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Did Freddie Mercury sing a TV Theme Tune in the Great Pretender?

Did Freddie Mercury sing a TV Theme Tune in the Great Pretender?

Is Freddie Mercury Singing the Coronation Street Theme Tune in the Great Pretender?

I was recently listening to the version of The Great Pretender which Freddie Mercury covered back in 1987. About halfway through Freddie does a few vocal gymnastics and I just thought it sounded familiar. I realized it and decided to highlight it in this post and video.

Is Freddie Mercury Singing the Coronation Street Theme Tune in the Great Pretender? During the song, The Great Pretender, which Freddie Mercury covered in 1987, there is a section of his vocal gymnastics in the middle of the song which sounds like the theme from Coronation Street. Don’t forget that the music video for I Want to Break Free was actually a parody of Coronation Street. The video was actually banned in the USA, mainly because they did not know that this was a parody, and instead they just thought that Queen were just dressing in drag for the sake of it. At that stage, unfortunately, Queen lost the USA and as it turned out, the last time Queen played in the USA was in September 1982.

So What do you think – Did Freddie sing the theme tune to Coronation Street in The Great Pretender?
Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts… The video can be viewed directly at https://youtu.be/eq_gyGs8oNI or you can watch it embedded by scrolling down within this post.

If you like this video where I explore “If Freddie Mercury is Singing the Coronation Street Theme Tune in the Great Pretender?” please do leave a comment below or on the original YouTube video and also don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the Shane’s Queen Site YouTube channel for more videos like this, by clicking this link – https://www.youtube.com/c/ShanesQueenSite?sub_confirmation=1

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Queen Release the Queen Rock Tour Mobile Game

Queen Release the Queen Rock Tour Mobile Game

Queen have launched a mobile game called Queen Rock Tour on the 50th Anniversary of Queen. The new mobile game Queen Rock Tour allows you to play along with the band and the Queen back catalogue. Players can re-live classic Queen Concerts from the Rainbow to Wembley.

Upon the launch of the Queen Rock Tour game on 1st March, Brian May said that you could ” Be a Lockdown Rock Star!

Unfortunately, this mobile game is the closest we are going to come to experiencing a Queen Tour in 2021, as the effects of Covid continue to impact live music across the world.

The concept of the game is that it is a play-along rhythm game, similar to games like GuitarHero. Apparently this is the first official Queen mobile game. There was a mobile game called “Play the Game” but this was probably not endorsed by Queen (either way it is no longer available on the AppStore)

The new Queen Rock Tour game allows fans to experience the thrill of playing live with Queen on the event of their Golden Jubilee. Although we would all lobe to be stomping our feet at a live Queen concert, the best we can do in lockdown is to stomp our thumbs all over our mobile devices. You can play along with Brian’s guitar, Freddie vocals and piano riffs, Johns Bass and Rogers Drum playing. All you have to do is stay on rhythm and score as many points as you can.

There are 20 songs included on the game including Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, We are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga and many many more. There are also various venues you can play including the Rainbow and Wembley Stadium.

The graphics are amazing and you can even stylise your band with icon outfits from the bands 50 year career. You will also see images which up to now may not have been seen by many and you will learn nots of Queen facts along the way.

Probably the last time we saw an official computer game with Queen’s music was ‘Queen: The Eye’ back in 1997.

This game is another way the Queen are reaching a new audience and a new generation of Queen fans. Building on the success of the recent tours with Adam Lambert and also the resounding success that was the Bohemian Rhapsody BioPic which took 4 Oscars at the 2019 Academy Awards, and many other awards along the way.

From what I can see the game has been very positively received in the Queen community.

You can find out more about the Queen Rock Tour mobile game at www.queenrocktour.com
Download free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play

Amazing – Bohemian Rhapsody turned into a noir crime thriller

Amazing – Bohemian Rhapsody turned into a noir crime thriller

Over the years many have asked, What is Bohemian Rhapsody really about? What does Bohemian Rhapsody mean? What is the story behind Bohemian Rhapsody? Well now someone has created a Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie , basically a crime drama out of the classic Queen song.

This amazing short from Corridor Digital brings a brand new perspective on the ‘What is Bohemian Rhapsody about’ saga. This short file takes the lyrics and puts them in the hands of a ‘poor boy from a poor family’ who ‘killed a man’. You know the rest of the story! It is quite a production and the Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie is only a short snippet so don’t go looking for a 90 minute Netflix piece.

Even though I know the lyrics really well, seeing them in this format is intriguing.

I have my own ideas about What does Bohemian Rhapsody Mean, especially after watching the official Biopic / Bohemian Rhapsody Movie. I will keep my ideas to myself and you can enjoy this snippet in the YouTube clip below.

Take a look and see what you think. Any comments on this Bohemian Rhapsody Noir Crime Movie, leave them below !

(Apologies for weird advert at the end of the film, but is seems to be part of the clip)

Freddie For a Day 2012

Freddie For a Day 2012

Are you ready for Freddie For a Day 2012 ?

Are you a Moustache wearer in the style of the great Freddie Mercury? Then this is for you … Freddie For A Day 2012 – the great event returns In aid of the Mercury Phoenix Trust

Freddie for a Day 2012 marks the third year of this event. It is a worldwide celebration of the life of the great Freddie Mercury. Freddie for a take takes place 2 days before Freddies Brithday which is 5th September. We can turn the world into one full of moustaches for a day while all the time raising funds to combat AIDS, which claimed Freddie in November 1991.

Freddie for a day in 2011 raised more than a quarter of a million pounds thought the Freddie for a Day events and contributions. The Freddie for a Day events were all channeled through the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV/AIDS foundation set up in Freddie Mercury’s memory which to this day continues the fight against AIDS ignorance and AIDS infection worldwide.

Last year Freddie for a Day saw Katy Perry donning the a Freddie costume from his final Wembley concert, as well as moustaches on Stephen Fry, Jeff Beck, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Russell Brand, and of course Ben Elton of We Will Rock You fame.

Freddie For a Day 2012 hits the London Savoy on September 3 when the famous will be treated to another evening of Comedy and Rock’n’Roll. The nation gets to have their fun with it and make their own personal contribution on Freddie’s actual birthday on September 5.

For more information on Freddie For a Day 2012 visit www.freddieforaday.com

You should visit the Freddie for a Day website for more information and also great inspiration on what you can do to support and engage with this great dress up event. Dress and perform like Freddie at Freddie For a Day 2012 and support AIDs research at the same time.

Freddie For a Day Page

I have added a dedicated Freddie for a Day page on my site, so if you have a FFAD event happening in 2022 then please let me know and I will add it – check out the link st https://shanemcdonald.ie/queen/freddie-for-a-day_ffad/ 

Queen Character Test Back on Line

Queen Character Test Back on Line

The Queen Character Test Back on Line

Back in 2012, I found out that the Queen Character Test on my Queen Fan site had stopped working.  So after spending a few hours reprogramming it this evening, I was delighted that the Queen Character test was now back up and running. However, in 2016 I moved servers to shanemcdonald.ie, as a result, I had to re-program and re-edit every page on the site. The test basically allowed you to find Which member of Queen are you – and was very popular.

Click the link below to try the New Queen Personality Test

Which Member of Queen are you?

Feel free to comment and say which Queen member you think you are and if you feel it reflects who you are !!

Don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter @shanesqueensite and let me know Which member of Queen are you ?!

Queen fans wanted to take part in a new primetime show for BBC One

Queen fans wanted to take part in a new primetime show for BBC One

I have been sent this information from RDF Television regarding a new show which will be on BBC One – and they are looking for Queen Fans to participate.
(NOTE: This is an old post and the details may no longer be valid – it is listed here for historical purposes)

BRAND NEW TV SHOW FOR BBC one

ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE OF YOUR LIFE?

Are you a massive QUEEN fan with a passion for singing but never had the confidence to stand in the spotlight?
Do you have a great singing voice but always resisted showing it off…until now?
Have you got the nerve?

We are looking for ordinary members of the public who will be bold enough to take on trained professionals at their own game, for a BIG new Entertainment show for BBC One. They’ll attempt to convince us all that they have been doing their act for years…when actually it will have only been a matter of weeks.

If you want the opportunity to take part in a life-changing challenge for a big new TV show, then we want to hear from YOU!

If this is YOU or you want to nominate someone you know for the CHALLENGE OF THEIR LIFE then get in touch NOW for a chance to take part and WIN A PRIZE!

Contact RDF Television
Email us on challenge@RDFTelevision.com

BBC One Tv Show

Greatest Singers Of All Time – Have Your Say on NME

Who are Greatest Singers Of All Time

NME Online Music Magazine is running a poll to find out the Greatest Singers Of All Time. There are singers like Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Axl Rose, George Michael and more in the list. I’m sure readers of this blog will want to see how the lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, is doing on the poll.

At the time of this blog post Freddie Mercury is in 1st Place on a rating of 9.40 and in 2nd place is John Lennon on 6.97.

To Vote in the “Greatest Singers Of All Time” poll – Visit the link below.

http://www.nme.com/ratemy/216512/greatest-singers-of-all-time (at the time of updating this blog , October 2021, this Link is now expired)

Results at : http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/michael-jackson-the-greatest-singer-everreally-34939

NME Online Music Magazine brings you the latest music news and reviews, music videos and gossip, as well as providing the hottest concert tickets and band memorabilia. This poll is just one of the great features available at NME.COM !

BLOG POST UPDATE – OCT 2021

These were the results of the Greatest Singer Poll on NME

Here’s the full Top 20, as voted by NME.COM users:

1. Michael Jackson
2. Freddie Mercury
3. Elvis Presley
4. Axl Rose
5. John Lennon
6. David Bowie
7. Robert Plant
8. Paul McCartney
9. Stevie Wonder
10. Aretha Franklin
11. Matt Bellamy
12. Ray Charles
13. Jim Morrison
14. Bob Marley
15. Elton John
16. Kurt Cobain
17. Steven Tyler
18. Mick Jagger
19. Marvin Gaye
20. Tina Turner

What do you think of these results? Drop me a message or comment on this post if you can and we will post your feelings on the update and the final list of the best singers of all time.

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

The The 300 Greatest Hits of all time

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 !

BLOG UPDATE – Oct 2021

These were the winners of the Greatest Ever Songs Poll on MyGoldMusic.com

10 Gerry & The Pacemakers YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE 9 Elvis Presley ALWAYS ON MY MIND 8 ABBA DANCING QUEEN 7 Procol Harum A WHITER SHADE OF PALE 6 Electric Light Orchestra MR. BLUE SKY 5 Neil Diamond SWEET CAROLINE 4 Simon & Garfunkel BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER 3 Eagles HOTEL CALIFORNIA 2 John Lennon IMAGINE 1 Queen BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Vote for your favourite Queen Video Online

Your chance to Vote for what you think, is Queen’s Best Video

Vote for your favourite Queen Video in this online poll. 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 or most loved Queen Music Video – CLICK HERE to Vote now! (unfortunately, having reviewed this blog post, October 2021, this web link is now expired. I have left this page here beacuse it is a legacy page and I feel deleting every single page when it expires might lead visitors to think that this site is newer than it is)

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

Take a look at the Queen Videography on this website.

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Innocent Smoothies feature a Fantastic New Advert using Flash’s Theme

This excellent new advert from Innocent Smoothies uses Flashs Theme, with “Fruit Aaah” instead of “Flash Aaah”. At the end of 2010 Innocent Smoothies started re-recording the Queen song ‘Flash’ for an advert for the smoothie company. The advert has a smoothie bottle in a cape flying around at high speed. The original sound of the Queen recording was achieved and apparently Reinhold Mack, the producer of the original recording was tracked down. Innocent used as many tricks to try recreate the sound of the Flash advert as much as possible, including using old microphones, using similar guitar amps to the original recording and a similar sized recording studio that Queen used to record Flash. The song was recorded over 2 days with engineer Niall Arcott recording and mixing the version for the advert. Some of the words in the song include “Fruit Aha, Saviour of the Universe”. The artists on the new advert recording include drummer Patrick Garvey, guitarist Adrian Curtis and pianist Angus Havers ; vocals were done by Keith Murrell and Chris Madin. You can hear the details and the final version of the advert below. Check out the You Tube version below Link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QQHZTmbNgQ

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Family Guy Queen Videos

I just found 2 Family Guy Videos which have Queen References. If you haven’t seen these , worth just talking a look.

This episode is Episode 10×16 and is titled “Killer Queen”. The episode features the unsettling album cover which features frank the big robot and it is not something that is liked in the episode.

The robot has the bleeding and falling bodies of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor In this Family. Guy Episode ‘Killer Queen’ shows the horrific Queen album Cover from News of the World and baby Stewie Griffin is absolutely terrified by the album cover. The dog Brian finds the Queen album while clearing out the attic. Brian continues to scare Stewie throughout the episode with a number of very well placed gags and tricks.

The robot is probably called ‘Frank’ because the album cover was created by artist Frank Kelly Freas. There was an issue of Astounding Science Fiction which Roger Taylor had, and that cover depicted a giant intelligent robot holding the dead body of a bleeding man. So thus the album cover was inspired by that art.

There are a number of gags including the album on scratch cards, massive version of the album cover on Stewies bedroom wall. Stewie asks “God, why does he look SAD?! He’s already destroyed humanity, what else could he want?!”.

We won’t lie, though…we still hate that damn album cover.

Watch the Family Guy Queen Videos

Flash Gordon Family Guy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz-ChvkP7z4&feature=related

Another One Bites the Dust by Stewie (Family Guy) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spJUGofr7qs&feature=related

Enjoy !

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