Roger and Brian on new Taylor Hawkins album

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will release the second album from his side band, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, on April 20th. Titled Red Light Fever, the 12-song disc features Hawkins on vocals, drums and other instruments, along with guest appearances from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and Elliot Easton of the Cars.

Freddie Mercury memorial to be unveiled in Feltham

A memorial to rock legend Freddie Mercury will be unveiled in Feltham town centre next month.

The Queen singer lived in Gladstone Avenue and will be remembered with a Hollywood-style star outside the library in The Centre, Feltham, which will be unveiled on November 24.

Mercury came to Feltham from Zanzibar with his family in 1964 when he was 17, and studied art at Isleworth Polytechnic, which is now West Thames College.

Councillor Paul Jabbal, chairman of the committee that arranged for the memorial, said: “I am delighted that at last we are honouring Freddie Mercury’s memory and his achievements with a permanent memorial.

“As well as celebrating his life and success, it can serve as a reminder to local people that it doesn’t matter where you come from, if you work hard you can succeed in whatever you do.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming his family, friends and some band members to Feltham to show how proud we are to be associated with such a legendary artist.”

Because Freddie deserves a monument!

Because Freddie deserves a monument!

Julio A. Roca, Bernardino Rivadavia, Bartolomé Miter among many other “heroes” of Argentina’s history have something in common, and do not speak the start of the external debt of our country, not the cowardly genocide of our indigenous peoples, or the extermination of our Paraguay brothers, talking about hundreds of monuments, names of streets and avenues, and even the banknotes and coins we use every day … All were unfairly honored (not by the people) despite their crimes and aberrations, while many other heroes and freedom fighters as Er nesto “Che” Guevara recently in June 2008 took his deserved monument.

And if we talk of freedom, to mor, peace, and music … talk about Freddie Mercury, who [ll eno] our lives with plenty of memorable melodies, who once did not sing his song, who is not imitated in the mirror in her room when no one was watching, who shook his head no with Wayne and his friends when they put “Bohemian Rhapsody” on the stereo the car? … YO SI!, And I’m sure many of you also.

Queen was the first foreign rock band to be remembered in South America, in these times we visit the most prestigious bands of the moment, but it was Freddie and his friends who gave us the honor to play for us first in a series of impressive concerts that even today those who were fortunate enough to witness them, remember them with emotion because at that time to attend a massive event of such magnitude was banned by the military dictatorship. They were, are and will be tireless fighters for human rights, much more than what we say about those “heroes” naming the streets where we walk.

Freddie deserves a monument, and even more!, Join this project and is part of an act of love to those who gave us so much happiness with his musical legacy, the November 24, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of his departure, us show that even We remember, and yet we love it. Bronze with a donation from every corner of Argentina can do it! Take a minute to visit this page and find out how you can help make this tribute reality!.

We Will Rock You Bristol – reviews!

Swindon Evening Advertiser:

THEY say they are going to rock you – and boy, they’re not lying.

Every brick in the Bristol Hippodrome was vibrating as Wootton Bassett’s Jonathan Wilkes came crashing into town with We Will Rock You at the start of its six-week run.

And the audience was in for a huge treat, when Queen guitarist Brian May burst onto the stage in the second act to blow the roof off with his trademark sizzling guitar riffs.

Singer and actor Wilkes – and best friend of global superstar Robbie Williams – is in for a busy time.

As well as his role in the rock musical, his new performing arts academy in Old Town, Swindon, is officially opened tomorrow.

The musical, penned by Ben Elton and based on the music of Queen, is set 300 years in the future when earth has been renamed Planet Mall and is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation.

Nothing is unique – all of the Ga Ga kids watch the same films, wear the same clothes, think the same thoughts and listen to the same music.

No-one has heard of rock music and musical instruments are banned. But there is a legend that one day someone will show them the way and rock will be back.

As the house lights went down the sound of Freddie Mercury blasted around the auditorium as the audience was taken to 2309 and Kevin Kennedy burst onto the stage before being trapped inside a bright green prism of light. Then out on stage came Johnathan as Khashoggi, the commander of Globalsoft’s police.

It’s a first for the star as he’s never played a baddie before but you would never have guessed.

His evil sneer was second to none and he had the evil laugh down to a tee. During his duet in killer queen (with former X-factor finalist Brenda Edwards) he showed off his vocal talent and proved why he’s landed the star role in so many musicals.

This is a fast paced and loud show. The audience gets involved from the start, clapping cheering and in some cases singing along.

If you love musicals, Rock, Queen or just fancy a good night out then this is the show for you.

Bristol Evening Post:

IT’S a surreal experience watching We Will Rock You and being part of the audience that joins in with those towering anthemic Queen songs with gusto, and then being whisked backstage during the interval to interview the man whose virtuoso guitar lights up those very songs.

The legendary Brian May is every inch the rock icon. At 6ft 2in he towers over me, and his trademark long curly locks and the glass of wine in hand are reassuringly in place.

It’s almost impossible not to be star-struck when confronted with one of Britain’s most famous musical figures. But I find there is nothing “starry” about 62-year-old Brian and his easy manner soon puts me at my ease.

As soon as we sit down, Brian is eager to tell me how delighted he is with the performance of We Will Rock You we have been watching in Bristol.

“I can actually say that I think this is the best night ever of We Will Rock You. I hesitate to say such a sweeping thing, but I am absolutely blown away by every single member of the cast.

“It’s such a joy to see that passion on stage and to see it connect with the audience. I am seriously blown away.”

Queen, whose hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions and Don’t Stop Me Now have been loved by generations of music fans, are renowned for their live performances, originality and showmanship.

And, Brian tells me, the group, like the musical, was inspired from the outset by the enthusiasm of their live audiences.

“At the beginning, we were just boys with a dream, and we weren’t even very clear about what that dream was,” he smiles. “We just knew that we wanted to do everything better than everyone else had ever done it. Very precocious I know!

“But as time went on, the audience became more and more a part of it and I remember a very distinct moment when we turned around to each other and said ‘this has become something different’.

“We were in Birmingham around the time of our third album and although we hadn’t encouraged it, the audience started joining in with all of our songs – almost asking for what they wanted.

“So we decided not to fight it and we came to realise that Queen was now the audience as well as us. That’s where Queen came from and that’s where We Will Rock You came from. They were born out of the energy of our audience.”

Queen formed in London in 1970 after the demise of the band Smile, which comprised May, Tim Staffell and drummer Roger Taylor.

Staffell’s art college friend Farrokh Bulsara was a fan and after the band split he joined on vocals, giving it a new name and changing his name to Freddie Mercury. And so the legend was born …

Queen’s music has survived and prospered for nearly 40 years. It is testimony to their enduring popularity that, according to The Guinness World Records, Queen albums have enjoyed 27 years on the UK album charts – longer than any other musical act.

Their 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best live rock performance of all time in an industry poll. And in the past eight years their music has gained a new generation of fans through We Will Rock You. “It’s great to look out into the audience and see such a vast range of ages,” he says.

The musical, written by Brian and writer/comedian Ben Elton, began in the West End in 2002 and has been playing to packed houses around the world ever since.

It went down in the history of the Dominion Theatre in 2005 when it became the venue’s longest running show – no mean feat considering it’s one of the biggest theatres in the West End.

The show went international in 2003 when it took up residence in Melbourne, and foreign tours have taken place in Japan, the USA, Canada and across Europe. But it wasn’t until this year that We Will Rock You ventured outside of London in this country.

And what’s more the touring production is, in my opinion, better than the show at the Dominion.

“It is something special,” Brian agrees. “Sometimes a company comes together and a magic happens – it’s a bit like Queen in a sense – it exceeds all your expectations.

“They’re a close knit company, which helps. There’s something about being on tour that does that. It’s touring that made us as a band. We were all making our music, but when you go out on tour you live and breathe that music. It’s very special.”

Queen – Absolute Greatest

20 Years of Queen’s Biggest Hits – In music, pictures and live performances!
Formats: Four CD, Vinyl/Compact, Luxury, 2 Digital formats

Queen. Someone ought to erect a monument to them. Think about it: they have ruled their game longer than many of our most famous leaders, their words can be repeated by many more than can recite our most celebrated writers, and despite more than three generations passing since they first blasted their way into our consciousness, they’re just as omnipresent today as they ever were.

So what is it about Queen that makes it all so? You have to look no further than the forthcoming Absolute Greatest hits package, released November 9 (November 10, USA) in four different CD and LP, compact and luxury sets, illustrated with some fine photos and videos, to see where it all comes from.

Charting over 21 years of making people rock, feel, sense and celebrate, Absolute Greatest reminds us just what fine and smart, rock and pop writers and musicians Messrs Deacon, May, Mercury and Taylor were (are). Also that they had a sense of humour, which is perhaps another thing that made them so accessible.

A joyous celebration of Queen’s – and many of our own – greatest moments, Absolute Greatest also comes in very personalised versions in which band members Brian May and Roger Taylor share their own memories about the tracks chosen for this collection. In a limited-edition book version, the Queen photo archives are opened up with 52 pages of unseen and rare photos, and handwritten song lyrics by each member of the band (including corrections and rewrites). Certain versions provide exclusive access to online streaming of 20 of Queen’s greatest live performances.

OK, so we shouldn’t expect to see the likes of Queen carved into Mount Rushmore, or find their way to a Trafalgar Square plinth (now there’s an idea), so for the moment let’s accept that Absolute Greatest will serve as a terrific tribute to a monumental music history!

Ah, these are the days of our lives. Absolute Greatest – Queen.

1) Standard CD version includes 20 tracks, the ultimate best of.

2) Double CD Special Edition comes with an extra CD featuring audio commentary by Brian May & Roger Taylor reminiscing about the songs on the album.

3) Limited Edition Book version (Hardback 52 page, A4 book)
• The 20 track CD
• The audio commentary CD
• Previously unseen photos by Johnny Dewe Matthews, memorabilia, hand written lyrics
• Exclusive access to online streaming of 20 live performances

4) LP Box Set
• 3LP 180g Heavyweight vinyl set
• 12″ soft back 16 page photo book
• Housed in a 2 piece box with lift off lid
• Access to the exclusive online streaming of 20 live performances

5) Digital Download equivalent of version 1 and version 2

01. We Will Rock You
02. We Are The Champions
03. Radio Ga Ga
04. Another One Bites The Dust
05. I Want It All
06. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
07. A Kind Of Magic
08. Under Pressure
09. One Vision
10. You’re My Best Friend
11. Don’t Stop Me Now
12. Killer Queen
13. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
14. Who Wants To Live Forever
15. Seven Seas Of Rhye
16. Heaven For Everyone
17. Somebody To Love
18. I Want To Break Free 1
19. The Show Must Go On
20. Bohemian Rhapsody