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.

Lets make “These are the Days of our Lives’ the Christmas No. 1

Lets make “These are the Days of our Lives’ the Christmas No. 1

Did you know it is 25 years since the song These are the Days of our Lives was released in the USA on 5th September 1991 – Freddie’s last Birthday as he died only a few weeks later. It was then released as a double A side single on 9th December after Freddie’s death and Bohemian Rhapsody became the first song in history to claim the Christmas number one slot twice (with the same version … Live Aid did it with 2 different recordings). So maybe this year it will be Christmas No. 1.

This year marks 25 years of this great song, 25 years since Freddie’s death and if he was still with us, he would be 70

 

These are the Days of our Lives – Official Video

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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 setup 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.

Thanks for visiting Shane’s Queen Site.

Queen Forever Album, New Queen Album released November 10th

Queen Forever Album, New Queen Album released November 10th

Queen Forever Album – Queen Album released November 10th 2014

The Long Awaited new Album from Queen titled “Queen Forever” will be released on 10th November 2014.

The new CD Collection brings new Freddie Mercury Tracks to light including one featuring Queen and Michael Jackson.

New Queen Tracks

Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late lead singer Freddie Mercury are on “Queen Forever” the new Queen album due for release on November 10th.

The tracks on “Queen Forever” includes a long anticipated, and long rumoured track from Queen & Michael Jackson. The track titled “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, was at one point released on Freddie’s solo album.  Also the previously unfinished Mercury/Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” was originally part of Queen’s “The Works” album recording sessions. Finally a stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, Love Kills is also included on “Queen Forever”.

The Queen Forever Album is available as a 20 track single CD and as an extended 36 track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Queen Forever Album – Track Listing

Single CD:

Let Me In Your Heart Again

Love Kills – The Ballad

There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

It’s A Hard Life

You’re My Best Friend

Love Of My Life

Drowse

Long Away

Lily Of The Valley

Don’t Try So Hard

Bijou

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Las Palabras De Amor

Who Wants To Live Forever

A Winter’s Tale

Play The Game

Save Me

Somebody To Love

Too Much Love Will Kill You

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

 

2-CD SET

CD1

Let Me In Your Heart Again

Love Kills – The Ballad

There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)

Play The Game

Dear Friends

You’re My Best Friend

Love Of My Life

Drowse

You Take My Breath Away

Spread Your Wings

Long Away

Lily Of The Valley

Don’t Try So Hard

Bijou

These Are The Days Of Our Lives

Nevermore

Las Palabras De Amor

Who Wants To Live Forever

CD2

I Was Born To Love You

Somebody To Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Friends Will Be Friends

Jealousy

One Year of Love

A Winters Tale

‘39

Mother Love

It’s A Hard Life

Save Me

Made in Heaven

Too Much Love Will Kill You

Sail Away Sweet Sister

The Miracle

Is This The World We Created

In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited

Forever

The Queen Extravaganza European Tour

Queen Extravaganza European Tour

Following the recent success of the recent UK and North American tours, the Queen Extravaganza European Tour will visit certain European cities starting in May 2014.

The Queen Extravaganza European Tour will take Queen’s glorious music and live stage experience to a brand new generation of Queen fans … as well the the die hard Queen fan.

The Queen Extravaganza band includes musicians selected via a unique online talent search (but which you couldn’t enter if you were living in the UK … much to my personal annoyance). Anyway, the band is made up of vocalist Marc Martel who has an amazing voice and can do a “Freddie”; guitarist Nick Radcliffe; drummer Tyler Warren; bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon; and keyboardist Brandon Ethridge (who if he wants to resign, I will take his place at a drop of a hat!).

Queen Extravaganza European Tour – TOUR DATES 2014

May 12 Antwerp – Stadsschouwburg

May 13 Tilburg

May 15 Cologne – Live Music Hall

May 16 Hamburg – Gruenspan

May 18 Munich – Alte Kongresshalle

May 19 Frankfurt – Bastchkapp

May 20 Berlin – Postbahnhof

May 21 Vienna – Arena

May 22 Padova – Gran Teatro Geox

May 24 Paris – Olympia

May 26 Copenhagen – Studie 2, DR house

May 28 Oslo – Sentrum

May 29 Stockholm – Tyrol

May 31 Helsinki – Circus

For ticket information, go to www.queenextravaganza.com/tour-and-tickets/

Space Elevator – New Album

I just wanted to tell of a new band from part of the “We Will Rock You” band in London. They are called “Space Elevator”

With David Young on guitar, Neil Murray on bass and Elliott Ware on keys and a fantastic new singer called “the Duchess” on vocals.

The album is out in March but you can pre-order it now at www.spaceelevatoronline.com and there are videos and more details available on the Space Elevator site.

Some reviewers are comparing them in some way to a band called Queen, which you may be familiar with :-), take a look at their review here: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2014/01/album-review-space-elevator-st/. From what I can see there are many positive reviews for the album and perhaps it might be of interest to music lovers out there.

The second single taken from Space Elevator II – W.Y.T.A.T was written and created in the studio by all four band members along with co-producer Adam Vanryne, creator of the stunning new video.

About the Band
David Young – Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
The Duchess – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Vocal Arrangements
Brian Greene – Drums and Percussion
Chas Maguire – Electric Bass, Backing Vocals

 

If you have downloaded or bought this album, please leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the album.
Or, visit Shane’s Queen Site Facebook Page can leave a message there.

We Will Rock You Show Review

We Will Rock You London – Show Review

We Will Rock You London has been on my list for many years. I have been to London a lot over the past 10 years, and every time I went to London either on business or leisure I always said I would go and see the Queen show, We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre London. But, I never got round to going until this August when visiting London on a brief weekend trip.

You cannot miss the Dominion Theatre where We Will Rock You London s playing, as there is a large statue of Freddie in his classic pose a-top the entrance to the Dominion.  An amazing way to advertise the show.

Freddie Mercury on Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You London

Originally when I heard that the Queen songs I loved had been turned into a musical I was very sceptical and even a bit “How can they do this”. So I didn’t know what to expect – but hundreds of thousands of people couldn’t be wrong about this award winning show in its 12th year.

As I entered the Dominion, where We Will Rock You London is playing, I was met with a “Wall of Queen” – I was in Heaven. Freddie playing on the PA System, photos of Fred and the band on the walls. I spent almost 30 minutes walking and looking at these great photos. Everything from Freddie’s “Bonnie baby” photo to Live at Wembley. I got really caught up in this and the show hadn’t even started.

I even bought a Queen T-Shirt with the Classic Queen Logo. Plenty of Queen merchandise available to purchase !

Me (Shane) and Fred Statue - We Will Rock You London

(Above) Me and the statue of Freddie – (Below) the lobby with photos of Queen adorning the walls.

Queen and We Will Rock You London Shop with Artwork and Photos of Queen

There are plenty of photos and items to look at before the show starts, so get there early.

We went into the auditorium and got ready for the show. The Stage is amazing with a fantastic emblem of Queen on the front waiting for the show to start.

The Show Must Go On - Stage Shot - We Will Rock You London

The Show  … and what a show

The show started and from that point I was hooked. We Will Rock You is a Queen fest of music wrapped around a good story and great characters. I just loved the 2 lead characters. The female lead is one of the best I have seen in any show. She has such character, such a “don’t mess with me” attitude and it really comes across. It is a wonder that that character has not been nominated for some sort of award (maybe she has?) … anyway, I am getting distracted.

The premise of the We Will Rock You is that it tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thoughts, expression through fashion, and of course live music. It is set in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same (you can see some of this already in modern fabricated bands). Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

The show starts with the young people of earth being denied expression through live music but Galileo Figaro has different ideas. He hears stuff – he hears music. On meeting Scaramouche or “Scary Bush” he find someone who has similar ideas and between them they try and find Brighton Rock … no spoiler alert here so don’t worry.

In the middle of the show there are 2 very tender moments where Freddie is remembered, Only the Good Die Young and Days of Our Lives are sung and I challenge any person to keep a dry eye here as it is sung with such sincerity and feeling.
You may and try keep things under control but the music is so powerful that you can’t but be affected by those songs.

By the time We Will Rock you and We Are the Champions come, you are on your feet, stomping , clapping and singing.

Followed up by a rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody all in all it is like going to a Queen concert. It really is a Kind of Magic!

It is an excellent show – I really enjoyed it … 10 times better that I could have expected.
I will certainly go back and see it again.

The Freddie Mercury Suite

Freddie Mercury Suite at We Will Rock You London Dominion

Before I left the Dominion Theatre I spotted this sign for the “Freddie Mercury Suite” (with a picture of Freddie beside it) – I dropped down to the room but a member of staff said there was a private function using the room.

Maybe next time I will be able to report on this suite, as I’m sure it is a treat for any Queen fan to have their private function, perhaps Birthday, special event or even corporate event (see if you can convince the accounts department) at The Freddie Mercury suite.

Well done to the Dominion, the We Will Rock You London cast and the excellent live Band (by the way Spike if you ever need a keyboard player, like when you go on holiday, drop me a line!!) for making this such a well rounded show.

Dominion Website : http://www.dominiontheatre.com/theatre/
Book tickets to We Will Rock You LondonClick Here

Follow We Will Rock You London on Twitter @wwrylondon

 

Have you been to the show? What do you think? Who is your favourite character?
Drop a comment below …

Queen Studio Experience Montreux Exhibition

The Queen Studio Experience Montreux is set to open on December 2nd.

The Queen Studio Experience is sponsored by the Mercury Phoenix Trust and allows you to have an insight into the years Queen spent recording here. The Queen Studio exhibition will open December 2, marking World AIDS Day.

Mountain Studios was the name Queen gave to their studios where they regularly recorded between 1978 – 1995. This is where Queen created many of the tracks for their most popular albums. It is also the location where Freddie laid down his last tracks to tape.

However it is not in the location where the studios were instead The Queen Studio Experience is recreated within the Montreux Casino. This will show memorabilia from the original studio and from the band’s personal archives such as original Queen handwritten song lyrics, band members’ own instruments and original and subsequently changed titles of tracks, and much more. One of the highlights is the original control room where Freddie recorded his final vocals, along with the actual microphone Freddie used during those sessions.

You will also have the chance to sit in the actual studio chair Freddie used in those final days of recording. Also, the most amazing part in my eyes is that you will be able to take control of the Queen mixing desk to create custom mixes of Queen tracks from the  “Made in Heaven” album. Personally I would love to recreate “Too Much Love will Kill You” and pull up a piano and play it myself … anyway, back to the Studio Experience, it will be opened by Brian May and Roger Taylor on December 2, 2013 and will open daily from 10:30 – 22:00.
Entrance free although donations to the Mercury Phoenix Trust are encouraged.

For information on how to visit the Queen Studio Experience exhibition:
www.queenstudioexperience.com

Address: Casino Barrière de Montreux, Rue du Théâtre 9, 1820 Montreux, Switzerland

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.