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Posted: 28 Aug 11, 06:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen's Brian May joined My Chemical Romance on stage as they headlined this year's Reading festival.

Singer Gerard Way welcomed the guitarist for the band's encore as they topped the opening night of the three-day event.

Together they led the crowd in a mass sing and clapalong for the Queen classic We Will Rock You, complete with fireworks synchronised to the music.

Continue reading the main story We don't get to close something this big very often so we took the opportunity and the band means a lot in this country, so we took the opportunity
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Brian May then stayed on for the final song of the night, The Black Parade.

Earlier in the day, Gerard Way told Newsbeat they'd been planning the event for most of this year, admitting: "We've been thinking about this show for eight months, every single day.

"We've got a lot of production that we've never used before so it's going to be a lot of fun."

The band had much to prove with the Reading crowd.

They last appeared five years ago when they were pelted with plastic bottles during their performance after having to follow thrash band Slayer on stage.

The headliners at Reading were grateful for clear skies after heavy rain earlier in the day turned much of the arena into a muddy quagmire.

Specially-designed set

Meanwhile, Muse kicked off this year's Leeds festival by performing their 2001 album Origin Of Symmetry from start to finish.

Speaking from the stage, lead singer Matt Bellamy said: "We're celebrating 10 years since Origin Of Symmetry came out. Thank you for putting up with the whole thing."

Muse played their 2001 album Origin Of Symmetry from start to finish The band performed in front of 70,000 fans on a specially-designed set which they're only using during their headline slots at this weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Based on Origin Of Symmetry's album artwork, it features four, large forks arching over the stage.

After playing tracks such as New Born, Plug In Baby and Feeling Good from that album they played an hour long assortment of songs spanning their career including Supermassive Black Hole, Stockholm Syndrome and Starlight.

They concluded with an encore of Knights Of Cydonia accompanied by fireworks.

"I thought they were amazing, probably the best band I'm ever going to see live. [They were] that good," said Jake Sanderson from Newcastle.

Large audiences

On what had been a wet and muddy first day of music at Bramham Park, the crowd were entertained by artists such as Friendly Fires, Interpol and Elbow on the main stage.

Speaking to Newsbeat before their set, Elbow's lead singer Guy Garvey said: "Our appearances at Reading and Leeds seem to be benchmarks for us over the years.

Reading and Leeds festivals suffered from muddy conditions on day one "It's fantastic to be playing before Muse.

"We first met them when they played at the Roadhouse [in Manchester]. We didn't have a record deal at that point. They didn't either.

"I made coffee for them and fed them."

Other artists who attracted large audiences on the first day were 2manydjs and The Streets on the NME/Radio 1 stage.

A huge early evening crowd gathered at the festival republic stage to see songwriter Ed Sheeran. Many fans were forced to watch him from outside the tent.

Saturday at Leeds features performances from My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds To Mars and The Offspring.

The Strokes are to headline day two of Reading along with Pulp and The National.



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Posted: 28 Aug 11, 06:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brian has lost his mind and is ruining the queen legacy

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Posted: 28 Aug 11, 06:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Er... no, that ship sailed a long time ago with 5ive.

Expect, very soon, the QMCR tour as, of course, Gerard Way was Freddie's favourite singer.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 28 Aug 11, 18:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't feed the troll, Seb.

My Chemical Romance is a great band.  They are very influenced by Queen's theatrical side, so it doesn't surprise me in the least that Brian played with them.


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Posted: 28 Aug 11, 20:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do like 'em. They're good. Not outstanding (IMO), but good nonetheless.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 29 Aug 11, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They're a great band.
"Helena" and "Welcome to the Black Parade" are outstanding tracks. They also have a short little ballad called "Cancer", which is very sad but has a lovely melody.

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Posted: 29 Aug 11, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh and it was on BBC THREE, i always watch that channel, but guess who didnt watch it cus they thought itd all be modern shit! guess who now wants to cry? guess who nearly did cry?

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Posted: 31 Aug 11, 00:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MCR are an awesome band ! i have seen them live a few times.the black parade is an epic song it would have been fantastic seeing brian playing on it.

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Posted: 31 Aug 11, 17:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The BrianMay.com YouTube channel's uploaded version of this had been removed for copyright violation.

Ah, the irony.  :D


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Posted: 01 Sep 11, 11:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just For Men, Brian.

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