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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 03:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The "easter egg" thread inspired me to open this topic and to list some of the legendary Queenzone hoaxes which were born on this forum.

1. The Hotspace BBC sessions

were invented by Penetration_Guru. In a thread about the BBC sessions he mentioned them quite casually and literally everybody fell for it, mainly because it was the first real hoax. It took weeks until the collectors - rather unhappily - had to realise that the Hot Space BBC sessions only exist on the QZ forum


2. The Man In The Shadow album

is the world famous John Deacon solo album. It was created by Queenzoner pma and confused generations of newbies. You are a hard core Queenzoner when you accept the existence of the Man In The Shadow album. Queenzoner Banquo took the hoax to the real life when he hung up an advert for the album on the English Fan Club convention

http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/mp3.aspx?Q=5736

Once a newbie, who had fallen for the hoax, asked for a track list after he/she realised the hoax. The Queenzoners obliged and invented a beautiful track list - unfortunately I do not find the old thread.

3. The "River Of Blood Speech"

is Freddie's famous speech on the Wembley 86 DVD. It was invented by Queenzoner Bohardy. Only hard core Queenzoners with a vivid imagination find this precious gem hidden on the DVD.

4. The "Live At The Bowl Easter Egg"

was originally rather a joke by Queenzoner Brenski than a hoax but it grew to one of the most successful QZ hoaxes because it found its way to many other forums and Easter Egg websites. The hoax says that you have to press a certain key combination and the DVD will skip all Hot Space tracks. Funnily, many people seem to believe that excluding the Hot Space tracks is a real service for the owner of the DVD.

5. The "Ready Steady Cook" hoax

was invented by Queenzoner Dudley_Fufkin and is the most successful hoax in the QZ hoax history. In July 2002 the following news item escaped the otherwise flawless QZ control (cough)and was posted on the news page:

"A friend of mine who is a PA for bbc tv's Ready Steady Cook has mentioned to me that Brian May will be appearing on the bbc cookery show on the 9th July."
Submitted by: Dirty Den

The "Ready Steady Cook" show is (was?) a morning show on British TV and features has-beens who have no life and no career. While the Queenzoners hardly responded to this news item, the idea that Brian would appear on this show caused a riot on the QOL forums and led to numerous enquiries to the Fan Club and QOL. The Fan Club denied and finally Queen issued a press statement denying Brian's appearance on the show - something that Dudley had known from the start :) It was the only time that a QZ hoax led to an official reaction.



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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 04:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just wanted to be the first to say...

can't believe what you hear
don't believe what you read
hard to see what you need these days
can't believe that it's true

....hhhmmmmm where is this from?

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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 04:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Excellent stuff, brought back many happy memories...


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ahhh, memories...


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 06:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, I will fess up to a hoax news item I started under a different username back in 2004, which incidentally DID get mentioned on Brian's own website (and therefore I felt rather bad about for quite a while), although there was an ironic part to it in the end...

I posted a news item saying that Paul Oakenfold had done a dance remix of "Invincible Hope" and that it was coming out in September of that year, which also ended up on QOL's page under 'Gossip' or something, and I even e-mailed Brian myself saying 'please say it ain't true' LMAO!!....and funnily enough, he DID respond to it in his soapbox saying it wasn't true, along the lines of "absolute rubbish" etc., ALTHOUGH to keep watch on his site for something coming up....
And that ended up being the 'One Year On' remix done by Queen themselves, for the 46664 One Year On EP released on iTunes.


So there ya go :P

Hopefully you guys can forgive me for that one.

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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 07:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very good topic.

I do also recall a topic a couple of years ago saying that John was going to be appearing on a daytime BBC quiz show.

The Sunbury 74 video toic went a bit quiet after a lot of interest too, and I think that turned out to be a wind up.

Best hoaxes of all though are the ones from Greg Grooks stating that archive box sets will be released, that the 'I Want It All' memorabilia book will come out, that there is loads of great stuff in the archives dying to be released etc...!

Although not originating here, don't forget that Brian May himself 'got us' with a couple of good ones when he said
1)that the originally planned Saturday Night Live tracks to be included as extras on the Rock Montreal DVD were going to be replaced with something far more exciting and worthwhile, and
2)that ANATO was going to be released in a SPECIAL 30th Anniversary Edition (rather than just being the same 5.1 mixes re-released with some old film footage of people twatting about on a beach in the 1920's). Priceless - must admit, I fell for these ones!!

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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 08:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great stuff Barb. And nice to see that my small contribution to this field was remembered.

To further what cmsdrums said, I'm sure it was (Olivia) DeaconJohn who started the hoax about John being on some daytime TV show. In fact, this hoax may have been even more successful than Dudley's, as I seem to recall that Q magazine ended up mentioning it.


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 08:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...

In fact, I think said daytime show was Through The Keyhole now I think about it.


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 08:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And here it is:

http://tinyurl.com/ywvtwe


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 11:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

YourValentine wrote:

You are a hard core Queenzoner when you accept the existence of the Man In The Shadow album.


...and if you can the difference between the original and bootleg Man In The Shadows picture discs.

Great post, Barb! :-)

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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 12:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Barb
i had no idea that my little bit of fun:
4. The "Live At The Bowl Easter Egg"

made it onto other forums - even respected "real egg" forums - pmsl - gotta love a bit of notoriety
cheers, Brenski


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 12:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


The difference between the original and bootleg Man In The Shadows picture discs?

About €50!


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

YourValentine wrote:

The "easter egg" thread inspired me to open this topic and to list some of the legendary Queenzone hoaxes which were born on this forum.

1. The Hotspace BBC sessions

were invented by Penetration_Guru. In a thread about the BBC sessions he mentioned them quite casually and literally everybody fell for it, mainly because it was the first real hoax. It took weeks until the collectors - rather unhappily - had to realise that the Hot Space BBC sessions only exist on the QZ forum


2. The Man In The Shadow album

is the world famous John Deacon solo album. It was created by Queenzoner pma and confused generations of newbies. You are a hard core Queenzoner when you accept the existence of the Man In The Shadow album. Queenzoner Banquo took the hoax to the real life when he hung up an advert for the album on the English Fan Club convention

http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/mp3.aspx?Q=5736

Once a newbie, who had fallen for the hoax, asked for a track list after he/she realised the hoax. The Queenzoners obliged and invented a beautiful track list - unfortunately I do not find the old thread.

3. The "River Of Blood Speech"

is Freddie's famous speech on the Wembley 86 DVD. It was invented by Queenzoner Bohardy. Only hard core Queenzoners with a vivid imagination find this precious gem hidden on the DVD.

4. The "Live At The Bowl Easter Egg"

was originally rather a joke by Queenzoner Brenski than a hoax but it grew to one of the most successful QZ hoaxes because it found its way to many other forums and Easter Egg websites. The hoax says that you have to press a certain key combination and the DVD will skip all Hot Space tracks. Funnily, many people seem to believe that excluding the Hot Space tracks is a real service for the owner of the DVD.

5. The "Ready Steady Cook" hoax

was invented by Queenzoner Dudley_Fufkin and is the most successful hoax in the QZ hoax history. In July 2002 the following news item escaped the otherwise flawless QZ control (cough)and was posted on the news page:

"A friend of mine who is a PA for bbc tv's Ready Steady Cook has mentioned to me that Brian May will be appearing on the bbc cookery show on the 9th July."
Submitted by: Dirty Den

The "Ready Steady Cook" show is (was?) a morning show on British TV and features has-beens who have no life and no career. While the Queenzoners hardly responded to this news item, the idea that Brian would appear on this show caused a riot on the QOL forums and led to numerous enquiries to the Fan Club and QOL. The Fan Club denied and finally Queen issued a press statement denying Brian's appearance on the show - something that Dudley had known from the start :) It was the only time that a QZ hoax led to an official reaction.



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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 15:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

im too stupid to understand how to find easter eggs on dvds, so i wouldnt know the difference :-p


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 18:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't forget the gloriously noxious crock of shit that was the "Commemorative Queen Ipod" hoax..


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great topic. XD


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Posted: 29 Jan 08, 23:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How about the "Two Worlds Apart" demo? Or last year's hilarious Assassin demo with Roger saying "well done Freddie" at the end? Once we all realized that we'd been had, it was hard not to laugh at ourselves.


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Posted: 30 Jan 08, 02:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=green>Bren<font color=orange>ski wrote:

Barb
i had no idea that my little bit of fun:
4. The "Live At The Bowl Easter Egg"

made it onto other forums - even respected "real egg" forums - pmsl - gotta love a bit of notoriety
cheers, Brenski


That was actually on an official eater egg guide that i printed a while back...never tried it (love the hotspace tracks on live @ the bowl) and never suspected it might not be real. Well done though. lol


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Posted: 30 Jan 08, 03:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen Live at Urk?


I got to try al little more,

because I'm an asshole but I'm learning.



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Posted: 31 Jan 08, 03:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How could I forget the "Through The Keyhole" hoax - a classic. I missed the "commemorative Queen Ipod" hoax - what was that about?


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