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JUNE 2014

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15 June - Q+AL Channel 7 - airing across two shows (DATE CHANGE).
16 June - Q+AL Free Preview Show iHeart Radio Theater, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Stage 3, Burbank, Los Angeles. (Fan Comp)
19 June - Tour with Adam Lambert commences in Chicago.

12 Sep - 13 Dec WWRY Deutsches Theater, Munich.
19 Dec - 09 January 2015 WWRY Alte Oper, Frankfurt.

**Fri 20 Jun 14**
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Adam Lambert
Brian May
Roger Taylor
Neil Fairclough – bass
Rufus Taylor – percussion (son of Roger Taylor)
Spike Edney – keyboards

Roger Taylor's set list

19 June 2014

Now I'm Here
Stone Cold Crazy
Another One Bites The Dust
Fat Bottom Girls
In The Lap Of The Gods
Seven Seas of Rhye
Killer Queen
Somebody To Love
I Want It All
Love Of My Life
'39 - Brian
These Are The Days of Our Lives - Roger
Under Pressure
Love Kills
Who Wants To Live Forever
Guitar Solo
Tie Your Mother Down
Radio Gaga
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
Bo Rhap
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions

Taking a bow
Taking a bow - Photo Susanne ‏@SusanneAhhh

Brian May Solo
Brian May Guitar Solo

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In 1974 - Queen released "Seven Seas Of Rhye" bw "See What A Fool I've Been" on Elektra, USA.
In 1980 - Queen were in Los Angeles, USA, rehearsing for The Game Tour.
In 1998 - Brian May appeaered on a TV show in Monte Carlo, Monaco - mimed performance of "On My Way Up".

Brian May - On My Way Up (Monaco TV 1998) - http://youtu.be/dnlp31UwsOE

In 2009 - Brian May made a guest appearance at Kerry Ellis concert at the Shaw Theatre, London, UK.
In 2012 - Ultimate Classic Rock published an interview with Roger Taylor, where he stated he had almost completed his new solo album. READ INTERVIEW HERE

Brian May & Roger Taylor

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Not long now Chicago
Not long now, Chicago.

United Center sign

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Deadline for good room rates (cheap rate) iis fast approaching - 24 June - so here is a reminder about the USA Breakthru Convention.

Breakthru: The Official North American Queen Convention in Cleveland July 25-27, 2014

Seeing Queen+Adam Lambert this summer and want MORE QUEEN?
The year was 2001, and Queen was about to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Jacky Smith, head of the Official International Queen Fan Club, reached out and asked organizers of several small North American gatherings to come together to create one large event for North American Fans to celebrate the induction of the band. With that request, Breakthru: The Official North American Queen Convention, was born.

Breakthru has grown and strives to be a yearly event: living and breathing Rock-n-roll at its finest. The convention, since its inception, has been held in Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Toronto, Canada. In 2014 we are back in Cleveland for the first time since 2006. Attendees have come from all over the globe for this 3 day event. Known for its hospitality, outrageous costume contests, brutal trivia, live entertainment, charity auction, room parties and so much more, Breakthru has become one of the premiere Queen Gatherings for fans. We take Freddie’s instructions to heart; ‘whatever you do, do it with style’

Dear Friends:
Not only is Breakthru a convention, it has also become almost a family gathering. The convention is open to fans: period. You do not need to be a fan club member to attend and children are always welcomed. So, if you are looking to spend a long weekend with some Queen fans and are up to having a good time no matter what, Breakthru is the place to be. So come on take the plunge, listen to that inner voice that says let’s ‘Tear it Up’, we don’t bite, come be a part of the family and be part of the history of Breakthru: The Official North American Queen Convention. You won’t regret it!!!

Full details at: http://queenbreakthru.com/

PS Check out some of the fun from Toronto last year (2013):

Breakthru 2013, Dragon Attack (part) Jennifer Espinoza + Somebody To Love - Hayley
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fooTj9oEK8

Breakthru Official North American Queen Convention in Toronto, July 13, 2013. Alana Bridgewater, Jennifer Espinoza, Hayley Harmony backed by Simply Queen.

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In 1980 - Queen flew to LA to begin 10 days of rehearsals before commencing The Game Tour.
In 1986 - Queen played Groenoordhallen, Leiden, Holland.

Queen @ Leiden '86 - http://youtu.be/LNVTHHsn1h0

In 1989 - Queen released "Breakthru" + "Stealin'" single UK.

[311] Breakthru Single Display (1989) - https://youtu.be/ivUnNN4HiAo

This is the Breakthru single that was released by Parlophone and Capitol records in 1989 and was the second single to be taken from The Miracle album. You can see here various formats from the UK and USA as well as promotional items that were used in UK record store displays.
Piano by Mariano Bryner.
Courtesty Queen Collectables

In 1998 - Brian May appeared in OK! Magazine - FEATURE - Brian May: The Legendary Rock Star at home in Surrey
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played Windsor Hall, Bournemouth, UK.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played The Anvil, Basingstoke, UK.

Brian and Kerry The Anvil, Basingstoke

Brian and Kerry, The Anvil, Basingstoke - photo Dana Kubick

In 2014 - Queen Tour with Adam Lambert commences in Chicago.

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Adam Lambert in Vegas

Adam Lambert performs in Las Vegas.
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18 June 2014 by Andy Greene

Like a lot of fans under a certain age, Adam Lambert first learned about Queen when he saw the "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene in Wayne’s World in 1992. "I said to my dad, 'Who's that?,'" Lambert says. "He was like, 'You know those songs 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions?' That's the same band.' I had no idea."

It took another few years for Lambert to really delve into their catalog. "When I was older I got more into the history of rock," he says. "I fell in love with the 1970s and I discovered more about Queen. The genius about the band is that they're so versatile. There are songs in their catalog that are like beautiful lullabies, and then on the same album they can flip to a hardcore, more aggressive sound."

By the time he auditioned for American Idol in 2009, the 26-year-old was such a huge fan that he performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the judges. "What's happened since then is just surreal to me," he says. "It's so crazy that this came out of American Idol. I don't think I would have seen it coming back then."

Lambert played with Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor at the end of his season, and the chemistry was so apparent that there were immediately rumors suggesting he was going to become their new frontman. "There was stuff I really wanted to do on my own first," he says. "But there was definitely interest from me and the band. When we finally got together at the MTV Video Music Awards about a year or two after Idol it felt like the right time to start talking, since I'd established my solo career."

Queen + Adam Lambert played a few European gigs in 2012, and on June 19th they kick off a 24-date North American tour at Chicago's United Center. "On the technical side, it's definitely more of a production than two years ago," Lambert says. "We've got a lot more cities to visit and so I think we all decided to build up the visuals and the stage accordingly."

They've also changed around the set list a bit. "We really put a lot of thought into the set, and it really flows," Lambert says. "We're pretty much doing all of the big, iconic hits. We've geared the show both toward diehard fans and the more casual fans. I think that's important. I actually just returned back from London where we did our first production rehearsals. Everything went really well."

One of the rare song they've resurrected for the tour is "Love Kills," a 1984 Freddie Mercury solo track made with Giorgio Moroder for a restored version of the 1927 silent film Metropolis. "It was a disco record that Freddie did as a side project," says Lambert. "One of the things that Queen is doing this year is they've dusted off some older recordings, and they're remastering and reworking them for an album of newer versions of things. With 'Love Kills,' they took out all the disco production and turned it into more of a traditional Queen arrangement. It's an amazing song, very dramatic and powerful with a beautiful melody. We've been having a lot of fun playing it live."

Filling Freddie Mercury's shoes is an enormous task, but Lambert feels up to the challenge. "It's not an easy feat," he says. "I think a lot of the apprehension has faded because we've done this a number of times in the past couple of years. That's not to suggest I'm getting cocky at all, because I will never compare to Freddie Mercury. He's one in a million. At this point, I know how to strike a balance between honoring the way these songs were originally meant to be sung and my own instincts, my own choices."

The North American tour ends on July 28th, and their only announced plans beyond that are four shows in Australia in August and early September. "Additional shows are kind of up to the band," Lambert says. "They keep saying with a smirk and an eyebrow-raise, 'We want to get out one last time.' I think additional shows could happen. I'm definitely down. I'm having so much fun."

Meanwhile, Lambert has been using his downtime to continue work on his next solo album. "I'm not finished with that," he says. "I've done a lot of work and there's some amazing music. We'd probably be able to put something out now, but I'm a perfectionist and I have to make sure that I love every song 100 percent and that they're perfect for me. I maybe want to find even more material. I'm not going to rush a project like this."

Between work on the album and Queen tour preparations, Lambert also found time to film a recurring role on the last season of Glee. "I had a great time," he says. "It was a great cast, great production. It felt like a family." Might he be back next year? "As of now, it doesn't seem likely, but if they asked and depending on what I was doing, possibly."

For years, rumors have pegged Lambert as possibly returning to Idol as a judge. "I'm sure that would be fun," he says. "I definitely like watching people sing, and you know me, I always have an opinion. I'm sure I'd be a good fit, but you know how rumors are. There's rumors every year who knows where they are coming from or if there's any truth to them. It might just be a PR thing." For now, the Queen tour has taken up the vast majority of his time. "I'm actually going over in a couple of minutes for a fitting on my wardrobe," he says. "Obviously, that's almost as important as the music."

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Queen + Adam Lambert start a 24-date North America tour — including their first stop at MSG since 1982 — Thursday in Chicago.

18 June 2014 by Mike Spohr

Queen + Adam Lambert performed for just 400 people at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, Calif., on Monday night to kick off their new tour. The tour will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ first stop at New York City’s Madison Square Garden since 1982, and BuzzFeed was there to get a first look at how the band has changed in the intervening 32 years.

1. Freddie Mercury and John Deacon are no longer in the band.
The legendary frontman passed away in 1991, while the bassist retired in 1997.

2. Adam Lambert now handles vocals for the band.
The runner-up on Season 8 of American Idol is a star in his own right, as his solo album, Tresspassing, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Brian May and Roger Taylor first performed with Lambert on the American Idol finale, backing him on the Queen classic “We Are the Champions.” “We didn’t look for Adam, we just found him,” May said in a Q&A before their performance on Monday night. “Saw him on the Idol finale and it was a natural thing from there. His voice is so incredible.”

Brian May Black locks then - and now
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3. Brian May’s iconic black locks are now gray.
Never mind the man’s hair, though, as he shreds every bit as much as he ever did. Watching May play the iconic riffs he wrote for anthems like “We Will Rock You” and “Another One Bites The Dust” live and in person was the stuff of bucket lists.

4. Roger Taylor is cooler than ever.
Taylor wore shades for much of the concert, which somehow made the highly influential drummer (and co-writer of the No. 1 hit “Under Pressure”) even more badass than normal.

5. Fans held up their phones from the first note to the last.
This is a lot different from the sea of lighters that greeted the band back in ‘82. Overall, the crowd was an even mix of young fans and fans from back in the day.

6. The band shocked fans by performing Freddie Mercury’s song “Love Kills,” from the Metropolis soundtrack.
The cult favorite was never performed live during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime, but May and Rogers (who played on the original track), made a new arrangement of it for this tour. “We’re going to do it our way,” May said. “Without the disco.”

7. The band also announced the tour will feature performances of “The Show Must Go On.”
This is another classic track the band never performed with Freddy Mercury.

Queen's Gold logo at iHeart show
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8. The band’s logo is now gold instead of the traditional silver.
The minor change was at the suggestion of Lambert, who explained that he woke up from a dream and was like, “I think it needs more gold. What if instead of the industrial iron and steel look, we went with more gold!”

9. During “Fat Bottomed Girls,” Lambert shouted, “All you fat ass bitches are gonna get on your bikes and ride!”
This was an update of Mercury’s famous direction in the original song to “Get on your bikes and ride!”

10. The songs were unmistakable, but bristled with modern energy.
The drums on We Will Rock You had a slightly different groove, and May was fearless in adding small but ingenious embellishments to his classic riffs. This adventurous spirit was especially on display when they stretched songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now” into extended jams.

11. Queen is more of a hard rock band than ever before.
May said their upcoming tour will feature quite a few songs from the band’s early days when they were a heavy rock band. This emphasis on rock was no more evident than on “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” when May crossed the stage to urge the keyboardist on in pounding out the chords as he solo’d like a madman.

Queen + Adam Lambert begin their 24-date North American tour (including a stop at Madison Square Garden on July 17) in Chicago this Thursday.

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On March 31st, 1974, Queen performed a landmark show at London’s The Rainbow. The gig took place at the end of their first countrywide tour as headliners. It was recorded to come out as a live album, but the band opted to shelve the set so they could instead work on what would go on to be their 1974 album, Sheer Heart Attack. Well now, 40 years later, the performance is coming out. On September 9th, you can pick up the package, called Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74, on CD, DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl or digitally as either a standard edition or a deluxe edition with bonus material like a hardback book with rare photos.

RELATED AUDIO: Drummer Roger Taylor told us about the magic Queen had onstage back then - AUDIO:



TIDBIT: The set includes over a dozen tracks never before released on any official Queen live album.
TALKING POINT: Will you be buying Queen: Live at the Rainbow ’74?

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[221] You're My Best Friend 7" Vinyl Singles (1976) - https://youtu.be/kkUeKYWE0FQ

You're My Best Friend was Queen's second single from the A Night At The Opera album and was released worldwide on 7" vinyl by EMI and Elektra records in June 1976. Here you can see here two issues from the UK including the rare in-house promo, two from the USA, and picture sleeve editions from Japan, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Yugoslavia and Spain.
Piano by Mariano Bryner.

Queen - You're My Best Friend (Official Video) - http://youtu.be/HaZpZQG2z10

In 1976 - Queen release "You're My Best Friend" single bw "'39", UK.
In 1996 - Queen released "Heaven For Everyone" single bw "Soul Brother", USA.
In 2009 - Brian May performed 2 songs at Mazz Murray's wedding at Luton Hoo, Luton, UK.
In 2011 - Brian May wrote his letter for Queen Fan Club's Summer Magazine, commenting on recent events/forthcoming plans.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, UK + ITV News http://youtu.be/ZHW3S-p5vSo

You're My Best Friend - Freddie

You're My Best Friend

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16 06 2014 iHeartRadio Theatre LA Nikki Sixx and Queen interview - http://youtu.be/_cqPUkxqMEM

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17 June 2014

Queen + Adam Lambert are getting ready to hit the road for a summer tour that kicks off June 19th in Chicago, but first they made a stop at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles Monday night to give fans a preview of what promises to be an epic tour.

Queen + Adam Lambert Live

The rock icons and "American Idol" alum brought down the house with favorites like "We Will Rock You," "Under Pressure" and "We Are The Champions," but it was their live rendition of Freddie Mercury's obscure solo song, "Love Kills," that got people talking. It was the first time Queen has ever performed the track, which was the first song Freddie Mercury recorded as a solo artist (but never performed live). "We're going to do it in our own way," Adam Lambert told the crowd, "minus the disco."

Check out Queen + Adam Lambert's full setlist from the iHeartRadio Live show:

"We Will Rock You"
"Another One Bites the Dust"
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
"Love Kills"
"Fat Bottomed Girls"
"Under Pressure"
"We Are the Champions"
"Don't Stop Me Now"

Nikki Sixx hosted the event, which was broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations across the country as well as streamed live on Yahoo! Screen. At the end of the show, Sixx told the audience, "I don't know about you, but I could have heard 15 [CORRECTION: "maybe 25"] more songs." Us too, Nikki! Guess we'll have to catch them on tour.

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Queen + Adam Lambert - Love Kills live at the iHeartRadio theatre HD (16th June, 2014)

Queen + Adam Lambert - Love Kills live at the iHeartRadio theatre HD (16th June, 2014) - http://youtu.be/HIKUFwbK40Q

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The one-hour preview show - Queen and Adam Lambert as iHeartRadio Theatre, LA, hosted by Nikki Sixx.

SEE ALSO: Getty Images Gallery HERE

16 June 2014

We Will Rock You

Another One Bites The Dust

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Love Kills

Fat Bottomed Girls

Under Pressure

We Are The Champions

Don't Stop Me Now

Thank you LA! Thank you iHeartRadio! Thank you Nikk iSixx! See you on the road North America!

iHeart LA set list 16 June 2014

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Q+AL Press Conference

Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor backstage before their Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor)
+ Adam Lambert North American tour announcement at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2014 in
New York City. The tour kicks off Thursday in Chicago. Photo by Kevin Mazur

17 June 2014 by Eloise Marie Valadez

One of the biggest concerts of the summer is set to rock onto the stage of The United Center this week.

Queen and Adam Lambert will open their tour at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Chicago's United Center. Lambert, a former finalist on "American Idol" won raves for his vocals on the show and for his performance with Queen on "Idol."

Lambert will perform lead vocals on iconic songs such as "We Are The Champions," "Another One Bites the Dust," "We Will Rock You," "Killer Queen" and more.

The tour is scheduled to travel throughout the U.S. this season and then also heads to Asia and Australia. Upcoming shows include July 3 at The Forum in Los Angeles; July 5 and 6 at The Joint in Las Vegas; July 12 at The Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit and July 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

FYI: Queen and Adam Lambert will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $35 to $139. Ticketmaster.com

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In 1986 - "Friends Will Be Friends" entered UK singles charts at No 21.
In 1986 - Queen played Forest National, Brussels, Belgium.
In 1995 - Roger Taylor played 'Rock Against Hate' with SAS Band, Club Openair Lengnau, Zürich, Switzerland.
In 1995 - John Deacon attended Rod Stewart concert, Wembley, London, UK.
In 1996 - Queen released "Let Me Live" bw "Bicycle Race " and "Fat Bottomed Girls" UK.

[252] Let Me Live Singles (1996) - https://youtu.be/ELTt8wXIkR4

Let Me Live was released in the UK as a 7" vinyl picture disc and 2 CDs on 17th June 1996 and was the fourth single issued from the Made In Heaven album. Here are all the UK formats and a CD single from Holland, plus some promotional instore items and a huge 2 part poster.
Courtesy of Queen Collectables

Queen - Return Trip (Let Me Live) - http://youtu.be/yZg7uWcU7Dk

In 2003 - Queen released "Live At Wembley Stadium" DVD in N America.
In 2006 - Brian May & Roger Taylor guest appearance with Foo Fighters Hyde Park, London, UK - played "We Will Rock You" and "Tie Your Mother Down".
In 2011 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis guest appearance at Born Free Foundation Gala Dinner, The Savoy, London, UK - (with new acoustic arrangement of "Born Free".
In 2013 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis played St John Evangelist Church, Oxford, UK.

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