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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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 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 www.celebratingqueen.com !

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 2021 !!

 

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Finding the Best Queen Songs with the Champions of Queen League

Finding the Best Queen Songs with the Champions of Queen League

What is the Best Queen Song?

Thats a question everyone asks, so I have designed a league based system designed to find the publics favourite Queen songs. A head to head match between each queen song on each Queen studio album is set up. The song with the most votes, gets 3 points, 1 point for a draw and the tally of votes are also counted in the case of a tie at the end. 

I have started with the first Queen album, titled ‘Queen’ which was released in 1973. The polls are just over the half way point at this stage and results should be available in early November.

The future of this league / poll system is that I will have all the rounds available online from the start. These will be open for a set number fo days so that as many people can vote as possible. There is only one vote per person based on IP and cookes.

If you want to take part in this series of polls, please return to the site over the next few weeks and visit the section for the Champions of Queen League

Vote in the Champions of Queen League

Vote in the series of polls designed to determine the best songs on all of Queens 15 studio albums.

The QueenPod – Queen Podcast

The QueenPod – Queen Podcast

Have you found QueenPod yet?

The QueenPod is the Ultimate Queen Podcast. If you want to listen to something that’s all about Queen and thats good QueenPod is it!

For years I have searched iTunes for a decent Queen podcast. There was a 3 part series which I found once on it but the audio was not available for some reason, I’m presuming they didn’t keep it up.

But I recently saw this on Twitter – QueenPod  ; described as follows, “The Queen Podcast is your official one-stop shop for everything related to the world’s greatest rock band.” That was enough to have me listening to the Trailer Episode “Episode 0” and I was hooked. It is so well put together and with interesting debate, thoughts, facts and tit-bits on everything Queen. Also whereever there is a swear word listen out for Freddie’s AyOh 🙂

The QueenPod is the brainchild of Queen archivist and documentarian Simon Lupton. Simon is joined on the QueenPod podcast by comedians and Queen superfans John (Meadows) Robins and Sooz (Faroukh) Kempner and is hosted by Rohan (Harold) Acharya. The Queen pod brings listeners through through all of the Queen albums, track by track. There is even some exclusive content which I have never even heard.

It’s not just a one way podcast, the Queen pod asks for submissions from Queen Fans so you can also submit your Queen related stories, facts or questions which may even be featured on the show.

I cannot recommend the QueenPod (Queen Podcast0 enough. I am after listening to 3 of them now and I just can’t stop myself. They are expertly recorded with very good sound quality and questions which I jave often wondered about are answered.

e.g. Who was the first living person apart from the Queen (monarch) to appear on an English Stamp? Who is the deep voice near the end on Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll? Which 13th century poem is used in lines from one of the songs on Queen’s first album? … All these will be answered on the Queenpod.

The first 3 Queen Albums, plus some special podcasts with Tim Staffell and also reviewing the #1 selling Album Queen and Adam Lambert, Live around the World 

The Queen Pod Podcast is available on iTunes Podcast system and also on Acast at https://play.acast.com/s/thequeenpodcast/

Win Tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert Tour 2021

Win Tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert Tour 2021

Competition to Win Queen Tickets to the Queen+ Adam Lambert 2021 Concerts

Note – This competition to Win Queen Tickets has now expired but remains here for archive reasons.

Queen are running a competition where you can win Queen Tickets to the Queen and Adam Lambert 2021. These are not just tickets, these are VIP Backstage tour tickets!
All you have to do is purchase any format of the new ‘Live Around The World’ album from the official Queen store to be in with a chance of winning this much sought after pair of VIP Backstage tour tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert 2021 UK Tour. You will also win a personalised voice note from Adam himself to say thanks!

Orders must be placed before 3PM on Thursday 8th October to be in with a chance to win these VIP Backstage tour tickets. (which at this stage doesn’t give you much time, so get your skates on)

Apparently all those who have already pre-ordered the new Queen Live Album ‘Live around the World’ from the online store will be automatically entered into the draw to win this great prize and the winners will be randomly selected from the thousands of pre-orders for ‘Queen Live around the World’.

Again, my only issue with this competition is that the offer is open to UK only. Queen are a world-wide phenomena and it’s not really fair on the world-wide audience to limit this to the UK. It’s online so why the restriction?? What a pity …

The New Live Album – “Queen – Live Around the World’

So far Queen  + Adam Lambert for performed 218 live shows with a total worldwide audience of 3,659,232 people.
If you weren’t one of these people, or indeed if you were and you want to relive that time again then there is some good news with Queen + Adam Lambert releasing their first Live album on October 2nd 2020.

The album is entitled Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around the World’ and is set for a worldwide release on October 2nd. The Live around the World release will be available on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats

Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

CD / VINYL TRACKLIST
(DVD / BLU-RAY Tracklist differs slightly)

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Some Queen related items for Sale

Some Queen related 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.

 

1 in stock

 

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.

34 in stock

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.

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

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 74 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.

… feel free to add your Birthday Messages to this post.

Happy Birthday Fred !

Click here to donate to The Mercury Phoenix Trust.

#FreddieMercury

Win Tickets to the Queen & Adam Lambert Tour 2021

Queen + Adam Lambert release Live Around the World Album

So far Queen  + Adam Lambert for performed 218 live shows with a total worldwide audience of 3,659,232 people.
If you weren’t one of these people, or indeed if you were and you want to relive that time again then there is some good news with Queen + Adam Lambert releasing their first Live album on October 2nd 2020.

The album is entitled Queen + Adam Lambert ‘Live Around the World’ and is set for a worldwide release on October 2nd. The Live around the World release will be available on CD, CD+DVD, CD+Blu-ray & Vinyl formats

Queen + Adam Lambert - 'Live Around the World' Album - October 2nd

It doesn’t seem like 11 years since Brian and Roger appeared as guests on the finale of the eighth season of American Idol. It was on that show that Adam Lambert was a contestant and it was there that Brian and Roger got a sneak peak of what might be. Since then they have performed over 200 shows to over 3 and a half million people around the world including recent concerts in the southern hemisphere with audiences of over 60,000.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 that number should be higher as 27 concerts had to be abandoned due to the ongoing virus pandemic. Had those concerts gone ahead the audience numbers would surely have topped the 4 million mark by now. Those shows have now been rescheduled for 2021 – all going well. This new live album release is a way of easing the pain, in some way, on those who would have seen the shows.

The recent live watch party on YouTube saw Queen’s 12.5m subscribers watch show highlights and there were over 500,000 views in the 48 hours the show was availabe to stream. The content and the popularity was a surprise to the band also, as they hadn’t see much of this footage due to being always on the road. Roger stated that he wasn’t aware how good the band sounded.

The new live album can be pre-ordered at https://qal.lnk.to/LiveAroundTheWorld

The new album set list

The set list on the new album spans many concerts – unlike some live albums, such as Wembley ’86, this is from various sources. These include Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the Isle of Wight Festival, Summer Sonic, the Japanese tour, selected UK and North America tour dates, and all 22 minutes of the the Fire Fight Australia benefit show in Australia (which if you didn’t know was the same set list as Queen’s original history-making 1985 Live Aid set in full: namely Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions).

 

 Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

CD / VINYL TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

 

Queen + Adam Lambert Live Around the World

DVD / BLU-RAY TRACKLIST

Tear It Up (May) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Now I’m Here (May) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Another One Bites The Dust (Deacon) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Fat Bottomed Girls ft. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (May) American Airlines Center, Dallas, USA, 2019

Don’t Stop Me Now (Mercury) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

I Want To Break Free (Deacon) Rock In Rio, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016

Somebody To Love (Mercury) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

Love Kills – The Ballad (Mercury/Moroder) iHeart Radio Theater, Los Angeles, USA, 2014

I Was Born To Love You (Mercury) Summer Sonic, Tokyo, Japan, 2014

Drum Battle (Taylor) Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia, 2014

Under Pressure (Queen/Bowie) Global Citizen Festival, New York, USA, 2019

Who Wants To Live Forever (May) Isle of Wight Festival, UK, 2016

The Guitar Solo (Last Horizon) (May) The O2, London, UK, 2018

The Show Must Go On (Queen) The O2, London, UK, 04/07/2018

Love Of My Life (Mercury) The O2, London, UK, 02/07/2018

Bohemian Rhapsody (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Radio Ga Ga (Taylor) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Ay-Ohs (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Hammer To Fall (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Will Rock You (May) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

We Are The Champions (Mercury) Fire Fight Australia, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia, 2020

Irish Tribute Band Qween cover Let Me Live with International Cast

Irish Tribute Band Qween cover Let Me Live with International Cast

Last week, Irish Queen Tribute Band ‘Qween’ Released an Epic Cover and Film Production of the Queen Song ‘Let me Live’ from the album Made in Heaven, which included a Cast From 16 Countries.

Lockdown was hard enough without all our live gigs being axed, so Queen tribute Qween decided to cover a lockdown version of ‘Let Me Live’. Instead of just shooting a boxed version of a video (just like everyone else did during lockdown) they decided to go all out and do a full film production. On top of that, they decided to include performances from fans and musicians in from 16 countries. This was a bold statement that ‘even though live music is on hold, musicians (including Qween) are still here to entertain you‘.   The track and accompanying music video was entirely home made with the help of contributors working on music and film footage from home.

“Queen united the world in song and this is our attempt to do the same. We’ve been blessed with contributions from across the planet. Musicians working to simply say we’re ready to entertain when you can”… “It’s not for us as musicians to offer any scientific or political comment on the current situation. We’re solely entertainers and our only message here is to keep safe, follow the guidelines and we’ll be back to get you dancing again when it’s safe”

Thomas Brunkard

Qween Guitarist

There have been many artists and groups who have done these lockdown videos, Brian May himself did a few on his own and also in collaboration with Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert, but non have done such a superb job of creating something truly flamboyant … deserving of being a Queen video. As Freddie said, “You can do anything with my legacy, but never make me boring.” This video is anything but boring and inlcudes a dash of humour, a not to past events such as Brian May on the roof of Buckingham Palace and also clips of guest contributors singing and playing … you might even spot me guesting on Hammond Organ, and I was delighted to do so.

 

I myself am involved in a few musical bands / musical projects and from the first moments in March we knew that liver performances would be hit – I don’t think anyone thought it would be so long before we could even think of returning to doing what we love … playing live.  So it this video comes at a good time to remind us that the Arts has been one thing which has got many thorough the pandemic.

 

Well done to Qween and all involved in a wonderful result

 

The Qween music video of ‘Let Me Live’ can be viewed online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXCsBn7ZUPA or my clicking the video below.

 

Watch ‘Let me Live’ by Qween

 

Visit Qween Tribute Band online

Visit the Qween.ie website for details of the band, their latest news and social media links.

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Royal Mail to Issue 13 Stamps Commerating Queen and their Albums

Queen are being honoured with a Royal Mail issued set of stamps, which makes them only the 3rd Band after The Beatles and Pink Floyd to have been commemorated on an official Royal Mail issued collection.

This official Queen issue of commemorative series of stamps from Royal Mail is to mark Queen’s 50th anniversary.

The Queen stamp collection will be issued as a set of 13. The issue includes 8 album covers, namely;  ‘Queen II’ (74), ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (74), ‘A Night At The Opera’ (75), ‘News of the World’ (79), ‘The Game’ (80), ‘Greatest Hits’ (81), ‘The Works’ (84) & ‘Innuendo’ (91).  The remaining 5 stamps features 4 photos of Queen playing live and a classic Queen group photo.

Earlier this year Queen saw a commemorative coin being released, and it is no wonder that Queen are getting such attention. Queen are at a high point, even 29 years after Freddie’s death, Queen are a band which regularly shows up in the top 10 streamed bands on Spotify and after the 4 time Oscar winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, the band seems to be bringing new generations of fans along with them.

Brian May said that it was “hard to put into words” and called them “beautiful stamps” and Roger said that collection was “an honour” and he thanked Royal Mail for recognising their legacy, stating that “We must be really part of the furniture now”. Queen (the band , not the monarch .. as she has had a lot of stamps) are only the 3rd rock band to be honoured with a set of Royal Mail Stamps, after The Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd more recently in 2016. The Queen stamps from the Royal Mail are now available for pre-ordering from the Royal Mail’s official website at https://www.royalmail.com/
Queen Stamps
Royal Mail Issue New Special Stamps To Honour Queen

Will you be buying the Queen Royal Mail Stamps?

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