stranger to the stage Dean is a well-known music theatre performer and singer around Perth, performing most recently in Oklahoma at The Regal Theatre in 2015 and the ICW Production of Oliver in the role of Mr Bumble in 2016. 
His drag alter ego, DJ Feminem has made her name known Australia wide as a superstar DJ playing coast to coast at the biggest and best clubs; Arq Sydney, Poof Doof (Melbourne), & Connections Nightclub (Perth) to name just a few. 
With a career spanning well over a decade DJ Feminem has gathered an impressive list of awards along the way. Pride Entertainer of the Year 2009, Perth’s Favourite DJ - 3 years running and Perth’s Favourite Drag Queen, as well as a nomination for Sydney's Favourite DJ at the DIVA's. Feminem recently made global headlines during a duet with superstar Adele on the Perth leg of her world tour. Adele spotted Feminem in the crowd, bringing her on stage in front of a crowd of 65,000 at Doman Stadium in March 2017

BLAKE WILLIAMS Galileo 
Blake Williams is a Perth musician, radio presenter, actor and voice-over artist.  As a W.A.A.P.A. Graduate from both the Contemporary Music and Broadcasting streams, Blake has worked within the Western Australian entertainment industry for the past 7 years.  He appears weekly on Perth #1 radio station, mix94.5, hosting his own show, “The Scene”, for the past 5 years and is a regular contributor on ABC720.  Blake is also the front man of WA’s most in demand corporate band, “PROOF”, an outfit that has performed over 1000 shows in Australia and overseas, supporting some of the biggest names in showbiz, including Chris Isaak, Jon Stevens, Guy Sebastian, Dami Im, Hunters and Collectors, DJ Havana Brown and Ruby Rose.


**Thu 22 Feb 18**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT KICK OFF THEIR MASSIVE AUSTRALIAN TOUR - TODAY EXTRA
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**Thu 22 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 22 FEBRUARY
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In 1975 - Queen played the Farm Arena, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played the Auditorium Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played the Auditorium, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
In 1978 - Brian appeared on Yorkshire TV Pop Quest, talking about homemade Red Special guitar.
In 1979 - Queen played the Pabellon De Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
In 1992 - BBC Radio 1 broadcast 'Guitar Legends' which Brian recorded at Seville previous October.

Brian May Seville
Brian May Introducing performance at Guitar Legends, televised by BBC

In 1994 - Roger attended Monitor-EMI event in Prague, Czech Republic presented Gold Award for Greatest Hits II. Conducted several interviews.
In 1994 - Brian guest on Nicky Campbell Show, BBC 1, UK, after which he gave blood which was then tissue typed to see if he was a match for the tragic little boy Rhys Daniels, suffering from rare genetic Battens Disease, unfortunately he didn't match.
In 1998 - Roger Taylor guest appearance with SAS Band, Lord Mayor Treloar College, Alton, Hampshire, UK. Played in Rock And Roll.

Roger Taylor Lord Mayor Treloar College
Roger Taylor sings Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin - Mayor Treloar College
- https://youtu.be/9_tJt4wL3IE

In 2011 - Interview with Brian and Roger published in the Sunday Times Culture Magazine. READ HERE
in 2012 - The third three albums "Jazz", "The Game" and "Flash Gordon" were to be released by Universal Music Japan as a limited edition SHM-SACD.
In 2013 -
Queen were chosen by "Planet Rock" listeners as 2nd "Most Influential Band Ever". Led Zeppelin 1st place and 3rd place Black Sabbath.
In 2014 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis played Grantham Meres, Grantham, UK.

Grantham Meres

In 2015 - Brian May thanked the "Dear Folks of Krakow" for an emotional night.

Krakow
Selfie Stick Video - KRAKOW arena [February 21, 2015] - Brian May
- http://youtu.be/rmqeDi2O6Tk

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice The Tour 2016, played the Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy, and released their new single 'Roll With You' for download. The song, written by Brian May & Kerry Ellis, to will be on upcoming "Anthems II" album.

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**Wed 21 Feb 18**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT NEXT SHOW - SYDNEY TONIGHT
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Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Edwin Flack Ave & Olympic Blvd,
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, Australia.
Capacity: 21,000 - Tickets

DAILY TELEGRAPH:
21 February 2018
Queen, Lambert reboot still a killer

Adam Lambert

Extract:

THUNDERBOLTS and lightning, laser beams and disco balls, two master craftsman and their accomplished apprentice armed with a barrage of some of the best and most loved songs recorded in rock history.

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**Wed 21 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 21 FEBRUARY
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In 1974 - Queen played "Seven Seas of Rhye" on "Top of the Pops" replacing David Bowie, London.
In 1975 - Queen live at the Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, USA.
In 1977 - Queen live at the Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Freddie Mercury

In 1979 - Queen played 3rd show at Palacio De Deports, Barcelona, Spain
In 1988 - The Cross live at the Polytechnic, Leicester, UK.
In 2003 - Queen received 3x platinum award for Platinum Collection UK sales.
In 2011 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis popped into BBC Radio 2 Studio to talk to Chris Tarrant, standing in on Steve Wright In The Afternoon.
In 2012 - Roger Taylor telephone interview for "The Chris Evans Breakfast Show" BBC Radio 2 - announced Queen + Adam Lambert in " Sonisphere Knebworth". Roger Taylor explained that Queen + Adam Lambert a festival style show and a Club / Theatre concert in Moscow will play as a warm-up gigs.
In 2013 - Brian May spoke to Amy Clowes, BBC Radio Manchester.

Brian May talks to Amy Clowes BBC Radio Manchester 21 Feb 2013
- https://youtu.be/A23p1xjuZm8

In 2013 - In an interview with "WhatsOnStage", Kerry Ellis announced she was working with Brian May on a new album, with first single soon to be released. The album sound completely different from "Anthems".
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Scarborough Spa, Scarborough, UK.
In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played the Arena, Krakow, Poland.

Brian May - Krakow

Krakow

Kerry, ChrisTarrant and Brian May
Brian May and Kerry Ellis with Chris Tarrant- standing in for Steve Wright -BBC R2 21 Feb 2011
- https://youtu.be/6vPTgDNSSYA

Brian and Roger Brits 2012
Brian May & Roger Taylor present Brit Award Best Int'l Group 21 Feb 2012
- https://youtu.be/Y10rEWiM2z4

Taylor Hawkins
Taylor Hawkins - for Foo Fighters - Best International Group

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**Tue 20 Feb 18**
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST - BBC FOUR (TV) FRI 23 FEB
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Old Grey Whistle Test

Check out programme this coming Friday 23 February at 9pm on BBC FOUR (3hrs)

Hosted by Bob Harris, this live studio show features music, special guests and rare archive footage to mark the 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast.

Don't be surprised to see contributions from Brian May and Roger Taylor - who have both contributed interviews.

SEE: http://www.bbc.co.uk

Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only, hosted by Bob Harris, is a live three-hour show with music, special guests and rare archive to mark 30 years since the legendary series was last broadcast. There will be music from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee - who all performed on the show. Bob will be speaking to them and other guests, including Dave Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Ian Anderson, Kiki Dee, Chris Difford and Danny Baker, plus singer Mollie Marriott, Pink Floyd animator Ian Emes and Mike Appleton who produced the original series.

Broadcasting live, Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only (9pm-midnight, Friday 23 February) is a celebration of the iconic music television show that aired on the BBC from 1971 to 1988. Presented by Bob Harris, who fronted the series from 1972-1978, and produced by BBC Studios, the show returns to its original home of Television Centre in White City in a recreation of the programme’s early incarnation for a glorious evening of live music performances from some of the show’s favourite musicians.

Bob will be talking to a host of studio guests, from back room staff to musicians who performed on the show and fans who grew up with it. Other former presenters - including Annie Nightingale, Richard Williams, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw - will also feature, sharing stories of their time on the series. There will be incredible archive footage of some of the best-loved and rarest performances from its extraordinary back catalogue, and during the live programme there will be an online viewer vote for the performance the BBC Four audience would most like to see again.

Bob Harris says: “Old Grey Whistle Test was such a magical time. It produced so many firsts for music television, whilst forging friendships for me that have lasted ever since. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and relive those wonderful memories and introduce some great new performances.”

Old Grey Whistle Test saw the first UK performances from Bob Marley and the Wailers, Dire Straits, New York Dolls, Tom Petty and XTC, as well as classic performances from Blondie, David Bowie, Deep Purple, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, QUEEN, R.E.M., The Smiths and Talking Heads.

Caroline Wright, Editor, Entertainment Projects, BBC Studios says: “Old Grey Whistle Test was one of those unique shows that always felt like it was owned by its audience, consistently attracting the biggest and most enduring bands throughout its entire run and often introducing acts to British audiences for the first time. Drawing on the show’s unbelievable back catalogue of wonderful performances and guests, Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only will celebrate this legendary series.”

In 2011, BBC Radio 2 celebrated four decades since the series was first broadcast with a 16 part series, Old Grey Whistle Test 40. It is now being broadcast again on Wednesdays (17 January - 2 May, 11pm-midnight). Presented by Bob Harris, each programme looks at one complete series of the original show, with archive recordings alongside both new interviews and exclusively recorded sessions with guests from the featured series. Contributors include Elton John, Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, Debbie Harry, Brian May, Joan Armatrading, Chris Rea, Jim Kerr and Paul Weller. Produced by The Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company.

Old Grey Whistle Test: For One Night Only is a BBC Studios production. The programme is executive produced by Caroline Wright. It was commissioned for BBC Four by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music Television, for Channel Editor Cassian Harrison.

Whispering Bob - The Old Grey Whistle Test

See also Review: RADIO TIMES

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**Tue 20 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 20 FEB
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Freddie - TOTP - Seven Seas of Rhye

In 1976 - Queen played the Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played the Civic Centre, Lakeland, Florida, USA.
In 1979 - Queen release "Don't Stop Me Now" bw "More Of That Jazz" 7" single (N America).`
In 1979 - Queen played Palacio De Deportes, Barcelona, Spain.
In 1988 - The Cross played Glasgow University, Glasgow, UK.
In 2010 - The photo exhibition "Queen - The Unseen Archive" by Peter Hince presented at "The Art Gallery of Ballarat" in Australia - open until 11.04.2010.
In 2011 - We Will Rock You Musical, last night of tour stop Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy, before moving onto Genova.
In 2012 - Queen announced that they would play Sonisphere 2012 with Adam Lambert, at Knebworth, UK, however the show was cancelled.
In 2012 - Noel Sullivan made his first night appearance with the WWRY London cast, taking over the role of Galileo from the departing Alex Gaumond, Dominion Theatre, London.
In 2013 - PRS Announced they would be honouring Queen with a Blue Plaque Heritage Award, and Tuesday, 5 March, Brian May and Roger Taylor would accept the plaque at Imperial College to commemorate where Queen performed their first concert in London on 18 July 1970.

Queen

In 2013: Brian May was pleased to have received from Gibson a new red "Gibson SG Min-Etune" guitar.

Brian and Gibson guitar

In 2013: While Roger Taylor and Sarina Potgieter were on holiday in Cape Town, Brian and Kerry Ellis were working on finalizing "The Kissing Me Song" at Roger Taylor's studio.
In 2014: "We Will Rock You" USA Tour, Mexico opened at Auditorio Telmex, Guadalajara, Mexico.
In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis flew to Italy, where the "One Voice" 2016 tour opened in Ancona on 21.02.2016.
In 2016 - Brian May published a commentary on the eve of the Brian May & Kerry Ellis Italy and Eastern Europe Tour and announced a brand new rock track entitled "Roll With You" just released and would also be released digitally over the following few days. READ MORE

Roll With You cover

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**Mon 19 Feb 18**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT - NEW DATE - LISBON
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Queen + Adam Lambert have pleasure in announcing a new show date for Portugal.

LISBON, Portugal - ALTICE ARENA - Thu 7 June 2018

General Sale: 23rd February @10am CET /  9am GMT - Ticket link: http://www.meo.pt

Pre-sale: Queen Fan Club and subscribers to Queenonline.com - check your emails!!

Q+AL 2017

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**Mon 19 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 19 FEB
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In 1971 - Queen played Hornsey Town Hall, London, UK - first of two shows with bass player Doug Bogey.
In 1975 - Queen played the Armory, Lewiston, Maine, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played the Sportatorium, Miami, Florida, USA - possible date (or 20th) of filming 'Tie Your Mother Down'.
In 1979 - Queen played the Palacio De Deportes, Barcelona, Spain.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury recorded 'Rachmaninov's Revenge', plus another version with Mike Moran, Town House Studios, London, in anticipation of meeting with Montserrat Caballe.
In 1988 - The Cross played Leeds University, Leeds, UK.
In 1990 - 'Rock Against Repatriation's 'Sailing' charity single released, ft Brian May on guitar.
In 1997 - Queen released "Greatest Karaoke Flix" Laserdisc, Japan only, via Toshiba EMI.
In 2000 - Roger Taylor guest appearance MPT/BBMDA event with SAS Band, Shepherds Bush Empire, London - played Radio Ga Ga. Event filmed.
In 2010 - Eagle Rock Entertainment released Band Du Lac "A Concert By The Lake" Blu-ray. In the charity concert, filmed at the Wintershall Estate in Surrey on 11.06.2005 in aid of HASTE (Heart And Stroke Trust Endeavor) Roger Taylor sang 3 Songs. DVD of the show "One Night Only Live" released in 2006.
In 2011 - The "We Will Rock You UK Tour 2010/2011" had its last performance at the Kings Theater in Glasgow.
In 2012 - Brian May made a guest appearance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, UK (WhatsOnStage.com Awards) - won award for "Anthems - The Concert".
In 2013 - Brian May's biography updated.
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Opera House, Buxton, UK.

Kerry and Brian
Brian May Buxton Guitar Solo 19/02/2014 - https://youtu.be/iLCdwDkDZnw

In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland.

Brian making selfie stick video, Zurich

In 2015 - In a press release, the final dates for "We Will Rock You" in Vienna highlighted, running until 1st March 2015 in the Stadthalle in Vienna.
In 2016 - The video message "Brian & Kerry Coming to You (European Tour 2016)" released.


Brian May and Kerry Ellis Are Coming To A City Near You [Europe 2016]
- https://youtu.be/UV6gSfpOcso


**Sun 18 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 18 FEB
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to EMILY RUTH

Brian May and Emily at Hugo
Brian and Emily Ruth at Royal Film Performance 2011:
Hugo In 3D At Odeon Leicester Square

In 1974 - Queen recorded backing vocals for Seven Seas Of Rhye for Top Of The Pops in Pete Townsend's studio.
In 1976 - Queen live at the Civic Centre, Saginaw, Michigan, USA
In 1981 - Queen live at the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
In 1989 - Roger Taylor attended Rock 'n' Roll Banger Race Meeting organised by Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Centre Charity at Wimbledon's racing course.
In 1990 - Freddie Mercury's final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen in London to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. All the band members attended, Brian May giving a short speech. Huge party took place at Groucho Club in Soho.

Queen leave stage - Bri waving
Queen win Outstanding Contribution Award presented by Terry Ellis | BRIT Awards 1990
- https://youtu.be/OvKxiK1vxIQ

In 1996 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attended British Phonographic Industry Awards, Earls Court, London, Roger presenting the first Freddie Mercury Award (small copy of Montreux Freddie's statue) to the War Child Foundation for compilation album “Help”.

Roger Taylor Brits 1996

In 2008 - VH1 Classic Radio reported that they had caught up with Paul Rodgers at the GRAMMY Awards and he updated on what was going on with Queen.


Grammys 2008: Paul Rodgers - https://youtu.be/0YVVjOAVFRw

In 2010 - "Rock Radio" announced release of Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders' 2nd album "Red Light Fever" for 20 April, Guest musicians at the Foo Fighters "Studio 606" in Los Angeles recorded album were Brian May, Roger Taylor and Dave Grohl.
In 2011 - "Deep Cuts Volume One 1973-1976 UK release announced for 14.03.2011. The 14 songs from first 5 studio albums selected by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Taylor Hawkins and the booklet notes submitted by Rhys Thomas . - with Part 2 "Deep Cuts" second batch of studio re-issue albums on 13/06/201 and Part 3 on 05/09/2011.
In 2011 - Sleeve notes for "Deep Cuts Volume One 1973-1976" booklet by Rhys Thomas posted online.
In 2011 - General ticket sales for Kerry Ellis and Brian May "Anthems : The Tour " opened.
In 2011 - Journalist David Wigg interview about his friendship with Freddie Mercury appeared in the “Daily Mail” newspaper.
In 2012 - Roger Taylor surprise appearance drumming with the band "Waste" in the " Apres Ski Bar", Hotel Farinet, Verbier Ski Resort in Valais Canton, Swiss Alps.
In 2012 - Alex Gaumond last performance in role of Galileo, “We Will Rock You”, Dominion Theatre, London.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis were filming "The Alan Titchmarsh Show”, promoting "The Born Free Tour 2013, programme scheduled for broadcast 25.03.2013, ITV1.
In 2013 - Dress rehearsal of "We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour" Touring Band "3 Studio 15”, London.
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis interview, promoting "The Candlelight Concerts" by Craig Maplesden published in "In Bath" newspaper. READ HERE
In 2014 - Ticket sales of "The Queen Extravaganza - The European Tour" started for 05.21.2014 Vienna.
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis started their concert tour at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, UK.

Brian May and Kerry Ellis - Stevenage

In 2015 - Press release announced publication of the strictly limited "Queen Forever Vinyl Box Set" scheduled for 13.04.2015 - box set also to be available on "Record Store Day " 04.18.2015. In the US and Canada, the " Queen Forever vinyl box Set" to be available at a later date.
In 2016 - Brian May wrote personal obituaries on the sad deaths of Glenn Frey from the Eagles and Dale Griffin ("Buffin"), drummer with Mott The Hoople.
In 2016 - Brian May and Anita Dobson visited "Hearing Dogs For Deaf People" animal charity event, Buckinghamshire
, UK.

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**Sat 17 Feb 18**
Q+AL AUCKLAND + SET LIST & REVIEWS 17 FEB
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Spark Arena

Sat 17 and Sun 18 Feb - Auckland, Spark Arena tickets
Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena)
42-80 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell
Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Capacity: 12,000

There is no opening act for this show and no intermission. Queen + Adam Lambert are expected on stage at 8:15pm so please arrive early to avoid missing any of the show.

Setlist Spark Arena 17022018

 

REVIEWS - SPARK ARENA 17 FEBRUARY 2018:

NEW ZEALAND HERALD
Live review: Queen and Adam Lambert at Spark Arena
18 February 2018

EXTRACTS:

Queen + Adam Lambert is such a victory both tonally and in substance that it probably surprises even the most diehard fans of both acts.

Queen + Adam Lambert is a live experience that reminds just what a truly great "band" Queen were.

Adam and Brian Spark Arena 17 Feb 2018
Photo: Alexander Hallag

STUFF.CO.NZ
Review: Queen and Adam Lambert live in Auckland
17 February 2018 by Helene Ravlich

EXTRACT:

The show was huge fun from beginning to end. Lambert is quite clearly the man who would be Queen and yes, Freddie would be proud.

Brian by David Watson 17022018

Photo: Daviid Watson

LIBEL.CO.NZ
Concert Review with PHOTOS: Queen & Adam Lambert
18 February by Carl Doy

EXTRACTS:

[Of Adam]...  Is there nothing the boy can’t sing? 

Roger Taylor, one of the great rock drummers, was rock-solid throughout and also gracious enough to have a drum battle with their percussionist, Tyler Warren and bow to his technique. 

Star of the show? Has to be Brian May, who has contributed so much to the sound of the band over the years and last night, changing guitars almost as many times as Adam changed suits, he gave us a masterclass in technique, style and sheer stamina. Not content with that, he duetted with Freddie on Love of my Life and included us all in when he took the biggest selfie in the world.

Adam - Spark Arena 17022018 by Megan Moss

Photo: Megan Moss - See also GALLERY

Queen + Adam Lambert - Brian May on screen - 17 Feb 2018

Photo: Megan Moss - See also GALLERY

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**Sat 17 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 16 FEBRUARY
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In 1968 - The Opposition played the Dog & Gun, Thurlaston, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played the War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played the Palais Des Sports, Lyon, France.
In 1981 - Queen played the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
In 1987 - Emily Ruth was born to Brian and Chrissie May.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury & Mike Moran recorded "I Can't Dance" + "Keep Smilin'" linked by same drum track, plus additional unused vocal track with dancer unnamed friend of Freddie, Town House Studios, London.
In 1988 - Tabloid papers published news of Roger's break up with his long-standing girlfriend Dominique and relationship with model, Deborah Leng (backing vocalist of The Cross, also appeared in Breakthru video).
In 2011 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis appeared on BBC Breakfast TV.

Brian May and Kerry Ellis BBC Breakfast TV
BBC Breakfast - Brian May and Kerry Ellis 170211
- https://youtu.be/3-Cox4YxbQw

In 2014 - "Queen Extravaganza - European Tour" announced - the Official Queen Tribute Show, produced by Queen drummer Roger Taylor celebrating the band's glorious music and live experience" 14-show tour visiting various European cities starting 05.12.2014 in Antwerp and ending 31.05.2014 Helsinki.
In 2014 - Final rehearsals for Brian May and Kerry Ellis "The Candlelight Concerts".
In 2014 - The second episode of "Middle Age Of Rock" of "The Life Of Rock" with Roger Taylor and video outtake clips of Freddie Mercury, "Another One Bites The Dust" and Live Aid, televised on BBC Four. The parody/comedy script by Rhys Thomas.
In 2015 - "Guitar Player” magazine published in USA with an interview with Brian May talking about his Red Special to Matt Blackett - "Father To Son - How Brian May and His Dad Created a Masterpiece".

Guitar Player Magazine front cover March 2015

In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played at the O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

Selfie Prague
Brian Selfie - Prague

In 2016 - The shortlist of nominations for "2016 British LGBT Awards" published by BBC. Brian May nominated for a "Celebrity Ally of the Year Award" in the "Music Artist of the Year" category. The "British LGBT Awards" scheduled for London's Grand Connaught Rooms on 13.05.2016.

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**Fri 16 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 16 FEBRUARY
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In 1968 - The Opposition played at the Youth Club, Lutterworth, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played Avery Fisher Hall, New York, New York, USA (2 shows).
In 1981 - Queen played the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
In 1987 - Queen released "Live In Budapest" on VHS in UK via PMI, with slightly edited footage recorded at Nepstadion, Budapest.

Freddie - Budapest

In 1990 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, (formerly Mott The Hoople), Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
In 1993 - Roger Taylor attended the BRIT Awards, Alexandra Palace, London, UK, presenting award for Best Soundtrack to "Wayne's World".

Wayne's World


Wayne's World wins Film Soundtrack presented by Roger Taylor | BRIT Awards 1993
- https://youtu.be/xcCLZNOa7Io

In 2011 - A press release announced Kerry Ellis and Brian May "Anthems: The Tour".
In 2012 - The 10th Freddie Mercury's Montreux Memorial Day announced for the weekend 31.08 to 02.09.2012
In 2012 - Brian May live with Kerry Ellis and Irene Fornaciari at the Teatro Ariston, San Remo, Italy (San Remo festival).
In 2013 - Brian May was working on the "Diableries" book in Bristol.
In 2013 - Readers of Ultimate Classic Rock chose 'You're My Best Friend' as the "Most Romantic Rock Music Video".

Freddie - You're My Best Friend

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**Thu 15 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 15 FEBRUARY
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In 1969 - The Art live at the Rugby Club, Tyers, UK
In 1973 - BBC Radio One introduced Queen on "Sounds Of The 70s", played My Fairy King, Keep Yourself Alive, Doing Alright and Liar.
In 1975 - Queen played Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (2 shows).
In 1976 - Queen played the Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played the Saarlandhalle, Saarbrücken, Germany.
In 1991 - Queen were filming for the 3rd day, I'm Going Slightly Mad video. While on the set, John Deacon wrote a letter for Spring 1991 Fan Club magazine.

I'm Going Slightly Mad - Freddie

In 2005 - First day of rehearsals for Queen's Brian May, Roger Taylor, singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers, keyboardist Spike Edney, New York bassist Danny Miranda and guitarist Jamie Moses at Bray Studios, Berkshire, UK
In 2008 - Queen awarded Platinum for "Queen Rock Montreal" UK DVD sales.
In 2011 - Queen and Talent House announced "Design A T-Shirt" initiative to be official merchandise, marking Queen's 40th Anniversary, to benefit the MPT - the winner to be chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor.
In 2011 - Brian May and Anita Dobson visited the West Lea Special School, Edmonton, London, as sponsors of "The Variety Club Children's Charity", donating a wheelchair-accessible mini-bus for the disabled children. Brian May played 'We Will Rock You' on guitar for the students and more songs with the school choir.
In 2012 - Press conference with Brian May, Kerry Ellis and Irene Fornaciari, Ariston Theatre, Sanremo, Italy.

Press Conference

In 2013 - Kerry Ellis and Brian May - The Born Free Tour 2013 - Acoustic And By Candlelight" announced and official ticket sales opened.
In 2014: "Ultimate Classic Rock" in their "Top 10 Songs About Death, chose No 3 'The Show Must Go On', No 2 'Tears In Heaven" Clapton, No 1 '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' Blue Öyster Cult.
In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Jyske Bank Boxen, Herning, Denmark.

Q+Al Herning poster

In 2016 - Brian May paid tribute to the young band "Viola Beach" who had died in a tragic road accident. READ HERE

Viola Beach

In 2016 - Rehearsals for Brian May and Kerry Ellis's "One Voice Tour" commenced. The two plus keyboard player Jeff Leach would be in rehearsals at Brian's Surrey studio until 17.02.2016.

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**Thu 15 Feb 18**
FLASH SALE - OFFICIAL QUEEN STORE!
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Flash sale

 

Flash sale now on in the Official Queen Store. Lots of heavily discounted lines and very limited stock! When it’s gone, it’s gone!

Check out the offers on:
- Lithographs
- Tour Merchandise
- T-shirts
- Caps
- We Will Rock You goods
- and Jackets!

HERE: https://www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/Sale/

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**Thu 15 Feb 18**
PRESS RELEASE: NEW COLLECTION OF QUEEN ALBUMS ON 180g VINYL LPs LAUNCHED IN ITALY
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Queen 180g vinyls - Italy

On 24th February 2018, global partwork publisher DeAgostini is launching, in association with Queen Productions Ltd. and Universal Music Group, Queen The Vinyl Collection. Featuring 25 albums, it will be available to purchase online (for Italy only) and in newsagents all across Italy.

Issue by issue, Queen The Vinyl Collection, made up of single, double and triple albums, builds into a career-spanning library of Queen’s historic album discography. With artwork overseen and designed by Queen’s art director Richard Gray, each album is presented in high quality sleeves reprising and, in some cases, refreshing the original artwork. The specially pressed LPs appear on 180g black vinyl, with all titles half-speed mastered and cut at world renowned Abbey Road Studios in London to achieve audiophile quality sound.

Queen The Vinyl Collection spans the band’s career from its first album, ‘Queen’, in 1973, through to ‘Made In Heaven’, released in 1995, which comprises Freddie’s final studio recordings and additional material from the band’s earlier studio sessions. In addition to Queen’s 15 studio albums, Queen The Vinyl Collection features all three classic Greatest Hits titles (including the currently unavailable ‘Greatest Hits III’), and ‘On Air’, a collection of the band’s BBC Radio recordings. The collection is completed with six live concert albums, among them the long out-of-print 'Live Killers' and a brand new presentation of 'Live At Wembley Stadium', on triple LP for the first time.

Each album is accompanied by an illustrated 8 page magazine containing the stories behind the group’s renowned recordings. With notes by Queen archivist and writer Greg Brooks (in consultation with Queen publicist Phil Symes and long time expert fan Jim Jenkins), each issue reveals fascinating details about the creation of the album, including the poignant recording sessions for the last two albums with Freddie, and the key tracks therein, and features quotes and insights from all four members of the band, as well as rare photos, record sleeves and poster art.

Queen The Vinyl Collection is a 25 part series available in Italy. Issue one will be priced at €9.99 for a limited time only, with subsequent single album copies retailing at €17.99; double albums at €24.99; and triple albums at €29.99. Issues are available bi-monthly in newsagents across Italy, with subscribers receiving two issues in one delivery every four weeks. Subscriptions can be purchased online at deagostini.it/queenvinile.

QUEEN THE VINYL COLLECTION

1. A Kind Of Magic
2. A Night At The Opera
3. Queen
4. Innuendo (2LP)
5. Queen II
6. Made In Heaven (2LP)
7. The Miracle
8. Greatest Hits (2LP)
9. Sheer Heart Attack
10. Live Killers (2LP)
11. Greatest Hits II (2LP)
12. A Day At The Races
13. Live At The Rainbow '74 (2LP)
14. The Works
15. Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl (3LP)
16. News Of The World
17. Greatest Hits III (2LP)
18. The Game
19. Live At Wembley Stadium (3LP)
20. Hot Space
21. Queen Rock Montreal (3LP)
22. Flash Gordon
23. A Night At The Odeon (2LP)
24. Jazz
25. On Air (3LP)

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**Wed 14 Feb 18**
PRE-SALE CANCELLATION - HERNING
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Message for Queen Fan Club members and QOL Subscribers:

Queen + Adam Lambert - Herning Pre-Sale Cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances the pre-sale for the Denmark show in Herning on 15th June will now not take place.

Tickets will go straight to general sale at www.ticketmaster..dk on Wednesday 21st February at 9am GMT / 10am CET.

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**Wed 14 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 14 FEBRUARY
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In 1974 - 'Liar'/'Doing Alright' released (USA) on Elektra, who edited 'Liar' without band's knowledge.
In 1975 - Queen played the Palace Theatre, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played the Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
In 1986 - Queen shoots promo video 'Princes Of The Universe' directed by Highlander director Russell Mulcahy and ft Christopher Lambert.
In 1991 - Queen were shooting “I’m Going Slightly Mad” promo video. (Feb 13, 14 and 15)
In 1992 - "Wayne's World"' movie premiered USA. Use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' propelled track to No 2 US singles charts, nearly 20 years after first release.
In 1993 - 'Driven By You'/'Just One Life' released USA.

Driven by you USA]

In 1994 - Brian May guest appearance with Bon Jovi at BRIT Awards, London, UK.
In 2005 - Kerrang! magazine announced results of readers’ poll for Best British rock albums ever. The Top 10: 1 Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath; 2 Iron Maiden: Number Of The Beast; 3 Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols; 4 Led Zeppelin: IV; 5, Black Sabbath: Paranoid .6, Muse: Absolution; 7 The Clash: London Calling; 8 Queen; Sheer Heart Attack; 9 Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden and 10: Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible.
In 2011 - Brian May guest spot for the Variety Club Children's Charity, West Lea School, Enfield, UK.
In 2011 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis 12-date "Anthems : The Tour" announced + release of 'Defying Gravity G -A - Y Mix' 'announced for 20 March 2011.
In 2013 - Official ticket sales for concert Kerry Ellis & Brian May : The Born Free Tour 2013 at Olympia Theatre, Dublin, opened.
In 2013 - Memorabilia exhibitions "Gone Too Soon" and "The Music Gives Back" opened Hard Rock Cafe, New York,
with costumes, instruments and other memorabilia et al Brian May started in New York - exhibition touring the US and ending 25 November 2013 in Orlando.
In 2013 - Part 2 of Brian and Kerry's interview with Radio Nova broadcast.


Brian May talks to Radio Nova Part 2: Dublin "Born Free" Tour/WWRY 14 Feb 2013
- https://youtu.be/lg8f7rFwR2Q - [Part 1 broadcast 13 Feb]

In 2013 - Readers of "Ultimate Classic Rock" chose 'You're My Best Friend' as the "Most Romantic Rock Music Video".


Brian May & Kerry Ellis with Laura Rawlings BBC Radio Bristol 14 February 2014 (recorded 23/01/2014)
- https://youtu.be/RKrpyYt6JoI

In 2014 - interview with Brian May & Kerry Ellis on the promotion of "The Candlelight Concerts" broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol. The interview with Laura Rawlings was recorded on "Candelight Press Day".
In 2015: The film "Glad All Over: The Dave Clark Five And Beyond" with rare interview of Freddie Mercury on the musical "Time" was shown BBC2. [AMAZON]

Dave Clark and Freddie

Glad All Ovwr - Dave Clark bluray

In 2015 - "Queen Forever" was back in the UK Top 40 of "Official Albums UK Top 100".

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**Tue 13 Feb 18**
WE WILL ROCK YOU ROCKING AUSTRALIA ONCE MORE
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We Will Rock You in Australia

We Will Rock You Rocking Australia Once More The first of the new Non-Replica Amateur productions of We Will Rock You have just rocked Australia! The Townsville Choral Society's version of 'We Will Rock You' kicked off late last month at the Townsville Entertainment centre.

"This show was filled with references that made us giggle, reminded us of the amazing music we grew up with, and left us feeling in love with a special era of music."

Click here http://huxley.press/2018/02/01/doing-freddie-justice/

To read the full review and for more photos. For more information on the Non Replica Productions in Australia and New Zealand click HERE.

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**Tue 13 Feb 18**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 13 FEBRUARY
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In 1976 - Queen played Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
In 1979 - Queen played the Sporthalle, Böblingen, Germany.
In 1981 - Queen played the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
In 1991 - Queen were shooting “I’m Going Slightly Mad” promo video. (Feb 13, 14 and 15)
in 2003 - Queen + Vanguard release “Flash” remixes singles.
in 2005 - We Will Rock You : The Musical completed its run at Star City Lyric Theatre, Sydney, Australia.
In 2006 - Queen released Official Bootleg: When You Don’t Want To Hear It Frankfurt, Official Bootleg: Domo Arigato Osaka, Official Bootleg: Immigrant Magic Berlin.
In 2013 - Brian May interview with Marty Miller, on Irish Radio Nova's Drive Time show, Dublin, talking about Born Free tour

Brian May talks to Radio Nova Pt 1: Dublin "Born Free" Tour/WWRY 13 Feb 2013
- http://youtu.be/h4tnzEJNPaU

Brian and Kerry

In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis interviews, promoting "The Candlelight Concerts" published in "Yorkshire Post" and "The Enquirer".
In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert played Schleyerhalle, Stuttgart, Germany

Brian May in he Q - Stuttgart - by Thorsten Runkel

In 2016 - In a press release "We Will Rock You" Sao Paulo announced. The musical was to premiere in Brazil on March 24, 2016 at the Theater Santander, Sao Paulo.

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