RT @O2music: We were well and truly rocked this week. Happy 40th Anniversary to the “News Of The World” album by @QueenWillRock - What a sh…
Liza Minnelli has been admitted into rehab but is progressing well. Here are five things you need to know about the 69-year-old entertainer.
Liza Minnelli has recently been admitted into rehab so she can get help with substance abuse problems. The 69-year-old reportedly checked herself in early this week and is already showing signs of "excellent progress". Just in case you're struggling with the Minnelli trivia, here are five things you need to know about the Cabaret actress:
Liza Minnelli has checked herself in to rehab.
Continue reading: 5 Things You Need To Know About Liza Minnelli
Queen and Adam Lambert have been on their world tour since June 2014, and after trotting the globe, the band are coming to the end of the European leg.
Queen are by far one of the most recognisable and celebrated bands of all time. Yet, after the tragic passing of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the two remaining members of band (Brian May and Roger Taylor) teamed up with American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert in 2011. But wait, there's more! Queen + Adam Lambert are currently part way through a world tour that they began back in June 2014.
Adam Lambert and Brian May perform at the Barclaycard Arena as part of Queen + Adam Lambert's 2015 European tour.
The band will be heading off for a European tour on 29th January, and making the rounds at Cologne's Lanxess Arena, Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome, Vienna's Stadhalle, Munich's Olympiahalle, Belin and Hamburg's O2s, Frankfurt's Festhalle, Brussels' Palais 12, Milan's Forum, Stuttgart's Schleyerhalle, Herning's Jyske Bank Boxen, Prague's O2, Zurich's Hallenstadion and Krakow's Arena. Then the group are heading back to the UK in late February to perform at the Wembley SSE Arena, the Liverpool Echo Arena, before finishing off at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on 27th February, and have just finished a show at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Queen and Brian May - British rock legends Queen and Adam Lambert perform at the Barclaycard Arena as part of their 2015 European tour. at Barclaycard Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd January 2015
Sceptics were silenced when Adam Lambert took to the stage with Queen in Leeds on Tuesday evening (20th January). They may be over halfway through their worldwide tour, but the group were still going strong when they performed at the First Direct Arena.
Lambert, although a relatively new face in the UK, is well known in the US as a solo artist following his 'American Idol' breakthrough in 2009. His suitability as Queen's lead singer has frequently been called into question but, after numerous performances with the band since 2011, there is little doubt that Lambert is a highly talented addition to the group and one both guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor wholeheartedly approve of.
As with any performer who appears alongside Queen, Lambert is living in the shadow of Freddie Mercury. Mercury is renowned as one of the greatest frontmen of all time. With his showmanship and often brash humour, he has remained prominent in the public imagination as someone who exhibited true talent and joie de vivre but tragically died too young. Purists argue that Queen died with Mercury but, with Lambert at the helm supported by the experience of May and Taylor, it is evident this belief is unfounded.
Queen, Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor - Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and Adam Lambert promoting their tour 'Queen and Adam Lambert' at Hotel The Ritz Carlton at Potsdamer Platz square. at Hotel The Ritz Carlton at Potsdamer Platz square - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 11th December 2014
The band will play 21 dates including seven UK shows.
Queen and Adam Lambert will be hitting the road next year, playing a massive 21 date arena tour across Europe. The shows mark the first time the band and singer have played together in Europe since a six date tour in 2012.
Beginning in the UK at Newcastle Arena on January 13, the band will then play a total of seven shows across the UK including London's O2 Arena. They’ll then move on to France before hitting Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic and ending on February 19th at Zurich's Hallenstadion.
Continue reading: Queen And Adam Lambert Announce 2015 European Arena Tour
Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the United Center with a tour kick-off to remember.
Queen and Adam Lambert have managed to ace the nerve-wracking first night of their tour in North America, rocking Chicago's United Center to its foundations with a bombastic rock show to surpass all others. Combining theatrical flair with jaw-dropping vocal abilities, Queen's adopted singer, Adam Lambert proved his worth as the successor to Freddie Mercury once more.
A Stormingly Successful Opening Night Left Queen & Adam Lambert Fans Hungry For More.
"We've played to some of your mothers and fathers," guitarist Brian May remarked to the full-house crowd during last night's show. "And some of your grandchildren, I'm sure." Noughties Queen singer Paul Rodgers may have had the ability to pull of the power rock group's more challenging numbers, but it is Idol alum Lambert who truly embodies the spirit of the late flamboyant frontman.
Continue reading: Queen, Adam Lambert Blast Off With Bombastic Tour Opener
The teaser begins with old footage of Queen performing with former frontman Freddie Mercury alongside the intro to their smash hit 'We Will Rock You'. Then we see a few highlights from Queen and Adam Lambert's highly praised gig at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas last year where they formed several major hits including 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Are The Champions'. Slices from newscasts can also be seen in the video, with a clip of Brian May telling reporters, 'I wish Freddie was around to see him because Freddie would be awestruck.'
Further dates have been added to their upcoming North American tour due to huge demand following their iHeartRadio venture, leaving the schedule now adding up to 24 dates - beginning in Chicago on June 19th 2014 and closing in Toronto on July 28th. 'I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon', Adam has insisted. 'The thought of sharing the stage for a full set in North America is so beautifully surreal. I'm honored to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory.'
Queen might have the biggest selling album of all time, but which other acts make up the top 5?
With Queen's 'Greatest Hits' album now reaching the landmark 6 million sales in Britain, the album is now the biggest selling album of all time in the UK. It leads the top five by 900,000 copies, however the rest of the list is also very interesting.
Brian May, the guitarist with Queen.
Queen ‘Greatest Hits’ (1981) 6 million
Now reaching the 6 million sales mark, the 1981 compilation includes the hits, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. It is now said that one in three British families owns a copy of the album. Upon hearing the news guitarist Brian May thanked fans for their support over the years, The band, whose singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991, have continued to perform usually using different guest singers.
Abba ‘Gold’ (1992) 5.1 million
Released in 1992, this greatest hits compilation has sold over 5 million copies in the UK. The album includes some of the band's best known hits including, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Money Money Money’. The album now holds the record of the longest time spent in the album charts with 933 weeks in the UK Top 100 as of February 2014.
The Beatles ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967) 5.1 million
The fab four's eighth ablum is the biggest selling studio album of all time in the UK. At the time it was nominated for seven Grammys and won four, becoming the first rock album to win Album of the Year. The album includes many classic Beatles hits such as ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’, and ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, it has now sold over 5 million copies in the UK.
Adele ’21’ (2011) 4.7 million
The most recent entry, Adele’s second album, is the biggest selling album of the 21st century so far and the fourth of all time in the UK. Led by single ‘Rolling in the Deep’ the album won 7 Grammys including album of the year. So far it has sold 4.7 million copies and is also the most downloaded album in UK history
Continue reading: Queen Bee: The Top Five Biggest Selling British Albums
Queen have made history as their 1981 'Greatest Hits' set is the first album to sell 6 million copies in the UK, beating the likes of ABBA and The Beatles.
Queen have made history in the UK this past week.
The British rock band have reached a milestone that no other musical act has before.
Queen have become the first act to reach 6 million sales for an individual album in the UK, the Official Charts Company reports.
The bassist has refused to cash in on the death of Freddie Mercury since his passing and continues to do so, according to Brian May
Former Queen bassist John Deacon is apparently having nothing to do with the upcoming biopic of the group's late singer Freddie Mercury as he continues to maintain his exile from the surviving group member's work under the Queen name. According to the group's guitarist Brian May, Deacon has given the script for the film his approval, but wants nothing more to do with the upcoming movie project, or the potential new Queen album rumoured to be in the works.
Mercury will be remembered in the upcoming biopic
"We kinda mourn for John as well as Freddie in a sense," May recently told Rolling Stone. "I do know John's read the script and he's in approval...[But] he just doesn't want to be walking those roads ... He's in his own space and we respect that. It's a shame, because we would love to have him around but he doesn't want to be in that arena anymore."
Continue reading: John Deacon Rules Out Any Involvement In Freddie Mercury Biopic
The guitarist claims that the band have unearthed more unheard clips featuring Freddie Mercury than they had anticipated
Its been more than two decades since the passing of Freddie Mercury, but before his tragic passing, the powerful Queen vocalist may have spent more time in the recording booth than was initially anticipated. In addition to the recently unearthed duets with Michael Jackson, it turns out that Mercury also spent a good amount of solo time in the studio, as the treasure trove of recently unearthed demos suggests.
Mercury was prolific in the recording booth
Speaking with Mojo (via The Guardian) for their December/January issue, guitarist Brian May revealed that he and the rest of the band have been scanning their archives for any unused material featuring the late Mercury, telling the magazine that they might have hit the jackpot. Comparing the project to Queen's fifteenth and final studio album, Made In Heaven, which was released nearly four years after Mercury's death in November 1995, May stated that the newly found tracks are being polished off and prepared for release. He went on to say that the hunt proved more fruitful than was initially planned and that there may be enough material for a full-length release.
Continue reading: Brian May Teases Possible 'New' Queen Album After New Demos Are Found
Queen guitarist Brian May and West End star Kerry Ellis collaborate once again on a cover of wildlife activist Virginia McKenna's song 'Nothing Really Has Changed'. They performed the track during their 'Acoustic By Candlelight' tour.
The video features the duo on a candle-lit stage with Brian on guitar and Kerry on vocals at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Brian opens the track by explaining that he wants to remind people that 'we too have wild animals all around us which, perhaps, need a little respect' before presenting a video of badgers and foxes playing which is projected onto a screen behind them. The track is a mournful, minor-infused tune which Kerry portrays with intense emotion behind her resonant voice.
The song has been unveiled as part of their campaign against the proposed badger culling which the government have put in place to reduce the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, as many badgers carry the deadly disease. However, this controlled killing of the creatures naturally means that thousands of uninfected badgers are also being slaughtered which is something that animal rights activists are in uproar about. Brian May is part of a campaign that insists that vaccinations should be given to prevent the spread of TB instead. 'The cull is a disaster as was predicted; it was never on the cards that culling could eradicate bTB - only vaccination can do that', he has stated.
Continue: Brian May - Nothing Really Has Changed
The Queen guitarist said that Cohen's exit wasn't prompted by a script dispute, but by the comic actor's larger-than-life persona
The planned biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's life has been in discussion for three years now, with comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen in line to star as the late singer since the very beginning of the project. The biopic was thrown into disarray in the summer however, when it was reported that Cohen had been booted from the project, with little explanation for his exit. This week, Queen guitarist Brian May looked to shed some light on what happened.
Freddie Mercury is revered as one of the finest rock frontmen of all time
"It's quite difficult to talk about because we owe Sacha a lot," May told Classic Rock in it's latest issue. He went on to say, "He had so much enthusiasm for the project and it really helped us kick it into the start position. But in the end we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting."
The two day iHeartRadio Festival kicked off with head-liners Elton John and Queen leading the way at the Las Vegas MGM Grand arena.
The iHeartRadio Music Festival hit the MGM Grand Garden for the 3rd consecutive year on Friday (Sept 20th) to kick-off the 2 day extravaganza.
Elton John received the biggest cheer from the Las vegas crowd
The action-packed first day saw performers such as Chris Brown, Katy Perry and Robin Thicke take to the stage, but the most anticipated performances came from British rock legends ‘Queen’ and another British pop culture icon Elton John.
Continue reading: IHeartRadio Music Festival Hits Las Vegas With The Best Line-Up Yet
Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury collaboration tracks from 1983 will be released in just a couple of months time.
Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed that he's working on and plans to release previously unheard material from Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury and pop star Michael Jackson. The surfacing of the dead icons' collaboration will mark 30 years since they were originally recorded in 1983, but May and pop producer supremo William Orbit have worked together to tweak and remaster the songs - one would assume - for digital age optimisation.
We Will Hear New Jackson Material In A Freddie Mercury Collaboration.
The tracks in question were reportedly recorded three decades ago at Jackson's home studio in Encino, California, before the pair fell out after Jackson decided to bring a llama into the studio. Yup, the duet tracks could well be llama-inspired, after Freddie's manager Jim "Miami" Beach reportedly got a call from the British star, having said; "Mercury rang me and said: 'Miami, dear, can you get over here? You've got to get me out of here; I'm recording with a llama.'"
Cohen won't be moving on with the project because of "creative differences"
Sacha Baron Cohen has been rumored to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic for a while now, but unfortunately, the plans have fallen through. While the movie appears to be something of a pet project for Cohen, he had to make a graceful exit, due to “creative differences” with the remaining members of Queen.
Cohen won't be adding the biopic to his long list of achievements after all.
According to Deadline, the band wanted more of a PG-13 documentary about the entirety of Queen, while Cohen was hoping to get down and dirty in a tell-all documentary about the iconic singer’s troubled history. He had reportedly brought in Peter Morgan to write and various directors including David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the project for himself. Unfortunately, the band did not greenlight any of them for the film. Film is set at Sony Pictures and GK Films and it will be produced by Graham King, Tom Headington, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for Queen Films.
No more Baron Cohen as Mercury; we speculate on who could be a suitable replacement.
Sacha Baron Cohen AKA Ali G AKA Borat AKA... you get it, was an example of a truly fitting casting decision when it was announced he'd be playing Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the late Queen lead singer's life, with even Brian May and Roger Taylor on board to contribute a few tunes and make sure the film was headed in the right direction.
Strong-Willed Guitarist Brian May Is On Board For Queen Movie.
It's true, there's few more perfect to play iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury than British comic Sacha Baron Cohen: the looks, the eccentricity, the infectious energy and the unquestionably self-confident flair. However, the 41 year-old actor has pulled out of the planned biopic due to "creative differences," confirms Baron Cohen's manager via Variety. According to Deadline, the band were after a more PG-ready film whilst Baron Cohen pushed for a grittier tell-all R-rated version that would take a deeper look at the talented singer's life both on and off the stage.
Who will play the enigmatic frontman now?
Sacha Baron Cohen has reportedly pulled out of playing Freddie Mercury in a film about the Queen frontman due to creative differences with the existing band members, Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
Cohen – who found fame with his Ali G character before going global with Borat – wanted to depict Mercury in a more scandalous, adult light, while May and Taylor were more interested in a family friendly picture. And given that the pair are on-board as musical consultants - with script and director approval over the biopic – it was Cohen who had to walk.
“That film had Cohen circling the role,” say Deadline, who first reported the news, “but I’ve just learned he’s now pulled out. The reason is that the band wanted to make more of a PG movie about Queen while Cohen was counting on a gritty R-rated tell-all centered around the gifted gay singer. Given the astonishing physical resemblance, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Freddie but Sacha.”
Continue reading: I’m Out: Sacha Baron Cohen Bails On Freddie Mercury Film
Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to make a gritty film about Freddie Mercury's life with Oscar winning director Tom Hooper. Brian May did not.
Sacha Baron Cohen has left the movie biopic of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury after a disagreement over the direction of the project. Cohen - who bears a dramatic resemblance to the singer - had wanted to make a gritty R-rated drama about the star's life, enlisting David Fincher and Tom Hooper to develop the project.
However - as is always the case with approval of Queen projects - the remaining members of the band were concerned about the movie's potential effect on Mercury's legacy and seemingly wanted to make a sugar-coated PG movie.
According to Deadline.com, the living members of Queen, including Brian May, rejected British writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) as the writer, as well as both Fincher (The Social Network) and Hooper (The King's Speech) as directors.
The new Skylar Grey video of ‘C’mon Let Me Ride’ featuring Eminem is a crash course in a total lack of subtlety. “If you got a sweet tooth/ you can taste my watermelon,” she sings in the opening line… whilst cupping her breast, just in case you didn’t get the joke. Luckily, Skylar’s tongue is well and truly situated in her cheek. Which is pretty much what you’d expect for a song featuring an auto-tuned Eminem singing Queen’s ‘I Like To Ride My Bicycle.’
In fact, if this video was not intended to be comical, we’d all be in trouble: featuring bikini clad girls with three breasts and over-inflated collagen lips, a ridiculously daft but catchy chorus, and footage of Skylar cycling around in a pair of denim cut-offs, on a bicycle adorned with antlers. It's entertainment in its gaudiest, most glorious form.
If you’re wondering who Skylar Grey is, she’s the 26 year-old artist who co-wrote three different versions of ‘Love The Way You Lie,’ made famous by Rihanna and Eminem. She’s also got previous form as a vocalist for Dr Dre, Lupe Fiasco and Fort Minor. She released her debut solo album Like Blood Like Honey back in 2006 and her second Don’t Look Down, is scheduled for a 2013 release. If this latest video’s anything to go by, we reckon Skylar’s going to be one to watch. She certainly seems to have bundles of humour and personality, not to mention talent. Oh and she’s clearly good mates with Eminem. What’s not to like!?
Queen and Brian May - Queen guitarist Brian May Wednesday 19th September 2012 launches the Team Badger campaign in London with a giant billboard poster on Cromwell Road, at one of the capital's busiest junctions, to mark the start of a campaign to stop the planned cull of badgers in England with the aim of raising public awareness and collecting signatures on a petition to force a debate in Parliament.
RT @O2music: We were well and truly rocked this week. Happy 40th Anniversary to the “News Of The World” album by @QueenWillRock - What a sh…
Wow! You guys wanted those! SOLD OUT!
As a Christmas treat The Queen Store have held back a very limited amount of the special Comic Con edition of News… https://t.co/5JoWVhzjPp
RT @garyjkemp: Thinking about Freddie and his genius... @QueenWillRock 1977 https://t.co/2mDBIJ2suI
RT @QueenExtrava: If you can't find the tickets you want for the Newcastle, Cardiff, Guildford and Birmingham shows @ https://t.co/FSsixQms…
Fancy some @QueenExtrava action next year? Tickets for the 2018 UK Tour are on sale now! https://t.co/L2kSP3lHjR
“Almost the whole thing was a thorough joy….like being in a room with the world’s most spectacular jukebox.” @FT O2… https://t.co/yBDz6p9UHU
RT @DrBrianMay: And this is what I call a great audience. You guys lit up the O2 - bless ya. Thanks for a great… https://t.co/fdFTYcQw0r
RT @DrBrianMay: THANKS https://t.co/cexMLYkKmG folks ! Shocked and stunned to be named Best Live Guitarist. I'm not… https://t.co/vSI9IrmsDJ
“Queen and Adam Lambert retain the crown as best live band ever, even without Freddie Mercury.” Read more @ https://t.co/vhUA0jRlQn #QAL
"You can’t replace the irreplaceable. But — mamma mia, mamma mia — in Lambert Queen have found a mighty plan B....i… https://t.co/jFR6asBHCG
"Queen still offer one of the most entertaining nights of rock and roll to be seen and heard anywhere.” Read more… https://t.co/mhyHwbtaS8
RT @uDiscoverMusic: OTD 1975 ‘A Night At The Opera' entered the UK charts and as a result that Christmas belonged to @QueenWillRock https:/…
And the winner was... (Clue: it wasn't the curly haired guitarist pictured below...amazing as he is!) Check it ou… https://t.co/OhrSmdPZBn
Tickets for the @QueenExtrava 2018 UK Tour are now on pre-sale! Book now @ https://t.co/tlO14CRQVE #QuEx
@O2music @adamlambert We are! See you there! 🤘
RT @O2music: Get ready to feel like a champion. @QueenWillRock & @adamlambert are at The O2. Who’s coming to rock tonight? https://t.co/w4E…
Win A Queen Tattoo by Roger Taylor’s Tattoo Artist Manuela Gray! Enter now @ https://t.co/hVZw7d9Y5x @manuelagray… https://t.co/rwEXKvVs2D
The winners of our Queen Calendar Competition have been announced! Check out if you won @ https://t.co/itFWP47uUN https://t.co/GmW9Xdv6am
RT @jdc3306: North Greenwich Station is ready for @QueenWillRock 😋@DrBrianMay @adamlambert @OIQFC https://t.co/TjGaPzgXlO