Did you know it is 25 years since the song These are the Days of our Lives was released in the USA on 5th September 1991 – Freddie’s last Birthday as he died only a few weeks later. It was then released as a double A side single on 9th December after Freddie’s death and Bohemian Rhapsody became the first song in history to claim the Christmas number one slot twice (with the same version … Live Aid did it with 2 different recordings). So maybe this year it will be Christmas No. 1.
This year marks 25 years of this great song, 25 years since Freddie’s death and if he was still with us, he would be 70
Lets Make Days of our Lives Number 1 for Christmas
There is a campaign to make “These are the Days of our Lives” the Christmas Number 1.
On Shanes Queen Site I have being running a poll to find your favourite Queen song. this poll has been running since 2005 and this years results are in.
There are few surprises in that Bohemian Rhapsody is the Number 1 song again this year with Somebody to Love and Don’t Stop me now in 2nd and 3rd place. The poll was conduced from Jan 1st 2011 to Dec 31st 2011 with 200 Queen songs in the list.
The full result of the Top 25 Queen Songs Poll are as follows;
Somebody To Love
Don’t Stop Me Now
The Show Must Go On
We Are The Champions
Another One Bites The Dust
Love Of My Life
A Kind Of Magic
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
March Of The Black Queen, The
We Will Rock You
Who Wants To Live Forever
I Want to Break Free
Fat Bottomed Girls
Tie Your Mother Down
Seven Seas Of Rhye…
Death On Two Legs
Hammer to Fall
A Winter’s Tale
I will be making a slight change to the Top Queen Song voting system this year which will run from Feb – Nov 2012 and a final vote in December 2012.
Sacha Baron Cohen (best known for playing Ali-G) is set to play the role of Freddie Mercury in a movie about Queen. This is not rumour, as the rock band’s guitarist Brian May confirmed this to the BBC’s HardTalk programme.
Brian May said “We have Sacha Baron Cohen, which will probably be a shock to a lot of people, but he’s been talking with us for a long time”.
The film will have the screenplay penned by Frost/Nixon’s Peter Morgan and ‘Queen the film’, and will mainly focus on the period leading up to Live Aid in 1985. This Queen movie has started development and the working title is “Mercury”. Brian May and Roger Taylor will oversee music which will be featured in the movie.
Funnily enough Peter Morgans previous work include the Oscar-nominated film called “The Queen”.
If you want to see the interview with Brian May, the HARDtalk interview will be broadcast on BBC World News on Thursday 23 September and the BBC News Channel on Friday 24 September.
Gregg M has compiled a live Queen medley/mash-up to celebrate the life and loss of Freddie Mercury.
This Queen Mash-up is titled ’23 songs in 9 minutes’, it was seen as a fun way to remember or discover songs from the Queen repertoire interpreted by an acoustic duet. The full Queen Mashup video is available below.
The History of the “23 Queen songs in 9 minutes” Mashup
The history of the mash up is very interesting, Gregg was invited as a guest in a ‘Queen evening’ and felt that a simple cover version was not the way to go. Therefore he decided to create something new and challenging, in order to entertain the audience, Gregg says it was “Like a Human Jukebox, actually …. It took a while for me to figure out how to begin the monster and I worked it bit by bit. I separated it in several parts, each including 4 or more songs and then put the pieces together, just like a giant musical jigsaw puzzle. Two days later, and something like 20 hours of musical work of writing, rehearsing and demoing, I sent a draft to my singer (who’s with me in my band, The Sunchase, as well as my ‘twisted covers concept’, the Guest-Sessions) and we rehearsed it bits by bits some days later. We decided it would be more fun if we did not have any chart on stage so we worked really hard to remember everything and went onstage at ‘Le Zèbre’ in Paris the week after that.”
There is an Exclusive discount code if you wish to purchase a print – simply enter the following codes into the discount box at check out on the St. Pauls Gallery website site and you will get an Exclusive Shane’s Queen Site discount of 10% off the normal purchase price.
I have included part of a print as a sample below – kindly submitted by Gemma from the St. Pauls Gallery.
To celebrate the Queen 40th anniversary you are invited to create an original music video for the 1977 classic-rock hit ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ from the News of the World album. The winner will have their piece of video work used as a music video and featured across Queen’s social media channels. This is no mean feat as it will be the first original Queen video since ‘Under Pressure’ in 1999.
The videos must be fresh, innovative, iconic as well as being consistent in quality of editing from both a music and visual aspect. The new videos must also have a balanced inclusion of all the band members.
There are going to be 2 judging rounds:
Round 1: Submit a reel showcasing your video which must feature original content for the chance to be selected as a finalist to go and participate in Round 2.
Round 2: The selected finalists will be provided with the video from the Queen performance from ‘Queen on Fire Live at the Bowl’ of ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ to use as desired. You can if you wish use your own totally original piece if you wish.
Prizes : Prizes include $1,500 along with a Queen gift pack including ‘Second Five Albums’*, ‘Deep Cuts Volume 2’ and an exclusive ‘Live at Wembley’ Fan Flight Case for the winner. Runners-up prizes include a Queen gift pack including ‘Second Five Albums’, ‘Deep Cuts Volume 2’ and a special ‘Live at Wembley’ Deluxe DVD. The 10 highest voted video submissions from Round 2 will be featured the Queen Facebook page, each receive $150 and a signed copy of the ‘News of the World’ Deluxe CD.
Queen Unseen, a personal memoir by Queen’s longest serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince will be published in October 2011.
“Queen Unseen is a unique account of the many exciting years as a young man I spent on tour, in the recording studio, on video shoots and day to day life at home with one of the world’s biggest and best ever rock bands.
It is an insightful, enlightening and mostly humorous account for anybody who has ever wondered what working for Queen, or indeed most rock bands of that era really entailed….. the highs and the lows.
It is not a chronological history or definitive biography of the band, but a personal story of what it was like to spend your youth travelling the world and living the rock and roll lifestyle – to the full!
There will be NO lurid details of the band’s private lives. There is plenty of sex and drugs and rock and roll – and of course everybody knows it happened….
I make observations and comments about all the fantastic places we visited and played, and what living what at times, was a crazy and surreal existence.
The book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen’s working life, during my time as Queen’s longest serving roadie and head of their crew.
There is lots of new material and surprises for Queen fans and it is a book to interest anybody who likes stories of rock and roll life in the 1970s & 1980s.
There will be photo sections in the book that contain colour and black & white images from my successful Queen The Unseen Archive show that was exhibited in London and Australia recently.
There will be additional rare and unseen photos and other images items of interest.”
To order a signed copy of Queen Unseen, which will be published in October 2011, for £17.99
Please contact John Blake Publishing Ltd with your name, address and contact number on 020 7381 0666 (mon-fri) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed the “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” Queen exhibition in London in late Feb / early Feb then check out the small YouTube video of Stormtroopers in Stilettos which I uploaded of some footage from inside the exhibition.