On the Shades Of Noir site Twitter page I have a weekly feature, Song Of The Week. Each week I say a few words about a song that has impacted me in some way that week. Here is the most recent Song Of the Week. Troy T. https://twitter.com/ShadesNoir/status/1162456614659592193?s=20
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
Long time Queen drummer Roger Taylor is a multi-talented musician. Many fans know him primarily as a drummer. But Queen fans know that he is also a fantastic vocalist and songwriter. That would be more than enough to fill most musician's resumes. But Roger Taylor is also adept at the guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Smile By Roger Taylor
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)
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?
Queen has always been known for their outstanding live shows. A long time staple of the live Queen experience was a selection of cover songs. In the early days the band played a medley of rocked up songs from the 1950's and 1960's. The songs were made popular by artists such as Elvis, Ricky Nelson … Continue reading Live Spotlight: Queen – Big Spender