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June 16, 2015

Concerts announced that Former President Nelson Mandela is to attend the launch of the CDs & DVD of : The Concert in Johannesburg, South Africa on 1st April 2004. Mr Mandela, who hosted the all-star music event in Cape Town on 29th November last year, is expected to appoint all the artists that performed at Green Point Stadium as ambassadors which will of course include Roger and Brian. Some of these artists will also be joining him at the launch.

Also the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival will join the global 46664 campaign with the support of The AIDS Trust of Australia and Warner Music Australia to help raise awareness of HIV / AIDS and raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation to help those affected by AIDS in South Africa. Bluesfest will host the Australian launch of the CDs and DVDs of the extraordinary  concert over the Easter weekend in Byron Bay from .
According to a news article on the BBC-Website it was rumoured that singer Justin Hawkins will join Roger and Brian on stage to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Queen’s first hit single “Seven Seas of Rhye”. Brian’s comment on his soapbox was: “Well, it’s not April Fools day yet, so I guess the Joke is on ….THE FABULOUS FACTUAL SUNDAY PEOPLE !!!! ”

There is also a new website feature online: If you move your mouse over “The Image Gallery” a new menu is now available called “Close Encounters”. If you have ever met Rog or saw him in concert AND managed to take a picture of this event why don’t you email me your pics and I will upload them in this section. For now thank you very much to Queenie, Rien & Alessandro!

Since a website is a somewhat permanent construction area I am still adding stuff and new things on a regular basis. This weekend I uploaded the interview section (see navigation bar “Facts!”) and will add more interviews in the future. I also optimized the layout of the different sites and the navigation bar a bit… The “Image Gallery” is now cut into two areas: Pictures gathered from the www and Screencaps. There are no screencaps online at the moment but I will add them within the next weeks.

Drkazmer emailed me and said I should add information on Roger’s drums to this website. While surfing the net to find some I stumbled over this website. It contains very detailed information on all instruments ever used by Queen and Roger’s different drum kits he played over the years. For those interested you will find the website very helpful.

The UK’s only not-for profit TV station will air the full concert on Saturday 3 April 1900 – 0000 hrs. If you have not lately please do check out Rien’s website. He has uploaded a brand new mpg-file of Roger on a show called “A question of pop”. It’s a pretty large file but definately worth the waiting. There are also a lot more of Roger-files in the download section…

At the last minute, the BBC decided to pre-record the Roger’s interview on Monday, rather than broadcast it live. The interview was aired this afternoon. You can listen to it in the Download section. Enjoy!

Here is a link to German newspapers regarding the opening of WWRY in Cologne. Basically it says that the show is running here for a year at the Musical Dome and that Cologne is just the right place for the music of Freddie and Co. The stage design will be constructed in a way that it can easily be used in another city after Cologne.

The following email was in my mailbox this morning. I think this might be of interest:

 

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Roger Taylor News Two

June 16, 2015

We Will Rock You again: Queen back in the studio – LONDON (AFP) – Legendary British rock band Queen are back in full studio recording sessions for the first time since their iconic frontman Freddie Mercury died in 1991, the group’s guitarist Brian May said. The 59-year-old told AFP that he and Queen drummer Roger Taylor had joined forces with former Free vocalist Paul Rodgers and had already worked up a handful of new tracks.The trio toured Europe and Japan in 2005 and North America earlier this year in what was the first Queen tour since 1986. Former astronomy student May has been busy with his new book about space entitled “Bang! The Complete History of the Universe”, but insisted he had not swapped the plectrum for the pen permanently. “The music is not on hold,” the guitar legend said. “We have about three weeks booked in the studio at the moment. It was going to be just exploratory to see what happened when Paul and Roger and I were in the same room with a recording machine. But we’re already deep into it and we already have some very good material so I’m pretty excited about that: it’s very new, very different,” he promised. “There may be enough there to create an album, though it’s early days yet. At the moment it’s just a few tracks but we’ll see how it goes. It’s pretty exciting.” And despite the lack of a new Queen album since “Made in Heaven” in 1995 — painstakingly created with scraps of vocals left by Mercury — May insisted the pressure was off and the focus was on fun. “It’s great to do it for its own sake, it doesn’t have to be an album, it doesn’t have to be anything; it doesn’t have to make money either. We don’t really have anything to prove but we have a lot of passion still in our bodies and it seems to be finding a good place at the moment.” May and Taylor have occasionally been in the studio together since Mercury died — bassist John Deacon retired in the late 1990s — but this is the first time they have had a lengthy recording session working on new material. And May said the Queen plus Paul Rodgers show could hit the stage again. “It’s on the cards: we might do some more touring depending on how we feel,” he said. May wrote on his website that the trio were back in the studio Wednesday to work on more new tracks. He said the songs were “epic” and a diversion from anything Queen or Rodgers had done before. (source)

Official Queen ebay auction for the Mercury Phoenix Trust
An on-going e-Bay auction of Queen memorabilia in aid of the Mercury Phoenix Trust now features 10 new additions. Items, this time, include Queen manger Jim Beach’s 1981 tour jacket, a Mother’s Day present from Freddie to his Mum, Jer Bulsara and a Gold Disc for sales of ‘Living On My Own’.
Click here for more information and to make a bid! (source)

PREPARE TO BE ROCKED, TORONTO!
David and Ed Mirvish and The Kimsa Group, in association with Queen Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and Tribeca Theatrical Productions, present the Canadian Premiere of the international hit musical “We will rock you”. It begins March 2007 at the Canon Theatre. Tickets on sale from Monday, November 20, 2006. For details on the open casting and competitions visit the Canadian website of WWRY!

‘Roll Over’ – New Wire Daisies Music Online!
Finally after months of teasing and updates from the band on the recording of their as yet untitled second album, you can now hear a taster of the new material from the Wire Daisies! A new studio version of live favourite ‘Roll Over’ can now be heard over on Treana’s MySpace page (also check out Steve’s myspace page, he wants more friends!!). Check it out and let us know what you think on the WD Message Board. Click here to listen to ‘Roll Over’!

The new album, which is set for a 2007 release, is in the bag!. The band are now in the process of working on all the other issues surrounding the album including, track selection, squencing and artwork. Treana, Ols, Steve, Alden and new bass player Rob are now in rehearsals and are looking forward to testing out some of the new material live.

Click here for the picture to enlarge and detailed information! “Remember Freddie Mercury”
Transylvania Music and Creative Solutions presents “Remember Freddie Mercury” on 18th november 2006 in Mihai Eminescu Youth House in Tg Mures, from 19.00 hour. In this tribute concert, held in the memory of the famous artist who past away 15 years ago, will perform Queen Unplugged Project from Hungary, Spleen and Cover from Tg Mures. Let’s spend a beautiful night together on Freddie Mercury and Queen refrens. Ticket price is 10 RON/3 Euros. There will also be an afterparty (based on invitations only) at the QUEEN Pub around 11.00. The show will be recorded on both audio and video, from different camera positions. (Ed: I had a very nice email from Szakacs M. Botond, CEO Creative Solutions, Romania, asking me to put this online which I will gladly do!).

The official Queen +Paul Rodgers has been launched – This site will be following the shows and growing with the tour progresses and rocks it way across Europe. It will include tour news, set lists, information on tickets, images from each show, plus tour promotional video footage and audio from the Queen + Paul Rodgers European Tour.

Honestly, the webcast last night was a mess because only 4 of the tracks that were played were made available on the internet. Full setlist was Tie Your Mother Down, Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, I Want To Break Free, Fat Bottomed Girls, Say It’s Not True (B-Stage, Roger Taylor on lead vocal), Too Much Love Will Kill You (feat. Katie Melua), Hammer To Fall (Slow Version, Brian May on lead vocal intro), A Kind Of Magic, Feel Like Making Love, Radio Ga Ga (Roger Taylor on lead vocal), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, The Show Must Go On, All Right Now, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions (feat.African Childrens Choir). Songs written in bold were those that were broadcasted via internet.
“The gates for the 46664 concert at Fancourt at George in the Southern Cape are expected to open in just over an hour. People are already queuing. Nelson Mandela, the former president, and international and local performers will arrive at the venue in a police-led convoy. The line-up includes, Will Smith, India Arie, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, Mafikizolo and many more. The concert is expected to raise R10 million for the fight against Aids. The show will kick-off with local unknown performers. Mandela is expected to address the crowd of 20 000 people. Big business and VIPS’s, who have bought tents in the open air arena, are already streaming in to take their seats. Local media have dubbed the spectacular as the event of the year.” (source)

To watch the concert on the internet launch the 46664 minisite for the webcast that starts from 6 pm. To hear all the news from the rehearsals, the photocall with Nelson Mandela, Roger and Brian’s visit to Sabine Plattner’s Children and Family Care Centre in George and to see some great pictures of all this mentioned above click on Leventes report. (courtesy of Thomas Zeidler who set up a great Tour-Blog to get all the latest infos from the road!)

“Roger and Brian attended a photo session with Nelson Mandela and his wife this afternoon at the Fancourt Hotel. They were joined by many of the other artists including Annie Lennox, Will Smith, Paul Rodgers, India.Arie and Katie Melua. Check the 46664 minisite for all updates, images and footage from 46664 South Africa. Queen + Paul Rodgers run through there whole set tonight as part of the full dress rehearsal.” (source)

After each show on the forthcoming tour the band will be making live tracks available for download exclusively on QOL. You can burn these tracks onto a special packaged blank Q+PR CD that is available to buy in the site online store. The idea is that once you have purchased the disc you can then burn the live tracks to it and create your own Queen + Paul Rodgers live album! All profits after production go to The Mercury Phoenix Trust

It has been 33 °C here in George today and the stage is now taking shape. The side of stage scrims have now been added revealing the smiling image of Mandela on the left and a diagonal 46664 logo on the other. The artists have now arrived and are preparing for their final warm ups. It is 7pm here in South Africa and Annie Lennox has just finished her final practise. She and her ever so tight band ripped through handful of Annie’s solo hits with superb results…a highlight of Saturday night surely. Tomorrow morning sees Queen + Paul Rodgers step up to the stage for their final rehearsal. India.Arie, Katie Melua and Will Smith run through later in the day. Look out for images and footage right here. (source)

Queen Day on Capital Gold
In case you missed the interviews that were aired later that night with Roger and Brian you can download them in the music download section here on the site. They were recorded and donated by Sarah. (Thank you!)

Queen + Paul Rodgers in rehearsals
The following is from Jacky who was lucky to see Queen + Paul Rodgers in rehearsals on Thursday at Bray Studios. This is what she said: “I can’t give anything away, I don’t want to spoil the excitement and anticipation you must all be feeling, but I have to say… wow Paul Rodgers can sing! He’s also a really lovely chap! Spike and Jamie fit in seamlessly, as would be expected, and Danny is an excellent bass player and a nice chap. Brian and Roger are both looking good (Roger wasn’t feeling too good with a cold) and are very much looking forward to getting back on the road! The band are sounding wonderful (and with Trip Khalaf back in the sound hotseat we would expect no less!) and the show is going to LOOK wonderful – in true Queen style!” (source)

Queen Day on Capital Gold
If you missed the interviews from yesterday at Capital Gold you can listen to them on hangman’s site. Some of the information given during the interviews was that some of Paul Rodgers’ Songs to be played are “All Right Now”, “Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. David Jensen (Capital Gold) said that on this tour you can hear some new Queen songs! (source)

A huge array of famous faces have joined top comedian Peter Kay to create a music video for the Tony Christie smash hit single “(Is This The Way To) Amarillo”. The video premiered last night on BBC One. The extra special video features a host of famous faces including the singer himself, Tony Christie, as well as Roger and Brian. The single (including the video) is on sale from January 14. You can pre-order it via amazon.co.uk (source).

Special Announcement from the Fan Club!
The Fan Club will do a special mail out next week about Queen + Paul Rodgers. Jacky asked all fan club members to send in a 1st class stamped, self addressed envelope. Print “Tour Info” and your membership number in the top left hand corner of your envelope. She will get them back to you with that latest exciting news NEXT WEEK! She is also trying to email as many of you as possible but she can’t garantuee that you will hear from her via email. (source)

Queen Day on Friday, 11th March
The following text is from Capital Gold’s website. So make sure you are tuning in!
“Capital gold will be holding a Queen Day ahead of some very exciting Queen news. We can’t give you any more details right now, but tune in on Friday for more! We’re so excitied ahead of Friday’s Queen Day, but we’re not allowed to tell you what it is! All we can tell you is that it’s brilliant news and we’ll be giving away loads of amazing Queen prizes throughout the day.” (source).
QOL published that “this feature which includes new interviews with Brian, Roger and Paul will run on David Jensen’s lunchtime show (10am – 1pm) and will be backed up with a 3-hour Queen Rock Special that evening, including a live concert special compiled from the band’s live recordings.” (source)
The radio station KLOS 95.5 in Los Angeles is giving away Queen concert tickets about every 4 hours or so. Sometimes they ask a trivia question, and sometimes not. The phone number is 1 800 955-5567 and the website is www.955klos.com. It’s a terrific package that includes (most importantly) a “meet and greet” with the band as well as the live CD that’s coming out next month. You are also entered to win a the grand prize – a trip for two to
Q104.3 welcomes “QUEEN PLUS PAUL RODGERS” to the Continental Airlines Arena October 16th. General tickets go on sale Saturday 7/30 at 10am through all ticketmaster outlets. But all weekend long on the Q, tickets are FREE! Just listen for guitar great Brian May to reveal his Q-to-call. When you hear it, be the 25th caller at 1-888-872-1043 and your in! Q-workforce members through-out the weekend qualify to win our front row upgrade, which Jim Kerr will announce Monday morning. Visit www.q1043.com and register for Q-workforce (source)

Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free, just off a sold-out, 32-date arena tour of Europe under the banner of Queen + Paul Rodgers, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will bring their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare performances this fall, touching down on each coast before heading out for a stadium tour of Japan.

Also check out the official press release on thoses dates and while surfing the website have a look at the Hyde Park pictures in the Tour Gallery! It also holds two new images for the promotion of the US dates and DVD/CD releases set for this autumn. The first is of studio photo of Brian, Roger and Paul by taken by Andy Earl and the second Is the single promo sleeve for the “Reaching Out/Tie Your Mother Down” single that is backed with “Fat Bottomed Girls”. According to 101cd.com the live double CD will be released on September 19th and features a 16 page booklet with photographs taken by fans throughout the tour.

Queen and Paul Rodgers have decided to offer thousands of free tickets for their rescheduled HYDE PARK show to members of LONDON’s emergency services. Surviving members of the classic rockers, who are currently on tour with former Free singer Paul Rodgers on vocals, decided to make the personal gesture to police, paramedics and firefighters following their heroic response to the recent bomb attacks in the city.

A statement on the official website reads: “We feel it is fitting to thank London’s emergency services for their extraordinary response in dealing with the effects of the bombing attacks and and to indeed celebrate the historical resilience of Londoners in their response to yet another atrocity.”

Queen and Paul Rodgers are working with London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s office to invite thousands of those from London’s emergency services who played a part in the rescue operations last week to be at the band’s concert this coming Friday evening. The group, who were due to play the gig last Friday (July 8), took the decision after seeing the news coverage of the attacks unfold on the television.

”We were away playing a concert in Germany and arrived back Thursday morning to see all this going on. We were unbelievably shocked and saddened. The heroes that day, and since then, are the police and emergency services coming together as one, calmly and bravely dealing with the tragedy and getting London’s wheels turning again. We’d like to offer an appreciation,” said guitarist Brian May.

Drummer Roger Taylor added: “You can only admire how calmly, how bravely they behaved in such appalling circumstances. They deserve the thanks of everyone in London.” Ticket collection points are currently being set up at London’s Dominion Theatre and Capital Radio’s Leicester Square headquarters for this Friday’s concert.

QUEEN drummer ROGER TAYLOR has praised ROBBIE WILLIAMS for giving the best performance of the day at the London leg of Live 8 earlier this month (JUL 5th). Taylor also gave Williams the ultimate compliment, saying his showmanship would even have impressed late Queen frontman FREDDIE MERCURY. Taylor says, “Robbie was great. Robbie was one of the few who involved the crowd and I felt there wasn’t quite enough of that, but the concert itself was a great achievement.” (source)

Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums
According to the compilers of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums, Queen have spent 1,322 weeks on the chart, compared with the Beatles’ 1,293 weeks. Roger Taylor, the group’s drummer, said yesterday (Ed: sorry, older news from July 5th) he was staggered by the news. Speaking from Lisbon, the latest leg of Queen’s European stadium tour, he said: “We were always incredibly ambitious. But we never expected to see a list that read Queen, then the Beatles, then Elvis.”

20th Anniversary Edition of Rhythm Magazine
Here is the actual full transcription of Steven Adler’s Tribute to Roger Taylor from the July 2005 20th Anniversary British Drum Icons Edition of Rhythm Magazine.

Queen + PR set 23-date US tour for Spring 2006
The tour is now officially confirmed. Please find the tour dates and more booking info below:
Fri 3 March Miami, Fl, American Airlines Arena
Sun 5 March Jacksonville, Fl, Veterans Coliseum.
Tues 7 March Duluth, GA, Gwinnett Center.
Thurs 9 March Washington, DC, MCI Center
Fri 10 March Worcester, MA, DCU Center.
Sun 12 March Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum.
Tues 14 March Philadelphia, PA, Wachovia Spectrum.
Thurs 16 March Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre.
Fri 17 March Buffalo, NY, HSBC Arena.
Mon 20 March Pittsburgh, PA, Mellon Arena.
Tues 21 March Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena.
Thurs 23 March Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena.
Fri 24 March Auburn Hills, MI, Palace at Auburn Hills.
Sun 26 March St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center.
Mon 27 March Milwaukee, WI, Bradley Center
Fri 31 March Glendale, AZ, Glendale Arena.
Sat 1 April San Diego, CA, Cox Arena.
Mon 3 April Anaheim, CA, Arrowhead Pond.
Wed 5 April San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion.
Fri 7 April Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand Garden. Mon 10 April Seattle, WA, Key Arena.
Tues 11 April Portland, OR, Rose Garden.
Thurs 13 April Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum.
Zappa’s girl tops bizarre name poll
Frank Zappa’s daughter Moon Unit has topped a list of celebrity offspring with the most bizarre names, according to an online poll. The survey of 2,300 people was carried out by online entertainment but found that the names of Michael Jackson’s children, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, were not “wacko” enough for the top 10.

The top 10 is:
1 Moon Unit — Frank Zappa
2 Apple — Chris Martin (Colplay)
3 Misty Kyd — Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)
4 Geronimo — Alex James (Blur)
5 Heavenly Hirani Tiger Lily — M. Hutchence/P. Yates
6 Dandelion — Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
7 Dweezil — Frank Zappa
8 Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q — Bono (U2)
9 Zowie Bowie — David Bowie
10 Rufus Tiger — Roger Taylor (Queen)

 

 

 

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Roger Taylor News

June 16, 2015

Glass painting to be auctioned for the Mercury Phoenix Trust
Please take a minute to read Jax’ MySpace website and find out about the painting on the left (click picture to enlarge). This picture is a glass painting by Jax and will be auctioned with all proceeds going to The Mercury Phoenix Trust to try and help sufferers of HIV AIDS globally. Jax contacted Spike’s wife Kyle and they passed the painting on to Roger. Now it has been signed by him, Brian and Spike. Please keep an eye on the MySpace website to when the auction is going to take place.

Roger and Brian on Canadian Idol and “WWRY” Toronto
The incomparable Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen will be returning to Toronto to participate in upcoming episodes of Canadian Idol, the immensely popular TV show broadcast nationwide on CTV. The two rock legends will “workshop” with this year’s Idol competitors. What this means is that they will work with and give advice to the Top 7 finalists. Brian and Roger will also perform on Canadian Idol. In all, there will be two “We Will Rock You: The Music of Queen” themed episodes of Canadian Idol broadcast on CTV on August 6 and 7. Mark your calendars now. Better yet, if you want to be part of the excitement, if you want to be there “live” when Brian and Roger’s performance will be taped, we have the inside information:

On the regularly scheduled Wednesday, August 1st performance, Brian and Roger will join the entire company of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Toronto at the Canon Theatre and perform live in the encore of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The seven remaining Canadian Idol finalists will also be part of the encore and Brian and Roger will also perform one extra song, which will be a surprise (we don’t even know the song they will choose until that night). Those of you who have already purchased tickets to the August 1st WE WILL ROCK YOU performance at the Canon Theatre in Toronto are in for an amazing and rare performance. If you want to be part of this historic event, there are a few seats still available. But hurry, once the news spreads, the tickets will go fast. (source: WWRY Toronto newsletter).

It sees the video of presentation of the event Queen’s Party.. The Brazilian event that will go to homage the 60 years of Brian and the 58 years of Roger… The team of the site QueenBrazil, (that already it was in person and already attended concerts with Roger, Brian, John, Freddie and also the new formation) makes meeting to homage Brian and Roger, day 29/07 in São Paulo Brazil. The baptized event of Queen’s Party will have many attractions. It sees the video of presentation.. The site Quenbrazil, making history and part of history. (video link)
Submitted by lady taylor.

Roger Taylor coming to Hungary with the Eddie Jordan Band
Roger Taylor is coming to Hungary with the Eddie Jordan Band and Damon Hill on the F1 race. Their performace take place before the world famous Hungarian band the Omega who celebrate a birthday. The concert is going to be on the 5th of August. There are rumours that Brian May will be there too.

Music superstars Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Maroon 5 and Mika are among the guests slated to appear this year on Canadian Idol. May and Taylor are slated to coach the hopefuls through episodes based on the music of Queen on Aug. 6 and 7, while Maroon 5 will provide advice to the Top 6 on Aug. 13 before performing live on Aug. 14. (source and full article here). Brian has confirmed the article on his soapbox.

The British leg of Live Earth startet at 1.30 pm with Roger, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) accompanied by a 20-odd troupe of percussionists drumming the SOS pattern and playing a short peace of WWRY. The news that he would be performing at this event was announced only one day earlier. So sorry I couldn’t post it here on Friday…

Rock supergroup QUEEN are planning a return to the charts in 2008 after recording nine new songs with singer PAUL RODGERS. The Show Must Go On rockers are said to be delighted with the progress they’re making on their first studio album since frontman Freddie Mercury’s death in 1991. And former Free and Bad Company star Rodgers is so happy with his new bandmates, he’s hoping to tour with them again. He tells Billboard.com, “With Queen and myself, it’s a very organic thing. We’re letting it sort of develop itself naturally and not pushing it or giving it any pressure. “We go in, just the three of us. Roger (Taylor) gets on the kit, Brian (May) gets on the guitar, I get on the acoustic guitar and piano, either/or, and then we share the bass line afterwards… I can hear the song line and then Brian can hear all the harmonies on top of it. “Brian knows exactly what he’s doing and we don’t know what it’s going to sound like, but when we go back into the studio and the engineer puts everything up we all go, ‘Holy smokes, listen to that!’ So that’s the genius of harmonies.”
Wednesday, August 1 was a busy and exciting day at the Canon Theatre. The venue was taken over by a large film crew from CTV who were filming segments of the popular show Canadian Idol. Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen spent most of the day working with the seven Idol finalists, listening to each of them perform a Queen song and then offering advice and encouragement. Later in the afternoon, Brian and Roger joined the entire company of WE WILL ROCK YOU and the seven Idol finalists for a rehearsal of that night’s festivities. After a dinner break, everyone returned to the theatre for that night’s sold-out performance. The crowd was pumped even before the theatre’s doors were opened. Young and old, locals and visitors, they all knew they were going to experience a performance like no other. Throughout the show, the connection between audience and performers was electric. When Brian and Roger joined the company on stage for “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the theatre erupted. Luckily the performance was captured on film and segments will be shown on the next two broadcasts of Canadian Idol. Mark your calendars and don’t miss Canadian Idol on the CTV network, Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7.

Queen fan Craig Jenkinson ‘found’ both Fun In Space and Strange Frontier when they were ‘donated’ to his local Cancer Research charity shop along with a box of other assorted albums. He knew they were worth more than the 50p price tag they MIGHT have been given in the shop, and so rescued them! He sent them to me, and I had Roger sign them both very recently (see pic), and we would now like to sell them to the highest bidder, and donate all the proceeds back to that Cancer Research shop. They are in good condition, the sleeve on Strange Frontier is a little worn, but the records themselves look as though they were not played a huge amount! Opening bid is £25 EACH and you can bid on both at the same time or just one, simply send your highest bids HERE with your name and membership number. Please state if you are bidding on one or both. Feel free to send a ‘maximum bid’ and I will inform you if it is bettered. You have until Thursday October 11th to get your bids in! Highest bidder at midday on that day will get the goodies

Having originally issued the track as a free download for World Aids Day (December 1) to support Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV AIDS campaign, rock group Queen and Paul Rodgers are responding to public demand to make their newly recorded song ‘Say It’s Not True’ available as a commercial CD single release. All royalties from world sales will be donated to Nelson Mandela’s AIDS cause, 46664. The release has been prompted by extraordinary download demand for the track which went beyond everyone’s expectations. More then 100,000 downloads were recorded at the band’s website, www.queenonline.com over the first weekend. The band promise buyers of the single the premium of hearing the track in a new mix, heightened by further studio work by the band after the necessity of delivering an early mix for download in time for World AIDS Day. The single comes as an enhanced CD release carrying the full video shown at the Johannesburg concert. While not physically available until December 31, the CD can be pre-ordered

Queen declared ‘top British band’
Rockers Queen have beaten The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone. The five finalists had been selected over the previous week by Radio 2 listeners. DJ Mark Goodier then hosted a three-hour live New Year’s Day show in which a host of celebrity guests, including boy band McFly, joined listeners in debating who should win the title. After all the votes had been totted up, the winner was then announced live on air – and it was revealed that Queen had beaten the Beatles by just 400 votes. Queen, led by flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, released a string of hit records throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – including Bohemian Rhapsody in 1975, widely regarded as one of the best UK singles of all time.

Queen back in the studio
Mercury, who many saw as the star performer at 1985’s Live Aid concert at Wembley, died from an Aids-related condition in 1991. The band have continued, however, with former Free singer Paul Rodgers taking on the role of lead singer since 2004. A Queen and Paul Rodgers album is expected sometime in the near future, after Brian May confirmed at the end of last year that they were going into the studio together.

Meanwhile, Queen-inspired musical We Will Rock You, which opened in London’s West End in 2002, is still playing in theatres around the world.

Queen on Al Murray’s Happy Hour
The Sun reported in it’s TV Biz section last Saturday: “Legendary rock group QUEEN have got a pub gig – in the series finale of Al Murray’s Happy Hour, TV Biz can reveal. Every episode of the mock landlord’s ITV1 chat show ends with Murray performing a QUEEN song with one of his musical guests, because as long term “QUEEN Fan” Murray says “that’s proper music”. Now he has the real thing. QUEEN turn up on March 10th when X-Factor judge Louis Walsh and Rod stewart’s fiancee Penny Lancaster will also be guests.”
The show was recorded yesterday afternoon (please check also Brian’s comment on his soapbox). The show is on 9.50 pm -10.50 pm this Saturday.

New single and album
‘Rocket Girl’ will be the brand new single taken from the upcoming album ‘Wire Daisies’. The band is really looking forward to the release of the track and cannot wait to share the new album with you also. The single is set for release on April 23rd, but you will be able to download the track from March 25th on iTunes. The band feel the track is a great way to kick off the new Wire Daisies album, which is set to be released on May 7th. You can check out ‘Rocket Girl’ now, plus three other new album tracks, includng live favourite ‘Never Meant To Hurt You’ in the music section.

Queen Musical WWRY Kicks Off In T.O.
There won’t be any Freddy Mercury, of course, and the legendary rock band isn’t about to play a show, but Queen-inspired musical “We Will Rock You” debuted in Toronto Tuesday night, and right off the bat had fans stomping their feet and clapping their hands with vigor. Of course before the show even started there was already a buzz among the crowd, with a gala premiere that included appearances by actors Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May (pictured) and Roger Taylor. Other notables on hand at the Canon Theatre included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and several members of the CHUM family including Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish and Jennifer Valentyne, and CityNews anchor Gord Martineau.

Taylor was the most vocal of the Queen alumni, saying he was pleased to finally see the popular show open in Canada. “It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” It certainly off to a solid start, and audience members wasted no time waiving the yellow glow sticks that were handed out before the curtain.

The story itself is the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton and is set in a dystopian future where creativity and individuality are stifled. That’s when a band of rebels known as The Bohemians come together to rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and in the process, reclaim their freedom while rocking out 32 classic Queen hits including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The show’s also been injected with plenty of Canadian content. Included in the group of outcasts are characters called Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” For the most part, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline. (source)

TORONTO (CP) – Queen fans stomped their feet and waved glow sticks in the air as they sang along to a star-studded debut of the rock musical “We Will Rock You” on Tuesday night.

The stage show opened with a gala premiere attended by celebrities including actors Eugene Levy and Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Both May, who was draped in a long red coat, and Taylor, in a dark suit, were mobbed by cameras and autograph seekers as soon as they arrived at the Canon Theatre. Taylor said he was pleased to finally see “We Will Rock You” open in Canada.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” Other notables at the splashy debut included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and “Canada AM” co-host Seamus O’Regan.

Murphy, who has covered Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” in concert, said he’s never considered putting Sloan songs in a stage show, but he playfully considered the idea. “It would be hysterical to make one with Sloan music, but I don’t know,” said Murphy, dressed in a worn black leather jacket and his trademark oversized wire-rim glasses. Seated in an aisle seat on the floor, the rocker could later be seen stamping his feet and waving his arms in the air along with other audience members to hits including “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions.” Audience members also waved yellow glow sticks that had been handed out for free before the show began.

The story – the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton – is set in a dystopian future in which creativity and individuality have been stamped out. A band of rebels, known as The Bohemians, must rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and their freedom. All the while, themes of love and rebellion are propelled by 32 Queen hits, including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And plenty of Canadian references abound – among the outcasts are rebels known as Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” By and large, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline.

That didn’t bother Queen fan Brian Petrie, 50, who said the show had him singing along in his seat. “I thought it was very well done,” he said. “Very funny and original, and also I thought the reproduction of the voices were great.” (source)

Rocket Girl
Rocket Girl can be downloaded from iTunes NOW! On May 7th a 4 track bundle will be available to download which includes an exclusive live version of the track. The full tracklisting is: 1) Rocket Girl 2) Mary Jane 3) So Easy 4) Rocket Girl – Live from Second Life

Catch the band live
A reminder to those of you that haven’t bought tickets yet that Wire Daisies perform at The Borderline, London on Wednesday 18th April. The band will be on stage at 9:30pm. Tickets can be bought from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk. We need a couple of volunteers at the gig to go round and get people to sign up to the Wire Daisies database. It would be great to have Wire Daisies fans involved with this. We will provide some free drinks and a meet and greet with the band for those who are up for helping. If you’re interested please email charly@transistorproject.com

Album Release date change
The brand new album ‘Wire Daisies’ is set for release on May 14th. The album highlights the eclectic mix of the band’s writing. It moves from out and out rock tracks, such as Wake Up and Time Will Tell, to full blooded ballads, such as Never Meant To Hurt You, Silver Top and Leaving So Soon. For those of you that cant wait that long the album will be available to download exclusively from Itunes from 30th April!

Website
The media and music sections are now up and running on the website. You can check out the fantastic new press pictures of the band, exclusive pictures from Abbey Road and the Second Live concerts and sample tracks from the forthcoming album. A new members page will be launched very soon which database members will be able to access. This page will feature exclusive pictures, videos and audio tracks submitted directly from the band members. You won¹t find this content anywhere else!

Second life
Wire Daisies are continuing their unique residency in the ‘virtual world’ of Second life. Their next gig will be on Monday April 16th on the Island of Menorca. The live event, trialed in March, was so successful that the Wire Daisies have been booked for a regular residency in the virtual world.

“Band du Lac: One Night Only” Coming To DVD In June
Gary Brooker’s “Band Du Lac” performed at Wintershall Estate in Surrey on 11 June 2005, in aid of H.A.S.T.E. (Heart And Stroke Trust Endeavour). Appearing on stage were Gary Brooker, Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather-Low, Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack and Henry Spinetti. Other special guests were Katie Melua, Roger Taylor, Ringo Starr, Chris Barber and The Drifters. The performance will be released on DVD by Eagle Rock Entertainment on 13 June 2006 in North America and in the UK on 5 June. (Release information for the rest of the world is not available at this time.) (source).

DVD Tracklist:
01. Tequila
02. Over My Shoulder (featuring Paul Carrack)
03. Reconsider Baby (featuring Eric Clapton)
04. Lay Down Sally (featuring Eric Clapton)
05. How Long (featuring Paul Carrack)
06. Willie & The Hand Jive (featuring Eric Clapton)
07. Crawling Up a Hill (featuring Katie Melua)
08. My Aphrodisiac Is You (featuring Katie Melua)
09. The Closest Thing to Crazy (featuring Katie Melua)
10. Lay My Burden Down (featuring Andy Fairweather-Low)
11. Say It’s Not True (featuring Roger Taylor)
12. These Are the Days of Our Lives (featuring Roger Taylor)
13. I Want to Break Free (featuring Roger Taylor)
14. This World is Rich (featuring Gary Brooker)
15. Act Naturally (featuring Ringo Starr)
16. Photograph (featuring Ringo Starr)
17. With a Little Help From My Friends (featuring Ringo Starr)
18. A Whiter Shade of Pale (featuring Gary Brooker)
19. Stormy Monday (featuring Eric Clapton and Chris Barber)
20. Under the Boardwalk (featuring The Drifters)
21. Stand By Me (featuring The Drifters)
22. Cocaine (featuring Eric Clapton)
23. I Can’t Dance (Everyone!)

Bonus Features:
Interviews with the key performers in “The Road To Wintershall” featurette

Technical Info:
Running Time: 128 minutes
Screen Format: 16:9
Sound Formats: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo.

For some weeks now music websites have been buzzing over the identity of Felix and Arty, whose reggae influenced track Woman Youre So Beautiful (but still a pain in the ass) is as hot as the recent summer, and in just the short time it has been circulating in cyberspace, has racked up over 18,000 plays on one UK site alone.
If any proof were needed of the impression being made by the duo, just drop their name into your Google toolbar and you’ll find a return of 172,000 references.
Triggering the message board frenzy has been the suspicion that one half of the duo is in fact one of our biggest rock stars hiding behind a devilishly simple acronym. And, lo and behold, fans of the band appear to have penetrated the code this week, revealing that Arty in fact conceals the identity of RT, Roger Taylor, world famous writer, singer, drummer with rock legends Queen.
From there on, for fans of the band, is was easy to work out that Felix is none other than Taylors first son, who fans will recognize as being credited in band history minutiae as having provided Taylor with the title for one of his biggest selling songs, Radio Ga Ga. (Felix, then aged two, apparently responded to radio as bla bla).
So word is now out: son and father, father and son, Felix and Arty, singing the praises of the female sex (and, in parentheses, admitting to finding them a constant frustration, a pain in the a).
As a proud father of five, it was perhaps only a matter of time before we might have expected to see Taylor performing with one of his progeny, and enter, twenty-something son Felix.
The twist in the tale here, however, is that son Felix until this point had not shown the to-be-expected ambition of following in Taylor seniors gold-clad footsteps. Felix instead has followed the course of university graduate, art, and now, cutting his teeth in communications.
Taylor recorded the track himself at the tail end of his bands recent tour of Japan, performing all the musical parts and vocals himself. Having finished, the one part he wasnt happy with was the vocal. Out of the blue, he called in Felix, who had never sung before, to record his voice over Taylors original vocals. Dad was happier with this cut, and in the space of a reggae beat, the song found its way to a few download sites, and multiplied from there.
Felix meanwhile is back at his desk learning to communicate on behalf of a music royalty collection agency and wondering whether Dad will be calling on him again. On present form, wed suggest he stands by his mobile phone.
Oh, and on the subject of whether he agrees with his fathers sentiments on woman as expressed in Taylors lyrics for Woman Youre So Beautiful (but still a pain in the a..), Felix shows a true skill in diplomacy, I guess he has more experience than me, is as much as he has to say.

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Roger Taylor Jokes

June 16, 2015

One day, a tuba player wanted to torture the drummer behind him, so he hid one of the drummer’s sticks. After looking around for a few minutes, with a frantic, wide-eyed expression, the drummer fell to his knees, flung his arms wide, and screamed to heaven: “Finally! The miracle, after all these years! I’m a Conductor!”

Q: Why didn’t the little drummer boy get into heaven?
A: Because he woke the baby for Christ’s sake!

Q: What do you call a drummer with half a brain?
A: Gifted.

Q: Why to bands need Roadies?
A. To translate what the drummer says.

A new customer walks into the new store on the block that sells brains. There are three glass cases, each containing a nice wet quivering grey brain. The first one says “Astrophysicist”, and it costs $10. The second says “Avon Salesman” and costs $1000. The third says “Drummer” and costs $10,000. The customer is confused, and questions the salesperson.
“I don’t get it…why would I want a drummer’s brain for $10,000 when I can get an astrophysicists’ for $10?”.
The salesman replies, “Because it’s never been used.”

Q: What’s the difference between a drum machine and a drummer?
A: You only have to punch the information into the drum machine once!

Q: What does a drummer use for contraception?
A: His personality!

Two girls are walking along when they hear…
“Psst! Down here!”
They both look down and see a frog sitting beside the road.
The frog says to them, “Hey, if you kiss me I’ll turn into a world famous drummer and make you both rich and famous!”
The two girls looked at each other, and one of them reached down and grabbed the frog and stuffed it in her pocket.
The other girl said, “What did you do that for?”
The first replied, “I’m not stupid. I know a talking frog is worth heaps more than a famous drummer any day!!!”

Q: What do Ginger Baker and 7-11 coffee have in common?
A. They both suck without Cream.

Q: How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A #1: Just one, so long as a roadie gets the ladder, sets it up and puts the bulb in the socket for him.
A #2: One, but only after asking “Why?”
A #3: Twenty. One to hold the bulb, and nineteen to drink until the room spins.
A #4: None. They have a machine to do that now.

A drummer, tired from being ridiculed by his peers, decides to learn how to play some “real” musical instruments.
He goes to a music store, walks in, approaches the store clerk, and says “I’ll take that red trumpet over there and that accordian.”
The store clerk looks at him a bit funny, and replies “OK, you can have the fire extinguisher but the radiator’s got to stay”.

Q: What’s the best way to confuse a drummer?
A: Put a sheet of music in front of him.

A guy walks into a shop.
“You got one of them Marshall Hiwatt AC30 amplificatior thingies and a Gobson StratoBlaster geetar with a Fried Rose tremulo?”
“You’re a drummer, aren’t you?”
“Duh, yeah. How’d you know?”
“This is a travel agency.”

A man goes to an exotic tropical island for a vacation. As the boat nears the island, he notices the constant sound of drumming coming from the island. As he gets off the boat, he asks the first native he sees how long the drumming will go on. The native casts about nervously and says “very bad when the drumming stops.”
At the end of the day, the drumming is still going and is starting to get on his nerves. So, he asks another native when the drumming will stop. The native looks as if he’s just been reminded of something very unpleasant.
“Very bad when the drumming stops,” he says, and hurries off.
After a couple of days with little sleep, our traveller is finally fed up, grabs the nearest native, slams him up against a tree, and shouts “What happens when the drumming stops?!!” “Bass solo.”

Q: What is the difference between a drummer and a vacuum cleaner?
A. You have to plug one of them in before it sucks.

Q: Why are bad drummers better than drum machines?
A. You don’t have to plug ’em in to get something stiff, mechanical and uninspired.

If a dollar bill was laying in the center of a room, and the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, a drummer with good time, and a drummer with bad time were standing in the corners, who would get the money?
The drummer with bad time since the other three don’t exist.

A lady walks into a store and tell the man behind the counter she would like some musican brains. “Alright” he says, “What kind?”.
“How much do they cost?” she asks.
“Well, those there are trumpeters at $5 a pound, those are french horns at $7 a pound, and those are conductors’ at $10 a pound.” He replies.
“What are those way back there?” she asks.
“Those are drummers brains. They cost $100 a pound.” He replies.
“GOODNESS!!”, she exclaims, “Why are they so expensive?”
“Lady, do you realize how many drummers it takes to get a pound of brains?!?!”.

“Hey buddy, how late does the band play?”
“Oh, about a half beat behind the drummer.”

Q: Why is a drum machine better than a drummer?
A: Because it can keep a steady beat and won’t sleep with your girlfriend.

An amateur drummer dies and goes to heaven. While he is waiting outside the pearly gates, he hears some incredibly fast drumming coming from within heaven. He immediately recognizes the playing, and asks St. Peter if that really is Buddy Rich playing drums in heaven.
St. Peter responds: “No, that’s G-d. He just thinks that he’s Buddy Rich.”

Q: How can you make a drummer slow down?
A: Put a sheet of music in front of him

Q #2: How can you make that drummer stop?
A: Put notes on it!

Q: Why do guitarists put drumsticks on the dash of their car?
A: So they can park in the handicapped spot.

A fellow walks into a shop and says to the shop assistant:”Excuse me, I’d like to buy a guitar pick, and some strings.”
The shop assistant looks uncomprehendingly at his customer, and says “pardon?”
“I’d like a guitar pick please, and some strings.”
The shop assistant thinks on this for a while, and then turns to his customer and says “you’re a drummer aren’t you?”
“Yeah! How did you know man?”
“This is a fish and chip shop.”

Johnny says to his mom: I want to be a drummer when I grow up!
Mom: But Johnny, you can’t do both.

Q: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
A: A drummer.

Q: How can you tell when a drummer’s at the door?
A #1: The knocking speeds up.
A #2: He doesn’t know when to come in.

Did you hear about the guitarist who was going to a gig and locked his keys in the car?
It took him two hours to get the drummer out….

One friend to another: “Why do you hang around with that drummer??”
“Beats me!”

Q: How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
A: You can tell it’s coming, but you can’t do anything about it.

A man dies and goes to Heaven. Unlike he had expected, Heaven is essentially a really long hallway with doors on either side, each with a short IQ range listed on it. Inside, he learns, the rooms are perfectly tailored so that the conversation will match the intelligence of the people in them. He opens the 170 door.
“Well,” comes the conversation inside, “I’ve always found Fourier transforms to be a rather limited way of interconverting what are fundamentally…”
SLAM. Too rich for him.
He heads down the hall a bit to the 115 zone and opens the door.
“I just read ‘Generation X’,” comes a voice, “and though Coupland doesn’t do too badly in identifying his generation’s fundamental angst, I was a bit confused by…”
SLAM.
Not bad, but now the man was getting curious, and wanted to see what was further down the scale. He tries 95.
“Hey, did you read the paper today? Says interest rates will go up again…”
SLAM. How about 60?
“Huh. Thought ‘Married With Children’ last night was pretty funny. Didn’t get the bit about the hooters, though…”
SLAM.
It was getting pretty bad. He tried 35. The people inside were looking at one another and drooling.
Finally, he came to the one marked with a 10. He hesitated, fearing what he would see when he opened the door. But he did, seeing only two guys inside.
“So,” one said to the other, “what size sticks do you use?”

Two salesmen are in a bar. One says to the other, “I bet you I can relate to anyone in this bar, I’m such a good salesman.” The other replies, “You think so, huh? Well, sure. But I pick the guys.”
“Ok,” says the first, “you’re on.”
The other grabs the guy sitting at the table next to them and tells the first salesman, “Here, this one.” This first subject is dressed in a three-piece suit and is carrying Wall Street Week.
The salesman asks him, “What’s your IQ?” “190.” So they chat for a while about the stock market, particle physics, and Non-Euclidean geometry.
“Ok,” says the other salesman, “That was pretty good, but you still have two to go.” He looks around and grabs a guy dressed in jeans, a tee-shirt, and a baseball cap worn backwards.
The salesman asks him “What’s you’re IQ?” “About 100.” So THEY chat for a while about baseball, cars, and the various women in the bar.
“Fine,” says the other salesman, “But there’s still one to go.” He goes to the back of the bar and grabs a really scummy looking guy in a muscle shirt and shorts. The salesman asks him “What’s your IQ?”
“About 60.”
“What kind of sticks do you use?”

Q: What does the average drummer get on an IQ test?
A: Drool.

Q: How can you tell when the stage riser is level?
A: The drools comes out of both sides of the drummer’s mouth.

Q: What do you call a drummer that breaks up with his girlfriend?
A: Homeless.

Q: What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band?
A: “Hey, guys – why don’t we try one of my songs? …”

Q: What did the professional drummer say when he got to his job?
A: “Would you like fries with that?”

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Roger Taylor Fun Facts

June 16, 2015

What was Roger like to look after, did he get in trouble and did he really have drumsticks with his name printed on them?
Ruth

He was pretty easy to look after, he would have the odd tantrum, but don’t we all at sometime or another. We were very matey so we had a great rapport with each other, which meant that if something needed doing we just sat around and talked it over. Simple really. During the show we could almost lip read each other, and we had little hand and head signals which meant we could relay messages to each other very easy and quickly. So, for instance, if he wanted Brians guitar turned up in his monitors, a couple of quick coded nods and Hey Presto, job done and we’re all happy. He never got in any trouble, but the pair of us got up to a lot of mischief. Baring the Monaco incident we never had an encounter with the police and neither of us ever threw a punch at anyone else. Although during the recording of Fun In Space I’m sure he wanted to belt me when I blew him up with various exploding cigarettes, matches, lighters and pepper flavoured chewing gum. We just had a good time really. Ruth, you seemed surprised, but yes he did have his name on his sticks. Some guitarists have their names on their plectrums. He had his name on his sticks and his face on the bass drum, just in case he ever got amnesia he would know who he was
Crystal

Roger would have some sticks in the dressing room and would bash chairs and tables, and sometimes my head, so his hands were flexible. When they were dressed and ready to go on, Roger and Freddie would screech. They didn’t have a song to loosen their vocal chords, they would just screech these high pitched noises. I can assure you it didn’t sound very musical to me. If a stick broke Roger would just change sticks, he had about a dozen hanging on his floor tom-tom. If the bass drum pedal broke I would grab a new one and dive on to the riser, lying face down between his stool and the floor toms. Most of the time he will have moved his foot as much as possible, but if he hadn’t I would tap his ankle so he knew I was there and he would move his foot so the offending pedal could be swapped.

While he was waiting for his luggage at L.A. airport, a guy came up to him and said “You’re him, I know who you are, can I get your autograph cause you’re famous, I know who you are, you’re him I know it.” Rog was giving him a polite smile and was just about to sign for him when he suddenly blurted out, “You are him, I know it, you’re Warren Zevon.” He left feeling a complete thingyhead. Still in the good old U.S.of A., Mr Taylor had a close encounter with Andy Williams. They said their Hi’s and Andy starts off, “Man, I love your album, it sounds great, I really love it.” Rog was thanking him for his praise when Andy chirps in again, ” Man, that Dark Side Of The Moon is brilliant.” Now lets be honest with each other, Warren Zevon maybe, but one of The Pink Floyd, I don’t think so.

After one of the Japanese tours Roger and myself went for a short break on the way home. We stopped off in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Whilst in Hong Kong, one late drunken evening we meet Andy Warhol and ended up chatting with him for a few hours. (Still to this day I have never understood what all the fuss about him was, but thats me.) After Warhol died his diaries were released in print. A few years later I was at a friends place and while she was getting ready I noticed she had the diaries. I flicked through the pages until I found the year, and I remembered Warhol saying he had just come from China and I wanted to see if he mentioned meeting Rog. I found the Hong Kong section and it read, “Met one of those English rock bands in the elevator, think it was The Clash.” Joe Strummer and Mick Jones maybe.

We decided one year to go to the Montreux Jazz Festival, so there we are, Roger, Dave Richards and me, just standing around, having a few drinks and minding our own business. If anyone knows Dave, he looks more like Warren Zevon than anyone.The three of us were chatting when out of the blue two kids, about 12 years old came over and said to ME, “Can we have your autograph please?” We all looked puzzled and I replied “Why do you want my autograph?” The little girl said “You are the drummer with Queen aren’t you?” I felt so sorry for her I just said she must have mistaken me for someone else, and they left.

Whilst in Montreux we would rent a huge house right on the lake, with the view on the MIH sleeve. The owner of the house had a thing about ducks cause they were everywhere, china, porcelain, wood, plastic, you name it and they were there, so needless to say the place was christened ‘Duckingham Palace.’ To get to DP from the road meant descending a very steep, winding staircase through a very well manicured jungle, not easy at the best of times in the middle of the night. Once inside DP there was a huge lounge to the left, and to the right up a couple of steps was a very long corridor where all the bedrooms were, RT’s was at the very end. Dominique happened to be visiting on this occasion, and the three of us and Dave Richards went to dinner, Swiss wine is excellent and we drank a couple of vineyards, each. After the meal Dom went back to the house and the Taylors had to continue on their mission to become the two stupidest people on the planet, which I can proudly say we succeeded in doing.

By about 3am we decide it is impossible to drink Montreux completely dry, so we threw in the towel, but now I’ve got a huge problem, I would have trouble getting myself home but I had another idiot with me who was in a worst state than me. I managed to sober up briefly to get us back to the house but we’ve now got to negotiate the stairs. The pair of us are brainless with a major fit of the giggles, it’s pitch black and Rogers got his dark glasses on. We get about ten steps down and I hear an almighty thud and when I turn around Roger has hit the deck and I said “Are you OK.” He replies “Yeah, but the ground keeps coming up at me.” I go over to help him up, and as I’m pulling him, down I go. By this time we’re pissing ourselves laughing and rolling around the jungle. We finally get to our feet and continue onwards, with me leading and him leaning on me for support.

Phase one over and the door is insight, and we’re singing, dancing and swaying in every possible direction. Once at the door I can’t find the correct key let alone the lock, and while I’m groping away at the door Rog was propped up against the wall with his head down and his glasses fell off. Being fab I noticed this and picked them up, got the door open and in we went. Once inside he said he was going straight to bed and proceeded up the long corridor, bouncing off each of the walls like a ball in a pinball machine, needless to say I’m cracking up and when he got to the end I said “Rog, do you want your glasses?” He then turns around and does the same walk back again, when he reaches me I put out my hand which was holding his glasses and a big bunch of keys, and yeah you guessed it, he took the keys. Off he goes again playing pinball, but this time he’s trying to put a bunch of keys on his nose. When he was just outside his room I yelled, “Do you want these glasses or not?” He yells back “Yeah, thanks CT.” By this time I’m in dire need to find a toilet cause I thought it was so funny. He finally gets to me and puts his glasses on, has one more trip of pinball, flings open the bedroom door, turns on all the lights and bellows “Darling, I made it.” I will leave it to your own imagination as to what Dom said.

“Do you fancy going to the Monacco Grand Prix, all expenses paid?” That’s the first thing I heard when Rick Parfitt phoned me, but I needed to know more so Roger and I met at Ricks house later that day to get the whole story. Looking back at it now we should have been suspicious ’cause he started, “I met a man in a pub who’s a TV producer and he wanted to know if I would like to go to Monacco, and be filmed watching the Grand Prix. I said Yeah, but if my mate Rog comes along you’ll get Queen and Quo, and we have to take Crystal who looks after us both.” He then proceeded to tell us that we would have a Lear Jet, stocked with Champagne and Caviar, to fly us to Nice, a helicopter from Nice to Monacco then a limo to the hotel. So far so good. Once there
we would have the correct passes to go everywhere and the use of a huge boat, once again stocked with the works, and all meals, hotels, drinks etc.paid for. Sounds great. RT and RP are both fast car freaks, so they were in seventh heaven, me, I couldn’t give a toss, I just like going places and this had all the makings of a good time. How wrong can you be.

The big day arrives and the limo picks me up at home and I head off to get Rog, and then on to Ricks, then to Biggin Hill Airport. We’re sitting around at the private sector and I’m looking for a Lear Jet but can’t see one, so off I go to locate the pilot. “Where’s the jet mate?” I ask. The first shock of the day comes when he tells me we don’t have one, and points to some dodgy little plane with propellers. Oh well, “Is there any booze on it?” A big NO was his reply, so off I go on a mission to locate stacks of alcohol (We’re all nervous flyers) Somebody tightened the elastic band and this excuse for a Lear Jet finally got off the ground. We’re getting nicely tanked up as we wave goodbye to the White Cliffs of Dover, and greet Calais on our trip south, when the plane starts to descend. What now? We land in Dijon to get fuel and the airstrip won’t take the pilots card, so Rick uses his Amex and it seemed to take forever, but we finally get back in the air and continue to calm our nerves. It was a long flight, but a few jokes and a few too many slurps kept it all lighthearted until the pilot turned and said, “Do you guys wanna see Marseilles by night, it’s really pretty?” I replied with a stern no, but we still saw it. After a seven hour flight we finally land in Nice and we get to meet the man from the pub, who’s name I can’t remember, but he did have a incredibly defective haircut and instantly became known as the poodle.

Once the bad flight was out of the way, it all went down hill. “Where’s the helicopter?” I ask. “We dont have one.””Where’s the limo then?” “We don’t have one.””Well how the f*** do we get to Monacco then”The poodle informs us that he has a car and he’s gonna drive. When we get to his car, it’s a Renault 5 and theres us three with luggage and the poodle. We cram in and set of, making a very long detour into the center of Nice to pick up Mrs Poodle, now were very uncomfortable and apart from not being used to driving on the right, he’s also a terrible driver. I had quite a few visions of joining Grace Kelly. When we finally get to the hotel I go into tour mode, approach the desk, “Hi, you have three rooms for us, Mr. R Parfitt, Mr. R Taylor and Mr. C Taylor.” Another slap in the face when he says, “No sir, we only have two, Mr. R Taylor and Mr C Taylor, and the hotel is full.” Nice one Rick, you organise the trip and you don’t have a room. I let RP have my room and the poodle and myself go off in search of another hotel. Check in, drop the bags and head straight to hotel 1 to get the other two and go to dinner, to a restaurant that Monsieur Poodle has booked. Of all the great eateries in France, he has to pick the worst, but it did have good wine, lots of good wine. Once dined he then lets me know he doesn’t have any Francs and could I lend him some? I don’t think so, so I pay for dinner. All expenses paid eh, It’s costing each of us a lot of money so far. Next we go to a club that is recommended by our canine host, we wait outside for 30 mins. while he arranges everything for us, and guess what, they don’t let us in, not wearing ties or something.

It’s been a long day so it’s time to knock it on the head, should of knocked the poodle on the head ’cause he knows another club around the corner. He did make it sound appealing with his description of female clientele. Once inside this huge complex we managed to loose poodle, and we’re wandering around corridors looking for the entrance and we walk round a corner, and lo and behold there’s blue flashing lights and about a dozen cops, all with their guns pointing straight at us. It’s amazing how your instincts tell you you’re well and truly in the shit. They frisk us and they must have known we were VIP’s cause we each had our own car to take us straight to jail, no passing go and no collecting £200. Even though they threw us in the same cell, for some strange reason they left the door open, which is now a good cue for the drummer to make stupid comments. ” C’mon CT, we’ve done nothing wrong, let’s go, let’s just walk out of here.” My reply to that was something on the lines of, I don’t think so. Then the two of them chirp up, “Tell them who we are.” Once again I replied, I don’t think so, you tell them who you are. We were free to walk at about 7am, and I must say that the cops were very nice to us. Bedtime at last. Day 2 and nothing else can go wrong, or can it?

We get the passes from the poodle, and needless to say we don’t have the right ones, but years of dealing with passes I know just about every trick under the sun, and we’re in the backstage area of the Grand Prix. We head to the boat which is laid on for us, but the motor racing people make us feel unwelcome, so we clear off. Roger is getting feed up with all this and kept saying we should go home. My theory was, we’re here, let’s make the most of it. While all this is going on we had a camera following us filming every little move, after all that’s what we came for. Later that day Jim Beech flew in, not to bale anyone, just to hang out. Evening arrives and I book a really good restaurant and refuse to tell the poodle where it is. We have an amazing meal, even better wine, and Rog is once again happy. We all decide to have an early night, RT and RP to hotel 1, CT to hotel 2, and JB to where ever he was staying.

When I go to reception and ask for my key, the little chap said, “Ah, Monsieur Tayleeeeer, you ‘ave shanged roams.” No I have not. “Oui Monsieur, we ‘ave taken your bags to you new roam.”. What the hell, I’m too tired to argue, if my luggage is there, no problem. When I open the door, no huge bed like my last room, two single beds, and some strange bloke in one of them. “Oi, who the f*** are you?” I bellowed. The poor bloke woke from a deep sleep and shat himself. It turned out he was an Italian journalist who the poodle had flown in to do interviews with Rog and Rick. I hurled abuse at this guy for a while and then realised that he’d done nothing wrong, it was all to do with the poodle. I phoned hotel 1 and told Rog what was going on, and finally had to agree with him and get the hell outta here. He phoned and woke the poodle and, as I wasn’t there, can only presume that he used some very colourful language. Day 3, and the first thing on the agenda is to get three 1st class airline tickets from Nice, and a helicopter from Monacco to Nice. Done. Race day, and I have to admit it was quite a buzz, ’cause by now I’ve wangled all sorts of passes and we’re down in the pits with all drivers, and these guys have some great looking girls hanging around. Giddy up. When you’re standing on the start line of a Grand Prix and all those cars rev up it is impossible to describe the noise and volume, it’s quite amazing. We caught about half hour of the race before we had to leave, and even though we had only been gone three days, it was great to get back to Blighty and go straight to the pub and have a good laugh about the whole weekend. The strange thing is, the poodle actually made a TV show out of it, and it was quite good.

During sound checks Roger would spend forever tuning his kit, and during the show, with the heat of the lights and his pounding, would continue tuning during the show. On one occasion, sound check over and kit perfect, we head off until showtime. During the first number of the set RT is looking a bit put out, and after the first song starts frantically re-tuning the drums. This continues for quite a few songs until he starts to look relaxed. After the show Shag is summoned to the dressing room, and RT said, “Er Shag, after the soundcheck did you re-tune my kit? And the reply was, “Oh no Rog, I wouldn’t do that, I just tightened up the loose ones.” Back in Berlin and it’s five minutes before show time, and Gerry comes up to me and says, “Look’s like you’ve got your old job back for tonight.” Why? I look round and Shag is being carted off on a stretcher, with an oxygen mask, drip and everything. What else can this clown get up to? For the last two million years Queen have finished the show with Rock You, then Champions, when the lights would come down, FM running around like a madman, RT standing up and hitting all his cymbals and playing just the bass drum with his right foot, BM playing the never ending power chord whilst keeping an eye on the drummer and JD wondering where we’re going clubbing. As the lighting rig came to a standstill, Rog would sit down, and cue the rest of the band for the finish with two smacks on the snare drum and then an almighty crash of the cymbals, and it’s over for another night. Play the tape. Shag had done this a couple of dozen times already, so you would think he knew. Wrong. On one night, Rogers doing his standing up bit and our beloved Shag thinks, “The stool is in the way.” so he removes the offending stool. When Roger goes to sit down, there’s nothing to sit on and he goes arse over tit off the back of the riser, and he’s lying there winded. I tell Shag Nasty to hide for a while and try and get the drummer to his feet, and needless to say he’s very pissed off. The lights have stopped and Brian has played the longest chord in the history of the universe. Roger finally gets back behind the kit, does the two hits and cymbal crash to finally finish the show, and then completely trashes his kit. I’m glad I didn’t have to rebuild it. Needless to say, Shag did not last to long. Until next time.

“Who wants to live forever” had RT so drunk it took forever for him to hit the cymbal in time with the track. “Rock you” was filmed in Rogers garden of his new country estate, and as the old owners were still living there we couldn’t use the house. It was snowing and freezing and pretty damn miserable, but when Freddie turned up he had drank most of a bottle of Brandy on the journey, so needless to say he could barely stand up straight in the snow and his hands were so cold he grabbed Ratty’s gloves that he used for loading trucks, and wore them for the filming. Watch and see.

Roger appeared in Freddies “Pretender” video. It was this point in time that I was getting a bit suss about the drummer, because he took to this dressing in womens clothes a bit to easy. When it was finished we all went back to Garden Lodge, and you had better sit down for this next bit, I was the only sober one. Roger and me were driving to Montreux the next day to start work on what was to end up as the first Cross album, “Shove it.” It was getting very late and we had to make an early start and I was trying to get a bit of sleep, but RT kept pestering by trying to get me to have a drink. I declined. He was shitfaced and by the time I got him home I only got three hours sleep before I had to pick him up again. We were going to share the drive in his Bentley but he was so hungover he slept all the way, and only woke to say things like “Turn the music down,” and because he had only just stopped smoking I kept getting, “Do you have to smoke.” (I’ve since stopped) After a while this began to get very boring and I said, “If I don’t smoke or have the music on I’ll fall asleep as well.” He got the message and left me alone. We were both so tired we ended up stopping somewhere in France, checking into a hotel, eating some good food, drinking some excellent wine, getting drunk and having to listen to him moaning again the next day while I did all the driving.

I think I’ve mentioned before that we drove the Bentley to Montreux, well this was the time. The plan was to spend three or four days in Montreux recording then go to Gstaad to write some more songs. That was the excuse because we had a huge chalet there and the idea was to do a lot of skiing and a bit of writing, which is exactly what we did. It was in Gstaad that Roger came up with the idea of forming a band, and after a hard day on the slopes we would sit around at night working out a plan on putting a band together.

On the subject of Bentleys and Gstaad I feel obliged to tell you just how much bad luck RT has with his cars. When he bought his first Range Rover he claimed “You can park them on a sixpence.” We had to tow him out of a ditch. His Ferrari burst into flames on his way to the south of France, and his Aston Martin also burst into flames. He hardly ever drove the Bentley, it was my baby and I loved it and never had any problems. Dominique decided she was going to join our little ski trip and was coming to Gstaad, now don’t get me wrong, I love Dom, a fine lady, still is, it’s just that I didn’t fancy the hour
drive down the mountain and then the hour along the motorway to the airport. On the day of her arrival RT surprised me by saying he was going to pick her up, that’ll do me, drop me off at the chair lift and have a nice drive. A very pleasant afternoon was spent on the piste so when I get back to the house I’m ready for some mindless computer games, and while in the middle of shooting some aliens the phone rings and it’s Dominique asking where Roger was as he’s not at the airport to pick her up. The only thing I can say is for her to hang on because he left in plenty of time so he should be there, and I’m back to saving the world. Hours later the door flies open with Roger ranting and raving and saying something about F-in-cars. What’s his problem? I look out the window and in the driveway is a VW Golf, so the obvious question is, “Where’s the Bentley?” When his lordship finally calmed down he explained that when he got to the motorway there was a blizzard, so he had to have the windscreen wipers on full, but the one on the drivers side came off, so he stopped the car and was groping around in the snow looking for it, and he found it and put it back on. So far so good, except a couple of miles further on it came off again, and this time it was nowhere to be seen. Now try and picture the situation. Swiss motorway, lots of snow falling, very expensive black Bentley and a very famous pop star hanging out the window while driving so he can wipe the snow off the screen so he can see. Not a very good look at all. On arrival at Geneva he took the car to the Rolls Royce dealer to get fixed, and it wasn’t long after this that I said my final goodbye to a trusty friend. Roger on the other hand said Good F***ing Riddance. I have an equally pathetic driving story when we were in Rio, this time it was the two of us, a convertible and one hell of a lot of rain.

Over a very nice meal and a couple of little drinkettes we agree that it’s far to cold here and we’ll clear off the next day, so into the bar we go with our earlier mission of trying all the scotch’s. We were sitting at a table chatting away and cracking jokes with each other and end up talking to the couple on the next table, swapping skiing stories, needless to say mine were very short, and having a bit of a laugh, when the woman said, “What do you two do for a living?” God knows why, but I said; “We’re Hoover salesmen.” At first they didn’t believe us but we both started going on about the difference between domestic and industrial cleaners, uprights, backpack types, ones you pull along the floor. We went on about the different wattage, suction power, the amount of pressure on Axminsters and Wilton carpets, even a couple of car expressions like overhead this and thats. What the hell do we know about vacuum cleaners? But boy are we good at this. After about 30 mins of utter bullshit the subject finally changed and they wished us all the best with our door to door salesmanship and off they went to bed. We then had to reassure each other what we actually did for a living, had some more drinks and tried to work out how we knew so much about cleaners as both of us have spent most of our lives trying to stay well away from them. We spent the drive back to London having a good laugh about the one day we spent in a Scottish ski resort.
Crystal

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Roger Taylor Fan Club

June 16, 2015

The Fan club’s website has a lot of links to reviews online as well as pictures of the aftershow party that Jacky has been sent.
Also check out Youtube for more red carpet videos and the ET report and of course the Official Canadian WWRY website that shows a video of the opening night.

There won’t be any Freddy Mercury, of course, and the legendary rock band isn’t about to play a show, but Queen-inspired musical “We Will Rock You” debuted in Toronto Tuesday night, and right off the bat had fans stomping their feet and clapping their hands with vigor. Of course before the show even started there was already a buzz among the crowd, with a gala premiere that included appearances by actors Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May (pictured) and Roger Taylor. Other notables on hand at the Canon Theatre included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and several members of the CHUM family including Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish and Jennifer Valentyne, and CityNews anchor Gord Martineau.

Taylor was the most vocal of the Queen alumni, saying he was pleased to finally see the popular show open in Canada. “It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” It certainly off to a solid start, and audience members wasted no time waiving the yellow glow sticks that were handed out before the curtain.

The story itself is the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton and is set in a dystopian future where creativity and individuality are stifled. That’s when a band of rebels known as The Bohemians come together to rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and in the process, reclaim their freedom while rocking out 32 classic Queen hits including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The show’s also been injected with plenty of Canadian content. Included in the group of outcasts are characters called Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” For the most part, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline. (source)

TORONTO (CP) – Queen fans stomped their feet and waved glow sticks in the air as they sang along to a star-studded debut of the rock musical “We Will Rock You” on Tuesday night.

The stage show opened with a gala premiere attended by celebrities including actors Eugene Levy and Colin Mochrie, the cast of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Both May, who was draped in a long red coat, and Taylor, in a dark suit, were mobbed by cameras and autograph seekers as soon as they arrived at the Canon Theatre. Taylor said he was pleased to finally see “We Will Rock You” open in Canada.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Taylor said of the musical, already a smash in England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Japan. “I think Toronto is a rock ‘n’ roll town and Canada is a rock ‘n’ roll country. I hope it goes as well as it does in London.” Other notables at the splashy debut included writer Ben Elton, Sloan front man Chris Murphy, and “Canada AM” co-host Seamus O’Regan.

Murphy, who has covered Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” in concert, said he’s never considered putting Sloan songs in a stage show, but he playfully considered the idea. “It would be hysterical to make one with Sloan music, but I don’t know,” said Murphy, dressed in a worn black leather jacket and his trademark oversized wire-rim glasses. Seated in an aisle seat on the floor, the rocker could later be seen stamping his feet and waving his arms in the air along with other audience members to hits including “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions.” Audience members also waved yellow glow sticks that had been handed out for free before the show began.

The story – the result of a collaboration between May, Taylor and Elton – is set in a dystopian future in which creativity and individuality have been stamped out. A band of rebels, known as The Bohemians, must rediscover rock ‘n’ roll and their freedom. All the while, themes of love and rebellion are propelled by 32 Queen hits, including “I Want It All,” “Under Pressure,” “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” And plenty of Canadian references abound – among the outcasts are rebels known as Burton Cummings, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and “Bachman, Turner, Overweight.” By and large, the band’s well-known anthems are interpreted in their original form, but some songs are altered slightly to accommodate the storyline.

That didn’t bother Queen fan Brian Petrie, 50, who said the show had him singing along in his seat. “I thought it was very well done,” he said. “Very funny and original, and also I thought the reproduction of the voices were great.” (source)

Catch the band live
A reminder to those of you that haven’t bought tickets yet that Wire Daisies perform at The Borderline, London on Wednesday 18th April. The band will be on stage at 9:30pm. Tickets can be bought from www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.co.uk. We need a couple of volunteers at the gig to go round and get people to sign up to the Wire Daisies database. It would be great to have Wire Daisies fans involved with this. We will provide some free drinks and a meet and greet with the band for those who are up for helping. If you’re interested please email charly@transistorproject.com

Album Release date change
The brand new album ‘Wire Daisies’ is set for release on May 14th. The album highlights the eclectic mix of the band’s writing. It moves from out and out rock tracks, such as Wake Up and Time Will Tell, to full blooded ballads, such as Never Meant To Hurt You, Silver Top and Leaving So Soon. For those of you that cant wait that long the album will be available to download exclusively from Itunes from 30th April!

Website
The media and music sections are now up and running on the website. You can check out the fantastic new press pictures of the band, exclusive pictures from Abbey Road and the Second Live concerts and sample tracks from the forthcoming album. A new members page will be launched very soon which database members will be able to access. This page will feature exclusive pictures, videos and audio tracks submitted directly from the band members. You won¹t find this content anywhere else!

Second life
Wire Daisies are continuing their unique residency in the ‘virtual world’ of Second life. Their next gig will be on Monday April 16th on the Island of Menorca. The live event, trialed in March, was so successful that the Wire Daisies have been booked for a regular residency in the virtual world.
Soon you will be able experience Queen’s 1981 Montreal performance from the comfort of your own home. The show will be released on DVD this fall with a double CD of the show also set for release. Drummer Roger Taylor told us last year near the beginning of the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour, the vibe from the crowd helps make a great show. “Audience involvement is very important in our shows. It provides a great warmth between the stage and the audience. It was just incredible to see, especially so many young people, singing the songs, and to have known the music has crossed that generation gap.”

The next installment of the Queen DVD Collection is to the be Queen performance in Montreal from 1981. The DVD will be released through Eagle in the autumn. A double CD of the show will also be released through Parlophone Records. DVD extras are to be confirmed. The actual title of the release has also to be decided on.

Tomorrow night – Tuesday, April 10 – is the official gala opening of WE WILL ROCK YOU in Toronto!
The preview performances have been sold out. Audiences have been ecstatic. There have been standing ovations every night. And now, as Brian May and Roger Taylor fly in for the gala, we’re about to announce an extension of the show from May 29 to July 8 and open up a new block of tickets!
To thank you, our best supporters, we’re giving you first notice and an advance window to purchase tickets to summer performances, and to do it at a special discount! You’ll be among the first to get access to the best seats in the new block, plus you’ll get them at the best price – 30% off!
You must book by April 15. The 30% discount applies to the top two ticket prices and all performances except Saturday shows and the matinee of

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Buying A Stroller? Here’s Our Thoughts

June 16, 2015

You have just had your first child and now comes a big decision that you need to make – What type of Stroller are you going to buy?
Sit and Stand Stroller

There are so many different types of strollers on the market, so which one is right for you? Honestly, buying your first baby stroller is a personal preference and what is right for me, probably will not be right for you, however below I have tried to explain what went through my mind when I was buying my first baby stroller.

Type of Terrain

If you are going to use your baby stroller just up and down on a flat road then traction, suspension and good wheels does not nreally matter and you can really buy any type of sit and stand stroller, however if you want to be able to push your stroller off-road then you need to make sure there is good suspension, and the wheel are big so they do not get stuck in pot holes.

Weight

How heavy is the stroller. If you are going to be spending most of your time alone then you do not want to have a solid heavy stroller that will be impossible to collapse and fit into the back of your car. The last thing that you want is your baby screaming whilst you are stuck trying to collapse your stroller and fit it into your car, so check the weight and how easily it collapses.

Combinations

Are you going to buy a new stroller when your child becomes a little older or would you prefer to buy only one stroller and use it all the way from birth up and till the child starts walking.

Can you Keep It Clean?

There are some strollers on the market that have don’t have removable or washable seats which will get really dirty over time. Its always a great idea to check this and my advice would be to choose a dark colour such a black which will not show the dirt.

Extra Features

What kind of extra features does your baby stroller have? Features could include baskets underneath to carry all your baby gear or cup holders, rain covers, sun covers and foot muffs. Of course you can easily purchase most of these separately, however it much easier if they just come with you stroller when new and therefore all fit correctly.

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