As I was preparing the accurate context of Queen‘s place in the rock constellation upon the release of November 1977’s News of the World, I stumbled upon another website’s contention that “In the autumn of 1977, it looked as if Queen’s reign might be over… The future of their sixth studio album, News Of The […]
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There is a very good reason why no one in the sold-out Cow Palace audience in November 1986 clapped in recognition to the first beginning notes of “Inca Queen” performed by hometown heroes Neil Young and Crazy Horse: it had not been released yet, and would not be until it appeared on Life the following […]
In the last ten years or so three highly improbable goals have been achieved by Queen songwriter/guitarist Brian May. First off, he became Dr. Brian May, PhD in Astrophysics. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Several times I thought, ‘ I just can’t do this. My mind can’t handle it.’ But several supportive […]
The story of Heart’s debut Dreamboat Annie remains one of the Cinderella fairy tale chapters in rock history, but the major label follow up released this week in 1977, Little Queen, was made amidst adversity.
“Now I’m Here” off the stunning December 1975 concert performance in London, “A Night at the Odeon”.
Life’s big breaks don’t come with an engraved invitation, but Queen‘s big star-making effort A Night at the Opera did, right there on the cover. But it is a miracle they ever got the chance. Already one album past their initial three-album deal with their record company, the London four-piece had a only a couple […]
Twenty-five years ago this week Queensryche planted the flag of American rock in the heart of the British Empire, London’s venerable Hammersmith Odeon theater, while debuting their new album then, Empire, which would go on to dominate the sales chart the following year of 1991 and culminate with the Seattle-Tacoma band conquering the Grammy Awards. […]
Watching the February 1992 internationally-televised Grammy Awards, there was Queensryche performing the most unlikely Top Ten Billboard hit and Grammy-nominated Rock Song of the Year “Silent Lucidity”, live with a symphony orchestra conducted by the late Michael Kamen, telecast worldwide to hundreds of millions. I couldn’t help but note how far they had come – […]
By the Summer 1980 release of “The Game”, “There was a time there, about three seconds, when we were the biggest band in the world”, chuckles Queen guitarist/ songwriter Brian May…
We celebrate Freddie Mercury’s memory on his birthday September 5.