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QUEEN will return to North America for a 19-date arena tour with “American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert once again fronting the band. On Thursday (March 6) co-founders Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Lambert met the press at New York’s Madison Square Garden — which the band will return to play on July 17 for the first time since the group’s 1982 tour in support of “Hot Space”. The 2014 dates begin on June 19 at Chicago’s United Center and winds down a month later on July 20 at Columbia, Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Video footage from yesterday’s press conference can be seen below.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Brian May explained that he was eager to bring the current show to North America and hinted that this might be not only QUEEN‘s last hurrah — but the last chance to thank fans with a musical spectacle never to be forgotten. “We’re very excited, I must say,” he said. “It’s been a while, but this is a combination, which we feel works really well, and Roger and myself are feeling, y’know, it’ll be great to do this one more time — this is what we do. It’s very significant that we’re here in Madison Square Garden; and actually that was my condition for touring. I said to Jim Beach, our manager, ‘Get us Madison Square Garden, get us the Forum in L.A. and we can do this one more time.’ And, y’know, this is the man to do it with. I’m thrilled to be here and let’s do this.”

Roger Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio that the success of QUEEN‘s live shows with Lambert simply comes down to musical chemistry. “We’ve worked with Adam a few times now,” he said. “We had a wonderful tour, a short tour in Eastern Europe and in England, and that was probably the longest we’ve worked. Each time we’ve worked with Adam, it’s just worked very well with our music. He’s the most incredible frontman and we’re delighted to announcing a tour of North America. It’s just such a delight for us.”

Adam Lambert admitted that he stepped into pretty big shoes when he agreed to take the stage fronting QUEEN — a band that had perhaps the most legendary and charismatic frontman with the late Freddie Mercury. “At first, it was a little daunting, when we started our first incarnation of this. I was definitely… I was apprehensive,” he said. “He’s a big idol for me, and I thought to myself, y’know, ‘I hope that the fans dig this,’ y’know? ‘Cause there was a possibility that they wouldn’t. And it felt really good, the reception was warm, the press reaction to it the first time was very warm. And it’s such a treat to get on stage and pay my respects and pay tribute to one of my favorite singers ever — and to sing some of the greatest music ever written.”

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, QUEEN guitarist Brian May has revealed that there seems to be enough material for a second posthumous QUEEN/Freddie Mercury collection. In 1995, May, Roger Taylor, and retired bassist John Deacon overdubbed Mercury‘s final piano and vocal recordings to create the band’s 15th — and final-four man QUEEN album — “Made In Heaven”. In addition to some of Mercury‘s 1983 demos with Michael Jackson, other “lost” Mercury tracks in the QUEEN vaults include collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.

May was quoted by Vintage Vinyl News as saying, “We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on, but since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson. Just a couple of weeks ago, we thought: Maybe we shouldn’t be just working on bits and pieces? Maybe we should be heading towards an album? It just might be.”

Shortly before his death, Freddie Mercury explained that the variety of having multiple songwriters is what made QUEEN‘s albums so interesting. “I think this is one of the few groups that all four members write,” he said. “In a funny way, when we do a QUEEN album, they’re like four solo projects within themselves anyway; ’cause, I mean, I have my bunch of songs, Brian has his, Roger, and John. . . And so, it’s like four little solo projects working side by side and them we put them all together. So, I think that is the reason that we didn’t go and do solo projects earlier on. If we were writing all the same kind of songs, then we would’ve gotten fed up and said, ‘Oh, I want to do my solo album first.’ But we all are writing different songs, so it keeps us interested.”

The Pulse Of Radio asked Brian May what he thinks QUEEN‘s legions of fans feel about his and Roger Taylor‘s efforts to keep the band’s legacy alive. “They probably see some genuine effort on our part and some probably [laughs] some genuine inspiration. Whatever else you might say about QUEEN, we were just totally dedicated to our audience.”

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“We Will Rock You” — the rock theatrical from QUEEN and Ben Elton — will help schools across the U.S. and Canada stage amateur productions of the award-winning, record-breaking show, whose first North American tour kicks off at Baltimore’s historic Hippodrome Theatre on October 15. “Schools Will Rock You” will allow students to put on their own version of the musical — which features 24 of QUEEN‘s biggest hits — with guidance and tools from the creators of “We Will Rock You”.

Now in its 12th year in London, “We Will Rock You” has sold more than 15 million tickets worldwide. “Schools Will Rock You” has been similarly successful, as thousands of schools in the U.K. have staged the production since 2006. The introduction of the program in the U.S. marks the first time schools will be able to put on the theatrical in advance of the professional production’s appearance in their respective cities (U.K. schools have had to wait up to several years).

In North America, “Schools Will Rock You” will provide schools with the tour script, score and production support (plus the opportunity to buy full backing tracks), giving students the chance to perform QUEEN anthems like “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are The Champions”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You”, while learning all aspects of mounting a stage production along the way. The school productions are limited to non-professionals up to the age of 18.

“Schools Will Rock You” has the full support of QUEEN‘s Brian May and Roger Taylor.

“We are thrilled you are looking at ‘We Will Rock You’ as a school production,” says May. “It was a blast to put the show together in the first place and we have been running for 11 years in London. We hope you will have a blast doing it for your school.”

“We Will Rock You” is the ninth longest-running show in London’s West End and was crowned the U.K.’s favorite show at the 2011 Olivier Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Tony Awards. The production’s North American launch currently includes stops in 26 cities, with more dates to be announced soon.

For more information, go to www.schoolswillrockyou.com.

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METAL’S ALIIIIIIIVE!

Living legend and winner of this year’s Metal Hammer Spirit Of Metal Golden God Award, Brian Blessed has joined a campaign set up by Queen guitarist Brian May aimed at highlighting this week’s government-led culling of badgers across the UK.

We fucking love badgers, so we’re backing this, and to show our support, we’ve managed to get hold of some exclusive, extremely limited edition t-shirts which we’re going to give away to you lucky lot. Check it out!

To stand a chance of winning, just HEAD TO OUR COMPETITIONS PAGE. For more info on Brian and the #TEAMBADGER campaign, head to www.brianblessed.com.

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, QUEEN’s Brian May has kept his fan base on top of his knee replacement surgery via his official web site, BrianMay.com, posting on August 6: “I’m THROUGH!!! With a shiny new knee.

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Queen guitarist was star struck by South Korean pop star

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Iconic Queen axeman set to join forces with K-pop sensation, calling him “a significant artist.”

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The iconic guitarist praises the singer, calling him “an amazing artist.”

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South Koren pop star is having lunch with the guitarist.

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Queen axeman brands the popular show “absolutely the dullest, dumbest, most depressing programme on TV.”

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