Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry are one of the best Queen Tribute bands. I recently saw them at the Academy in Dublin and they rocked the place. They played Queen hit after Queen hit for over 2 hours. My voice was hoarse from all the singing. Plus, as far as I could see the songs were not transposed for ease of singing – the lead singer was simply “doing a Freddie”!

Flash Harry Upcoming Gigs

If you want to see Flash Harry Queen Tribute, their upcoming Gigs are listed below.


Friday 28th April
Backstage Theatre

Saturday 29th April
Ardhowen Theatre

Saturday 13th May
Burnavon Theatre

The Flash Harry website is at http://www.flash-harry.co.uk/ if you want to learn more.


Below, I have some photos from the Flash Harry gig at the Academy.
(Some harsh lighting but I was shooting without a flash so not to interfere with the show)

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Tweet a Celeb about Queen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

This is a new feature I am going to run on an ongoing basis. I will tweet a celeb, ask if they are a queen fan and what their favourite track is. I will then outline on this post who I tweeted and what the reply was.

If you have any suggestions for who to tweet please comment below…

Current Celebs Contacted

Dec 15
Claire Richards

Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016

Replied : Somebody to Love

22 Dec

The Ellen Show

No Response Yet

Dec 20

Matthew Perry

No Reply Yet

December 18

Courtney Cox

No Reply Yet

Dec 17th
No Reply yet

Dec 17th

Matt LeBlanc

No Reply Yet

Dec 16


No Reply Yet

Dec 13th

Joe Bonamassa

No Response Yet

Dec 12th

Taylor Swift

No Reply yet

11th Dec

Katy Perry

No response yet

9th Dec 2016
No reply yet

8th Dec 2016
No reply yet

Ryan Van Poederooyen‏ @rvanpoederooyen    Nov 20 2017
Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.

Jimmy Fallon

No Response Yet

What songs do you want to learn?

What songs do you want to learn?

I will soon launch a Learn to Play Queen section on Shane’s Queen Site, so I’m asking visitors to the site the question “What songs do you want featured on this section?”

I am taking a shortlist via comments until the new year and after that I will go from there.

If you want to see a certain song featured on the site, so that you can watch and learn to play on Piano or keyboards, please comment your choice below.

Shane Queen Site gets a brand new look

Shane Queen Site gets a brand new look

After a lot of hard work, my Queen site has had a new makeover. The site was originally setup in 1999 as a 4 page static website. Over the next 5 years the site grew to about 20 pages with a few tabs on the site. In 2004 the site got a new server on queen.shanemcdonald.org and it was extended to over 100 pages. Back in those days all the pages were coded by hand, there was no such thing as content management software.

As time went on the site was managed and updated fairly regularly until about 2011 when I updated the site when I could. Then in June 2013 Google started introducing SEO penalties for sites which were not mobile compliant – which mine was not. Therefore I knew I had to update the site.

I started work in May 2016, getting the site architecture mapped out and trying to create a design with worked for the site. I was hoping to launch the side prior to 24th Nov but it would not have looked as well as possible.

I hope you enjoy the new site and if you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to make a comment or drop me an email.

Thanks for visiting.

New Link – Tribute Band – Celebrating Queen

I have just added a new tribute band to the List of Queen Tribute Bands.

Celebrating Queen is the news band which was added.  Celebrating Queen are a theater style tribute band playing tribute to pure rock royalty. Yes…Queen. We celebrate the work, music, and magic of the band itself and promote the benefits of singing. Come out and see a show darlings! Let us entertain you!

Visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/celebratingqueen/ or their website at http://celebratingqueen.com/

You can check out their website at and some of their videos are linked below.

Celebrating Queen Videos






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;

# Song Votes %
1 Bohemian Rhapsody 10.30%
2 Somebody To Love 3.45%
3 Don’t Stop Me Now 3.42%
4 The Show Must Go On 3.01%
5 We Are The Champions 2.94%
6 Another One Bites The Dust 2.91%
7 Love Of My Life 2.53%
8 Innuendo 2.49%
9 A Kind Of Magic 2.39%
10 Nevermore 2.15%
11 Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2.08%
12 39 2.05%
13 March Of The Black Queen, The 2.01%
14 Killer Queen 1.84%
15 We Will Rock You 1.74%
16 Who Wants To Live Forever 1.61%
17 Under Pressure 1.44%
18 I Want to Break Free 1.37%
19 Fat Bottomed Girls 1.33%
20 Tie Your Mother Down 1.31%
21 Radio Ga-Ga 1.26%
22 Seven Seas Of Rhye… 1.25%
23 Death On Two Legs 1.09%
24 Hammer to Fall 1.09%
25 A Winter’s Tale 1.06%

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

Vote for my Remix of Don’t Stop Me Now

My Jazzy version of “Don’t Stop me Now” as part of the Talenthouse Remix contest is now online and I would appreciate your support.

Don’t Stop me now is on the JAZZ album so therefore I decided to stay with that theme, Jazz, and record a remix as if Freddie had arrived at a Jazz club, and there was no piano, and he had to play Don’t stop me Now on Hammond Organ. Please vote for my entry!

Voting now closed !

Shane McDonald Don't Stop Me Now - Vote for Shane McDonalds version of Don't Stop me Now

Winners of “Queen Unseen” by Peter Hince

Queen Unseen - My life with the Great Rock Band of the 20th Century - by Peter Ratty HinceThe new Queen book, “Queen Unseen” by Queen Roadie, Peter Hince, has hit the shops… but over the past few weeks I have had 2 copies of “Queen Unseen” to be won on Shane’s Queen Site.

The winners were selected over the past 24 hours – in the interest of fairness I asked a 3rd party to select a short list of 3 and the final winners were selected from this list.

I am delighted to announce that the Winners of the copies of the book are…..

Donna Standridge and Ryan Cregan

Congratulations and thank you to all who took part. I will be in touch by email with the winners in the coming week.

The Queen Unseen book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen’s working life, during Peter Hince’s time as Queen’s longest serving roadie and head of their crew. There’s 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. Many Thanks to the Author Peter Hince and John Blake Publishing for organising the copies for this competition.

A review of this book is available on Shanes Queen Site  – Click Here to read the Book Review of Queen Unseen

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