Gold Radio – The 300 Greatest Hits of all time – Vote Now !

Gold Radio are running a competition to find the 300 greatest hits of all time, as voted for by their listeners.

Gold Radio are big fans of Queen, and their music is a huge part of what they do at the station. so get involved through the website, Twitter, Facebook or whatever else you fancy.

To have a say on what you think should make up the chart, vote now for your favourite classic hit and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes along the way.

Competition Prize
Just by voting you could win £1000 and a Freesat+ box complete with free installation. Four runner ups will also win a Freesat+ box and we’ll be awarding our Golden Moments CD album to random people throughout the voting period. So get voting!

How to Vote for your favourite hitQueen or Otherwise

1) Visit Gold Radios website at http://greatesthits.mygoldmusic.com/

2) Vote by typing the artist and title of your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices in the boxes on that website

Voting closes at 23:59 on Friday 15th April 2011.

 

Many thanks to Alex from Gold Radio for the details !

 

Rumour … Queen working on Michael Jackson / Freddie Mercury tracks

There are a lot of internet rumours at the moment that Queen are working on some tracks which were laid down in the early 80’s. These tracks feature Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson who at the time were good friends.

New tracks from Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury

Apparently Queen drummer Roger Taylor, has said that it was Michael who suggested they release “Another one Bites the Dust” as a single which became Queens biggest hit in the U.S.A.

Freddie and Michael laid down 3 tracks called “Victory”, “State of Shock” (later released with Mick Jagger) and “There must Be More to Life than This” (later released on Freddie’s solo album Mr. Bad Guy). These demos were never finished.

The rumour mill has pointed to an interview with a Belgian magazine where Roger Taylor said, “We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddy made with Michael in the early 80’s. I’m not allowed to say too much about it but they sound incredible!”.

Internet sources: Legendary MJ; Knack Focus

Some Queen News for Tuesday, March 15th 2011

Just a few items of Queen interest which I noticed online today…

Vote for Queen on ESPN Radio

Colin Cowherd and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on ESPN are running a poll online to decide and crown the Best Rock Band. Only 16 bands remain and Queen are trailing at the moment. The final eight are announced on Friday – Get Voting! Click here to Vote  

NME Magazine run 40 years of Queen – photo gallery

NME Magazine are running a gallery of Queen photos documenting the band from the early 70s. Click here to view the NME Gallery Freddie and Brian

We Will Rock You wins the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award

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.

Vote for your favourite Queen Video Online

What do you think is the Best Queen Video?

Now is your chance to have your say with this on-line poll.
You can vote for your favourite Queen Video – CLICK HERE to Vote now!

Choose from the following Queen Videos and Vote for your favourite video before the poll closes.

  • A Kind Of Magic
  • Another One Bites The Dust
  • Bicycle Race
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Don’t Stop Me Now
  • Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Flash
  • Friends Will Be Friends
  • Hammer To Fall
  • I Want It All
  • I Want To Break Free
  • Killer Queen
  • One Vision
  • Radio Ga Ga
  • Somebody To Love
  • These Are The Days Of Our Lives
  • Tie Your Mother Down
  • We Are The Champions
  • We Will Rock You
  • Who Wants To Live Forever
  • Under Pressure
  • Princes Of The Universe
  • The Show Must Go On

Stormtroopers in Stilettos – A Review + Pictures

I visited the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition last week and it is a must for any Queen fan.  The exhibition is an Audio / Visual History of the band. There are many physical displays such as drumkits, recording reels, guitars, photos, demo shots for albums and much more. All around the exhibition you can read more about albums, concert and the history of the band.

You can also get the opportunity to see a 3D version of Bohemian Rhapsody (its currently a 90-second extract) which is currently in development. You get to see from “I see a little silhouetto …. the heavy guitar riff” in 3D. It works well but if bit less background light would make it even better.

I spoke with some of the staff at the exhibition and they told me that there have been crowds every day and some people even flew in from Japan, Germany and Italy especially to see the event.  Take a look at some of the photos which I took  below.

You can also Win a Brian May guitar by donating to the Mercury Phoenix Trust before 12th March.

Pictures of Stormtroopers in Stilettos

One of the Displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Display about the 1976 Hyde Park Concert at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Display about the 1976 Hyde Park Concert at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

One of the outfits worn by the band (Stormtroopers in Stilettos)

One of the outfits worn by the band (Stormtroopers in Stilettos)

Myself at one of the displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Myself at one of the displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

 

Background to the Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibition
“Stormtroopers in Stilettos” is the first ever major Queen exhibition and takes place in a huge warehouse space in the heart of London’s East End at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, opening on February 25th, closing on March 12th.

For those people looking for more information on Stormtroopers in Stilettos, a new website for the Stormtroopers exhibition is now live at http://www.stormtroopersinstilettos.com/

 

 

 

Press Release: Stormtroopers in Stilettos

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.

Queen Anniversary Single Now Available For Download

A new Queen single with two classic tracks, namely ‘Keep Yourself Alive (the Long Lost Retake) and ‘Stone Cold Crazy’ from the Sheer Heart Attack album has been released to coincide with the exhibition ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’. The exhibition is currently running at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London up until March 12th. (keep an eye on this site for more info early next week)

The new Queen single will be available as part of “National Record Store Day” which takes place on 16th April and is limited to just 2000 numbered copies on heavyweight vinyl.

Queen’s new single ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ is available NOW through all major download outlets and on iTunes.

International Release Dates for the re-issiues of Queen’s First Five Albums

ARGENTINA – Tuesday 15th March
AUSTRIA – Friday 18th March
AUSTRALIA – Saturday 19th March
BELGUIM – Friday 18th March
BRAZIL – Tuesday 15th March
CZECH REPUBLIC – Monday 14th March
FRANCE – Monday 14th March
GERMANY – Friday 18th March
HONG KONG – Monday 14th March
IRELAND – Friday 18th March
ITALY – Friday 18th March
JAPAN – Thursday 17th March
KOREA – Tuesday 15th & Thursday 17th
MEXICO – Tuesday 15th March
NETHERLANDS – Friday 18th March
NEW ZEALAND – Monday 14th March
SERBIA – Monday 14th March
SOUTH AFRICA – Friday 18th March
SPAIN – Tuesday 15th March
SWEDEN – Wednesday 16th March
SWITZERLAND – Friday 18th March
TAIWAN – Friday 18th March
UK – Monday 14th March
USA – May (exact date is yet To Be Confirmed – check QueenOnLine for details)