January 1st 2001 marks the re-issue of Queen's Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 collection for the legendary band's 40th anniversary.
The year 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the rock band Queen in 1971. After being with the record label EMI, Queen's manager Jim Beach announced in August 2010 that the band had signed a new contract with Universal Music. Island Records, a subsidiary of Universal, is set to re-issue Queen's Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 re-mastered collections on January 1st, 2011.
Queen formed in 1971 and in 1973 signed a contract with EMI record company. In 1968 guitarist Brian May was a student at London's Imperial College and drummer Roger Taylor was a young dental student - together they had formed a band called Smile. Then Freddie Mercury, aka Farrokh Bulsara, who was attending Ealing Art College, joined May and Taylor. John Deacon soon joined the rest of the band and Queen was formed. Since then the rock band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs and have sold over 300 million albums worldwide. Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Queen's first five album releases - "Queen," "Queen II," "Sheer Heart Attack," "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races" are being re-mastered and re-packaged into deluxe album formats due to be released in March 2011 by the Island Records label and will coincide with a major exhibition Queen Stormtroopers in Stilettos. The exhibition is a retro tour through the career of the 70s and 80s rock band including the early part of Queen's career from the group members' pre-band days to their formation and their first five albums from the first half of the 1970s. The exhibition will run from February 25th through March 12th at The Old Truman brewery in the heart of London's East End.
2011 will be an important year for Queen. Immediately following the Stormtroopers in Stilettos exhibition BBC will air a major documentary featuring a rare interview with Queen band members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Many other Queen events are expected to follow throughout their 40th anniversary year in 2011 such as a Queen film production starring Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury - filming is scheduled to begin in 2011.
Tracklistings for Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits 2 include legendary Queen hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," "We Will Rock You," "Radio Ga Ga, " You're My Best Friend, " " Hammer To Fall" and "One Vision." http://www.suite101.com/content/queen-40th-anniversary--greatest-hits-reissue-in-2011-a324647
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