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Q+AL TOUR 2017

Queen + Adam Lambert 2017
28 Family Guy NOTW episode ITV2 @ 2300

Tue 28 - Liverpool, Echo Arena tickets
Thu 30 - Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Fri 1 - Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena tickets
Sun 3 - Glasgow, SSE Hydro tickets
Tue 5 - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena tickets
Wed 6 - Leeds, First Direct Arena tickets
Fri 8 - Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena tickets
Sat 9 - Manchester, Arena tickets
Tue 12 - London, O2 Arena tickets
Wed 13 - London, O2 Arena tickets
Fri 15 - London, The SSE Arena, Wembley tickets
Sat 16 - Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena tickets


Sat 17 - Auckland, Spark Arena tickets
Sun 18 - Auckland, Spark Arena tickets
Wed 21 - Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena tickets
Thu 22 - Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena tickets
Sat 24 - Brisbane, Brisbane Ent Centre tickets
Tue 27 - Adelaide, Adelaide Ent Centre - tickets
Wed 28 - Adelaide, Adelaide Ent Centre tickets
Fri 2 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena tickets
Fri 3 - Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Tue 6 - Perth, Perth Arena tickets


1 - Prague, Czech Republic, O2 Arena tickets
2 - Munich, Germany, Olympiahalle tickets
4 - Budapest, Hungary, Sportarena tickets
6 - Lodz, Poland, Atlas Arena tickets
8 - Vienna, Austria, Stadhalle tickets
10 - Bologna, Italy, Unipol Arena tickets
12 - Luxembourg, Amneville Galaxie tickets
13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ziggo Dome tickets
17 - Kaunas, Lithuania, Zalgiris Arena tickets
19 - Helsinki, Finland, Hartwell Arena tickets
21 - Stockholm, Sweden, Friends Arena, Sweden tickets
22 - Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena, tickets
Sat 25 - Dublin, 3 Arena tickets
Sun 26 - Belfast, SSE Arena tickets

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*Fri 13 Oct 17**
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In 1973 - Queen played the Underground, Bonn, Germany.
In 1978 - 'Bicycle Race' bw 'Fat Bottomed Girls' released UK.

Bicycle Race cover

In 1984 - Queen played the Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, S Africa.
In 1991 - The Cross played Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany.
In 1992 - Hollywood Records released video collections 'Classic Queen" (black sleeve) and "Greatest Hits" (red sleeve) USA -the latter, Hollywood Records Greatest Hits VHS includes 'Fat Bottomed Girls (Hollywood Records Video version)" written by Brian May- single edit, but album ending instead of fade-out.

Queen Greatest Hits USA VHS
USA Queen Greatest HIts VHS - Photo QueenVault.com

In 1993 - The Brian May Band played Modjeska Theater, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Brian May - Love Of My Life (Live at the Modjeska Theater, Milwaukee USA (13.10.1993)
- https://youtu.be/Fcoxzi4yQsg

In 1998 - The Brian May Band played Posthof 2, Linz, Austria.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the O2 Arena, London, UK - Al Murray joined band in Cosmos Rockin' and reportedly Roger Taylor’s mother in audience.

Queen Cosmos Rockin with Al Murray Live @ O2 Arena London - https://youtu.be/1pqjbenIUCI

Al Murray and Brian May O2

In 2011 - Brian May joined Bristol We Will Rock You for their Press Night.

Bristol Press Night
Brian Noel Sullivan and cast - Bristol. Photo Sue Foxford

In 2014 - "One Night In Hell - Teaser 2" published by Brian May.
In 2015 - Queen Extravaganza, Crown Theatre, Perth, Australia.

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In 1980 - Queen platinum award for The Game and gold for 'Another One Bites The Dust' USA.
In 1984 - 'Hammer To Fall (Headbanger's Mix Edit)' 7" single bw 'Tear It Up' released by Capitol Records in USA.
In 1984 - Queen played the Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, S Africa.
In 1987 - Spoof band, Bad News, released their debut album 'Bad News" produced by Brian May.
In 1991 - The Cross played the Astoria, Bremen, Germany.
In 1992 - Polydor re-issued 'How Can I Go On' singles by Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe, the 7" bw 'The Golden Boy', The CD has additional 3rd track 'The Fallen Priest'.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played The Royal Oak Theater, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
In 1998 - The Brian May Band played Petofi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary.

Brian May live October 12,1998 in Budapest
Pt1 - https://youtu.be/IzDtTMgMLBE - Pt2 - https://youtu.be/q4knEF2saZA

Born FreeIn 2012 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis were working on "Born Free" in Brian's Surrey studio, mixing and mastering of the track being finished, as mentioned on SOAPBOX. [AMAZON]
In 2013 - Second day of shooting the film production of "Solitary" in Portsmouth jail, Portsmouth. Sarina Potgieter (Taylor) playing a role in the drama, produced by Roger Taylor, who also wrote the soundtrack.
In 2014 - Brian May's "Poor Man's Picture Gallery - Death of Chatterton" Exhibition opened at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG - running until 15 April 2015.

Tate Exhibition

In 2015 - A Press Release announced multi-format "Queen - A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" to be released on November 20, 2015, via Virgin EMI. It is available on CD/DVD/SD Blu-ray/CD+DVD/CD+SD Blu-ray/2LP/Super Deluxe Box Set/Digital. AMAZON
In 2015 - Brian May and Anita Dobson visited the musical "Memphis The Musical" at Shaftesbury Theatre, London.

Anita and Brian at "Memphis The Musical"

In 2015 - Brian May had donated a signed pair of his trainers to the "Small Steps Project" charity auction, having worn these shoes at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games on 12/08/2012 in London.

Brian May's signed trainers

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*Wed 11 Oct 17**
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In 1974 - Killer Queen / Flick Of The Wrist released UK as double A-side single.

Feddie Mercury - Killer Queen

In 1989 - Capitol Records released 'Scandal' N America.
In 1991 - The Cross played the Docks, Hamburg, Germany.
In 1992 - Brian May and Hank Marvin “We Are The Champions” entered the UK chart at No 66. The song appears on Guitar Ballads album.

Hank Marvin - We Are The Champions

In 2000 - PMI and Parlophone released an alternative longer cut of documentary "The Untold Story" as promo, which would appear on "Freddie Mercury: The Solo Collection”.
Cosmic TouristIn 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the SECC, Glasgow, UK. Released for download “Tie Your Mother Down (Live - 11/10/08*), Intro + Hammer To Fall (Live - 11/10/08)”, “’39 (Live - 11/10/08)”.
In 2012 - Brian May, Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott released their 2nd book “The Cosmic Tourist - The 100 Most Awe-inspiring Destinations in the Universe " (published by Carlton Books available AMAZON). BRIAN WROTE ON SOAPBOX and more photos.

Chris, Brian and Sir Patrick

In 2013 - “The Great Pretender” documentary received an Emmy Nomination. The Rhys Thomas produced feature received a nomination in the Arts Programming category. Winners were set to receive awards November 25, 2013 at the 41st International Emmy® Awards Gala in New York. AMAZON
In 2013 - 40 years of Queen e-book has been shortlisted for a Futurebook Innovations Award under the category of Best Adult Digital Book.
In 2013 -Roger Taylor announced the release of his new solo album "Fun On Earth" and his entire back catalogue as Limited Collector's Edition Box Set "The Lot" with 12 CDs and one DVD on 11 November 2013 by Virgin/EMI Records.
In 2013 First of two previews nights "We Will Rock You" Musical North America, Stanley Theatre, New York, USA.

In 2014 - "Queen Forever" released USA.
in 2014 - "Don't Stop Me Now" featured on Dr Who BBC One performed by Foxes.

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*Tue 10 Oct 17**
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In 1984 - Queen played Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana.
In 1988 - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe host Barcelona launch, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK.
In 1991 - The Cross played the Rock Heaven, Herford, Germany.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played the The Vic Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
In 1994 - Daughter, Tiger Lily Taylor born to Roger Taylor and Deborah Leng.
In 1998 - The Brian May Band played the Rock Haus, Vienna, Austria.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the Arena, Nottingham, UK. (Reportedly Freddie's mum, Jer, in audience). Released for download “We Are The Champions + God Save The Queen (Live - 10/10/08”).

Brian May, Nottingham 20 October 2008
Brian May - Q+PR Nottingham 10 October 2008

In 2011 - Brian May's interview with Mark Goodier from the Groucho Club launch of 40 Years of Queen (3 October) broadcast this day.

Brian May on Smooth Radio with Mark Goodier broadcast 10 October 2011
- http://youtu.be/UlTHx-8H-sE

DiableriesQueen Forever
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis filmed interviews and extras for the bonus material of "The Born Free" Montreux Live DVD.
In 2013 - The book "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell", written by Brian May with co-authors Denis Pellerin and Paula Flemming, published by The London Stereoscopic Company, UK, as a Standard Edition in a slip-case with 3D cover.
In 2014 - "Queen Forever" album released, bringing new Freddie Mercury tracks to light. CD | Deluxe Edition | Japanese 2D SHM-CD
In 2014 - The cover artwork of the single presented of "One Night In Hell (Studio)" by Brian May & The Czech National Symphony Orchestra and a Photo Gallery. Download single to be released by Duck Productions" on 3 November 2014, available for pre-order.

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**Mon 09 Oct 17**
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In 1973 - Queen released 'Keep Yourself Alive' on Elektra - first ever single USA.
In 1981 - Queen played Estadio Universitario, Monterrey, Mexico.
In 1989 - ‘Scandal’ / ‘My Life Has Been Saved’ single released (UK).
In 1991 - The Cross played Music Hall, Hannover, Germany.
In 1992 - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab releases Ltd Ed CD remaster "A Night At The Opera" (USA).

ANATO Hi Fidenlty Sound Lab

In 1995 - EMI issues promo single versions ‘Heaven For Everyone’ to radio stations and jukeboxes.
In 1998 - Roger Taylor on TFI Friday, Riverside Studios, London, UK - performs “Radio Ga Ga” and “No More Fun”. Also televised in France (and other EU countries). INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND SCREEN SHOTS HERE

Roger Taylor TFI Friday

In 2000 - Steve Hackett released "Feedback '86" album ft Brian May on ‘Slot Machine’ and ‘Cassandra’.

Steve Hackett (with BRIAN MAY) - Slot Machine - https://youtu.be/Q8FhKi1-IH0
'Feedback '86' album 2013 Reissue: Amazon

In 2001 - Brian May talk at Cambridge Union Society, Cambridge, UK - performed acoustic ‘With God On Our Side’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. REPORT, INTERVIEW AND PHOTOS HERE

Brian at Cambridge Union
Brian at Cambridge Union 2001

In 2004 - Brian May + Roger Taylor at WWRY opening and played for afterparty, Lyric Theatre, Sydney, Australia.
In 2005 - Queen released: Official Bootlegs “Cardiac Arrest”, “Cry Argentina” and “In Concert ’74 - Sheer Heart Attack” tour concert.
In 213 - Brian May on BBC Breakfast Show.

Badger Cull: BBC Breakfast Brian May & Peter Kendall 09102013 - https://youtu.be/bwnQGnqzKJo

In 2013 - Owen Paterson MP famously told BBC Spotlight ”The badgers have moved the goalposts.”

The Badgers Moved The Goalposts: Owen Paterson - BBC Spotlight 09102013
- https://youtu.be/UVNAdvry2dk?t=2m51s

In 2015 - Starmus video published featuring Stephen Hawking.

Stephen Hawking: The Power of a Human Mind (Starmus) 9 Oct 2015.
- https://youtu.be/1Gfr69srpjI

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**Sun 08 Oct 17**
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In 1966 - The Reaction live at the The Guildhall, St Ives, UK.
in 1981 - Queen returned to Mexico but had to pay $100 USD for work visas for whole touring party.
In 1988 - Freddie Mercury, La Nit Festival, Palace de Expositions, Montjuic Park, Barcelona, Spain, performed Barcelona, The Golden Boy and How Can I Go On.

Freddie Mercury/Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona - La Nit Live - https://youtu.be/Wixz_r7v51E

In 1991 - Hollywood Records released the 4th series of remastered CDs with Queen II, Live Killers and The Miracle in the USA.
In 1993 - Brian May played The Strand, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
In 1998 - Brian May played Circus Krone, Munich, Germany.
In 2004 - Brian May + Roger Taylor guest appearance Lyric Theatre, Sydney, Australia, to promote We Will Rock You musical opening the next day. They also filmed a special promo TV spot without audience performing Bohemian Rhapsody.

Brian and Roger wirh Australian cast - Lyric Theatre, Sysney, 8 Oct October 2004
Lyric Theatre, Sydney

In 2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Aruba Entertainment Center, Oranjestad, Aruba.

Paul Rodgers and Brian May - Aruba

In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the Rockhal, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

Q+PR Rockhal, Luxembourg 8 October 2008
Rockhal, Luxembourg 2008

In 2008 - The Cosmos Rocks 2-CD limited edition released Japan.
In 2013 - Brian May visited MagicFM Radio and interviewed by Dr Neil Fox "Book Club".
In 2013 - "Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender" documentary by Rhys Thomas nominated for an Emmy Award in "Arts Programming" category. The award ceremony was scheduled for 11.25.2013 at the International Emmy Awards Gala, New York.
In 2013 - A press release announced "Queen - The Studio Experience", Mountain Studios, Montreux, starting 2013.
In 2015 - The German version of the book "Queen Unseen" by Peter Hince published.
In 2015 -
Ticket sales began for Brian May and Kerry Ellis "One Voice - The Tour" of Eastern Europe for 2016.

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**Sat 07 Oct 17**
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In 1977 - We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You double A-side single released UK
In 1979 - Freddie Mercury guest appearance with the Royal Ballet, the Coliseum, London, UK, both singing and dancing ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

Freddie rehearsing with Royal Ballet

In 1984 - Queen played the Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, South Africa.
In 1987 - Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe made new ‘Barcelona’ video, Pinewood Studios, with QFC members as extras.
In 1991 - The Cross played Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 1993 - Brian May played the Palace Theater, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Brian May Band Connecticut

In 1998 - Brian May played Beethovensaal, Stuttgart, Germany.
In 2006 - Brian May guest appearance WWRY Musical, Dominion Theatre, London, UK.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
In 2010 - Brian May presented with the "Order of Honour" at the Armenian Embassy, London.

Brian May with Armenian "Order of Honour"

In 2011 - Brian May interview on BBC2 'The Review Show', UK.

Brian May - The Review Show - BBC2 07/10/2011 - https://youtu.be/1YvqKSTSYng

In 2013 - Brian May attended the Pride of Britain Awards and presented an award to Dan Black - shown on ITV 8 October.

Pride of Britain - Brian May presents to Daniel Black
Brian May presents award to Daniel Black

Brian and Anita - Pride of Britain
Brian and Anita - Pride of Britain 2013

In 2013 - Brian May and Anita Dobson donated each a personally owned pair of signed shoes for the Small Steps Project London Celebrity Shoe Auction.
In 2013 - New 2013-14 "We Will Rock You" cast made debut, including Oliver Tompsett (Galileo), Rachel Wooding (Scaramouche), Brenda Edwards (Killer Queen), Kevin Kennedy (Pop) and Alasdair Harvey (Khashoggi) and new members "Meat" Amanda Coutts and "Britney" Rolan Bell, Dominion Theatre, London.
In 2014 - Brian May lecture on "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery" with book signing, with Denis Pellelrin, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham, UK.
In 2014 - Brian May interviewed by Chris Baxter for BBC Gloucester at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Brian May talking with Chris Baxter Cheltenham Literature Festival 07102014 aired 0810
- https://youtu.be/QYtFX-vLPj8

In 2014 - Brian May featured on guitar on the Children In Need Single video of "God Only Knows" first aired that evening, and released by BBC Music.

God Only Knows - BBC Music - http://youtu.be/XqLTe8h0-jo

In 2014 - Brian May's Exhibition opened BP Spotlight: 'Poor Man's Picture Gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography, Tate Britain, London, running 7 October 2014 – 1 November 2015.
In 2015 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis "One Voice - The Tour" announced, to start 03/02/2016 in Krakow, ending 17/03/2016 Belgrade.

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**Fri 06 Oct 17**
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In 1971 - Queen played Imperial College, London, UK.
In 1977 - We Are The Champions video is filmed in the New London Theatre, followed by short gig for 5,000 QFC members present. Tie Your Mother Down, Keep Yourself Alive, Somebody To Love, White Man, The Prophets Song, Liar, Bohemian Rhapsody, Now I'm Here, Jailhouse Rock, Encore: See What A Fool I've Been.

We Are The Champions video shoot

In 1984 - Queen played the Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, S Africa.
In 1987 - The Cross appeared on ‘The Roxy’ TV show, Channel 4, Tyne Tees studios, Newcastle, UK - played Cowboys And Indians.
In 1987 - Queen won a music video award at British Video Awards for Live In Budapest. VHS | Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest DVD

Freddie - Live In Budapest

In 1993 - Brian May appeared at the House Of Guitars Guild Day & Sale in Rochester USA and premiered the new LE Brian May signature guitar.
In 2001 - Brian May and Roger Taylor guest appearance Bob Geldof’s 50th birthday party Davington Priory, Faversham, UK.
In 2012 - Brian May guest appearance with Kerry Ellis the Hippodrome Casino, London, UK.

Kerry and Brian, Hippodrome Casino

In 2014 - Roger Taylor's "Fun On Earth" album published as 180 gram black vinyl LP by Universal Music.

In 2015: The "Victorian Gems" Nest Set launched by London Stereoscopic Company. The box set included three new sets of 3D Stereo Cards: "Scenes in Our Village 1-12", "1-12 Diableries" and "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery" and booklet ,”Victorian Gems: A Guide To The Contents Of this "OWL's nest" Stereoscopic Compendium "and an OWL Viewer. The three card sets available separately.

Brian May launches Victorian Gems

In 2015: Pre-sale opened of the Italian version Red Special book "La Red Special di Brian May" by Brian May and co-author Simon Bradley published by Tsunami Edizoni in Italy - to be officially on sale 23 Oct.
In 2015: The Queen Extravaganza played The Star Centre, Sydney, Australia

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**Fri 06 Oct 17**
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This is brilliant from Juliana Lepine Sculptures:

A little bit of the process of sculpting Freddie Mercury. Music by Gary Smyth:

Sculpting Freddie Mercury - https://youtu.be/L_vQW3xQEhc

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**Fri 06 Oct 17**
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News of the World 40th Anniversary Edition

We Are The Champions
& We Will Rock You
Alternative Previously Unheard 'Raw Sessions' Versions
Released on 6 October, 2017 To Mark 40th Anniversary of News of the World

To mark the 40th Anniversary of the release of Queen’s 1977 landmark album News of the World, alternative previously unheard ‘Raw Sessions’ versions of both We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You are being released as digital downloads on the 6 October 2017.

Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band's most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury's We Are The Champions, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day.

Both are taken from the upcoming special box set edition of News of the World which is released on the 17th November. The brand new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives, one of which is a newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.

Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks.

All the lead vocals on the Raw Sessions are from a different take to that used on the original album. This includes We Will Rock You, which also features a radically different approach to the guitar solo, reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, plus the band’s original studio banter recorded immediately prior to the master take. This reveals that the much-speculated noise at the beginning of the 1977 record is actually an echo of Brian’s count-in.

On We Are The Champions, there are also many unfamiliar instrumental elements, most notably from the guitar department. This track was edited on the 1977 album but is presented here for the first time in its originally recorded length with two more choruses. Also included is a charming false-start to one of the earliest takes of the song. The recordings also reveal that We Are The Champions, known for its unresolved cliff-hanger ending, was originally intended to fade-out. Freddie ends the take saying "That was a lovely feel…that’s exactly how it should be”.

All of the material on the Raw Sessions was recorded in 1977.

We Are The Champions & We Will Rock You are available from:

40th Anniversary Edition of News of the World, released 17 November 2017

Queen We Will Rock You (Raw Sessions Version) - https://youtu.be/A-bzqylNf08

Queen - We Are The Champions (Raw Sessions Version) - https://youtu.be/0V9OfcE8dK8



‘We Will Rock You’ / ‘We Are The Champions’

Arguably two of Queen’s biggest and most well known hits, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, both featured on News of the World - one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time.

A special box set of the landmark 1977 album is set for release on 17th November marking the 40th anniversary of the original release.

The Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury's We Are The Champions are both monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day.

The tracks were released as a single together on October 7th 1977, so this year will also be mark 40 years of these two iconic songs.

1. Brian May wrote ‘We Will Rock You’, and claimed the idea for the song came in a dream. He told Mojo magazine in October 2008 that he wanted to "create a song that the audience could participate in" Source: Song Facts

2. ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ are Brian May’s favourite Queen songs to perform live. Source: Billboard

3. ’We Will Rock You’ doesn’t contain any actual drums. The famous rhythm came about from the band, engineers, roadies and even their tea lady, Betty - stamping their feet in London’s Wessex Studios. Source: Song Facts

4. ‘We Will Rock You’ has been covered 45 times by many artists, as varied as Snoop Dogg, Warrant, Linda Ronstadt, the cast of Glee and Macy Gray. It has also been sampled by several artists, including Eminem. Source: We Will Rock You Wiki

5. Robbie Williams also provided vocals to ‘We Are The Champions’ for the soundtrack of A Knight's Tale. Source: We Are The Champions Wiki

6. The music video for ‘We Will Rock You’ was filmed in Roger Taylor’s back garden after filming ‘Spread Your Wings’. Source: Billboard

7. ‘We Are the Champion’s was the first Queen promotional video for which fan club members were invited to participate in the filming. The video was shot at the New London Theatre in London on 6 October 1977. Each fan received a free copy of the single. The band performed a short free concert after the shoot as a thank you to the fans. Source: News Of The World Facts. Compiled by Greg Brooks, Sept 2017

8. Research by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland named ‘We Will Rock You’ /’We Are The Champions’ as the catchiest in history of popular music. Source: NME

9. In 2004, ’We Will Rock You’ was featured in a Roman gladiator themed Pepsi Commercial. The advert featured Britney Spears, Beyonce and Pink who performed a rendition of the single. Source: Rolling Stone

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**Thu 05 Oct 17**
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In 1979 - Crazy Little Thing Called Love bw We Will Rock You (Live) released UK.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love on stage 1980
Crazy Little Thing Called Love on stage 1980

In 1984 - Queen played first of 9 concerts Super Bowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana, South Africa.

Queen arriving at Jan Smuts Airport South Africa 1984 - https://youtu.be/5eWeoKdWPZQ

In 1991 - The Cross played the Hagadal, Hultsfred, Sweden.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, Canada.
In 1997 - Roger Taylor guest spot with Dana Gillespie, Wembley Arena, London, UK.
In 1998 - The Brian May Band played E-Werk, Cologne, Germany.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany.

Queen + Paul Rodgers - hamburg 2008 tv report - https://youtu.be/SmK86OmWDh8

In 2013 - Brian May and Denis Pellerin on BBC Breakfast, interviewed by Charlle Stayt and Louise Minchin on a link direct from Cheltenham. Literature Festival.

Brian May & Denis Pellerin BBC Breakfast (with Intros) 5 Oct 2013 - https://youtu.be/NUMFRltwyL8

In 2013 - Brian May guest appearance WWRY Musical, playing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and bidding fond farewell to the 2012 cast at evening show, Dominion Theatre, London.

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**Wed 04 Oct 17**
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In 1980 - Another One Bites The Dust reached No 1 USA charts - the start of a 3-week run,
In 1993 - The Brian May Band live at the Metropolis, Montreal, Canada.
In 2001 - November Guitarist magazine went on sale featuring on a cover disc with Brian May demonstrating the Burns Red Special guitar against his original Red Special - and new track “Sideburns”. READ ARTICLE/BRIAN INTERVIEW

Cover Disc

In 2006 - Brian May and Roger Taylor attended a performance of “Little Britain”, Hammersmith Apollo, London.
In 2006 - UK's Music Industry Association (BMI) awarded DigiTech "Effects Pedal of the Year" for their Artist Series.

Digitech Artist Series

In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers live at the TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany. “All Right Now (Live - 04/10/08)” released for download.
In 2010 - Brian May interviewed on BBC Radio 4 "You and Your" programme broadcast today, about the Gallery On The Green stereoscopic exhibition, housed in a red phone box in Settle, Yorkshire.

Brian May BBC Radio 4 You and Yours - 4 Oct 2010 - https://youtu.be/ttEDRXrGHrw

Julian Worricker chats to Brian May for BBC Radio 4's "You and Yours" about evolution of the telephone and exhibition of stereoscopic images opening soon in a phone box! - The Gallery on the Green ...

In 2011 - Queen honoured as songwriting "Icons" by the BMI at awards ceremony, Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London

BMI Awards.
BMI Awards 2011

In 2013 - Brian May and Denis Pellerin gave their first Diableries talk, and Brian May took part in a "Live Aid" discussion session.

Brian interview - Cheltenham
Brian May Interview at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2013
- https://youtu.be/vzaVSRQfD_c

In 2013 - Brian May's Diableries Talks Tour 2013 began with a pre-launch presentation and book signing of "Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell" by Brian May and co-author Denis Pellerin at Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham., UK. Brian May holds joined Midge Ure in an interesting talk on "Live Aid", and interviewed by "Photomonthly Magazine".
In 2013 - A High Fidelity Pure Audio Release from "A Night At The Opera" released as Blu-Ray Audio by Universal Music in Austria and Germany.
In 2014 - "Live At The Rainbow '74" No 2 in the USA Billboard Music Video sales charts.

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**Wed 04 Oct 17**
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With Cher's musical opening on Broadway - a look at how some other jukebox musicals have fared.

Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You, Rock of Ages, Viva Forever and Desperately Seeking Susan..

4 October 2017 by Alex Simon

Cher, Brian May and Mazz Murray


We Will Rock You

The hit musical, based on the songs of Queen and written by Ben Elton, closed in 2014 after a 12-year run in the West End.

Critics were never kind to the £6m production, in particular its story – set in a dystopian future where music is banned. When it opened in 2002, the Guardian said the plot “really is as sixth form as it sounds“.

But that didn’t stop it being seen by more than 16 million people across 28 countries. “We Will Rock You had terrible reviews, mostly because critics didn’t like Ben Elton’s book (that it was based on), but at the end of the day people love Queen. The audience contained very large numbers of tourists who couldn’t care less about the story, they just loved the songs,” explains Andrzej. It’s actually one of Perry’s favourites. [Theatre vlogger Perry O’Bree]

“It was very futuristic, ahead of its time,” he said. “It was more than just a jukebox musical because of the memory of Freddie Mercury. The really special thing about it was that on the odd Saturday night, Brian May would just rock up, run on stage and play. Having someone so behind it from the original band, that’s what makes it such a successful thing.”

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**Wed 04 Oct 17**
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Check out my review of Princes of the Universe: The photography of Denis O'Reagan and Queen HERE.

Chris High

Freddie Wembley
Photo: Denis O'Reagan


REVIEW: Princes of the Universe: Denis O’Reagan and the Photography of Queen

Princes of the Universe: Denis O’Reagan and the Photography of Queen
The Williams / BMW Showrooms
September 26, 2017
RATING: ****

Are you likely to see any exhibition featuring Queen in any other surroundings than those that drip opulence? Not really and The Off Beat Lounge certainly chose well to put on Princes of the Universe: Denis O’Reagan and the Photography of Queen at the city’s Williams / BMW Showrooms on Great Howard Street. The place oozes class – and money – so that the 100 + photographs taken by official band snapper Denis O’Reagan not only captured the spirit of the band, but also the essence of the time at which they were taken.

In a pre-show Q&A, O’Reagan was on hand to regale the audience of around 50 enthusiasts before yet more descended, with tales of life on the road. There were stories of after show parties held in Munich brothels and of Freddie’s wish to go “F**k me a German” when Queen were in Germany and the country won the World Cup. There were also insights into the feelings of the band – notable for its lack of after show binge – following the original band’s final date at Knebworth in 1986.

O’Reagan also explained that as a photographer, and despite the hundreds of gigs he has been privileged to be at – he barely got chance to watch a gig entire. From this stand point then, it seems the paying fan gets a far better deal than expected!

The true stars of the show are, of course, the pictures themselves. All beautifully mounted beneath low slung lights, it isn’t merely the subjects that glitter but also the skill on display in that one – or, in this case, those 101+ – killer shots. There’s Freddie pointing to the thunderous heavens at Wembley, Brian replete with red sash belt in Birmingham in ‘84, Roger giving it hell behind the kit during Somebody to Love at Milton Keynes in ‘82 and John at his studiously efficient best from just about any year the band were on the road.

There are also the more private moments taken backstage. Brian at a sound check, Freddie sitting casually atop O’Reagan’s camera boxes, Roger having a quiet cuppa and a fag and John being, well, John! What truly stands out though is the photographer’s eye for the moment and in this exhibition, if anything is exemplified, it is that Denis O’Reagan is a master of his art.

Off Beat Lounge have other exhibitions planned in the near future. There’s events being dedicated to the photography of Punk and Bruce Springsteen looming. If you’re fans of either – or just appreciate the artistry of photography – do yourself a favour and snare yourself a ticket. You will not be disappointed in the slightest.

For More Information on Upcoming Events: https://www.offbeatlounge.co.uk/events

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In 1983 - Queen released “Live In Japan” heavily edited VHS of concert Seibu Lions Stadium (03/11/82).

Queen Live In Japan VHS 1983

Zu & Co

In 1991 - Concert: The Cross played Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland, supporting Magnum.
In 1998 - Concert: Brian May Band played Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany.
In 2004 - Zucchero, Queen & Sharon Corr release track “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” CD single (Italy) recorded live at 46664 concert. [AMAZON]



Everybody;s Gotta Learn Sometime - Sharon Corr, Zucchero, Brian May, 46664

In 2006 - We Will Rock You, transferred from Cape Town and opened for a limited season at the Durban, Playhouse Company, October 3 – 29. 2006.
In 2007 - Paul Rodgers in interview with ContactMusic.com issued this date, explaining inspiration for song “Take Love” and that he planned to record this as Queen+ Paul Rodgers.
In 2008 - Brian May was interviewed in Germany.

Brian May Interview Part 1/3, 3rd October 2008 (in German) - http://youtu.be/c4hlZ7SBVcA

In 2011 - Queen's "We Are The Champions" declared the catchiest song of all time by a scientific study.
In 2011 - "40 Years Of Queen" Book launched, Groucho Club, London. TRANSCRIPT BRIAN'S SPEECH, reports HERE

Brian May - 40 Years of Queen book launch

In 2013 - Brian May guest appearance at Don Black Tribute, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK.

Kerry Ellis & Brian May "Born Free" Tribute To Don Black 3 Oct 3013 - https://youtu.be/zxagw200VZ8

In 2013 - 2013: Brian May takes part in the "Conference on the control of vaccination of bovine tuberculosis" of "ZSL - Institute Of Zoology", Huxley Lecture Theatre, London Zoo.
In 2015 - The Queen Extravaganza - Australian Tour, played, Jupiters Theatre, Gold Coast, Australia

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2 October 2017


Footage of the upcoming Queen biopic starring actor Rami Malek leaked out recently, and people are getting pretty excited - particularly mega-fans Foo Fighters.

The clip - which has now been taken down by the film-makers - showed Malek and his co-stars recreating the legendary band’s famous appearance at Live Aid in July 1985.

So when Chris Moyles sat down with Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins last week, he thought he’d give them a sneak preview.
Drummer Hawkins is a huge fan of Queen and knows the Live Aid footage off by heart: “I based my entire career off it!” he jokes.

Watching the clip, Grohl gasps: “He does the run! That’s amazing!”

“This is gonna be so frickin’ weird, man,” adds Taylor, joking that he’s the ultimate Queen nerd: “I’m gonna be looking at that and saying ‘Well, he didn’t have those cymbals at Live Aid!’” MORE

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In 1980 - Queen returned to UK at end of USA leg of The Game Tour.
In 1998 - Brian May Band played Columbia Halle, Berlin, Germany.
In 2006 - EMI issues "Freddie Mercury Talking To David Wigg" Audio Book.
In 2006 - Diana Ross released her "I Love You" album, featuring her cover, recorded with Brian May of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
In 2008 - Queen+PR played SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. Released for download “Another One Bites The Dust (Live - 02/10/08)”.

Brian May Mannheim 2008
Queen + Paul Rodgers 2.10 Mannheim Love Of My Life - https://youtu.be/JVv0sqkx_lg

Brian May - Mannheim 2008

Brian May discusses Badgers on Alan Titchmarsh Show 2 Oct 2012 - http://youtu.be/ypyUZvHLGCg

In 2012 - Brian May appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh Show, ITV, UK.
In 2012 - Marking 10 year anniversary of musical 2-CD set “We Will Rock You” 10 Years of The Musical” released. Disc One London cast recording. Disc Two a highlight collection of tracks from worldwide cast recordings, including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from Party at The Palace DVD.

WWRY 10 Years of the Musical cover

In 2014 - Brian May interviewed by Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6 (6Music) - talking about newly published book "Brian May's Red Special" and forthcoming book, "The Poor Man's Picture Gallery", and Queen album "Queen Forever", Brian's book talks and exhibition.

Brian May interview with Mark Radcliffe & Stuart Maconie 02/10/2014 
Note: The play-in they discuss at the start is Jimi Hendrix - http://youtu.be/iJ1e1iRN_68

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In 1973 - Queen filmed promo videos for 'Keep Yourself Alive' and 'Liar', St John's Wood Studios, London, UK.

Freddie - Keep Yourself Alive

In 1977 - Queen Silver Award for 'We Are The Champions' UK sales.
In 1980 - Queen Platinum Award for "The Game album" (USA) - biggest selling album in America.
In 1986 - Queen 2x Platinum Award for 'It's A Kind Of Magic' UK sales.
In 1991 - Queen Silver, Gold and Platinum Awards for "Greatest Hits "I and 9x Platinum for "Greatest Hits II" UK sales
In 1992 - Brian May Silver Award for 'Too Much Love Will Kill You', and Silver and Gold for 'Back To The Light' UK sales.
In 1993 - Freddie Mercury received Silver Award for "Mr Bad Guy" UK sales.
In 1997 - Queen 4x Platinum Award for "Made In Heaven" UK sales.
In 2002 - “Highlander: Immortal Edition DVD” released, with companion CD of 'Princes Of The Universe', 'One Year Of Love (Ext)', 'Friends Will Be Friends'.

Highlander Immortal Edition
Highlander - Immortal Edition (Limited Edition Steel Tin
- 2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [AMAZON]

In 2003 - Brian attended first preview "We Will Rock You Musical", Calderon Theatre, Madrid, Spain.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany. Released for download ”’39 (Live - 01/10/08)” and “Feel Like Makin' Love (Live - 01/10/08)”.

Roger - Munich 1 Oct 2008
Munich 2008

In 2011 - Roger Taylor guest appearance at Bob Geldof's 60th birthday party, Davington Priory, Faversham, UK.
In 2013 - Brian May joined animal activists in Somerset on night of Tuesday 01 Oct 13 to patrol a badger cull zone in an attempt to save the local wild creatures.

Brian and a protester

In 2014 - Guest appearance: Brian May live at the Century Club, London, UK launching to mark publication of "Red Special" book.

"Brian May's Red Special" Book Launch 1 October 2014 - https://youtu.be/lDxsCZY9u-Y

In 2014 - Brian May interviewed for "Absolute Radio" on the book "Brian May's Red Special".

Queen guitarist Brian May talks about building The Red Special guitar
- https://youtu.be/TS6bPFoCIkc

Queen Unseen


In 2015 - Paperback Edition "Queen Unseen" by Peter Hince published by Music Press in UK. [AMAZON]

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