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

Bohemian Rhapsody wins 4 Oscars at the 91st Academy​ Awards

Bohemian Rhapsody wins 4 Oscars at the 91st Academy​ Awards

Bohemian Rhapsody wins a total of Four Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards.

The Queen BioPic Bohemian Rhapsody was the Biggest Winner at the 91st Academy Awards with the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic winning a total of 4 awards – it now has more Oscars than the Godfather.

Rami Malek won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Oscars. He had to contend with a very strong list of contenders for the award. The others in his Oscar category included Christian Bale for Vice, Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book. Having already won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for his leading role in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek was very much the favourite to win.

Prior to Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek was most famous for the interesting portrayal of Elliot Alderson in Mr Robot. The Bohemian Rhapsody movie had a lot of setbacks during its production. Sacha Baron Cohen left the production due to conflict with the remaining Queen band members regarding how the role should be played. Then director Bryan Singer was fired and replaced with Dexter Fletcher.

On release, the Bohemian Rhapsody movie was initially panned by the critics and many said it was a terrible film and did not reflect Freddie Mercury correctly. Even with this, the movie has gone on to have the most amazing box-office success.

Queen At The Oscars

It was a great night at the Oscars because for the first time a rock band opened the show. That band was Queen+ Adam Lambert. They opened with a short version of We Will Rock You closely followed by We Are the Champions. On the Red Carpet, Adam Lambert said that We are the Champions was apt because everyone nominated could consider themselves a champion.

As the Oscars for Bohemian Rhapsody kept coming I don’t think Queen fans could have ever foreseen an event where Queen was so front and centre. On collecting his award Rami Malek said, “I may not have been the obvious choice but I guess it worked out.” It certainly worked out. Bohemian Rhapsody with 4 Oscars and it has 30 of the 59 awards it was nominated for.

So much for the critics who said this movie was not good. There are many reviews from the UK press which have Bohemian Rhapsody as a 1 or 2-star film. Perhaps the age of the movie reviewer is over, they were wrong, Bohemian Rhapsody has earned over $860,000,000* at the box office and has won 4 Oscars, 2 golden globes, 2 BAFTAs and a number of industry awards under its belt.

Critics, You were wrong – go home – the public has spoken, the industry has spoken, Bohemian Rhapsody is the Champion.

* Box-Office data correct at the time of this blog-post, Feb 27th 2019

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.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie gets 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie gets 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie got a total of 5 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role and 3 others oscar nominations.

At the Oscar Nominations event which was held today at 1:30pm GMT the Queen biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ picked up an amazing total of 5 Oscar nominations. The Movie had already collected 2 Golden Globes and 3 Critics Choice Nominations. This fresh set of oscar nominations comes only hours after the movie went on general digital release in the USA​. The movie was initially panned by critics worldwide before the movie was released however as soon as fans got to see it, the movie found a huge swell of support.​ The movie was released on 24th October in the UK and Ireland and it is still showing in most major cinemas. ​​

The movie “The Favourite” starring Olivia Colman and the Netflix’s movie Roma are the leaders in this year’s Oscar race, with a total of 10 nominations each.

The other nominees are the music-oriented “A Star Is Born” which starred Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa, and, “Vice” with 8 Nominations. “Black Panther” becomes the very first Super-Hero movie to be nominated for best picture at the Oscars and it has 7 nominations. The undercover movie “BlacKkKlansman” picks up 6 nominations, followed by a movie you might have heard of called “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book ” which both have 5 nominations.

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Oscar Nominations are as follows;

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Sound Editing
  • Sound Mixing
  • Film Editing

The Oscars take place in the Dolby Theatre on 24th February when we will find out the winners… Here’s Hoping for more Bohemian Rhapsody Movie successes!

Having already won Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards, do you think the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie can win an Oscar? Feel free to leave a comment below!

What is Queen’s Top Voted Song of 2018?

What is Queen’s Top Voted Song of 2018?

A Top Queen Songs Poll was run on this site over the past 12 months. Website visitors were asked to pick from a short list in 6 groups, the top 3 songs from each group then qualified for a final round of voting to determine what is Queen’s Top Voted Song of 2018?

Overall there were over 1,000 votes cast in this Top Queen Songs poll. The IP addresses and cookies limited the possibility of people voting twice. Therefore, I believe that this result stands up in light of what Queen songs visitors to this website prefer. There were over 190 songs I could have chosen for the initial shortlist but I used the results of the 2008 poll, which included this long-list, to prune the initial group stage down to about 50 songs, the final group had about 20.

The results of the Top Queen Songs Poll 2018 

So what is the Top Queen song? Well in reverse order the Top 10 Queen songs as voted by visitors to Shane’s Queen Site are as follows;

5. Innuendo (Innuendo)

4. Love of My Life (A Night at the Opera)

3. The Show Must Go On (Innuendo)

2. Somebody To Love (A Day at the Races)

1. Bohemian Rhapsody (A Night at the Opera)

Not surprisingly Bohemian Rhapsody tops the Top Queen Songs Poll with 15% of the Final Poll vote. This is in line with every previous Top Queen Songs poll which has run on this site since 2006. 60% of the songs were from the 1970s which may show that people tend to enjoy the rock and grandeur of the earlier albums.

Ths Top Queen Songs Poll will be reset in mid-January for 2019 with a new format which will hopefully shed more light on which Queen songs the public like. Don’t forget to bookmark this site and revisit soon to vote in the new Queen poll.

The final poll results are shown below with the percentages of the Top 10.

Bohemian Rhapsody Wins 2 Golden Globes and Oscars are next

Bohemian Rhapsody Wins 2 Golden Globes and Oscars are next

At the Golden Globes last evening Rami Malek won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie also won in the best film drama category.

When accepting his award, Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the biopic, said: “Thank you to Freddie Mercury for giving me the joy of a lifetime. This is for you, gorgeous.”

The Bohemian Rhapsody Movie was a surprise win, as the favourite, A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper​ was​ tipped to win the top award. In fact, A Star is Born had 5 nominations and only went home with one, winning the best song award for Shallow, co-written by Mark Ronson. Bohemian Rhapsody won both awards it was nominated for and now looks towards the Oscars for more potential awards.

The Nominations for the 2019 Oscars will be announced on January 22nd. 

Brian May and Roger Taylor were in attendance at the awards ceremony and I’m sure if Freddie was there it would have been quite a flamboyant affair.

The Bohemian Rhapsody film goes from strength to strength and who knows, the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild award wins may not be the last.

The film is still showing in theatres ad this week, (week starting 7th Jan) in the UK & Ireland there is a sing-a-long version of Bohemian Rhapsody in select cinemas which should be fun for all Queen fans to attend.

If you think that the movie can achieve Oscar success on top of the Golden Globes win, pop a comment below and let us know what you think it could be nominated for in the Oscars.

 

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie Rocks it’s way to Number 1 on the Movie Charts in the UK

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has rocked it’s way to the number 1 spot at the UK box office. The Queen movie ousted the other music film A Star Is Born.

The Bohemian Rhapsody movie opened last week to mixed reviews, with Queen fans loving it and some reviewers and journalists stating that it lacked elements of Freddie’s life which resulted in a whitewashed result. Personally I think the movie was amazing, and as a Queen fan I personally think it delivered what we wanted and more. As I stated in my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, it was overseen by Brian and Roger and therefore it should reflect a truer version of events than if someone else made it.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in the UK and has grossed almost £10m in takings so far. It is sure to break the current biopic record which was Walk the Line, the Johnny Cash movie, which was just under £10.5m.

The Overall Chart shows that Bohemian Rhapsody earned more in one week than Halloween (3rd in the chart) did in 2 weeks and Smallfoot (4th in the chart) did in 3 weeks. Some of the films which are in the charts, such as First Man which only earned £6.5m in 3 weeks, shows how well the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie did in order to come straight in at Number 1 in the Box Office Charts.

Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie

Queen Resurgent due to Bohemian Rhapsody Movie

Since Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie opened in UK cinemas, there has been a huge interest in all things Queen. The Bohemian Rhapsody Original Soundtrack is available in stores and online for download and this has boosted the Queen back catalogue. Remember, the film will open in the USA on 2nd November so more Queen related buzz to come once that happens.

Check the Music Charts and you will see that Queen are certainly riding the crest of the musical wave due to the millions of fans, new fans and non fans (who will soon convert to the Queen side) who are going to see the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie.

 

Queen in the Music Charts because of Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie

If you have not yet seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie then you really should, it is an excellent film and value for your money. You can check my Bohemian Rhapsody Review and don’t forget to leave a rating for the movie if you have seen it.

Bohemian Rhapsody Wins 2 Golden Globes and Oscars are next

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review, Queen BioPic : Movie Review

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review

After much anticipation and waiting, I eventually got to see the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody. My NO SPOILERS Bohemian Rhapsody Movie review is below.

This has been a film I have been waiting to see for over 8 years. In 2010 Brian May hinted that they would be doing a biopic about Queen. It is now here, as Bohemian Rhapsody.

At the cinema where I went to see it, there were people in their 60s, there was a mum and her your 10 year old daughter, there were a group of young boys no older than 12 who came unaccompanied…. basically, Bohemian Rhapsody is attracting an audience of established Queen fans and people who are only now discovering the music of the band we know and love.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a story of Queen… 4 misfits playing for other misfits who feel they don’t belong, the band who played for the outcasts at the back of the room. The movie portrays Love, Tragedy, Joy … and something the people feels belongs to them.

There are going to be no spoilers here until the film is more widely seen as I am aware many Queen fans don’t want the Magic of the movie ruined before everyone has a chance to see it. For now I will describe what I liked about the film.

My Review

The film opens with Freddie walking out onto the stage at Live Aid. The story then goes back to Smile and how Freddie became a singer with Brian and Roger. Now there is a bit of licence taken here, a few things skipped over in the Queen chronology but it works. Even Rami Malek who plays Freddie Mercury admitted that there was some artistic license taken with timelines.

You then see Queen perform songs like Seven Seas of Rhye in the studio. They are playing around with the now famous Queen sound. “We need to get experimental” says Brian.

As the band becomes more famous we see them on Top of the Pops with Killer Queen. Amazingly the recreation of Killer Queen is so exact I had goosebumps. Eventually you see Queen on tour in the USA.

Since this is the Bohemian Rhapsody Movie it would be expected that we spend a good 30 minutes on the recording of this iconic song. It is a very funny section with Roger asking “how many more Gallelios do you want?” and saying “if I go any higher only dogs will hear me”. I’m always looking at musicians to see if they are actually playing the instruments but Rami seems to have been taught which keys to press for Bohemian Rhapsody. The B flat section was correct followed by the Gm etc. So top marks for accuracy to detail.

The USA tours section was well done but I felt the tacky graphics with the town names took a small bit from the overall feeling of the movie. It is only a small thing but they could have done the same thing with road signs , eg. Welcome to Arkansas etc.

I did note that We will Rock you was listed as 1980 on the timeline and Freddie had a moustache which he didn’t have at the time of recording. Again, it’s not a documentary. Brian was recently quoted as saying about the movie that  “it’s a tapestry” so it allows for artistic license.

The Hot Space part of the movie shows cracks and the movie shows more of Freddie’s personal life. There is a bit of time spent in Munich as Freddie records his solo projects.For me this was a bit harder to work as you see Queen starting to rift apart with some influence from Paul Prender. I’m not going to say much more for fear of saying too much about the movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – The Live Aid Sequence

What I will say is that the the Live Aid reconstruction is phenomenal. You get to experience Live Aid almost for real. The camera work is amazing. The band performance is excellent and the emotions run high. I had lumps in the throat and my eyes glassed up with a teary ‘oh my god’ feeling. It is amazing. For me this is The Best Time Travel Experience Ever ! We all have seen the footage of Freddie and Co on stage at Live Aid but to be up there with them is mind blowing.

The casting of Brian May and Freddie Mercury is exactly as you would have expected. Infact, the movie version Brian could be Brian gone back in time, if it was possible. I also think at certain points Rami has become Freddie. Great performance for Rami and co. Lots of nods to familiar things in Queen history.

Overall it’s a fantastic film and a must for every Queen fan. I felt it dropped a small bit in the middle when Freddie ran his house parties but again, it’s part of the actual story of his life. I am not going to give a percentage rating, as every person will get something different from the film. For me it was the musical performances, the humour and seeing the family of Brian, Freddie, Roger and John form and grow Queen.

I hope you enjoyed my Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review and if you have seen it please leave a ‘non spoiler’ comment below and don’t forget to leave your overall rating for Bohemian Rhapsody the Movie.

The Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer is below if you want to wet your appetite (if you have not yet seen it).

The Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack is also available on download, Spotify, vinyl, CD and also a very retro cassette.

Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Review – Official Trailer

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury – Remembered Today

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Today Freddie Mercury would have been 72 years old and would surely have being rocking away, “not bad for 4 aging Queens”.

Today we remember arguably the greatest musical and rock performer who ever lived.

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About Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on small African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. His early school years were spent away from the family as he attended a boarding school in Bombay. Freddie’s father Bomi, was a British diplomat, so they were often moving from one location to another. In 1954, aged only 8 years, Freddie started to attend British College School, St. Peter’s in Panchgan. At this time his schoolmates started to call him by the more English name of Freddie. The school was typically British and in sports Freddie was very strong in boxing and in table tennis, winning many trophies and medals. Freddie also loved art and music and showed great talent in both areas ; playing the piano and performing in school shows and also joining the school choir. Freddie, with the encouragement of the headmaster of the school, did piano lessons and applied himself to them very well achieving Grade IV in both practical and theory. In 1958, five friends at St Peter’s School formed a rock’n roll outfit called ‘The Hectics’ – the members were Freddie Bulsara, Bruce Murray, Derrick Branche, Victory Rana and Farang Irani (Freddie was the piano player in the band). They played at school parties, at annual events and school dances.

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 – Tickets Now On Sale

A Freddie Mercury Birthday Party when Freddie was around was a notorious excuse to party. Today they are still legendary and you could join in, alas, without Freddie.

The Official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 tickets are now on sale!

The Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 takes place on September 8th 2018 at the Casino Barriere, Montreux, Switzerland. Montreal is the stunning lakeside town of Montreux – the place Freddie loved and felt at peace and where much of the last album was recorded, even when Freddie was not very well. The location is a stones throw from the beautiful Lake Geneva and of course the Freddie Mercury statue which has become a mecca for all Queen fans worldwide.

The party will feature a host of special guests and music. Tickets are £75 each or £95 each for the Ticket and T-shirt Bundle.

You can order your tickets for the Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 now at www.queenonlinestore.com/Mercury-Phoenix-Trust/Tickets/

The Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 is in aid of The Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting AIDS Worldwide.

The Full entertainment line up and special guests are still to be announced – but this just adds to the excitement.

Myself, I won’t be going as it is the wrong time of year for me, but hopefully I will get there someday.
If you are going to the Freddie Mercury Birthday Party 2018 or you have been to one of the previous Freddie Mercury Birthday Parties, please leave a comment below.