• SAS New Year Party

    Fev 18 2009, 15h09

    Sat 24 Jan – New Year's Party
    Despite calling themselves a “test band” the opening act were fantastic. They got us rocking with a variety of cover songs and were even brave enough to play ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’.
    Jeff Scott Soto was in great form despite not being very well. He gave us a roaring rendition of ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and a very emotional rendition of ‘Love Of My Life’ which he dedicated to Freddie.
    The SAS Band themselves were superb, as usual. It was the first time I had seen their ‘rifts of rock and roll’ section and it was fantastic.
    Spike gave out party poppers to celebrate the ‘New Year’ and there really was a party spirit in the air. We sang ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas’ with Roy Wood and the band dressed up for ‘School’s Out’. Spike made a very convincing traditional headmaster, whilst Jamie played the cheeky school-girl RMT style (causing some difficulty in guitar playing with his pigtails).
    Toyah Wilcox gave a striking performance, dressed in black leather and with a feathery spike running vertically through her hair.
    Then, just when we thought it would never come, Roger was invited on stage with his son accompanying him. I have to say that Rufus was fantastic. Despite the pressure, you could see that Roger was really proud of him. The highlight’s of Roger’s set (for me at least) were ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Tenement Funster’. Of course it added to the enjoyment to see Roger obviously having a great time as well. The set was completed with the traditional performance of WWRY and WATC.
    Despite some technical difficulties and timing issues it was a brilliant night. The venue was just the right size and I managed to get middle second row from the front. The audience really made it. But of course it was, quite rightly, the SAS Band who stole the show with their banter and party spirit. I definitely want to go again! Hope to see you next time!
  • Christmas is here again!

    Dez 1 2008, 13h37

    Christmas is officially here again, so expect some random plays on my LastFM.
    Just a warning (Lol)
  • 'The Cosmos Rocks' Review

    Set 28 2008, 15h59

    First time I heard The Cosmos Rocks I was like 'It's good, but not good enough that I honestly would have bought it if it wasn't Q+PR', but then I got hooked! I’m writing this as I’m listening through once again, and reflecting my current feelings.

    Cosmos Rockin’
    A very interesting beginning, sort of like whale song. Not sure if I like it or not.
    Then a bit of speech which reminds me of One Vision. I find this enticing as ‘One Vision’ is one of my favourite songs.
    The lyrics are quite basic (unusually I’ve already learnt them all without really trying), but that’s OK for this sort of song.
    Bit of a tacky ending in my opinion- starts well which Brian’s guitar crescendo, but then stops too abruptly for my liking (sort of how I would end a song if I didn’t know how to)
    It rather shocked me the first play through, but now I’m used to it I quite like it. It seems to make a great live song from what I’ve seen on YouTube. It certainly gets me rockin’!

    Time To Shine
    This song seems to show off Paul’s voice well.
    In my opinion an opportunity is missed for a great guitar solo in the middle (however would probably have made track too long, lol)
    Can’t say it particularly stands out for me.

    Still Burnin’
    The beginning reminds me of something, not sure what though.
    I like the guitar during verses, but my mind can’t cope with it and the lyrics at the same time for some reason.
    I like the chorus and the contrast created with the verses.
    Finally, some sort of guitar solo! Not sure it’s in league with Brian’s previous ones mind you.
    Overall I think it’s OK.

    I usually like ballads, but after the previous songs this seems awfully slow at first.
    Quite like the guitar solo in this one, somehow it manages to be relaxing and yet different. Unfortunately by the point we get to it I’m already so relaxed that I’m in danger of falling asleep.
    I like the sentiments in this song, but otherwise it’s a little bland.

    One of my favourite songs on the album.
    I love the drums in this one!
    Brian’s guitar playing compliments the song really well, although the brief solo bit is still too basic for my liking.
    Great at creating a feeling of fighting and war in general with its sound effects and increasing intensity.
    Unfortunately the ending seems to let this song down again.

    We Believe
    Very thought provoking (mainly trying to work out who in the group believes what, lol).
    Has a distinct feeling of improvisation to me. Sort of “I’ll sing and you just sort of build it up as we go”.
    Don’t like the slow first bit, but slowly grows on me as goes on (for a while at least). Can’t say I get as far as loving it though. In fact I even found myself wandering off to explore QOL whilst writing about this song. Maybe it’s ‘cos I feel like I’ve heard it all by the time I get to about 4.30!

    Call Me
    OK, so this is actually my favourite song, lol. I can’t help but sway when I listen to this one (makes it very hard to type). Completely different to anything else I would ever listen to, can’t help but love it though. Singing along by the end.
    I love the way the ending just seems so natural. To me it reflects the fun that the guys probably had making this album and I start smiling at the thought.

    Sort of forgot this one was here until another listen through. I’m afraid this is a skipper for me.

    Some Things That Glitter
    The opening line hooks me- despite Paul asking me not to wonder why I can’t help but start thinking about what that could mean, forcing me to listen to the rest of the song.
    Basic, but I like its hopeful nature. It feels sort of like its asking me to dare to be more positive.

    When I first heard this on Al Murray I can’t say that I was very impressed. This rather shocked me at the time as I thought I would love anything Brian and Roger were involved in. I prefer the album version, but I don’t exactly love it. Guitar keeps me going on this one. Like it, but can only stand so many plays at a time.

    Through The Night
    Still trying to make my mind up on this one. When it’s on I will listen and enjoy, but I don’t really remember it between listenings.

    Say It’s Not True
    Well placed in the album. It calms my mind between louder songs.
    I always get quite emotional when I hear this song as I remember back to hearing it live. I also love the fact that we finally get to hear Brian and Roger sing- I would personally have liked a few more songs featuring their vocals more.
    Will always be a beautiful song in my mind.

    Surf’s Up... School’s Out
    Another intriguing beginning. What is the news reporter saying?
    I love the loud instrumental/ screaming bits, but I can’t say I like when the singing is actually going on. This song seems rather like a battlefield between the different members’ natural music styles to me.
    One small redeeming point for me is the section starting “In the towns and the country”. I could imagine bit being a beautiful ballad expanded on its own.
    Not to my liking I’m afraid.

    small reprise
    I have loved some reprise things on other albums, but this one is so small that I’m not quite sure I see the point in it.

    Overall, despite some not very brilliant tracks, I feel that this is a decent album. It’s got some good classic rock qualities to it, even if it’s not as appealing to me as some other work by its musicians. There are certain songs which I love and some which I would skip, but I certainly have no problem adding it to my collection.
  • Explanation for my current lack of LastFM plays

    Jan 26 2008, 14h34

    I'm currently trying to catch up on everything I recorded over Christmas, so my LastFM player is getting a short break. Hopefully I'll be back to it soon. I'm looking fowrad to listening to more Queen and trying out the new full-length track play feature
  • New Queen group: QNN- All Queen Fans Welcome

    Nov 1 2007, 21h35

    Please come and join my new Queen group. I hope to make this group the biggest for the band on MySpace eventually.
  • One Night of Queen: Gary Mullen and the Works

    Out 7 2007, 17h58

    Sat 6 Oct – One Night Of Queen

    Sheer perfection! These guys are really in full swing now! Not only are the songs performed to a T, but each band member added his own flair and style to the night. Gary was strutting his stuff and pulling off a stage presence even greater than usual, while Davie had obviously been working on his Brian-esque poses.

    The audience were slow to get up, but made up for it with their clapping and singing. They rose to the challenge, making it impossible for Gary to catch them out on the vocal responses. I’d like to say a particular thank-you to the kids in one of the boxes for really getting into the swing of things and helping to make my night.

    So what can you expect from a night with this tribute band? Great vocals, fantastic music, a good laugh, lots of fun, a brilliant light show and generally to have a wonderful time!

    I’m off now to listen to the new CD, but you can bet I’ll be back as soon as I can to see the real thing once more.
  • New website, new subscription

    Jul 27 2006, 13h39

    Just finished creating my brand new portal website at
    This links to all my websites, Queen related and otherwise. To mark this I have also renewed my subscription to LastFM for another 12 months, allowing everyone to listen to my personal radio and loved tracks. Also listen to only Queen by clicking on my 'queen' tag radio.
  • New LastFM Subscriber

    Mar 11 2006, 17h18

    I've been on LastFM for a little while now, so I though I'd give this subscriber lark a go.

    So far, I'm enjoying listening to the personal radios of fellow Brian May and Queen fans (keep up the good work you guys).

    I particular recommend my loved tracks radio to those of you who are fellow Queen fans. I'm also gradually adding to my Queen tags.