Tag: Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen News: Queen Extravaganza Semi-Finals kick off today, Global Icons at MTV Europe Music Awards (video), start of Remix “Don’t Stop Me Now” Contest
The semi-final round of the Queen Extravaganza competition kicks off today (Nov. 9), with fan voting deciding who moves on to the finals in December. Entries submitted so far from various hopefuls have earned over 6.4 million YouTube views, leaving drummer Roger Taylor feeling optimistic about who will carry on his band’s legacy in 2012. “What an amazing storehouse of talent we have unlocked,” he said in a press release. “The standard is mind blowingly high, it’s really a thrill getting to discover some of them, keep them coming!”
In round two, each vocalist and musician will have to perform a track specific to their instrument. The next Freddy Mercury will have to sing ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love,’ Roger Taylor’s chosen one will keep pace with ‘One Vision,’ the next Bass playing John Deacon will take on ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and Brian May’s replacement will audition with ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ or ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ depending on if he or she is auditioning as a guitarist or keyboard player.
The official Queen Extravaganza website reveals contestants have a small window during which to upload their entry. Each will have just five days, Nov. 9-13, to submit, and afterward it will be up to fans to decide who moves on. Voters can vote once per category before Nov. 28. Afterwards, top vote getters will move to the finals in Los Angeles in early December.
The Queen Extravaganza Tour will launch in 2012, featuring three vocalists and a five-piece band. No dates or cities have been announced for that tour.
Queen received the Global Icon Award and was joined by ex-American Idol contestant Adam Lambert for a spectacular performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. . The crowd at Belfast's Odyssey Arena roared as Lambert, dressed head to toe in black leather, crooned a medley of the band's classic hits "Show Must Go On," "We Will Rock You," and "We Are the Champions."
In celebration of Queen's 40th Anniversary, band members Brian May and Roger Taylor along with guest judges, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson, Queen's resident sound engineer and sound producer are inviting musicians to remix the hit song 'Don't Stop Me Now'. One winner will be invited to the prestigious and globally acclaimed Metropolis Studios in London - the same studio where Queen famously recorded many of their hit albums including 'Made In Heaven' and 'Innuendo'.
In addition, the winner will receive:
•Global exposure for having their remix featured and promoted across Queen's social media channels and queenonline.com
•'Days Of Our Lives' Blu-Ray
•'Live at Wembley Stadium' Deluxe DVD
•'40 Years of Queen' Book
•Signed copy of 'Jazz'
•'Deep Cuts' - Volumes 1, 2, and 3.
•Avid 'Pro Tools 10 + M Box'
There's also prizes for second and third place, so get in on the contest here.
Holy Shat! The greatness of Shatner shines through in the new video from the ex-Captain Kirk. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gets the distinctive sing-speaking treatment in this awesome version. The song comes off of William Shatner's new space themed covers album, "Seeking Major Tom." The 20-track album also includes Shatner's classic "Rocket Man," as well as Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," David Bowie's "Space Oddity," and more, with guests ranging from Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Micheal Schenker, Zakk Wylde and Mike Inez to Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Johnny Winter, Carmine Appice, Dave Davies, Wayne Kramer and John Wetton.
Two teens are stargazing in a field when something appears in the sky. It's the mouth and face of none other than William Shatner.
"Holy--" the girl says. "Shatner." finishes the boy.
Constellations appear and accompany Shatner with the song, gliding across the screen. The lyrics appear in block letters below his face, keeping the stars and galaxys company, while helping fill the screen.
The kids eventually get a copy of the new CD as it hits the earth in a giant fireball. Holy Shatner!
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde guests on the cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". Check it out if you haven't heard this one yet:
1. Major Tom (feat. The Strokes' Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde on guitar and and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) on bass)
2. Space Oddity (David Bowie) feat. Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and Alan Parsons on keyboards)
3. In a Little While (U2) (feat. Manuel Göttsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar)
4. Space Cowboy (Steve Miller) (feat. Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals)
5. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple) (feat. Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Johnny Winter on guitar)
6. Rocket Man (Elton John) (feat. Steve Hillage (ex-Gong member) on guitar)
7. She Blinded Me With Science (Thomas Dolby) (feat. Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes and Moody Blues) on keyboards/synth)
8. Walking on the Moon (The Police) (feat. Toots (Toots & the Maytals) on vocals)
9. Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum) (feat. Peter Frampton on guitar)
10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) (feat. John Wetton (Asia) on bass and vocals)
11. Silver Machine (Hawkwind) (feat .Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart/King Kobra/Blue Murder) on drums)
12. Mrs. Major Tom (feat. Sheryl Crow)
13. Empty Glass (The Tea Party) (feat. Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions/MSG) on guitar)
14. Lost in the Stars (Frank Sinatra version) (feat. Ernie Watts on saxophone)
15. Learning to Fly (Pink Floyd) (feat. Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) on guitar and keyboards)
16. Mr. Spaceman (The Byrds) (feat. Dave Davies (The Kinks) on guitar)
17. Twilight Zone (Golden Earring) (feat. Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) on guitar)
19. Iron Man (Black Sabbath) (feat. Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals)
20. Planet Earth (Duran Duran) (feat. Steve Howe (Yes) on guitar)
Here's Sheryl Crow on "Mrs. Major Tom":
Here's two "Making of Seeking Major Tom" videos: