Queen + Adam Lambert Launch “Roadies In Lockdown” Series

Queen + Adam Lambert are paying tribute to their road crew with a new web series called “Roadies In Lockdown.” You can watch the first episode of that below:

The band commented:

“In this first episode we meet from his kitchen as well as from backstage and on stage Andy Bews, Stage Show Manager, whose role in the Queen + Adam Lambert touring production crew involves a myriad of different elements. Andy gives us an insight into what his job involves and we also have the very rare opportunity to see the band close up in soundchecks in Australia, South Korea and Japan. He also gives insight into crew attire which appears to favour Hawaiian shirts (only on a Friday … which is called Hawaiian Shirt Friday on tour), but there are limits to taking a casual approach.

Tour Video Director, Steve Price has worked with Queen + Adam Lambert since 2014 and at this time should be manning the controls behind the stage as he directs all the video elements of the show for the band on their sold out European summer tour. However, as we all know, the band and crew are currently off the road, so to keep him in the groove we set him the task of creating a ‘lockumentary’ focusing on what it is like being part of the ‘Rhapsody Road Crew’…

This exclusive series, only available on Queen’s Official channel, explores the roles of various crew members on the road and behind the scenes with one of the world’s most successful touring acts. Enjoy a VIP AAA pass and get to see at close quarters the backstage and front of house complexities, magic and hard work that goes in to putting on these huge productions that are a Queen + Adam Lambert live show. They explain what they do to make the shows happen. Look out also for a few well known faces and cameo appearances along the way.

The backstage footage has been shot at different venues across the globe, however due to the recent pandemic the interviews with the crew have taken place at home during lockdown and further demonstrates the effect the shutdown has had on the live music business, not just for musicians and fans, but the often unseen and unsung heroes that make up the touring crew.

Setting out to highlight their individual and collaborative skills, it soon becomes obvious one thing clearly binds them together — a sense of humour.”

Queen To Be Honored With Royal Mail Stamps

Britain’s Royal Mail will be paying tribute to Queen with a new set of special stamps. 13 stamps will be available on July 9 and they can be pre-ordered HERE.

Roger Taylor said the following:

“Wow… stamps featuring our albums! What an honor. We must be really part of the furniture now! Thanks, Royal Mail, for stamping on us! In gratitude.”

Brian May added:

“It’s hard to put into words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps. Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realize the position in which we are now held — we have become a national institution! And nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail. It’s particularly poignant to look at this collection of images now — now that we are all in a world dominated by a coronavirus, in which none of this could have happened. I just know that I feel an overwhelming desire to own one of these sets! Somehow it will be a way of persuading myself that it really DID all happen!”

Royal Mail’s Philip Parker also commented:

“With their truly original, theatrical sound and effortless ability to mix musical styles, Queen are rock royalty. We pay tribute to one of the most loved bands of all time with these stunning stamps.”

Watch Queen + Adam Lambert Announce YouTube Tour Watch Party

Queen + Adam Lambert will be hosting a tour watch party on June 21 at 12 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. EDT. The virtual event will feature a concert composed of highlights from previous tours and it will be available via the band’s YouTube channel for 24 hours.

Queen’s Brian May Says He Suffered A “Small Heart Attack”

Queen’s Brian May has revealed that he recently suffered a “small heart attack.” The guitarist said the incident left him “very near death,” but he underwent an “incredible operation” that left him feeling “as if nothing happened.”

May previously injured his buttocks while gardening and thought the pain was related to that. He then got an MRI and found out he had a compressed sciatic nerve from “50 years of running around with a guitar strap over [his] left shoulder holding a heavy guitar.” May went on to say that the nerve was “quite severely compressed and that’s why [he] had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in [his] back.” He continued:

“In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack. I say small — it’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It’s that feeling in the arms and sweating. And you kind of know — you’ve heard things and you think, ‘This is a heart attack.’ To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I had an angiogram.”

He added:

“I actually turned out to have three arteries which were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart.”

He also had the following to say about the operation and his current health:

“I couldn’t feel that they’ve been in here, I couldn’t feel anything… I walked out with a heart that’s very strong now. So I think I’m in good shape for some time to come.”

“I’m incredibly grateful that I know have a life to lead again. I was actually very near death because of this, but the pain that I had was from something completely different, it’s funny how things work…. I’m good, I’m here and I’m ready to rock.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Queen + Adam Lambert Honor COVID-19 Frontline Workers With “You Are The Champions”

Queen + Adam Lambert are honoring COVID-19 frontline workers with a new version of “We Are The Champions” called “You Are The Champions.” Proceeds from the track will go towards the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

The band issued the following statement:

“By each playing our part and addressing the difficult times we are all sharing we will win this challenge. During this time our thoughts and thanks are with those dedicated medical heroes standing up to the battle daily on our behalf. They are the champions. You are the champions.”

Brian May also commented:

“It seems to me we should dedicate this one to all the front-line soldiers fighting for Humanity against the insurgent coronavirus. Just like our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who fought for us in two world wars, those brave warriors in the front line are our new CHAMPIONS. That means the doctors, nurses, cleaners, porters, drivers, tea-ladies and gentlemen, and all who are quietly risking their lives daily to save the lives of our kin. CHAMPIONS ALL!!!”

Roger Taylor continued:

“As a father with a daughter in the front line, I am ultra-aware of the vital work they are doing daily to save us and our society. Their bravery and sacrifice must not be prejudiced by anything less than a one hundred per cent effort by our governments to protect them. They are precious to us all and they are truly our champions.”

Adam Lambert added:

“It is with the deepest gratitude to all those on the frontline all over the world that we dedicate our performance. Thank you for keeping us safe, we are in awe of your bravery and strength.”

Elizabeth Cousens, president and CEO of the UN Foundation, also had the following to say:

“‘We Are The Champions’ has always been a rallying cry. We are grateful to Queen and Adam Lambert for using their talents to support our heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Their contribution to this fight will lift spirits and raise critical funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Queen + Adam Lambert Perform “We Are The Champions” While In Quarantine

Queen + Adam Lambert have shared a quarantine performance of “We Are The Champions.” You can see footage of that below. Notably, Lambert sings “you are the champions” on this version.

Watch Queen And Sons Of Apollo Members Perform “We Are The Champions” While In Quarantine

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor recently teamed up with Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) and Kuky Sanchez for a quarantine performance of “We Are The Champions.” You can see footage of that below:

Queen + Adam Lambert Announce Rescheduled Dates For European/UK Tour

Queen + Adam Lambert have postponed their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek will now take place in 2021.

Tour Dates:

05/23 Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
05/26 Paris, France – AccorHotels Arena
05/27 Antwerp Belgium – Sportspalais
05/29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
05/30 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
06/01 London, UK – The O2
06/02 London, UK – The O2
06/04 London, UK – The O2
06/05 London, UK – The O2
06/07 London, UK – The O2
06/08 London, UK – The O2
06/10 Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
06/11 Manchester UK – Manchester Arena
06/13 Birmingham, UK – Utlita Arena
06/14 Birmingham, UK – Utlita Arena
06/16 London, UK – The O2
06/17 London, UK – The O2
06/19 London, UK – The O2
06/20 London, UK – The O2
06/24 Berlin, German – Mercedes-Benz Arena
06/26 Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
06/28 Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
06/29 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
07/01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
07/02 Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
07/06 Madrid, Spain – Wiznik Centre
07/07 Madrid, Spain – Wiznik Centre

Brian May said the following:

“We’re very sad to announce the postponement of our summer shows in Europe, although, in the present crazy state of the world, it cannot be a surprise to our fans. Those incredible scenes at our concerts just over a month ago now seem like an impossibly distant dream. We were so lucky to be able to complete that tour, running just ahead of the wave that was about to break on us. I know many of our fans are having similar moments of disbelief and bewilderment out there. Of course, we would have gone ahead with the dates had it been humanly possible. The good news is that we do NOW have a PLAN B ready to roll. If you hold on to your tickets they will be valid for the rescheduled shows. God willing, we will be there with bells on!”

Roger Taylor continued:

“We’re all in this together. Devastating! Boringly frustrating! Scary and upsetting! But…pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down…start all over again!!! Be well….take care…coming right back at you as soon as we possibly can!!!”

Adam Lambert added:

“I am very disappointed that we won’t be touring Europe as planned, but we have to look after each other and put everyone’s health first. Look forward to getting out there when it’s safe.”

Queen Share Official Footage Of Full “Fire Fight Australia” Performance

Queen have shared official footage of their full February 16 performance at the “Fire Fight Australia” benefit concert. That show found the band playing their iconic “Live Aid” set with current frontman Adam Lambert. The performance, which also included footage and audio of late singer Freddie Mercury, marks the first time the band have played the set since 1985.