Queen has grand plans for its 40th anniversary

Queen (photo courtesy of Hollywood Records)

Queen will be marking its 40th anniversary over the next year with “a lot of activity,” says guitarist Brian May.

That includes the reissuing of the band’s entire 15-album studio catalog in a series of two-CD deluxe editions, each one featuring rarities. Bob Ludwig will be remastering the albums, which will be released in three waves. The first wave, consisting of the first five Queen albums, is due in the spring.

On April 12, Hollywood Records will reissue Queen’s debut single, “Keep Yourself Alive”/“Son and Daughter,” as a limited-edition seven-inch vinyl release to coincide with Record Store Day. On April 19, the label will issue the band’s “Greatest Hits II” for the first time in North America.

The gallery exhibition “Stormtroopers in Stilettos,” which May says “will highlight in some innovative ways the growth of the ‘early Queen,’ ” opens Feb. 25 in London. There are plans for the exhibit to tour the world.

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