Iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born on this day in 1946, and to commemorate, this week the Freddie For a Day annual celebration gets angry, as in Freddie becoming an honorary member of the Angry Birds family.
'Freddie For a Day' is in its third year and if you're wondering how to celebrate, just dress like Freddie in leather, leotards, aviator shades or most importantly wear a fake bushy black mustache. For the second year in a row, a fundraising event will be hosted by surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor at the Savoy in London in Mercury’s honor. He will be remembered and funds will be raised for the Mercury Phoenix Trust – Fighting AIDS Worldwide.
Check out Freddie the Angry Bird, riding his bicycle to Queen’s ‘Bicycle Race' below. To help raise even further awareness for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Angry Birds are partnering up to release a limited edition Freddie Mercury Angry Bird t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the Trust. The limited edition t-shirts are available here: www.shop.angrybirds.com
We now know who the richest drummers in the world are, and it really should be no suprise who is #1. Celebritynetworth.com compiled all information including salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties and endorsements to come up with the figures. The final net worths come from a formula that takes out taxes, manager’s fees, agents fees, and lifestyle. Check out the Top 30 below.
The 30 Richest Drummers in the World:
1. Ringo Starr – $300 Million (The Beatles/Solo)
2. Phil Collins – $250 Million (Solo/Genesis)
3. Dave Grohl – $225 Million (Nirvana/Foo Fighters)
4. Don Henley – $200 Million (The Eagles)
5. Lars Ulrich – $175 Million (Metallica)
6. Charlie Watts – $160 Million (The Rolling Stones)
7. Larry Mullen Jr. – $150 Million (U2)
8. Roger Taylor – $105 Million (Queen)
9. Joey Kramer – $100 Million (Aerosmith)
10. Chad Smith – $90 Million (The Red Hot Chili Peppers/Chickenfoot)
11. Travis Barker – $85 Million (Blink 182/The Aquabats)
12. Stewart Copeland – $80 Million (The Police)
13. Alex Van Halen – $75 Million (Van Halen)
14. Nick Mason – $75 Million (Pink Floyd)
15. Tommy Lee – $70 Million (Motley Crue)
16. Bill Ward – $65 Million (Black Sabbath)
17. Jon Fishman – $60 Million (Phish)
18. Carter Beauford – $55 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
19. Rick Allen – $50 Million (Def Leppard)
20. Tre Cool – $45 Million (Green Day)
21. Danny Carey – $40 Million (Tool)
22. Tico Torres – $40 Million (Bon Jovi)
23. Max Weinberg – $35 Million (Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band/Conan O’Brien)
24. Mickey Hart – $30 Million (The Grateful Dead)
25. Bill Kreutzmann – $25 Million (The Grateful Dead)
26. Neil Peart – $22 Million (Rush)
27. Taylor Hawkins – $20 Million (Foo Fighters)
28. Questlove – $16 Million (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon)
29: Steven Adler – $15 Million (Guns N’ Roses)
30. Mick Fleetwood – $8.5 Million (Fleetwood Mac)
Queen News: ‘Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest ’86′ to be screened in U.S. theaters, ‘The Great Pretender’ and ‘Greatest Video Hits’ to be released
It was great to see Brian May, Roger Taylor and a projection of Freddie Mercury at the recent closing ceremonies of the London Olympics. Now you can follow that up by checking out a classic concert by Queen on the big screen.
Screenvision, in an alliance with More2Screen and Eagle Rock, brings Queen, one of the world's most iconic British rock bands, to the big screen with the feature presentation of "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86." Originally filmed on July 27, 1986, this Queen concert film has been re-mastered for digital cinema in high definition with 5.1 surround sound and features many of the band's most popular tracks, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "I Want to Break Free" and "We Are the Champions."
Part of the hugely successful Magic Tour, this concert is significant because it was the last time Queen toured with their late lead singer Freddie Mercury. It was also the largest stadium concert ever staged at the Nepstadion in Budapest, in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans – three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
This special performance is introduced with a 25-minute documentary feature including rare footage – some of which has never been seen before – that gives the inside track on events, following the band from just after their historic performance at Live Aid in 1985 through the year leading up to the concert in Budapest. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band in studio and on the road during the Magic Tour, this fascinating feature has been specially created for this new cinema release. Fans worldwide can be part of this celebration of Queen's global appeal as this event is shown in movie theaters across the U.S. in a limited engagement on September 20, 23 and 27, 2012.
"We're delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was ground-breaking, but hadn't quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the cinema screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene – it really was an extraordinary time in the band's history." – Brian May and Roger Taylor Go to www.queenonscreen.com to find a screening near you.
A new documentary film chronicling the life, career, and even his solo projects of Freddie Mercury titled ‘The Great Pretender,’ will be available from Eagle Rock Entertainment on DVD and Blu-Ray on Sept. 25th. It was created by the same team behind the fantastic ‘Queen: Days of Our Lives’ BBC documentary and was produced and directed by lifelong fan and expert Rhys Thomas.
Rare interviews with Mercury, concerts, video shoots, and personal material from the singer’s own collection are included, along with testimonials from Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor and band manager Jim Beach.
Film highlights include Freddie and Rod Stewart singing their demo of the unreleased song ‘Take Another Piece of My Heart’ and Mercury’s unreleased collaboration with Michael Jackson on ‘There Must Be More to Life Than This.’ Plus, Mercury appears in some of the archived footage with the Royal Ballet in 1979. Footage is also included of Mercury’s 39th ‘Black and White’ birthday party back in 1985 where the singer and his friends celebrated with a cross-dressing theme party to signify his final year before turning 40. Outtakes from the video shoots for ‘I Want to Break Free,’ ‘One Vision,’ ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘I Want It All,’ ‘A Kind of Magic,’ ‘Princes of the Universe,’ ‘Living on My Own,’ ‘Born to Love You,’ ‘Great Pretender,’ ‘Made in Heaven,’ and ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ are also featured.
Coinciding with ‘The Great Pretender” DVD offering will be the ‘Barcelona: Special Edition’ album in which Mercury teamed with Montserrat Caballe for a record that’s been re-recorded with a full 80-piece orchestra and will be issued with the book titled ‘The Great Pretender.’
In more Freddie Mercury news, the Savoy Hotel will host the second annual ‘Freddie for a Day‘ charity event Sept. 3, with proceeds aiding the Mercury Phoenix Trust to fight AIDS worldwide. ‘The Great Pretender’ film will screen three days later (Sept. 6) at BAFTA.
A re-packaging of Queen's two greatest video hits releases into one box set will be available on Aug. 28th. 'Greatest Video Hits' features 33 promo videos and new commentary from Brian May and Roger Taylor. All the videos have all been restored and mixed with DTS Surround Sound. The first disc includes the band's '70's hits and disc two will include works from the band’s 1982 album ‘Hot Space’ through the 1989 project ‘The Miracle.’ All 33 videos were previously released in individual 2002 packages.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Another One Bites the Dust
3. Killer Queen (Live on Top of the Pops)
4. Fat Bottomed Girls
5. Bicycle Race
6. You’re My Best Friend
7. Don’t Stop Me Now
8. Save Me
9. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
10. Somebody to Love
11. Spread Your Wings
12. Play the Game
14. Tie Your Mother Down
15. We Will Rock You
16. We Are the Champions
1. A Kind of Magic
2. I Want It All
3. Radio Ga Ga
4. I Want to Break Free
6. Under Pressure
8. Who Wants to Live Forever
9. The Miracle
10. It’s a Hard Life
11. The Invisible Man
12. Las Palabras De Amor
13. Friends Will Be Friends
14. Body Language
15. Hammer to Fall
16. Princes of the Universe
17. One Vision
The closing ceremony of the London Olympics wrapped up last night with a performance of The Who, but we here in America, didn't get to see all of it initially because NBC decided to edit over an hour and a half of the ceremonies. Although the network did show more of the Who's performance during their late night (after midnight) recap, I and many others weren't watching then. I was also following the timeline of the closing ceremony and noticed that NBC didn't show Ray Davies performing The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset.' You can watch both performance below.
I did see the ceremonies described as the "Brit-pop equivalent of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." I also saw DJ FatBoy Slim helping coin a new term "hand-syncing." The closing ceremonies did include many classic rock artists besides the Who and Davies. I was hoping the tease of the works of David Bowie was leading to an appearance, but that didn't happen. And who knew Jesse J was one of the superstars of British music? I certainly didn't, although she looked good.
Some of the other highlights were a rock connection included:
A children's choir and video footage of John Lennon singing 'Imagine,' with a sculpture of Lennon's face displayed by performers on the stadium floor.
Footage of Freddie Mercury at Queen's triumphant 1986 show at Wembley Stadium led into Queen guitarist Brian May and Roger Taylor being joined by Jessie J on 'We Will Rock You.'
A British pop star I have never heard of, Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Mike Rutherford of Genesis for Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here,' that included a re-inactment of the man-on-fire album cover.
The Kaiser Chiefs covered The Who's 'Pinball Wizard,' and Russell Brand lip-synched 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.' There was a bit of ELO music in there too at one point. There was a lot of the "cheese factor" during the Olympic closing ceremonies, but all-in-all London put on a fantastic games and should be commended. On to 'Rock In Rio,' for the next summer games in 2016, where they really know how to bring the rock. Maybe Sepultura at the closing ceremonies there, huh?
Queen + Adam Lambert rocked the first of a slate of European concert dates in Kiev last night in an AIDS benefit show surrounding the spectacle of the EURO 2012 final, which is happening today in Kiev, Ukraine.
The concert took place at Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and was dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Good friends of Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation as well as colleagues in fighting AIDS, legendary stars Elton John and Queen with Adam Lambert rocked Kiev to say: "Your life is not a game! Let's stop AIDS together". The concert was be the largest social and cultural event of EURO 2012. Hundreds of thousands of people agthered on the main square of Ukraine as the concert was seen by millions of viewers on TV throughout Ukraine and Poland. Elton John performed first followed by Adam and Queen. Here's footage of the entire epic show.
Queen's Kiev Setlist:
Seven Seas Of Rhye
Keep Yourself Alive
We Will Rock You (Fast)
Fat Bottomed Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
Under Pressure (Roger/Adam duet)
I Want It All
Who Wants To Live Forever
A Kind Of Magic (Roger)
These Are Days Of Our Lives (Roger)
Love Of My Life (Brian)
Drum Battle / Guitar Solo
I Want To Break Free
Another One Bites The Dust
Radio Ga Ga
Somebody To Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
Tie Your Mother Down (Brian)
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
Queen + Adam Lambert will be playing Moscow on July 3rd at Olympic Arena, followed by gigs in Warshaw, Poland on July 7th, and in London at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo on July 11th, 12th & 14th.