Lets make “These are the Days of our Lives’ the Christmas No. 1

Lets make “These are the Days of our Lives’ the Christmas No. 1

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


These are the Days of our Lives – Official Video

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Top 25 Queen Songs as Voted by you in 2011

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;

#SongVotes %
1Bohemian Rhapsody10.30%
2Somebody To Love3.45%
3Don’t Stop Me Now3.42%
4The Show Must Go On3.01%
5We Are The Champions2.94%
6Another One Bites The Dust2.91%
7Love Of My Life2.53%
9A Kind Of Magic2.39%
11Crazy Little Thing Called Love2.08%
13March Of The Black Queen, The2.01%
14Killer Queen1.84%
15We Will Rock You1.74%
16Who Wants To Live Forever1.61%
17Under Pressure1.44%
18I Want to Break Free1.37%
19Fat Bottomed Girls1.33%
20Tie Your Mother Down1.31%
21Radio Ga-Ga1.26%
22Seven Seas Of Rhye…1.25%
23Death On Two Legs1.09%
24Hammer to Fall1.09%
25A Winter’s Tale1.06%

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody Cover - Best Queen Song Voted 2011

Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in Queen Movie “Mercury”

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.

23 Queen songs in 9 minutes – Video

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.”
I hope you enjoy the Queen Mashup!

The Video – 23 Queen Songs in 9 Minutes

Further details for Gregg M and his music are available at ;

Ryan Cregan – No One But You (Charity Single)

Ryan Cregan is a 15 year Old Singer from Blackpool, Lancashire, England and he has recently covered “No One But You (Only the Good Die Young)”.

This single is due for release on November 18th – with the anniversary of Freddies untimely death only a few days later on 24th November.

The single is as a tribute to Queen and Freddie Mercury, the man was a legend and probably one of the best performers to have ever walked the Planet and who acted as a huge inspiration to Ryan.

The Charity Single will be released on the 18th November with Money Raised going to Children In Need.

Please support this worthy cause and a great single.
Visit Ryans website at http://www.ryancregan.co.uk for more information

No One But You (Only the Good Die Young)

St Pauls Gallery offering 10% Fan Discount on Queen Prints

St Pauls Gallery is the World’s leading retailer in licenced and signed music related fine art. We have to date worked with bands including Queen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and many more.
They currently have a limited edition print of “News Of The World” Signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor by artist Frank Kelly Freas.

Exclusive Discount Code

St. Pauls Gallery would like to offer Queen fans  and visitors to Shane’s Queen Site a 10% discount off the cost of a print, if you wish to purchase a copy of one of these amazing limited edition Queen prints. With only 195 produced World wide signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, they are sure to be of interest to Queen fans all over the world.For News of the World See this Link  : http://www.stpaulsgallery.com/album-prints/queen-news-of-the-world-print-signed-by-brian-may-and-roger-taylor.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=304&P_ID=1012

There is also a Queen Fine Art “Jazz” Print also signed by Roger Taylor and Brian May.For the Fine Art jazz Print See this Link : http://www.stpaulsgallery.com/album-prints/queen-jazz-fine-art-print-signed-by-brian-may-and-roger-taylor.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=304&P_ID=1013

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.
The code for News Of The World is     MKEOJ165
The code for Fine Art Jazz Print is      ECWHC164
Sample Queen News of the World Print
Queen - News of the World , 1977 Queen Album
Create a New “Sheer Heart Attack” Queen Video

Create a New “Sheer Heart Attack” Queen Video

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 40th Anniversary Crest

Queen Unseen, by Queen’s longest serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince

Queen Unseen, by Queen’s longest serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince

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 words@blake.co.uk

UK P&P is free – overseas P&P £3.00.

The book will also be available from shops and online via Amazon etc – Click here to read a book review of Queen Unseen by Peter Hince

Queen Unseen - By Peter Ratty Hince - Queen Roadie, New Book

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