Queen has been in the spotlight of late. This is mainly the afterglow of the unexpected success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic. More recently the band had a big showing at the Academy Awards. One of my favorite scenes in the Bohemian Rhapsody movie is the brief appearance of the pre-Queen band Smile. The band, … Continue reading Song Spotlight: My Fairy King by Queen
Steve Hackett's Broken Skies Outspread Wings (2018) box set is an extremely welcome trip down progressive rock memory lane. For those unfamiliar with Hackett's musical output from the mid 1980's to the earlier 2000's this box set is a fantastic jumping on point. More specifically this box set covers Hackett's career from 1984 to 2006. … Continue reading Album Spotlight: Broken Skies Outspread Wings By Steve Hackett
Let me begin by saying that I love Queen. They were a rare example of a band where each member possessed equal talent. As the front man Freddie Mercury often times received a great deal of the credit. But look a little deeper and one will see that Queen was so successful because of the … Continue reading Song Spotlight: New Horizons By Brian May
Marc Martel recently released a stupendous EP of Queen cover songs entitled Thunderbolt and Lightning. If you are looking for a paint by numbers album of Queen covers this is not it. If you are an opened minded Queen fan looking for bold reinterpretations of beloved classics then you have struck gold. Martel's collection is … Continue reading Marc Martel’s Thunderbolt And Lightning – An Incredible Queen Covers EP
She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos) is one of the most unusual songs in the Queen catalog. For a band as eclectic as Queen that is saying a lot. From the unusual song title to the music the song is unique. If I had the opportunity to discuss only one Queen song with Brian May, … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Queen – She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
Brian May is a man who remains busy. He has tirelessly worked to keep the flame of Queen brightly lit. For a time after Queen disbanded he pursued a solo career. His last solo album was released in the year 2000. It would seem that his interest in a solo career is over. That is … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Brian May And Kerry Ellis – Golden Days
Open up your mind to one of the best covers of a Queen song. I say this because there are quite a few Queen cover/tribute albums out there. Most are serviceable, more or less sticking to basic re-recordings of the band's hits. As a fan why bother to listen to paint by numbers cover versions … Continue reading The Greatest Queen Cover Song?