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.
The Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’ has won the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award.
The rock musical triumphed in the only category decided entirely by members of the public and avid Queen fans, who have been voting via www.olivierawards.com
The We Will Rock You show features the music of Queen alongside a story by Ben Elton. Accepting the award, Queen guitarist Brian May commented, “Thank you to the tremendous talent that has come through our door and kept us rocking throughout the years.”
We will rock you, won in the category which had over 43,000 votes cast and beat stiff competition from other shows, Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys and Les Misérables.
To coincide with the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition in London a 7” & Download Single have been released. Queen have released their two track single “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” as a download from Sunday 27th February 2010. It is the same week their exhibition of the same name opens in London
The Single will feature 2 great tracks recorded in the early 70s, namely “Keep Yourself Alive … the Long Lost Retake” and “Stone Cold Crazy” from the album Sheer Heart Attack but most likely it will be remastered.
The “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” exhibition runs at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London for 2 weeks from Friday 25th February 2010. The Stormtroopers in Stilettos single will be available as part of the “National Record Store Day” taking place on 16th April 2011.
Buy Queen Sheet Music Online from Queens new Sheet Music Store…
Queen have launched a website which allows you to buy Queen Sheet Music that is accurate and detailed.
I tried a few of them such as Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Liar, Love of my Life and Lily of the Valley and they were spot on. I found the introduction to Love of My Life to be less of a chord than I expected (it was a 5th not a full CMaj Chord which I was expecting) anyway the sheet music is very reasonably priced, most of them are £2.50 to £3 each. You even get a FREE First Page Sample so that you can check the type of Sheet Music (Piano/Guitar or Full Band / Off the Record Score).
If you are interested and want to start downloading your Queen Sheet Music the web address is ; http://queensheetmusicdownloads.epartnershub.com/
British Gas Advert features the guitar solo from One Vision, the 1986 hit from A Kind of Magic.
Q Magazine Queen Feature Look out for the new edition of Q Magazine – there is a 16 page Queen feature inside.
Queen’s First 5 Albums Re-Released Queens first 5 albums, namely; Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera and a Day at the Races will be released in March 2011. Visit http://www.queenonline.com/news/1962 for more details.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of the classic Queen album, “A Night at the Opera”, which was this week all those years ago and also to commemorate the anniversary of Freddie’s passing, WatchMojo.com, a web video magazine, have created a video profile of Queen which you can view on-line via the link below.
2011 – QUEEN 40 – Major Exhibition, Hollywood Film, BBC Documentary, Back Catalogue re-release to celebrate 40th Anniversary
2011 sees one of the most talented, glamorous and influential bands in musical history, QUEEN, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.
With over 170 million global album sales, 18 Number One Albums, 10 Number One DVD’s, 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, Seven Ivor Novello Awards, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Guinness Book of Records award for the most successful UK album chart artist ever, the Queen story is one of the most remarkable in modern British culture. 40 years after Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen and the band became the epitome of rock n roll swagger and excess Queen continues to rule globally.
The 40th Anniversary year kicks off with a major exhibition, ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ – a comprehensive look at the early part of Queen’s career, from before the band’s formation when various members were dreaming of success while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976. Taking place in Trumans Brewery in the heart of London’s East End the exhibition opens on February 25th running through to March 12th, and will cover the group’s first five albums from the first half of the 1970’s. The exhibition will aim to take visitors to the heart of Queen by combining interactive audio and visual environments with historic and never-before-seen memorabilia; themed rooms and music all created from the bands personal archive will come together to create an exciting, entertaining and engaging insight into the foundation and rise of the global super group Queen became.
Newly signed to legendary label Island Records and to coincide with the exhibition, the first five albums that Queen released – “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races – will be re-mastered and re-packaged into special deluxe album formats. From the pure raw rock of “Queen” through to the majestic anthems on “A Day At The Races”, the first five albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and already global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time. The remainder of the band’s incredible catalogue will be released during 2011.
Subsequent to the exhibition there will be a major BBC TV Documentary featuring a rare interview with Roger Taylor and Brian May and many other surprises and releases to come through the rest of the year.
2011 will see filming begin of a major Hollywood movie about Queen, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen”,” Frost/Nixon” ) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
After four decades, the collective work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon continues to resonate around the globe, inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), Axl Rose and Katy Perry through to Dave Grohl. Twenty years after the death of their phenomenal and flamboyant singer, Freddie Mercury remains an icon beyond measure.
Look out for further exciting Queen 40 announcements in 2011.
The John W Mills – Brian May Project. Sale of 100 limited edition lithographic prints entitled ‘BRIAN’ by John W Mills. With each print signed by the artist & Brian May.
Size: 61 x 57 cms, printed on ‘Somerset’ art paper by The Curwen Studio, Cambridge, England. A numbered certificate of authenticity will be supplied with each print.
UK & Eire
£825 per print inclusive of of UK taxes, packing & shipping costs to all UK & Eire destinations. Overseas
All other destinations for sale of the Brian May Paintings / Prints must add £20.00 (twenty pounds sterling), to cover additional shipping costs, making a print price of £845 (eight hundred & forty five pounds sterling).
Visit http://jwmprojectltd.co.uk/ for details on these Brian May Prints.
It has been released … Queen and The Muppets version of the classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ starring Jim Henson’s Muppets. The Single of Bohemian Rhapsody features all the Muppets characters including; Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Animal and many more. This is a very funny version of the classic Queen track which was originally released in 1975.
The Queen and Muppets video / single have now to compete against Joe McElderry of the X-Factor and his version of The Climb by Miley Cyrus and also the Rage Against the Machine track which many Facebookers are campaigning to go to the Christmas Number 1. Heres Hoping that Bohemian Rhapsody can make it 3 Christmas Number 1’s in 35 Years.