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Heading to a Biker Festival in Florida – Free Queen Concert

Heading to a Biker Festival in Florida – Free Queen Concert

I will be heading to Florida on 14th October with Celebrating Queen for two shows. The main show is a Headline slot at the Cotee River Bike Fest. If you are looking for a Free Queen Concert then that’s the place to be on 14th. The Cotee Bike Festival has Tons of Pre-Owned Bikes, Live Music on Multiple Stages, a Large Bike Show, a number of Food and Beverage Vendors, and a lot more to enjoy. 

Cotee River Bike Fest, Florida

Founded in 2005, the Cotee Bike Fest takes place over 3 days in mid-October in the City of New Port Richey. The downtown streets of New Port Richey are blocked off to everything except motorcycles during the Cotee River Bike Fest. It is a biker festival full of fun and many are there to compete in over 20 classes of bike shows which are held on Saturday and Sunday.  There are two separate stages and many different style bands will be performing including ourselves, with, Celebrating Queen which, if you are in the area will be a Free Queen Concert. The bands will certainly keep the bike festival energy high, providing the perfect backdrop as you admire the gleaming rows of bikes lining the streets.

Freddie Show – Punta Gorda

After we play the headline slot at the Cotee River Bike Fest, we then bring the 3-man show “Freddie: Songs of a Legend” to Punta Gorda, and the venue this time is Cass Cay. We performed this show back in January for the first time at this location and it went down a storm. So if you are in the area and you want to hear some classic Freddie songs and a few deep cuts then come along to Cass Cay in Punta Gorda on 17th October for a great night.

At the moment that is all I have on the books but I may hear of a New Year’s gig very soon.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Facebook. Instagram and YouTube channels for more information on these and much more. If you are based in Florida and want to attend a Free Queen Concert, then come along to the Cotee River Bike Fest on 14th October.

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 !



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.

Somebody to Love Piano Tutorial

Somebody to Love Piano Tutorial

My 100th YouTube video is now online. It is a video on How to Play Somebody to Love on Piano. The Somebody to Love Piano Tutorial took a bit of work to get done – a busy few weeks and getting time to record was difficult, but I’m glad it is done as it is a song that I love to play and which is also one which I am sure many people will want to learn. I have many more Queen songs already covered and these are on this site under the ‘How to Play Queen‘ songs section.

Keys to Learning Somebody to Love

If you plan on learning Somebody to Love then you have to remember a few things.

  1. The song is written in 6/8 time, so the beat is at the start on the ONE … thus; ONE 2 3 4 5 6   ONE 2 3 4 5 6  etc
  2. The song is in Ab – this can be a tricky key to play in so you may need to practice your Db, Eb, Fm, Fm7, Bb7, Ab, Gb chords in order to play this song smoothly
  3. Your timing will be important when playing this live, you are very much at the whim of the person on vocals for the intro and after the acappella section (unless of course, you are using a click track)
  4. Take a look at the album version and also the live version and see which version you prefer – always good to challenge the norm
  5. Learn the chords by heart – it’s a tricky song so if you know the chords in your head you can enjoy the song better when playing it on piano.
    The chords are displayed on the video – check out the section of the video where the cover version is played.

Watch the Somebody to Love Piano Tutorial

If you want to watch the video you can visit the Shane’s Queen Site YouTube Channel at or you can scroll to the end of this page where the video is embedded.

About Somebody to Love

“Somebody to Love” is a popular song by Queen, released in 1976. It was written by lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and the song conveys a universal longing for companionship and love. It begins with a soulful piano intro, leading into a powerful vocal performance by Mercury.

The lyrics express a deep yearning for someone to share life’s joys and sorrows with, someone to understand and support the singer. The song’s gospel-inspired harmonies and dynamic instrumentation add to its emotional impact, creating a sense of longing and desperation. The iconic chorus captures the essence of the song, with Mercury’s impassioned vocals pleading for the key lyric “Somebody to Love”.

Somebody to Love is a testament to Queen’s ability to blend rock with elements of gospel and soul, showcasing their versatility as a band. Freddie really liked Aretha Franklyn and I believe the song is both a tribute to her and also Freddie’s wish to create something along the gospel lines/style. The song’s universal theme and heartfelt delivery continue to resonate with listeners, making it an enduring anthem for those in search of love and connection.

Freddie actually said that he thought it was a better-written song than Bohemian Rhapsody.

Somebody to Love Piano Tutorial Video on YouTube

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Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Tutorials

Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Tutorials

All 3 sections of the song Bohemian Rhapsody have been broken down and are now available as piano tutorials on my YouTube channel. If you want to know How to Play Bohemian Rhapsody then you can visit the Shane’s Queen Site YouTube channel and review and learn all 3 sections of this classic song. The Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Tutorial videos have 2 parts ; the first part has a slowed down fully explained walkthrough the song and then in the second part there is a full cover with the chords of Bohemian Rhapsody displayed on screen so that you can play along.

Bohemian Rhapsody Tutorial Section 1 (Intro Section)

This is everything from the start of the song, through the guitar solo and ends at the start of the opera section.

Tutorial Section 2 (Opera Section)

This is the iconic Opera Section of Bohemian Rhapsody and is a tricky section to master as there are a number of chords that occur in quick succession with no real logic as to their appearance. This section ends at the start of the hard rock section.

Tutorial Section 3 (Rock Section)

This is everything from the rock section to the end of the song. Not a particularly tough section to master, the hardest part of this section is the Bb bass run which occurs in the left hand and can be tricky to get right … even for the seasoned player.

If you have any questions about How to Play Bohemian Rhapsody on Piano please do drop a comment on this post.

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I will be doing more piano tutorials in the coming months but I do hope that you enjoy the Bohemian Rhapsody Piano Tutorials. Don’t forget the Bohemian Rhapsody Chords are available on the Chords & Tab section of this website if you just want to review the music.

My Next Performances with Celebrating Queen

My Next Performances with Celebrating Queen

I’m delighted to be traveling again to meet up with the Celebrating Queen band. The following are the dates in the next few months where the Celebrating Queen band are going to be performing and below I have outlined my Next Performances with Celebrating Queen.

Murphy Maize Days Festival on Saturday September 24th 2022.

We will be headlinging the 13th annual Murphy Maize Days Festival which is held in Murphy, located midway between Plano and Wylie and event is a FREE festival open to all. So if you are a Queen fan in Dallas we would love to see you there. If you are coming to the Murphy Maize Days festival please leave a comment below and I hope to see you there.

The location of the festival is Murphy Central which is at 550 N. Murphy Road Murphy, TX 75094). You can join the festivities from midday to 9:45pm. Our band, Celebrating Queen goes on stage around 8pm so don’t miss 90 minutes of Queen hits ! There will also be other live music all day, great food from local restaurants and caterers, drinks, market vendors, a wonderful fun kid zone, and much more!

To find out more about the festival, the schedule and what to expect you can visit the official Maize Days Festival website for more information. The website has information on how to get there, parking, vendors and much more – visit for full details.

Miami-Dade Parks’ Love-In at Greynolds Park, Miami on October 16th.

After Texas in September I will be high-tailing it to Florida to perform at the Greynolds Park Love-in. This festival is steeped in music history and as far as I know The Grateful Dead apparently played in this park at a similar festival on April 14, 1968. This festival is a real excuse to step back in time to the ‘60s, ’70s and ‘80s with a full day of great food, fun attractions, tasty food and of course live concerts and that of course includes ourselves. We are honored to be headlining at the Love-In this year and it’s the first time I’ve had 2 headlinging events in the same year.

If you are going to the Love-in at Greynolds Park Miami, or the Murphy Maize Days Festival above please leave a comment below and perhaps I might see you at one my Next Performances with Celebrating Queen.

Murphy Maize Days Festival, Murphy, Texas
New Section – Queen Songs Written By each Queen Member

New Section – Queen Songs Written By each Queen Member

New Section – Queen Songs Written By each Queen Member

I have added a new section to the site which discusses “Queen Songs Written By each Queen Member” thus highlighting the contribution each Queen member made to the songwriting for the band Queen. This list of songs only relates to Queen songs written by those band members and is on the back of the existing A-Z of Queen songs which is on the site.

Queen are quite unique in music circles in that each member of the band has written a Top 5 hit. Freddie wrote Bohemian Rhapsody, John wrote Another one Bites the Dust, Brian wrote Now I’m Here and Roger wrote Innuendo, but there are a number of songs which you may not know who wrote them, so I did some research and I have now documented the songs and the writers.

The interesting thing is that around 1986 Queen started writing as Queen and not as individuals, and example of an early song credited to Queen was ‘One Vision’, I’m sure you can recall the video where you see Queen writing the song in the studio. In the past every member became very precious about having their song on an album, but by writing as Queen it made the song writing process better. Brian May actually said that he didn’t know why they didn’t do it year before.

There are certain Queen songs and I alwasy forget who actuallywrote them, for example Save Me is always a song I attribute to Freddie but it was actually written by Brian May (obvious when you hear the piano playing). Likewise when ever I heard the song Get Down Make Love, because it has such a big bass riff, I think it was John Deacon who wrote it, but it was actually Freddie Mercury who penned that track.

So if you want to know Who wrote which Queen song, then the links to the Queen Songs Written By each Queen Member sections are below.

Queen Songs written by Freddie Mercury

Queen Songs written by Brian May

Queen Songs written by John Deacon

Queen Songs written by Roger Taylor

These pages are quite new and are difficult to research and compile so if you spot any anomalies or errors please do let me know at


The above list of Queen songs written by each memeber came in very handy for me because I was trying to compile a list of all the songs Freddie wrote. Why you might ask? Because I’m putting together a setlist for a Freddie show which is part of the Celebrating Queen Tribute Band … watch out for our dates in late 2021 and 2022 !
The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed

The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed

What is The Best song on Queen II

The Best Song on the Queen II Album is Revealed after 1,998 votes were cast in the Queen II Champions of Queen League.

Since late November 2020 I have been running the Queen II Champions of Queen League, with the goal of finding out what the public think is the best song on Queen’s second album. In total 1,998 votes were cast between the Shane’s Queen Site website and the associated Twitter Account @shanesqueensite.

Because there were 11 songs on the album, an odd number, one song in each round got a ‘bye’ and was not included in that rounds polls.

The content on the album is so strong that it was hard to sometimes decide which was the better song. How can you decide between Ogre Battle and White Queen or Fairyfellers Master Stroke and Seven Seas of Rhye? The voting public really wanted to share their views, considering the Queen I vote got 1,451 votes the voting strength was very much increased in this round.

The final Champions of Queen League is shown below as is the review video on my Shane’s Queen Site YouTube Channel.


Please Join in with the Sheer Heart Attack polls which will run from the 15th February via the website and Twitter – Click here to visit the main Champions of Queen League page

Queen II - Best song on Queen II Album

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Recent YouTube Videos from Shane’s Queen Site

Recent YouTube Videos from Shane’s Queen Site

These are some Recent YouTube Videos from Shane’s Queen Site

In the past few weeks I have added some Shane’s Queen Site YouTube videos which include Piano Tutorials, Covers, and Backing Tracks. I have a few of these listed below incase you missed them.

How to Play ‘I Want to Break Free’ – Full Song

This has been requested a few times so I decided to spend some time and do a decent video showing the intro, verse, solo and bridge for the song.  Each section is broken down and explained. The end of the song has the top down view of how to play the full song from start to finish. 

How to Play “Seven Seas of Rhye” – Full Song

This is one of the signature pieces which Freddie loved to play, you may recall his fast fingers of the Wembley concert. Here, as usual, I break the song into intro, verse, bridge, instrumental and final verse / fade out. The end of the song has the full song played at tempo from start to finish.

Under Pressure Cover by Celebrating Queen

This cover is from the Queen tribute band Celebrating Queen , and I am delighted to be keyboard player in this fantastic band.

This is the cover of under pressure by celebrating Queen recorded between Budapest, Las Vegas and myself here in Waterford Ireland.

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The Shane’s Queen Site YouTube is designed to bring you the very best Queen information on that channel. I mainly do Queen Piano Tutorials but I also do some music and general videos as well as synth rundowns etc. In 2022 I will be bringing you on tour as I join the Celebrating Queen Tribute Band in the USA. So you can come behind the scenes with me as I perform my role as Celebrating Queen Keyboardist and Musical Director. So click the link below and subscribe to Shane’s Queen Site on YouTube.

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Save Me Cover version with Musicians from around the World

Save Me Cover version with Musicians from around the World

I was recently contacted by Daniel Guerrero a guitarist from Argentina asking if I could provide the piano track for a cover of the Queen song “Save Me” from the 1980 album The Game.
This was to be a multi-country virtual cover of this amazing Queen song. It was the first collaboration where I was able to use the new Korg Kronos which I got in October.

Save Me is one of the pieces of Queen which I learned first so I know it really well, thus, doing this cover was easy for me to record.

I actually used the on-board sequencer on the Korg Kronos to add the haunting pad which you can hear just before and slightly during the guitar solo. The rest of the song is fairly simple, a typical piece of piano from Brian May, sounds amazing with all his flair on the piano but it’s not that difficult. There is a delicious chord sequence which I really enjoy playing in the second verse, just between the lines ‘The Slate will soon be clean’ and “I’ll erase the memories’ – it is the sequence   Em7    D/F#   G   and Brian plays this wonderfully, I then mirror this passage in the final piece.

I hear remnants of ‘Save Me’ in ‘Too Much Love will Kill You’, maybe it’s just because I love playing both pieces but I do like Brian’s style when playing piano. Anyway, the cover version of Save Me is below if you wiah to take a listen.

The musicians on this cover version of Save Me are as follows;

Daniel Guerrero; Argentina – Guitar
Shane McDonald ; Ireland – Piano
Yvan Pedneault ; Canada – Vocal
Sebastian Poitevin ; France – Drum
Young Seok Moon ; South Korea – Bass

The final output and final video of this cover is below if you wish to take a look – or to vuew on YouTube visit

I really enjoyed the experience and working with other international musicians on this project.

Thanks guys for an awesome job !

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Shane McDonald – keyboardist with Queen Tribute Band, Celebrating Queen

Shane McDonald – keyboardist with Queen Tribute Band, Celebrating Queen

New role as Keyboardist with Queen Tribute Band, Celebrating Queen

I’m delighted to announce that I am now the Celebrating Queen keyboardist / musical director with the US based Queen Tribute act, ‘ Celebrating Queen’. The band ‘Celebrating Queen’ have many years experience in entertaining audiences with a powerful show both in the USA and Europe. The band are currently booking for 2021 shows, such as festivals, events and custom venues.

I have been playing Queen’s music for many years, and since 1993, I have been disecting the Queen songs and getting into the intricacies of each piece. This opportunity is a real dream come true for me, as it has been something which I have always wanted to do.

As it stands we now wait for the covid pandemic to ease so that concert dates in 2021 can be booked and actually fulfilled. For more details on booking Celebrating Queen please visit Celebrating Queen .com the website for this great Queen Tribute Band !

The setlist of the band is varied, including all the Greatest Hits as well as deep cuts like March of the Black Queen, Stone Cold Crazy and Death on Two Legs.

So from here, mid-pandemic October 2020 it’s just a waiting game until such time as we know if concert dates can be booked. I hope you will join me on the journey and I will keep you updated on tour dates and any venues that are booked. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook via the links below.

I cannot express how happy I am to be a Queen Tribute Band keyboardist , a dream come true for me!  It’s sure to be an exciting time and I will upload as much detail on this site as is possible.

Hope to see you somewhere on the road in 2022 !!


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Follow my YouTube channel, as I will bring you behind the scenes as I go on tour with Celebrating Queen in the USA and Europe. The link is below – so please subscribe to the YouTube channel for this and more…

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Some Queen items for Sale

Some Queen items for Sale

Some Queen related items for Sale in the Online Store

I have some items for sale in a new section of the site which Queen fans might be interested in. A Brian May Effects pedal and also some sixpences which guitarists may like to get hold of as that is what Brian uses as a plectrum.

The Brian May Guitar Effects Pedal

The Digitech Brian May guitar effects pedal helps you to achieve the distinctive Brian May Sound. this Digitech pedal models seven of the signature sounds that Brian May produced while playing with Queen, plus there are variations of those sounds, e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody solo and Heavy etc. You can recreate Brian May’s Red Special guitar sound with this pedal. This Digitech Brian May effects pedal is very much sought after and I believe it is discontinued. It is a hard to find model and I’m sure a guitarist who wants to recreate the Queen sound will want such a great effects pedal in his or her gear setup.

The DigiTech Brian May pedal features 7 control knobs including Gain, Level, Treble, Bass, Control, Guitar, and Model so the pedal lets you dial in the exact tone.

The songs / tones you can recreate include;

Keep Yourself Alive (2 tones)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2 tones)
Tie Your Mother Down (2 tones)
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions
Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2 tones)
Wembley version of his “Brighton Rock Solo” (2 tones)
Deacy amp tone from “A Winter’s Tale.” (2 tones)
This product includes;

a Brian May Black signature gig bag
a power supply
2 English sixpence pieces for use a plectrums (as per Brian)
Original Instruction book.
Weight 3.4lbs.


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The British Sixpece Piece

The British sixpence has a nice serrated edge and Brian may uses this to create his distinctive guitar sound.

Brian May started playing with a British sixpence coin after experimenting with a few different types of plectrum all with different widtgs and gauges.
He settled on using a coin, specifically the sixpence, because he said he had “total contact with the strings”, plus the serration added a new type of sound which a plectrum could not give.

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I may have some more items to add to the store in the coming weeks so stay tuned… I will only be listing items of interest to Queen fans.

Note – some of the Queen Items for Sale have sold out

As of october 2021 the Digitech Guitar Pedal has sold – however I will have my second pedal for sale in February 2022 so please stay tuned and bookmark Shane’s Queen Site.

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Tweet a Celeb about Queen #AskACelebAboutQueen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen #AskACelebAboutQueen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

This is a new feature called ‘Tweet a Celeb about Queen’ which I am going to run on an ongoing basis. It is exactly what it sounds like. I will tweet a celeb, ask if they are a Queen fan and what their favourite track is. I will then outline on this post who I tweeted and what the reply was. 

If you have any suggestions for which celebrities I should Tweet please comment below or send me a Tweet @ShanesQueenSite 

Current Celebs Who Replied

Apr 13 2020
Perez Hilton

Replying to @shanesqueensite
I don’t know if I can pick ONE. But, much like Madonna’s “Holiday”, I have a chemical reaction whenever I hear “Bohemia Rhapsody”.


Jan 29, 2020
James Corden

Replying to @shanesqueensite Is this the world we created. 

Jan 14, 2020
Matt Lucas

Replying to @shanesqueensite changes by the hour

Nov 20 2017
Ryan Van Poederooyen‏
Replied : Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.

Dec 15 2016
Claire Richards ‏
Replied: Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016
Ricky Gervais
Replied : Somebody to Love

Current Celebs Contacted

Dec 15
Claire Richards

Who wants to live forever! Or under pressure? Or even don’t stop me now?

10th Dec 2016

Replied : Somebody to Love

22 Dec

The Ellen Show

No Response Yet

Dec 20

Matthew Perry

No Reply Yet

December 18

Courtney Cox

No Reply Yet

Dec 17th
No Reply yet
Dec 17th

Matt LeBlanc

No Reply Yet

Dec 16


No Reply Yet

Dec 13th

Joe Bonamassa

No Response Yet

Dec 12th

Taylor Swift

No Reply yet

11th Dec

Katy Perry

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9th Dec 2016
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8th Dec 2016
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Ryan Van Poederooyen‏ @rvanpoederooyen    Nov 20 2017
Love Queen. Grew up listening to them as my parents were fans. To answer your question… My fave tune by them is ‘Tie Your Mother Down’.
Jimmy Fallon

No Response Yet

Perez  @ThePerezHilton

Apr 13
Replying to @shanesqueensite

I don’t know if I can pick ONE. But, much like Madonna’s “Holiday”, I have a chemical reaction whenever I hear “Bohemia Rhapsody”.

RealMattLucas @RealMattLucas

Replying to @shanesqueensite

changes by the hour

2:25 AM · Jan 14, 2020

James Corden @JKCorden

Replying to @shanesqueensite

Is this the world we created.

11:26 PM · Jan 29, 2020

Keyboard Playing during Queen Guitar Songs and more…? : Visitor Query

Keyboard Playing during Queen Guitar Songs and more…? : Visitor Query

I always like getting emails, tweets and messages and during the week I got a Facebook Query from Ash in Wales asking some excellent questions about Queen songs. I have placed the answers here in case anyone else has the same queries about playing keyboards to Queen Songs. If you have any follow-up queries on this topic please leave a comment below. 

During the Queen Guitar Songs, what should you be playing on Keyboards? e.g. Hammer to Fall?

Hammer to fall, actually does have a keyboard part, which is about 53 seconds into the piece – I believe Queen called it ‘candyfloss piano’. It’s basically chords starting with A   D/A   A  D/A   A  D/A   E/A   A  … so really Hammer To Fall doesn’t fall in to the category of a Queen guitar-only song , i.e. one with no arranged Keyboard parts, however if you look at a song like Tie Your Mother Down, that song is 100% guitar on the album track. So, what would you do for Keyboard Playing in that case? For something like Tie Your Mother Down, which is also in the key of A, you could use an Analog Synth Pad with a decent attack, or indeed a Rock Organ Sound. Take a look at Tie Your Mother Down from the Wembley ’86 concert, I’m sure Spike Edney is adding some level of keys during that song. Watching Live Queen Concerts is also another way to find out questions like ‘What did Queen do in this case’, because in the studio you can layer but live you only have Freddie, John, Roger and Brian and in the mid 80s Spike joined, so you look at what was used here.

What you would want here is to fill out the sound while remaining in the background a small bit, and the keys would also support the guitarist while the solo is progressing, so that the signature chord progression is still in action.

If you are a casual player and just want to accompany the album tracks on keyboard, there is certainly no harm in looking at the chords of the songs and playing along. You will find that you will get your own feel for what you can do with each song. So if you were looking at Keep Yourself Alive, which has no keyboards, you might just play Octaved 5th chords on a low register piano sound to create a support for the bass line, or, White Man you could do a Spacey Pad which would add to the ethereal mood of the song. Look at the song, see what instruments your synth or keyboard offer you and see where those might fit. You could also look into purchasing the ‘Off The Record’ music books which transcribes in much detail, the keyboard tracks for each song.

Remember sometimes Not Playing in a section can be important too! Don’t feel you have to fill every bar with an instrument. For example, Now I’m Here is a mainly guitar song and if you filled that song my have the Keyboard Playing all the way through the dynamics of the song would be thrown off a bit much.


What Sounds Should you Use on a Synth or Keyboard when playing along to a track?

Sometimes this is obvious, e.g. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ / ‘Somebody to Love’ will always be piano. But for something like ‘Son and Daughter’ you could look at other tracks written around the time and perhaps a Rock Organ might fit well with the proggy style sound of the first 2 albums. For a more modern song like ‘Radio Ga Ga’, they were using synths such as the Roland Jupiter-8 which created the arpeggio Bass Line, and for the higher keys part it’s almost like a Bells sound, so I would look for a patch on your keyboard which has a pad/bells sound or if you don’t have that, you could use an electric piano with some extra chorus or reverb depending on what you have available.

Really when you pull a song apart you need to listen to what is being played, perhaps search google for ‘Queen Radio Ga Ga Keyboard Only’ as there are some tracks out there which only have the keyboard tracks and you get to hear what is really being played.

I will do a version of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ very soon amd will place it on to my YouTube Channel at and this will show the instrument used and also how I incorporate a little of the bass line after the chorus, so you can do a little mixing and matching to suit your style.


If you can only play chords with 3 fingers, how do you play more complex chords such as 7th chords?

This is tricky ok, but 7th chords are really there as a further embellishment to make the sound of the chord fuller and normally the 7th chords will allow a transition into a certain other chord – i.e. you just don’t start using 7ths for the sake of it. They are an important link-pin in the architecture of the song. If you can only play 3 notes of the chord, and you want to play the 7th, you have 2 options.

So, if you look at the chord C7 which is C E G Bb you could

(a) Play  E G Bb  or  Bb C E  or  G Bb C  so you have the 7th note , the Bb, incorporated.


(b) if you had a sustain pedal, you could play the chord  C E G  and then incorporate the Bb almost like a run-on arpeggio so you play  C E G  (sustain pedal down) and then  E G Bb  and you get to hear the full C7 chord and nobody is the wiser.

Again, it is understanding why the specific chord is used and which note in the chord is making this work for the song. You can see this in action if you look at for example “Doin’ All Right” where the chords are
E   F#m/E   Emaj7   F#m/E
(NOTE: EMaj7 which is D# E  B in this case … you can omit the G# note as it’s not played)
… so if you were to play E   F#m/E    Emaj    F#m/E  (so you are not playing the EMaj7)
You can very plainly hear that the D# is very important in the tone or the feeling at that chord progression.


Some Software Tools to help during LockDown

Finally, if you do want to play around with Bass Notes and building up Chords a Good iPhone app is Acapella. It has been used by many on YouTube and allows you to record yourself playing one track and then build up your track with more and more layers. The link is below

‎Acapella from PicPlayPost


Any Other Questions

If you don’t know me, I’m a Queen Keyboardist and I run this site with the aim of helping those know more about Queen, Queen’s music and I love giving tips on How to Play Queen songs.
If you have any Keyboard Playing questions please do leave them in the comments below and I will either answer your comment or update the post.

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Shane’s Queen Site joins in Brian May #JamWithBri MicroConcerts

Shane’s Queen Site joins in Brian May #JamWithBri MicroConcerts

The #JamWithBri MicroConcerts from Brian May

As you may know, Brian May is doing some MicroConcerts during lockdown under the hashtag #JamWithBri. These are live played snippets or full songs played on his Red Special guitar from his living room in Kensington. Brian May is aware that lockdown can be hard and his briallian Instagram feed has been updated every week, sometimes a few times per week, with a song. So I decided to add keyboards to these songs where applicable.

Below I have outlined each of the MicroConcert videos and at the end of the post I have outlined the process I use to record and output these videos, should you wish to do your own versions.

Hammer To Fall – #JamWithBri

This was the first song I did on the #JamWithBri Microconcert. The only problem is that the keyboards don’t really have much of a role in this song. Infact, keyboards don’t come in until 53 seconds have elapsed on the track, and when they do, it’s simple chords of A and D/A, so not really rocket science. But I added those and it was a pleasing enough result in the end and spurred me on to do more. Because Hammer to Fall wasn’t exactly the most challenging or interesting ones, keyboard wise, I didn’t upload that to YouTube but it certainly fired the eagerness to do more.

Bijou – #JamWithBri

This is one overlooked song from the album Innuendo. It’s one which I did an arrangment of back in 2010 and had not played since then. I decided to use a nice soft synth-pad, as close as possible to what was used on the Innuendo album. Brian was doing the fantastic solo parts and I was filling in on the synth as per the album. I think it worked out really well and the video got great responses on my Facebook Page and youTube. The video of the #JamWithBti MicroConcert version of Bijou is shown below.

Love of My Life – #JamWithBri

The version of Love of My Life which I would play when I sti down to a piano is not the version played on A Night at The Opera, instead, I arranged a version which uses the original album version but at the piano solo, I drift into the nice guitar solo which Brian plays live. So I used this to accompany Brian on this version of Love of My Life. If I had my time again I would do two things differently; (a) I would have slightly reduced the piano volume and perhaps compressed it slightly and (b) I would not have played along with Brian’s guitar solo. You can watch the final #JamWithBri version of Love of My Life below.

We are the Champions – #JamWithBri

Of all the videos I have done so far this is my favourite. Brian did this on his own and then Roger joined in on Drums, before Adam added a vocal track, so there are actually 3 versions of the MicroConcert out there. I had already joined in with Brian before Adam completed the Queen+ trio.  Therefore, I decided to do a second version with me doing the Freddie on piano. I really love the way this sounds and so far, this one is my pride and joy. Since they released the We are the Champions on Instagram, Queen have released the track officially as ‘You are the Champions’ in order to raise funds for PPE equipment to help NHS staff helping Covid-19 patients. The ‘You are the Champions’ track is available on Spotify and you can find more information on the Queen Official Instagram page which is also mirrored on Brian and Rogers Instagram accounts.

Please feel free to watch the full version of my #JamWithBri ‘We Are the Champions’ video on YouTube at or you can click the video below.

My Setup

Basically, this is how I record the additions to the #JamWithBri MicroConcerts. I link my Kawai MP9000 digital stage piano and output the audio into garage band while I simultaneously record the video on a Canon DSLR mounted on a tripod and pointed as an overhead camera. Then once I have recorded the audio on GarageBand, as I found Audacity had a 100ms latency for some reason, I output the audio as MP3 and then line the audio and video up in FinalCutPro, and then I mute the camera audio so that the output video only has the pure isolated audio from the piano. Within Final Cut Pro I also take Brian’s Instagram video and splice in my video to create a new #JamWithBri video. I Hope this helps you. If you do create a video please leave a comment with the YouTube link!

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Piano Day 2020 – Queen Medley

Piano Day 2020

Today, March 28th is Piano Day. Piano Day is a worldwide celebration of the piano every 88th day of the year – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The Piano Day website, says that ‘it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” which is actually a quote from Nils Frahm who is a German musician, composer, and record producer based in Berlin. I tend to agree with this quote.

Every year in Waterford for the past few years, through Piano Day Waterford there has been a piano in John Roberts Square where people could come and play. Last year there was even a live stream via a camer on the piano, so people could watch live on Facebook. With the current world-wide Corona Virus Lockdown in place there was no choice but to make this an online only event for 2020. Piano Day Waterford requested that people submit videos which would then be shared during the day. I submitted 2 to the Piano Day Waterford event and I did an extra one for my own use on the day.

Now that Piano Day 2020 is almost over and the videos have been shared, I can inlcude here in one place so you can view them. I hope you enjoy. I have done Love of My Life, Forever and a Queen Medley which is based on suggestions which I got from Twitter followers of my account @shanesqueensite.

The songs are introduced and shown below via the videos on YouTube. Enjoy!

Queen Medley

I asked for suggestions via Twitter on songs to include in a Queen Medley. Within 5 days I got 27 suggestions of songs and I then worked on finding songs which were either in the same key or shared a common chord. I was able to then link songs so that I could do a 4 minute Queen Medley. Considering I only had about 2 hours on the Wednesday and recorded it the next morning I think it came out ok.

Love of My Life

I always enjoy playing this song from A Night at the Opera. My version has the usual classic entrance and structure however at the solo I use Brian’s Guitar style solo as I think it fits well and we all know it from the Queen Concerts anyway.


A beautiful song from A Kind of Magic, Forever is a great song to play. I slightly re-arranged this one also to include those lovely minor chords near the end, Em, Cm, Am, Fm, Dm, Bm, Gm and then back to Em – though not in the version on the album I think it rounds off the song nicely, especially when it resolves through the lovely arpeggio in D before the final E5 chord ends the song. A Masterpiece by Queen.

I really hope you enjoyed these Piano Day songs and hopefully for Piano Day 2021 we will be back doing live performances.

Stay Safe and if you have any Piano Day performances of your own please drop me a line on Twitter @shanesqueensite or drop a comment below.

Coming Soon

As you know Brian May is doing MicroConcerts on Instagram. I am @shanesqueensite on Instagram also but I will be running some MicroConcerts next week. This will be anounced on my facebook page at so if you play guitar, bass, sing or play drums please keep an eye out and I would love for as many people to take part as possible.

New – Interactive map of Queen places to visit in London

New – Interactive map of Queen places to visit in London

New Section – Interactive Queen Map of London

Have you ever been to London and wondered where members of Queen lived or where a certain Queen video was shot. A new section on Shane’s Queen Site, is the Interactive Queen Map of London which is a really useful Interactive map of Queen places to visit in the city where Queen based much of their life.

I have manually verified and linked over 25 locations in London where a Queen related item is of note.

Some of these include the following. The location of;

  • Queen’s first Top of the Pops appearance
  • Freddie Mercurys House at Logan Place
  • We are the Champions video shoot
  • John Deacons Wedding
  • various recording studios where Queen recorded in London
  • Some of the notable filming locations for the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie
  • apartments where Queen lived in their early career
  • The stall where Roger and Freddie sold clothes and art on High Street Kensington
    and many more Queen related locations in the area of London…

So far the Interactive Queen Map of London has proved very popular with over 600 hits in the first 48 hours of the system.

I hope to add even more locations in the coming weeks and my plan is to expand the system further and wider to give a more complete view of Queen related locations in and near London.

If you have any locations for the Interactive map of Queen places to visit that you know of, which are not listed on this Map of Queen locations in London, please do leave a comment or drop me an email.

Click Here to view the Interactive Queen Map of London

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The Tribute Bands Section is live again

The Tribute Bands Section is Live Once More…

When I moved Shane’s Queen Site from to many of the scripts ceased working under the new design. It has taken quite some time to get things back in order but it is happening slowly but surely. I am pleased to announce that the Queen Tribute Bands section is now fully live again on Shane’s Queen Site.

I have painstakingly reviewed and manually updated over 60 different Queen Tribute Acts. Each Queen Tribute band has a screenshot of their website, a brief description of the band, what they do and any important elements which need to be mentioned as well as a link to their website. In some instances, if I know the band or have seen them perform, the descriptive data might include details on band members, gig dates and other information.

Within the Queen Tribute Bands section, there are two from the island of Ireland, namely Qween and Flash Harry, 14 bands from England, 13 from Italy, 7 from the USA, 4 from Australia, 3 from Germany, 2 from Holland, 2 from Brazil, 2 from Canada, 2 from Scandinavia, 2 from Portugal, 1 from Poland, 1 from Belgium and 1 from Argentina.

Because of the fact that I’m based in Ireland, very few international tribute acts visit here, so in effect, the only one of these bands I have seen is Flash Harry and I was hoping to catch Qween when then visited Waterford in March, but things did not work out for me and I missed the gig. Thankfully I later saw Qween in December 2019 and they were excellent.

If there are any Queen tribute acts which I have missed please do let me know. Also, if you are one of the tribute bands lists and wish to enhance your listing, change the text etc, just get in touch and I will be glad to update your section.

This Queen fan site is updated as much as possible, normally once per week I do a few hours in keeping the content fresh, so if there is anything incorrect or if you want your Queen Tribute Band to be added just drop me a line!

The band that I am in is called “Custom160” and we play in the south of Ireland, we do a lot of Queen, so if you see us advertised please come along and say hello. But there may also be news of me playing keyboards with a US based Queen Tribute Band at some point in the coming 12 months so stay tuned for that news.

Visit if you wish to take a look at all the bands in this Queen Tribute Act Section.

Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry – Queen Tribute Band 

Flash Harry are one of the best Queen Tribute bands. I recently saw them at the Academy in Dublin and they rocked the place. They played Queen hit after Queen hit for over 2 hours. My voice was hoarse from all the singing. Plus, as far as I could see the songs were not transposed for ease of singing – the lead singer was simply “doing a Freddie”!

Flash Harry Upcoming Gigs

Check out their website for details


Flash Harry’s Official website is at if you want to learn more.

Photos – The Academy Dublin, 2017

Below, I have some photos from the Flash Harry gig at the Academy in 2017.
(Some harsh lighting but I was shooting without a flash so not to interfere with the show)

Listing on Shane’s Queen Site – see below

Flash Harry Tribute

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