queen news

MAY 2021

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



Guitar Player (US) issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of Queen - the cover story for the  May 2021 issue, largely devoted to the group. Featuring Brian interview.

M 30 - Manchester, UK - AO
Tue 31 - Manchester, UK - AO
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
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


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
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
Th 1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
F 2 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
Tue 6 - Madrid, Spain - Wiznik Centre
Wed 7 - Madrid, Spain - Wiznik Centre
Th 2-Su 5 - Freddie Mercury Celebration Days, Montreux
Sa 4 - FM Birthday Party, Montreux

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**Thu 27 May 21**
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In 1967 - The Reaction played the Skating Rink, Camborne, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played the Gaumont, Southampton.
In 1990 - The Cross played Max Music Hall, Kiel, Germany.
In 1991 - Brian flew to Boston to promote Hollywood Records' release of remastered complete Queen catalogue on CD.
In 1994 - Brian May attended Billy Connolly’s show, Apollo Theatre, Hammersmith, UK.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor appeared on Japanese TV Music Station, performing ‘Foreign Sand’ with Yoshiki.
In 1998 - Brian May held a guitar workshop, Radio FFH, Frankfurt, Germany.
In 2003 - Brian May & Roger Taylor played for Pavarotti & Friends 2003, Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy (in aid of Iraqui refugees) - played "We Will Rock You" and "Radio Ga Ga" plus Brian "Too Much Love Will Kill You" duet with Pavorotti, "We Are The Champions" with Zucchero on vocal. Raised over £1m.


Brian May interviewed backstage pre-show

In 2005: We Will Rock You Musical former Australian touring production started Japan run at Shinijuku Koma Theatre, Tokyo.

We Will Rock You Tokyo poster

In 2006 - Brian May recording 'Bad For Good'; with Meatloaf for "Bat Out Of Hell III" album, LA, California.
In 2010 - A new teaser clip "Anthems In The Studio - Part 2" by Kerry Ellis and Brian May went to YouTube. In the EPK clip Kerry Ellis and Brian May performed an acoustic version of Queen + Paul Rodgers song "Some Things That Glitter".
In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, joining him in BBC Radio 2 studio in London.

Roger, Brian and Chris Evans - BBC 2 Breakfast Show 27 May 2011
Brian May & Roger Taylor - PART 1 - Chris Evans Breakfast Show 27 May 2011- https://youtu.be/pat-Xfz0RO4
PART 2 at https://youtu.be/g8qIrpgCDE8

In 2013 - Release date of "The Kissing Me Song" by Brian May and Kerry Ellis is moved to this date (D/L and vinyl).
In 2014 - We Will Rock You N American tour opened at Belk Theater, Charlotte, USA.
In 2014 - "Classic Rock" reported unpublished / revised duets of Queen & Freddie Mercury with David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Andy Gibb & Michael Jackson expected to be on the planned "Queen Forever" album.
In 2014 -
Japanese superstar, Yoshiki, who put out a single of 'Foreign Sand' with Roger Taylor, performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" at "Yoshiki Classical" concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
In 2014 - The book
"Growl (Life Lessons, Hard Truths, And Bold Strategies From An Animal Advocate)" by Kim Stallwood published in Kindle edition, for which Brian May wrote the foreword and mentioned on cover.
In 2014 - Adam Lambert telephone Australian interview with Jonesy & Amanda about his first experiences meeting and performing with Queen on AI, leading to a small tour 2 years ago, how he found the guys and working with them - and now going into a much bigger tour, landing in Australia in August. Discussed eye make-up and whether Queen might mix him into any remaining Freddie Mercury recordings...

Jonesy and Amanda
Adam Lambert Interview With Jonesy and Amanda On WSFM 101.7 - 2014 - 05 - 27

In 2015 - In a press release publication "The Definitive Queen Quiz App" announced - the first official "Play The Game App", a digital puzzle and trivia game for smartphones and tablets, with thousands of photos, music clips and facts from official Queen Archives .
In 2015 - Brian May & -Kerry Ellis rehearsed for their performance at the Arena di Verona ( 01/06/2015).

In 2016 - Queen + Adam Lambert - European Summer Festival Tour 2016: RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne, Germany.

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**Wed 26 May 21**
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UCLan Queen Conference

ALL WELCOME to WATCH online - the FIRST World Academic Conference examining Queen's popularity TOMORROW Thu 27 May 1pm-5pm . The event is conducted by the Univesity of Preston - UCLan.


PT1 Academic Papers - https://youtu.be/CC-bMBz20kE


PT2 Interviews - https://youtu.be/BvdG-tNEYy4

Guest speakers include:

- Tim Staffell (Smile vocalise/bassist),
- Phil Hilborne (WWRY Musical guitarist);
- Simon Bradley; music journalist/co-author Brian May Red Special Book.


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Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, extra shows have been added in Helsinki and Belfast!


Helsinki will be 25th July - tickets on sale now from


Belfast will be 27th May - tickets on sale now at


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In 1977 - Queen played the Gaumont, Southampton, UK.
In 1990 - The Cross played the Docks, Hamburg, Germany.
In 1992 - "Live At Wembley" released UK.

Freddie Live At Wembley

In 1992 - Queen released limited edition 'Box Of Tricks'.

Box of Tricks

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Inonu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2003 - Brian May rehearsing with Luciano Pavarotti and Zucchero for Pavarotti & Friends 2003 concert, Novi Sad Park, Modena, Italy.
In 2005 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attended Ivor Novello Awards. Received: OUTSTANDING SONG COLLECTION: Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Roger Taylor (Queen) - and SONG OF THE DECADE 1975-1984: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
In 2011 - Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on BBC Breakfast, talking with Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams about their 2-part Queen Documentary "Days Of Our Lives", also how Queen got together.
In 2012 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played cancer charity benefit, The Kings Arms, All Cannings, UK, with the SAS Band.

Brian May talks about Concert at the Kings, Wiltshire for 26 May 2012 - https://youtu.be/uWWH1OQfN9o

In 2012 - Original 9-piece Queen Extravaganza line-up played Quebec, Canada.

Original 9-piece Queen Extraaganza, Quebec, Canada, 26 May 2012 © Jen Tunney 2012

In 2013 - 'We Will Rock You" 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour closing date, Arena Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia.
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis appeared on Sunday Brunch, TV, UK.
In 2014 - A second show Queen + Adam Lambert show announced in a Press Release for the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 08/30/2014 due to overwhelming demand, the pre-sale to start simultaneously with the announcement.

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**Tue 25 May 21**
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Q+AL on stage

Photo: Bojan Hohnjec / (c) Miracle Productions LLP

Queen + Adam Lambert
add Belfast and further European shows
to UK & Europe 2022 Rhapsody Tour

New dates on sale Wednesday 26 May

Queen + Adam Lambert have today announced an extra UK show is being added to the band’s twice-postponed Rhapsody UK & European tour, now set for 2022, as well as additional dates in mainland Europe.

In the UK, where the band is already set to play a pair of shows each in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow and a 10-day run at London’s O2 Arena, the band will now open their 10-week tour with a newly added show at Belfast’s SSE Arena on Saturday 28 May 2022.

Extending the mainland Europe leg of its highly anticipated tour, the band will also play newly set shows in Italy, Sweden, Norway, and winding the tour up with a new final show in Finland on 24 July 2022.

The extra European dates are as follows and all go on sale on May 26th at 10am (CET)*

Extra Europe dates are:

Italy: Bologna, Unipol Arena Sunday 10 July - Tickets

Sweden: Stockholm, Avicii Arena Wednesday 20 July - Tickets

Norway: Oslo,Telenor Arena Thursday 21 July - Tickets / VIP

Finland: Helsinki, Hartwall Arena Sunday 24 July - Tickets (11am)

In all, Queen + Adam Lambert will now perform 34 shows across their Rhapsody UK & Europe 2022 tour.

Tickets for the newly added Belfast SSE Arena show on Saturday 28 May 2022 will be available from Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 9am from: www.ticketmaster.ie


Queen + Adam Lambert - Updated UK Tour Dates


28 May 2022 - Belfast - The SSE Arena
30 May 2022 - Manchester - AO Arena
31 May 2022 - Manchester - AO Arena
2 June 2022 - Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
3 June 2022 - Glasgow - The SSE Hydro
5 June 2022 - London - The O2
6 June 2022 - London - The O2
8 June 2022 - London - The O2
9 June 2022 - London - The O2
11 June 2022 - Birmingham - Utilita Arena
12 June 2022 - Birmingham - Utilita Arena
14 June 2022 - London - The O2
15 June 2022 - London - The O2
17 June 2022 - London - The O2
18 June 2022 - London - The O2
20 June 2022 - London - The O2
21 June 2022 - London - The O2

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**Tue 25 May 21**
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In 1982 - "Hot Space" released N America, + 12” promo to N America radio stations with 'Calling All Girls' and 'Put Out The Fire'.

Hot Space Press Conference New York 1982
Queen Hot Space Press Conference New York 1982

In 1983 - Freddie Mercury recorded vocal and piano for 'I Was Born To Love You' and 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany.
In 1989 - Queen awarded Silver, Gold and Platinum for The Miracle UK sales.
In 1998 - ‘Business (Rock On Cozy Mix)’ bw ‘Maybe Baby’ + multimedia section including footage of Brian and Cozy with 'The Business' and 'Brian Talks' - dedicated as “A tribute To Cozy Powell (1947 - 1998)” - released UK and US.

Brian May - The Business [Multimedia Section] - http://youtu.be/XuvnmlIijMY

In 2006 - Queen + Paul Rodgers ‘VH1 Rock Honors’ - show honored Queen, Judas Priest, Def Leppard and Kiss, opening with Foo Fighters + Brian and Roger Taylor on 'Tie Your Mother Down, and Queen+PR performed 'The Show Must Go On', 'We Will Rock You' (Dave Grohl + Taylor Hawkins drums), 'We Are the Champion's and' Under Pressure', Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US

VH1 Rock Honors - Brian May and Joe Elliott

In 2010 - The "Save Me" online store went live.
In 2011 - Press Release announced the sad death of Michael Brenner, producer and impresario, founder and managing partner of the Mannheim based BB Promotion GmbH, who died in the early hours of Saturday 21st May 2011 at the age of 59. R.I.P.

Michael Brenner at WWRY Vienna premiere © Jen Tunney2008

In 2011 - A behind the scenes video, from Brian May and Kerry Ellis show at Bath Forum. One of the most technically ambitious shows ever staged in the city, "Anthems" saw the old cinema building transformed into a state-of-the-art concert venue by Bath Music Plus.

Behind the scenes at Kerry Ellis & Brian May's Anthems show at Bath Forum
- https://youtu.be/rru3NFs_odM

In 2013 - Roger Taylor guest appearance Rock Against Cancer with SAS Band, The Kings Arms, All Cannings, UK.
In 2014 - "We Will Rock You" North American Tour, closing date at Murat Theatre, Indianapolis.
In 2016 - Queen + Adam Lambert stayed in Mühldorf Castle near Johannes and Christina Würmer in Feldkirchen on the Danube during their concert at the "Steel City Festival" in Linz. The Queen Crew is accommodated at the Hotel Marriott / Courtyard Linz.
In 2016 - Queen + Adam Lambert - European Summer Festival Tour 2016, Steel City Festival, Stadium Linz, Linz, Austria; OKYS B
rian May and Roger Taylor were immortalised on "Tipp3 Walk Of Stars" in the Linz stadium. The top secret ceremony took place privately under exclusion of the media and press - and Queen + Adam Lambert played Steel City Festival, Linz Stadium, Linz, Austria, on their 2016 European Summer Festival Tour.
In 2017 - Brian May shaered his feelings on SOAPBOX about the Manchester bomb attack.
In 2017 - On publication day of the book "Queen In 3-D" was number 1 in the "Rock and Pop Amazon Book Chart".
In 2017 - Brian May guest on "Front Row" BBC Radio 4, promoting "Queen In 3-D.

Queen in 3-D Launch Brian May Front Row recorded 23 May 2017 broadcast 25 May 2017)
- https://youtu.be/a-pku5_xDeM

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**Mon 24 May 21**
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Christian Nielsen has asked for the following to be posted and is looking for support for his LEGO Project:

"I have designed a set called 'Queen Live Concert' and submitted it to LEGO Ideas. You may know this site as there has already been some Queen-based ideas, but I'll just refresh it. When you submit an idea, you need to go out and spread the word and gather support. I need 10 thousand people to vote for my idea! That is a lot, but I believe in my idea.

Here is a link to check it out and I highly recommend reading the description for a better understanding of what I have created:


Best wishes, Niels 
Christian Nielsen"

LGO Queen Live Concert

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In 1967 - Ibex live at Honiton Hall, Penketh, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played the Hippodrome, Bristol, UK
In 1990 - The Cross played the Outpost, Göttingen, Germany
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece. FAB BRIAN MAY INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT HERE

Brian in Greece 1993

In 2006 - Queen awarded 8x Platinum for Greatest Hits US sales.
In 2013 - Brian May interview with Manchester Evening News on We Will Rock You and The Born Free Tour 2013.
In 2013 - Brian May spoke at a public meeting on badger culling and bovine TB, Dorchester, Dorset. READ MORE

Brian May - Dorchester

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**Sun 23 May 21**
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In 1969 - Ibex played Honiton Hall, Penketh, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played the Hippodrome, Bristol, UK.

Bristol Hippodrome interview
Click for larger - News cutting 23 May 1977

In 1990 - The Cross played Blickpunktstudios, Dortmund, Germany.
In 1993 - Roger Taylor interview in Washington Times, speaking of working on new solo album at Cosford Mill Studio, Surrey, UK.
In 1994 - The DoRo twins filming video for Roger's 'Happiness?' in Vienna.


Born This Way

In 2006 - Queen awarded 8x Platinum for Greatest Hits US sales.
In 2011 - Lady Gaga released “Born This Way" album ft Brian May on guitar on ‘Yoü And I’.

Brian on track
"Y ou and I" [AMAZON]

Brian My and Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga and Brian performing Yoü And I'

In 2012 - Roger Taylor gave an interview talking about The Queen Extravaganza on the "Bo & Jim Show" on Lonestar925 radio, and confirmed Queen's participation in the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.
In 2013 - Brian May and the team at The London Stereoscopic Company were working on a second set of "Diableries" Stereo Cards and on the second box of "Astro" Stereo Cards.
In 2014: Brian May and Denis Pellerin speaking at The Hay Festival, 6.15pm, Tara Tent on their "Diableries" book.

Brian May interviewed for BBC The One Show, Hay Festival

Interviewed by Wynne Evans for BBC Radio Wales and interviewed by BBC The One Show, shown on 30 May.

Brian May & Denis Pellerin Interview Hay Festival BBC Radio Wales 23 May 2014 - https://youtu.be/D64gye_HTXw

In 2016: Media launch at the Dolby Theatre London, Brian May introduced the "OWL VR Smartphone Kit" he developed, a virtual reality and 3-D stereo image viewer for the smartphone. "The OWL VR Smartphone Kit" to be available from mid June 2016 at The London Stereoscopic Company.
In 2017: "Queen In 3-D" Press Launch at the Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London. Many unique pieces from Brian May's personal Memorabilia Collection, including the legendary "News Of The World" robot exhibited. Brian May spoke about Manchester Arena attack and held a minute's silence. Afterward, Brian gave a presentation of the "Queen, 3-D" book, utilising projector and 3-D glasses. Queen Cocktails and Queen Vodka available for media, friends, family and members of Queen Team.

TRANSCRIPT: https://brianmay.com/brians-soapbox/2017/05/this-is-a-very-strange-day/

SHORT URL: https://tinyurl.com/yamdp837

Brian May on Manchester attack (Queen in 3-D launch) 23052017
- https://youtu.be/LbTC1QXZjBw

In 2017: MOJO featured 6-page report with Brian May interview on "Queen In 3-D" and "Amateur Photographer published a video interview with Brian titled "All Things Photography".

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**Sat 22 May 21**
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In 1975 - Freddie won an Ivor Novello award for ‘Killer Queen’.
In 1980 - Felix Luther born to Roger Taylor and Dominique Beyrand (2 months premature).

In 1981 - Louisa May born to Brian and Chrissie May - their 2nd child.

Emily May, Brian and Louisa
Emily May, Brian and Louisa

In 1982 - Queen played Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany.
In 1985 - Freddie Mercury awarded Gold for "Mr Bad Guy" UK sales.
In 1986 - John Deacon attended the premiere "Biggles" movie - introduced to Prince & the Princess of Wales.
In 1986 - Freddie Mercury started filming 'Time' single video, Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London.
In 1989 - "The Miracle" album released UK. The album was originally titled “The Invisible Men”, partly as a riposte to their critics and also because it appeared nearly three years after A Kind Of Magic. [MORE "Behind the albums"]

The Miracle
"The Miracle" Album cover

The Miracle Photo Session

In 1990 - The Cross played Biskuithalle, Bonn, Germany.
In 1991 - Freddie Mercury with Queen working on new songs during his last recording sessions, including ‘Mother Love’, at Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played HaYarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel - support to Guns N' Roses.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor played for Great Music Experience Nara Todaiji Buddhist Temple, Japan.
In 1994 - Roger released 'Foreign Sand' single Japan.
In 1997 - Brian May performed with Zucchero at his concert, London.
In 2000 - "Music from and Inspired by M:i-2" ("Mission: Impossible II") album released, including Brian May on Foo Fighters’ track, ‘Have A Cigar (written by Pink Floyd for "Wish You Were Here").

Mission Impossible 2

Foo Fighters - Have A Cigar (feat. Brian May)
- https://youtu.be/crtIW7eSu-M

In 2003 - Queen awarded Gold and Platinum for "Greatest Video Hits I" USA sales.
In 2008 - Roger Taylor attended 53rd Ivor Novello Awards with Sarina Potgieter, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
In 2013 - The vinyl edition of "Acoustic By Candlelight" live album from Brian May and Kerry Ellis delivered to pressing plant.
In 2013 - Brian May asked fans "Keep sending your kisses". The edited short 'viral' version of the "Kissing Me Song" video went to iTunes, with a longer version for the full-length track to be part of the iTunes package, including almost every kiss received.
In 2013 - In an interview in San Diego, Adam Lambert announced he was in regular e-mail contact with Brian May and Roger Taylor and spoke of possible further collaboration with Queen.
In 2013 - We Will Rock You 10th Anniversary World Arena Tour, opened Zagreb Arena, Zagreb,
In 2014 - We Will Rock You cast opened "West End Euro Vision 2014" show, Dominion Theatre, London.
In 2015 - Two Queen Archive Edition: Innuendo Deckchairs, based on Grandville illustration ("Un Autre Monde" book 1844) made available.

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**Fri 21 May 21**
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The Legendary Rock Icon to be Honored In An All-New Book
Inspired By His Music, Life, and Words

Freddie Mercury Lover of Life Singer of Songs Z2 book cover

CLICK HERE to pre-order now in Softback, Hardback and Limited Edition Deluxe Hardback, which includes exclusive prints and a coloured version of 'Never Boring'.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Z2 Comics is proud to partner with Universal Music Group and Mercury Songs Ltd for Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Song, the first-ever graphic novel paying tribute to one of the greatest figures the music world has ever known.

For the first time in comics format, Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India, through his formative years in England, to becoming the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life.

Written by Tres Dean (All Time Low Presents: Young Renegades), the graphic novel will give true insight into the many experiences that helped shape the young Farrokh Bulsara and his compelling existence, both on and off stage—that was the life of Freddie Mercury, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs.

Following up on the tremendous success of the Oscar-winning 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, and inspired by the book Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words, compiled by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton, this upcoming graphic novel will be another essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table of fans new and old, sumptuously illustrated by Kyla Smih, Robin Richardson, Safiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu, with accompanying cover painting by David Mack.

Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs is available for preorder in standard 136 page softcover ($19.99) and hardcover ($29.99) editions, released in finer comic shops, book and record stores in November. Available exclusively through Z2 in a special hardcover deluxe edition for $99.99 complete with an exclusive vinyl LP, as well as limited edition prints by Sarah Jones, Kyla Smith, and Sanya Anwar. Reserve your copy today!

Freddie Mercury book Z2 spread

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Queen In The Park Evening Standard poster

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 reminds us why Queen and their music continue
to be loved across the world.

Episode 10: Queen : 1976 Live in Hyde Park - Picnic by The Serpentine

“Thank you very much, good evening everybody. Welcome to our picnic by the Serpentine”.
Freddie Mercury. 18 September 1976

“Afterwards, we were being threatened with arrest.” Brian May.

Queen: 1976 Live in Hyde Park - Picnic by The Serpentine - https://youtu.be/JPCSQa2qscw

This week’s Queen The Greatest episode heads back to 1976 and what remains to this day one of the biggest nights in Queen’s remarkable career. Humbled by the success they had enjoyed so far, the band wanted to do something special to say ‘thank you’ to their loyal fans – and what better way than to put on their most spectacular show to date. A free concert in the heart of London – the Royal Hyde Park.

Rare interview and news footage from the time reveals it truly was a night to remember but almost ended in the band’s arrest.

As Brian May explains in an interview from the time, Queen’s takeover of this historic London landmark proved to be a massive undertaking…but one with a big reward.

“It took a lot of people about 8 or 9 weeks solid work, including us, and all the traumas from not being able to get permission to do it, to wondering about whether the grass was OK. There was a drought at that time, and they didn’t want us to play if it didn’t rain, which is kind of an unusual thing. Lots of things like that, right up to the last moment.

(And) then getting very, incredibly, naturally kind of high before going on because although we’d played to large audiences before, this is London, it’s our home and that’s something different”.

Despite all the heady obstacles presented, the show went ahead, and as footage from a rare BBC Television News clip shows, it was a major victory for the band.

(News Reader) “More than 50,000 people flocked to the free concert which was remarkably peaceful with only four arrests over a period of nine hours. The Police presence was kept to a minimum, with only 40 officers visible, though at least twice as many out of sight in reserve”.

(News Reader) Queen spent fifty thousand pounds of their own money to promote the concert. It may be only rock ‘n’ roll, but it is expensive”.

In fact, the crowd size was estimated to be somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people, and for 80 glorious minutes Queen rocked central London. However, as the band prepared to give the ecstatic crowd an encore to finish the night, the police stepped in…

Brian May: “Afterwards, being threatened with arrest if we went on for the encore, which nobody realised at the time, but we were sort of hustled into a van on threat of being taken away to different places. It was very strange. Because I think people got nervous of the crowd, and people worried whether it could be controlled in the dark and things like that… Apart from things like that it was great.

A night like this needed to be preserved, and so the concert was filmed, with footage from it immediately used in a promotional video for “Somebody To Love”.

Looking back at it more recently, Brian May recalls what a big step the Hyde Park show was for Queen, and the significance that night had for the band.

Brian May: “I remember thinking…gulp…you know, we’ve carved out a place around the world, but England doesn’t really think we’re that cool. It was packed beyond belief, and it was really like coming home to a sort of hero's welcome.”

Nearly 30 years later, in July 2005, Brian and Roger would make an emotional return to Hyde Park with then frontman Paul Rodgers. Originally scheduled for the 8th of July, the show was delayed due to a devastating terrorist attack in the city. However, a week later, undeterred, everyone came together for an emotional and memorable night, with one poignant moment a particular highlight, performed to a massive audience including several hundreds of emergency and rescue workers invited as guests by the band…

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In 1966 - The New Opposition played the Village Hall, Countesthorpe, Leics, UK.
In 1982 - Queen played Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany.
In 1982 - Hot Space released UK - reached UK No 4.

Body Language

1986 - John Deacon formed a band called The Immortals to provide music for the film “Biggles”.

The Immortals - No Turning Back

Biggles (Featuring John Deacon of Queen) - https://youtu.be/wamv7Yi-E6c

In 1990 - The Cross played the Capitol, Hanover, Germany to start their Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Tour.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor - Day 2 Great Music Experience, Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan.
In 2002 - Brian May, Roger Taylor, Ben Elton & Nigel Planer appeared on the ITV ‘This Morning’, London, UK - interview followed by Nigel Planer performing ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’.
In 2006 - We Will Rock You, Spain closing date in Sevilla - the last opportunity to see the Spanish production this in 2006.
In 2008 - Brian May made a guest appearance WWRY musical, Dominion Theatre, London, UK, performing with cast.
In 2010 - Brian May and Elena Vidal book signing at David 's Bookshop, Letchworth, UK.
In 2011 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis played The Forum, Bath, UK.

Behind the scenes at Kerry Ellis & Brian May's Anthems show at Bath Forum
- https://youtu.be/rru3NFs_odM

In 2011 - The producer and impresario, founder and managing partner of BB Promotion, Michael Brenner, sadly killed on a cycling tour, in the early hours of Saturday 21 May 2011, at the age of 59. R.I.P.
In 2012 - Brian May paid tribute to Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who sadly died the previous day (20 May 2012). READ HERE.
In 2013 - "Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl " is published as a 2-DVD and Digital Video USA.
In 2013 -
Brian May presented the launch of the new website for the book "Diableries - Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell". http://www.diableries.co.uk/
In 2013 -
Brian May & Kerry Ellis working on Final Cut the vinyl version "Acoustic By Candlelight " live album - and working on Final Cut of viral version of "The Kissing Me Song" video.
In 2015 - Brian May and Stephen Hawking special guests at the London Science Museum, where Russian Cosmonaut, Alexei Leonov launched an exhibition.

Alexei Leonov launches Exhibition, London (guests Stephen Hawking, Brian May) 21 May 2015
- https://youtu.be/RoNFIJxGt_A

In 2015 - Brian May and Anita Dobson attended the 60th Ivor Novello Awards, Grosvenor House, London, Brian presenting Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward with Black Sabbath's "Lifetime Achievement Award". (Ozzy Osborne not present.) Brian interviewed about about possible new Queen + Adam Lambert album, Glastonbury Festival (not then planned), Rock In Rio and S America tour, new Adam Lambert album and Eurovision Song Contest, Vienna.

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