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

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 - 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.

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

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

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.

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, 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

Stormtroopers in Stilettos Update – New Website

In the past few weeks there have been a lot of searches on Shanes Queen Site for an exciting new Queen related exhibition called “Stormtroopers in Stilettos”.

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/

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.

I hope to visit this exhibition and perhaps place some details on this site in early March.

Keep an eye on this site for more details of Stormtroopers in Stilettos.stormtroopers in stilettos exhibition website

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.

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.

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

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
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. 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!

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