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 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” 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.”
KnuckleBonz will be releasing new “Rock Iconz” statues of Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon later this year. The figures are limited to 3,000 pieces and they can be pre-ordered HERE.
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 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!
– 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.”
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.”
“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.”
Queen + Adam Lambert have postponed their European/UK tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in 2022.
2022 Tour Dates:
05/30 Manchester, UK AO – Arena
05/31 Manchester, UK AO – Arena
06/02 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
06/03 Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
06/05 London, UK – The O2
06/06 London, UK – The O2
06/08 London, UK – The O2
06/09 London, UK – The O2
06/11 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
06/12 Birmingham, UK – Utilita Arena
06/14 London, UK – The O2
06/15 London, UK – The O2
06/17 London, UK – The O2
06/18 London, UK – The O2
06/20 London, UK – The O2
06/21 London, UK – The O2
06/24 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/26 Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
06/28 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
06/29 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
07/01 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
07/02 Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
07/06 Madrid, Spain – Wizink Centre
07/07 Madrid, Spain – Wizink Centre
07/11 Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
07/13 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
07/15 Antwerp, Belgium – Sportspalais
07/17 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
07/18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
The band commented:
“Under continuing Europe-wide Covid restrictions there’s no possible way the tour can go ahead as planned for this year. The prospect of again not being able to look forward to performing and getting to experience those wonderful audiences is just heartbreaking.”
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor recently celebrated New Year’s Eve with Sarah Brightman and X Japan’s Yoshiki on the Japanese TV show “Kohaku Uta Gassen.” Together the group performed Yoshiki’s “Endless Rain” from different locations.
“This is such a beautiful project. I’m proud and honoured to be a part of it. Respect to Yoshiki!!! And wishing you all a great New Year.”
“Have a beautiful New Year to all our fans in Japan.”
“I feel honored and grateful to be performing with Queen and Sarah Brightman and all those Japanese superstars. I hope that through the music, we can give everyone courage.”