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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 14:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

KISS EUROPEAN EXCLUSIVE AND FAITH NO MORE UK EXCLUSIVE ALSO CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE, TIM MINCHIN LEADS COMEDY ELEMENT WITH HEADLINE SLOT ON SATURN STAGE

PLUS MANY MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED

“Earlier on there were rumours of us splitting up, but I mean – f*** ‘em – how can you split up when you have an audience like this.”
Freddie Mercury. Knebworth Park, August 9, 1986

With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends Queen are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.

Queen’ Brian May and Roger Taylor today confirmed the band will headline the second day of this year’s Sonisphere Festival appearing at the festival home ground Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.

Knebworth was the setting for Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.

May and Taylor also confirmed that for this special one-off concert they will be joined by US singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.

Since first encountering each other during American Idol Season 8 in May 2009 where Lambert joined the band to perform We Are the Champions the two have repeatedly hinted at a future collaboration, most recently with Taylor telling Billboard Magazine "He (Adam) has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that's great. We would like to work with him again. There's nothing signed just yet but …it could be very exciting."

After their brief meeting on American Idol, the potent chemistry between Queen and Lambert finally broke the surface when at the invitation of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where Queen were present to collect their Global Icon award.

Their eight minute MTVE set ignited an immediate reaction across the internet with social network sites buzzing with excitement and campaigning for a more formal union between Queen and Lambert. The Sonisphere 2012 Knebworth stage will at last provide an eager public the opportunity to see May, Taylor and Lambert delve deeper into exploring their very evident artistic appreciation of one another.

Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It's a worthy challenge for us, and I'm sure Adam would meet with Freddie's approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”

Lambert adds: “I'm completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I'm honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie's memory. He's a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.”

Queen’s previous performance at Knebworth Park, close on twenty-six years ago , August 9, 1986, was set up to be the glorious last stop for the band’s monstrously successful Magic Tour which had spread out across Europe over eight weeks of that summer. Over a million people had already paid to see them.

Now riding one of the highest crests in their career, Queen drew a record crowd of 120,000, their biggest ever UK audience. Coming on the back of two stunning shows at Wembley Stadium - to this day regarded as among their finest performances - anticipation was high.

Queen delivered the goods, winding up the crowd by arriving above their heads in a custom decorated helicopter, and then going on to perform a Queen textbook set to a deliriously enthusiastic audience, winding up with an emotional ‘God Save the Queen’ and Freddie wishing his audience ‘sweet dreams’.

What no-one in that Knebworth Park audience, and as far as we know, not even the band could anticipate that day, was that a new chapter in Queen’s history was being written: after more than 700 concerts together, what was taking place was the very last live concert of Freddie Mercury with Queen.

With the exception of an appearance in 1988 with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe to launch Barcelona’s successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Games performing their duet ‘Barcelona’, Mercury would never again be seen performing to a public audience.

On what will undoubtedly rate as one of this summer’s most highly anticipated and emotionally charged concerts Queen’s Roger Taylor says: "I remember Knebworth as being the most incredible gig, with the most amazing audience and the sound on stage was utterly perfect. It was a fitting last stand before a live audience for Freddie. It will be a real challenge to complete the circle by returning with Adam."

Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announce KISS as Friday's headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012.

For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance in 2012. Of their set Gould comments: "It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we've had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we're going to do it right this time!!"

Joining the three superb headliners are some of the biggest names from the world of rock and metal including:

WITHIN TEMPTATION - only UK show of 2012, EVANESCENCE - only UK show of 2012, THE DARKNESS, INCUBUS - only UK show of 2012, MARILYN MANSON – only UK show of 2012, ANDREW WK - only UK festival show of 2012, REFUSED - only UK show of 2012, MASTODON - only UK festival show of 2012, THE BLACKOUT and more.

As well as the exciting names from the world of rock, SONISPHERE once again shows it’s forward thinking nature, and invites musician/comedian TIM MINCHIN to headline the Saturday night on SATURN. Since his first appearance at SONISPHERE back in 2010 the TIM’s success has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his first UK arena tour, his first West End Musical (Matilda The Musical) and numerous high profile TV appearances. After the astounding success of Bill Bailey’s SATURN slot last year, TIM - with full backing band in tow - is bound to deliver a much talked about and highly memorable show at SONISPHERE.

Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February from www.sonispherefestivals.com / 0844 871 8803 priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.

To spread the cost of the festival customers can pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 to secure their weekend tickets and then pay the balance off anytime before 30th April 2011.

SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH takes place July 6th - 8th at KNEBWORTH HOUSE.

On top of the host of talent on offer at SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH, organisers are offering the first weekend ticket buyers a very limited number of tickets to SONISPHERE MADRID, which takes place 25th and 26th May. Headliners METALLICA - who play their Black album in its entirety - are joined by an impressive cast featuring the likes of SOUNDGARDEN, and SLAYER and many more. Two Sonisphere festivals for the price of one!

www.sonispherefestivals.com

LINE UP SO FAR:

Headline sets from:

KISS (European Exclusive) - QUEEN (Exclusive) - FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)- TIM MINCHIN

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 14:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Really?! That was the big announcement. One fucking show at some festivill. Whats even better is that the great Adam Lambert is joining Brian and Roger. Fucksake announce something with some actual substance.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What The Fuck Queen? Adam Lambert Is Not Good , 2013 = Queen+ Justin Bieber Live At Wembley

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



Gaabiizz wrote: What The Fuck Queen? Adam Lambert Is Not Good , 2013 = Queen+ Justin Bieber Live At Wembley


If that happens, I'm sure someone will kill both Brian and Roger. I don't think they'll go that far though, I don't think Roger will go that far. As for Brian...


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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Give the bloke a chance. Sure, he's not Freddie but who the hell is? I watched Lambert with Queen on the EMAs and he was really good, not like Freddie, but damned good.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Headliner of the have-beens...Queen are getting on in the world.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, there we have it. The final nail in the coffin. All I wanted was the 70's concerts on DVD. These guys are desperate to get back into the U.S. Pathetic. They've pissed on their legacy and made themselves one of the uncoolest bands ever. Great. I'm now glad to turn my back on them. I'm going back to 1974. Ha, I wasn't even born until 1979.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 15:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They've been nailing this coffin since 1991. Queen is now a franchising machine.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 16:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And that's why I havent been buying a Queen (or related) CD/CD Single/Vinyl/DVD/Blueray since the year 2001. And trust me, between 1991-2000 I spent shit loads of money on Queen + related (thousands of EURO)

I refuse to invest more money into a fucking franchise which doesn't know when to stop or to acknowledge that you cant just make/perform Queen music by letting sub-par singers (including PR) doing the songs only Freddie could.

I utmost respect John Deacon in taking a (non public) stand on the matter by not wanting to perform or record with Brian and Roger, as it's laughable how Roger and Brian sold their fucking soul to the devil of commerce.

I enjoy listening to Queen and their back catalogue, with one condition, I want to hear FREDDIE MERCURY sing, not some sort of karaoke singer like Paul Rodgers or Adam Lambert.It is instulting to hear either of them sing with the remaining members of Queen and cashing in on the matter.


Shame on you Brian and Roger.

Praise to John Deacon for getting out in time...




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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 16:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They're a bloody embarrassment. At least the old stuff will forever put all this in the shade. It's just such a shame. They endlessly disappoint their real fans. There is so much unreleased. It's all well and good saying this Adam Lambert sang well with them, but it is just so see through. I love bands from the 70's and 60's, who grafted and played their backsides off. It's all ok if you like a bit of pop but Queen were always a bit more special than that. I think it's quite obvious that May and Taylor are trying to make some lost love in America. Their vanity is quite vulgar. I wonder if Anita trusts him when he's with that god awful Kerry. I wouldn't. He's done it before! Sorry... I'm livid! Ha ha.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 16:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Suzie Q. wrote:
Give the bloke a chance. Sure, he's not Freddie but who the hell is? I watched Lambert with Queen on the EMAs and he was really good, not like Freddie, but damned good.


He sucked on the EMAs (horribly off key).



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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 16:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How can they do this? This is an insult to Freddie. Freddie may have been gay but Adam Lambert is a fag. There's a difference.


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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 16:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

John says!

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 17:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you don't like something just move on and have a good day. Don't torture yourself!!!

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 17:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jamster1111 wrote:
How can they do this? This is an insult to Freddie. Freddie may have been gay but Adam Lambert is a fag. There's a difference.

..wow ..

talk about being objective

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 17:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is the end, Brian and Rodger have lost the plot, totally embarassing. What did PR do wrong?... still good news about KISS.



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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 17:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There's only one hope what could stop this utter embarrassment:

Since THE DARKNESS are playing too, Justin Hawkins will smack his Les Paul onto Lamberts head and will not only take over the mic from there, but will also steal the show for good.

Justin, in case you're reading this: FOR FUCKS SAKE, DO SOMETHING!!!

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 18:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Pssst Rog, buddy, you really don't understand the USA. A lame reality competition (QE) and performing with an American Idol runnerup ain't going to amount to much...other than make you look like a bigger ass than you've already shown.

The only way to further establish Queen the USA is to release the archives.

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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 18:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is going to stink. He was terrible at the last show they did. It's a fucking shame they're too busy pandering to pick someone who can actually do the job, like Tom Chaplin.


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Posted: 20 Feb 12, 18:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Guys I agree Lambert is terrible and no one matches Freddie. But what do you all want?? We all want Queen to continue in a capacity and we ALL want Queen to maintain a band that has given us and hundreds of millions accross the world, joy since the 70's...so you cant continue playing gigs if you dont have a lead singer. If Lambert is wrong I dont see many on here making another suggestion.