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.

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 that you know of, which are not listed on this Interactive Queen Map of London, please do leave a comment or drop me an email.

Click Here to view the Interactive Queen Map of London

The Tribute Bands Section is live again

The Tribute Bands Section is live again

The Tribute Bands Section is Live Once More…

When I moved Shane’s Queen Site from shanemcdonald.org to shanemcdonald.ie 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 57 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, 6 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.

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 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.

Visit https://shanemcdonald.ie/queen/queen-tribute-bands-list/ 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

If you want to see Flash Harry Queen Tribute their upcoming Gigs are listed below.

Friday 16th November
BELFAST – La Mon Hotel, 41 Gransha Road, Comber, BT23 5RF
Helping Hands Masquerade Ball Charity Event
Contact 07889 542960

Sunday 18th November
BELFAST
Stenaline – Belfast-Scotland-Belfast

Saturday 24th November
DERRY/LONDONDERRY
The Cosh Bar, 66 Buncrana Road BT48 0XX

Saturday 1st December
DUBLIN – Tallaght, Ellensborough
Kiltipper Cafe/Bar

Friday 28th December
CO. ANTRIM/DOWN – Lisburn
Island Arts Centre

Saturday 29th December
CO. DOWN – Warrenpoint
Skylite Rooms
02841 753149

Sunday 30th December
CO. WESTMEATH – Mullingar
Arts Centre

Flash Harry’s Official website is at http://www.flash-harry.co.uk/ 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)

Click on an image to view or simply watch the carousel (3 seconds per image)

 

If you like this post or if you have seen Flash Harry Queen Tribute in concert, don’t forget to share to post !

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

Tweet a Celeb about Queen

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 Contacted

Dec 15
Claire Richards
‏@_ClaireRichards

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

10th Dec 2016
@rickygervais

Replied : Somebody to Love

22 Dec

The Ellen Show

No Response Yet

Dec 20

Matthew Perry
@MatthewPerry

No Reply Yet

December 18

Courtney Cox
@CourteneyCox

No Reply Yet

Dec 17th
No Reply yet

Dec 17th

Matt LeBlanc
@Matt_LeBlanc

No Reply Yet

Dec 16

Lisa
@LisaKudrow

No Reply Yet

Dec 13th

Joe Bonamassa

No Response Yet

Dec 12th

Taylor Swift
@taylorswift13

No Reply yet

11th Dec

Katy Perry

No response yet

9th Dec 2016
No reply yet

8th Dec 2016
No reply yet

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

What Queen songs do you want to learn? Learn Queen Songs

What Queen songs do you want to learn? Learn Queen Songs

Do you want to Learn Queen Songs? I will soon launch a Learn to Play Queen section on Shane’s Queen Site, so I’m asking visitors to the site the question “What songs do you want featured on this section?” – If you want to Learn Queen Songs which are the ones you really want to play on piano?

I am taking a shortlist via comments / Tweets or Facebook comments until the new year and after that I will go from there.

If you want to see a certain song featured on the site, so that you can watch and learn to play on Piano or keyboards, please comment your choice below.

The Queen back catalogue is huge, so I will be choosing the shortlist based on its difficulty, how many people want to Learn that Queen Song and also the likelihood that other would be interested in it. In the meantime don’t forget to check out the Queen Chords and Tab section of the site which already has chords to many Queen songs.

Shane Queen Site Redesign – Site gets a brand new look

Shane Queen Site Redesign – Site gets a brand new look

Queen Site Redesign

After a lot of hard work, my Queen site redesign is finished and the site has had its makeover. The Queen site was originally set up in 1999 as a 4-page static website. Over the next 5 years, the Queen site grew to about 20 pages with a few tabs on the site. In 2004 the site got a new server on queen.shanemcdonald.org and it was extended to over 100 pages. Back in those days, all the pages were coded by hand, there was no such thing as content management software or WordPress.

As time went on the site was managed and updated fairly regularly until about 2011 when I updated the site when I could. Then in June 2013, Google started introducing SEO penalties for sites which were not mobile compliant – which mine was not. Therefore I knew I had to update the site.

I started work in May 2016, getting the site architecture mapped out and trying to create a design with worked for the site. I was hoping to launch the site prior to 24th Nov but it would not have looked as well as possible.

I hope you enjoy the new Queen Site Redesign and if you have any comments or suggestions please feel free to make a comment or drop me an email.

I hope to include a number of new sections such as a full Queen album discography, a list of Queen Tribute Bands, a full list of relevant Queen links such as fan sites and social media groups. The Queen polls and the interactive nature of Shane’s Queen Site will also be addressed, as these will be reintroduced to the site.

If there are any elements of the website which you, as a Queen fan, would like to see, please do let me know.

Thanks for visiting Shane’s Queen Site

New Link – Queen Tribute Band QEII

New Link – Queen Tribute Band QEII

I have just added Queen Tribute Band QEII to the website under the List of Queen Tribute Bands

Their link on my site is listed by clicking here or you might want to visit their website at http://www.qeii.net/

Queen Tribute Band QEII

About QE II Queen Tribute Band

Based in Stoke on Trent in the UK, this Queen Tribute band have over 20 years experience, the QE2 Queen Tribute band aim to recreate, with breathtaking accuracy, the style and excitement of the famous Queen Concerts.

The Queen Tribute QE2 aim to celebrate the back catalogue of Queen. They are a very accurate band and I have viewed their versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and also Tie your Mother Down and they are really good.

New Link – Tribute Band – Celebrating Queen

Celebrating Queen Tribute Band

I have just added a new tribute band to the List of Queen Tribute Bands on Shane’s Queen Site.

Celebrating Queen is the new band which was added.  The Celebrating Queen Tribute Band are a theatre style tribute band playing tribute to pure rock royalty. Yes…Queen. We celebrate the work, music, and magic of the band itself and promote the benefits of singing. Come out and see a show darlings! Let them entertain you, and I’m sure they will!

Visit the Celebrating Queen facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/celebratingqueen/ or their website at http://celebratingqueen.com/

You can check out their website at and some of their performance videos are linked below.

Celebrating Queen, Tribute Band Videos

http://youtu.be/yJVtA4rtKPw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW_DrKhg-rc&list=PL7760BA7292732E46&index=10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFp6AZ67Bhk&list=PL7760BA7292732E46

http://youtu.be/amNm1kbe4aM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBCUj0LM6bM&feature=youtu.be

Top 25 Queen Songs as Voted by you in 2011

Top 25 Queen Songs as Voted by you in 2011

Top 25 Queen Songs 2011 as Voted by You

On Shane’s Queen Site I have been running a poll to find your favourite Queen song. This poll has been running since 2005 and this year’s results are in. These are the Top 25 Queen Songs 2011 as voted but the visitors to this website. 

There are few surprises in that Bohemian Rhapsody is the Number 1 song again this year with Somebody to Love and Don’t Stop me now in 2nd and 3rd place. The poll was conducted from Jan 1st 2011 to Dec 31st 2011 with 200 Queen songs in the list.

The full result of the Top 25 Queen Songs Poll are as follows;

#SongVotes %
1Bohemian Rhapsody10.30%
2Somebody To Love3.45%
3Don’t Stop Me Now3.42%
4The Show Must Go On3.01%
5We Are The Champions2.94%
6Another One Bites The Dust2.91%
7Love Of My Life2.53%
8Innuendo2.49%
9A Kind Of Magic2.39%
10Nevermore2.15%
11Crazy Little Thing Called Love2.08%
12392.05%
13March Of The Black Queen, The2.01%
14Killer Queen1.84%
15We Will Rock You1.74%
16Who Wants To Live Forever1.61%
17Under Pressure1.44%
18I Want to Break Free1.37%
19Fat Bottomed Girls1.33%
20Tie Your Mother Down1.31%
21Radio Ga-Ga1.26%
22Seven Seas Of Rhye…1.25%
23Death On Two Legs1.09%
24Hammer to Fall1.09%
25A Winter’s Tale1.06%

I will be making a slight change to the Top Queen Song voting system this year which will run from Feb – Nov 2012 and a final vote in December 2012.

Bohemian Rhapsody Cover - Best Queen Song Voted 2011

Winners of Queen Unseen by Peter Hince

Queen Unseen - My life with the Great Rock Band of the 20th Century - by Peter Ratty HinceThe new Queen book, “Queen Unseen” by Queen Roadie, Peter Hince, has hit the shops… but over the past few weeks, I have had 2 copies of “Queen Unseen” to be won on Shane’s Queen Site.

The winners were selected over the past 24 hours – in the interest of fairness I asked a 3rd party to select a short list of 3 and the final winners were selected from this list.

I am delighted to announce that the Winners of the copies of the book are…..

Donna Standridge and Ryan Cregan

Congratulations and thank you to all who took part. I will be in touch by email with the winners in the coming week.

The Queen Unseen book covers all the areas that were relevant in Queen’s working life, during Peter Hince’s time as Queen’s longest-serving roadie and head of their crew. There’s lots of new material and surprises for Queen fans and it is a book to interest anybody who likes stories of rock and roll life in the 1970s & 1980s. Many Thanks to the Author Peter Hince and John Blake Publishing for organising the copies for this competition.

A review of this book is available on Shanes Queen Site  – Click Here to read the Book Review of Queen Unseen

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