Queen on TV over Christmas 2020

Queen on TV over Christmas 2020

Queen programmes on TV Christmas 2020

This is a brief listing of the various Queen and Queen related TV programming available to enjoy over the Christmas period. I’m sure you have seen many of these Queen programmes before but if you are drowning in the usual Christmas films you may want to switch over to some great music. So this is the round up Queen on TV  this Christmas (and I don’t mean HRH)

United Kingdom & Ireland

Queen: Live at Wembley -:- Christmas Day 6:30pm (Sky Arts) & New Year’s Eve 10:40pm (Sky One)
Queen: The Magic Years -:- Christmas Day 3:30pm (Sky Arts)
Queen Live in Rio -:-  Sunday 27th December 8.00pm (Pick)
Freddie Mercury: The Tribute Concert -:- Christmas Day 4:45pm (Sky Arts) & Sunday 27th December 9.15pm (Pick) & New Year’s Eve/Day 12:15am (Sky One)
Queen & Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On -:- New Year’s Eve/Day 2:15am (Sky One)

Czech Republic

Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- 31st December 10.20pm (Czech TV)

Italian TV

Queen + Bejart – Ballet For Life  -:- 24th December 5am (Sky Arte)
Queen Rock The World  -:- 24th December 4am (Sky Arte) & 6th January 10am (Sky Arte)
Live At Wembley Stadium  -:- 26th December 8.00pm (Sky Arte)
Live At The Rainbow  -:- Monday 28th December 5.45pm (Sky Arte)
Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- Tuesday 5th January 6.45pm (Sky Arte)



Queen & Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On  -:- Christmas Day 9.20pm (NTR)


Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- Thursday 31st December 8.20pm


What Queen Programmes on TV Christmas 2020 will you be watching?

If you haven’t previously seen many of the items below, my favourites from this TV list of Queen programming for Christmas 2020 are;
– Queen Live at Wenbley 86,
– Queen + Adam Lambert: the Show Must Go On,
– Queen Rock the World   and
Queen Live at the Rainbow.
So, lots of Great Queen TV programming to keep you entertained this Christmas.

If you have a favourite, or even would rather see some different Queen concert or documentary on TV this Christmas, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Christmas to you all !

Finding the Best Queen Songs with the Champions of Queen League

Finding the Best Queen Songs with the Champions of Queen League

What is the Best Queen Song?

Thats a question everyone asks, so I have designed a league based system designed to find the publics favourite Queen songs. A head to head match between each queen song on each Queen studio album is set up. The song with the most votes, gets 3 points, 1 point for a draw and the tally of votes are also counted in the case of a tie at the end. 

I have started with the first Queen album, titled ‘Queen’ which was released in 1973. The polls are just over the half way point at this stage and results should be available in early November.

The future of this league / poll system is that I will have all the rounds available online from the start. These will be open for a set number fo days so that as many people can vote as possible. There is only one vote per person based on IP and cookes.

If you want to take part in this series of polls, please return to the site over the next few weeks and visit the section for the Champions of Queen League

Vote in the Champions of Queen League

Vote in the series of polls designed to determine the best songs on all of Queens 15 studio albums.

Win Tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert Tour 2021

Win Tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert Tour 2021

Competition to Win Queen Tickets to the Queen+ Adam Lambert 2021 Concerts

Note – This competition to Win Queen Tickets has now expired but remains here for archive reasons.

Queen are running a competition where you can win Queen Tickets to the Queen and Adam Lambert 2021. These are not just tickets, these are VIP Backstage tour tickets!
All you have to do is purchase any format of the new ‘Live Around The World’ album from the official Queen store to be in with a chance of winning this much sought after pair of VIP Backstage tour tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert 2021 UK Tour. You will also win a personalised voice note from Adam himself to say thanks!

Orders must be placed before 3PM on Thursday 8th October to be in with a chance to win these VIP Backstage tour tickets. (which at this stage doesn’t give you much time, so get your skates on)

Apparently all those who have already pre-ordered the new Queen Live Album ‘Live around the World’ from the online store will be automatically entered into the draw to win this great prize and the winners will be randomly selected from the thousands of pre-orders for ‘Queen Live around the World’.

Again, my only issue with this competition is that the offer is open to UK only. Queen are a world-wide phenomena and it’s not really fair on the world-wide audience to limit this to the UK. It’s online so why the restriction?? What a pity …

The New Live Album – “Queen – Live Around the World’

So far Queen  + Adam Lambert for performed 218 live shows with a total worldwide audience of 3,659,232 people.
If you weren’t one of these people, or indeed if you were and you want to relive that time again then there is some good news with Queen + Adam Lambert releasing their first Live album on October 2nd 2020.

The album is entitled Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around the World’ and is set for a worldwide release on October 2nd. The Live around the World release will be available on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats

Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

(DVD / BLU-RAY Tracklist differs slightly)

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Queen are being honoured with a Royal Mail issued set of stamps, which makes them only the 3rd Band after The Beatles and Pink Floyd to have been commemorated on an official Royal Mail issued collection.

This official Queen issue of commemorative series of stamps from Royal Mail is to mark Queen’s 50th anniversary.

The Queen stamp collection will be issued as a set of 13. The issue includes 8 album covers, namely;  ‘Queen II’ (74), ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (74), ‘A Night At The Opera’ (75), ‘News of the World’ (79), ‘The Game’ (80), ‘Greatest Hits’ (81), ‘The Works’ (84) & ‘Innuendo’ (91).  The remaining 5 stamps features 4 photos of Queen playing live and a classic Queen group photo.

Earlier this year Queen saw a commemorative coin being released, and it is no wonder that Queen are getting such attention. Queen are at a high point, even 29 years after Freddie’s death, Queen are a band which regularly shows up in the top 10 streamed bands on Spotify and after the 4 time Oscar winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the band seems to be bringing new generations of fans along with them.

Brian May said that it was “hard to put into words” and called them “beautiful stamps” and Roger said that collection was “an honour” and he thanked Royal Mail for recognising their legacy, stating that “We must be really part of the furniture now”. Queen (the band , not the monarch .. as she has had a lot of stamps) are only the 3rd rock band to be honoured with a set of Royal Mail Stamps, after The Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd more recently in 2016. The Queen stamps from the Royal Mail are now available for pre-ordering from the Royal Mail’s official website at https://www.royalmail.com/
Queen Stamps
Royal Mail Issue New Special Stamps To Honour Queen

Will you be buying the Queen Royal Mail Stamps?

What do you think of this release?
Will you be buying the Queen stamps from the Royal Mail?

Do you have any other comments, please leave them below!

How to play the Intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano

How to play the Intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano

Seven seas of Rhye is one of my favourite songs from the Queen II album. Because there is such a high prevalence of piano in the song, of course I would want to play it. I learned the song many years ago and it’s only as the Shane’s Queen Site started to grow that I could see a growing appetite from visitors to see how songs were played. About a year ago I uploaded a video to YouTube showing how to play the intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano – you can see that video at https://youtu.be/x9WJr6s-7Hg  – that video has over 60,000 views on YouTube which is great but nothing is explained in that video. It’s not easy to play the riff and many people wanted to know the keys to play so I have slowed things down in a new video. This updated video is under 5 minutes long but it shows how to play the Seven Seas of Rhye Piano riff in basic terms. See the new slower version of How to Play the Seven Seas of Rhye intro on Piano video below…

The chords used in the Seven Seas of Rhye riff are arpeggios of D and G. In the first riff part the D moves between a D and G and in the second it moves from G to a combo which is actually a D7-3rd chord in other words the notes D A and C. The key to playing the riff for Seven Seas is the hitting of the D note twice before changing the riff pattern.

This can be seen in the video. (But if you have questions about playing the intro to Seven Seas of Rhye on Piano, please feel free to leave them on the video or as a comment below)

As a Queen Keyboardist myself, I have seen many tribute bands and some of them don’t play this riff right and it irks me. It’s not overly hard, it’s just a trick of getting that Double hit on the D note before re-starting the riff. So I wanted to pass on my tips in this post and this YouTube Video. 

I hope you enjoy the new video of How to Play the Seven Seas of Rhye intro on Piano and that it helps if you were trying to learn the song.

Please follow me on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/ShaneMcDonaldIE/ for more videos. 

Feel free to comment on which Queen song you want to see explained on video next.

Bohemian Rhapsody wins 4 Oscars at the 91st Academy​ Awards

Bohemian Rhapsody wins 4 Oscars at the 91st Academy​ Awards

Bohemian Rhapsody wins a total of Four Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards.

The Queen BioPic Bohemian Rhapsody was the Biggest Winner at the 91st Academy Awards with the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic winning a total of 4 awards – it now has more Oscars than the Godfather.

Rami Malek won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscars. He had to contend with a very strong list of contenders for the award. The others in his Oscar category included Christian Bale for Vice, Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book. Having already won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for his leading role in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek was very much the favourite to win.

Prior to Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek was most famous for the interesting portrayal of Elliot Alderson in Mr Robot. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie had a lot of setbacks during its production. Sacha Baron Cohen left the production due to conflict with the remaining Queen band members regarding how the role should be played. Then director Bryan Singer was fired and replaced with Dexter Fletcher.

On release, the Bohemian Rhapsody movie was initially panned by the critics and many said it was a terrible film and did not reflect Freddie Mercury correctly. Even with this, the movie has gone on to have the most amazing box-office success.

Queen At The Oscars

It was a great night at the Oscars because for the first time a rock band opened the show. That band was Queen+ Adam Lambert. They opened with a short version of We Will Rock You closely followed by We Are the Champions. On the Red Carpet, Adam Lambert said that We are the Champions was apt because everyone nominated could consider themselves a champion.

As the Oscars for Bohemian Rhapsody kept coming I don’t think Queen fans could have ever foreseen an event where Queen was so front and centre. On collecting his award Rami Malek said, “I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out.” It certainly worked out. Bohemian Rhapsody with 4 Oscars and it has 30 of the 59 awards it was nominated for.

So much for the critics who said this movie was not good. There are many reviews from the UK press which have Bohemian Rhapsody as a 1 or 2-star film. Perhaps the age of the movie reviewer is over, they were wrong, Bohemian Rhapsody has earned over $860,000,000* at the box office and has won 4 Oscars, 2 golden globes, 2 BAFTAs and a number of industry awards under its belt.

Critics, You were wrong – go home – the public has spoken, the industry has spoken, Bohemian Rhapsody is the Champion.

* Box-Office data correct at the time of this blog-post, Feb 27th 2019

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie gets 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie gets 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie got a total of 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and 3 others oscar nominations.

At the Oscar Nominations event which was held today at 1:30pm GMT the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ picked up an amazing total of 5 Oscar nominations. The Movie had already collected 2 Golden Globes and 3 Critics Choice Nominations. This fresh set of oscar nominations comes only hours after the movie went on general digital release in the USA​. The movie was initially panned by critics worldwide before the movie was released however as soon as fans got to see it, the movie found a huge swell of support.​ The movie was released on 24th October in the UK and Ireland and it is still showing in most major cinemas. ​​

The movie “The Favourite” starring Olivia Colman and the Netflix’s movie Roma are the leaders in this year’s Oscar race, with a total of 10 nominations each.

The other nominees are the music-oriented “A Star Is Born” which starred Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa, and, “Vice” with 8 Nominations. “Black Panther” becomes the very first Super-Hero movie to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and it has 7 nominations. The undercover movie “BlacKkKlansman” picks up 6 nominations, followed by a movie you might have heard of called “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book ” which both have 5 nominations.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Oscar Nominations are as follows;

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Film Editing

The Oscars take place in the Dolby Theatre on 24th February when we will find out the winners… Here’s Hoping for more Bohemian Rhapsody Movie successes!

Having already won Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, do you think the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie can win an Oscar? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Bohemian Rhapsody Wins 2 Golden Globes and Oscars are next

Bohemian Rhapsody Wins 2 Golden Globes and Oscars are next

At the Golden Globes last evening Rami Malek won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie also won in the best film drama category.

When accepting his award, Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the biopic, said: “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. This is for you, gorgeous.”

The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie was a surprise win, as the favourite, A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper​ was​ tipped to win the top award. In fact, A Star is Born had 5 nominations and only went home with one, winning the best song award for Shallow, co-written by Mark Ronson. Bohemian Rhapsody won both awards it was nominated for and now looks towards the Oscars for more potential awards.

The Nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be announced on January 22nd. 

Brian May and Roger Taylor were in attendance at the awards ceremony and I’m sure if Freddie was there it would have been quite a flamboyant affair.

The Bohemian Rhapsody film goes from strength to strength and who knows, the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild award wins may not be the last.

The film is still showing in theatres ad this week, (week starting 7th Jan) in the UK & Ireland there is a sing-a-long version of Bohemian Rhapsody in select cinemas which should be fun for all Queen fans to attend.

If you think that the movie can achieve Oscar success on top of the Golden Globes win, pop a comment below and let us know what you think it could be nominated for in the Oscars.


We Will Rock You Show Review

We Will Rock You London – Show Review

We Will Rock You London has been on my list for many years. I have been to London a lot over the past 10 years, and every time I went to London either on business or leisure I always said I would go and see the Queen show, We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre London. But, I never got round to going until this August when visiting London on a brief weekend trip. 

You cannot miss the Dominion Theatre where We Will Rock You London s playing, as there is a large statue of Freddie in his classic pose a-top the entrance to the Dominion.  An amazing way to advertise the show.

Freddie Mercury on Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You London

Originally when I heard that the Queen songs I loved had been turned into a musical I was very sceptical and even a bit “How can they do this”. So I didn’t know what to expect – but hundreds of thousands of people couldn’t be wrong about this award-winning show in its 12th year.

As I entered the Dominion, where We Will Rock You London is playing, I was met with a “Wall of Queen” – I was in Heaven. Freddie playing on the PA System, photos of Fred and the band on the walls. I spent almost 30 minutes walking and looking at these great photos. Everything from Freddie’s “Bonnie baby” photo to Live at Wembley. I got really caught up in this and the show hadn’t even started.

I even bought a Queen T-Shirt with the Classic Queen Logo. Plenty of Queen merchandise available to purchase!

Me (Shane) and Fred Statue - We Will Rock You London

(Above) Me and the statue of Freddie – (Below) the lobby with photos of Queen adorning the walls.

Queen and We Will Rock You London Shop with Artwork and Photos of Queen

There are plenty of Queen related photos and items to look at before the show starts, so get there early.

We went into the auditorium and got ready for the show. The Stage is amazing with a fantastic emblem of Queen on the front waiting for the show to start.

The Show Must Go On - Stage Shot - We Will Rock You London

The Show  … and what a show

The show started and from that point, I was hooked. We Will Rock You is a Queen fest of music wrapped around a good story and great characters. I just loved the 2 lead characters. The female lead is one of the best I have seen in any show. She has such character, such a “don’t mess with me” attitude and it really comes across. It is a wonder that that character has not been nominated for some sort of award (maybe she has?) … anyway, I am getting distracted.

The premise of the We Will Rock You is that it tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thoughts, expression through fashion, and of course live music. It is set in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same (you can see some of this already in modern fabricated bands). Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

The show starts with the young people of earth being denied expression through live music but Galileo Figaro has different ideas. He hears stuff – he hears the music. On meeting Scaramouche or “Scary Bush” he finds someone who has similar ideas and between them, they try and find Brighton Rock … no spoiler alert here so don’t worry.

In the middle of the show, there are 2 very tender moments where Freddie is remembered, Only the Good Die Young and Days of Our Lives are sung and I challenge any person to keep a dry eye here as it is sung with such sincerity and feeling.  You may and try to keep things under control but the music is so powerful that you can’t help being affected by those songs.

By the time We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions come, you are on your feet, stomping , clapping and singing.

Followed up by a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody all in all it is like going to a Queen concert. It really is a Kind of Magic!

It is an excellent show – I really enjoyed it … 10 times better than I could have expected.
I will certainly go back and see it again.

The Freddie Mercury Suite

Freddie Mercury Suite at We Will Rock You London Dominion

Before I left the Dominion Theatre I spotted this sign for the “Freddie Mercury Suite” (with a picture of Freddie beside it) – I dropped down to the room but a member of staff said there was a private function using the room.

Maybe next time I will be able to report on this suite, as I’m sure it is a treat for any Queen fan to have their private function, perhaps Birthday, special event or even corporate event (see if you can convince the accounts department) at The Freddie Mercury suite.

Well done to the Dominion, the We Will Rock You London cast and the excellent live Band (by the way Spike if you ever need a keyboard player, like when you go on holiday, drop me a line!!) for making this such a well-rounded show.

Unfortunately, now, in 2019, the We Will Rock You show in London is no longer running, but it continues in other countries around the world. I have held this We Will Rock You review on this page for historical reasons, lets face it, if you see the show in any other location it will still be as good and as enjoyable.

Dominion Website: http://www.dominiontheatre.com/theatre/
Book tickets to We Will Rock You LondonClick Here

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Have you been to the show? What do you think? Who is your favourite character?
Drop a comment below …

Queen Studio Experience Montreux Exhibition

The Queen Studio Experience Montreux is set to open on December 2nd.

The Queen Studio Experience is sponsored by the Mercury Phoenix Trust and allows you to have an insight into the years Queen spent recording here. The Queen Studio exhibition will open December 2, marking World AIDS Day.

Mountain Studios was the name Queen gave to their studios where they regularly recorded between 1978 – 1995. This is where Queen created many of the tracks for their most popular albums. It is also the location where Freddie laid down his last tracks to tape.

However it is not in the location where the studios were instead The Queen Studio Experience is recreated within the Montreux Casino. This will show memorabilia from the original studio and from the band’s personal archives such as original Queen handwritten song lyrics, band members’ own instruments and original and subsequently changed titles of tracks, and much more. One of the highlights is the original control room where Freddie recorded his final vocals, along with the actual microphone Freddie used during those sessions.

You will also have the chance to sit in the actual studio chair Freddie used in those final days of recording. Also, the most amazing part in my eyes is that you will be able to take control of the Queen mixing desk to create custom mixes of Queen tracks from the  “Made in Heaven” album. Personally I would love to recreate “Too Much Love will Kill You” and pull up a piano and play it myself … anyway, back to the Studio Experience, it will be opened by Brian May and Roger Taylor on December 2, 2013 and will open daily from 10:30 – 22:00.
Entrance free although donations to the Mercury Phoenix Trust are encouraged.

For information on how to visit the Queen Studio Experience exhibition:

Address: Casino Barrière de Montreux, Rue du Théâtre 9, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland