Queen Greatest Hits 1 to be Re-released in New Formats

Queen Greatest Hits 1 to be Re-released in New Formats

The UK’s biggest selling album of all time and achieving the album with the third longest chart run on the UK Official Charts,  Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 is to be rereleased in brand new formats to mark the 50th Anniversary of the greatest band ever – Queen.

It’s amazing to think that it is 40 years since the original release of Queen’s Greatest Hits 1. With this new release there will be a Collector’s Edition CD with and exclusive slipcase cover & a very retro Cassette version.

The new Greatest Hits rerelease is available to pre-order on the Queen Online store at https://www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/The-Greatest/

This Limited Edition Queen Greatest Hits Rerelease is sure to be one that collectors will want to snap up. Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 was released on the 26th October 1981. By this stage I would guess that every family must have a copy of this somewhere sonsidering the amazing sales this album has had since it is the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK (at the time of this blog post sales have exceeded 6.76 million sales) with global album sales of Queen’s Greatest Hits in excess of 25 million which is truly amazing.

Also if you look at the chart success and the chart lobgevity of the album, Queen’s Greatest Hits has now spent over 950 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and the album has been certified a whopping 22 times platinum.

With a new generation of Queen fans coming on stream on the back of Bohemian Rhapsody and also the fact that Adam Lambert has brought with him a young audience as Queen+Adam Lambert tour the world, it is no wonder that this album keeps popping up in the top 10 of the album charts every so often, even though it is 40 years old.

Queen Greatest Hits ReRelease Date

So for those who want to have this new limited edition Queen Greatest Hits Rerelease, you can have it from July 2 when it is released globally.
Don’t forget you can Pre-Order from the link above.

There is also a number of other Queen Greatest Hits products you can enjoy including a Collector’s Edition Clear Cassette, a Collector’s Edition CD With Exclusive Slipcase Cover signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, bundled with all 4 band member colour cassettes and a Greatest Hits gold plated badge (limited to 1000 signed copies), a Collector’s Edition Frosted Cassette which comes in Aqua, Pink, Green and Blue for Freddie, Brian, Roger and John respectively and also other things like badges, haps and tote bags.

Queen’s Greatest Hits

The classics like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘Killer Queen’, are all piano-based​ brilliance from Freddie – is then mixed with Brians guitar riffs of ‘Now I’m Here’ and ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’. They could easily have added a few others like ‘Tie Your​ Mother Down’ or ‘Sail Away​ Sweet Sister’ and they wouldn’t have looked out of place… but some of these tracks did end up on foreign Greatest Hits albums. It remains one of my favourite albums and I’m joined in that by millions others through-out the world.

Please feel free to leave your comments on this Queen Greatest Hits Re-Release below …

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – On this Day in 1992

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – On this Day in 1992

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert April 1992

It was on this day, April 20 1992, that the world’s best musicians assembled at Wembley stadium for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, to pay tribute to Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, and at the same time raise awareness about HIV and AIDS through the newly formed Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Freddie Mercury died on Sunday 24th November 1991, only 24 hours after publicly admitting that he was living with HIV/AIDS. After Freddie died, the remaining members of Queen along with with their manager Jim (Miami) Beach to organise a tribute concert to celebrate the life, legacy and music of Freddie Mercury, Less than 5 months after his passing, the music world along with 72,000 fans filled Wembley to pay tribute to the lover of life, singer of songs, one Freddie Mercury. The Easter Monday event was broadcast live on BBC2 television and was also simulcast on radio to 76 countries around the world, reaching an estimated total audience of up to one billion. (Just imagine what that would have been like today with global streaming etc)

Artists such as George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Seal, Guns ‘n’ Roses,Paul Young, Metallica and many others joined the remaining members of Queen to perform a huge selection the Queen hits. The band’s collaboration with George Michael with his performance of Someone to Love became a chart topping hit via the Queen Five Live EP. At that stage many people actually thought that George Michael would be the new lead singer of Queen, he was that good.

The show started with Brian, John and Roger on stage together. Brian May opened and said “Good evening Wembley and the world. We are here tonight to celebrate the life, and work, and dreams, of one Freddie Mercury. We’re gonna give him the biggest send off in history!” … and they did just that.

Great Performances at the Freddie Mercury Tribute

There were fantastic performances from Extreme and powerful renditions from Metallica who did Stone Cold Crazy. The show was also remembered for a very interesting duet with Guns ‘n’ Roses lead singer and Elton John and performed Bohemian Rhapsody.

Other great Highlights of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert included Annie Lennox and David Bowie performing a wonderful rendition of Under Pressure (along with Annie Lennox’s fantastic makeup), Lisa Stansfield performing I want to Break Free (hoover in-tow) and Extreme who did a Queen Medley.

This was also the last full concert for Queen’s bassist John Deacon who stepped away from performing after this show.

One thing which was obvious was that many of the stars had to transpose the songs down, because they couldn’t reach the high notes of the songs … one performer said “I just couldn’t do a Freddie !”

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert will live long in the memory of those who were either lucky enough to be at it, or who atcually saw it live on TV. A fitting tribute to a frontman, singer, song-writer, musician and lover of life.

What’s your facourite Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert memory … leave a comment below…

Killer Queen voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

Killer Queen voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

After weeks of voting, Killer Queen was voted the best song on Queen’s 3rd Studio Album

If you have been following this site for a while then you will know that we have been running the ‘Champions of Queen League‘ to determine the best songs on all of Queen’s Studio Albums. Up to this point we have done 3 albums; Queen, Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack.

The most recent set of polls saw the 13 tracks on Sheer Heart Attack go head to head. This tool place over 13 rounds of polls and 78 individual head-to-head votes.

In total 2,431 votes were cast in the Sheer Heart Attack polls and the final table was very close, with two songs always leading the pack. Those two songs of course were Now I’m Here and Killer Queen. It was Killer Queen which was voted the Best song.

How was Killer Queen voted Best song on Sheer Heart Attack?

Throughout the voting process Now I’m Here and Killer Queen lead the way. Each of these songs won all of their respective rounds in the head to head polls. The final reckoning for these two songs came when they went head to head themselves. Killer Queen eventually won 72% of the vote and Now I’m Here had to settle for 2nd place with 28% of the vote.

Each song got 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw in the head to head polls.

The final table for the Sheer Heart Attack – Champions of Queen League was as follows;

Best song on Sheer Heart Attack

The Overall Results

As can be seen, Killer Queen won 12, Now I’m Here won 11 and Brighton Rock came in 3rd place. 4th place saw a respectable position for In the Lap of the Gods Revisited and Flick of the Wrist was in 5th spot. A firm favourite amongst fans, Stone Cold Crazy was in 6th spot with the (non revisited) Lap of the Gods in 7th spot. Lily of the Valley, Tenement Funster, Bring back that Leroy Brown, She Makes Me, Misfire and Dear Friends prop up the table in that order.

 

Next Up…

The next album on the Champions of Queen League will be ‘A Night at the Opera’ which is bound to throw up a few good contests, e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody Vs The Prophets Song. All of these votes and head to head rounds will be split between Twitter Polls and also Online Polls so please do check in with the Champions of Queen League webpage every few days for updates. 

 

What do you think – Was the result correct with Killer Queen voted Best Song on Sheer Heart Attack? Leave a comment below with your thoughts ….

Watch the accompanying Video for Killer Queen being voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

I have a video on YouTube which details the top 5 songs in this poll.

Queen Win the Absolute Radio ‘World Cup of Classic Rock’

Queen Win the Absolute Radio ‘World Cup of Classic Rock’

Queen win the Absolute Radio The World Cup of Classic Rock poll

Queen thrash Guns N’ Roses in the final round…

For a few weeks, the popular radio station Absolute Radio were running a series of head to head knockout polls to determine who the greatest rock band of all time was? After a few weeks of voting, it was no surprise that Queen were crowned the overall winners of the Absolute Radio “World Cup of Classic Rock”. In the end Queen beat Guns N’ Roses in the final head to head.

The polls started off with 32 shortlisted rock bands and the polls were run via the Absolute Classic Rock’s Twitter page. There were some great polls running and I was very surprised to see Def Leppard and Thin Lizzy going out on the very first set of polls. There were also some very close polls, some only separated by 1 or 2%

Queen overcame Meat loaf (winning by 89%), Pink Floyd (winning with 71%), Iron Maiden (winning with 78%) and AC/DC (winning with 67%) before winning the whole contest against Guns ‘n’ Roses. Not just winning it but they went Stone Cold Crazy on the US band – Queen eventually won with 76% of the vote … Pure Champions !

Guns ‘n’ Roses came 2nd, AC/DC came third and Hendrix was second.

You can check out the full rundown of each poll at https://planetradio.co.uk/absolute-radio/music/news/the-world-cup-of-classic-rock/

 

As a result of the World Cup of Classic Rock win…

Due to the fact that Queen won the World Cup of Classic Rock poll, Brian May will be on Absolute radio talking about 3 Queen albums which will be played in full, each Monday evening on Absolute Radio. This will kick off with Brian talking about ‘A Night at the Opera’. Take a look at the AbsoluteRadio tweet below for more details.

 

The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed

The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed

What is The Best song on Queen II

The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed after 1,998 votes were cast in the Queen II Champions of Queen League.

Since late November 2020 I have been running the Queen II Champions of Queen League, with the goal of finding out what the public think is the best song on Queen’s second album. In total 1,998 votes were cast between the Shane’s Queen Site website and the associated Twitter Account @shanesqueensite.

Because there were 11 songs on the album, an odd number, one song in each round got a ‘bye’ and was not included in that rounds polls.

The content on the album is so strong that it was hard to sometimes decide which was the better song. How can you decide between Ogre Battle and White Queen or Fairyfellers Master Stroke and Seven Seas of Rhye? The voting public really wanted to share their views, considering the Queen I vote got 1,451 votes the voting strength was very much increased in this round.

The final Champions of Queen League is shown below as is the review video on my Shane’s Queen Site YouTube Channel.

 

Please Join in with the Sheer Heart Attack polls which will run from the 15th February via the website and Twitter – Click here to visit the main Champions of Queen League page

Queen II - Best song on Queen II Album

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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)

 

Netherlands

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

Romania

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

CD / VINYL TRACKLIST
(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.

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