Added on 17-Nov-2008
QUEEN AND PAUL RODGERS: LET THE COSMOS ROCK
CONCERT HITS VUE CINEMAS ON WORLD AIDS DAY
Vue Entertainment are giving fans across the UK the chance to see a spectacular one off charity concert featuring Queen & Paul Rodgers in support of an AntiAids campaign.
Let the Cosmos Rock, will be screened at 39 Vue sites across the country for one night only on World Aids Day, Monday, December 1st, 2008.
The concert drew a record audience of 350,000 people and was captured for the big screen by award winning film-maker David Mallet. Filmed in high definition with 5.1 surround sound, the sound and visuals are of the highest quality available in cinemas today.
Queen and Paul Rodgers made a special trip to Ukraine on September 12th 2008 to play a two and a half hour free concert in Kharkov's Freedom Square in partnership with The Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation. The band wanted to support the cause whose message "Don't let AIDS ruin your life" has special meaning for them after lead
vocalist Freddie Mercury lost his battle with the virus.
Concert director David Mallet said:
"The big screen setting is an ideal medium in which to feel a sense of participation in the Kharkov event. This was by far the biggest show of its kind ever staged. The equipment needed two Antonov 124 aircraft the worlds biggest cargo planes - to get it into the
Ukraine, and it is almost impossible to imagine the scale of it once
it was built. You would never get a sense of that on television or
DVD, which is why it had to be made for the biggest of screens.
James Dobbin, Vue Head of Sales, said:
Vue Cinema is delighted to be able to offer a unique concert
experience with one of the most iconic rock bands of all time. The fantastic performances, the awesome collaboration with Rodgers and the important message behind the concert all combine to make what will be a thoroughly enjoyable and moving musical experience.
Tickets for Vue cinema screenings will go on sale at 13/11/08 and can
be bought from www.myvue.com/queen by calling 08712 240 240, or
directly from participating cinemas. Tickets are also available from
The performance is being digitally distributed by Arts Alliance
Media, who are mastering and encoding all content into 2K digital
Participating Vue Cinemas:
Empire Leicester Square, December 1st 9pm
Newcastle Under Lyme
About Vue Entertainment:
Vue Entertainment is one of the UKs leading multiplex developers and
operators of state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas. Formed in May 2003,
Vue is one of the fastest growing cinema companies in the country.
Having acquired the Ster Century cinema chain at the end of April
2005, Vue announced a management buyout in June 2006 in partnership
with Bank of Scotland Corporate, through its Integrated Finance Team
in a deal valued in the region of #350 million. Vue now owns 62
multiplexes across the UK and Ireland, with over 607 screens, and it
continues its expansion with a programme of building new multiplexes
across the UK involving plans to open 15 to 20 new sites in the next
two to three years. The company has the most modern cinemas in the
UK, with over 90% stadium seating and as a result it won the
prestigious award for International Exhibitor of the Year at Cinema
CEO Tim Richards was awarded the title of the Ernst and Young
Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and he also won the Leisure Report
Individual of the Year award.
About The Ukraine and HIV AIDS:
Over the last few years Ukraine has continuously been the country
with the highest rate of HIV prevalence in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia. According to recent national estimates the HIV prevalence rate
is 1.63% among the adult population (age 15-49) which corresponds
with a figure of 440,000 HIV-infected. Official data of new
registered cases shows an annual increase in new cases of 10 %
compared to previous years. Every day 52 people are diagnosed with
HIV, 8 people dies of AIDS in Ukraine.
The country also has reported the highest HIV prevalence in Europe
(0.52%) among pregnant women, and a continuous increase of AIDS-
related mortality (from 4.6 per 100,000 in 2005 to 5.4 per 100,000 in
2007) proof that efforts made to date were not enough.
About Queen, Paul Rodgers and the ANTIAIDS Foundation
Let the Cosmos Rock, which takes its name from the newly released
first studio album by Queen + Paul Rodgers captures the band larger
than live, with over 120 minutes of Queen and Paul Rodgers own
greatest hits, plus a couple of tasters from their new joint work.
Queen and Paul Rodgers themselves will be absent from Europe around
the time of the big screen presentations; by that time the bands
tour which started in Moscow immediately after the Ukraine concert,
will have taken them to Brazil where the band will be back after 27
years, having days before returned to play in Chile and Argentina.
The World Aids Day screenings will continue the education and
awareness work of the of the Mercury Phoenix Trust and The Elena
Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation