Queen will kick off the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations on Friday (March 19th) with a celebration running a full calendar year — with a string of rare and iconic clips via YouTube chronicling the band’s historic career. According to the announcement, “Presented in chronological order, the series will take us from Queen’s earliest shows at London’s Rainbow and Odeon through vast arenas across the entire world on a journey culminating with the band’s latest record setting achievements with Adam Lambert.” The videos will feature concert footage, soundchecks, backstage and rare after-show access, with clips shedding new and important light on the band’s catalogue, along with rare and previously unseen films of the band at work and at play. Footage promised over the coming year includes performances from Queen’s “first tours abroad to Europe, Scandinavia, and North America.”
Series producer and creator Simon Lupton said: “The Queen story is unlike any other, and I hope fans from all around the world will enjoy celebrating the many extraordinary achievements, timeless songs, and iconic performances that Freddie (Mercury), Brian (May), Roger (Taylor), and John (Deacon) have given us. While we will be revisiting some of their most famous and legendary milestones, I’m hoping there will also be some surprises along the way to excite people whether they be die-hard fans, or curious newcomers. This story has so many chapters to explore, and who knows. . . there could well be some new ones over the course of the next 50 weeks! “
- Last July, Queen‘s Roger Taylor told BBC’s Radio 6 Music that he believes the band would still be making music together had Freddie Mercury not died in 1991: “I do believe that. Me and Freddie. . . he was my closest friend and we were very, very close. We came up together and we literally lived in each other’s pockets and clothes some of the time. I do believe we would still being doing stuff together because it was a great collaboration. I don’t know if (bassist) John Deacon would allow. . . of course, John wasn’t quite mentally suited for it, (but) the other three (of us) were.”
- Back in 2014 the latest Queen compilation, titled, Queen Forever, featured three previously unreleased Freddie Mercury songs: the Freddie Mercury duet with Michael Jackson — “There Must Be More To Life Than This” — begun during Queen’s 1982 Hot Space album; the previously unfinished outtake “Let Me In Your Heart Again,” which was started during 1984’s The Works; and a ballad version of ‘Love Kills” from that same year, which Mercury co-wrote with producer Giorgio Morroder for his restoration and edit of the 1927 silent film Metropolis, and featured on the soundtrack in an upbeat dance version.
CHECK IT OUT: The 50th anniversary “Queen: The Greatest” trailer: