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Freddie Mercury Returning To The Stage With Queen

Freddie Mercury will return to the stage with Queen as an ”optical illusion”.

The band’s late frontman – who passed away in 1991 – will seem to perform on stage during Queen musical ‘We Will Rock You’, which is based on the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ hitmakers’ music and features a number of their signature songs, to mark the 10th anniversary of the stage show.

Guitarist Brian May told BBC News: ”People will come out saying, ‘did we actually see Freddie?’ ”

The news comes shortly after late rapper Tupac Shakur seemed to appear on stage and perform as a hologram at the Coachella Festival in California last month, but Brian revealed optical illusion of Freddie, which will appear later today (14.05.12), is set to be made possible from different technology.

He explained: ”It’s a little unfortunate they did that thing with Tupac as we’ve been trying to make Freddie appear on the stage for quite a while.

”The hologram technique is something we’ve looked at ourselves but I think probably for a show that runs eight shows a week it’s not really practical.”


Is Adam Lambert Joining Queen?

Queen stars Roger Taylor and Brian May are reportedly in talks with former American Idol singer Adam Lambert about becoming the group’s new frontman.

The rockers teamed up with Lambert for the 2009 AmericanIdol finale and again at the MTV Europe Awards in November where the trio performed a stirring medley rendition of Queen hits The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You andWe Are the Champions, and drummer Taylor admits he’s a big fan of Lambert’s.

He tells, “He has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but we’re talking about live dates. It could be very exciting.”

Queen hit the road with former Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers in 2005 for an extensive four-year-long world tour, and Rodgers has also expressed an interest in reteaming with May and Taylor for one-time spectaculars and charity shows.

Several reports have suggested May, Taylor and Queen will be part of the London Olympics Opening Ceremony next summer.

Meanwhile, Taylor is also creating a Queen tribute band for his Queen Extravaganza Tour project, which will feature three singers and a five-piece band. The drummer will serve as producer and music director, although he will not be performing on the tour.

He adds, “I don’t think any band has done this. Very few are even endorsed. I can think of Australian Pink Floyd, but there are so many of them I thought we need to have the one.”

Taylor hopes to launch the project next year.

Legendary Rockers Queen To Be Presented With The Global Icon Award

Queen, one of the most dynamic and influential rock bands of all time, will be honoured with the Global Icon Award at the “2011 MTV EMA”, MTV announced today. The legendary rock band will also take the stage for a special performance. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Queen’s formation in 1971; since then, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have garnered a long list of accomplishments and accolades, including career sales of more than 300 million albums, 16 No. 1 albums, 18 No. 1 singles and the UK’s top-selling album of all time (their Greatest Hitscompilation has sold a staggering 5.7 million copies). Hosted by Selena Gomez, the “2011 MTV EMA” will take placeSunday, 6th November at 9PM CET* from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is sponsored by Dell, Replay, Hyundai and Swatch. In the U.S., the show will premiere on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más on Sunday, November 6th at 6:00PM ET/PT, and on mtvU onMonday, November 7th at 12:00PM ET/PT.

“We are honoured to be designated a Global Icon. We will do our best to be worthy!” said Queen’s Brian May.

“Over the past four decades, Queen has made an indelible impact on the pop music landscape. They are passionately revered by generations of fans and musicians across the globe,” said Bruce Gillmer, Executive Vice President of Talent and Music Programming / Events for Viacom International Media Networks. “We are absolutely thrilled that they will be joining us at this year’s MTV EMA, and we look forward to a very special performance.”

Brian May Pays Tribute To Freddie Mercury On His 65th Birthday

Rocker Brian May has paid a touching tribute to his late Queen bandmate Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 65th birthday.

The rock legend, who died in 1991 from Aids-related pneumonia, would have turned the landmark age on Monday (05Sep11), and to mark the occasion, guitarist May has written a special blog about the flamboyant star.
In the message, May details how he met Mercury, writing, “I was first introduced to Freddie Mercury, a paradoxically shy yet flamboyant young man at the side of the stage at one of our early gigs. He told me he was excited by how we played, he had some ideas and he could sing! I’m not sure we took him very seriously, but he did have the air of someone who knew he was right.”
And the rocker insists the late star is still relevant today, poignantly adding, “Freddie would have been 65 this year, and even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever.
“Freddie made the last person at the back of the furthest stand in a stadium feel that he was connected. He lived life to the full. He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come. Happy birthday Freddie!”
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Queen: Five Albums Re-Issued in Deluxe Editions on September 13

Between 1977 and 1982 
Queen officially became the most successful band in the world, releasing some of the biggest and best songs of all time including ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Bicycle Race’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Play The Game’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Flash’ and ‘Under Pressure’ which features David Bowie.

On September 13, just 8 days after what would have been the 65th birthday of late legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, Hollywood Records will reissue deluxe editions of the five Queen albums from this period – ‘News of the World’, ‘Jazz’, ’The Game’, ‘Flash Gordon’ and ‘Hot as part of the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

These five albums were recorded as Queen’s success spread worldwide – to the USA, South America, Europe and Asia and are the sound of a band breaking through the crash barriers of their own limitless ambition. The early 80’s saw the band conquer South America for the first time, creating rock history when they played at the Morumbi Stadium in Brazil – then the largest paying audience for a single band anywhere in the world.

If the early 70’s and the first five albums Queens released represented the band’s hard-rocking years, then the late 70’s and early 80’s represented their hard partying era. As Brian, Roger, Freddie and John toured the world their reputation for off-stage rock’n’roll extravagance grew with stories of legendary party excess from Kensington to Copacabana informing the Queen mythology.

The Queen image changed too in the second half of the 70s. Infamously Sid Vicious bumped into Freddie Mercury at Wessex Studios where both Pistols and Queen are recording – ‘Ullo Fred – I see you’ve bought ballet to the masses then!’ Says Sid, eyeing up Freddie’s legendary ballet pumps, ‘Ah Mr Ferocious. Yes, doing my best dear’ retorted Freddie.

It was also during this period that one of the most iconic images in contemporary music was developed, when in 1980 Freddie Mercury grew perhaps the most famous moustache of modern times! Inspired by his adventures in the New York nightlife of the late 70’s, the moustache and attendant leathers completely reinvented the band’s look. Famously the moustache caused outrage among many fans that mailed him disposable razors!

Queens 40th Anniversary year has kicked off in spectacular style so far with a major art & photography exhibition ‘Stormtroopers in Stilettos’ in London’s East End. Meanwhile, the bands first five albums have been reissued to considerable acclaim.

Rolling Stone gave the first set of reissues the magazine’s highest rating of five-stars, describing the collection’s “instrumental intensity” as a “compelling portrait of vehement and violent art.”

Queen’s next round of remasters will highlight the more refined and diverse talent, musical ambition and global success of a band made up of some of the best songwriters, musicians and performers of all time.