Hollywood Records and Queen have launched a two-year effort to reissue the entire Queen studio album catalog on vinyl LPs, and the band’s historic anti-AIDS concert will hit U.S. movie theaters for a special one-night-only showing on Nov. 6, 2008.
"Oh, sure, we make sure you can get Queen’s music on whatever teeny-weeny micro iWhatever digital music device you insist on using," says Charlie D’Atri, director of Hollywood Records’ marketing synergy and special projects, "but fans have been crying out to hear this music on good-old analog discs for some time now. We’re thrilled to finally make them available."
The album packaging will include every detail of the original releases all in their splendor. Bonus posters, extra pictures and all the exquisite details found in the original releases will be included.
The first group of releases, dubbed The First Wave, is available now. It includes the classic Queen albums A Night At The Opera, A Day At the Races, Sheer Heart Attack, Queen II and the vinyl version of the new Queen+Paul Rodgers release, The Cosmos Rocks.
The Second Wave, which will consist of five additional albums, including an edition of the famed, rare gold-foil stamped Queen album, Flash Gordon, News Of The World, A Kind of Magic and Innuendo will be released in spring 2009 with successive waves of releases approximately every six months after that.
On Nov. 6, a special high-definitatoin cinema version of the concert "Queen + Paul Rodgers: Let the Cosmos Rock" will play in more than 425 specially selected cinemas. Tickets for this special one-night-only event are available at presenting theater box offices and at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
The movie presents the band’s marathon two-and-a-half-hour free concert in Kharkov, Ukraine’s Freedom Square — the second-largest public square in Europe, where the band drew a record audience of more than 350,000. Award-winning filmmaker David Mallet directed the film. Its audio is presented in Cinema Surround Sound.
"This was by far the biggest show of its kind ever staged," Mallet said. "The equipment needed two Antonov 124 aircraft — the world’s 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. You could never otherwise experience that feeling of being in there among that crowd; think of it — this was four or five times bigger than your normal Hyde Park concert audience."
Queen guitarist Brian May described the concert as "an unforgettable experience — one of those rare things in life which you know you will never forget. A meeting in music, but also a coming together to fight a common enemy."
Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died of AIDS in 1991. The band has staged an ongoing fight against the disease through its Mercury Phoenix Trust charity and externally is working with Nelson Mandela’s 46664 AIDS campaign, which it has supported with three concert performances.