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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Queen’s Brian May Further Opens Up About His Battle With COVID-19

Queen’s Brian May has shared a new video update on his battle with COVID-19. The guitarist, who has already received his booster, says the disease feels “like the worst flu you can imagine.”

May said the following:

“[My wife Anita and I] been incredibly careful and really not going anywhere. We’ve been very hermit-like in a way for the past — what is it? — 20 months or so. And then last Saturday, we decided we would go to a birthday lunch. And we thought, ‘Ah, this is the last social function we will go to — not that we go to many anyway. We’ll chance it. Everybody’s triple-jabbed. Everybody’s gonna be with one of these things which says you’re negative on the morning — a lateral flow test. So it seemed to be set up very safely. But, of course, you kind of know you’re taking a risk… It seemed like a safe situation. You have your negative tests and you’re triple-jabbed. So what could possibly go wrong? We thought we were in a kind of safe bubble, so we didn’t wear masks. Not so. So it’s worth knowing that. Now, if it had been a board meeting where everybody’s sitting [a few feet] apart, maybe that wouldn’t have been the case, but the new strain, the new variant seems to be so incredibly transmissible, I’m not even sure that would be safe; this thing is spreading at such an alarming rate.”

He continued:

“Saturday was when the party happened. Sunday, Anita felt a little bit of a cough. I felt kind of all right — maybe a little [sniffly]. Monday, we both started to have some kind of symptoms. And we thought maybe we got some flu or whatever. We were testing the whole time and we were testing negative. And Tuesday, I hear that I think eight people from the party had already tested positive and had the COVID in their systems. And I realized that they had been testing positive up to this point as well. So Tuesday night we tested ourselves once more and we were both positive. So it took that long — Saturday night to Tuesday — for the test to show anything. But I would guess we were infective all along that time. So, unfortunately, the test doesn’t give you immunity from spreading it. Luckily, we pretty much kept away from everybody ’cause we had a bit of a feeling. So hopefully we didn’t infect anybody else, although I’m not sure. We’re now quarantining.”

May also added that he had “two horrendous days” after testing positive:

“I have to say it’s like the worst flu you can imagine, really. And I felt very despondent. But, yeah, we were both poorly. Me particularly, I was pathetic, I didn’t wanna talk to anyone, didn’t wanna see anyone, couldn’t get out of bed. I was just filled with a mess in my head and all the flu symptoms, a terrible cough. Now, Saturday — this is day seven — and I feel pretty good. I felt pretty good the last couple of days. So this thing does go away.”

He also urged everyone to get vaccinated:

“There are so many people in hospitals right now who weren’t jabbed who are right on the line between life and death. And I can’t emphasize to you enough — this is not the response that my body would have made on its own. It’s making this response because I’ve had three Pfizer jabs. And I beg you and implore you to go and get jabbed if you’re not already, ’cause you need the help. I lost one of my very best friends to COVID very early on; in six days, it killed him. It could have done me the last six days, but it didn’t because of the jabs.

I despair seeing these people protesting against the vaccine, protesting against their rights being violated ’cause they might have to wear a mask. Jesus Christ, guys, our parents fought through wars and had their civil rights knocked away.

All anyone is asking is for you to play your part to try and unite against this invader. And it’s a nasty thing, and it isn’t finished yet.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Queen’s Brian May Tests Positive For COVID-19

Queen’s Brian May has tested positive for COVID-19. He said the following about that:

“Yep. The shocking day finally came for me. The dreaded double red line. And yes – definitely NO sympathy please – it has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. And I will tell the tale. PLEASE take extra care out there, good folks. This thing is incredibly transmissible. You really do NOT want it messing up YOUR Christmas. With love – Bri”

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.”