queen news

JUNE 2021

Contains some Industry and General News from 'OUT THERE' © brianmay.com



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JUNE

Q+AL UK & EUROPE - RE-ARRANGED
2022
MAY
F 27 - Belfast, SEE Arena "NEW"
Sa 28 - Belfast, SSE Arena "NEW"
M 30 - Manchester, UK - AO
Tue 31 - Manchester, UK - AO
JUNE
Th 02 - Glasgow - SSE Hydro "NEW"
F 03 - Glasgow - SSE Hydro "NEW"
Su 05 - London, UK - The O2
M 06 - London, UK - The O2
W 08 - London, UK - The O2
Th 09 - London, UK - The O2
S 11 - Birmingham, UK - Utilita
Su 12 - Birmingham, UK - Utilita
Tu 14 - London, UK - The O2
W 15 - London, UK - The O2
F 17 - London, UK - The O2
Sa 18 - London, UK - The O2
M 20 - London, UK - The O2



Tu 21 - London, UK - The O2
F 24 - Berlin, Germany - Mercedes-Benz
Su 26 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess
Tu 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallensadion
W 29 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
JULY
F 01 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
Sa 02 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
W 06 - Madrid, Spain - Wizink Centre
Th -07 - Madrid, Spain - Wizink Centre
Su 10 - Bologna, Ialy - Unipol Arena "NEW"
M 11 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena



W 13 - Paris, France - Accorhotels Arena
F 15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis
Su 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena,
M 18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
W 20 - Stockholm, Sweden - Avicii Arena "NEW"
Th 21 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena "NEW"
Su 24 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena "NEW"
Mo 25 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwell Arena "NEW"

     
     

2021 - OLD POSTPONED DATES
Q+AL UK AND EUROPE
May
Su 23 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
W 26 - Paris, France - AccorHo tels Arena
Th 27 - Antwerp Belgium - Sportspalais
Sa 29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
Su 30 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
June
Tu 1 - London, UK - The O2
W 2 - London, UK - The O2
F 4 - London, UK - The O2
S 5 - London, UK - The O2
M 7 - London, UK - The O2


Th 10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester
Tu 8 - London, UK - The O2
F 11 - Manchester UK - Manchester Arena
Su 13 - Birmingham, UK - Utlita Arena
M 14 - Birmingham, UK - Utlita Arena
W 16 - London, UK - The O2
Th 17 - London, UK - The O2
Sa 19 - London, UK - The O2
Su 20 - London, UK - The O2
Th 24 - Berlin, German - Mercedes-Benz Arena
Sat 26 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena


M 28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
Tu 29 - Zurich ch, Germany - Olympiahalle
July
Th 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
F 2 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
Tue 6 - Madrid, Spain - Wiznik Centre
Wed 7 - Madrid, Spain - Wiznik Centre
Sept
Th 2-Su 5 - Freddie Mercury Celebration Days, Montreux
Sa 4 - FM Birthday Party, Montreux


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**Thu 10 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 10 JUNE
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In 1976 - 'You're My Best Friend' bw ''39' released US.
In 1981 - Roger Taylor on Rock-Pop TV show, Germany - performed 'Future Management' interview.

Roger Taylor German TV 10 June 1981
Roger Taylor on German TV 10 June 1981

In 1982 - Queen appeared UK Top Of The Pops with 'Las Palabras De Amor'.

Las Palabras - Brian May
Brian - Las Palabras de Amor

In 1986 - "A Kind Of Magic" No 1 UK album chart.
In 1988 - Roger Taylor guest on "Brainstorm" TV game show, UK.
In 1991 - Brian May in Toronto and St Catherines, Ontario, Canada at end of "Innuendo radio tour". Played 'Tie Your Mother Down', 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Stone Cold Crazy'.
In 2009 - Brian May played with "We Will Rock You: The Musical" touring company, Sunderland Empire.

Brian Joins Sunderland Cast
Brian joins WWRY Cast - Sunderland Empire 2009

In 2014 - 10-15 June "We Will Rock You" N American Tour at Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Des Moine, US.
In 2012 - Queen began rehearsals for the Queen + Adam Lambert concert tour.
In 2015 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis guests on BBC Radio 2 studio with Simon Mayo "Drivetime" - 'One Voice' single first radio play. Brian & Kerry Ellis announced working on "Anthems II" album, to be released late 2015 / early 2016. Other topics: We Will Rock You, George Michael and Adam Lambert.


Brian May & Kerry Ellis - Simon Mayo Drivetime 10 June 2015
- https://youtu.be/2L7k5aEFDSE

In 2016 - Roger Taylor was a phone-in guest on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday [10 June 2016] talking about preparations and prospect of playing the Isle of Wight Festival this Sunday.


Roger Taylor talking Isle of Wight: Chris Evans Breakfast Show 10/06/2016
- https://youtu.be/S2ph6qb-PWI

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**Wed 09 Jun 21**
ROGER TAYLOR 'OUTSIDER' TOUR ON GENERAL SALE FRIDAY 11 JUNE
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Roger Taylor

 

Roger's 'Outsider' UK Tour goes on sale on Friday 11th June at 10am (BST) via Ticketmaster.

“This is my modest tour, I just want it to be lots of fun, very good musically, and I want everybody to enjoy it. I'm really looking forward to it. Will I be playing Queen songs too? Absolutely!”

CLICK HERE to see the Roger Taylor Ticketmaster Page.

Roger Taylor 'Outsider' Tour Dates

Sat 2 October - NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy
Sun 3 October - MANCHESTER, Academy
Tue 5 October - YORK, Barbican
Wed 6 October - CARDIFF, St. David’s Hall
Fri 8 October - LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy
Sat 9 October - NORWICH, University East Anglia (UEA)
Mon 11 October - BATH, Forum
Tue 12 October - BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy
Thu 14 October - PLYMOUTH, Pavilions
Fri 15 October - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
Sun 17 October - BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion
Tue 19 October - GUILDFORD, G Live
Wed 20 October - COVENTRY, HMV Empire
Fri 22 October - LONDON, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

- Click here to pre-order 'Outsider', the album, new merchandise, and exclusive bundles.
- [AMAZON]

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**Wed 09 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 9 JUNE
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In 1982 - Queen played a special performance of Las Palabras De Amor for BBC's Top Of The Pops, UK.
In 1984 - Roger Taylor appeared on BBC Pop Quiz show.
In 1986 - 'Friends Will Be Friends' bw 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' single released UK.


In 1990 - Roger Taylor guest appearance with Westernhagen and Fish, Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played City Hall, Sheffield, UK.
In 1997 - Brian May wrote in letter for Queen Fan Club Summer 1997 magazine that he was still working on solo album and Queen musical was in works.
In 1998 - The Brian May Band on second date of promo tour played Le Réservoir, Paris, France. ‘On My Way Up (Live at La Reservoir, Paris, June 9th 1998)' and 'Hammer To Fall (Live at La Reservoir, Paris, June 9th 1998)' later released on" Japan Red Special" CD.
In 2003 - Queen released “Live At Wembley Stadium” DVD UK, with bonus materials.
In 2006 - Queen released “Official Bootleg: Expert Sky Cabinet - An Opera tour concert", c1975.
In 2010 - Brian May appeared on the BBC2 Daily Politics show (TV) UK.


Brian May Daily Politics Show 9 June 2010 - https://youtu.be/KLws9k4MZXw

In 2015 - Brian May and Anita Dobson attended the world premiere of the movie "London Road" at the Ritzy Cinema. Brixton, London. Anita Dobson plays the role of June in this British musical mystery thriller.
Clips and photos HERE
- and - BRIAN's SOAPBOX comments and more pictures.

Brian and Anita - London Road premiere
Anita and Brian at London Road world premiere

In 2016 - Queen + Adam Lambert - European Summer Festival Tour 2016 played Sweden Rock Festival 2016, Sölesborg, Sweden.

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**Tue 08 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 8 JUNE
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In 1968 - The Reaction played Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Museum, Bodmin, UK.
In 1990 - The Cross played Theaterhaus Wangen, Stuttgart, Germany.
In 1993 - Brian May Band played the Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK and interviewed by the O-Zone's Philippa Forrester about Back To The Light Tour and 'Resurrection' single.


Brian May Interview for O-Zone, Manchester Apollo 08/06/1993 [aired 13/06/1993]
- https://youtu.be/2exZ57HfC0E
Prior to Brian May's Back To The Light show at Manchester Apollo, 8 June 1993, Philippa Forrester
caught up with him for BBC O-Zone to talk about the tour and new single 'Resurrection'

In 2004 - Brian May was observing transit of Venus across the face of the Sun at the home of Sir Patrick Moore, Selsey, West Sussex, UK.

Brian May - Transit of Venus
Transit of Venus party, Selsey

In 2011 - Brian May guest spot WWRY Musical Press Night, His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen, UK. Interviewed Original 106fm.


Brian May with Martin Ingram, Original 106fm Aberdeen, 8 June 2011 - https://youtu.be/MV_TEaRlDL4

In 2012 - In Argentina - Persil TV advert playing June 2012 featured 'We Will Rock You'.

Persil ad We Will Rock You June 2012 - https://youtu.be/yNMq2Ogag4U

In 2013 - Brian May, Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin guest speakers for Awards Banquet 2013 NSA Convention, Traverse City, Michigan, their presentation open to all convention attendees.
In 2015 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis working in the studio and attended opening night of West End production of "Mamma Mia!", Novello Theatre, London, where "Killer Queen" from the Dominion Theatre's "We Will Rock You", Mazz Murray, playing main role of Tanya.

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**Mon 07 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 07 JUNE
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In 1977 - Queen played Earls Court, London, UK - second of two nights, both filmed - proceeds donated to HM Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Fund.


Queen - White Queen, Earls Court - https://youtu.be/r0a19WYDieQ

In 1977 - ‘Long Away’ bw ‘You And I' released USA - Queen’s only single to date with Brian May on lead vocal entire song.


Queen + Paul Rodgers Long Away Live In Japan - https://youtu.be/qZi2A3YUpDA


Long Away (Live in London) Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders ft Brian May & Roger Taylor -
- https://youtu.be/iqxUOSb9Av8

In 1982 - Awarded Platinum “Sheer Heart Attack” UK sales.
In 1986 - Queen played Rasunda Fotbollstadion, Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1990 - The Cross played PC 69 Club, Bielefeld, Germany.
In 1991 - Brian May appeared VH1 TV show “My Generation Special”, Los Angeles, US.
In 1993 - Brian May with Cozy Powell released 4th single ‘Resurrection' bw 'Love Token'. (Pt 2 released a week later.) Also released - special Gold Ed CD with ‘Back To The Light’, UK.
In 1998 - Another World entered UK album chart at No 28.
In 2010 - The Game "Guitar Hero" made available from the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch. The "Guitar Hero" based app includes "We Are The Champions". In an additional song pack the song "Another One Bites The Dust", "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Killer Queen" available.
In 2010 - Brian May and Anita Dobson attended a new production of "Hair" at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End, starring role Kacie Sheik, who had played Scaramouche in WWRY Las Vegas.

Brian and Anita at "Hair" Guilgud Theatre


Bohemian Rhapsodies

 

In 2011 - We Will Rock You Musical touring production opened at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland.
In 2011 - Rock N Roll Books / SCB Distributors announced the official debut of the book cover of "Bohemian Rhapsodies : True And Authorized Tales By Queen Fans And Celebrities" by Robyn Dunford at Book Expo Of America, New York City.
In 2012 - Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation issued a press release announcing Elton John and Queen + Adam Lambert concert for 30.06.2012, Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) Kiev, Ukraine. The concert entitled “Your Life Is Not A Game. Let's Stop AIDS Together!" also to be broadcast live on Ukraine and Polish TV.
In 2012 - The TV trailer for Elton John and Queen + Adam Lambert concert first televised Ukraine and Poland.
In 2013 - A press release announced North American Limited Edition "Icon" compilation CD for release 11/06/2013 by Hollywood Records, US.

 

 

 


Icon

In 2013 - Brian May visited WKLT 97.5Fm studios morning of 7 June prior to speaking at the 2013 3D Convention Banquet, Traverse City, Michigan (8 June).


Brian May with Omelette and Friends WKLT 97.5FM 07 June 2013 - https://youtu.be/Gh4uP9IstFE

In 2013 - We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary World Tour Arena opened Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK.
In 2013 - Readers of Gigwise chose Freddie Mercury as "The Best Frontman Ever" (2nd Brandon Flowers of The Killers, 3rd David Bowie).

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**Sun 06 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 06 JUN
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In 1977 - Queen played Earls Court, London.
In 1980 - ‘Play The Game’ bw ‘A Human Body’ released N America.
In 1982 - Brian May guest appearance with Heart, Dominion Theatre, London, UK.
In 1989 - “The Miracle” released USA. [Check out "CLASSIC ROCK" interview]

Brian May - Classic Rock

In 1990 - The Cross played Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany.
In 1993 - Brian May Band played Glasgow Barrowlands, Glasgow.
In 1991 - Brian May at end of his US “Innuendo Radio Tour” in Los Angeles. Wrote Summer 1991 Fan Club Magazine, saying the next week he would be starting to complete his solo album and Queen would be back in Mountain Studios, Montreux soon.
In 2005 - Queen released "Queen On Fire: Live At The Bowl" on 3-LP set UK. [AMAZON]

Queen Live At The Bowl 3-LP set - front

In 2010 -  Rudi Dolezal at VIZ Cinema, San Francisco presented the premiere of the 111-minute-long documentary "Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story - Director's Cut 2010" with new unpublished interviews and more live performances of Freddie Mercury.
In 2011 - Release date of the second batch of "Queen 2011 Digital Remaster Re-issues" and "Deep Cuts Vol. 2 (1977-1982)" brought forward to this date, UK.
In 2013 - Brian May had received the first advance copies of the Diableries book, in Traverse City, Michigan, where it was to be presented to the National Stereoscopic Association.

Brian, Denis and Paula - Traverse City

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**Sat 05 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 05 JUNE
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In 1982 - Queen played Milton Keynes Bowl, UK, filmed and has been shown many times on TV, released on DVD and CD in 2004 uncut.

Freddie at Milton Keynes


Queen - Somebody To Love (Live at Milton Keynes Bowl, 1982) - https://youtu.be/v8L3TCXsyX4

In 1982 - The famous “Hat and Suspenders" party, the Embassy, London,
In 1982 - A reel-to-reel tape made of "Body Languge" by Elektra Sound Recorders,

In 1990 - The Cross played Akantz, Tuttlingen, Germany.
In 1991 - Brian May on the “Innuendo Radio Tour, San Diego, USA.
In 1993 - Brian May played Whitley Bay Ice Rink, Whitley Bay, UK
In 1997 (4th and 5th) - Brian May joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai at their concerts, Shepherds Bush, London.
In 1998 - Brian May begins a 3-date promotional tour of Europe for Another World, starting at the Big Mama Club, Rome, Italy. The line up is: Brian May, Spike Edney, Neil Murray, Jamie Moses, Steve Ferrone, Zoe Nicholas and Susie Webb.




Brian May - Showcase at Big Mama Club - Rome, 5th June 1998
- https://youtu.be/Bv5YKbCTuME

In 2006 - Queen released “Official Bootleg: Need Your Loving Rock”, “Official Bootleg: Real Dazzler".

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**Fri 04 Jun 21**
ROGER FEATURES ON NEW GARY KEMP SINGLE "TOO MUCH" - OUT TODAY
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Roger Taylor makes a guest appearance on the new Gary Kemp single 'Too Much', which is released today, click here to listen now.

From the press release: For the drums on TOO MUCH, Gary turned to someone whom he’d known since the mid 80’s.

“During recording I sent a couple of songs over to my friend Roger Taylor from Queen, wondering if he fancied playing drums on anything. He chose this and I’m so glad he did. The power in his playing seems to help the lyric and lift the song just at the right moment.”

The video, which does not feature Roger, can be viewed below. RT's drums kick in @ 1min 55 secs.

Gary Kemp - Too Much (Official Video) - https://youtu.be/T6WgbYQuM2w

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**Fri 04 Jun 21**
"QUEEN THE GREATEST" - EPISODE 12
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'We Will Rock You'single image
© Queen Productions Ltd.

"Queen The Greatest" - Episode 12 (Part 2) - https://youtu.be/184c_d9nE0s

“Queen The Greatest”: a celebration of 50 of the greatest moments
from the Queen story so far.

A 50-week YouTube series celebrating key moments in Queen’s history reminding us why
Queen and their music continue to be loved across the world

Episode 12: Queen : 1977 We Will Rock You (Part 2) - Rocking the World.

“Thump, thump, clap…”
“Thump, thump clap…”

Continuing the celebration of one of Queen’s most instantly identified songs, this week’s episode of “Queen The Greatest”, returns to Brian May speaking exclusively for the series about Queen’s stadium rouser “We Will Rock You and how he achieved that rule breaking guitar solo.

With its instantly recognisable rhythm and lyrics, it’s no surprise the song has become one of the band’s most lasting anthems and deservedly earned a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In this special interview for the Queen The Greatest weekly YouTube series, Brian shares a few more insights about the fascinating evolution of this classic and secrets of the track’s iconic guitar solo.

“I wanted the song to be non-standard, I wanted it to be exceptional in every way. So I wanted to break all the rules and normally the guitar solo comes in the middle, and then you get back and have the last verse and wind the thing up. I didn’t want that, I wanted the whole song to be there and then comes the guitar solo out of nowhere.”

“I could hear something in my head but I wasn’t really sure what it was. And in my memory, I think I went there only once, I did just one take.”

“I just fished around, I could feel something inside and I didn’t really know what it was, I was just playing along to the feel of what was coming through my headphones. So I went back in and listened to it, and the bit that I really liked was something I’d stumbled on by accident. That one little riff stuck in my head and I thought that’s the way to end the song. So we copied the tape, we snipped it out, put three versions of that together, and that’s what you hear at the end of the track. I didn’t actually play it three times, I just played it the once and we duplicated it and put it on with sticky tape. That’s what you are hearing.”

Revealed in this exclusive interview, budding Brian May guitar aspirants can learn more of how Brian achieved one of the world’s most recognised and distinctive solos of all time.

“The thing I suppose I am most proud of is the fact the song has became part of public life, so when everyone goes, anyone goes thump, thump, clap, in any form whatsoever, that’s what it is. The greatest compliment is when people think nobody wrote it, they just think it has always been there. So We Will Rock You has become like, I don’t know, something which is traditional and goes back to the Stone Age, And that makes me happy.”

“And it brings joy, it brings people together and that’s probably the best thing of all because We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions were conceived in that way, in the sense to try and bring people together, and every time I hear this happening at a football match or a sports fixture anywhere around the world I think ‘yeah, it kinda worked. It brings people together, it makes people feel like they have some kind of power by coming together’. That’s a good feeling for humanity, I think, togetherness is a great thing.”

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**Fri 04 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 4 JUNE
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In 1982 - The famous “Hat and Suspenders" party, the Embassy, London.
In 1984 - Roger Taylor released 'Man On Fire' single bw 'Killing Time' in UK.
In 1986 - 'A Kind Of Magic' singles released in the USA.
In 1990 - The Cross played Akantz, Tuttlingen, Germany. The Cross performed at Serenadenof, Nuremburg, Germany,
In 1991 - Brian May on the Innuendo Radio Tour, San Francisco, USA. filming their video for 'Liar' single.
In 1993 - Brian May played Edinburgh Playhouse, UK.
In 1997 (4th and 5th) - Brian May joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai at their concerts, Shepherds Bush, London.
In 2006 - Queen released “Official Bootleg: Need Your Loving Rock” and “Official Bootleg: Real Dazzler".
In 2012 - Brian May and Anita Dobson guests in the Royal Box for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert, Buckingham Palace, London, UK.

Brian and Anita in Royal Box Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Brian and Anita in Royal Box - Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Concert

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**Thu 03 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY -3 JUNE
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In 1967 - The Reaction played the Public Rooms, Bodmin, UK.
In 1976 - Queen awarded Gold for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ US sales.
In 1977 - Queen played the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
In 1986 - “A Kind Of Magic” released USA
In 1990 - The Cross played Bosenbachstadion, St. Wendel, Germany (outdoor concert).
In 1991 - Brian May on radio in Seattle, Washington, USA.
In 1998 - The Brian May Band appeared on Musica Si TV show, Spain performing ‘On My Way Up’, son Jimmy May stood in for Jamie Moses on guitar, and Neil Murray played bass. (Documented as 3 June 1998.)


Brian May "On My Way Up"(Música Sí)
- https://youtu.be/J3kNxZfC6ww

In 2002 - Brian May, Roger Taylor and We Will Rock You Musical cast, played for Party At The Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, Buckingham Palace, London, UK, Brian commencing the show playing “God Save The Queen” on the roof.
Party At The Palace: Avaiiable on CD and DVD

Brian on Palace Roof
Playing on Palace roof © Arthur Edwards



Brian May from "Inside Buckingham Palace" - Pt1 extract - https://youtu.be/VZJ5LSHE_XA

In 2008 - "We Will Rock You - Musical" Toronto moves from the Canon Theatre to the smaller Panasonic Theatre after extending its run and planned to re-open there 19 July.
In 2010 - Brian May and Elena Vidal presented their talk on "A Village Lost and Found", Hay Literary Festival, Hay-On-Wye, Wales.
In 2013 - The American "Northern Express" published an interview with Brian May about his participation in the "The National Stereoscopic Association's 39th Annual 3D Convention (NSA Convention)" at the Grand Traverse Resort on June 8, 2013 under the title "From Rocker To Doctor" And Spa in Traverse City, Michigan.
In 2014 - The last day of the tour rehearsals of Queen + Adam Lambert took place in London.
In 2016 - Queen + Adam Lambert played European Festival Summer Tour 2016: Puisto (Kaisaniemi Park), Helsinki, Finland.

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**Wed 02 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 2 JUNE
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R.I.P. HAROLD MAY

Brian May on holiday with his parents
Harold, Ruth and Brian May

In 1977 - Queen played the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, UK.
In 1982 - Queen live at the Ingliston Showground, Edinburgh.
In 1986 - A Kind Of Magic released in the UK.

A Kind of Magic - banner

A Kind of Magic - vinyl gatefold
Vinyl album inner of gatefold sleeve

In 1986 - Queen flew to Stockholm to start their European tour.
In 1989 - Day One of auditions for two children to re-record 'Who Wants To Live Forever' for charity.


WWTLF Brian May at record desk

Brian finally selected Belinda Gillet and Ian Meeson.
In 1990 - The Cross live at the Ku Club, Ibiza, Spain.
In 1991 - R.I.P. Harold May - Brian's father died this day. See THE GUARDIAN: Brian May: Me, my dad and ‘the old lady’

EXTRACT:

BRIAN MAY: “I was an only child and pretty sheltered growing up in our small house in Feltham, Middlesex. Dad was an electronics engineer and during the war he served in the RAF at where he met my mum, Ruth, who was in the WRAF. After the war they married. I came along and he got a job developing the landing system for Concorde. Dad could make anything. He converted our spare bedroom into a workshop where he made all our household appliances including our TV.”

In 1992 - “Live At Wembley” released on Hollywood Records, USA.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Le Grand Rex Theatre, Paris, France.
In 2002 - Brian May, Phil Collins, Joe Cocker and The Corrs were evacuated from England’s Buckingham Palace after a fire broke out in the West Wing.

Fire at Buckingham Palace

The musicians were rehearsing for the Queen of England’s Golden Jubilee concert.
In 2004 - Queen released “We Are The Champions - Final Live In Japan” 22/05/85 Tokyo concert.

Freddie - Tokyo - Final Live In Japan

In 2010 - Brian May on Drive Time, BBC R2 talking about the greatest electric guitars, guitar technique and his Save Me campaign.



Brian May with Simon Mayo BBC Radio 2 Drivetime 2/6/10 - https://youtu.be/I7opVHm8Wyo
PT TRANSCRIPT HERE

In 2011 - Brian May Guitars and House Music, London, presented "The Brian May Bass". The prototype of the bass was made by Andrew Guyton.
In 2011 -
Brian May and Kerry Ellis interviewed by "Get Surrey" newspaper, about "Anthems - The Tour".
In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor interviewed by "Aberdeen Press & Journal", promoting "We Will Rock You" Musical in Aberdeen.
In 2011 - A 15-metre high statue of Freddie Mercury set up on Paradise Street in Central Liverpool promoting "We Will Rock You" Musical, Empire Theatre, Liverpool, September 2011.

In 2012 - Brian May attended a public meeting against the killing of badgers by the Coalition Government, Old Town Hall, Stroud - also gave interviews.
In 2014 - Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Bohemian Rhapsody" were placed at No 1 and 2 Britain's "Top 10 Driving Songs" of "On The Road: America's Route 66". Third place goes to "Bat Out Of Hell" by Meat Loaf.
In 2015 - "One Vision - The Magic Of Queen" photo exhibition opened in "Studio Dumont" in Cologne. The photo exhibition accompanying the "WE WILL ROCK YOU" musical could be visited until 31.07.2015.
In 2016 - The Polish radio station RMF FM published a video interview by Queen + Adam Lambert for their concert in Oswiecim on 19.06.2016. The interview was recorded at Press Day on 16/04/2016 in London - and Brian May presented the first Red OWLS delivery for The OWL VR Smartphone Kit.
In 2017 - Queen + Adam Lambert North American Summer Tour 2017 - Rehearsals Day 1: The tour rehearsals begin.

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**Tue 01 Jun 21**
ROGER TAYLOR ANNOUNCES UK SOLO TOUR AND NEW ALBUM "OUTSIDER"
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Queen legend Roger Taylor
announces 2021 UK solo tour alongside brand new album

“This is my modest tour, I just want it to be lots of fun, very good musically, and I want everybody to enjoy it. I'm really looking forward to it.

Will I be playing Queen songs too? Absolutely!” ROGER TAYLOR



June 1st, 2021

Rock icon Roger Taylor made the surprise announcement today that he will play a UK solo tour this Autumn, introducing brand new material and revisiting some of his very own Queen classics.

With the pandemic putting Queen + Adam Lambert’s epic UK and European tour on pause until 2022, the acclaimed drummer has decided to hit the road for a set of intimate shows. The upcoming concerts will showcase his distinctive percussive, vocal and songwriting talents that have been integral to Queen’s live and recorded output since 1970.

Marking his first live performances outside Queen in over two decades, Taylor will tour the UK across October playing 14 shows that will coincide with the release of his latest solo album Outsider on October 1st.

As the songwriter of many of Queen’s biggest hits and much-loved tracks including A Kind of Magic, Radio Ga Ga, I’m In Love With My Car, Sheer Heart Attack and These Are the Days of Our Lives, while also being one of rock’s most distinctive vocalists, Taylor promises a solo tour with an enthusiastic foray into Queen and his own classic catalogues, while also including new songs written in lockdown that feature on the multi-instrumentalist’s new Outsider album.

“For some time now, we’ve all just been trying to get by,” says Taylor. “Now, it’s back to the basics, myself and some great musical pals getting back out there to play some rock. Obviously we’ll include some of the Queen classic catalogue, and some of my earlier solo work, but we’ll also be introducing them to some of the new stuff. So we hope folks are going to come on down.”

Taylor’s 2021 tour will open at Newcastle O2 Academy, Saturday October 2, followed by dates across the UK that conclude at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Friday October 22.

The rock legend will perform with a specially assembled band for the tour made up of Queen + Adam Lambert’s keyboardist Spike Edney and supporting drummer Tyler Warren, plus guitarist Jason Falloon and Goldfrapp live players keyboardist Angie Pollock and bassist Charlie Jones.

Outsider is Taylor’s first album of new material since 2013’s Fun On Earth. Over the last decade, the drummer has also released the occasional solo track reflecting on his worldview and observations in songs like Journey’s End, Gangsters Are Running This World. His most recent was Isolation, which was written and recorded in response to the first lockdown last year.

With much of Outsider recorded during lockdown, this new album finds Taylor in reflective mood. Across the record he conveys a palpable sense of seclusion, concerns over the passing of time, and tellingly, dedicates it “to all the outsiders, those who feel left on the sidelines”.

On recording the Outsider album after Isolation Taylor says: “I’ve had a bit of a creative spurt and suddenly found myself with an album, which was lovely. It was a surprise!

“I just found myself in the studio and they came out one after the other. It was a pleasure really.”

A highly personal project, Outsider’s instrumentation is almost entirely performed by Taylor, with his largely restrained vocals matching the album’s contemplative ambience. But Taylor does cut loose along the way with a foray into some hard-riffing blues-rock as well as an adrenalin charged BIG surprise retread of a classic 1965 novelty song, which is exactly the fun on earth we need in these challenging times.

Roger Taylor ‘Outsider’ Tour Dates: Presented by Phil McIntyre Live.

Sat 2 October - NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy

Sun 3 October - MANCHESTER, Academy

Tue 5 October - YORK, Barbican

Wed 6 October - CARDIFF, St. David’s Hall

Fri 8 October - LIVERPOOL, O2 Academy

Sat 9 October - NORWICH, University East Anglia (UEA)

Mon 11 October - BATH, Forum

Tue 12 October - BOURNEMOUTH, O2 Academy

Thu 14 October - PLYMOUTH, Pavilions

Fri 15 October - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City

Sun 17 October - BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavilion

Tue 19 October - GUILFORD, G Live

Wed 20 October - COVENTRY, HMV Empire

Fri 22 October - LONDON, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

For Roger Taylor’s 2021 UK tickets click HERE

Brand new album Outsider is released by Universal on October 1.

Fans that pre-order the album via Roger's official site before 4PM on Monday 7th June will get advanced and early access to pre-sale tickets to the tour!

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**Tue 01 Jun 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 01 June
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In 1967 - The Art live at Drill Hall, Melton Mowbray, UK.
In 1968 - The Reaction live at the Memorial Hall, Perranporth, UK
In 1975 - Queen awarded Silver and Gold for "Queen II" UK sales.
In 1982 - Queen played Ingliston Showground, Edinburgh.
In 1982 - ‘Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)’ bw ‘Cool Cat’ released UK.
In 1984 - Freddie recorded early demo ‘Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow’, Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.
In 1986 - Queen awarded Silver, Gold and Platinum for ‘It's A Kind Of Magic’ UK sales.
In 1990 - The Cross played Ibiza 92 Festival, Ku Club, Ibiza, Spain.
In 1992 - Queen awarded 5x Platinum award Greatest Hits II and Gold for Live At Wembley '86 UK sales.
In 1998 - Brian May's superlative 2nd solo album, “Another World” album, released UK.

Another World CD - front

Another World - back

In 1998 - Brian May appeared on TV live chat show on www.virgin.net in London (UK) - played extracts ‘Tie Your Mother Down, ‘Nothing But Blue’ from new “Another World” album. TRANSCRIPT | VIRGIN PRESS RELEASE
In 1999 - Launch of the Freddie Mercury 2nd Class stamp, raising controversy as Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, appears in the background, breaking the rule that the only living persons the Royal Mail supposed to depict are members of the Royal Family.

Freddie Mercury postage stamp

In 2013 - Brian May took part in The National March Against The Badger Cull took place in London starting at Millbank near Tate Britain. Brian May delivered an Anti-Badger Cull petition, signed by over 300,000, to No 10 Downing Street and took part in debate BBC World Service, as well as Sky News covering a Badger March.


Brian May & Badger March on Sky News 01 June 2013 - https://youtu.be/eaXp_ZfcT9o


Brian May BBC World Service Badger debate with farmer, Brian Hill 01/061 -: https://youtu.be/JF76NW6GIsg

In 2014 - "We Will Rock You" North American Tour last date at Belk Theater, Charlotte, USA.
In 2015 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis performed at Arena di Verona Opera Festival 2015 including Who Wants To Live Forever ft Vittorio Grigolo.

Brian and Kerry - Verona

In 2015 - Brian May Interview "I Like Giving Back When I Travel" published in the July 2015 issue of "Wanderlust Magazine". READ INTERVIEW

Brian May

In 2015 - The documentary "Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender" ran from June through August 2015 on Lufthansa flights.
In 2017 - Paul Rodgers visited Roger Taylor.

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