Queen Greatest Hits 1 to be Re-released in New Formats

Queen Greatest Hits 1 to be Re-released in New Formats

The UK’s biggest selling album of all time and achieving the album with the third longest chart run on the UK Official Charts,  Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 is to be rereleased in brand new formats to mark the 50th Anniversary of the greatest band ever – Queen.

It’s amazing to think that it is 40 years since the original release of Queen’s Greatest Hits 1. With this new release there will be a Collector’s Edition CD with and exclusive slipcase cover & a very retro Cassette version.

The new Greatest Hits rerelease is available to pre-order on the Queen Online store at https://www.queenonlinestore.com/Queen/The-Greatest/

This Limited Edition Queen Greatest Hits Rerelease is sure to be one that collectors will want to snap up. Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 was released on the 26th October 1981. By this stage I would guess that every family must have a copy of this somewhere sonsidering the amazing sales this album has had since it is the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK (at the time of this blog post sales have exceeded 6.76 million sales) with global album sales of Queen’s Greatest Hits in excess of 25 million which is truly amazing.

Also if you look at the chart success and the chart lobgevity of the album, Queen’s Greatest Hits has now spent over 950 weeks on the UK Albums Chart, and the album has been certified a whopping 22 times platinum.

With a new generation of Queen fans coming on stream on the back of Bohemian Rhapsody and also the fact that Adam Lambert has brought with him a young audience as Queen+Adam Lambert tour the world, it is no wonder that this album keeps popping up in the top 10 of the album charts every so often, even though it is 40 years old.

Queen Greatest Hits ReRelease Date

So for those who want to have this new limited edition Queen Greatest Hits Rerelease, you can have it from July 2 when it is released globally.
Don’t forget you can Pre-Order from the link above.

There is also a number of other Queen Greatest Hits products you can enjoy including a Collector’s Edition Clear Cassette, a Collector’s Edition CD With Exclusive Slipcase Cover signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor, bundled with all 4 band member colour cassettes and a Greatest Hits gold plated badge (limited to 1000 signed copies), a Collector’s Edition Frosted Cassette which comes in Aqua, Pink, Green and Blue for Freddie, Brian, Roger and John respectively and also other things like badges, haps and tote bags.

Queen’s Greatest Hits

The classics like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘Killer Queen’, are all piano-based​ brilliance from Freddie – is then mixed with Brians guitar riffs of ‘Now I’m Here’ and ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’. They could easily have added a few others like ‘Tie Your​ Mother Down’ or ‘Sail Away​ Sweet Sister’ and they wouldn’t have looked out of place… but some of these tracks did end up on foreign Greatest Hits albums. It remains one of my favourite albums and I’m joined in that by millions others through-out the world.

Please feel free to leave your comments on this Queen Greatest Hits Re-Release below …

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – On this Day in 1992

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert – On this Day in 1992

Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert April 1992

It was on this day, April 20 1992, that the world’s best musicians assembled at Wembley stadium for the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, to pay tribute to Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, and at the same time raise awareness about HIV and AIDS through the newly formed Mercury Phoenix Trust.

Freddie Mercury died on Sunday 24th November 1991, only 24 hours after publicly admitting that he was living with HIV/AIDS. After Freddie died, the remaining members of Queen along with with their manager Jim (Miami) Beach to organise a tribute concert to celebrate the life, legacy and music of Freddie Mercury, Less than 5 months after his passing, the music world along with 72,000 fans filled Wembley to pay tribute to the lover of life, singer of songs, one Freddie Mercury. The Easter Monday event was broadcast live on BBC2 television and was also simulcast on radio to 76 countries around the world, reaching an estimated total audience of up to one billion. (Just imagine what that would have been like today with global streaming etc)

Artists such as George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Metallica, Extreme, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Seal, Guns ‘n’ Roses,Paul Young, Metallica and many others joined the remaining members of Queen to perform a huge selection the Queen hits. The band’s collaboration with George Michael with his performance of Someone to Love became a chart topping hit via the Queen Five Live EP. At that stage many people actually thought that George Michael would be the new lead singer of Queen, he was that good.

The show started with Brian, John and Roger on stage together. Brian May opened and said “Good evening Wembley and the world. We are here tonight to celebrate the life, and work, and dreams, of one Freddie Mercury. We’re gonna give him the biggest send off in history!” … and they did just that.

Great Performances at the Freddie Mercury Tribute

There were fantastic performances from Extreme and powerful renditions from Metallica who did Stone Cold Crazy. The show was also remembered for a very interesting duet with Guns ‘n’ Roses lead singer and Elton John and performed Bohemian Rhapsody.

Other great Highlights of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert included Annie Lennox and David Bowie performing a wonderful rendition of Under Pressure (along with Annie Lennox’s fantastic makeup), Lisa Stansfield performing I want to Break Free (hoover in-tow) and Extreme who did a Queen Medley.

This was also the last full concert for Queen’s bassist John Deacon who stepped away from performing after this show.

One thing which was obvious was that many of the stars had to transpose the songs down, because they couldn’t reach the high notes of the songs … one performer said “I just couldn’t do a Freddie !”

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert will live long in the memory of those who were either lucky enough to be at it, or who atcually saw it live on TV. A fitting tribute to a frontman, singer, song-writer, musician and lover of life.

What’s your facourite Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert memory … leave a comment below…

Killer Queen voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

Killer Queen voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

After weeks of voting, Killer Queen was voted the best song on Queen’s 3rd Studio Album

If you have been following this site for a while then you will know that we have been running the ‘Champions of Queen League‘ to determine the best songs on all of Queen’s Studio Albums. Up to this point we have done 3 albums; Queen, Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack.

The most recent set of polls saw the 13 tracks on Sheer Heart Attack go head to head. This tool place over 13 rounds of polls and 78 individual head-to-head votes.

In total 2,431 votes were cast in the Sheer Heart Attack polls and the final table was very close, with two songs always leading the pack. Those two songs of course were Now I’m Here and Killer Queen. It was Killer Queen which was voted the Best song.

How was Killer Queen voted Best song on Sheer Heart Attack?

Throughout the voting process Now I’m Here and Killer Queen lead the way. Each of these songs won all of their respective rounds in the head to head polls. The final reckoning for these two songs came when they went head to head themselves. Killer Queen eventually won 72% of the vote and Now I’m Here had to settle for 2nd place with 28% of the vote.

Each song got 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw in the head to head polls.

The final table for the Sheer Heart Attack – Champions of Queen League was as follows;

Best song on Sheer Heart Attack

The Overall Results

As can be seen, Killer Queen won 12, Now I’m Here won 11 and Brighton Rock came in 3rd place. 4th place saw a respectable position for In the Lap of the Gods Revisited and Flick of the Wrist was in 5th spot. A firm favourite amongst fans, Stone Cold Crazy was in 6th spot with the (non revisited) Lap of the Gods in 7th spot. Lily of the Valley, Tenement Funster, Bring back that Leroy Brown, She Makes Me, Misfire and Dear Friends prop up the table in that order.

 

Next Up…

The next album on the Champions of Queen League will be ‘A Night at the Opera’ which is bound to throw up a few good contests, e.g. Bohemian Rhapsody Vs The Prophets Song. All of these votes and head to head rounds will be split between Twitter Polls and also Online Polls so please do check in with the Champions of Queen League webpage every few days for updates. 

 

What do you think – Was the result correct with Killer Queen voted Best Song on Sheer Heart Attack? Leave a comment below with your thoughts ….

Watch the accompanying Video for Killer Queen being voted best song on Sheer Heart Attack

I have a video on YouTube which details the top 5 songs in this poll.

Queen Win the Absolute Radio ‘World Cup of Classic Rock’

Queen Win the Absolute Radio ‘World Cup of Classic Rock’

Queen win the Absolute Radio The World Cup of Classic Rock poll

Queen thrash Guns N’ Roses in the final round…

For a few weeks, the popular radio station Absolute Radio were running a series of head to head knockout polls to determine who the greatest rock band of all time was? After a few weeks of voting, it was no surprise that Queen were crowned the overall winners of the Absolute Radio “World Cup of Classic Rock”. In the end Queen beat Guns N’ Roses in the final head to head.

The polls started off with 32 shortlisted rock bands and the polls were run via the Absolute Classic Rock’s Twitter page. There were some great polls running and I was very surprised to see Def Leppard and Thin Lizzy going out on the very first set of polls. There were also some very close polls, some only separated by 1 or 2%

Queen overcame Meat loaf (winning by 89%), Pink Floyd (winning with 71%), Iron Maiden (winning with 78%) and AC/DC (winning with 67%) before winning the whole contest against Guns ‘n’ Roses. Not just winning it but they went Stone Cold Crazy on the US band – Queen eventually won with 76% of the vote … Pure Champions !

Guns ‘n’ Roses came 2nd, AC/DC came third and Hendrix was second.

You can check out the full rundown of each poll at https://planetradio.co.uk/absolute-radio/music/news/the-world-cup-of-classic-rock/

 

As a result of the World Cup of Classic Rock win…

Due to the fact that Queen won the World Cup of Classic Rock poll, Brian May will be on Absolute radio talking about 3 Queen albums which will be played in full, each Monday evening on Absolute Radio. This will kick off with Brian talking about ‘A Night at the Opera’. Take a look at the AbsoluteRadio tweet below for more details.

 

Queen Release the Queen Rock Tour Mobile Game

Queen Release the Queen Rock Tour Mobile Game

Queen have launched a mobile game called Queen Rock Tour on the 50th Anniversary of Queen. The new mobile game Queen Rock Tour allows you to play along with the band and the Queen back catalogue. Players can re-live classic Queen Concerts from the Rainbow to Wembley.

Upon the launch of the Queen Rock Tour game on 1st March, Brian May said that you could ” Be a Lockdown Rock Star!

Unfortunately, this mobile game is the closest we are going to come to experiencing a Queen Tour in 2021, as the effects of Covid continue to impact live music across the world.

The concept of the game is that it is a play-along rhythm game, similar to games like GuitarHero. Apparently this is the first official Queen mobile game. There was a mobile game called “Play the Game” but this was probably not endorsed by Queen (either way it is no longer available on the AppStore)

The new Queen Rock Tour game allows fans to experience the thrill of playing live with Queen on the event of their Golden Jubilee. Although we would all lobe to be stomping our feet at a live Queen concert, the best we can do in lockdown is to stomp our thumbs all over our mobile devices. You can play along with Brian’s guitar, Freddie vocals and piano riffs, Johns Bass and Rogers Drum playing. All you have to do is stay on rhythm and score as many points as you can.

There are 20 songs included on the game including Keep Yourself Alive, Bohemian Rhapsody, We are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga and many many more. There are also various venues you can play including the Rainbow and Wembley Stadium.

The graphics are amazing and you can even stylise your band with icon outfits from the bands 50 year career. You will also see images which up to now may not have been seen by many and you will learn nots of Queen facts along the way.

Probably the last time we saw an official computer game with Queen’s music was ‘Queen: The Eye’ back in 1997.

This game is another way the Queen are reaching a new audience and a new generation of Queen fans. Building on the success of the recent tours with Adam Lambert and also the resounding success that was the Bohemian Rhapsody BioPic which took 4 Oscars at the 2019 Academy Awards, and many other awards along the way.

From what I can see the game has been very positively received in the Queen community.

You can find out more about the Queen Rock Tour mobile game at www.queenrocktour.com
Download free in the Apple App Store and on Google Play

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

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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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Queen on TV over Christmas 2020

Queen on TV over Christmas 2020

Queen programmes on TV Christmas 2020

This is a brief listing of the various Queen and Queen related TV programming available to enjoy over the Christmas period. I’m sure you have seen many of these Queen programmes before but if you are drowning in the usual Christmas films you may want to switch over to some great music. So this is the round up of Queen on TV Christmas 2020 (and I don’t mean HRH)

United Kingdom & Ireland

Queen: Live at Wembley -:- Christmas Day 6:30pm (Sky Arts) & New Year’s Eve 10:40pm (Sky One)
Queen: The Magic Years -:- Christmas Day 3:30pm (Sky Arts)
Queen Live in Rio -:-  Sunday 27th December 8.00pm (Pick)
Freddie Mercury: The Tribute Concert -:- Christmas Day 4:45pm (Sky Arts) & Sunday 27th December 9.15pm (Pick) & New Year’s Eve/Day 12:15am (Sky One)
Queen & Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On -:- New Year’s Eve/Day 2:15am (Sky One)

Czech Republic

Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- 31st December 10.20pm (Czech TV)

Italian TV

Queen + Bejart – Ballet For Life  -:- 24th December 5am (Sky Arte)
Queen Rock The World  -:- 24th December 4am (Sky Arte) & 6th January 10am (Sky Arte)
Live At Wembley Stadium  -:- 26th December 8.00pm (Sky Arte)
Live At The Rainbow  -:- Monday 28th December 5.45pm (Sky Arte)
Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- Tuesday 5th January 6.45pm (Sky Arte)

 

Netherlands

Queen & Adam Lambert: The Show Must Go On  -:- Christmas Day 9.20pm (NTR)

Romania

Hungarian Rhapsody – Live In Budapest  -:- Thursday 31st December 8.20pm

 

What Queen Programmes on TV Christmas 2020 will you be watching?

If you haven’t previously seen many of the items below, my favourites from this TV list of Queen programming for Christmas 2020 are;
– Queen Live at Wenbley 86,
– Queen + Adam Lambert: the Show Must Go On,
– Queen Rock the World   and
Queen Live at the Rainbow.
So, lots of Great Queen TV programming to keep you entertained this Christmas.

If you have a favourite of all the Queen on TV Christmas 2020, or even would rather see some different Queen concert or documentary on TV this Christmas, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Christmas to you all from Shane’s Queen Site!

Brian May could doing a 2021 reissue of his solo albums

Brian May could doing a 2021 reissue of his solo albums

Back to the Light

Could Brian May be reissuing his solo albums in 2021? Perhaps so …

In recent days if you have been watching his Instagram account, Brian May has made a few hints at something he is working on. On his Instagram page he mentioned that a possible Brian May reissue of his solo albums might actaully by re-released in the New Year, much to the delight of the 2.6 Million Instagram followers of @brianmayforreal.

On September 28th 1992 Brian released his first solo album “Back to the Light” and on June 1st 1998 his second album “Another World” was released. I say his first solo alnum but I am not including his collaborations on the “Starfleet” project back in 1983 featuring the guitar extravagance of one Eddie Van Halen.

If you are on Spotify or Apple Music you will know that both Back to the Light and Another World are not actually available on those streaming services. So there is real hope that Brial will be releasing a re-mastered series of works which perhaps some extras such as new tracks or even some of this unfinished demos. Artists such as Devin Townsend regularly release the actual album on CD1 and on CD2 there is a bonus disk sometimes labeled as ‘Demos’ – so perhaps Brian might do the same?

Personally, I actually have both albums on CD so if there is a re-release I will wait and see what is included. Certainly I will be happy if any new Brian May re-issued material makes an appearance on Spotify. The re-master of songs like Too Much Love will Kill you or Resurrection would be a highlight for me.

What do you think of a possible Brian May Reissue? Please let us know in the comments. 
Will Brian May rerelease his albums or is it something new or something more Queen related?
Hopefully 2021 will be a better year and no way better to celebrate a new year than with some Queen / Brian May related new material…

 

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 https://youtu.be/iAal2qzI2k4

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

Thanks guys for an awesome job !

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