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 WhichPullUpBars 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)