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Mon
12
Jun

KILLER QUEEN Announces US Tour Dates

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Lead singer Patrick Myers said “It's been an amazing journey. That first show back in June 1993 changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most but it's a very addictive thing performing these songs! The concerts grew and grew and we've ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. It's been quite a surreal ride. Becoming regular performers Red Rocks Arena in America is another highlight . The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Dylan all played on that stage. It's really got it's own kind of magic going on there”.

Check out the following video link as Killer Queen power though Bohemian Rhapsody in a packed Ahoy Stadium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR6BCzFAj0Y&feature=youtu.be

MAGIC YEARS 
Killer Queen formed back in June 1993. Their first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier. 
By 1995 Killer Queen's UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End.

The band's reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. In 1999 they returned from a tour of and Europe and Russia for an awards ceremony in Leicester Square, hosted by Suggs from Madness. He announced they had won the award for “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”.
 
The band also scored a number one hit when they they were asked to recreate Queen's harmionies for “The Real Life” with Fatboy Slim in 2001. 

Killer Queen toured into their second decade, the audiences grew. In 2005 they played Ahoy Stadium, where the reformed Queen would be performing only a few months later. 

The next year Killer Queen joined forces with Bjorn Again and The Bootleg Beatles for a Waverly Stadium show in Edinburgh. It was this performance that led to the band being selected to represent Queen in a re-staged tribute LiveAid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof. They performed with him at his arena charity concert to raise funds for the homeless. 

2009 saw a triumphant return to a sold out Ahoy stadium with their acclaimed “Queen Spectacular” production and another award, this time from Sweden's Vasteras concert hall “Best Concert of The Year 2009”. 2013 saw them performing in another one of Queen's former venues, this time the Brighton Centre to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. 

In 2016 Killer Queen took the show to America including Red Rocks Arena in Colorado - one of the countries most prestigious venues – The Beatles, Springsteen, U2 have all played there. They will be returning there as a part of their 3rd US tour in 2018. 

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"Concerts as near to the real thing as you're likely to get. A real life Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Lives! A Pop Legend Is back" The People 

“Killer Queen is a living jukebox, an absolutely fantastic show. This an evening where you feel the hair stand on the back of your neck. I've never seen the arena explode with such an 
electric charge. The sound is perfect...A Concert to remember” The VLT - Sundsvall Sweden. 

“This guy is not to be missed” Editor BrianMay.com
No detail is overlooked. Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes. Duncan Kennedy BBC 1 
Very accurate. Almost frightening. The show, singing, music and appearance are unbelievably similar to the original. Skipping across the stage with his three and half octave broad tenor powering through the arena, Patrick's spark set the 10,000 Ahoy audience on fire . They danced, sang and clicked their fingers, all under Myers' direction. The best thing since Queen! Der Westen. (Ahoy Stadium Review) 

The fabulous Killer Queen came on stage. What an impact! Mirage or Resurection? The group voted best tribute in the world entirely succeeded in resurrecting Freddie Mercury both physically and vocally. You almost believe you were at Wembley Stadium back in 1986. 
Voix Du Nord. France. 

“Killer Queen rocked the race crowd to the Ebor Stand's rafters at the York Music Showcase last Saturday. The massive (15,000) Knavesmire crowd bounced, roared enthusiastically & punched the air on the terraces to Killer Queen's charismatic and uncannily accurate renditions of the Queen back catalogue, ... Freddie/Patrick, strutted for all the world is if it were Live Aid ...” BBC Yorkshire - Kate Lock 

"Patrick Myers' recreation of Queen's lead singer is simply uncanny.” 
Baz Bamignoye Daily Mail 

"Killer Queen took to the stage, the performance was scarily real. 'Freddie Mercury' gave it all he had in his trademark yellow suit - several outfit changes followed. The audience interaction could almost have been rehearsed. The crowd roared, danced and joined in as though it was a requirement for entry. Brilliant."
The Scotsman on Murrayfield Stadium 

Confirmed July 2017 Tour Dates:
S      7/1     Edinburg, TX H-E-B Park Stadium
SU   7/2     Corpus Christie, TX Brewster St. Outdoors
F      7/7    Bow, WA Skagit Casino
S      7/8     Bow, WA Skagit Casino
T    7/11     Syracuse, NY Sharkey’s Outdoor
Th 7/13     St. Charles, IL Arcada Theater
F   7/14     Merrillville, IN Star Plaza
S   7/15     St. Charles, MO Family Arena
T   7/18     Erie, PA Liberty Park Amphitheater
F   7/21     Dallas, TX Bomb Factory
S   7/22     Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live

 

 

 
Mon
11
Jan

VALENTINE Heading To UK For Dates

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Following the success of their first UK festival performance at the inaugural Rockingham festival last October Dutch virtuoso Robby Valentine celebrates 25 years since the release of his classic AOR ballad Over and Over Again with his first UK headline show this March.

Bringing "The Best of Both Worlds" show to the UK Valentine, supported by his full band, plays two sets at The Arts Club in Liverpool on Saturday March 12th. First continuing the "Bizarro World" tour in support of his latest album will be a set of originals taken from the Dutchman's extensive catalogue. This will be followed by a set of timeless classics and deep cuts from his "Tribute to Queen" show.

Tickets can be either be purchased in person from the venue or via the website artsclubliverpool.com

Valentine also plays P3 in Purmerend, Holland on Saturday 20th February as a release party for a Limited Edition vinyl of Bizarro World and also a CD single release of the title track.  Visit www.p3purmerend.nl for tickets or contact valentinemerch@gmail.com to place an order for the vinyl and single.


 
 
Thu
19
Nov

QUEEN's Gamble On 'A Night At The Opera' Pays Off Royally

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Dallas, TX - November 17, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands speaks to Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, about the make or break fourth album from Queen A Night at the Opera.
 
It would be next to impossible to understate the importance of Queen's November 1975 A Night at the Opera, both to the band's career and to the album's influence on rock thereafter. Brian May, one of the finest guitarists in rock history, is joined InTheStudio by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in this classic rock interview for the 40th anniversary of this eclectic hard rock album which included: 'Death on Two Legs', 'I'm in Love with My Car', the progressive rock 'The Prophet Song', skiffle pub sing along ' '39' , mainstream pop 'You're My Best Friend', campy vaudeville 'Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon', Freddie Mercury'sdrop dead gorgeous love song 'Love of My Life' , and the mock operetta song for the ages 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
 
Broke after three albums, Queen's Brian May reveals to InTheStudio host Redbeard how desperate the band's situation was, but also how determined they were to do it.
 
'It was definitely sink or swim. If that album (A Night at the Opera) hadn't done what it did, that would have been the end of the band... We took a lot of risks and that was always the name of the game, I suppose. And 'Bohemian Rhapsody', in particular, everyone said, 'you can't put that out as a single'... Well that's what we're putting out and we're not changing it.'  - Brian May
 
QUEEN A Night at the Opera @ 40 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-night-opera-40th-anniversary-brian-may-roger-taylor/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'

Direct Link to QUEEN website:  'http://wwwqueenonline.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

 
Thu
22
Oct

QUEEN 'A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75' out November 20

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Friday, November 20, 2015
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40th Anniversary of
Bohemian Rhapsody
 
Queen - A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75
The First Tour Bohemian Rhapsody Was Ever Performed On
Super Deluxe Box Set, CD (Hollywood Records), DVD & Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
 for release on November 20
 
Bohemian Rhapsody To Be Released on 12 inch For The First Time Ever
With Original B-side November 27th 2015
 
Queen honored At The Q Awards
With Bohemian Rhapsody collecting the Classic Single Award
 
 
New York, NY (October 20, 2015)-- ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was the song that changed everything, a song that resonates through time, a special moment in music history that has yet to be repeated.  At The Q Awards yesterday, Queen were presented with the Classic Single Award, marking the 40th anniversary of song which was originally released on October 31, 1975.
 
To mark the occasion for the first time ever, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will be released on 12 inch Black vinyl with the original B-side ‘I’m In Love With My Car’ on November 27, 2015. Alongside this, Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75, is set for release on CD (Hollywood Records), DVD & Blu-Ray (Eagle Rock Entertainment).  This show was a culmination of the 26-date ‘Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera’ UK tour and the first tour that they had ever performed Bohemian Rhapsody on.
 
The CD, DVD & Blu-Ray package features the band’s full live show, complete with a never heard before ‘second encore’ of ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ and ‘See What A Fool I've Been’.  The DVD and SD Blu-Ray versions also contain two special bonus features – 'Looking Back At The Odeon’, a brand new 22-minute documentary featuring a previously unseen interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor by Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Bob Harris about the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon show, plus the rarely seen Live At The Budokan – Japan 1975 footage, featuring three songs (Now I'm Here, Killer Queen and In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited) recorded during their legendary tour of the Far East.
 
Spirits were high within the band for this show; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ - universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released – was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at Number One in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A Night At The Opera (the most expensive record ever made to that point) was climbing the album charts on its way to No 1, which it achieved three days after this concert.   
 
With over 6.5 million copies sold worldwide, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is one of the world’s most well known and well loved songs. To this day, it continues to top ‘favorite song’ opinion polls and be discovered by new generations of music fans over and over again.  Freddie wrote the whole song – including the composite harmonies – on telephone books and scraps of paper.
 
Brian May recalled recording ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’; “That was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad's work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. And this song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He'd worked out the harmonies in his head."
 
Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24 track tape machine. By the time they were done, about 120 vocal tracks were layered together.  The opera parts alone took longer than 70 hours to complete.  At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and upon presenting it to their record label, they were told by various executives that 5 minutes 55 seconds was too long and the song would never be a hit.  But after the song was played by DJ and friend of Freddie, Kenny Everett, 14 times in two days before its official release, the song was only ever destined to be a hit.  Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released.  Over in the US, it was the same. American radio RKO managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it in across their network, which forced the hand of Queen's US label to release the song in its entirety.
 
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was Queen's first ever number 1 single and the 1975 UK Christmas number one, holding the top position for nine weeks. It is the first song ever to get to number one in the UK twice with the same version, and is also the only single to have been Christmas number one twice with the same version. The second was upon its re-release (as a double A-side single with ‘These Are the Days of Our Lives’) in 1991 following Mercury's death, staying at number one for five weeks,  eventually becoming the UK's third best-selling single of all time.
 
The single has sold in excess of 6.5 million copies worldwide and has been covered by everyone from Kayne West during his 2015 controversial Glastonbury headline slot, Axl Rose, Elton John and Pink to The Flaming Lips and Elaine Paige and forever immortalized again by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in the smash hit 90’s film, Wayne’s World.
 
Queen - A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75 released November 20th
12-inch Black Vinyl Version released November 27th
 
Full Tracklisting (CD/Vinyl/Digital)
1. Now I'm Here
2. Ogre Battle
3. White Queen (As It Began)
4. Bohemian Rhapsody
5. Killer Queen
6. The March Of The Black Queen
7. Bohemian Rhapsody (Reprise)
8. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
9. Brighton Rock
10. Guitar Solo
11. Son And Daughter
12. Keep Yourself Alive
13. Liar
14. In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited
15. Big Spender
16. Jailhouse Rock Medley
17. Seven Seas Of Rhye
18. See What A Fool I've Been
19. God Save The Queen
 
 *DVD and SD Blu-ray formats do not include Seven Seas Of Rhye or See What A Fool I've Been.

 

 
Mon
06
Jul

Queen 'The Game': Brian May, Roger Taylor Recall 1980 Worldwide #1

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Dallas, TX - June 30, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands gets a royal visit from Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, on the 35th anniversary of their biggest selling album The Game.

'There was a time there, about three seconds, when we were the biggest band in the world', chuckles Queen's Brian May.  Queen had succeeded as four real 'mates' on an international scale, producing four Top 10 albums in five years which would continue only to sell increasingly for the next three decades. With four writers, the band had a surplus of strong songs on The Game, including 'Play the Game', 'Dragon Attack', the Glam rock-reminiscent 'Coming Soon''Need Your Loving Tonight', the touching 'Sail Away Sweet Sister', the prescient 'Save Me', and two # 1 hits, the rockabilly-inspired 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and the rhythmic smash 'Another One Bites the Dust'.

Roger Taylor and Brian May give us the royal treatment, revealing  much of how Queen worked in the studio for The Game. Brian, speaking to InTheStudio host Redbeard, sums up perhaps the most important and overlooked element of the entire recording process.                                   

'I think as a band we are very aware of sound. You can make great, wonderful records, build in all sorts of arrangements and everything, but if it doesn't sound nice, then nobody wants to listen to it. It's something that isn't talked about much these days. Sound quality is vital.  - Brian May

QUEEN The Game@35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-the-game-35th-anniversary-brian-may-roger-taylor/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations

Direct Link to QUEEN website: http://wwwqueenonline.com

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net

 
 
Thu
13
Nov

QUEEN's Brian May, Roger Taylor Channel Freddie Mercury Forever

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Queen's Brian May, Roger Taylor Channel Freddie Mercury Forever

Dallas, TX - November 12, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands rules the airwaves with rock royalty, Queen songwriters, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, on the release of a new impressive compilation that explains why fans will love Queen forever.

Queen celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2011 with a hit musical We Will Rock You, a highly successful international tour pairing Queen with Bad Company and Free singer Paul Rodgers, and a renewed sense of more to come.  Much to their surprise, Queen would find themselves on the popular TV program American Idol performing with a young flamboyant contestant, singer Adam Lambert, who would join Queen this year to tour America, Australia and New Zealand with the band selling out arenas everywhere.

Meanwhile Brian May and Roger Taylor embarked on a new project, Queen Forever, a unique undertaking that would bring the iconic Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, who passed away late in 1991, into the 21st century with classic Queen songs plus three never-released Freddie Mercury discoveries with Queen, the spectacular power ballad 'Love Kills', Brian May's 'Let Me in Your Heart Again', even a Freddie Mercury duet with Michael Jackson, all previously unreleased.

Brian May shares with InTheStudio program host Redbeard the concept behind Queen Forever.


 
'It's an unusual compilation album really, this collection of songs which are not the most obvious ones, but that we feel crystallize certain moments for us. And the icing on the cake is these extra tracks which really no one has ever heard.'

QUEEN Forever/InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-forever-brian-may-roger-taylor/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'

Direct Link to QUEEN website: 'http://wwwqueenonline.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

 
Thu
04
Sep

QUEEN InTheStudio: Roger Taylor, Brian May Discuss Live At The Rainbow '74

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Queen Open Rock Time Capsule InTheStudio : Roger Taylor, Brian May Discuss Live At The Rainbow '74

Dallas, TX - September 3, 2014.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands takes the wrapper off Queen Live at the Rainbow '74, a rock time capsule of an embryonic band making the leap from London cult band to stadium filler.

Forty years ago when a young London quartet called Queen headlined the venerable Rainbow Theater there, recording the performance on audio and film was a daunting task, both technologically and financially. Live recording then was much more art than science, no do-overs, no digital tricks, nowhere to hide.

After two studio albums and a trial-by-fire legendary US tour supporting lovable Mott the Hoople, Queen was ready to reign over the Rainbow Theater, and in late March of 1974 they nailed it. The performance was so strong that the band would return in November of that year to play two more sold-out shows in support of their third album Sheer Heart Attack.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor explains to InTheStudio host Redbeard how during preparation for the band's most recent 2013/2014 tour the Rainbow concert tapes resurfaced.

'I had a copy of the Rainbow live... in my car. I was on my way to rehearsal on the first day and I said to Brian, 'These tracks are great!' I forgot that we were a really heavy band.'

Guitarist Brian May continues, 'There weren't any tricks to be had. It's all live and dangerous, as it is now with us. We knew what we were doing in those days. We were very clear and we were very well oiled in a sense; we knew each other very well.'

QUEEN Live at the Rainbow '74 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/queen-live-rainbow-74-brian-may-roger-taylor/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'

Direct Link to QUEEN website:  'http://wwwqueenonline.com'

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

 
Mon
11
Aug

VALENTINE - 'The Queen Album' Appears September 13

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Valentine - 'The Queen Album' appears on September 13

Because his first two Queen tribute albums 'A tribute to Queen 1' (2011) en 'A Tribute to Queen 2' (2012) are sold out but a few, Robby Valentine has decided to combine these two albums, together with 5 brand-new recorded songs into his ultimate Queen tribute record:   'The Queen album'                                                            

On this album he has again played and recorded all instruments himself, as done all vocals. All arrangements have been recorded in full detail, thus succeeding in delivering the perfect Queen sound.

De release party of the album will be held in 'Capsloc', Pelikaanweg 3, Capelle a/d IJssel.  (www.capsloc.nl)

Robby Valentine will, together with his amazing band, play a huge variety of Queen songs. Of course hits such as ,,Killer Queen'', ,,Bohemian Rhapsody'', ,,Somebody To Love'', ,,We Are The Champions'' and ,,We Will Rock You''  won't be missing from the setlist.

Who has seen this show before (at the Dutch Queen convention in 2011 & 2012 and during the official Queen Convention in 2012) has to agree upon the fact that the show is a true spectacle.   What has once started as a one-man-show, has now expanded to a full-band performance with guest appearances by Dutch pop-idol 2 finalist Marlies (alias Maria Catharina from Aniday).

On the 27th of September Valentine will once again perform at the official Queen Convention in Prestatyn, Engeland, where people can't wait to see the new, expanded and improved full band show by this multi instrumental phenomenon.

We think that the fact that they've invited him once again says more than enough.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84YT6p4riNs

The band:

Robby Valentine           - piano, guitar & vocals
Kristoffer Gildenl'w      - bas & vocals
Paul Coenradie             -  guitar & vocals
Andr' Borgman             - drums
Marlies Schuitemaker   - vocals

If you want to be a part of this adventure even before the 17th, you have the chance to become a sponsor of THE QUEEN ALBUM. Your options can be found on www.robbyvalentine.nl

 
Valentine official website: www.robbyvalentine.nl
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Tue
17
Jun

QUEEN TO RELEASE RARE RECORDING OF LANDMARK CONCERT - QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74

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QUEEN TO RELEASE RARE RECORDING OF LANDMARK CONCERT
 
QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74
 
Previously unreleased first live album finally surfaces after 40 year wait.

 

New York, NY (June 16, 2014)--Sunday March 31, 1974 is a landmark date in the history of rock music. It is now celebrated in the multi format release of a rare recording made at legendary London venue The Rainbow, of a concert by a then up-and-coming band called Queen. Few who turned up for that iconic performance could have predicted they would go on to become arguably the world's best and most successful rock group, although many more may have suspected it after this stunning show.
 
Among the unique material contained in this release are over a dozen tracks never previously released on any official Queen live album. The release will come in CD, Vinyl and standard DVD or SD Blu-Ray formats available as standard releases or special limited edition sets as well as digital formats.
 
That concert, being heard live for the first time in the soon to be released Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74, marked the culmination of the band's countrywide tour, their first as headliners - hot on the heels of a tour supporting Mott the Hoople, late in 1973, on which they were widely regarded as having blown the hit band off the stage. Queen got rave reviews, almost unheard of for a support band, and it was obvious that in future they would be top of the bill. The band's momentum had been building since the release of their eponymous album in July 1973 and, following their success on the Mott tour, at the beginning of 1974 they were tipped as Band of the Year in UK music paper Disc and Music Echo.
 
Just before the March Rainbow gig, Queen performed their new single Seven Seas of Rhye on must-see UK TV music show Top of the Pops. The highly coveted slot was a lucky break - they filled in for an absent David Bowie, who was unavailable - and the band made the most of it, delivering a thrilling performance that pushed the song into the Top 10.
 
Although the group now had a first hit single under its belt, and second album Queen II had just been released to critical acclaim, many felt that playing The Rainbow was overambitious. It was the premier London venue of the time, on a par with L.A.'s Palladium and New York's Fillmore East. But the band had paid its dues, slugging it out in clubs and college halls for four years, and never doubting their own potential. The band's confidence was vindicated when the venue quickly sold out the capacity of more than 3,000 seats ' with some fans paying as much as '1.20 for a ticket!
 
Queen's performance was spectacular from the second that Freddie Mercury strutted onto the stage in his soon to become trademark white 'eagle suit', a tight -fitting number specially made for him by top fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, which featured flowing winged sleeves. He pranced and posed, capturing the audience in seconds with his extraordinary voice and stage presence, while Brian May provided the counterpoint with his remarkable and ground-breaking guitar playing. The powerful 'engine room' (as they liked to call it) of drummer Roger Taylor and bass player John Deacon completed a sound unlike anything British audiences had previously heard. Enraptured fans clapped and cheered, and gave the band a standing ovation.
 
That electrifying show was recorded by Roy Thomas Baker, co-producer of Queen's first four studio albums, and slated to be the band's third album (and debut live album) - a career defining release like James Brown's Live At The Apollo or The Who's Live At Leeds. Intended to be a recording that captured the magic of a live band firing on all cylinders, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 would undoubtedly have been a big success. But Queen's ferocious creative momentum produced a stack of new songs begging to be recorded and instead of releasing the live album the band went into the studio to record what was to become 1974's breakthrough album, Sheer Heart Attack.  As a result the already completed Rainbow live album was shelved and consigned to the archives.
 
Later in 1974 Queen had their first chart-topping single, Killer Queen, which encapsulated their brand of driving rock and clever lyrics. It appeared on Sheer Heart Attack, which was released in the autumn, was a massive hit and remains to this day many fans' favourite Queen album. To celebrate this success and crown a remarkable year, Queen returned to The Rainbow in November 1974 for two sell-out gigs that were even more spectacular than the one in March.  These concerts included the typically flamboyant performance of Now I'm Here with which they had been wowing audiences on the tour. It featured Freddie apparently appearing in a spotlight on opposite sides of the stage almost simultaneously. The concerts received massive acclaim from fans and critics alike, and won over many who had until then doubted the band's potential. In this year, Queen also undertook their first concerts in Australia, USA, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.
 
Now, a remarkable 40 years later, Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 has finally surfaced from the archives, providing an invaluable record of emerging superstars demonstrating their talent.
 
Queen, Virgin Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment are proud to announce that Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 will be released on September 8, 2014 (UK on Virgin Records) and September 9, 2014 (US through Hollywood Records) in a variety of formats all newly mixed and mastered to the highest contemporary standard. These range from a standard two CD package, a DVD, an SD Blu-ray, a gate-fold double vinyl (including an audio reproduction of the aforementioned original live album), a quadruple vinyl boxed set, to a super deluxe collector's edition. This comprehensive and fascinating package includes two CDs, a DVD and Blu-Ray, a 60 page hardback book containing many rare photographs, and various items of memorabilia such as reproductions of the tickets, show souvenir programme and poster, as well as material from the band members' personal archives. (Full details of the various packages which will be released can be found at the end of this release).  Vinyl and super deluxe formats are released as limited editions.
 
These recordings capture Queen at that time in all their glory: the dramatic stage presence, the highly original self-penned repertoire of songs, high-energy performances coupled with stunning melodic and harmonic content, and the uncompromising perfectionist approach to every aspect of their performance which is still maintained to this day.
 
Queen dazzled their audiences in 1974 with an unforgettable show delivered with a skill and confidence which belied their youth.  The tape machines were rolling, capturing the highly electric performances.  Now, to mark the 40th anniversary of these legendary shows, here, finally, is Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 - lovingly restored, edited, mixed and digitally mastered, and including much footage never previously seen. It is a collection every Queen fan will want to possess.
 
Queen will be touring North America, Asia and Australia this summer with virtuoso vocalist Adam Lambert. The tour kicks off June 19th at Chicago's United Center. Tour dates and ticket information can be found at queenonline.com.
 
 
QUEEN: LIVE AT THE RAINBOW '74  - Package details
 
Package one
One CD featuring the November show
 
Package two
Two CD digi-pack, with one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show
 
Package three
DVD or SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four 'bonus' tracks from March
 
Package four (released in North America only)
SD Blu-Ray & CD combo box
 
Package five
2 Vinyl - Limited edition gate-fold double vinyl package, with one LP featuring an audio reproduction of the original March show live album and the other LP featuring highlights from the November show.
 
Package six
4 Vinyl - Limited edition four vinyl LP boxed set, two LPs featuring the March show and two featuring the November show
 
Package seven
Super Deluxe Box - Limited edition Super Deluxe lidded boxed set package containing:
1)     Two CDs, one CD featuring the March show and the second CD featuring the November show
2)     A DVD and SD Blu-Ray of the November show with four 'bonus' tracks from March
3)     A 60 page hardback book containing lots of previously unseen photographs, and (among other items), reproductions of two reviews, one from The Times and one from Disc and Music Echo. A series of four articles from the latter publication is also included.
4)     Reproductions of two tickets from the March concert (those actually used by Brian's parents)
5)     A reproduction of the tour itinerary folder for the March concert from promoter Mel Bush, including a letter instructing the band not to trash the hotel room or there will be dire consequences!
6)     A reproduction of the 8 page show souvenir brochure
7)     Two button badges ' reproductions of items available at the concert
8)     A reproduction of the purple and gold March concert poster
9)     A reproduction of a fashion shoot in The Telegraph Magazine, featuring the band with fashion models.
10)  A reproduction of the sticker stage pass from the March concert
 
Queen Live at the Rainbow will also be available as one disc and two disc eAlbum.
 
Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 - track listings:
 
One CD:
 

                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, November '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Now I'm Here
                  3.              Ogre Battle
                  4.              Father To Son
                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)
                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist
                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods
                  8.              Killer Queen
                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen
                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown
                  11.           Son And Daughter
                  12.           Guitar Solo
                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive
                  15.           Drum Solo
                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye
                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy
                  19.           Liar
                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods' Revisited
                  21.           Big Spender
                  22.           Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
                  23.           Jailhouse Rock
                  24.           God Save The Queen
 
Two CD digi-pack & four vinyl LP boxed set:
 
                                    CD 1
 
                                    QUEEN II TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, March '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Father To Son
                  3.              Ogre Battle
                  4.              Son And Daughter
                  5.              Guitar Solo
                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  7.              White Queen (As It Began)
                  8.              Great King Rat
                  9.              The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke
                  10.           Keep Yourself Alive
                  11.           Drum Solo
                  12.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
                  13.           Seven Seas Of Rhye
                  14.           Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
                  15.           Jailhouse Rock (Medley)
                                    Stupid Cupid (Medley)
                                    Be Bop A Lula (Medley)
                  16.           Liar
                  17.           See What A Fool I've Been
 
                                    CD 2
 
                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, November '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Now I'm Here
                  3.              Ogre Battle
                  4.              Father To Son
                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)
                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist
                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods
                  8.              Killer Queen
                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen
                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown
                  11.           Son And Daughter
                  12.           Guitar Solo
                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive
                  15.           Drum Solo
                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye
                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy
                  19.           Liar
                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods' Revisited
                  21.           Big Spender
                  22.           Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
                  23.           Jailhouse Rock
                  24.           God Save The Queen
 
Standard DVD and SD Blu-Ray:
 
                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, November '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Now I'm Here
                  3.              Ogre Battle
                  4.              Father To Son
                  5.              White Queen (As It Began)
                  6.              Flick Of The Wrist
                  7.              In The Lap Of The Gods
                  8.              Killer Queen
                  9.              The March Of The Black Queen
                  10.           Bring Back That Leroy Brown
                  11.           Son And Daughter
                  12.           Guitar Solo
                  13.           Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  14.           Keep Yourself Alive
                  15.           Drum Solo
                  16.           Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
                  17.           Seven Seas Of Rhye
                  18.           Stone Cold Crazy
                  19.           Liar
                  20.           In The Lap Of The Gods' Revisited
                  21.           Big Spender
                  22.           Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
                  23.           Jailhouse Rock
                  24.           God Save The Queen
 
                                    BONUS TRACKS
 
                                    QUEEN II TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, March '74
 
                  1.              Son And Daughter
                  2.              Guitar Solo
                  3.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  4.              Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
 
Double Vinyl LP Package:
 
                                    QUEEN II TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, March '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Father To Son
                  3.              Ogre Battle
                  4.              Son And Daughter
                  5.              Guitar Solo
                  6.              Son And Daughter (Reprise)
                  7.              Keep Yourself Alive
                  8.              Drum Solo
                  9.              Keep Yourself Alive (Reprise)
                  10.           Seven Seas Of Rhye
                  11.           Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll
                  12.           Liar
 
                                    SHEER HEART ATTACK TOUR
                                    Live at the Rainbow, November '74
 
                  1.              Procession
                  2.              Now I'm Here
                  3.              White Queen (As It Began)
                  4.              Flick Of The Wrist
                  5.              In The Lap Of The Gods
                  6.              Killer Queen
                  7.              The March Of The Black Queen
                  8.              Bring Back That Leroy Brown
                  9.              Stone Cold Crazy
                  10.           In The Lap Of The Gods' Revisited
 
 
 
Some fascinating (and noteworthy) facts about Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74:
 
The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, (from Queen II) was inspired by a painting by Richard Dadd (1817-1886) which now hangs in the Tate Gallery, having been donated to the gallery by war poet Siegfried Sassoon. The song is by far the most significant song on the Rainbow project in terms of rarity. The March 31st show was the last time Queen performed it in concert and this is the only known live recording of the song. The track's appearance on this package is likely to be the biggest surprise on the set.
 
Great King Rat and Modern Times Rock'n'Roll (from the first album), See What A Fool I've Been (the non-album B-side of Seven Seas of Rhye) and Flick of the Wrist (from Sheer Heart Attack), are also included on an official Queen live product for the first time. 
 
The November show was released in part (not full) on the 1992 VHS, part of the little-known Box of Tricks package, but the March show has never been officially released.
 
On the 1992 VHS Liar and Keep Yourself Alive (from first album), Father To Son (from Queen II) and Jailhouse Rock only featured in part, whereas now on Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 they are full versions for the first time. Modern Times Rock'n'Roll, Flick Of The Wrist, Seven Seas of Rhye and Big Spender (all from November) were NOT on the VHS video, so this is the first time they have emerged.
 
The following 15 songs from March and November Rainbow 1974 concerts have never appeared on any official Queen live album before (this excludes video): Procession, Father to Son, Ogre Battle, Son and Daughter, White Queen, Great King Rat, The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, Modern Times Rock'n'Roll, Liar, See What A Fool I've Been, Flick of the Wrist, In the Lap of the Gods (not to be confused with In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited), The March of the Black Queen, Bring Back that Leroy Brown and Stone Cold Crazy. 

 
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