queen news

MARCH 2021

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




REMINDERS:


 

11 March
Record Collector Special Queen Issue

- special collector issue which on sale from 11th March (featuring Brian and Roger interviews)


Q+AL UK & EUROPE - RE-ARRANGED
2022
May
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
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


     

2021 - OLD POSTPONED DATES
Q+AL UK AND EUROPE
May
Su 23 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
W 26 - Paris, France - AccorHotels 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 25 Mar 21**
PRESS RELEASE: QUEEN’S “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” REACHES RARE RIAA DIAMOND STATUS WITH MORE THAN
10 MILLION U.S. SALES / STREAM EQUIVALENTS
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QUEEN’S “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” REACHES RARE
RIAA DIAMOND STATUS WITH MORE THAN
10 MILLION U.S. SALES / STREAM EQUIVALENTS

QUEEN BECOMES FIRST BRITISH BAND IN MUSIC HISTORY TO EARN RIAA DIAMOND SONG AWARD

 


Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video Remastered)
- https://youtu.be/fJ9rUzIMcZQ

BAND’S LANDMARK PLATINUM COLLECTION, VOL. 1-3 EARNS 5X PLATINUM RIAA CERTIFICATION
   

(Thursday, March 25, 2021)

More than four decades after its release, Queen’s iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody” continues to reach new milestones. The iconic song has been officially certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 10 million or more in sales and stream equivalents in the United States.

Queen is the first British band in music history to earn the Diamond song award.

“This is incredible news.  At times like this I have to pinch myself to be sure it’s real,” said Brian May.  “All those wild dreams we had - this is beyond any of them.  Huge thanks to all who have believed in us over the years.”  

It’s a wonderful and gratifying thought to know the song has reached out and connected with so many people!” said Roger Taylor. “We thank you all..............onwards.”

This is the latest in a long line of extraordinary achievements for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was Queen's first Top 10 hit in the US. In the UK it went to #1 for 9 consecutive weeks, a record at the time, before returning to the top of the charts again in 1991. It was named the most-streamed song of the 20th century and its companion video recently passed one billion views on YouTube, making history as the first pre-1990’s video to reach one billion views on the platform. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and Freddie Mercury’s vocal performance was named by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine as the best in rock history.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is also one of the many Queen hits featured on the band’s blockbuster compilation, Platinum Collection, Vol. 1-3, which was just certified 5X Platinum. This blockbuster compendium, which hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200, features tracks like “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Killer Queen,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and so many more.

On the heels of this momentous milestone, the band has also kicked off a year-long weekly YouTube series Queen The Greatest – a celebration of Queen’s Golden Jubilee that highlights 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far. Beginning with the March 19 first episode, “Keep Yourself Alive” (WATCH HERE), and with five decades to explore, the series of weekly insights will highlight some of the biggest songs, most memorable performances, and incredible record-breaking achievements that Queen have brought us since it all began in 1971 - bringing fans, over the coming year, one of the greatest stories ever told. Upcoming: Episode 2 - “Live At The Rainbow-London, 1974” (3/26) and Episode 3 -“The ‘turning point’ single, “Killer Queen (4/2). Weekly episodes go live every Friday (HERE).

In addition, the band just released their first ever official Queen game on mobile, Queen: Rock Tour, the band’s first ever official game for Android and iOS devices. Upon its release, Queen: Rock Tour went Top 5 on The Music Game App chart in over 20 countries.

Queen remain one of the most popular groups in the world today, transcending multiple generations of fans, a position further buoyed by the phenomenal global success of their Academy Award-winning 2018 biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody, which tells the incredible story of the band’s historic career and quickly became the highest grossing music biopic in history.

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**Thu 25 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 MARCH
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In 1968 - The Art played Raven Youth Club, Thurnby Lodge, UK.
In 1974 - Queen released their first record in Japan 'Keep Yourself Alive' single.
In 1975 - Queen played the Municipal Theatre, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.
In 1977 - 'Teo Torriatte' bw 'Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy' released (Japan).
In 1986 - 'A Kind Of Magic' entered UK singles charts No 16, eventually reaching No 3.
In 1991 - Brian May guest appearance New York, New York, USA, ”Innuendo radio tour”. Played impromptu guitar solo.
In 1991 - Brian May made guest appearance with Les Paul at Fat Tuesdays, New York, New York, USA.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played the Riverside, Newcastle, UK.
In 2005 - 2x Platinum award for "Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl: DVD, 4x platinum for "Live At Wembley '86" DVD, 2x platinum and 3x platinum for "Greatest Video Hits II" (UK Sales).
In 2009 - Brian May + Roger Taylor attended WWRY premiere, Palace Theatre, Manchester, UK.
In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor published ar personal tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, who died 23/03/2011.

Roger Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Brian May
Roger Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor and Brian May

In 2011 - Download release of charity album "Songs For Japan" announced, including 'Teo Torriatte', in aid of Japanese Red Cross following earthquake and tsunami disaster of 11.03.2011 in Japan.

Songs for Japan - front   Songs for Japan - back


In 2012 - Brian May, Kerry Ellis and the crew go on Safari,
experience, an elephant family, white rhinos and help release two lions, "Brutus" and "Marina" into the wild, "Julie Ward Centre.

Brian and Kerry on safari


In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis guest appearance The Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV London Studios.

Brian May & Kerry Ellis with Alan Titchmarsh + "The Kissing Me Song" 25-03-2013
- https://youtu.be/G37XGAasNrk

In 2013 - 'The Kissing Me Song (Brian May and Kerry Ellis) CD Artwork revealed on BrianMay.com with news there would also be a red vinyl collectors' 7 inch for Record Store Day.
In 2013 - "We Will Rock You - The Musical" nominated for BAFTA (BBC Radio 2 Audience Award).
In 2013 - Rhys Thomas (Director), nominated for a BAFTA (The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts) Award for documentary "Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender".
In 2014 - Adam Lambert on additions to Queen + Adam Lambert N American Summer Arena Tour published "Onepopz - Music and TV News and Gossip".
In 2015 - Brian May was in Stroud, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, talking with students about the "Common Decency" campaign, then a meeting Lansdown Hall and Gallery, Lansdown, about badger cull.

Brian speaking in Stroud 25 March 2015

In 2016 - Brian May visits the musical "Mrs. Henderson Presents" at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. Anita Dobson played in the musical and "We Will Rock You: Musical Supervisor Mike Dixon was the musical supervisor for "Mrs. Henderson Presents".

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**Wed 24 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 24 MARCH
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In 1972 - Queen played the Forest Hill Hospital, London, UK.
In 1974 - Queen played the Woods Leisure Centre, Colchester, UK.
In 1976 - Queen played the Kosei Kaikan, Himeji, Japan.
In 1984 - John and Roger flew to Japan to promote The Works album., conducting 112 interviews in 16 days, then to South Korea.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury met Montserrat Caballe and agreed on further collaboration, Hotel Ritz, Barcelona, Spain.

Freddie and Montserrat Caballe, Hotel Ritz, Barcelona 24 March 1987
Freddie and Montserrat Caballe, Hotel Ritz, Barcelona 24 March 1987

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Canada.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor live at the The Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK.
In 2003 - Wienerworld studios released Made In Heaven - The Films on DVD, containing original videos commissioned by Queen and co-produced by the British Film Institute and released on VHS in 1996 - with bonus of We Will Rock You The Making Of The Musical.


Queen - Evolution (Heaven For Everyone) - https://youtu.be/O4gGbIxhBJc?D0

In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA.
In 2012 - Brian May at Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Filming of the 'Born Free' cover version video).

Virginia McKenna, Brian May and Kerry Ellis on Safari, S Africa
Virginia McKenna, Brian May and Kerry Ellis on Safari, S Africa

In 2015 - Brian May interview with Adam Boulton on Sky News at the Channel's studio.


Brian May interview with Adam Boulton Sky News 24 March 2015
- https://youtu.be/xr4D55FdAgU

In 2015 - Brian May appeared on BBC2's Daily Politics show, interviewed by Jo Coburn, on the launch of his Common Decency campaign. He took part in a discussion also about voter apathy.


Brian May 'Daily Politics' with Jo Coburn: Common Decency Launch 24 March 2015
- https://youtu.be/KwjU0dGVmME

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** Tue 23 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 23 MARCH
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In 1968 - The Reaction played the Public Rooms, Bodmin, UK.
In 1971 - Full band went to see Led Zeppelin at Marquee Club, London, UK.
In 1974 - Queen played the Links Pavilion, Cromer, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played at McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played the Aichi Taikukan, Nagoya, Japan.
In 1984 - A further day of filming "I Want To Break Free" video.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played The Garage, Glasgow, UK.
In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, USA.
In 2006 - Queen v Miami Project - "Another One Bites The Dust" presented to the 2006 Winter Music Conference, Miami Florida, by DJ's Cedric Gervais and Second Sun.
In 2011 - The exhibition "Stormtroopers In Stilettos: Queen - The Early Years" in London, had attracted 20,000 visitors during the two weeks of the exhibition, who had generously donated £5,000 for the MPT.
In 2011 - Brian May in Cardiff to participate in the debate and vote on the badger in Wales.
Welsh language channel Sky 134 S4C's programme "Wedi 7" broadcast 1.25pm - 1.55pm 23 March 2011 - chatted to Rhydian Roberts and Brian May about We Will Rock You, currently showing at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff.


Rhydian Roberts, Brian May - We Will Rock You Cardiff on "Wedi 7" SC4 23/03//11
- https://youtu.be/tpzgfFVlSrs

In 2012 - "The Independent" published article "Brian May - He Will Rock You", by David Arnold, about film music, UK. READ HERE

Brian May

In 2013 - Brian May radio interview for "Celebrity Radio UK".


Brian May Queen Interview & Life Story - Art / Queen / We Will Rock You
- https://youtu.be/KBodmj1e0YQ

In 2013 - Sacha Baron Cohen announces in interview with "The Sun" newspaper that he was taking the role as Freddie Mercury in biopic, though then not yet decided whether the original voice of Freddie Mercury would be used.
In 2012 - Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Virginia McKenna and the crew land in Shamwari and go on Safari with the film crew.
In 2013 - Press Release about "The Kissing Me Song", Brian May and Kerry Ellis's Record Store Day release, and inviting fans to send their kissing clips for inclusion in the official video. Website for "The Kissing Me Song" went live with Radio Edit made available on the website.

The Kissing Me Song

In 2015 - Queen + Adam Lambert - European Tour 2015 Birmingham, Barclaycard NIA, Birmingham.

Birmingham poster

In 2015 - "The Official Queen Podcast" interviews with Rufus Taylor, Neil Fairclough and Marc Martel went online.
In 2015 - "Miracles Out Of Nowhere" DVD/CD released by Kansas, including interview with Brian May, Kansas having supported Queen on "Sheer Heart Attack American Tour 1975".

Miracles Out of Nowhere

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**Mon 22 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 22 MARCH
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In 1969 - Smile live at the Flamingo Club, Redruth, UK.
In 1974 - Queen live at The Paddocks, Canvey Island, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas, Texas, USA.
In 1976 - Queen played the Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan. n 1981 - Queen flew back from South America to the UK.
Freddie travelled on Concorde.
In 1984 - Queen videoed "I Want To Break Free", London Docklands Limehouse Studio, directed by David Mallet, with hundreds of fan club members dressed as miners as film extras.
In 1989 - Queen videoed 'I Want It All' video for The Miracle.
The filming took David Mallet 12 hours.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor released 'Surrender' singles, UK.
In 2010 - BBC News reported "Queen guitarist backs badger case".

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Brian May at Swansea court

In 2011 - Brian May guest attended We Will Rock You Musical (Touring Official Press Opening Night, Millennium Centre, Cardiff, UK.
In 2011 - "Sucker Punch" movie soundtrack released ft remix I Want It All + We Will Rock You (Mash-Up' by Queen (with Armageddon).
In 2012 - Brian May was interviewed by Ryan O'Connor on 94.5Kfm Breakfast show around 8.30AM (South Africa time) and BBc Radio Wales:


Brian May BBC Radio Wales 21 March 2012 Interview - https://youtu.be/OmP9jwcbxQI

In 2012 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis flew to Johannesburg for Launch Party of "Pride Of Cape Town" and to film "Born Free Foundation" documentary”, filmed by Mike Slee.
In 2012 - Kerry Ellis's website http://www.kerryellis.com went online, and writing in her first blog about the journey with Brian May to South Africa.
In 2013 - Announced Brian May and Kerry Ellis "The Kissing Me Song" to be released 28 April 2013 as limited edition 7" vinyl single for "Record Store Day".
In 2013 - The "We Will Rock You USA " Facebook Page for the North American Tour went online.
In 2015 - The premiere of "We Will Rock You" Vienna takes place in the Wiener Stadthalle, Austria.

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**Sun 21 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 21 MARCH
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In 1976 - Elektra Records held a reception for the band in Tokyo.
In 1981 - Queen played Estádio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2nd show) - 120,000 attended - total of 251,000 over the 2 nights. All of Queen's albums in top 10 position South American album charts. Love Of My Life No.1 in singles chart where it stayed for over one year.

Queen Morumbi Sadium 21 March 1981
ca. 1981, Probably USA --- Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury (left)plays guitar with guitarist
Brian May (right) in a 1981 concert performance. --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK.
In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
In 2012 - Brian May interview for BBC Radio Wales about the problem with the badgers.


Brian May BBC Radio Wales 21 March 2012 Interview
- https://youtu.be/OmP9jwcbxQI

In 2012 - The launch of the new official website of Kerry Ellis announced. http://www.kerryellis.com
In 2012 - NME announced that it was launching a new search to find the "Ultimate Musical Icon" of the last 60 years - Freddie Mercury among the 60 nominated artists.
In 2013 - Brian May presented the cover artwork and details of the book "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell", written with co-authors Dennis Pellerin and Paula Fleming, and to be released in UK on Halloween 31 October 2013.
In 2013 - Brian May invited students of Tomlinscote School and 6th Form College to his home in Windlesham to be interviewed for a "BBC School Report Project". Brian was quizzed about animal welfare, astrophy.
In 2014 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played The Great Hall, Palace of the Republic, Minsk, Belarus.
In 2014 - The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville confirmed another concert of Queen + Adam Lambert for 25 July 2014.
In 2014 - In a tour update, Queen + Adam Lambert announce important news of the North American Summer Arena Tour for 24 March 2014.

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**Sat 20 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 20 MARCH
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In 1970 - Sour Milk Sea performed last show Highfield Parish, Oxford, UK - a benefit for Shelter.
In 1974 - Queen played the University, Manchester, UK. John's case stolen, containing his Australian photos. Police unable to trace.
In 1974 - Queen II entered UK chart No 35.
In 1975 - Queen played the Municipal Hall, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
In 1976 - Queen arrived in Tokyo, Japan, to start their A Night At The Opera Tour.
In 1981 - Queen played Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, attended by 131,000 - largest paying audience to-date for one group, worldwide.

Queen - Morumbi Stadium
Queen - Morumbi Stadium

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played live at the Carver Hawkeye Sport Arena, Iowa City, Iowa, USA.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played the Manchester University, Manchester, UK.
In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 2006 - (March 20 & 21) Eagle Vision released 'Queen: The Making of 'A Night At The Opera' in its Classic Albums DVD series, UK and N America. Included interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor, plus bonus performances.
In 2011 - Kerry Ellis released "Defying Gravity: remix singles (UK) and online - produced, remixed and instrumentation by Brian May.
In 2012 - Roger Taylor guest appearance with Waste at the Apres Ski Bar, Farinet, Verbier, Switzerland

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**Fri 19 Mar 21**
QUEEN THE GREATEST THE STORY BEGINS - KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE (EP 1)
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Keep Yourself Alive single cover art

Queen The Greatest – a celebration of 50 of the greatest songs, performances, and achievements from the Queen story so far. To start the journey we revisit the song that started it all, "Keep Yourself Alive".

 “Queen The Greatest” - Episode 1. “Keep Yourself Alive”  - https://youtu.be/avI0iq-fRHQ

Welcome to ”Queen – The Greatest” – a celebration of 50 of the greatest moments from the Queen story so far which begins here and will continue to bring you to one of the greatest stories ever told over the coming year.

With five decades to explore, the series of weekly insights will highlight some of the biggest songs, most memorable performances, and incredible record-breaking achievements that Queen have brought us since it all began in 1971.And where better to begin our journey than with the song that started it all off – “Keep Yourself Alive”.

“Keep Yourself Alive” was one of the earliest songs ever recorded by the band, part of the first demo they put together in December 1971, it ultimately became the first track on the first side of their first album – Queen.

The song was written and composed by Brian May who says:  “I wasn’t very sure that I was a songwriter, really, I just sort of had this idea, and strangely enough the lyrics for “Keep Yourself Alive” are meant to be kind of a comment, they’re meant to be slightly ironical. Everyone always did think that ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was just a jolly song about how great it is to be alive, but it’s actually more about asking the question ‘is there more to life than this?’ in a sense.”

As a striking and confident opener,  "Keep Yourself Alive" was finally released as the band’s first-ever single in July 1973.  To accompany the release, their management company arranged for a promo video to be shot. However, the stark white set and costumes were in complete contrast to how the band wanted the song to be portrayed. So Queen insisted that this alternative version we are so familiar with today be filmed.

From the earliest days of Queen when Freddie Mercury first took to the stage with Brian and Roger in 1970, “Keep Yourself Alive” was a constant on their setlist.  It continues to remain a firm concert favourite. And as the perfect showcase for the band’s individual and collective talents, it’s easy to see why it was such a crowd-pleaser, and regular feature as the Queen shows got bigger and bigger…

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Next week: "The Rainbow" concerts 1974, and "Killer Queen".

Queen The Greatest - Every Friday at 12 pm (GMT).

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**Fri 19 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 19 MARCH
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In 1974 - Queen charted in Top 20 singles for first time with Seven Seas Of Rhye.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played The Stage, Stoke On Trent, UK.
In 2001 - Brian May and Roger Taylor made a guest appearance at the Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, New York, USA, for Queen to be inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame by David Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters. Jer Bulsara also went on stage to receive the award on behalf of her son, Freddie Mercury.

Hall of Fame 2001
Roger, Jer Bulsara and Brian - Hall of Fame 200


Queen - Tie Your Mother Down - https://youtu.be/FHiPF018Nho


Queen en el salón de la fama
http://youtube.com/watch?v=IU5lt5KEGfQ

In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played 46664 concert, Bramble Hill Golf Course, Fancourt, George, South Africa (televised).
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers announced album and upcoming tour, as The Cosmos Rocks Tour.
In 2011 - Queen Hammersmith Odeon 24 Dec 1975 ft as "6Music's Classic Concert", BBC 6Music: presenter Chris Hawkins.
In 2012 - Spike Edney wrote on Facebook he and Roger Taylor to fly to a "secret place" April 2012 to start "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" rehearsals.
In 2012 - Queen tease a "Very Special Announcement" to be made the following day 10AM GMT for "We Will Rock You 10th Birthday Performance" 20 March 2012.
In 2013 - Brian May interviewed BBC Radio 2 studios for "The Top 100 Nation's Favourite Album" programme, - top 100 chosen by listeners. Countdown with Brian announcing No.1 album broadcast on “Jo Whiley Show” 01 April 2013.
In 2013 - “We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour", opened Horsen Forum, Denmark running 19 - 24 March 2013.
In 2013 - Ticket sales opened for Kerry Ellis & Brian May: "The Born Free 2013 - Acoustic By Candlelight Tour" show 08 July 2013, La Cigale, Paris.
In 2014 - On a day off in Riga Brian May & Kerry Ellis visited the production company "Stolichnaya Vodka”. READ HERE / Brian posted photo taken in Old Town of Riga, of ”rockin' devil-horn snowman". READ HERE

Salted caramel vodka
Salted caramel vodka

Brian and snowman
Brian and snowman

In 2014 - Sonisphere TV "EMAs Director's Cut - Queen + Adam Lambert Medley" video published, showing performance of ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and "We Are The Champion " from EMAs, Belfast 2012.
In 2014 - Ticketmaster released a new date Queen + Adam Lambert - North American Summer Tour Arena 2014: 23/07/2014 - East Rutherford, IZOD Center, USA.
In 2015 - Brian May supported MP Caroline Lucas at Book Launch of "Honourable Friends? Parliament And The Fight For Change", London.
In 2016 - The BMG "One Voice" Mini May Exclusive Special Offer extended for ticket holders.

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**Thu 18 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 18 MARCH
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In 1967 - The Opposition played the Boys Club, New Parks, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played St Bernard Parish Civic Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Northlands Arena, Edmonton, Canada.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played Hall For Cornwall, Truro, UK.
In 2005 - Queen awarded Platinum for UK sales of "Live At Wembley '86" DVD, "Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl" DVD and "Greatest Video Hits II".
In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers were rehearsing for the 46664 concert, at Bramble Hill Golf Course, Fancourt, George, S Africa. Brian wrote on Soapbox: Brian wrote on Soapbox: "HOT DOWN HERE IN FANCOURT" - READ.

Brian and Katie Melua - Fancourt rehearsal

Brian and Katie Melua - Fancourt Rehearsal

In 2005 - Queen awarded Platinum for "Live At Wembley '86" DVD, "Queen On Fire - Live At The Bow", DVD and "Greatest Video Hits II "sales UK.
In 2010 - In a Q&A on Queen’s official website, Roger Taylor said that he was looking into a "Best Of" collection of his solo material, to include new track,'“The Unblinking Eye'.
In 2011 - 'Stormtroopers In Stilettos' bw 'Keep Yourself Alive Long Lost Retake)" and 'Stone Cold Crazy (2011 Remaster)'was to be released as a download in Austria and Germany through iTunes and Amazon.
In 2011 - International Release date of the "Queen Re-issues".
In 2011 - First batch of "Queen 2011 Digital Remaster Re-issues" released in Austria and Germany.
In 2013 - Roger Taylor on American radio show "Rock Bar" talking about Queen's Success.
In 2014 - A 30-second video trailer by Brian May (in Motörhead T-shirt) for "The Candlelight Concerts" with Kerry Ellis published.

Brian May call out to a concert in Riga on March 18
- http://youtu.be/6P51hyV3VfE

In 2014 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis played Riga Arena, Latvia. Earlier interview with journalist, Mitch Lafon at Arena Riga; also an interview for "The Times Of Malta" to promote "The Candlelight Concert" in Malta.

BRIAN MAY w/KERRY ELLIS (March 18th 2014) interview
- https://youtu.be/-9OyRo1a_KA

In 2014: "We Will Rock You" N American Tour production run opens, Fox Theatre, St. Louis, US, run (to 30 March 2014).
In 2015 - WWRY production company BB Promotion released "We Will Rock You Hamburg" Premiere Video with Brian May.
In 2015 - Queen featured on "Pop Gold - Guitar Heroes" shown on ITV (UK).

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**Wed 17 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 17 MARCH
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In 1973 - Doug Puddifoot conducted a photo session for Queen at Freddie's flat, 100 Holland Road, London, several photos later used for back cover of Queen album.

Queen in Freddie's flat
Queen in Freddie's flat, 17 March 1973

In 1974 - Queen were to play Barbarellas, Birmingham, UK, but show cancelled due to troubles band had in Stirling. Rearranged for end of Queen II Tour.
In 1975 - Queen played the Marine Stadium, Miami, Florida, USA.
In 1977 - Queen played Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Canada.
In 1986 - 'A Kind Of Magic' bw 'A Dozen Red Roses For My Darling' released UK - QUEEN7, (reached No 3 in UK charts).
In 1993 - Brian May played The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
In 2003 - Queen + Vanguard release "Flash" remix singles in Europe.

Flash Vanguard Remix

In 2003 - Brian May and Roger Taylor pre-recorded an interview for Triple M The Cage Breakfast and for one hour special on Triple M Network and in the evening appeared on a 7 Network TV programme Chat Show, Sydney, Australia.

Triple M
Triple M

In 2004 - Roger Taylor interviewed by Mark Goodier on BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright Show.
In 2005 - Queen and Paul Rodgers fly to George, South Africa, ahead of the 46664 concert.
In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers live at the HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York, USA.

Q+PR HSBC Arena, Buffalo, 17032006
Queen + Paul Rodgers - Dragon Attack (Live in Buffalo, New York USA. 17.03.2006)
- https://youtu.be/gtZNpcziy6A

In 2011 - "Don't Stop Me Now" is used as music in the trailer for the "Greatest Tickets On Earth" for the 2012 London Olympics.
In 2011 - First batch of "Queen 2011 Digital Remaster Re-issues" released as a Limited Ed SHM-CD in Japan.
In 2012 - Kerry Ellis concert 20 April 2012 The Watford Colosseum is announced, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 "Friday Night Is Music Night", with special guest Brian May.
In 2014 - Brian May visited Red Square, the Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow.SEE BRIAN'S SOAPBOX POSTING - and flew to Riga with Kerry Ellis - also give journalist Mitch Lafon an interview at the Riga Arena in Riga.
In 2014: The new Audi car commercial used text citations and 'We Are The Champions' melody.
In 2014 - Roger Taylor and Joshua J. Macrae working on the soundtrack for " Solitary". The film , directed by Sasha cranes with Sarina Taylor, Felix Taylor and Anita Dobson premiered 30 September 2014.
In 2015 - Brian May's political site "Common Decency" went online.

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**Tue 16 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 16 MARCH
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In 1968 - The Art live at the Gartree School, Oadby, UK.
In 1974 - Queen live at the University, Stirling, UK.
In 1977 - Queen live at the Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, Canada.
In 1987 - Freddie released a video compilation The Great Pretender VHS with single and extended 12" versions.

Freddie - The Great Pretender
Freddie - The Great Pretender

In 1990 - Queen finalising last few vocal lines, guitar solo and drums 'Don't Try So Hard'.
In 1990 - John Deacon hints in letter to the Spring 1990 Queen Fan Cub Magazine, the "whacky single" may be in progress or finished by then.
In 1991 - Brian May made appearance on BBC Comic Relief in a sketch as Mr. Tandy.
In 1993 - Brian May played Augusta Civic Centre, Augusta, Maine, USA.
In 2002 - Brian May and Anita Dobson attended the wedding of Liza Minnelli to David Gest, Marble Collegiate Church, New York, New York, USA. Afterwards. Brian played 'We Are The Champions" and 'Tie Your Mother Down" at the Regent Hotel wedding reception. .

Brian May playing for wedding reception

In 2006 - Queen+PR played the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada

Brian and Paul Rodgers - Toronto 2006
Toronto 16 March 2006

In 2011 - The Queen Re-issues are "The Album(s) Of The Week" by Key 103 Manchester Radio.
In 2012 - Brian May opened the "Astrophysics Department" at the Blackett Building at the Imperial College, London.
In 2013 - An interview with Brian May & Kerry Ellis at the RTE Studios in Dublin from 8 March 8, 2013 is broadcast by Dave Fanning on the radio station RTE2.
In 2013 - Brian May was working on the final version of his book "Diableries - Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell".
In 2014 - Kerry Ellis lands with her little son Alfie and her father after the "Rent In Concert" show in Nottingham 15.04.0214 with an Easyjet flight in time for Moscow soundcheck.
In 2014 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts, played Crocus City Hall
, Moscow, Russia.
In 2015 - Press call for "We Will Rock You Hamburg", Theater am Großmarkt, Hamburg, attended by Brian May and Jim Beach. Prior to the Press Call, Brian May rehearsed 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with the cast, Premier took place that evening and Brian played for the After Party.

Brian May performing with We Will Rock You Hamburg cast
Brian May performing with "We Will Rock" You Hamburg cast
- with Christopher Brose (Galileo Figero) and De Raedt Goele (Killer Queen) at the premiere.

In 2016 - Brian May & Kerry Ellis - One Voice The Tour 2016, final show of tour, National Palace Of Culture (NDK), Sofia, Bulgaria.

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**Mon 15 Mar 21**
ON THIS DAY IN QUEEN HISTORY - 15 MARCH
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In 1965 - Johnny Quale and the Reaction played Round Table Charity Rock 'n' Roll Rhythm Championship at City Hall, Truro, UK.
In 1963 - Brian and his father, Harold, finished work on the Red Special guitar, the work taking 18 months.

Brian May says: "Well it was never really finished, really."

Brian May and Harold May

In 1968 - The Reaction played Penmare Hotel, Hayle, UK.
In 1967 - Roger Taylor rejoins The Reaction for Spring and Summer shows, starting Penmare Hotel, Hayle, Cornwall.
In 1969 - Smile played Imperial College, London, UK.
In 1974 - Queen played the Queen Margaret Union, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.
Mick Broan and Brian MayIn 1984 - Queen awarded Silver and Gold for The Works (UK sales).
In 1989 - Queen completed an 'I Want It All' alternative mix', labelled “Album mix” and added to the album master tapes for "The Miracle" album. This 2nd mix released wrongly by Hollywood Records, when they re-issued the album.
In 1999 - Roger Taylor played the Guildhall, Gloucester, UK.
In 2001 - Brian May interviewed by Mick Brown Capital Gold, 6pm, Leicester Square, London
- TRANSCRIPT HERE
In 2004 - Open call auditions "We Will Rock You" Musical, Ripley Grier Studios, New York. US.
In 2005 - Press Release announcing Queen "We Will Rock You Around the World EP" to be released 17 May 2005 on iTunes.

.We Will Rock You Around the World

In 2007 - Queen + Rodgers were moving forward with recording sessions.
In 2009 - Queen won 'Best Live Album' poll for "Live At Wembley" at votenumber1.com. 2nd place Jovi "One Wild Night', 3rd "Live In Concert 1975 - 85 Bruce Springsteen & The Street Band".
In 2011 - Queen Re-issues released Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.
In 2011 - BBC TV documentary on "Queen 40" with rare interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor produced
In 2012 - March / April 2012 special issue of the English magazine "Resurgence" with the title "Animals: A New Ethics" published with contributions by Brian May and Virginia McKenna.
In 2012 - Brian May interview iTALK FM, 97.1 Estepona, Spain, serving expats on Costa Del Sol. Brian May talks to Richie Allen about the origins of his Save-Me campaign, his passion for preventing cruelty to animals and wildlife and the British Government intent on bringing back blood sports - and culling the nation's badgers.



Brian May Interview with Richie Allen - iTalk FM 5 o'clock Show 7 March 2012
- http://youtu.be/dOnSRAhxe4s

In 2014 - Brian arrived in Moscow ahead of concert the following day and wrote on SOAPBOX HERE.

Brian's view of Moscow 15 March 2014

Brian's view from hotel on arrival in Moscow

In 2014 - Eagle Rock Entertainment USA announced 1 April 2014 release of Brian May & Kerry Ellis "The Candlelight Concerts - Live in Montreux 2013" CD/DVD, BLU-RAY/CD and digital formats.
In 2014 - A trailer for the Queen + Adam Lambert "North American Summer Arena Tour 2014" concert on July 9, 2014 in Toyota Center in Houston was released.

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