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Roger Taylor: ‘Freddie Mercury Would Love Queen Musical’

Queen star Roger Taylor has dismissed critics who accuse the makers of West End musical We Will Rock You of sullying the band’s history, insisting front man Freddie Mercury would have adored the show.

Taylor and his band mate Brian May worked on the production with scriptwriter Ben Elton, but it was met with a slew of bad reviews after it opened in 2002.

However, it proved popular with theatre audiences, going on to become one of the West End’s star attractions, and other versions of the musical have since been staged in countries all over the world.

Taylor is adamant Mercury would have loved the flamboyant show, and his only complaint would have been the size of the imposing statue of himself outside London’s Dominion Theatre, which hosts the production.

Drummer Taylor tells Mojo magazine, “Oh, he would have loved it, but he’d have thought that the statue wasn’t big enough – ‘Not big enough darling!’ People who think he’d be turning in his grave about We Will Rock You just don’t get him.”

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Elton John, Queen with Adam Lambert Rule at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas

Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at the iHeartRadio music festival.

John was one of top performers Friday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katy Perry, Chris Brown and Robin Thicke and others also hit the stage.

But John was the crowd’s favourite — he earned a standing ovation after his third song.

Adam Lambert was equally as enduring when he performed with Queen. Pop-rock trio fun. also sang with iconic rock band.

Other performers during the five-hour concert included Keith Urban, Muse and J. Cole — acts who also impressed the crowd.

Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney and Bruno Mars will close the 2-day iHeartRadio festival Saturday, but here’s a breakdown of day one:

HE STOLE THE NIGHT

From the moment Elton John went from playing the piano while sitting to sitting on top of the piano to singing, he captured the entire audience at the MGM Garden Arena.

The 66-year-old was fiery on his red piano, belting tunes like “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets.”

“Good evening, Vegas!” he yelled, sporting a dark glittery blazer.

John, who recently had surgery to remove his appendix, didn’t show any signs of slowing down during his five-song set. He was vocally loud and clear, and he even made a new song, “Home Again,” feel classic. (John will release a new album, “The Diving Board,” on Tuesday).

Fittingly, the icon closed with “I’m Still Standing.” Read more>>


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Old School Rules At iHeart Music Festival— Elton John, Justin Timberlake. Bruno Mars, Katy Perry

Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at the iHeartRadio music festival.

John was one of top performers Friday night at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Robin Thicke, Keith Urban and others also hit the stage.

But John was the crowd’s favorite. The 66-year-old was fiery on the piano, belting tunes like “Tiny Dancer” and “Bennie and the Jets.” He earned a standing ovation after his third song.

Adam Lambert was equally as enduring. He performed with Queen and hit appealing notes on the classics “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Pop-rock trio fun. also sang with Queen.

Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and others will perform Saturday for the festival’s second show.

(Source): Las Vegas Press


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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 Billboard.com, “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.”

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.

Queen Honored as BMI Icons

British rockers Queen are to receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year’s (11) BMI London Awards.
The Bohemian Rhapsody hitmakers, comprising of late frontman Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, will be named BMI Icons at the annual event, which takes place on 04 October (11) at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 

The award by bosses at Broadcast Music, Inc honors those who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers”, and Queen will join previous recipients including Don Black, Van Morrison, the Bee Gees, James Brown and Willie Nelson.
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Queen’s 40TH Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off with Deluxe Reissues

Queen’s 40th anniversary is now upon us, and the band plans to pull out all the stops to celebrate this historic occasion. “2011 is an important year for Queen,” said Brian May “and there will be a lot of activity.” Adds Roger Taylor, “I can’t believe it’s been that long and that we are still around in such a big way. I’m amazed and grateful!” This yearlong event will be marked by a series of releases, re-releases, special limited-edition items and events around the world.
It was in March 1971 that bassist John Deacon joined May and Taylor’s buzzed-about London group, which had changed its name from Smile to Queen nine months earlier, following the addition of multitalented singer/pianist Freddie Mercury, thus completing the classic lineup. The four simpatico musicians proceeded to take the world by storm. The band has released a total of 18 chart-topping albums and 18 #1 singles, while selling more than 300 million albums worldwide, making them one of the biggest rock acts of all time. They’ve received seven Ivor Novello awards in the U.K., were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the  UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and even received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in October 2002.
As live artists, Queen literally conquered the world. Acknowledged as one of the greatest stadium bands of all time, Queen performed over 700 concerts, reaching into every corner of the world. They achieved rock history by being the first band to open up South America and the Eastern Bloc, with world record- breaking concerts in Argentina, Brazil and  Hungary.
This is a timeless band whose music retains such immediacy and undiminished power that new fans continue to discover and embrace it, along the way inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), and Katy Perry, through to the Foo Fighters.  It’s worth noting that Queen’s videos have collectively generated well north of 300 million views online—a remarkable figure that figures to expand exponentially with the launch of a dedicated Vevo channel this spring, in yet another iteration of the anniversary rollout.
As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen’s entire 15-album studio catalog is being reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note is being tweaked, every piece of artwork is being cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig doing the remastering, working from the original source material. The albums will be released in three waves, staggered over the next year, with the first wave—comprising the first five LPs—coming this May.
Each studio album will be released in a new two-CD edition, the first containing the updated, remastered original LP, the second disc packed with rarities—and we don’t use the term lightly. Some of these gems have never before seen the light of day, even in crappy bootleg form. To cite a particularly fascinating example, five first-album demos recorded at London’s De Lane Lea Studios in December 1971 were pulled from the only existing copy on the planet—an acetate from May’s personal archives. Not even his bandmates had a copy.
“A huge amount of work has already been put in behind the scenes to unleash a completely newly mastered set of the original Queen LPs and CDs,” May noted. “I know our fans will appreciate the attention to detail, bringing the early albums closer than ever to the magic of the vinyl originals, but with the benefit of up-to-the-minute quality technology.”
In other anniversary activity, the gallery exhibition “Stormtroopers in Stilettos” opens in London on Feb. 25, with plans in place to tour the exhibit around the world. According to May, this unprecedented event “will highlight in some innovative ways the growth of the ‘Early Queen.’” On April 12, Hollywood will reissue Queen’s debut single, “Keep Yourself Alive” b/w “Son and Daughter,” on seven-inch vinyl in a limited edition coinciding with Record Store Day. And on April 19, the label will issue the band’s Greatest Hits II for the first time in North America. This classic collection includes the rock standards “Under Pressure” and “Radio Ga Ga,” plus  many other classics from the second half of Queen’s run, including the worldwide smashes “I Want It All” & “Innuendo.” Additionally, the “Queen on Vinyl” reissue program will be completed this year with the release of the final five studio albums.
In the UK, Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 holds the record of being the biggest selling album of all time ahead of  albums by The Beatles, Oasis, Dire Straits, and Abba.
This is just the beginning of what promises to be a treasure trove of must-have pieces for Queen fans. More will be revealed in the coming months, so stay tuned.