Sonisphere cancelled – Queen’s return is sadly cut short
Queen were due to play Knebworth at the Sonisphere festival but the Sonisphere festival has been cancelled.
The sonisphere organisers said “It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012. Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year … unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect.”
Ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund direct from their ticket agents.
What Queen will do next is unknown – Queen fans were anticipating a return to Knebworth which was the location of the very last Queen concert with Freddie . Would they do a full Queen concert with Adam Lambert at Knebworth?
Lets wait and see what happens – With Queen, you never know….
QUEEN with Adam Lambert are set to rock Sonisphere 2012 at Knebworth, the location of the last Queen concert with Freddie Mercury at the helm.
25 years after the legendary Freddie Mercury rocked at Knebworth in August 1986, Queen Return To Knebworth with Adam Lambert. This time Queen Return To Knebworth headlining the second day at Sonisphere 2012. Adam Lambert is an American Idol participant who performed “We are the Champions” with Brian May and Roger Taylor in May 2009 and rumors have been mentioned and tweeted ever since, that a collaboration would take place between Lambert and Queen – today is the day that this is true.
The 2012 Queen performance will take place at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.
In 1986, the Wembley shows were supposed to be the final concerts of the ‘Kind of Magic’ tour, but due to demand an extra date at Knebworth was set up. Not everyone was sure that it would sell out, management asked the band ‘are you sure it will sell’ …. Queen went on to draw a record crowd of over 120,000, their biggest ever UK concert audience.
Now Queen fans get to see Queen perform at Knebworth!!
Tickets on sale to the general public from 9am on Thursday 23rd February from www.sonispherefestivals.com ; Phone 0844 871 8803 . Concert tickets are priced at £145 for a weekend concert ticket (3 and 4-day camping tickets also available), with a limited number of day concert tickets available for £75.
Sonisphere Knebworth takes place July 6th – 8th at Knebworth House. Visit www.sonispherefestivals.com for full details and get tickets as Queen Return To Knebworth.
Gregg M has compiled a live Queen medley/mash-up to celebrate the life and loss of Freddie Mercury.
This Queen Mash-up is titled ’23 songs in 9 minutes’, it was seen as a fun way to remember or discover songs from the Queen repertoire interpreted by an acoustic duet. The full Queen Mashup video is available below.
The History of the “23 Queen songs in 9 minutes” Mashup
The history of the mash up is very interesting, Gregg was invited as a guest in a ‘Queen evening’ and felt that a simple cover version was not the way to go. Therefore he decided to create something new and challenging, in order to entertain the audience, Gregg says it was “Like a Human Jukebox, actually …. It took a while for me to figure out how to begin the monster and I worked it bit by bit. I separated it in several parts, each including 4 or more songs and then put the pieces together, just like a giant musical jigsaw puzzle. Two days later, and something like 20 hours of musical work of writing, rehearsing and demoing, I sent a draft to my singer (who’s with me in my band, The Sunchase, as well as my ‘twisted covers concept’, the Guest-Sessions) and we rehearsed it bits by bits some days later. We decided it would be more fun if we did not have any chart on stage so we worked really hard to remember everything and went onstage at ‘Le Zèbre’ in Paris the week after that.”
Days Of Our Lives’ began as a two-part documentary produced by long-term Queen collaborators and life long fans Rhys Thomas (the comedian who famously broke the Mastermind all time record points score with a specialist subject of Queen) and Simon Lupton, and directed by the renowned director Matt Casey. This Days Of Our Lives DVD release has lot of new material which Queen fans world wide will enjoy.
After 10 years of making Queen DVDs, Lupton and Thomas were asked by the band to produce the definitive 40th Anniversary documentary and after almost a year of painstaking research and editing, this Days Of Our Lives DVD was the result.
As well as the new sequences, there are 7 new videos. Excerpts were featured in the main documentary, but we have completed them, and here on the Days Of Our Lives DVD and Blu- Ray they appear in full.
Your chance to Remix Don’t Stop Me Now and Win Great Prizes
Note this competition to Remix Don’t Stop Me Now is now closed but the content remains for historical purposes
Don’t Stop me Now was recorded in August and September 1978 at Super Bear Studios in France. Now, it’s your chance to Remix Don’t Stop Me Now , a classic Queen Song, in your own style.
In celebration of Queen’s 40th Anniversary, band members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with guest judges, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson, Queen’s resident sound engineer and sound producer are inviting musicians to remix “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
One winner will be invited to the prestigious and globally acclaimed Metropolis Studios in London – the same studio where Queen famously recorded many of their hit albums including ‘Made In Heaven’ and ‘Innuendo’. About The Host. I know this is one Queen related competition I will be entering as Don’t Stop me Now is a great song to play and I regularly do so on piano. I think Don’t stop me now is a great finger warmer for pianists.
If you buy music magazines then you will be delighted to know that Queen feature in Classic Rock Magazine this month. The December issue (2011) of Classic Rock Magazine is running this special piece on Queen. Classic Rock Magazine is a turbo-charged, high-voltage rock’n’rollathon of a magazine. Every month it’s packed with exclusive interviews and features on rock’s biggest names, and includes the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet.
This Months Queen feature includes an interview with Brian as part of the “Classic Rock 2011 Awards”. Go to pages 74 & 75 for the features on Queen as winners of the Reissue Of The Year, also with Brian talking about Knebworth, the Queen Extravaganza, covers of Queen songs and of course John Deacon and some memories of the much missed Freddie.
Get your issue of Classic Rock December 2011 (Jeff Beck cover) with Queen Feature on pages 74-75.
If you bought this issue of Classic Rock Magazine pleas let us know in the comments below and tell us what the Queen feature was like…
Brian May and Roger Taylor are working on a new album. This new Queen album will feature vocals by the late Freddie Mercury.
Up to this point Queen fans were under the impression that “Mother Love” from the 1995 “Made in Heaven” album was the last of the unreleased Queen/Freddie Mercury material. However Brian May said they are revisiting a “ton” of unreleased demos, and by doing this they hope to compile some new tracks. (source Ultimate Classic Rock)
Brian May also told the Daily Star that a new Queen musical to follow-up the “We Will Rock You” musical is planned.
Finally look out for Queen on November 6, as they receive the “Global Icon award at the MTV European Music Awards“. There are rumours that Queen will do something with Lady Gaga on the night.
News Update : Dec 5th – Roger Taylor says this rumour is not true and that there is no new Queen album!
Cheryll from Band-Tees.com sent me a link to their new web site where you can Buy Queen T-Shirts Online. Band Tees is one of the best places to find great hard-to-find band t-shirts including Queen T-Shirts.
Band Tees have t-shirts by tons of artists like Queen, Nirvana, The Cure, Green Day, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Grateful Dead and much more in the rock section.
They Guys at Band Tees said, “Whatever your needs are we are sure to have something you will like and if you don’t see what you’re looking for tell us and we’ll try to get it here for you. So please come in, look around, and let us know if we can help you in any way.”
Lady Gaga to front Queen…Yes, There are rumours that singer and fashion icon Lady Gaga is in talks to front and tour with Queen. According to Queen guitarist Brian May, who collaborated with the singer on the recent Lady Gaga single “You & I,”
Brian May said, “We talk about going on the road all the time but there’s a bit of a singer problem, to put it mildly.”
There is the possibility of Queen doing duets with different artists, similar to what Tony Bennett has done recently with artists such as Amy Winehouse.
Brian added, “We have talked about doing duets with other people….. We were debating the idea of a TV show where we have all these guest stars…..we are still looking at it. Lady Gaga has said she would like to do something with us. “
Who Knows – Lady Gaga might sing Radio Ga Ga !
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Queen Drummer Roger Taylor has launched a North American Talent Search with the winner becoming a part of The Queen Extravaganza Live Tour Launching In 2012. Auditions for the Queen Extravaganza Live Tour begin September 19th and you can upload your videos online.
This is all part of the Queen 40th anniversary. Roger Taylor launched this talent search offering musicians and singers the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza Live Tour, hoping to secure the most talented band to perform Queen’s music.
Auditions begin September 19th at www.queenextravaganza.com and the tour, booked by powerhouse agency CAA, launches in 2012.
My Thoughts on the Queen Extravaganza
Personally, I don’t see how they can secure the most talented band to perform Queen’s music by limiting the search to North America, as more talented persons may live outside this very limited catchment area. I myself will submit a Queen Extravaganza entry on Keyboards. I am a Queen Keyboard Player in Ireland, I play nearly all Queens hits on Keyboards … who knows they might change their minds on who can enter.