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Queen Rock Montreal in IMAX format

Queen Rock Montreal in IMAX format

Queen have released the show which was filmed in 1981, Queen Rock Montreal, and this time it is in the wonderful IMAX format.

This new IMAX version of Queen Rock Montreal has been amazingly digitally re-mastered and now is available in the highest sound quality and the highest image quality in line with the IMAX Experience®️.

This reimagining of the Queen Rock Montreal show, which was filmed over 2 days in November 1981 includes 12-channel surround sound and the most crystal-clear images you can imagine. Experience the greatest Queen hits including “Sheer Heart Attack”, “Save Me” (one of my favourites from the set), “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “Under Pressure,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “We Are The Champions.”

This is Queen and IMAX experience is like something you’ve never seen before – Queen in a way larger-than-life format … pretend you are at the Queen show and in the front row – only in IMAX.

My Only criticism of this is that here in Ireland, we only have IMAX cinemas in Dublin. So for me in Waterford, it is a 2h 20 minute drive up and the same back down. It is a huge pity that this show cannot be shown on the larger screens of regular cinemas. There is no way I can catch this as the dates just don’t fit and so does the location of where this is showing. Anyway, if you are going, I hope you enjoy the experience. It is sure to be an amazing one.

Please leave a comment below if you are going or if you are not able to go because IMAX cinemas are too far from you.

Queen Tribute performing in Bristol Connecticut

Queen Tribute performing in Bristol Connecticut

Celebrating Queen Tribute in Bristol Connecticut

Celebrating Queen take their fantastic Queen tribute show to Bristol Connecticut, and the Rockwell Theatre, Bristol Connecticut on September 9th, 2023. Celebrating Queen Live at the Rockwell Theatre (formerly the Memorial Boulevard Theatre), in Bristol CT is right off the back of the Celebrating Queen Tribute Band performing a sold-out showcase gig at the Silverton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on August 19th.

The Queen Tribute show at the Bristol-based Rockwell Theatre on September 9th starts at 8 pm and will be 2 hours of Queen hits, back to back; Celebrating Queen are always performing a wall of vocals and the very best musicians you could ask for (including myself here from Shane’s Queen Site). You can expect all the Queen hits from Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, One Vision and Don’t Stop Me Now to Killer Queen, Hammer to Fall, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, and many many more Queen classics. The Celebrating Queen Tribute set list has Queen all the hits from 1974 to 1991 – It’s a Queen Tribute show not to be missed and it’s right with you in Bristol Connecticut.

Celebrating Queen Tribute has performed across the world since 2007 and is the Foremost Tribute to the Music of Queen. This Queen show will be a homecoming for Bristol natives Jeaux (lead singer JJ Midnight)  and Carl Archambeault as Celebrating Queen brings their show back to Bristol for a second time in September.

The Celebrating Queen band is comprised of JJ Midnight on lead vocals, CJ Midnight on Voicestravarius, Darrell Craig Harris on Bass, Steve Burchell on Guitar, James Sloan on Percussion, and Celebrating Queen Keyboardist Shane McDonald who is also the Musical Director for the shows.

You can get your tickets for Celebrating Queen in Bristol Connecticut by visiting https://www.celebratingqueen.com/bristol/ !

 

CELEBRATING QUEEN TRIBUTE BAND IN BRISTOL CONNECTICUT

Following their SOLD-OUT Celebrating Queen show in Las Vegas, NV, the Queen tribute band will perform in Bristol Connecticut on 9th September and the smaller Freddie Tribute show will be performed in Florida in October at Cass Cay (more news on that later).

If you are attending the Celebrating Queen Bristol Connecticut show please leave a comment below and don’t forget to share this post with others who may be interested in coming along on 9th September at the Rockwell Theatre, Bristol, Connecticut.

We Will Rock You Returns to London

We Will Rock You Returns to London

The We Will Rock You (London show) returns to the West End, 21 years after it first exploded onto the theatre scene in London, The now world-side smash show by Queen and Ben Elton returns to London in 2023 for a strictly limited 12-week run at the London Coliseum, St Martin’s Ln, London. The London Coliseum is the very same venue that saw Freddie Mercury’s Royal Ballet gala performance back in 1979.

The We Will Rock You musical features 24 of Queen’s greatest hits and has a really well-written script. I myself saw the We Will Rock You London show when it was back in the Dominion Theatre, which also saw the huge Freddie Mercury statue on top of the Dominion entrance. That statue was later commandeered by Roger and he placed it in his back garden – I wonder if Roger will give it back for this limited run. Apparently, Brian May and Roger Taylor are delighted that the We Will Rock you show will soon be returning and entertaining London fans once again.

Brian May said: “I’m thrilled we finally have this opportunity to put We Will Rock You back on stage in London, where it was born. The show’s original message of the fight to re-establish individuality in a dystopian corporate world is even more relevant now than when we began. It will be a completely new production that will burst onto the prestigious London Coliseum stage – but the story, the humour, and of course the Queen music, will hit you harder than ever. We WILL Rock You – again!!”

We Will Rock You was first premiered at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2002. Since then, ‘We Will Rock You’ London was seen by 6 million people over 4,600 performances during an amazing 12-year run. We Will Rock you became one of the most successful musicals in West End history and ended up achieving the status of the longest-runner at the Dominion Theatre by a margin of 9 years. The We Will Rock You Musical went on to play to a global audience of 20 million across 28 different countries.

‘We Will Rock You’ tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the Bohemians, fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen; they fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of the age of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, cannot come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They join the Bohemians and embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and rock!

‘We Will Rock You’ is produced by Phil McIntyre Live Ltd, Queen Theatrical Productions and Tribeca Theatrical Productions.

For more information on the We Will Rock you return to London visit the official website at www.wewillrockyoulondon.co.uk or try their Twitter handle @WWRYMusical and Instagram at @WWRYMusical.

If you have any comments on the We Will Rock You return to London please leave them below.

One of the best shows I’ve seen in yonks. An evening of sheer entertainment and enjoyment
Daily Mirror

Face it Alone being released this week

Face it Alone being released this week

Face it Alone, an Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song is released on October 13th

Queen are releasing a new song featuring legendary frontman Freddie Mercury called “Face It Alone” later this week. The song itself has been called, “a little gem from Freddie … which we kind of forgotten about … wonderful … a real discover”. The song was actually recorded during the sessions from the album, The Miracle, released in 1989.

Originally the song was due for release in September and the date was pushed back to October 13th. Apparently, the first play of the song will be on Ken Bruce’s programme on BBC2 at 11:15am on Thursday 13th October.

Brian May added, “It was kind of hiding in plain sight. We looked at it many times and thought, ‘Oh no, we can’t really rescue that.’ But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, ‘Okay, we can do this and this.’ It’s like kind of stitching bits together. Brian made a final comment stating that “it’s beautiful. It’s touching.”

At the moment Billboards can be seen around London displaying the song’s name and date. I have also seen shots from Japan with the title in Japanese – it seems Queen are very proud of this release. The Hashtag #FaceItAlone has been ranking very well amongst UK audiences on Instagram and Twitter.

The band has been really teasing the release of this new Queen single with a series of huge billboards all around the world with the text “Queen – Face It Alone” and it also includes a picture of Freddie Mercury in one of his iconic poses and a QR code. The signs first appeared in London and have since been spotted in countries such as Canada, Mexico, Japan, and many more.

The Track, Face it Alone will be released on Thursday 13th October at 11:15hrs BST / 6:15 ET / 3/15 PT … for those who have the initial listen, please leave a comment below on what you think of the track.

Face it Along - Queen Song released October 13th 2022
Face it Alone Billboards

Images on Queen’s Official Instagram account of the Billboards for Face It Alone from all around the globe…

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Queen Store Carnaby Street now Open, Celebrating 50 years of Queen

Queen Store Carnaby Street now Open, Celebrating 50 years of Queen

QUEEN STORE CARNABY STREET OPENED TO CELEBRATE FIVE DECADES OF QUEEN’S MUSIC

In celebration of a wonderful 50 years in music, Queen have opened their experiential pop-up shop on Carnaby Street.

The much hyped shop, ‘Queen The Greatest’ opened today, Tuesday 28th September 2021, and will be open to Queen fans until (some date in) January 2022. The Queen store has a number of limited edition music releases, Queen fashion collaborations and lifestyle products. There will apparently be weekly new product drops and special weekly events.

Queen Store Carnaby Street now Open, Celebrating 50 years of Queen

Queen Store Carnaby Street now Open, Celebrating 50 years of Queen

The new ‘Queen The Greatest’ pop-up store brings Queen fans on a journey over two floors and features all of the hallmarks of theiconic Queen branding. The Queen store also includes clothing from fashion brands including Champion, Wrangler and Johnny Hoxton jewellery.

As mentioned above, each month will have a theme and this is the breakdown of those monthly themes…

MUSIC MONTH – OCTOBER

Queen’s continuing music releases feature with Limited edition music available to buy throughout October. The new solo releases from Brian May and Roger Taylor couldn’t come at a better time!!

ART & DESIGN MONTH – NOVEMBER

In November, the Art and Design month if very much down the route that Freddie took while at college. This month, November, will be showcasing a number of amazing designed including items from Japanese designer Tokolo, a limited-edition teddy bear from Steiff and more…

MAGIC MONTH – DECEMBER

December is not the magic of Christmas, rather the Magic of Queen as the store brings the magic of 5 decades of Queen to the forefront. There are special Queen products including Queen Rubix Cubes, Queen Christmas jumpers, cards, wrapping paper etc..

The pop-up store will feature screens showing archive Queen performances and throughout the store there will be areas for you to share on your social media.

I’m presuming the Queen store will close in early January as there is no theme for January.

Personally, I’m not sure if I can get over to this. Just like the Bohemian Rhapsody store which I wish I had gotten to, it may be hard for me to visit this year … but I will try. If you are unable to travel to the store, a nuber of Queen items including the vinyls will be available online at: queenonlinestore.com/The-Greatest-Pop-Up-Store

If you have been to the Queen Store Carnaby Street please do leave a comment below and let us know what you thought and dont’ forget to mention, if you wish, your social media links and handles so we can see any items you wish for us to see.

Benefit Concert in memory of Freddie Mercury at The Roxy Theatre, LA

This is a concert which Queen fans in the Los Angeles area might be interested in with all proceeds going to AIDS Project Los Angeles.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON
BENEFIT CONCERT IN MEMORY OF FREDDIE MERCURY

Members of Dethklok, Young Beautiful in a Hurry, and Composer of The Walking Dead Join Together To Raise Money for APLA

(Los Angeles, CA –September 15, 2011) A unique group of musicians–and Queen fans–will come together to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s passing with The Show Must Go On — a live performance of the music of Queen — on November 9th at The Roxy Theatre. All proceeds from the concert and memorabilia auction will be donated to AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), to help combat the disease that took Freddie from this world.

In November 1991, the world mourned music legend Freddie Mercury, who died of complications resulting from AIDS. As lead singer, songwriter and the heart of Queen, Freddie’s legacy continues to inspire generations of fans.

Brendon Small (Dethklok/Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse), Brendan McCreary (Young Beautiful in a Hurry), and Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead/Battlestar Galactica) have put together an all-star line-up, with surprise guests, to honor Freddie’s legacy.

“Queen is my favorite band on earth,” said Brendon Small. “If I hadn’t heard the Flash Gordon theme at the age of 7, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be in show business. I’m excited to play some of my favorite songs and share the stage with some of the best musicians in the industry!”

“Queen was a rock band with truly orchestral sensibilities,” added Bear McCreary. “Their melodies, harmonies and passion for lyrical storytelling place their songs amongst the most essential ever written.”

Brendan McCreary agrees, “Freddie was less a man, and more like a fallen angel. And the art Queen created, was less like music, and more like a good friend who’s stuck with you through all the years.”

“The Show Must Go On” band:
Lead Vocals: Brendan McCreary (Young Beautiful in a Hurry)
Guitar: Brendon Small (Dethklok and creator of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse)
Piano: Bear McCreary (composer of Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead)
Guitar: Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai); Rick Musallam (The Roots, Gwen Stefani)
Bass: Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Drums: Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Backing Vocals: Raya Yarbrough (Battlestar Galactica); Felice Hernandez (Pretzel Logic) and Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa)

When this Gig is on

November 9th, 2011, 9pm
The Roxy Theatre (9009 West Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA)
All Ages
Tickets: $35 available www.TheShowMustGoOn.us
All proceeds will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles

Be Freddie for a Day – Check out FreddieForaDay.com

Be Freddie for a Day – Check out FreddieForaDay.com

Visit http://www.freddieforaday.com/ to find out what happens for the Freddie for a Day charity fund-raising event.

Freddie For A Day started when Liz Swanton raised over £1,200 by spending a working day dressed as Freddie back in the early ’90s. It was such a great fundraising idea that it was decided to make it an annual event coinciding with Freddie’s birthday which occurs on 5th September. Freddie for a Day is a fun, way to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust charity which is spent fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide.

How do I get involved in Freddie for a Day?
What do I Wear for the Freddie For a Day event?
What do I need to do for Freddie for a Day?

All these questions are answered on the official Freddie for a Day Website at http://www.freddieforaday.com/

 

Freddie For A Day was the brainchild of Liz Swanton, web editor of the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up in Freddie’s name in 1992. In real life she’s a City of London Banker and she raised over £1,200 by spending a working day dressed as Freddie. It was such a wonderfully whacky idea that we decided to make it an annual event coinciding with Freddie’s birthday (5th September). It’s fun, it’s slightly crazy AND it raises money for the charity which is spent fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Check out the Freddie for a Day Page for 2022

If you are running a Freddie for a Day event in 2022 then please visit this dedicated FFAD page for 2022 -> Click https://shanemcdonald.ie/queen/freddie-for-a-day_ffad/ for more details and you can submit your event and I will list it here for extra promotion of your event and hopefully extra fundraising for this amaing and worthy cause..

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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

Stormtroopers in Stilettos – A Review + Pictures

Stormtroopers in Stilettos – A Review + Pictures

My visit to the Queen Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibition in London 2011

I visited the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition last week and it is a must for any Queen fan.  The exhibition is an Audio / Visual History of the band. There are many physical displays such as drumkits, recording reels, guitars, photos, demo shots for albums and much more. All around the exhibition you can read more about albums, concert and the history of the band.

You can also get the opportunity to see a 3D version of Bohemian Rhapsody (its currently a 90-second extract) which is currently in development. You get to see from “I see a little silhouetto …. the heavy guitar riff” in 3D. It works well but if bit less background light would make it even better.

I spoke with some of the staff at the exhibition and they told me that there have been crowds every day and some people even flew in from Japan, Germany and Italy especially to see the event.  Take a look at some of the photos which I took  below.

You can also Win a Brian May guitar by donating to the Mercury Phoenix Trust before 12th March.

Pictures of Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibition, London 2011

One of the Displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Display about the 1976 Hyde Park Concert at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Display about the 1976 Hyde Park Concert at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

One of the outfits worn by the band (Stormtroopers in Stilettos)

One of the outfits worn by the band (Stormtroopers in Stilettos)

Myself at one of the displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

Myself at one of the displays at Stormtroopers in Stilettos

 

Background to the Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibition
“Stormtroopers in Stilettos” is the first ever major Queen exhibition and takes place in a huge warehouse space in the heart of London’s East End at Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, opening on February 25th, closing on March 12th 2011.

For those people looking for more information on Stormtroopers in Stilettos, a new website for the Stormtroopers exhibition is now live at http://www.stormtroopersinstilettos.com/

 

 

 

Press Release: Stormtroopers in Stilettos

2011 – QUEEN 40 – Major Exhibition, Hollywood Film, BBC Documentary, Back Catalogue re-release to celebrate 40th Anniversary 2011 sees one of the most talented, glamorous and influential bands in musical history, QUEEN, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.
With over 170 million global album sales, 18 Number One Albums, 10 Number One DVD’s, 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, Seven Ivor Novello Awards, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Guinness Book of Records award for the most successful UK album chart artist ever, the Queen story is one of the most remarkable in modern British culture. 40 years after Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen and the band became the epitome of rock n roll swagger and excess Queen continues to rule globally.
The 40th Anniversary year kicks off with a major exhibition, ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ – a comprehensive look at the early part of Queen’s career, from before the band’s formation when various members were dreaming of success while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976. Taking place in Trumans Brewery in the heart of London’s East End the exhibition opens on February 25th running through to March 12th, and will cover the group’s first five albums from the first half of the 1970’s. The exhibition will aim to take visitors to the heart of Queen by combining interactive audio and visual environments with historic and never-before-seen memorabilia; themed rooms and music all created from the bands personal archive will come together to create an exciting, entertaining and engaging insight into the foundation and rise of the global super group Queen became. Newly signed to legendary label Island Records and to coincide with the exhibition, the first five albums that Queen released – “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races – will be re-mastered and re-packaged into special deluxe album formats. From the pure raw rock of “Queen” through to the majestic anthems on “A Day At The Races”, the first five albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and already global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time. The remainder of the band’s incredible catalogue will be released during 2011.
Subsequent to the exhibition there will be a major BBC TV Documentary featuring a rare interview with Roger Taylor and Brian May and many other surprises and releases to come through the rest of the year. 2011 will see filming begin of a major Hollywood movie about Queen, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen”,” Frost/Nixon” ) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.
After four decades, the collective work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon continues to resonate around the globe, inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), Axl Rose and Katy Perry through to Dave Grohl. Twenty years after the death of their phenomenal and flamboyant singer, Freddie Mercury remains an icon beyond measure. Look out for further exciting Queen 40 announcements in 2011.
Stormtroopers In Stilettos – Queen Exhibition Now open

Stormtroopers In Stilettos – Queen Exhibition Now open

Stormtroopers In Stilettos, the amazing new Queen Exhibition is Now open to the public until March 12th.

The Queen event was opened in an exciting press launch evening at the Truman Brewery in East London which was attended by Brian May and Roger Taylor as well as Jer Bulsara, Kash Cooke, The Foo Fighters, Ronnie Wood, David Mallet, Jessie J, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Tom Chaplin, Dave Clark, The Feeling, David Wigg, Mika and .

The Queen Exhibition, “Stormtroopers In Stilettos” now is open to the public until March 12th. The exhibition opens from 11 am until 9 pm, Monday to Sunday, and from 12-midday until 6 pm on the final day, March 12th.

Admission to the Exhibition is FREE so you have no excuse!

Visit stormtroopersinstilettos.com for details

Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibion London

Queen Press Release: Stormtroopers in Stilettos Exhibition

2011 – QUEEN 40 – Major Exhibition, Hollywood Film, BBC Documentary, Back Catalogue re-release to celebrate 40th Anniversary
2011 sees one of the most talented, glamorous and influential bands in musical history, QUEEN, celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation in 1971.

With over 170 million global album sales, 18 Number One Albums, 10 Number One DVD’s, 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, Seven Ivor Novello Awards, inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Guinness Book of Records award for the most successful UK album chart artist ever, the Queen story is one of the most remarkable in modern British culture. 40 years after Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen and the band became the epitome of rock n roll swagger and excess Queen continues to rule globally.

The 40th Anniversary year kicks off with a major exhibition, ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ – a comprehensive look at the early part of Queen’s career, from before the band’s formation when various members were dreaming of success while studying astrophysics or running stalls next to Biba in Kensington Market, right up to their spectacular free gig for over 250,000 fans in Hyde Park in 1976. Taking place in Trumans Brewery in the heart of London’s East End the exhibition opens on February 25th running through to March 12th, and will cover the group’s first five albums from the first half of the 1970’s. The exhibition will aim to take visitors to the heart of Queen by combining interactive audio and visual environments with historic and never-before-seen memorabilia; themed rooms and music all created from the bands personal archive will come together to create an exciting, entertaining and engaging insight into the foundation and rise of the global super group Queen became.
Newly signed to legendary label Island Records and to coincide with the exhibition, the first five albums that Queen released – “Queen”, “Queen II”, “Sheer Heart Attack”, “A Night At The Opera” and “A Day At The Races – will be re-mastered and re-packaged into special deluxe album formats. From the pure raw rock of “Queen” through to the majestic anthems on “A Day At The Races”, the first five albums highlight the diverse talent, musical ambition and already global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time. The remainder of the band’s incredible catalogue will be released during 2011.

Subsequent to the exhibition there will be a major BBC TV Documentary featuring a rare interview with Roger Taylor and Brian May and many other surprises and releases to come through the rest of the year.
2011 will see filming begin of a major Hollywood movie about Queen, starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury. Acclaimed script writer Peter Morgan (“The Queen”,” Frost/Nixon” ) is working on the project, which is being produced by GK Films, Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Productions and Queen Films.

After four decades, the collective work of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon continues to resonate around the globe, inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), Axl Rose and Katy Perry through to Dave Grohl. Twenty years after the death of their phenomenal and flamboyant singer, Freddie Mercury remains an icon beyond measure.
Look out for further exciting Queen 40 announcements in 2011.

Official International Queen Fan Club Website gets a redesign

Official International Queen Fan Club Website gets a redesign

The Official International Queen Fan Club website has had a website redesign. In the year which marks the 40th Anniversary of the formation of Queen and the 20th anniversary of the death of front man Freddie Mercury, the decision was made to redesign the Queen Fan Club website. The theme chosen – “Innuendo“.

The Official International Queen Fan Club website represents the official Queen fan club which has been in existence for over 40 years. The Fan club website was set up to cater for the demand for information on Queen. The Official Queen Fan Club organises events for it’s members, including the famous annual Queen Convention which takes place over three days. The Official International Queen Fan Club website is for all Queen fans. The site has details about Queen, Membership information, Queen news, merchandise and much more.

You can also sign up to the “Queen Fan Club’s 26th Annual Convention” on the new site.

Click here to visit the Official International Queen Fan Club

Freddie Mercury’s Montreux Memorial Day

The 8th Freddie Mercury’s Montreux Memorial Day will take place from Friday evening September 3rd until Sunday afternoon 5th September.

Norbert from montreuxmusic.com sent the following message about this celebration of Freddie’s Birthday.

Same format as last year. It will be FREE. Come over and enjoy a fantastic week-end. Peter Freestone will open the event under the market place. We have secured the presence of « The Barcelona Project » from Norway. Just imagine about 35 singers and musicians on stage performing a few meters away from Freddie’s statue or ‘Dragon Attack’ the Italian Queen coverband live next to Freddie’s statue with a unique show. Queen Alive are back for the second time and The Royal Squeeze Box from Germany will assurely blow your mind! To close the event, Lucie Halamikova with her keyboard will perform some less well known Queen songs by the statue where a few stalls will be installed and serve drinks and food to all fans. You will be able to take boat trips to the Lake House or ‘Tea at the Palace’ ‘with Peter Freestone.

All details are on www.montreuxmusic.com and we hope to meet you from all over the world.

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Freddie Mercury: Freddie For A Day 2010 – September 3, 2010

Are you Ready to Be Freddie for a Day on September 3, 2010?

Have you ever wanted to be Freddie for a day? Freddie For A Day is a celebration of the life of on Mr. Freddie Mercury. This year The Freddie for a Day 2010 celebration takes place on September 3rd, 2 days before his birthday (September 5th).

“Freddie for a Day” is meant to engage people in a fun way to remember Freddie, but will also help raise funds to support the fight against HIV AIDS. The funds will help the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which is a HIV AIDS charitable organisation set up in Freddie’s memory after his passing almost 20 years ago.

How do you help? How can you be Freddie for a Day?
Simply dress up as “Freddie For A Day”, put in curlers and get a hoover, or grow a mustache and put on your best leather gear and get your friends and family to sponsor you!

For full details on how to be “Freddie For A Day 2010” and raise money for HIV AIDS, visit www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

Planet Rock’s Greatest Queen Track Ever

What is the Greatest Queen Track Ever?

If you have digital radio then I;m sure you know of Planet Rock (channel 919 on UPC/NTL in Ireland)
They are playing a special programme entitled “THE GREATEST QUEEN TRACK…EVER
The “Greatest Queen Track Ever” program is taking place on Saturday 28th November at 7pm (Repeated Thursday 3rd December at 7pm)

Culminating their “Queen month” on Planet Rock, they are playing the greatest “Queen track ever” as voted for by the Planet Rock listeners.

Tune in to see if your favourite made the grade in the Greatest Queen Track poll. Check our Planet Rock on-line … If you have never tuned in, you will certainly start listing from here on, as its a great radio station!

You can link to Planet Rock Radio via the link below to find out your favourite song was in the Greatest Queen Track poll.

Link : http://www.planetrock.com/

Planet Rock radio is a UK based digital rock radio station. Planet Rock Radio is owned by Bauer Radio. The Planet Rock station broadcasts classic rock music from the 1960s onwards and has won a Sony Award five times. There are apps where you can listen to the station however it’s normal that only UK residents will have access to their broadcasts.

 

Update – Oct 2021

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Montreux Music Updates – Montserrat Caballe

Montreux Music Updates – Montserrat Caballe

After more than 3 years of contact, we have been able to book Montserrat Caballé for an exceptional event in the afternoon of Sunday, November 22nd, 2009.

This special event has been called “Private Audience” because it is intended for all Freddie fans, Montserrat fans, music fans and for all people who will want to know more about his amazing Diva, her career, her first meeting with Freddie Mercury, where, when, how and why !!

Who better than Peter Freestone would be able to conduct this “Private Audience”? Peter was not only present at most of Freddie and Montserrat’s meetings in Barcelona, Garden Lodge etc but he was the person who introduced Montserrat’s voice to Freddie!

Do not miss this once in a lifetime occasion. This kind of meeting has never been done before!
Discover the supporting act: MTF (Montreux Tribute to Freddie). A band of young musicians from Lausanne who gave an amazing performance at our annual “Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day” in 2008. Their own version of Freddie’s music with strings, piano and voices. You will be amazed. Book the date and book your ticket right now! See you all soon in Montreux.

Please check the website montreuxmusic.com for all details about those programs.

montreuxmusic.com Montserrat Caballé Special Event