Queen Unseen, by Queen’s longest serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince

Queen Unseen, by Queen’s longest serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince

Queen Unseen, a personal memoir by Queen’s longest-serving roadie Peter ‘Ratty” Hince will be published in October 2011.

“Queen Unseen is a unique account of the many exciting years as a young man I spent on tour, in the recording studio, on video shoots and day to day life at home with one of the world’s biggest and best ever rock bands.

It is an insightful, enlightening and mostly humorous account for anybody who has ever wondered what working for Queen, or indeed most rock bands of that era really entailed….. the highs and the lows.

It is not a chronological history or definitive biography of the band, but a personal story of what it was like to spend your youth travelling the world and living the rock and roll lifestyle – to the full!

There will be NO lurid details of the band’s private lives. There is plenty of sex and drugs and rock and roll – and of course, everybody knows it happened…

I make observations and comments about all the fantastic places we visited and played, and what living what at times, was a crazy and surreal existence.

The book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen’s working life, during my time as Queen’s longest-serving roadie and head of their crew.

There is 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.

There will be photo sections in the book that contain colour and black & white images from my successful Queen The Unseen Archive show that was exhibited in London and Australia recently.

There will be additional rare and unseen photos and other images items of interest.”

To order a signed copy of Queen Unseen, which will be published in October 2011, for £17.99
Please contact John Blake Publishing Ltd with your name, address and contact number on 020 7381 0666 (mon-fri) or email words@blake.co.uk

UK P&P is free – overseas P&P £3.00.

The book will also be available from shops and online via Amazon etc – Click here to read a book review of Queen Unseen by Peter Hince

Queen Unseen - By Peter Ratty Hince - Queen Roadie, New Book

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.

New Release – Stormtroopers in Stilettos 7” & Download Single

To coincide with the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition in London a 7” & Download Single have been released. Queen have released their two-track single “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” as a download from Sunday 27th February 2010. It is the same week their exhibition of the same name opens in London

The Single will feature 2 great tracks recorded in the early 70s, namely “Keep Yourself Alive … the Long Lost Retake” and “Stone Cold Crazy” from the album Sheer Heart Attack but most likely it will be remastered.

The “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” exhibition runs at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in London for 2 weeks from Friday 25th February 2010. The Stormtroopers in Stilettos single will be available as part of the “National Record Store Day” taking place on 16th April 2011.

So look out for the single on 27th Feb!

For more check out QueenOnline!

Stormtroopers in Stillettos

Queen Sheet Music On-line

Buy Queen Sheet Music Online from Queens new Sheet Music Store…

Queen has launched a website which allows you to buy Queen Sheet Music that is accurate and detailed.

Greatest Hits 1 - Queen I tried a few of them such as Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon, Liar, Love of my Life and Lily of the Valley and they were spot on. I found the introduction to Love of My Life to be less of a chord than I expected (it was a 5th, not a full CMaj Chord which I was expecting) anyway the sheet music is very reasonably priced, most of them are £2.50 to £3 each. You even get a FREE First Page Sample so that you can check the type of Sheet Music (Piano/Guitar or Full Band / Off the Record Score).

If you are interested and want to start downloading your Queen Sheet Music the web address is ;

LINK:: Queen Sheet Music Downloads

Queen News in Short … Jan 31st

British Gas Advert features the guitar solo from One Vision, the 1986 hit from A Kind of Magic.

Q Magazine Queen Feature Look out for the new edition of Q Magazine – there is a 16 page Queen feature inside.

Queen’s First 5 Albums Re-Released

Queens first 5 albums, namely; Queen, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera and a Day at the Races will be released in March 2011.
Visit http://www.queenonline.com/news/1962 for more details.

The John W Mills Brian May Project : Prints

The John W Mills – Brian May Project.
Sale of 100 limited edition lithographic prints entitled ‘BRIAN’ by John W Mills.
With each print signed by the artist & Brian May.

Brian May prints for sale
Size: 61 x 57 cms, printed on ‘Somerset’ art paper by The Curwen Studio, Cambridge, England.
A numbered certificate of authenticity will be supplied with each print.

Print Prices

UK & Eire

£825 per print inclusive of of UK taxes, packing & shipping costs to all UK & Eire destinations.


All other destinations for sale of the Brian May Paintings / Prints must add £20.00 (twenty pounds sterling), to cover additional shipping costs, making a print price of £845 (eight hundred & forty five pounds sterling).

Visit http://jwmprojectltd.co.uk/ for details on these Brian May Prints.

Note – This is an old post and the offer or sale may no longer be available

The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody released on iTunes

The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody released on iTunes

It has been released … Queen and The Muppets version of the classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ starring Jim Henson’s Muppets. The Single of Bohemian Rhapsody features all the Muppets characters including; Miss Piggy, Kermit The Frog, Gonzo, Animal and many more. This is a very funny version of the classic Queen track which was originally released in 1975.

Click here to download Queen + The Muppets ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on iTunes.

Click here to download the video on iTunes.

The Queen and Muppets video / single have now to compete against Joe McElderry of the X-Factor and his version of The Climb by Miley Cyrus and also the Rage Against the Machine track which many Facebookers are campaigning to go to the Christmas Number 1. Heres Hoping that Bohemian Rhapsody can make it 3 Christmas Number 1’s in 35 Years.

Freddie Mercury Painting by Paul Joyce

Have a look at this great painting which was created by Paul Joyce this year.
I think it really captures Freddie at his peak.

Freddie Mercury by Paul Joyce

Paul doesn’t have a Website but if anyone wants a Print of this painting here are the details;

Its a Giclee Print on the highest quality Fine Art Paper,455mm x 590mm,
Price €170 (approx £150) and you can pay by PayPal or Euro Bankers Draft

For more details email paulflyfisher@gmail.com

The Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody (Video)

The Muppets version of Bohemian Rhapsody (Video)

You haven’t read this wrong – the Muppets … yes, the Muppets sing Bohemian Rhapsody.

We all loved the Muppets when we were young. The Muppets created by Jim Henson have been less popular then they were when I was young (70s/80s). So with that, the puppet ensemble, The Muppets, have released a cover of the classic Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody”. If you are a fan of the muppets or you just enjoy rock ballads being covered by other bands, then you will enjoy this. In it’s first wee this video had over 7 million plays.

Certain content relating to killing a man with a gun to the head was changed as Animal wasn’t comfortable singing it – so now it i.e. Mama etc.

All in all, this is an excellent version (humourous version) of the classic Queen song, Bohemian Rhapsody as performed by the Muppets.