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Andre Rieu is quite simply a musical phenomenon like no other, having sold a massive 4. CDs and DVDs and notched 3. No. 1 chart positions worldwide. Along with his 6. Johann Strauss Orchestra the largest private orchestra in the world, AndrHaving received over 5. Platinum Awards, three Classical Brit Awards for Album of the Year and billions of Youtube views, Andre is one of the biggest solo male touring artists in the world. Each year his passionate live shows attract more than 6. Coldplay, ACDC and Bruce Springsteen. Andre Rieu and His Orchestra UK and Ireland Arena Tour. Opens 2. 1 Dec 2. On Sale Soonhttp www. Andy Zaltzman Satirist for Hire. Andy has swiftly established himself with his unique brand of political comedy. Swiftly moving from one theme to the next Andy has the ability to make you listen as well as laugh. He co devised Radio 4s critically acclaimed satirical show, The Department. Andy Zaltzman Satirist for Hire. The Glee Club Birmingham. 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Telling the story of soul legend Etta James turbulent life and features some of her most beloved songs including Tell Mama, Somethings Got A Hold On Me, Sugar On The Floor, the heart rending Id Rather Go Blind, her iconic signature song At Last and more. Vika puts her heart and soul into this unforgettable show and is joined on stage by some of Australias finest and funkiest musicians. During a long and tumultuous career that saw her win six Grammy Awards and a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Etta James has influenced a vast array of artists from Diana Ross, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart and is acknowledged as inspiring the careers of a new generation of singers from Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse. Sadly, Ettas frantic recording and touring schedule coincided with her ever growing addiction problems and over time she not only sang the blues. Mercifully, her passion for life and strength of character saw her conquer her demons and she continued to record and perform into her seventies. With respect, this is her story. At Last The Etta James Story. Town Hall. Town Hallhttp www. Opens 1. 8 Oct 2. On Sale Soonhttp www. Australian Pink Floyd Show. Five guys from Down Under have mastered Pink Floyds whole sound and reproduce it with perfect covers of all the hits. Australian Pink Floyd Show. Arena Birmingham. Arena Birminghamhttp www. Opens 1. 5 Nov 2. On Sale Soonhttp www. The Band. The Band is a new musical about what its like to grow up with a boyband. For five 1. 6 year old friends in 1. With the winning team Five to Five from Let it Shine. TOUR DATES1 MAY 1. MAYBIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME, BIRMINGHAM9 NOVEMBER 2. JANUARYWALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF1. JUNE 1. 3 JUNEARENA THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON2. MAY 9 JUNEROYAL DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON1. JUNE 2. 3 JUNETHEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM1. JULY 1. 4 JULYPLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH2. JUNE 7 JULYKINGS THEATRE, GLASGOW1. MAY 2. 6 MAYTHEATRE ROYAL, PLYMOUTH1. APRIL 2. 8 APRILHIPPODROME, BRISTOL3 APRIL 1. APRILTHEATRE ROYAL, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE6 MARCH 1. MARCHHULL NEW THEATRE, HULL2. FEBRUARY 3 MARCHMARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY6 FEBRUARY 1. FEBRUARYTHEATRE ROYAL, NORWICH2. Queen II Wikipedia. Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 8 March 1. EMI Records at midnight in the UK and by Elektra Records in the US. It was recorded at Trident Studios and Langham 1 Studios, London from February to August 1. Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable, and engineered by Mike Stone. The album is notable for its combination of a heavy rock sound with an art rock sensibility. It has been called a pillar of grandiose, assaultive hard rock by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Queen II is not a concept album but a collection of songs with a loose theme running throughout. The two sides of the original LP were labelled Side White and Side Black instead of the conventional sides A and B, with corresponding photos of the band dressed in white or in black on either side of the records label face. The white side has songs with a more emotional theme and the black side is almost entirely about fantasy, often with quite dark themes. Mick Rocks album cover photograph was frequently re used by the band throughout its career, including the music videos for the songs Bohemian Rhapsody 1. One Vision 1. 98. Released to an initially mixed critical reception, Queen II remains one of the bands lesser known albums. Nonetheless, the album has retained a cult following since its release, has garnered praise from other musicians such as Axl Rose, Steve Vai and Billy Corgan, and is significant in being the first album to contain elements of the bands signature sound of multi layered overdubs, vocal harmonies, and varied musical styles. Background and recordingeditLed Zeppelin and The Who are probably in Queen II somewhere, because they were among our favourite groups, but what we are trying to do differently from either of those groups is this sort of layered sound. The Who had the open chord guitar sound. I also wanted to build up textures behind the main melody lines. We were trying to push studio techniques to a new limit for rock groups it was fulfilling all our dreams, because we didnt have much opportunity for that on the first album. Brian May, on Queen II and the bands sound. After their self titled debut album Queen was recorded and mixed by the end of November 1. Queen set about touring and promoting it. Management problems forced the album to be released on the independent Trident label, but only after eight months had gone by since completion. During that time, Queen were writing new material and eager to record it. Several new songs were written immediately after the first album, and some dated from even earlier. See What a Fool Ive Been was left over from the Smile days. Ogre Battle was written during the debut album sessions, as was Father To Son, but the band decided to wait on recording them until they had more freedom in the studio. August 1. 97. 3 found the band back in Trident Studios, now allowed to book proper hours there, with an album under their belts. For what is generally considered a complex album with layered vocals, harmonies and instruments, it took a very short time only one month to record Queen II. A full version of Seven Seas of Rhye was laid down, recorded with the specific intention of being the albums leading single. After the commercial failure of Keep Yourself Alive, which was taken from the first album, Queen decided it needed a single that did not take too long to happen without a lengthy guitar intro. So, Queen and Baker made sure that Rhye began in a way which would grab people. Mythology and art were passions of Mercurys, and Richard Dadds painting The Fairy Fellers Master Stroke which currently hangs in the Tate Gallery sparked his creativity. This scene from Dadds imagination was inspired by characters from fairy myths, which in the painting are gathered around the Feller of Trees to watch him crack a walnut for Queen Mabs new carriage. Rock photographer Mick Rock was employed to do the photography for the albums artwork. This single picture of Queen, used on the Queen II album cover, would become one of the bands most iconic images, revisited and brought to life for the Bohemian Rhapsody promotional film. Robin Cable, with whom Mercury had worked during the I Can Hear Music session, was recruited to reproduce the Spector production sound for Funny How Love Is. The White side is very diverse four of the five numbers were composed by Brian May, where one is instrumental, one is sung by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor with May at the piano, the next is sung by Mercury, and the last by May. The closing track of The White Side is Taylors only composition in the album, which he also sings. John Deacon played acoustic guitar on Father to Son in addition to normal duties on bass guitar. Lead singer Freddie Mercury composed the entire Black side, contributing piano and harpsichord pieces and a wide range of distinctive vocal performances. CompositioneditProcessioneditProcession is a short instrumental piece a funeral march performed by Brian May on multi tracked guitar. He recorded it by playing overlapping parts on the Red Special through John Deacons custom made amplifier the Deacy Amp. Roger Taylor also contributes to this instrumental, using only a bass drum pedal. Father to SoneditFather to Son was written by May and features heavy metal sections as well as a quiet piano part, which May played. Like the preceding number, Father to Son has parts with May on multi tracked guitar, played through the Deacy Amp. It is written in the fathers perspective when talking or thinking about his son. Queen added Father to Son to their live setlists immediately and toured extensively, but the song was dropped from the setlists in 1. The song covers a two octave range Freddie Mercury G3 A4, Taylor G4 A5. White Queen As It BeganeditWritten by May in 1. May explained that he conceived the idea for this song while reading The White Goddess by Robert Graves. The song also had personal significance for May he drew inspiration from a fellow student whom he revered and thought represented the idea of the perfect woman. In a later interview he said, I remember being totally in love with this girl from biology, and I never ever talked to her. I was dared to ask out this girl, and she became a lifelong friend, its very strange. White Queen was performed regularly between 1. London in 1. 97. 8. The song was also performed at the BBC in April 1. It has a similar feel to the live version of the song because of the piano being omitted from the album version. The song features May playing his Hairfred acoustic guitar. The guitar had been given a replacement hardwood bridge, chiselled flat, with a small piece of fret wire placed between it and the strings, which lay gently above. The strings produce the buzzing effect of a sitar. Some Day One DayeditThis is the first song sung entirely by May on lead vocals. It features May on acoustic guitar and electric guitar and the last guitar solo during the fade out features three solo guitars. This kind of complex guitar arrangement is typical of May however, usually the guitars are harmonious, but in this case, all of the guitars play different parts. The Loser in the EndeditThe Loser in the End was Roger Taylors sole contribution on the album both as a songwriter and lead vocalist. The original handwritten lyrics of the song were almost lost in 2.