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JUNE 2014

Contains some Industry and General News from 'OUT THERE'

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REMINDERS
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.

**Wed 25 Jun 14**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT EDMONTON REVIEWS
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EDMONTON JOURNAL
Rejuvenated Queen Reign Supreme
24 June 2014

Adam and Brian - Edmonton
Vocalist Adam Lambert, left, and guitarist Brian May of Queen perform in concert at Rexall Place on Tuesday.
Edmonton 24 June 2014
Photograph by: Larry Wong , EDMONTON JOURNAL

Review
Queen + Adam Lambert
When: Tuesday night
Where: Rexall Place

EDMONTON - “I’m just a new man / Yes, you made me live again.”

Queen’s guitarist Brian May wrote those lyrics for Now I’m Here in the early ’70s, but they’re eerily appropriate for his band’s current tour with vocalist Adam Lambert. The American Idol contestant is the new man, filling in for Freddie Mercury, helping the music of the late, great frontman and Queen to live again.

F——— awesome!

Lambert sang those very lyrics at the start of Tuesday’s show, as a curtain pulled away to reveal the tall, lithe (and leathered) singer standing at the back of the stage. In a matter of seconds, he had the crowd — of teens, seniors, and everyone in between — eating out of his hands, rejoicing at the opportunity of rockin’ out to ol’ favourites such as Another One Bites the Dust, I Want It All and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody.

And yes, Queen pulled in just as many fans, if not more, as Michael Buble did on Sunday night. (About 11,700 accord ing to the latter’s manager.) You could argue the two acts offered similar shows — filled with covers and swagger, though only Queen’s fans engaged in a few rounds of the wave before the start of the band’s set.

Woo!

As fabulous as Lambert’s acrobatic pipes were — and no, thankfully, he wasn’t just a Mercury knock-off — his harmonies with May and Taylor were downright spine-tingling, offering tantalizing flashes of the original lineup. And yet, Lambert added his own vital ingredients to the mix — from his lighter timbre to his tush wiggles to his joyful earnestness.

Filling in for Mercury must be a daunting task, fraught with questions from diehard fans, rigid critics and even business journalists. “Do we judge Queen with Adam Lambert using the same metric with which we assess newcomers, like Iggy Azalea or Imagine Dragons?” a columnist in Forbes magazine recently asked.

The answer? “According to a classic study by management professors Robert E. Quinn and Kim Cameron, “Organizational Life Cycles and Shifting Criteria of Effectiveness: Some Preliminary Evidence,” the answer is no. The way we should define and evaluate the effectiveness of an organization depends on what stage of the organizational life cycle it is in.”

Hoo boy. In other words, Azalea and Imagine Dragons are like “new firms,” while Queen is a mature company in a “final stage of renewal” — spearheaded by the addition of Lambert. Leave it to a management study to kill the spirit of rock ’n’ roll, eh?

Instead of suits, Lambert opted to raid the closets of Mercury and Cher, wearing a selection of leather accoutrements — with fringe, glitter, lace and studs. At least his costume changes weren’t as stultifying as the dance-pop diva’s interludes on Monday night. (Or my odd foray into business theory, for that matter.) In fact, the only time he left the stage for any duration, his fellow rockers picked up the slack, taking turns showing off their skills. May started by singing Love of My Life and playing acoustic guitar on a small stage in the middle of the arena.

“We used to sing this as a duet, now it’s just you and me,” he said, referring to his former frontman. “But he’s around somewhere!” Mercury ended up making a cameo — by way of vintage footage — singing the last few lines of the ballad.

Taylor followed by singing an equally bittersweet tune, These Are the Days of Our Lives, as footage of Queen’s early years flashed on the screen. He later challenged his fellow percussionist to a drum-off — leading to a duet with Lambert on Under Pressure. (And yes, Taylor made for a pretty decent David Bowie.) Who Wants To Live Forever was next — one of the unforgettable moments of their almost 2-1/2 hour set. Under a disco ball, Lambert attacked the mournful ballad as if his life depended on it. Pass the Kleenex, Highlander.

Radio Ga Ga, complete with a crowd clap-along, was another highlight, as well as Bohemian Rhapsody — the song that started Lambert’s journey with Queen. (He covered it as a contestant on American Idol, which led to his initial collaboration with May and Taylor.) Hundreds, if not thousands, of fans sang and air-guitared along to the rock-opera anthem, as Lambert traded verses with Mercury’s recorded vocals and May swept across the stage with his guitar and a gold cape.

Super!

The rockers could’ve wrapped it up then and there, but they returned for an encore of — what else? The stomp-rock classic, We Will Rock You, and the triumphant sports anthem, We Are the Champions. Lambert performed both songs with a glittery crown — one he has rightfully earned.

Bow down fans, your new Queen is worthy of your love and devotion.

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EDMONTON SUN
Edmonton Queen fans welcome Adam Lambert at Rexall Place 11
24 June 2014 by Mike Ross

PICTURE GALLERY

If we decide that Queen with a False Freddie is better than no Queen at all, we’d best shut up about all the “glorified cover bands” running rampant in classic rock.

For in the vocal department, in theatrics, in everything that counts in a great frontman, there are no bigger shoes to fill in rock ‘n’ roll history than Freddie Mercury’s. They don’t build bands like Queen anymore. And while it may seem galling to have some American Idol runner-up risk turning the legend into a hollow mockery and ruining it for everyone, this is seriously the best live version of Queen that fans are going to get.

They made sure of that with an incredible show in Rexall Place Tuesday night. It’s been quite an eventful few days in Edmonton. First Buble, then the queen of pop, Cher, then Queen. Good, better, best. This concludes our expensive trip down memory lane.

Imagine the pressure on Adam Lambert, under such sharp scrutiny by more than 10,000 hardcore Queen fans hanging on every note, listening hard, judging. The cheers after the first few notes of the opener Now I’m Here revealed the initial verdict: He’ll do fine.

Lambert did not go into this thing timidly. He added his own wrinkles, at no time “pretending” to be Freddie Mercury, but being his own flambouyant, outrageous self. In Fat Bottomed Girls, he shouted at the appropriate moment, “Now all you fat-assed bitches out there, get on your bike and ride!” For Killer Queen, decked out in a lovely sparkly spiky getup (Cher must’ve left one of her costume boxes behind), he stretched out on an antique chaise lounge, then spit champagne all over himself and the audience. “Did I get you wet?” he asked a woman in the front row. “You’re welcome! I think I got myself wet.”

This of course isn’t the first time Queen went out with another singer – Paul Rodgers from Bad Company filled the spot for five years - but Lambert is a much better fit. He sang the living hell out of these songs Queen fans know so well, in a set spanning 45 years of some of the most classic of the classic rock songs. He can hit all the high notes in Somebody to Love – one of several spine-tingling moments in the show – and he has power to back it up. Later, his wailing rendition of the power ballad Who Wants To Love Forever brought the house down. In the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll understudies, this has to be one of the best hires – better than the guy in Yes, the guy in Journey, and both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar put together.

The original Queen guys got their chance to shine. Before Roger Taylor wowed the fans with the expected drum solo, guitarist Brian May provided one of the most chilling points of the night all by himself. Sitting centre stage and armed only with an acoustic guitar, he invoked the spirit of Freddie on Love of My Life, which the two of them used to perform as a duet together, now done solo: “Love of my life, don’t leave me, you’ve taken my love, you now desert me.” This intimate, vulnerable moment had a lot more impact than his epic guitar solo later on. Nice touch showing the old film clip of Freddie singing on the big round TV screen (that seemed to have been stolen from Pink Floyd’s stadium shows). If there was a dry eye in the house, I didn’t see it.

It’s funny how Queen used to boast “no synths” on its records, never mind that some of the stuff came up with were studio creations impossible to reproduce live. Bohemian Rhapsody is a good example, the bombastic bombshell coming near the end of a successively hit laden home-stretch. They don’t build songs like this anymore, either. You’d drive yourself crazy at concerts these days trying to figure out what’s being tracked, but in this case, almost all of that middle section was. They didn't even try to hide it, either.

At one point in the night after a particularly impressive display of vocal prowess, May asked the crowd, “What do you think of the new boy?!” There seemed to be general agreement that Lambert will be permitted to sing Queen songs as long as he wants to.

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**Wed 25 Jun 14**
Q+ AL - EDMONTON SET LIST
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Queen + Adam Lambert
Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 07:30 PM

Set List same as 23 June Saskatoon:

Edmonton set list



Q+AL SET LIST: REXALL PLACE,
EDMONTON
24 June 2014

1. NOW I'M HERE
2. STONE COLD CRAZY
3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
4. FAT BOTTOM GIRLS
5. LAP OF THE GODS
6. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE
7. KILLER QUEEN
8. SOMEBODY TO LOVES
9. I WANT IT ALL
10. LOVE OF MY LIFE
11. '39 - BRIAN
12. DAYS OF OUR LIVES ROGER
DRUM SOLO
13. UNDER PRESSURE
14. LOVE KILLS
15. WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER
16. GUITAR SOLO
17. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
18. RADIO GAGA
19. DON'T STOP ME NOW
20. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
21. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
22. BO RHAP
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23. WE WILL ROCK YOU
24. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS


Brian In Edmonton

Go little Queenie !!

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**Wed 25 Jun 14**
Q+AL - MORE TOUR VIDEOS (ROUND UP)
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Here is some of the latest footage of the Queen and Adam Lambert Tour...

Queen + Adam Lambert - Tour 2014 - http://youtu.be/qu8IuDhGmYk

Queen + Adam Lambert - Love Kills at iHeart Radio Theater (Official Video) - http://youtu.be/8bb6f1fudSw

 

We Will Rock You (Live From Chicago)

Queen + Adam Lambert Tour - Opening Night [Official]- http://youtu.be/sTgRlWdzUWA

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**Wed 25 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 25 JUNE
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Brian May Letter - Queen Fan Club Summer Mag 1998

 

In 1974 - Seven Seas Of Rhye / Loser In The End released Japan
In 1979 - Laura, John and Veronica Deacon's 3rd child and only daughter, was born.
In 1980 - Queen were rehearsing for The Game Tour, Los Angeles, USA.
In 1984 - Roger Taylor released Strange Frontier UK (his 2nd solo album).In 1985 - Freddie Mercury's BBC Radio One interview with DJ Simon Bates broadcast.
In 1989 - Queen single Breakthru entered UK chart at No 13.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany.
In 1994 - Roger appeared Pop Quiz BBC TV's Pop Quiz, on BBC TV.

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In 1998 - Brian May writes letter for the Queen Fan Club Summer 1998 magazine from Marriot Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, covering forthcoming Another World tour and Roger Taylor's soon-to-be released album.
(See opposite)


In 2009 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Kerry Ellis Shaw Theatre, London.
In 2012 - Queen + Adam Lambert finish rehearsals for their tour.
In.2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, UK


Roger Taylor - 'Strange Frontier' promotional video, 1984 - http://youtu.be/XiRUm0ByNAw



Roger Taylor Pop Quiz 1994 - http://youtu.be/rySL9CJzJNA

Brian and Kerry at the Lowry 25 June 2013


Kerry Ellis with Brian May No One But You Lowry 25 06 2013 - http://youtu.be/Z11yedtYd8E

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**Tue 24 Jun 14**
SASKATOON: QUEEN'S MUSIC REMAINS MAIN ATTRACTION
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STAR PHOENIX
24 June 2014

Brian and Adam on stage Chicago
Photograph by: Barry Brecheisen, Invision, The Associated Press, The Starphoenix

The true star of Queen's appearance at Credit Union Centre is easy to recognize. It's not Adam Lambert. This is not to say this American Idol product does not deserve credit for the way he steps into studded leathers to provide the vocals originally performed by the legendary Freddie Mercury. Lambert is a storyteller and a showman. It's not even the incredibly resilient Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (percussion) - the band originals who have been shaping Queen's legacy since 1971.

It's really all about the songs.

What filled the arena on Monday is a love of music that is beautifully written, inspirational and can get the most reserved person singing along.

Let's count down some top Queen songs (according to iTunes downloads) and look at how they fit into this latest incarnation of the band's show.

Somebody To Love: Lambert added swagger to his already confident stride for this one. He seemed to make this song his own. His strong voice, which was reliable through the demanding repertoire, shone on higher notes.

Fat Bottomed Girls: This was pure fun. Teens screeched when they heard the familiar opening and a huge pink bra landed on the stage.
The band wisely played a straight-ahead version so everyone can sing along.

Another One Bites the Dust: The staging needs some praise when it comes to this and other hard-driving Queen songs. Smoke, lights, lasers, screens and a royal purple chaise set a stunning classic rock stage.

We Will Rock You: Top pick on iTunes, perfect encore along with We Are The Champions.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Again, the crowd was almost on equal footing to the band in performing this one. Top-of-the-lungs singalong chance for fans.

This reviewer's favourite Queen song, Under Pressure, which started off with a virtuosic drum solo by Taylor. Don't Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing Called Love were also highlights.

The spirit of Freddie was all over the show. A clip of Mercury played at the end of Love of My Life was a tender moment. But audiences who showed up will be glad the music is still alive and touring.

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**Tue 24 Jun 14**
Q+AL CHICAGO
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Brian May - Chicago

Queen and Adam Lambert, Chicago

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**Tue 24 Jun 14**
Q+AL - SASKATOON SET LIST
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Saskatoon Set List



Q+AL SET LIST: CREDIT UNION CENTRE
SASKATOON
23 June 2014

1. NOW I'M HERE
2. STONE COLD CRAZY
3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
4. FAT BOTTOM GIRLS
5. LAP OF THE GODS
6. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE
7. KILLER QUEEN
8. SOMEBODY TO LOVES
9. i WANT IT ALL
10. LOVE OF MY LIFE
11. '39 - BRIAN
12, DAYS OF OUR LIVES ROGER
DRUM SOLO
13. UNDER PRESSURE
14. LOVE KILLS
15. WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER
16. GUITAR SOLO
17. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
18. RADIO GAGA
19. DON'T STOP ME NOW
20. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
21. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
22. BO RHAP
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23. WE WILL ROCK YOU
24. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS


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**Tue 24 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 JUNE
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In 1977 - Brian May wrote letter for 1977 Queen Fan Club Summer Newsletter - mentioning that band set October deadline for their new album
In 1980 - Queen in LA, USA, rehearsing for The Game Tour.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran were recording at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland continuing work on "How Can I Go On".
In 1993 - The Brian May Band appeared on Top Of The Pops, BBC Television Centre, London, UK, with Resurrection playback.


Brian May + Cozy Powell - Resurrection (Top Of The Pops) (24.06.1993) - https://youtu.be/akF2ESN4tXs

In 2002 - "Party At The Palace CD & DVD released UK & USA, ft Brian May & Roger Taylor, plus their collaborations with the other performers at the concert. [Amazon DVD and AUDIO CD]


Starmus logoIn 2011 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Tangerine Dream at the Magma Centre, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain (Starmus Festival). Concert recorded - "Starmus: Sonic Universe by Tangerine Dream and Brian May (2013) ". [Amazon]

 

 

Concert: Brian May & Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) - Starmus Festival Tenerife
- http://youtu.be/aHn48Sqnpzw

In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Town Hall, Birmingham, UK.

Birmingham Town Hall - Brian May and Kerry Ellis

Birmingham Town Hall

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**Mon 23 Jun 14**
SASKATOON TICKETS ON TICKETMASTER - TONIGHT
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Queen + Adam Lambert Tonight 23 June, Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, Canada.

Good seats at Ticketmaster http://bit.ly/1l2gte1


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**Mon 23 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 23 JUNE
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In 1980 - Queen were in LA, USA, rehearsing for The Game Tour.
In 1984 - Roger Taylor was on "Earsay" TV programme, Channel 4.
In 1984 - John Deacon made his sole appearance on BBC's Pop Quiz.
In 1992 - Brian May attended tribute evening for the late Sammy Davis Junior, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
In 1994 : Roger Taylor made a video for the "Happiness?" single with Rudi Dolezal & Hannes Rossacher.

Roger Taylor - 'Happiness' promotional video, 1994 -http://youtu.be/x02BUTGJ5To


Starmus logo
In 2011 - Brian May took part in the '108 Minute Round Table" discussion at the GTC La Palma, part of the Tenerife STARMUS Festival. (On link you can check out booking info for 2014.)

 

Brian May talks with Sophie Shevardnadze Tenerife 23 June 2011 - http://youtu.be/oqDQPJO0KMs

Brian said: "Death may not be the end, but it's no excuse for denying life" during his interview with Sophie Shevardnadze of RT.com at the Abama Golf & Spa Resort in Tenerife on Thursday 23 June 2011. This followed the 108 Minute Round Table debate at the GTC on La Palma, during the STARMUS Astronomy Festival.

In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK.

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**Sun 22 Jun 14**
Q+AL - WINNIPEG
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Winnipeg Set List



Q+AL SET LIST: MTS CENTER WINNIPEG
21 June 2014

1. NOW I'M HERE
2. STONE COLD CRAZY
3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
4. FAT BOTTOM GIRLS
5. LAP OF THE GODS
6. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE
7. KILLER QUEEN
8. SOMEBODY TO LOVES
9. I WANT IT ALL
10. LOVE OF MY LIFE
11. '39 - BRIAN
12. DAYS OF OUR LIVES ROGER
DRUM SOLO
13. UNDER PRESSURE
14. LOVE KILLS
15. WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER
16. GUITAR SOLO
17. TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
18. RADIO GAGA
19. DON'T STOP ME NOW*
20. CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
21. THE SHOW MUST GO ON
22. BO RHAP
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23 WE WILL ROCK YOU
24. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS


* Don't Stop Me Now played for the first time on tour

Brian May and Adam Lambert - Winnipeg
Brian May and Adam Lambert - Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
They will rock you: Queen & Adam Lambert take on the MTS Centre
21 June 2014

With Adam Lambert as the band's new frontman, the legendary rockers in Queen are part-way through a 24-date North American tour before they head to Australia later this summer. They brought their arena-pumping act to Winnipeg June 21.

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**Sun 22 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 22 JUNE
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In 1979 - Queen released their first live album "Live Killers" (UK) compilation.

[155] Live Killers Coloured Vinyl LP from Japan (1979) - https://youtu.be/8ykc1ys_Ukw

In 1980 - Queen rehearsing in LA USA for The Game Tour.
In 1983 : Roger Taylor joined Robert Plant playing full set on drums for Tyne Tees TV Tube show, at Milton Keynes, UK.In 1985 - Brian May guest appearance with Eddie Van Halen & John Entwhistle at a night club in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
In 1985 - Freddie Mercury recorded an interview with Simon Bates, BBC Radio 1.


Freddie Mercury Interview on Radio One 1985 - http://youtu.be/P17v8MZWEw0

In 1987 - Roger Taylor wrote letter for Queen Fan Club Summer Newsletter 1987, stating Freddie Mercury and Motserrat Caballe working together and Taylor doing some dabbling of his own.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band guested at Guns N' Roses Concert Wildparkstadion, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Brian May sings Mustapha (1993/06/22 Karlsruhe, Germany) - http://youtu.be/cnhEBlWGn5I

In 2004 - Sony releases "Music From And Inspired By Spider-Man 2", including "Someone To Die For" by Jimmy Gnecco (ft Brian May).

Jimmy Gnecco Someone to die for off the Spider Man 2 Soundtrack ``
- http://youtu.be/EoQ6MSWD4wU

In 2005 - Brian and Roger live on air with Johnnie Walker BBC Radio 2, London, UK.
In 2007 - Paul Rodgers confirms Queen + Paul Rodgers hve recorded approx 9 songs, but breaking for summer for Paul's solo commitments, and Brian's PhD work, sessions to continue October. Confirmed they had not yet recored studio version "Take Love".
In 2010 - Brian May, Roger Taylor & Ben Elton attend launch of We Will Rock You: The Musical, Netherlands production, Quene Beatrix Theatre, Utrecht, Netherlands.

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**Sun 21 Jun 14
LIVE STREAMING FROM WINNIPEG
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LINK HERE

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/49036271

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**Sat 21 Jun 14**
Q+AL REVIEWS - CHICAGO
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antiMusic.com - "Queen + Adam Lambert is pure majesty."

Rolling Stone - "Queen have a boatload of hits... and a boatload more."

Camel Clutch - "...put on a brilliant show on their opening night of their US tour."

Voice - Suntimes - "Queen, Adam Lambert rock the United Center in tour kick-off."

Chicago Tribune - "Queen, Adam Lambert bring back the glam."

Music News - "...proved that Brian May and Roger Taylor remain immense talents and Adam Lambert can certainly sing."

Hollywood Reporter - "Adam Lambert and Queen Rock Chicago on Opening Night. Tour kicked off in glam style onThursday night."

Contact Music - "Queen, Adam Lambert Blast Off With Bombastic Tour Opener."

Classic Rock- First night video and pictures.

Reuters - "Queen continue to rock."

Associated Press - Queen + Adam Lambert in Concert - Chicago.

Billboard - Opening Night Photos!

Today.com - Adam Lambert Rocks Out with Queen

Official Photo Gallery - Facebook.

 

ROLLING STONE
Queen and Adam Lambert's Tour Opener: 5 Things We Learned
20 June 2014 by Dan Hyman

Regal rock band and their new frontman make a grand U.S. debut at Chicago's United Center

Adam Lambert and Brian May

Adam Lambert and Brian May perform at Chicago's United Center in Chicago, Illinois. - Neal Preston

Even when he was auditioning for American Idol, singing "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the judges with all his falsetto fireworks, it was readily apparent Adam Lambert had a major soft spot for Queen. That he would later perform with the band itself at the end of his season — and brilliantly so, at that — only solidified the increasingly obvious fact: This singer and all his octave-defying range and theatrical flair owed a clear debt of gratitude to the late Freddie Mercury.

It was fitting and not altogether surprising, then, when Lambert quickly linked up with the legendary act, serving as their frontman at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and again during a brief European tour. Last night, kicking off a 24-date North American run at Chicago's United Center, the union of Lambert and Queen became official.

"It's so crazy that this came out of American Idol," Lambert admitted during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Yet if the singer was any parts bewildered by his luck, he didn't show it on Thursday evening: The tour's opening show was a spectacle of the grandest order. Here are five things it taught us:

Adam Lambert is no Freddie Mercury, but the man sure can sing.

This isn't the first time Queen have attempted to replace their iconic frontman: Everyone from Wyclef Jean to Robbie Williams to Bad Company's Paul Rodgers, who toured with the band for the better part of the Aughts, has stepped into the late singer's massive shoes. From his cheeky call-and-response during "Another One Bites the Dust" to his outsize take on "Killer Queen," spreading out on a purple lounger and fake-chugging champagne, Lambert proved as brilliant a fill-in as you're bound to find.

It's a shame he wasn't given more a cappella turns, however: "Somebody to Love" was goose bump-inducing thanks to Lambert's vocal acrobatics. And that's to say nothing of his vocal magic during "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are the Champions."


Adam and Brian
Photo: Neal Preston

Queen don't skimp on spectacle.

Queen put on a rock show, but one that often feels more like a Vegas spectacle. Dizzying, rainbow stage lights: check. Red-and-green laser lights draping the entire arena in a Christmas hue: surely. A floating drum riser from which Taylor smacked the skins during a thrashing encore rendition of "We Will Rock You"? Of course. A gold glitter shower to close out the evening? How could they not? These flourishes were always for the best.

Queen have a boatload of hits... and a boatload more.
Beyond the classics, Queen earned a huge response from tracks like the slinky soiree "Who Wants to Live Forever," the Broadway-esque "The Show Must Go On" and the swaying "In the Lap of the Gods." Their greatest undertaking? A reinterpretation of Mercury's "Love Kills," a 1984 solo track that the frontman made with Giorgio Moroder for a restored version of the 1927 silent film Metropolis. Here, the band slowed it down, performing as a trio at the front of the catwalk. Lambert's vocals hung just below the upper-deck risers: "Bless him," he said in a toast to Mercury. "But we do a version of this our way."

May and Taylor are supremely underrated talents.
Lambert made the headlines, but his vocals would have nowhere to sit if Brian May and Roger Taylor weren't such pros. Last night, the former channeled David Gilmour during a brilliant extended guitar intro to "Tie Your Mother Down" and unleashed far more thrash and distortion then many would have expected. The latter, meanwhile, kept his sticks on the pulse all evening, dropping smacking martial beats during "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Ga Ga."

The wardrobe department came through bigtime.
Let's be honest: What's a Queen show without some spectacular outfits? By our count, Lambert wore eight different ones during the two hour gig. His bandmates? They stuck to more traditional attire — shirt and slacks — but don't worry: May did don a gold cape during "Bohemian Rhapsody." It was only fitting.

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CHICAGO SUN TIMES
Queen, Adam Lambert rock the United Center in tour kick-off
20 June 2014 by Jeff Elbel

Brian and Adam

Brian May of Queen (left) and Adam Lambert at the United Center Thursday night. | PHOTO BY JEFF ELBEL / FOR THE SUN-TIMES

One thing’s certain: Thursday night’s concert at United Center by Queen and Adam Lambert was the only show in Chicago to include both a physics lesson and a singer in a diamond-studded leopard skin suit. It was the perfect pairing of brainy and challenging rock music with outrageous and glamorous attitude.

Since the death of beloved Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have tended the eternal flame of the band’s legacy. During the 2000s, the pair partnered with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers. Rodgers’ pipes were well-matched to full-tilt rockers like May’s “Tie Your Mother Down,” but perhaps lacked a measure of the flamboyant flair to fully inhabit the grand, romantic sweep of Mercury’s “Somebody to Love.”

Enter Lambert.

Adam and Roger

Adam Lambert brought his personal glitz to the music of Queen Thursday night at the United Center. | PHOTO BY JEFF ELBEL / FOR THE SUN-TIMES

As he struck a decadent pose atop a purple-and-gold chaise lounge during a very glam “Killer Queen,” it was clear that Lambert possessed the charisma to pay maximum tribute to Mercury’s larger-than-life persona. It helped that he had skill to match the theatricality. Rafter-raising showstoppers including “We are the Champions” and “The Show Must Go On” displayed Lambert’s pop sensibility and dizzying range while simultaneously showcasing May’s unparalleled rock soloing technique.

“We played to some of your mothers and fathers, I’m sure,” said May after crossing the catwalk with his acoustic guitar to the center of the room. Dr. May then gave a brief description of Einsteinian relativity while introducing “’39,” a tale of tragic love and time travel.

Adam and Brian

Adam Lambert and Brian May in Chicago, June 19, 2014. | PHOTO BY JEFF ELBEL / FOR THE SUN-TIMES

Taylor paid tribute to Mercury while singing “These are the Days of Our Lives.” The video screen flashed nostalgic images of Queen’s younger days. Next, Taylor performed a drum duet with his son. Taylor brought the house down with bombastic precision during “I Want It All.”

The players offered little evidence of opening-night jitters on their North American tour’s debut. The technical side exhibited a few minor bugs including microphone trouble during “Now I’m Here,” occasional synchronization glitches with the video, and a missed cue on the steam jets. Although the band was somewhat loose during “Love Kills,” Lambert’s empathic delivery and soaring vocal flight were spine-tingling. The deep cut was taken from the score for Giorgio Moroder’s 1984 restoration of the film “Metropolis.” “Metropolis” footage also rolled during “Radio Ga Ga,” while the crowd mimicked the unified hand-clap motions of the MTV-era video.

Adam and Queen

Adam Lambert and Brian May ignite the crowd at the United Center on Thursday night.
| PHOTO BY JEFF ELBEL / FOR THE SUN-TIMES

The camaraderie and mutual love between Queen and Lambert was evident. May and Lambert frequently rubbed shoulders and struck heroic poses together. Taylor and Lambert high-fived after assuming the roles of David Bowie and Mercury for “Under Pressure.”
“You know, love makes me feel a little cray-cray, too,” said Lambert as the band launched “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Lambert channeled Mercury and Elvis Presley in equal measure.

By the time the band finally reached the show’s centerpiece with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” anticipation had built to fever pitch. The crowd roared as Mercury’s image sang the second verse via projection screen. Lambert threw May briefly off balance by bowing down to him, causing May to laugh and miss his last solo entrance. Rather than derail the moment, it seemed endearing and joyful.
The performance wasn’t flawless, but the spirit was right for Queen. It was both openly human and majestic.
Queen’s next move will be to release “Queen Forever” later this year, featuring outtakes from previous Freddie Mercury studio sessions. It is unknown whether May and Taylor will record with Lambert, as they did with Rodgers for 2008’s “The Cosmos Rocks.” The show at United Center suggested that it could be a powerful collaboration.

SET LIST:

Now I’m Here
Stone Cold Crazy
Another One Bites the Dust
Fat Bottomed 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
These are the Days of Our Lives
Drum duet (Roger Taylor and son - Rufus)
Under Pressure
Love Kills
Who Wants to Live Forever
Guitar solo (Brian May)
Tie Your Mother Down
Radio Ga Ga
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
Bohemian Rhapsody
Encore:
We Will Rock You
We are the Champions

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Adam LambertMUSIC NEWS
Queen & Adam Lambert open US tour
21 Jun 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert officially opened their tour on Thursday night at the United Centre in Chicago with a set that proved that Brian May and Roger Taylor remain immense talents, Adam Lambert can certainly sing, even if it isn't like Freddie Mercury, and the Queen catalogue is one of the greatest in rock.

The band touched on music from twelve of the fourteen studio albums released during Freddie Mercury's lifetime, missing just their debut, Queen, and the soundtrack to Flash Gordon. Four each were performed from Sheer Heart Attack and A Night at the Opera.

With such a huge catalogue of hits, it is inevitable that some will be missed. Left out of their top twenty American hits were You're My Best Friend and Body Language. From their British top ten catalogue, they omitted Don't Stop Me Now (which they did perform earlier in the week at their preview performance), Flash, I Want to Break Free, It's a Hard Life, One Vision, A Kind of Magic and Breakthru.

The set list:

Main Set

•Now I'm Here (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
•Stone Cold Crazy (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
•Another One Bites the Dust (from The Game, 1980)
•Fat Bottomed Girls (from Jazz, 1978)
•In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
•Seven Seas of Rhye (from Queen II, 1974)
•Killer Queen (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
•Somebody to Love (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
•I Want It All (from The Miracle, 1989)
•Love of My Life (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
•'39 (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
•These Are the Days of Our Lives (from Innuendo, 1991)
•Drum Battle
•Under Pressure (from Hot Space, 1982)
•Love Kills (from the soundtrack of Metropolis, 1985)
•Who Wants to Live Forever (from A Kind of Magic, 1986)
•Last Horizon (from Brian Mays' Back to the Light, 1993)
•Tie Your Mother Down (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
•Radio Ga Ga (from The Works, 1984)
•Crazy Little Thing Called Love (from The Game, 1980)
•The Show Must Go On (from Innuendo, 1991)
•Bohemian Rhapsody (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)

Encore
•We Will Rock You (from News of the World, 1977)
•We Are the Champions (from News of the World, 1977)
•God Save the Queen (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)

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CONTACT MUSIC
Queen, Adam Lambert Blast Off With Bombastic Tour Opener
20 June by Lauren James

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the United Center with a tour kick-off to remember.

Queen and Adam Lambert have managed to ace the nerve-wracking first night of their tour in North America, rocking Chicago's United Center to its foundations with a bombastic rock show to surpass all others. Combining theatrical flair with jaw-dropping vocal abilities, Queen's adopted singer, Adam Lambert proved his worth as the successor to Freddie Mercury once more.

Chicago - Adam and Brian
Adam Lambert Brian May
A Stormingly Successful Opening Night Left Queen & Adam Lambert Fans Hungry For More.

"We've played to some of your mothers and fathers," guitarist Brian May remarked to the full-house crowd during last night's show. "And some of your grandchildren, I'm sure." Noughties Queen singer Paul Rodgers may have had the ability to pull of the power rock group's more challenging numbers, but it is Idol alum Lambert who truly embodies the spirit of the late flamboyant frontman.

Chicago - Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert
Lambert Was An Undisputed Star, Working The Crowd With Charisma & Theatrical Flamboyancy.

May told iHeartRadio last year: ''He's extraordinary. It speaks for itself, his voice. That's one voice in a billion. Adam can do things which really I have never heard anyone else ever do in my life.''

The 31 year-old certainly looked the part last night, clad in an array of studded leather garments with white trousers and even a full animal-print ensemble at one point. He gave a charismatic performance of the band's show-stopping tunes, including 'We Are The Champions,' and 'The Show Must Go On.'

Chicago - Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor Launched Into An Impressive Drum Duet With His Son, Rufus.

Meanwhile, May's unparalleled instinct for an air-guitar inducing rock solo was showcased alongside mellower moments, as best seen on the acoustic track '39,' which is a tale of love and time travel. Naturally, the degree-educated astrophysicist felt it was time to impart some of his impressive scientific knowledge upon the crowd, launching into a beginner's guide to Einsteinian relativity.

Chicago - Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor
Adam Lambert Roger Taylor
The Bombastic Rock Show Included A Tribute To Late Frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Lambert may have taken centre-stage but the band made sure to pay its respects to Mercury, dedicating the song 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' whilst a photo montage of Queen's younger days was shown. After singing the tribute, drummer Roger Taylor broke into a joint drum feature with his son, Rufus Tiger Taylor.

Adam Lambert and Queen

Adam Lambert Queen
Alongside An Entertaining Show, Brian May Even Managed To Sneak In A Physics Lesson To Educate Fans.

Without any noticeable opening night jitters, Queen and Adam Lambert not only managed to pull off a rock show worthy of the history books but also further their continued relevancy in the music industry.

Chicago - Adam Lambert and Brian May, Queen
Adam Lambert Brian May Queen
Many Fans Will Be Expecting Queen To Record An Album With Adam Lambert.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' was, naturally, the jewel in the crown of a glittering and glamorous evening, leaving fans whether Queen will capitalise on the firepower that Lambert lends them by recording a new album.

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**Sat 21 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 21 JUNE
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In 1980 - Queen were in LA, USA, rehearsing for their The Game Tour.
In 1985 - Brian flew to New Orleans to present Guild replica Red Special at a Guitar trade fair.
In 1986 - Queen played the Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany - complete concert broadcast live on German radio. Fish joined the band on stage during Tutti Frutti. .


Queen in Mannheim 1986 - http://youtu.be/_907mxtvFCs

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Ahoy Hall, Rotterdam, Holland.
In 1994 - John Deacon played bass on the track "Bushfire: Steve Gregory's album, of same name, released today.

Steve Gregory (with John Deacon) - Bushfire - http://youtu.be/-kjSpdUpqKk

Bushfire by Steve Gregory with John Deacon on bass. Released on Gregory's album, also called 'Bushfire' in 1994. Gregory also played saxophone on Queen's 'One Year Of Love".

In 2002 - Roger Taylor made a guest appearance with David Gilmour, Ringo Starr, Bob Geldof & others, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, UK - played on I Feel Fine, Jealous Guy, I Am The Walrus, My Sweet Lord.
In 2009 - Brian May guest appearance with Kerry Ellis at Shaw Theatre, London, UK.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, UK.

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