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.”

Metallica, AC/DC, Tool, Etc. Make Billboard’s List Of “Top Paid Musicians Of 2020”

Metallica, AC/DC, Tool, Queen, KISS, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd are among the bands that made Billboard’s list of “Top Paid Musicians Of 2020.” You can find their rankings below.

Rock/Metal Artists On Billboard’s List:

No. 7: Queen ($13.2 million)
Streaming: $5.5M
Sales: $5.3M
Publishing: $2.4M
Touring: $0

No. 13 AC/DC ($10.1 million)
Streaming: $4.3M
Sales: $4M
Publishing: $1.8M
Touring: $0

No. 18 Metallica ($9 million)
Streaming: $3.9M
Sales: $3.7M
Publishing: $1.4M
Touring: $0

No. 20 Pink Floyd ($8.8 million)
Streaming: $3.2M
Sales: $4.3M
Publishing: $1.3M
Touring: $0

No. 32 Tool ($6.17 million)
Streaming: $823.4K
Sales: $557K
Publishing: $611K
Touring: $4.2M

No. 33 KISS ($6 million)
Streaming: $431K
Sales: $348K
Publishing: $194.5K
Touring: $5M

No. 34 The Rolling Stones ($5.69 million)
Streaming: $2.97M
Sales: $1.8M
Publishing: $1.17M
Touring: $0

No. 40 Aerosmith ($5.35 million)
Streaming: $1.33M
Sales: $564K
Publishing: $840K
Touring: $2.7M

The full list can be found HERE.

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)

Z2 Comics To Release New Graphic Novel Inspired By Queen’s Freddie Mercury

Z2 Comics, Universal Music Group, and Mercury Songs Ltd have teamed up to create a new graphic novel inspired by the late great Freddie Mercury (Queen). The comic, which is called “Freddie Mercury: Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs,” can be pre-ordered HERE.

The following was said about the comic in an official press release:

“Z2 Comics is proud to partner with Universal Music Group and Mercury Songs Ltd for ‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs,’ the first-ever graphic novel paying tribute to one of the greatest figures the music world has ever known.

For the first time in comics format, ‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs’ will be a journey through Freddie’s life; from his childhood in Zanzibar and India, through his formative years in England, to become the rock star, known and loved by millions around the globe. The story is told in his own words, with each chapter giving a glimpse into the many facets of his life.

Written by Tres Dean (All Time Low Presents: Young Renegades), the graphic novel will give a true insight into the many experiences that helped shape the young Farrokh Bulsara and his compelling existence, both on and off stage—that was the life of Freddie Mercury, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs.

Following up on the tremendous success of the Oscar-winning 2018 film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ and inspired by the book ‘Freddie Mercury: A Life, In His Own Words,’ compiled by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton, this upcoming graphic novel will be another essential addition to the bookshelf or coffee table of fans new and old, sumptuously illustrated by Kyla Smith, Robin Richardson, Safiya Zerrougui, Tammy Wang, and Amy Liu, with accompanying cover painting by David Mack.

‘Freddie Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs’ is available for preorder in standard 136-page softcover ($19.99) and hardcover ($29.99) editions, released in finer comic shops, book and record stores in November. Available exclusively through Z2 in a special hardcover deluxe edition for $99.99 complete with an exclusive vinyl LP, as well as limited edition prints by Sarah Jones, Kyla Smith, and Sanya Anwar. Reserve your copy today!”

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 😎”

The Struts Release Cover Of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”

The Struts have released a cover of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” You can check that out below. Notably, the track will be featured in a new LG commercial. The band commented:

“It’s no secret that we absolutely adore Queen. That’s why we are thrilled to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time with our very own version of #WeWillRockYou, available to stream and download everywhere… And keep an ear out – you just might catch it coming through your television speakers during a commercial break very soon 😘”

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.”

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.