Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Surpasses Two Billion Streams On Spotify

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” has officially surpassed two billion streams on Spotify. This news comes after the track was previously certified diamond by the RIAA. The song appears on the band’s 1975 album “Night At The Opera”

Queen Premiere “Face It Alone” Music Video

Queen have premiered a new video for their song “Face It Alone.” The track, which features the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, is from the new “collector’s edition” of “The Miracle,” which will be released on November 18.

Queen’s content creator Simon Lupton commented:

“The intention was to create, despite how the lyrics might be interpreted, an upbeat video that celebrated the fact that the period during which this song was recorded was one of the most prolific and cohesive in the band’s history.”

He also added:

“The meaning of the song has been interpreted that when something catastrophic occurs in your life, your instinct is to surround yourself with what is dearest and most important to you. Immersing himself in his work, and surrounding himself with his bandmates, gave Freddie that control. Of course, in the end you have to face it alone — but the people around you can help how you face it.”

Queen Share Previously Unreleased Song “Face It Alone” Featuring Freddie Mercury

Queen have shared a previously unreleased song titled “Face It Alone.” The track, which features the band’s late frontman Freddie Mercury, is from the upcoming “collector’s edition” of “The Miracle.”

Roger Taylor said the following about the song:

“We’d kind of forgotten about this track. There it was, this little gem. It’s wonderful, a real discovery. It’s a very passionate piece.”

Brian May added:

“It’s beautiful; it’s touching.”

“The Miracle Collector’s Edition” box set will be released on November 18 and it will feature the following:

CD 1: THE MIRACLE
The album as originally released on CD, remastered by Bob Ludwig in 2011 from the original first-generation master mixes.

CD 2: THE MIRACLE SESSIONS
A fascinating window into the band’s creative process featuring much sought-after original takes, demos and early versions, including the new single “Face It Alone,” among six previously unheard tracks. Just as revealing – and sure to be prized by the Queen hardcore – are the spoken exchanges between the four members at the Townhouse, Olympic and Mountain Studios, giving listeners a unique snapshot of their friendship and working dynamic.

CD 3: ALTERNATIVE MIRACLE
Recreates the proposed follow-up to the album, Alternative Miracle. Originally considered at the time, this compilation of extra tracks from The Miracle, B-sides, extended versions and single versions was cancelled due to a heavy release schedule.

CD 4: MIRACU-MENTALS
Instrumentals and backing tracks of the ten songs that make up The Miracle.

CD 5: THE MIRACLE RADIO INTERVIEWS
The band discuss, in their own words, the creative process behind the album. The first interview, Queen for an Hour, was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on May 29, 1989. Host Mike Read speaks with the band for what would be their final group interview. In this interview, Freddie suggests for the first time that his touring days are over. The second interview presents Roger Taylor and Brian May talking with host Bob Coburn and taking live telephone calls on the popular US radio programme Rockline.

BLU-RAY / DVD: The Miracle Videos
The Miracle Videos includes the five promotional music videos and bonus content on both Blu-ray and DVD formats.

Watch Queen’s Brian May Perform “The Show Must Go On” With Members Of System Of A Down, Sons Of Apollo, Etc.

Earlier today (September 7), Queen’s Brian May took the stage at the Starmus festival in Yerevan, Armenia to perform “The Show Must Go On” with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo), Graham Gouldman, Montserrat Martí, and the Armenian National Orchestra. You can see footage of that below:

Queen’s Brian May Receives Honorary Degree From University Of Hull

Queen’s Brian May has been presented with an honorary degree from the University Of Hull as a Doctor Of Science, honoris causa. This news comes after he previously earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007. Professor Brad Gibson, head of the University Of Hull’s Department of Physics & Mathematics and director of the E.A. Milne Centre For Astrophysics, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to honor such a famed and accomplished musician and passionate astrophysicist. Dr. Brian May’s commitment to astrophysics throughout his successful career in Queen is certainly something to be admired and, indeed, recognized.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Queen + Adam Lambert Announce “Rhapsody Over London” Concert Spectacular

Queen + Adam Lambert have announced a new concert spectacular, which they are calling “Rhapsody Over London.” The live film was recorded at The 02 in London, UK and it will debut on July 24 via Kiswe’s global streaming platform.

The band shared more information on their official website:

“Queen + Adam Lambert today announced details of Rhapsody Over London, an exclusive concert spectacular, filmed live at The 02 London during their current sold-out European Tour, that will premiere live on July 24th via Kiswe’s global streaming platform.

The exclusive Live Concert Film will feature a LIVE Q&A with Brian, Roger and Adam, speaking backstage from the penultimate show of their European tour. Fans around the world will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase tickets and submit their questions via video by July 19th, for the band to see and answer live during the Q&A.

The concert will only be available until 31st July on the platform and accompanied by special VOD packages, where fans will have access to additional concerts and interviews. The acclaimed documentary ‘The Show Must Go On, The Queen + Adam Lambert Story’ will be available exclusively for ticket holders for a full two days prior to the livestream.

The concert was filmed during the band’s sold-out 10-day run at The O2 Arena, London in early June. Having been attended by over half a million concertgoers during the 2022 36-date European tour, Queen + Adam Lambert’s “Rhapsody Over London” live concert film is set to reach a worldwide audience of millions more when the experience premieres online on July 24.

The broadcast will give fans around the world one more chance to experience the magic of the Rhapsody Tour. A massive undertaking, utilising 26 cameras and a crew of over 100 film technicians, the production presents the band’s two and half hour show in its entirety. The audience will also be able to interact with fellow fans throughout the show using Kiswe’s fan engagement features, including fan chat feed and cheer buttons, fan react videos enabling viewers to upload video selfies, purchase custom digital stickers, and the ability to buy exclusive in-concert merchandise.

In a dazzling 28-song performance, Queen + Adam Lambert’s live show honours Freddie Mercury’s dictum that “too far is never far enough” with state-of-the-art video content, lasers and pyrotechnics.

Adam Lambert’s vocal prowess and showmanship is a special effect in itself, soaring to the ecstatic high notes of “Somebody to Love”, and appearing on a bejewelled Harley Davidson bike for “Bicycle Race”. But at its heart the Rhapsody show stays a very human honouring of the core band’s work, as Brian May simply strums his acoustic guitar to 20,000 people for his A Night at the Opera gem “‘39”, and duets with film of Freddie on a moving “Love Of My Life”. Roger Taylor performs a majestic “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” as moments from Queen’s history poignantly plays out on the expansive screens.

A full arsenal of hits are refreshed by the band’s live virtuosity, May’s Red Special guitar finding new sorcery in “A Kind of Magic” as well as reaching stratospheric heights in a towering guitar solo. Taylor and Lambert emulate Bowie and Mercury in a thunderous “Under Pressure”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” resurrects Queen’s glorious 1975 harmonies before a cyborg-masked May’s rousing solo, and Lambert’s rush to the front for the storming finale.

Four (4) ticket packages will be available as follows:

US$20 – Rhapsody

– Rhapsody Over London Concert Film Ticket in 1080p HD
– Live Pre-Show Q&A from Tampere, Finland
– 2 day pre-show pass to the documentary ‘The Show Must Go On’ The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (22 + 23 July only)

US$30 – RhapsodyPlus

– Rhapsody Over London Concert Film Ticket in 1080p HD
– Live Pre-Show Q&A from Tampere, Finland
– 2 day pre-show pass to the documentary ‘The Show Must Go On’ The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (22 + 23 July only)
– VOD bundle (available until 31st July) includes:

Summersonic – Live in Tokyo

Live Around the World

‘Queen + Adam Lambert – Meet the Press’

‘Live Around The World’ launch Q&A

$40 – RhapsodyPlus 4k

– Rhapsody Over London Concert Film Ticket in 4K Ultra HD
– Live Pre-Show Q&A from Tampere, Finland
– 2-day pre-show pass to the documentary ‘The Show Must Go On’ The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (22 + 23 July only)
– VOD bundle (available until 31st July) includes:

Summersonic – Live in Tokyo

Live Around the World

‘Queen + Adam Lambert – Meet the Press’

‘Live Around The World’ launch Q&A

$75 – I Want It All Package

– Rhapsody Over London Concert Film Ticket in 4K Ultra HD
– Live Pre-Show Q&A from Tampere, Finland
– 2-day pre-show pass to the documentary ‘The Show Must Go On’ The Queen + Adam Lambert Story (22 + 23 July only)
– VOD bundle (available until 31st July) includes:

Summersonic – Live in Tokyo

Live Around the World

‘Queen + Adam Lambert – Meet the Press’

‘Live Around The World’ launch Q&A

– Plus exclusive Rhapsody Over London t-shirt

Tickets available from: livestream.queenonline.com

Queen Discover Previously Unreleased Song Featuring The Late Freddie Mercury

During an interview with BBC Radio 2, Queen revealed that they have uncovered a previously unreleased song featuring the late Freddie Mercury. The track, which is titled “Face It Alone,” was recorded during “The Miracle” sessions in 1988.

Roger Taylor said the following

“We did find a little gem from Freddie that we’d kind of forgotten about. And it’s wonderful. Actually, it was a real discovery. It’s from ‘The Miracle’ sessions and I think it’s going to be out in September.”

Brian May added:

“It was kind of hiding in plain sight. We looked at it many times and thought, ‘Oh no, we can’t really rescue that.’ But in fact, we went in there again and our wonderful engineering team went, ‘Okay, we can do this and this.’ It’s like stitching bits together. But it’s beautiful. It’s touching.”

Taylor continued:

“It’s a very passionate piece.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Queen + Adam Lambert To Open Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Concert

Queen + Adam Lambert have been recruited to open Queen Elizabeth’s upcoming Platinum Jubilee concert. That event will take place at Buckingham Palace on June 4.

More information was shared on Queen’s official website:

“The BBC and Buckingham Palace today unveiled a glittering group of performers from the worlds of music and dance set to perform at the Platinum Party at the Palace concert which takes place on Saturday June 4th at Buckingham Palace – and live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 2.

Queen + Adam Lambert, Alicia Keys, Hans Zimmer, Ella Eyre, Craig David, Mabel, Elbow and George Ezra will share the three-stage setup with the likes of Duran Duran, Andrea Bocelli, Mimi Webb, Sam Ryder, Jax Jones, Celeste, Nile Rodgers, Sigala and Diversity – all performing their biggest hits in a star-studded tribute to Her Majesty’s unprecedented anniversary.

Stars from the stage and screen, and the sporting world appearing at the event and on film will include Sir David Attenborough, Emma Raducanu, David Beckham, Stephen Fry, Dame Julie Andrews, The Royal Ballet, Ellie Simmonds, and a specially recorded performance from Sir Elton John. Sam Ryder, the United Kingdom’s Eurovision hero, will also perform live, fresh from his success in Italy.

The evening will pivot around global themes that have been born, or evolved, during the breadth of Her Majesty’s reign due to extraordinary British and Commonwealth contributions including Fashion, Sport, The Environment, 70 Years of Pop Music and Musicals – the latter curated by legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, featuring a special appearance by Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda plus performances featuring casts and special guests from The Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Six, The Lion King and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Queen + Adam Lambert will open the concert with a very special one-off production which will no doubt summon memories of Brian May’s historic appearance on the Palace roof at the Golden Jubilee Concert in 2002.

Closing the 2.5-hour show will be legend Diana Ross with her first UK live performance in fifteen years.

Hosts Kirsty Young and Roman Kemp will lead live coverage of the Platinum Party at the Palace to be broadcast live across the BBC. 22,000 people will attend the event including 10,000 tickets allocated in a public ballot and over 7,500 tickets for key workers, members of the Armed Forces, volunteers, and charities.

The unique Platinum Party stage design consists of three stages, linked by walkways, which create a 360-degree experience in front of Buckingham Palace and The Queen Victoria Memorial. Linking the stages together into one overall design are 70 columns representing Her Majesty’s 70-year reign that can be illuminated to provide a full formation of lights and beams. For the first time, two of the three stages sit immediately in front of Buckingham Palace, framing the iconic home of The Queen.”

Queen’s Brian May commented:

“Twenty years after playing The Queen’s glorious Golden Jubilee we’re very happy to be invited again. Then there was a moment when I wondered … after Buckingham Palace roof where can you go? Well … you will see!!!”

Diana Ross continued:

“I have had the honour of meeting The Queen many times throughout my life, including when I was with my family. Her Majesty has and continues to be such an incredible inspiration to so many across the world and I was absolutely delighted to receive an invitation to perform on such a momentous and historic occasion.”

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Chief Content Officer, added:

“We are thrilled to be bringing the nation together for this incredible, once in a lifetime event, broadcast live across the BBC with an amazing star-studded lineup of performers to celebrate The Queen’s momentous 70 years on the throne.”

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” And Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Selected For Induction Into National Recording Registry

Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the songs set to be inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry this year. All of the tracks in the National Recording Registry are considered to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Former Journey singer Steve Perry commented:

“This is the greatest honor of my life. I’ve gotten platinum albums and gold albums and I’ve gotten inducted into the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame. But for my mother, my father, my grandmother and grandfather, I am truly beside myself that this is happening…it’s an ‘only in America’ kind of thing.”

Queen’s Brian May Shares New Health Update Following COVID-19 Diagnosis

Queen’s Brian May has shared a new health update after recently being diagnosed with COVID-19. The guitarist, who has already received his booster, says he is “still congested with a slight cough, and still sleeping too much.”

May said the following:

“I’m still baffled … but THANKS folks for a million views on this post (about 10 posts ago) – I’m glad it was useful. Today I’m at day 16 after the event which infected me with (I’m presuming) the Omicron variant of Covid. I’m still congested with a slight cough, and still sleeping too much. But I’ve been consistently negative in lateral flow tests for a number of days now. I feel pretty much fine except for tiredness – but that may be partly due to the fact that most days I choose to do my cardio exercise on the bike rather than rest ! So do not fear out there – it seems that in most cases there is life after Omicron. But DO be very careful. Even if the booster shot is shown to be little defence against Omicron, the previous variants are still out there – against which the shots are a proven good defence. And those previous variants are still deadly. My advice ? Don’t relax your guard. Minimise your contacts. Good luck !!! Bri.

“NEO-COVID” ? I have one more piece of random advice. It’s really pure speculation – I don’t have access to research data on infections. This is based purely upon what I have seen, and would rightly be judged to be anecdotal. But around clusters of definite Covid infections over the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that there seem to be groups of people who suddenly get nasty colds, which do not ever produce a positive result in a lateral flow test. The particular “colds” they get seem to exhibit almost identical symptoms to the cluster of positive Covid infected that they were close to. It seems like too much of a coincidence to me. I have this feeling that there might be a kind of “neo–Covid“ reaction out there, perhaps in people who have an immunity for one reason or another, or perhaps only receive a low viral load at the point of infection. Why would this matter? Well, if their symptoms are being caused by the Omicron virus but they are hidden, there must be a possibility that they can infect people around them with the virus. Right ? So my advice is stay away from people who suddenly, for no apparent reason, get nasty colds. And if you get one, think about your family and friends. Bri”

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