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Brewhemian Rhapsody

Queen 2 Brewhemian Rhapsody

Queen II Cover Likeness And Coffee Pun By Continuum Coffee. Photo By Gail

Apparently, the coffee at this place is pretty good. Rhapsodic, Even.

Also, This:

Bicycle Race Sign

Because they are big Queen fans as well as Baristas!

Photographed at Continuum Coffee on Avenue B near 12th Street, NYC.

Legendary Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury To Become an Angry Bird

Freddie For A Day & Rovio Announce Unique Partnership

Legendary Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury To Become an Angry Bird To Celebrate Freddie For A Day

Freddie For A Day and Rovio Entertainment are proud to announce a unique and innovative partnership that sees the most iconic Rock’n’Roll frontman of all time, Freddie Mercury, become an honorary member of the Angry Birds family.  On Monday, September 3rd, to start the week in which Freddie Mercury’s memory is celebrated with Freddie For A Day on his birthday, September 5th,  the creators of Angry Birds are releasing an all-new animation of Freddie the Angry Bird riding his bicycle to the famous Queen track “Bicycle Race.” The video will be made available on Rovio’s YouTube channel September 3rd at 5:00 AM Pacific  / 8:00 AM Eastern.

Monday will also see a special Freddie For A Day fundraising evening hosted by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor  at which, for the second year, friends and celebrities will gather in London at The Savoy in Freddie’s honor, to remember him and raise funds for the Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting Aids Worldwide.

To raise additional awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Angry Birds in partnership with Bravado will be releasing a limited-edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird T-shirt which will be made available from the Angry Birds and Bravado webstores. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mercury Phoenix Trust. T-shirt numbers are limited so don’t miss your chance to be part of Freddie Mercury history!

Queen Live At Wembley Stadium To Stream For The First Time Ever

In Honor Of Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday on September 5, 2011, Queen will stream their historic 1986 concert Queen Live At Wembley Stadium for 48 hours on YouTube. The concert can be viewed at Queen’s Official YouTube Channel starting at 12:00AM EDT on September 5th. This is the first time in Queen has allowed an online stream of this watershed moment in the band’s career. The concert captures the group’s historic July 1986 two-night performance at London’s Wembley Stadium, where they gave an electrifying performance to 150,000 frenzied fans. The footage features stunning live renditions of many of Queen’s classic songs, including fan favorites such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Queen Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Album Re-Issues

QUEEN’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION KICKS OFF

WITH DELUXE REISSUE OF

FIRST FIVE STUDIO ALBUMS, PLUS GREATEST HITS II,

 “STORMTROOPERS IN STILETTOS” GALLERY EXHIBITION AND MORE

Queen’s 40th anniversary is now upon us, and the band plans to pull out all the stops to celebrate this historic occasion. “2011 is an important year for Queen,” said Brian May “and there will be a lot of activity.” Adds Roger Taylor, “I can’t believe it’s been that long and that we are still around in such a big way. I’m amazed and grateful!” This yearlong event will be marked by a series of releases, re-releases, special limited-edition items and events around the world.

It was in March 1971 that bassist John Deacon joined May and Taylor’s buzzed-about London group, which had changed its name from Smile to Queen nine months earlier, following the addition of multitalented singer/pianist Freddie Mercury, thus completing the classic lineup. The four simpatico musicians proceeded to take the world by storm. The band has released a total of 18 chart-topping albums and 18 #1 singles, while selling more than 300 million albums worldwide, making them one of the biggest rock acts of all time. They’ve received seven Ivor Novello awards in the U.K., were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the  UK Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and even received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in October 2002.

As live artists, Queen literally conquered the world. Acknowledged as one of the greatest stadium bands of all time, Queen performed over 700 concerts, reaching into every corner of the world. They achieved rock history by being the first band to open up South America and the Eastern Bloc, with world record- breaking concerts in Argentina, Brazil and  Hungary.

This is a timeless band whose music retains such immediacy and undiminished power that new fans continue to discover and embrace it, along the way inspiring a host of diverse artists from Lady Gaga (who took her name from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga”), and Katy Perry, through to the Foo Fighters.  It’s worth noting that Queen’s videos have collectively generated well north of 300 million views online—a remarkable figure that figures to expand exponentially with the launch of a dedicated Vevo channel this spring, in yet another iteration of the anniversary rollout.

As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen’s entire 15-album studio catalog is being reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note is being tweaked, every piece of artwork is being cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig doing the remastering, working from the original source material. The albums will be released in three waves, staggered over the next year, with the first wave—comprising the first five LPs—coming this May.

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Lyrics of the Day: Queen’s “Doing Alright”

Queen Circa 1973

Today, November 24th, marks the 19th anniversary of the passing of Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury; who, seriously was like a god to me. In memory of Freddie’s passing I wanted to post the lyrics to my very favorite Queen song, “Doing Alright” off of their self titled, 1973 debut. Even though Freddie didn’t write the lyrics to this song, it having been composed by Brian May and Tim Staffell, of May and Roger Taylor’s former band, Smile, no one could have sung it any better than Fred. This song is amazing, especially the part where the band goes from a jazz breakdown into a full on, righteous metal shred. You should download it on iTunes right now if you don’t already own it. RIP Freddie!

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today I know what I’m doing
Got a feeling I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Where will I be this time tomorrow?
Jumped in joy or sinking in sorrow
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Should be waiting for the sun
Looking round to find the words to say
Should be waiting for the skies to clear
There ain’t time in all the world

Should be waiting for the sun
And anyway I’ve got to hide away

Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today God knows what I’m doing
Anyway I should be doing all right
Doing all right

Gail Makes a Guest Appearance on East Portland Blog


The Champions of The World, Or Something Like That

The fine folks at East Portland Blog invited me to add an introductory paragraph to their daily featured video, an amazing hi-def clip of Queen performing “We Are The Champions” circa 1979. Get all nostalgic with me and check out this great vintage clip at This Link.

A Cool Thing You Can Make: Papercraft Queen!


“We Are The Champions” (Click to Enlarge)

This highly detailed paper sculpture of the rock band Queen isn’t assembled from a kit but rather has been entirely hand crafted from the imagination of the artist. See more step-by-step details that led to the final product, image above, at Behance Network.

Thanks to Ian via Make Zine For The Tip!

Happy 61st Birthday, Roger Taylor!

What a Rock Star!

Queen drummer Roger Taylor celebrates his 61st Birthday today.  Also, Mick Jagger turns 100  67!

Must Own Book: Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock!

Queen Ultimate Illustrated History

It is no secret that, way back when I was a teenager, I was a pretty serious fanatic about the band Queen. It is easy to understand why, because let’s get real: Queen’s music is the shit. But to put it in perspective, you need to know that when I was in high school, Queen was absolutely like a way of life to me, or a religion. To really get what I am saying, you would have had to be me. I was obsessed with their music, in love with Freddie Mercury, and completely and totally gay for Queen! I was even a member of Queen’s official London-based fan club and had fellow Queen fans from all over the world as pen pals. How geeky is that? The walls of my teenage bedroom were plastered corner to corner with posters and pictures of the band ripped from the pages of 70s-era rock magazines like Cream and Circus. I painted the nails on my left hand with black polish and went to school wearing glitter baseball jackets and skintight black satin trousers. My parents were horrified.

In addition to collecting photos, books, magazines and tour programs on the band – who I was fortunate to see in concert five times over four tours – I collected little odds and ends that I kept in a scrap book. Queen Queen Queen Queen Queen. If it wasn’t Queen, I had no use for it. As important as these things once were to me, you’d think I would have kept vigilant track of my beloved Queen memorabilia. But aside from my original vinyl albums, I have no idea where that collection is now (probably gathering dust in my parent’s attic). I actually hadn’t even given that stuff much thought until I got hold of this new book, Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, which really is the ultimate, collector’s coffee table book on one of the most original bands ever. Oh my god, this book is amazing.

Amazon.com describes the book as a collection of “glorious concert and candid off-stage photography from throughout the band’s career, as well as concert posters, backstage passes, LPs and singles, and other memorabilia from throughout the world. This is the ultimate visual tribute to Queen. More than 500 photos and artifacts are accompanied by contributions from some of today’s top rock journalists from Europe and North America. In addition to a chronological history of the band, there are reviews of all studio albums, notable excerpts from period publications, complete year-by-year tour dates, and a discography, as well as reflections on the band and their music from many of rock’s top performers past and present.” But what I would say about Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History is that holding this awesome book in my lap and paging through it was akin to looking through my scrapbook and box of decades old Queen clippings and experiencing a flood of almost painfully joyous adolescent memories that hit me like I was seventeen again. Wow, when was the last time a book did that for you? If you ever loved Queen the way I did, you can’t live without this book. (Trust me, we were the same person.)

Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, written by Phil Sutcliffe (published by Voyaguer Press) has a cover price of just $40, but it’s available at a significant discount from Amazon Dot Com.

Happy Birthday, John Deacon of Queen

Freddie Mercury Queen Pop Group
John, Freddie, Brian And Roger Circa 1975

John Deacon, bassist for Queen was born on this day, August 19th,  in 1951. Although John was “the quiet one” of the band and contributed the fewest songs, he did pen Queen’s massive hit, “Another One Bites The Dust,” so he really never has to work again in his life if he doesn’t want to. Maybe that’s why he didn’t choose to join a reformed Queen with Roger Taylor and Brian May when they recruited Paul Rodgers to sing lead. Because why embarrass yourself like that if you don’t need the money? Happy Birthday, John!

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