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JULY 2015

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**Fri 24 Jul 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 JULY
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In 1971 - Queen played the Young Farmers Club, Town Hall, Wadebridge, UK.
In 1973 : Queen appeared (unaccredited) on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test with 'Keep Yourself Alive' to a video compilation from old black and white cartoons -their first TV appearance.

Queen Keep Yourself Alive - https://youtu.be/Y9YOlSrFEkY

In 1973 - Queen recorded BBC session at Langham 1 Studio.
In 1975 - Queen guest appearance at (Gouden Leeuwen 'Golden Lions' Festival) Blankenberge, Belgium.
In 1979 - Queen received Gold award for "Live Killers" USA sales.
In 1982 - Queen played The Spectrum, Philadelphia, USA.
In 1984 - "It's A Hard Life" charts at No 23 UK.. The promo video was filmed in Munich with Barbara Valentin and other of Queen's friends as extras.

QUEEN - It's A Hard Life - https://youtu.be/YFwOe0EPOJs


It's A Hard Life - group picture

In 1986 - A reception for Queen was held at British Embassy, Budapest, before show at the Nepstadion. The band arrived in Budapest aboard President Gorbachev's hydrofoil on the Danube.

Queen on the Danube

Freddie arriving Budapest - on Danube

In 2007 - Brian May was is Tenerife, studying the night sky. Interviewed by News24 on phone from La Palma.

Brian May News 24 phone Interview from La Palma 24 July 2007
- https://youtu.be/79tZ36noVeo

News 24 Presenters Joanna Gosling and Matt Frei, spoke to Brian, on telephone from La Palma, Canary Islands.

TRANSCRIPT:
BRIAN MAY INTERVIEW
BBC NEWS 24
Tuesday 24 July 2007 – shortly before 9.00pm GMT

Brian May on phone from Observatory of the Roque de Los Muchacho, La Palma.

MATT FREI: You might not know this, but guitarist, Brian May, from the legendary rock band, Queen, was actually destined to a career in astronomy. 

JOANNA GOSLING: (female preenter) Thirty-six years ago he packed in his studies at Imperial College, London, telling his tutors he was joining a band.  Well it went on from strength to strength of course, but his career in astronomy was put on hold until now.  He’s gone back to the thesis and he joins us now on the line from an observatory in La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Good evening to you.

BRIAN MAY:  Good evening.

JG:  Why’ve you decided to go back to it after so long?

BM:  Ah… with a kind of calling.  I think you have to go where your heart tells you and it’s a combination of circumstances really.  It was always in my mind.  It was unfinished business, all that work that I did from 1970 to 1974 and I packed it all away into suitcases and it’s been sitting there ever since.  Finally I had the opportunity to get it all out and neaten it all up and finish it, and I’ve spent since last September doing that.  I had to drop everything else for it.  It was actually a pretty tough project.

MF:  And did you, waited for 36 years.  Now, that’s a long time.  Did you find it difficult to get back to that kind of academic discipline?

BM:  It was – in the beginning – yes.  I’ve had the help of some great friends, and Michael Rowan-Robinson, the Head of Astrophysics at Imperial College has been fantastic.  He’s been very tough on me but that’s what I wanted.  I didn’t want an easy ride.  I didn’t want an Honorary PhD.  I wanted the real thing, which I worked for.  So yeah, I had to really -  really, really focus down and it’s a joy though.  It’s been a lot of pleasure to me.

MF:  Do you find it more rewarding than music?

BM:  No, I wouldn’t say that.  It’s just very different and I enjoy having different facets to my life.  In fact one really refreshes the other, I find.  It’s nice to exercise your brain in different ways. 

JG:  So no regrets then for dropping the astronomy in the first place to go into Queen?

BM:   No.  I’m sure it was the right decision.  I always used to say in answer to that question, that astronomy benefited from the fact that I took up music. (All laugh)

MF:  You could’ve been a really famous astronomer.

BM:  (BM laughs) Well you know, it’s funny, I think, my conclusion is that you have to take big steps, not small steps, ‘cos if I hadn’t wholeheartedly plunged into music and made a success of that, then I am sure I wouldn’t be here now.

JG:  So what are you gonna do now?  How much time will you continue to dedicate to astronomy?  Will you still have time for music?

BM:  Oh yeah.  I’ll still have time for music, yeah.  I’m not sure how it’s gonna pan out in terms of time.  I really did go for it the last few months and I haven’t done much music recently, but we’re in the studio with Paul Rodgers in October, pretty intensively for a month or so, so I’ll be heavily back into it.  I’m also doing music for the astronomy world, because I’m planning a concert out here in La Palma for the inauguration of the biggest, what will be the biggest telescope in the world, so I’m writing music for that and we’ll be performing.  I don’t know quite who ‘we’ is, but it’s in the planning stage at the moment.

PJG:  Oh, right.  Well it’s good to talk to you and I look forward to talking to an astronomy story coming up and we can interview you as an Astronomer… (Brian chuckle)… but Brian May, it’s good to talk to you tonight.  Thanks…

Transcript by brianmay.com


In 2009 - Queen announced forthcoming release of "Absolute Greatest Collection": from Queen II to CDQUEEN28.

Absolute Greatest
Amazon: Absolute Greatest

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**Thu 23 Jul 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 23 JULY
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In 1973 - Queen played The Marquee Club, London, UK.
In 1982 - Queen played Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and the Mayor of Boston proclaimed this an official Queen Day in the city.
In 1982 - Billy Squier "Emotions In Motion" album released, Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor providing backing vocalsto the title track.

In 2009 - As LJMU Chancellor, Brian May stayed on from previous day for a 2nd graduation ceremony - BRIAN'S ADDRESS HERE, Brian also opened a new Media Centre, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK, and gave an an impromptu performance. REPORT and PRESS CUTTING HERE.

Queen guitarist Brian May plays at opening of JMU media centre
- http://youtu.be/CkRI2kveFH0

In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert live at the IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
In 2014 - Brian May interviewed by Eddie Trunk at the Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.

Eddie Trunk interviews Brian May 23 July 2014 - http://youtu.be/Z7B-gSc5lXk

Eddie Trunk's interview with Brian May of Queen at the Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey, before the Queen + Adam Lambert Concert, 23 July 2014.
Read full transcript at: http://www.brianmay.com/brian/briannews/briannewsaug14a.html#04

Finale - East Rutherford
Finale - East Rutherford

Izod Centre - advertising billboard
Izod Center


**Wed 22 Jul 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN - 22 JULY
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In 1957 - Roger started to play with The Bubblingover Boys.
In 1986 - Queen live at the Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria.
In 2011 - Brian May guest of George Galloway on talkSport, discussing the current urgent situation of the UK Government being 'strongly minded' to slaughter our protected native badgers.

Brian May on badger cull: talkSPORT with George Galloway 22 July 2011
- https://youtu.be/0nOyKM8soOk

In 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert played TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Boston Garden
Brian - Boston Garden

Roger Smiling - Boston Garden
Roger - Boston Garden

Adam Lambert - Boston Garden

Brian and Roger - Boston Garden
Brian and Roger - Boston Garden

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**Tue 21 Jul 15**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 21 JULY
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In 1982 - Queen played the Forum, Montreal, Canada. Fred Mandel joined band as additional keyboard player, Support Billy Squier.
In 1986 - Queen played the Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria.
In 1986 - Freddie Mercury Video EP (VHS) released by PMI in UK, containing promo videos for "I Was Born To Love You", "Living On My Own"," Made In Heaven" and" Time".

Freddie Mercury video  ep

In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played Guitare en Scene Festival, Stade des Burgondes, Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France.

Jeff, Kerry and Brian
Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France

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**Mon 20 Jul 10**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 20 JULY
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In 1992 - Brian May wrote the introductory liner notes for his forthcoming "Back To The Light" album, noting that the album was now completed.

Back To The Light liner notes page 3

Dear Mr Murdoch

In 2011 - Roger Taylor released the single 'Dear Mr Murdoch 2011 Remix' on iTunes worldwide.
In 2012 - Brian May attended the first Team Badger Public Meeting in Taunton.

Brian May attended a Public Meeting held by the League Against Cruel Sports in Taunton. He was interviewed at the event and explained why opposing the present Government's plan to cull badgers is very bad news for badgers, farmers, the taxpayer - and warns that none of our wildlife is safe.

TRANSCRIPT

 

Brian May interview Team Badger Meeting, Taunton, 20 July 2012
http://youtu.be/_xBjo6VUqKE


In 2010 - Brian at 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia studio, USA, for an interview with Preston & Steve on their morning show, 9.30am (approx) [13.30GMT]

(Audio HERE) - DoubleClick to open new window

Brian May interview with Preston & Steve 93.3 WMMR 20 July 2010
- http://youtu.be/920M3nERcc4

In 2010 - Brian May and Elena Vidal 'A Village Lost and Found' presentation, Q&A and book signing 7.30pm, Montgmoery Auditorium, Central Library, Philadelphia, USA. www.freelibrary.org
In 2011 - Brian May recorded BBC Radio2 2-hr "May And Taylor: A Johnnie Walker Special", featuring Brian and Roger, to air August 2011 - part of programming to mark 40th Anniversary of Old Grey Whistle Test.
IN 2014 - Queen + Adam Lambert rocked Merriweather Post Pavilion, Baltimore.

Adam and Brian - Merriweather

Finale Merriweather

Brian and Adam, Merriweather Stadoi,

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