New Freddie Mercury (Queen) NFTs To Be Released In Honor Of The Late Singer’s 75th Birthday

Four new NFTs inspired by late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury will be released later this month in honor of his 75th birthday. The digital pieces, which were created by artists Blake Kathryn, Chad Knight, Mat Maitland, and MBSJQ, will be available through SuperRare on September 20 at 8:00 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT. Proceeds will go towards The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The NFTs were curated by Six Agency and their co-founder Georgio Constantinou had the following to say about them:

“Six was honored to curate an incredible collection of artists to celebrate the life and impact of Freddie Mercury. After meeting with The Mercury Phoenix Trust, we knew that if Freddie were alive today, he would be excited about the creative potential of the NFT space.”

Brian May Says Queen Are “Looking At Ideas” For Possible “Bohemian Rhapsody” Biopic Sequel

During a recent Instagram Live session, Queen guitarist Brian May was asked about the possibility of making a sequel to the band’s biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He responded with the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“We are looking at it. Yeah, we have been looking at ideas. It’s going to be hard to follow that one as none of us could have predicted how massive that was going to be. We put a lot of heart and soul into making it and no one could have predicted [its success] as it was bigger than ‘Gone With The Wind’. But yes, we are thinking maybe it could happen, but it would have to be a great script. It’s going to take a while to figure that out.”

Queen’s “Greatest Hits” To Be Reissued In New Formats

Queen will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their “Greatest Hits” collection by reissuing it on CD and cassette on July 2. A clear plastic cassette and a slipcased CD will be widely available and some limited edition variants will also be available in the band’s webstore. Those include:

  • Collector’s Edition Frosted Aqua cassette with Freddie Mercury cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Pink cassette with Brian May cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Green cassette with Roger Taylor cover
  • Collector’s Edition Transparent Blue cassette with John Deacon cover
  • Bundle featuring Collector’s Edition CD with exclusive slipcase cover, all four color cassettes, and a gold plated badge (limited to 1000 signed copies)

Queen’s Brian May Undergoes Eye Surgery

Queen guitarist Brian May recently underwent eye surgery. He said the following about that:

“And …. all done !! I really didn’t feel a thing. It was all done with local anaesthetic and a tiny bit of sedation – So I was conscious throughout the whole thing – and fascinated by this amazing procedure. Only about 20 mins. The patch stays on until tomorrow morning. It’s an iPatch ! So obviously I’ll soon have to take it off and put it back on again. 😜 ! Big thanks to my eye surgeon the brilliant Robin Hamilton, and my anaesthetist Con, and all the lovely folks at the London Clinic who have taken care of me so kindly. Bri 😎”

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Achieves Rare Diamond Sales Status In The U.S.

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has officially been certified diamond by the RIAA after reaching 10 million or more sales and stream equivalents in the U.S. The group are the first-ever British band to earn this status. Brian May commented:

“This is incredible news. At times like this I have to pinch myself to be sure it’s real. All those wild dreams we had — this is beyond any of them. Huge thanks to all who have believed in us over the years.”

Roger Taylor added:

“It’s a wonderful and gratifying thought to know the song has reached out and connected with so many people! We thank you all… onwards.”

Queen Announce “The Greatest” Series

Queen will be sharing highlights from their career as part of a new series called “The Greatest.” That series will launch on March 19 and it will air weekly through March 2022. A trailer was shared, along with the below information:

“This trailer is an introduction to a celebration of key moments in Queen’s history. From March 19, 2021 and for the next year we will take Queen fans on a unique and remarkable journey – a chance to revisit some of the band’s most iconic moments and discover some aspects of the story you might not know. Presented in chronological order, the series will take you from Queen’s earliest shows at London’s Rainbow and Odeon through vast arenas across the entire world on a journey culminating with the band’s latest record setting achievements with Adam Lambert. Along with spectacular concert footage, sound checks, backstage and rare after-show access we get to explore the stories behind the songs, hits and album tracks, drawn from the extensive footage that exists in the official archive while also uncovering and sharing rare and previously unseen gems.”

Queen Launch New Mobile Rhythm Game

Queen have launched a new mobile rhythm game called “Queen: Rock Tour.” Fans can get that on Android and iOS devices HERE.

Here’s a description of the game:

“Become a rock legend with the first ever official Queen game on mobile. Hit the stage and perform with the entire band as you unleash your music talents to play thrilling guitar riffs, heart-pounding drum solos and much more. All you need to do is tap the tiles in time with the rhythm! Embark on a musical journey to rediscover the story of the world’s most iconic rock band. Play the greatest hits at historic venues, create your own stage performances with unique animations and legendary outfits, and collect exclusive images from the official archives of Queen!

GAME FEATURES

– Play your favorites tracks from over 20 official Queen songs from the greatest albums, including: Bohemian Rhapsody, Keep Yourself Alive, We Will Rock You, I Want to Break Free, We Are The Champions, and many more!*

– Challenge your music skills in this fun, addictive, and intuitive game. Whether you’re playing the guitar, drums, vocals or bass, just tap the tiles as they float by to create some of the most memorable music on mobile!

– Keep the rhythm going throughout the stage to chain together crazy combos and rack up an amazing game score as you play and complete the songs!

– Dazzle the audience with official outfits and customizable accessories you can unlock and pick out for each venue.

– Play your songs in one iconic venue after another, including the original stages at London, Tokyo, Houston, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janerio and many more.

– Unlock and collect fun music trivia facts and exclusive band images from the official Queen Archives.

Queen Rock Tour is free to play with 3 full tracks and 30 second playable levels of all other featured tracks, but if you wish you can enhance your experience and unlock all 20 full tracks for a one time in-app purchase of $2.99.”

Queen Tried Recording A New Song With Adam Lambert

During a recent interview with Classic Rock, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor revealed that they tried to record a new song with their current singer Adam Lambert. However, the band never ended up releasing it, because they “couldn’t crack it.”

Taylor said the following:

“We did record a song which we haven’t actually finished. I can’t remember what it’s called. I think we were still discussing what we should call it.”

May continued:

“It was a song that we’d tried to adapt that had come from a friend. It had the makings of being a great song, but we couldn’t crack it. We couldn’t get there.”

Taylor also added the following when asked about the possibility of a new Queen album with Lambert:

“It would be nice to do some stuff. I wouldn’t rule it out. Adam has said, ‘Any time you want me to sing on something…’ If the other two decide, ‘Let’s do something’, I’d be there.”