Tuesday, February 28, 2012


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Having last week announced a special one-off U.K. concert performing with U.S. singer-songwriter, and "American Idol" finalist, Adam Lambert at the Sonisphere festival on July 7, legendary rock band QUEEN has announced it will play an additional earlier date with the singer when QUEEN and Lambert appear at Moscow's Olympic Arena on June 30.

These two shows are the only concerts presently planned for QUEEN and Lambert in 2012.

The potent chemistry between QUEEN and Lambert broke the surface when at the invitation of Brian May and Roger Taylor, Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Music Awards where QUEEN were present to collect their "Global Icon" award.

During a recent interview with NME.com, Lambert insisted that he is not trying to replace the later Freddie Mercury. He said, "The way I look at it is I'm not trying to imitate or outdo him or compete in any way, that's not even in my mind at all, I think it's really an honor to be asked to sing the music that he and the band wrote and get up there and put on a good show. If people are too busy trying to compare, they're not going to enjoy the music."

Although Lambert did not rule out another collaboration with QUEEN in the future, he insisted that for now the Knebworth show is simply a one-off. He told NME.com, "One of the things [people have said] was, 'He's gonna be the permanent frontman of QUEEN.' And although that would be a beautiful experience, the tricky thing this year for me is I also have my album coming out, 'Trespassing', and that's gonna take a lot of work and time and energy. So it's really a one-off experience with the band, and I'm really excited for it. But I'm not joining the band and touring with them."

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Brian May puzzled by new music

Brian May "doesn't understand" most modern music.

The Queen star is widely thought of as one of the most talented guitarists in the world. The type of rock music he is famed for isn't as popular as it once was, with dance and R&B tunes charting higher these days.

May can't fathom why tastes have changed so much.

"I was driving around in the car and I had [UK music station] Radio 1 on and basically I don't understand a lot... I think I'm too old to understand it," he laughed.

Queen are set to play a series of shows later this year. American Idol star Adam Lambert will front the performances.

Lambert took part in the eighth season of the TV singing contest, coming in second place behind Kris Allen. The show aired in 2009 and as soon as Brian saw Lambert he knew he wanted to work with him.

"It's very exciting, we are touring with a young man called Adam Lambert so it will be very different and new," he told BBC Radio 1.

"Adam has made a sensation really and has an incredible voice. I was instantly drawn to him, I tuned in and watched. We went over for the final, they were both great but Adam has this incredible range. Freddie would be pretty amazed."

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Press Release: Queen Return To Knebworth!




Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February from http://sonisphere.co.uk/buy-tickets/

“Earlier on there were rumours of us splitting up, but I mean – f*** ‘em – how can you split up when you have an audience like this.”  Freddie Mercury. Knebworth Park, August 9, 1986

With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends Queen are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.

Queen’ Brian May and Roger Taylor today confirmed the band will headline the second day of this year’s Sonisphere Festival appearing at the festival home ground Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.

Knebworth was the setting for Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.

May and Taylor also confirmed that for this special one-off concert they will be joined by US singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.

Since first encountering each other during American Idol Season 8 in May 2009 where Lambert joined the band to perform We Are the Champions the two have repeatedly hinted at a future collaboration, most recently with Taylor telling Billboard Magazine "He (Adam) has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but …it could be very exciting."

After their brief meeting on American Idol, the potent chemistry between Queen and Lambert finally broke the surface when at the invitation of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where Queen were present to collect their Global Icon award.

Their eight minute MTVE set ignited an immediate reaction across the internet with social network sites buzzing with excitement and campaigning for a more formal union between Queen and Lambert. The Sonisphere 2012 Knebworth stage will at last provide an eager public the opportunity to see May, Taylor and Lambert delve deeper into exploring their very evident artistic appreciation of one another.

Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It's a worthy challenge for us, and I'm sure Adam would meet with Freddie's approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”

Lambert adds: “I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I'm honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory. He's a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.”

Queen’s previous performance at Knebworth Park, close on twenty-six years ago, August 9, 1986, was set up to be the glorious last stop for the band’s monstrously successful Magic Tour which had spread out across Europe over eight weeks of that summer.  Over a million people had already paid to see them.

Now riding one of the highest crests in their career, Queen drew a record crowd of 120,000, their biggest ever UK audience.  Coming on the back of two stunning shows at Wembley Stadium - to this day regarded as among their finest performances - anticipation was high.

Queen delivered the goods, winding up the crowd by arriving above their heads in a custom decorated helicopter, and then going on to perform a Queen textbook set to a deliriously enthusiastic audience, winding up with an emotional ‘God Save the Queen’ and Freddie wishing his audience ‘sweet dreams’.

What no-one in that Knebworth Park audience, and as far as we know, not even the band could anticipate that day, was that a new chapter in Queen’s history was being written: after more than 700 concerts together, what was taking place was the very last live concert of Freddie Mercury with Queen.  

With the exception of an appearance in 1988 with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe to launch Barcelona’s successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Games performing their duet ‘Barcelona’, Mercury would never again be seen performing to a public audience.

On what will undoubtedly rate as one of this summer’s most highly anticipated and emotionally charged concerts Queen’s Roger Taylor says: "I remember Knebworth as being the most incredible gig, with the most amazing audience and the sound on stage was utterly perfect. It was a fitting last stand before a live audience for Freddie. It will be a real challenge to complete the circle by returning with Adam."

Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announce KISS as Friday's headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012.

For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance in 2012. Of their set Gould comments: "It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we've had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we're going to do it right this time!!"

Joining the three superb headliners are some of the biggest names from the world of rock and metal including:

WITHIN TEMPTATION - only UK show of 2012, EVANESCENCE - only UK show of 2012, THE DARKNESS, INCUBUS - only UK show of 2012, MARILYN MANSON – only UK show of 2012, ANDREW WK - only UK festival show of 2012, REFUSED - only UK show of 2012, MASTODON - only UK festival show of 2012, THE BLACKOUT and more.

As well as the exciting names from the world of rock, SONISPHERE once again shows it’s forward thinking nature, and invites musician/comedian TIM MINCHIN to headline the Saturday night on SATURN. Since his first appearance at SONISPHERE back in 2010 the TIM’s success has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his first UK arena tour, his first West End Musical (Matilda The Musical) and numerous high profile TV appearances. After the astounding success of Bill Bailey’s SATURN slot last year, TIM - with full backing band in tow - is bound to deliver a much talked about and highly memorable show at SONISPHERE.

Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February from www.sonispherefestivals.com / 0844 871 8803 priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.



Headline sets from: KISS (European Exclusive) - QUEEN (UK Exclusive) - FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)- TIM MINCHIN




















*denotes exclusive festival appearance

** denotes only UK show of 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

ADAM LAMBERT: 'I'm Talking To QUEEN About Doing Something'


"American Idol" finalist Adam Lambert was interviewed on this morning's edition of "Big Morning Buzz Live" on VH1. You can now video footage of his appearancee below.

When asked about the rumors that he will join the legendary British rock band QUEEN for a tour this summer, Lambert replied, "I'm talking to QUEEN about doing something. I got to perform with them on the [MTV European Music Awards last November], which was so incredible — such an honor to be asked. And there may be something on the horizon, but I'm not joining the band. I have my own album that I need to promote this year, so… I think in a perfect world, I would like to try to find some sort of balance between the two projects, so I'm working on it."

Lambert recently told U.K.'s Daily Star that he had "no intention" of trying to replace QUEEN's original frontman Freddie Mercury.

"The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some fucking great songs. It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of," he said.

He added, "After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of backlash from people saying, 'You can't replace Freddie Mercury.' But I already knew that. There's no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That's impossible. The way I'm choosing to view it is that it's a great honor and one I'm in no way going to shirk."

QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor confirmed to Billboard late last year that he and guitarist Brian May were in talks to hit the road with Lambert. After going public with the fact that QUEEN is essentially retired as an active touring unit, Taylor said, "[Lambert] has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but we're talking about live dates. It could be very exciting."

1991's "Innuendo" was the last album of new music QUEEN released during Freddie Mercury's lifetime. Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991 at age 45.

In 1995, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon overdubbed Mercury's final piano and vocal recordings to create the band's 15th — and final-four man QUEEN album — "Made In Heaven".

Deacon officially retired from music in 1997 — although he is still a voting member and quarter partner in QUEEN.

In 2008, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who had been touring with Paul Rodgers as QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS, released the chart bomb, "The Cosmos Rocks", before calling it a day as a trio and a recording entity — despite a string of globally sold-out concerts.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The World's Greatest Guitar

What do motorcycle valve springs, a knitting needle end and a fireplace have in common?
Still no idea?

Well it's to do with a hand made guitar.

I'm sure that there are many of these out there, but it's doubtful that any are as famous as this one.

This is the Red Special as designed and made by Brian May and his father.

It was started in 1963 when Brian was sixteen and has gone on to win Brian's fans over time and time again.

There are a lot of things this guitar has that many others... no scratch that, this guitar is unique.

It was made from an old oak fire place surround that friends were throwing out. Its tremolo arm was made from valve springs from an old motorbike and the end of the arm was made from a knitting needle end.

There are many things that Brian did to this that no other guitar has and that's what has made this so identifiable as soon as he starts playing it.

"The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind." - Brian May

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Queen Confirmed For Sonisphere Festival 2012 - With Adam Lambert...

Queen have been confirmed to headline this year's Sonisphere festival.

The band will be joined by Adam Lambert at the event, which runs from July 6-8.

Lambert said: "The intention is to pay tribute to Freddie and the band by singing some f**king great songs. It's to keep the music alive for the fans and give it an energy that Freddie would have been proud of."

"After the EMAs, I heard faint little slithers of a backlash from people saying, 'You can't replace Freddie Mercury'. But I already knew that."

He added: "There's no intention in my mind of replacing Freddie. That's impossible. The way I'm choosing to view it is that it's a great honour and one I'm in no way going to shirk."

Adam Lambert "2012" Interview:

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