Queen guitarist Brian May considering standing for election to UK parliament

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Queen guitarist Brian May is considering standing as an independent MP in this year’s UK general election it is reported.

According to agent Phil Symes, May is thinking about running for office over “frustration at a system that he sees as failing the electorate.” Symes added that May might run under the banner of his Common Decency Project, which aims “to re-establish common decency in our lives, work and Parliament.”

Setting out the ethos of the project, May has previously said: “I believe there are good people currently in Parliament, of all political colours, MPs that deserve to be returned in the next election. But there [are] also many people in there dedicated to hanging on to old unfairnesses, powered by selfishness and vested interests, and this element is what needs to be thrown out with the dirty washing.

“We need an assembly of altruistic, morally decent, non-career-minded individuals who will not be influenced by personal gain or the colour of their tie as they approach the ballot box.”

As well as his music, May is well known as an animal rights activist. He has previously campaigned against the UK badger cull, as well as Conservative party attempts to repeal the current ban on fox hunting.

A statment posted on BrianMay.com on behalf of the guitarist reads: “Brian is currently on tour with Queen and unable to comment personally. He has been asked on many occasions to stand as an MP and has considered it fully.

“On most occasions to date he has decided his endeavours in relation to parliament are best served through currently standing MP’s. However as the political climate changes Brian’s frustration at a system, that he sees as failing the electorate, may be the deciding factor. Common Decency has been set up to support the electorate in their decision making process and once returned from tour Brian will be campaigning with Common Decency.”

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Watch! Brian May shares trailer for “One Night In Hell”

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Queen guitarist Brian May has shared a trailer for his new short film, One Night In Hell.

May teamed up with animation company Unanico Group to create the film that is based on May’s own collection of Diableries, stereoscopic cards published in France during the 19th century depicting scenes from hell.

May published a book on the subject in 2013, Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell, which he co-authored with historians Paula Fleming and Denis Pellerin.

Speaking in interview with the UK’s Classic Rock Magazine, May said: “Paul Laikin from Unanico got in touch with me originally because he’d seen the book and found the visuals so inspiring. We immediately realised that we both spoke the same language, and both shared a passion for these things, and it all happened very quickly after that.”

“I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s basically a day in the life of Satan in Hell. It’s very tongue-in-cheek, because that’s what the Diableries were – they started as a rather stern depiction of the religious teachings of the time, but evolved into a parody of those teachings.”

“In the film we’ve mainly concentrated on the personalities of the characters in the cards, and the thread through the film is this one little guy who arrives in Hell with a strange little suitcase under his arm, and it’s about his journey through various rooms in Hell.”

You can watch the trailer for One Night In Hell below:

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Queen announce new album, “Queen Forever”

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Legendary British rock band Queen have revealed that they will release a new album this winter.

Queen Forever is scheduled for release on November the 10th via Virgin Records.

The tracks include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This”, a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a scorching new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, “Love Kills.”

The album will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set. As well as three new tracks, the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves.

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The full Queen Forever track listings are:

Single CD Edition
“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills – The Ballad”
“There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)”
“It’s A Hard Life”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love Of My Life”
“Drowse”
“Long Away”
“Lily Of The Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are The Days Of Our Lives”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants To Live Forever”
“A Winter’s Tale”
“Play The Game”
“Save Me”
“Somebody To Love”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

2-CD SET
CD1
“Let Me In Your Heart Again”
“Love Kills – The Ballad”
“There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)”
“Play The Game”
“Dear Friends”
“You’re My Best Friend”
“Love Of My Life”
“Drowse”
“You Take My Breath Away”
“Spread Your Wings”
“Long Away”
“Lily Of The Valley”
“Don’t Try So Hard”
“Bijou”
“These Are The Days Of Our Lives”
“Nevermore”
“Las Palabras De Amor”
“Who Wants To Live Forever”

CD2
“I Was Born To Love You”
“Somebody To Love”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
“Friends Will Be Friends”
“Jealousy”
“One Year of Love”
“A Winters Tale”
“‘39”
“Mother Love”
“It’s A Hard Life”
“Save Me”
“Made in Heaven”
“Too Much Love Will Kill You”
“Sail Away Sweet Sister”
“The Miracle”
“Is This The World We Created”
“In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited”
“Forever”

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Brian May confirms new Queen album coming in 2014

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Brian May has confirmed that Queen will release a new album featuring vocals by Freddie Mercury before the year is out.

The guitarist has said that the album is likely to be titled Queen Forever, and that Mercury’s vocals date back to recordings made during the 1980’s. May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor have recorded instrumental tracks based on “scraps” of previously unreleased Queen material to accompany the vocals.

The album may also feature a previously unreleased duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson, which Brian May revealed in March of the this year existed in the Queen vaults.

“We had to start from scratch,” May told BBC Radio Wales this week. “Knowing how it would have happened if we’d finished the songs, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. It’s quite emotional. It’s the big, big Queen ballads and the big, big epic sound.”

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Brian May undergoing tests for cancer

Brian MayQueen guitarist Brian May has revealed that he is undergoing tests to find out whether he has cancer.

Writing on his own website, May disclosed that he has been in agonising pain and unable to stand up. MRI scans have shown ‘abnormalities’ in his bones.

He wrote: “So around Christmas I’ve been having a succession of blood tests, ultrasounds, and various kinds of scans, to see if they could rule out various kinds of cancer. Now, on hearing the ‘C’ word something happens inside you … of course. I’ve seen so many of my dear friends fighting it … and my Dad lost his battle at age 66, exactly the age I am now.

“So over the last few days I’ve been in various states of unrest. But the great thing has been that the team my GP assembled to check out the possibilities has moved Heaven and Earth to gather all the information I need quickly over the Christmas period … not an easy time.”

Thanking his fans for their support via a message on 30th December, May indicated that he will continue with preparations for his forthcoming tour whilst he awaits test results.