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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.

**Sat 28 Jun 14**
Q+AL VENUE TONIGHT - ROGERS ARENA VANCOUVER
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TONIGHT Sat 28 June 08:00 PM @QueenWillRock +@adamlambert
Queen + Adam Lambert
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
Ticket link: HERE

Rogers Arena, Vancouver

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** Sat 28 Jun 14**
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BAND? - VOTE
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A poll at www.doyouremember.com

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** Fri 27 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 27 JUNE
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In 1970 - First concert performed under the "Queen" name, City Hall, Truro, UK (Mike Grose on bass) - billed as Smile, having been booked much earlier by Roger's mother. Set list included "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Son and Daughter".

Smile Ad - Truro 27 June 1970

In 1980 - Queen rehearsing for The Game tour in LA, California, USA.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played Kisstadion, Budapest, Hungary - last show of European tour.

Brian May Interview in Hungary 1993 (Part 1) - http://youtube.com/watch?v=pEy54GjMdgU

In 1999 - Roger Taylor played charity gig for SCREAM at the Café De Paris, London, with Jimmy Page, Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, The Stereophonics and the Black Crowes.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers performed at Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday concert, Hyde Park, London, UK: "One Vision", "The Show Must Go On", "Tie Your Mother Down", "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions and "All Right Now". Brian accompanied Andrea Corr on acoustic "Is This The World We Created?".


Brian May & Andrea Corr - "Is This The World We Created?" (Live at Hyde Park 2008) - http://youtu.be/JcLe7P-Kzo8

Move It

In 2011 - Queen released as part of 40th Anniversary series, "Deep Cuts Vol 2 (1977-1982}", and Deluxe re-releases of "News of the World", "Jazz", "The Game", "Flash Gordon" and "Hot Space" albums. Also re-released "The Platinum Collection [2011 Remaster]" 3-CD set.

In 2009 - Brian May joined Cliff Richard, Brian Bennett & Mo Foster to record two new versions of "Move It" track single Abbey Road, London. In 2009 - Hollywood Records released "Queen + Paul Rodgers Live In Ukraine" CD & DVD (USA). AMAZON: CD SINGLE | MP3

In 2012 - Queen flew to Moscow, Russia, ready for concert dates with Adam Lambert.

 

Andrea Corr and Brian May
Andrea Corr and Brian May 2008

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**Fri 27 Jun 14**
QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT PERFORMANCE AT iHEARTRADIO THEATER
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PBLCTY.com
27 June 2014

Adam, Brian and Roger - iHeart 2014

Adam Lambert, Brian May and Roger Taylor
(Photo: Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

MORE ON PHOTO GALLERY HERE

The crowd was electric at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles for the fully charged Queen with Adam Lambert iHeartRadio Live performance read more

The show, hosted by radio host and Motley Crue front-man Nikki Sixx, featured a Q&A with Queen’s Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert. The event video streamed exclusively on Yahoo Screen and broadcasted live on air on all Classic Rock stations, with a 60-minute live stream online across station websites and iHeartRadio.com.

The band performed eight of their iconic rock songs including: “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Fat Bottom Girls,” and “Under Pressure.

Nikki Sixx had the opportunity to sit down with the band prior to their performance to talk about their new relationship with Adam Lambert, their upcoming tour, the band’s history and their performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last September.

Nikki opened the conversation by asking Brian May if this truly was going to be their last tour. Brian told Nikki that he had previously mentioned this could be their last time touring whimsically. He told the audience that there is no reason to believe this is the end. The crowd at the iHeartRadio Theater erupted with applause and Brian elaborated saying that “the fact that we can do it on this scale and level is truly amazing.”

Adam Lambert said sometimes he finds himself watching the band on stage as a fan, being in awe of them and forgets he's performing. He also discussed what he’s trying to do with the music, he said “It's the character that's in all the songs, it's what Freddie did so well. It's in the heart. It's this peacocking that happens. It's the rock n roll spirit that I love.”

Brian discussed the relationship with Adam and how it started. He said “We didn't look for Adam, we just found him. Saw him on the idol finale and it was a natural thing from there. His voice is so incredible.” Brian concluded by saying “He has a great confidence but has reality and humility. He likes to work.”

Brian talked about the song, “The Show Must Go On.” He said they wrote it with Freddie but never had the opportunity to perform it because he was gone. He said hearing it with Adam was stupendous. He went on to say that the band is doing quite a few of the older songs when they were a heavy rock band.

During the performance, Adam told the audience at the theater and people listening around the country through the livestream that they had a treat for everyone. He said, “Freddie Mercury created a song called ‘Love Kills’ for the movie Metropolis. We're going to do it in our own way, without the disco.”

During Queen’s performance of Fat Bottom Girls, Adam shouted “All you fat ass bitches are gonna get out your seat and ride!"

They concluded their performance with “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and Nikki Sixx came out and told everyone when he was 14 years old, Queen was playing at the Paramount Theater in Seattle. He said he slept on the cement outside over night to get tickets. He told the audience they blew his mind. “To see them here was amazing. They are very humble people. You can see it.”

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**Fri 27 Jun 14**
Q+AL CALGARY - SET LIST, PRESS
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Calgary set list



Q+AL SET LIST: SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME,
CALGARY
26 June 2014

1. NOW I'M HERE
2. STONE COLD CRAZY
3. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
4. FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS
5. LAP OF THE GODS
6. SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE
7. KILLER QUEEN
8. SOMEBODY TO LOVE
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


REVIEWS:

CALGARY HERALD
Queen plus Adam Lambert adds up to solid rock show
27 June 2014 by Mike Bell

Adam and Brian - Calgary

Queen and Adam Lambert perform live at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.
Photograph by: Jenn Pierce, Calgary Herald

Contrary to what the “experts” and “teachers” and “astrophysicists” might tell you, math is not an exact science. Just like rock ’n’ roll.

There is some wiggle room when it comes to greater than and less than, and that whole addition by subtraction thing, especially when you add an unknown to a prime number while also subtracting two-quarters of that whole. Or, if we can put it in more practical terms, the terms that concern us, Queen — Freddie Mercury — John Deacon + Adam Lambert = y.

As in: y bother? Or as in: y the hell not.

The equation was chalked out on the Saddledome stage Thursday night as the new sum rolled through town on their current North American tour for a two-and-a-half-hour, no-opener, no-intermission show. And the answer? Well, in keeping with the inexactitude of rock ’n’ roll, it was, close. Ish. But perhaps missing that x factor.

Now, to dispense entirely with those wishing to claim there’s a bias toward the new math, please keep in mind that it’s truly not the case. New and old can coexist entirely as long as they meet in the middle and add up to the same thing. Again, the old in this case, the two remaining members of Queen — guitar God Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor — plus that incredible, incomparable canon, including songs on this evening such as Stone Cold Crazy, Killer Queen, Somebody to Love, Love of My Life and Under Pressure, remain as indivisible from contemporary rock as ever.

They still have the same answer to what life requires as they did 30, 40 years ago.

May, especially, was remarkable Thursday night. He, actually, equalled the Queen you knew, the Queen you loved, the Queen that textbooks still teach. His mind-boggling and jaw-dropping solos, his remarkable presence, just the sound of that guitar, it was all it should have been. (Taylor and his drumming? Solid, but not entirely definitive in its delivery, even during his solo or encore kickoff We Will Rock You.)

And even when May took centre stage to sing halfway through the set, first solo, then with some of the band backing him up acoustically, it was impossible to separate what was and what is. He performed gorgeous versions of A Night At the Opera’s ’39 and, first, the wonderful Love of My Life, at the end of which he was joined by, via big-screen projection, his late, lamented frontman Mercury who brought it home.

Sadly, he also brought home the one thing that loomed large over the evening, and that was the celebrated plus of the current Queen lineup, Lambert. A fact hammered home late in the evening, when the new singer stepped aside to allow a recorded version of the old singer to have his incomparable way with the classic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Again, it’s important here to note that this isn’t mistrust or dismissal of the new, as the former American Idol finalist is very much a talented vocalist. He has great range and delivery — as he showed to incredible effect on the Highlander anthem Who Wants to Live Forever — and, in his own way, he has singular charisma and stage appeal. And, to his credit and in direct contrast to the karaoke lump INXS hitched to their wagon to replace Michael Hutchence, not once did it feel like he was attempting to vocally or theatrically impersonate Mercury. (Visually? Leather. Nah. He, too, wears it well.)

The only time it seemed like he was aping Freddie was during the call-and-response during an otherwise astounding version of Tie Your Mother Down.

But you felt it the second Lambert took the stage for Now I’m Here, you could feel that it didn’t entirely add up. The power of the band was amazing, the song was as it should have been, the staging spectacular — throughout the night, as bright and arena- or planetarium-worthy as was required — but he never completely fit into the totality. And it wasn’t a matter of the ears and eyes needing to adjust to the new Queen, as songs that followed — Fat Bottomed Girls, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, etc. — just didn’t completely compute.

Perhaps there’s a little too much deference and respect for the band and the music — May was also given the bulk of the banter — for him to entirely be that missing integer. Maybe he needs a little more seasoning. Maybe he actually needs to record new material with the remaining members for him to be able to become that plus that Queen needs to not put it, ever so slightly, into the negative.

Whatever the case, the current Queen with their newest addition ultimately put on a solid B+ of a concert, showing their work when necessary and making even those at the back of the class, those who’ve been held back a number of years, follow along until the final bell.

Ish.

Here endeth the lesson.

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CALGARY SUN
ALL HAIL ROCK ROALTY - QUEEN'S LEGACY KEPT ALIVE AND WELL
26 June 2014 by Gerry Krochak

Queen Rocks Dome

British rock band Queen + Adam Lambert rocked a near sold out audience at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday June 26, 2014.

It’s Queen … but it’s not Queen.

Look, whether you buy into anyone other than the incomparable Freddie Mercury fronting Queen or not, the opportunity to hear and see an even reasonable facsimile of one of the greatest rock bands in music history is one worth taking.

Neither Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers in the 2000s, or certainly Adam Lambert now could ever ascend to the loftiest of heights, and to each’s credit … neither have tried. This current North American tour isn’t so much a tribute to Mercury but rather an attempt at keeping the music and the legacy of Queen alive in a live setting. Being handsome, flamboyant, gay and possessing a big voice is simply not enough to be on the same level of Mercury’s star power, but Lambert is certainly good enough that he has to be taken seriously in his current role. He has the charisma, attitude and semi-operatic vocal chops to not only stand onstage and play with Brian May and Roger Taylor … but to front the band.

During what must be a thrilling, but thankless task, where Lambert has to be twice as good to get half the credit, on this night he was up to the challenge — and then some. On a majestic stage production with giant oval video screen and just the right amount of lights and smoke, the 32-year-old former American Idol runner-up strutted, preened and posed through blazing openers Now I’m Here and Stone Cold Crazy, May’s characteristic blistering fretwork as amazing as you recall.

Admittedly, there was a healthy contingent of boisterous American Idol fans in attendance, but the old rockers that dominated the old barn were warm and welcoming.

Lambert, for his part, continued to make his presence and own version of star power felt on the terrific one-two punch of Another One Bites The Dust and a delicious interpretation of Fat Bottomed Girls.

Following In The Lap Of The Gods and Seven Seas Of Rhye, Lambert appeared on top of a purple chaise lounge in platform boots that would have made Paul Stanley proud, while delivering a Marc Bolin-esque, glammed-out vocal of Killer Queen — if he had old fans left to win over this one did it!

For all of the evening’s brightest and most surprising moments, Lambert’s drop-dead stunning performance of Somebody To Love (his favourite Mercury vocal) and I Want It All, followed by Taylor paying tribute with a lead vocal and a touching video montage of early Queen days on These Are The Days Of Our Lives gave the show its undeniable peak (or so we would have thought) about halfway through.

Just prior, May donned his white cowboy hat and let out a “Yee haw!” before recalling the last time Queen played Calgary in 1977, at The Jube. “You Calgarians are so beautiful … we’ll have to do a Calgarian Rhapsody later!” he laughed. “I think it’s been about 37 years … and you’re only getting better!”

If the crowd seemed even a little bit tentative at first, they were now fully engaged as Lambert and Taylor teamed up on Under Pressure, before a ridiculous May solo spot lead to the heaviest of the heavy artillery with Tie Your Mother Down, Radio Gaga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, The Show Must Go On and new undeniable peak … Bohemian Rhapsody.

An encore of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions was the icing on an unforgettable set list and a memorable evening. All hail the Queen, even now.

Mercury has been gone for 23 years and his legacy will live on forever — it seems fair to say last night was something that would have made him smile.

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Queen and Adam Lambert at the Saddledome
4 stars (out of 5)
Attendance: 13,000

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** Fri 27 Jun 14**
BRIAN MAY ON HOW QUEEN FORMED (AUDIO)
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VH1 CLASSIC ROCK RADIO REPORT:
On June 27th, 1970, the English band Smile decided to change their name to Queen. Guitarist Brian May told us about how the band formed (Check out AUDIO CUT):

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**Thu 26 Jun 14**
Q+AL SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME, CALGARY - 26 JUNE
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Tonight's venue...

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary

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**Thu 26 Jun 14**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY
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In 1973 - The Larry Lurex-credited 7" single "I Can Hear Music" bw "Goin' Back' released by EMI.
In 1979 - Live Killers released by Elektra Records, USA.
In 1980 - Queen in LA, USA, rehearsing for their The Game Tour.
In 1984 - Roger Taylor released "Man On Fire" as US-only 12" single with "I Cry For You (Love, Hope and Confusion") and "It's An Illusion".
In 1986 - Queen played the Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany.
In 1988 - Brian May attended a charity cricket match, Ipswich, UK.
In 1988 - John Deacon was filmed in a Morris Minor and The Majors video This Is The Chorus.

Morris Minor & The Majors - This Is the Chorus
- http://youtu.be/2XKDTOiNqdE

John Deacon - This Is The Chorus
John Deacon

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany.
In 1994 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Paul Rodgers at Gibson's Night of 100 Guitars Wembley Arena, London, UK.

Brian May with Paul Rodgers-A Little Bit Of Love(Live in Wembley Arena, London, UK 26.06.1994)
- http://youtu.be/L-yakGs6SVk

Brian May Night of 100 Guitars, Wembley 1994

In 2006 - Queen released official bootleg "First Live Attack" (from Sheer Heart Attack tour c 1974), "Last European News" (Fron News tour c 1977) and "Rogues and Scandal"s (possible mix of 1974 and 1975 material).
In 2006 - (Mid-June) Brian May asked by Cliff Richard to record "Move It" and by Diana Ross to record guitar track for her cover "Crazy Little /thing Called Love".
In 2009 - Brian May made a guest appearance with Kerry Ellis, Shaw Theatre, London, UK.
In 2012 - Soundtrack album for "Ted" released "Flash's Theme (Ted Original Soundtrack Version): by Queen.

Flash Gordon in Ted (2012) - Full Scene - http://youtu.be/miU6ruUPZHI
WARNING: MAY OFFEND

In.2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis-played The Sage, Gateshead, UK.

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