- The tour hits North America in early 2009 -- dates and venues to be announced shortly.
- C-lebrity hits radio September 9th
BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood Records have announced
an October 28th release date for The Cosmos Rocks, the highly-anticipated new
album from rock legends Queen + Paul Rodgers. The album, Queen's first new
studio release in nearly a decade and a half, features 13 brand-new songs
entirely written, produced and performed by guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger
Taylor and vocalist Paul Rodgers, with Rodgers and May sharing bass duties.
The album's lead single, "C-lebrity," arrives at radio on September 9th.
Recorded at Taylor's home studio, The Priory, in Puttenham, England, The
Cosmos Rocks recalls the sound and vision of classic 1970s-era Queen. As the
band says, "We believe that this is an album in the old sense of the
word -- something you can put on and listen to all the way through, and it
takes you on a journey. The subjects and moods in it are widely spaced, but
nevertheless, a challenge to the listener to put his day on hold for an hour
or so, be drawn in, make connections, and experience something new." The
album's dedication to legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury shows the band
still feel his presence strongly enough to dedicate this entirely new work to
him, nearly 13 years after Queen's last studio album.
In the case of Rodgers, who takes control as main vocalist on all thirteen
tracks, he can stand assured in the fact that Mercury rated him as one of the
best rock voices of his time. Freddie would make a point of dropping into
various London venues where Rodgers was performing with his band Free and had
often acknowledged Free's Fire and Water as one of the albums that most
The Cosmos Rocks was recorded and mixed between November 2007 and August
2008, and co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith
and Kris Fredriksson. It marks the first album of newly recorded material from
Queen + Paul Rodgers since they first set out on the road in 2005, and the
first Queen studio album since 1995.
The lead single from the album is "C-lebrity" (which features guest
backing vocals by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins) and according to Roger
Taylor -- and in keeping with many tracks on The Cosmos Rocks -- is the
writer's skew on the times in which we live: "'C-lebrity' is really a comment
on the current concept of fame, success and all that goes with it. Getting
your face on TV is enough -- talent doesn't really enter into the equation.
'Celebrity' is an overused and devalued word today. I think the song shows we
have lost none of the humor of Queen."
Other tracks on The Cosmos Rocks include "Cosmos Rockin'," "Time To
Shine," "Still Burnin'" (a mission statement of why artists are compelled to
create), "Small," "Warboys," "We Believe," "Call Me," "Voodoo," "Some
Things That Glitter," "Through The Night," "Say It's Not True," (a new
version of the track donated to Nelson Mandela's 46664 HIV Aids campaign), and
"Surf's Up ... School's Out!"
The album will be released in two physical formats: standard CD and in
double gate-fold vinyl. It will also have a special digital release.
"There's a lot of guitar orchestras and some of our old trademarks, but at
the core of it you'll hear the three of us playing," says May. "People really,
truly playing together in the studio -- you don't get that much these days."
Queen + Paul Rodgers embark on the first leg of their world tour with a
33-date Europe and Northern Eurasia run beginning mid-September. The tour
reaches the UK on October 10 with 11 dates including two at London 02 and the
tour's first leg final date at Wembley Arena on November 8. The tour hits
North America in early 2009 -- dates and venues to be announced shortly.
This past June, Queen + Paul Rodgers gave thousands of fans a sneak
preview of their new songs with an electrifying show-stopping set at Nelson
Mandela's 90th birthday concert in London's Hyde Park.
Members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Queen formed in 1971, and over
the ensuing 20 years wrote and recorded such multi-platinum albums as News of
the World, The Game, A Night at the Opera, A Day At The Races, A Kind of Magic
and Live Killers. Their timeless hits include "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer
Queen," "We Will Rock You," "We are the Champions" and "Under Pressure." Queen
has sold more than 40 million albums in the United States and bands like Foo
Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day and My Chemical Romance have all
cited Queen as a major musical influence.
Singer Paul Rodgers first burst on the music scene at age 18 with Free's
"All Right Now," co-written by Rodgers. The song became a #1 hit in 20
countries. In 1973 Rodgers formed Bad Company, and as the main songwriter he
wrote and produced six multi-platinum albums with the band. Their hits include
"Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock & Roll Fantasy," Shooting Star" and "Bad
Company." In the 80s, Rodgers partnered with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy
Page in The Firm. They released two hit CDs and had two top-grossing world
May and Taylor joined forces with Rodgers in late 2004 when they performed
at the first annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards. In 2005 Queen + Paul
Rodgers launched their first tour, which crossed the globe and included 32
sold-out dates across Europe and the U.K., ending with a spectacular show in
London's Hyde Park. They followed this the following spring with a 23-date
tour of the U.S. and Canada as well as Asia/Japan. During the tour, the band
released a live concert DVD and CD release, Return of the Champions.
Queen + Paul Rodgers dedicate The Cosmos Rocks to legendary Queen vocalist
Freddie Mercury, who passed away in 1991.
1. Cosmos Rockin' (4:10)
2. Time To Shine (4:23)
3. Still Burnin' (4:04)
4. Small (4:39)
5. Warboys (3:18)
6. We Believe (6:08)
7. Call Me (2:59)
8. Voodoo (4:27)
9. Some Things That Glitter (4:03)
10. C-lebrity (3:38)
11. Through The Night (4:54)
12. Say It's Not True (4:00)
13. Surf's Up ... School's Out! (5:38)
14. Small reprise (2:05)
Produced and performed by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor
Co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith and
All tracks written by Queen + Paul Rodgers
Extra backing vocals on "C-lebrity": Taylor Hawkins courtesy of RCA
This album is dedicated to Freddie Mercury http://www.queenpluspaulrodgers.com http://www.queenonline.com http://www.paulrodgers.com
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