Later this month, Queen + Adam Lambert will wrap up their Rhapsody Tour, which began three years ago. To celebrate the end of the long trek that has visited four continents, the band are set to stream an exclusive concert spectacular filmed during the band’s sold-out 10-day tour at London’s O2 Arena in June.
“Rhapsody Over London” will premiere July 24 via interactive video company Kiswe’s global streaming platform. The film will feature a live Q&A with band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert, speaking backstage at the penultimate Rhapsody Tour show in Finland. Fans around the world will have a unique opportunity to purchase tickets and submit their questions via video by July 19, for the band to answer live.
The show will also give fans around the world one more chance to experience the magic of the Rhapsody Tour in its entirety of two and a half hours, a massive undertaking that used 26 cameras and a crew of over 100 cinema technicians. In a dazzling 28-song performance, Queen + Adam Lambert’s show pays homage to frontman Freddie Mercury’s original maxim that “too far is never far enough” with video content, lasers and pyrotechnics at the cutting edge of technology.
Lambert’s vocal prowess and showmanship are a special effect in themselves, soaring to the ecstatic high notes of “Somebody to Love” and appearing on a jeweled motorcycle for “Bicycle Race.” The show honors the band’s past catalog, as May simply strums an acoustic guitar in front of 20,000 people for her “A Night at the Opera” gem “’39” and duets with Mercury’s film on a “Love of My Life “moving. Taylor performs a majestic “These are the days of our lives” as moments from Queen’s history poignantly unfold on arena screens.
A full arsenal of hits features highlights like Taylor and Lambert impersonating David Bowie and Mercury in a thunderous version of “Under Pressure,” while “Bohemian Rhapsody” resurrects the glorious harmonies of 1975 Queen before May’s driving solo. cloaked by a cyborg and Lambert’s rush forward. for the thunderous finale.
“Rhapsody Over London” will only be available until July 31 on the Kiswe platform and accompanied by special VOD packages, where fans will have access to additional concerts and interviews. The acclaimed documentary “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” will be available exclusively to ticket holders for two full days before the livestream.
Audiences will also be able to interact with other fans throughout the show using Kiswe’s fan engagement features, including the chat thread and cheer buttons, fan reaction videos allowing viewers to upload video selfies, purchase personalized digital stickers, and the ability to purchase exclusive concerts. merchandise. There are four packages to view the event at tiers ranging from $20 to $75. For the full rundown of what’s included in each, more details, and to purchase the stream, head over to livestream.queenonline.com.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week is a new compilation from two brothers who helped shape the future of rock and roll.
THE EVERLY BROTHERS: “HEY DOLL BABY”
Phil and Don Everly were musical pioneers, with their timeless harmonies, songs and arrangements making them one of the first superstar bands in music history that left a deep mark on generations of artists. to be continued. The Everly Brothers’ hits of the late 1950s helped lay the foundations of rock and roll itself and the albums they made with Warner Bros. Records in the 1960s revealed the depth of their talents as songwriters and singers.
First available for this year’s Record Store Day on baby blue vinyl and now on basic 180 gram black, ‘Hey Doll Baby’ is a newly remastered 17-track compilation that brings together some of the lesser-known buried treasures in the wealthy of the Everly Brothers. catalog. The songs were put together by Adria Petty, Tom Petty’s daughter, who worked closely with both Everly families on the project, with help from Phil’s widow, Patti, and son Jason, who provided track-by-track commentary for the liner notes, as well as Don Everly, before his death last summer, and his widow Adela. The collection has the bittersweet distinction of being the final project that Don worked on.
“This compilation has been curated with the intention of celebrating the deeper rockabilly tracks and some great covers, with a small emphasis on the hits,” Petty said in a statement.
‘Hey Doll Baby’ offers the rockabilly swing of ‘Baby What You Want Me to Do’ and the pure pop bliss of ‘Made to Love’, plus covers of Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk the Line’ and ‘Maybellene’ by Chuck Berry. The collection includes four of Everly’s original recordings on Cadence Records, including the title track and top 10 hits “(‘Til) I Kissed You”, “When Will I Be Loved” and “Devoted to You”. The set also includes the #1 hit, “Cathy’s Clown,” which was their first Warner Bros. single. in 1960, and the best-selling song of their career.
The ‘Hey Doll Baby’ compilation can be found online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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