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Queen + Adam Lambert are set to release their first-ever live album.

‘Live Around The World’ will arrive on October 2 on CD, CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, vinyl, as well as digitally and on streaming platforms.

The ‘We Will Rock You’ hitmakers – who have performed around the globe with Adam ever since they joined him on stage on the finale of ‘American Idol’ in 2009 – wanted to give their fans something to watch while gigs are off amid the coronavirus pandemic.

And it was after looking back at their YouTube Watch Party from June – which featured highlights from their previous tours – that they decided to put together the clips in one place for their fans to view at their leisure.

Drummer Roger Taylor explained: ”We hadn’t really watched those clips before, we were always too busy touring. We weren’t aware of how good the band sounded. So we thought, well, maybe there’s a live album of highlights of concerts that we’ve done over the last eight years with Adam Lambert to be made.”

Queen and Adam have played a total of 218 concert to a total audience of 3,659,232 over the years.

Fans can expect to see their performances from Rock in Rio, Lisbon, the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival, Summer Sonic in Japan, plus selected UK and North America tour dates, right up until their last performance before lockdown, the Fire Fight Australia benefit show.

The latter gig saw them recreate Queen’s iconic 1985 Live Aid set, with a setlist comprising ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘Hammer To Fall’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We are The Champions’.

Guitarist Brian May said: ”As we all grapple with the challenge of creating live shows in a world dominated by a formidable viral enemy, it seemed the perfect time for us to create a collection of hand-picked live highlights from our Queen shows over the last seven years with our brother Adam Lambert.

”It’s a first! As you watch and listen to these tracks you’ll be journeying all around the world with us, and experiencing a complete virtual live set. The collection climaxes in Sydney earlier this year when, in support Fire Fight Australia, we recreated the complete Queen Live Aid set. It was a historic event for a great cause – with perhaps the highest adrenaline level since the original Live Aid in 1985. It makes me particularly happy that we can now share this unique moment with the whole world.”

‘American Idol’ alumni Adam added: ”When we couldn’t tour this year we wanted to give the fans something in place of that, and a Live album just felt right. It’s the first time we have released an album together and we have had a lot of fun putting it together, picking out favourite performances over the past seven years.”

Queen + Adam Lambert’s full live album comes after they released a lockdown version of ‘You Are the Champions’ with proceeds going to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, fans have their postponed European and UK leg of the ‘Rhapsody Tour’ to look forward to in 2021.

The 27-date run is now due to kick off on May 23, 2021 in Bologna, Italy, and includes a 10-day residency at London’s The O2 arena in June.



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Joe Russo | Joe Russo hails ‘brave’ Wonder Woman move

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Joe Russo thinks the decision to send ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ straight to streaming is “incredibly brave”.

The new Patty Jenkins-directed movie – which stars Gal Gadot as the titular character – is set to premiere on HBO Max in the US, and Joe believes the decision represents a “bold” move on the part of Patty and Warner Bros.

He explained: “I think Patty Jenkins said it best. She made something that she put an incredible amount of love and joy into, and now she’s ready to share it with the world. I think it’s incredibly brave and bold of her as a filmmaker.”

A number of big-budget films have been released on streaming platforms in recent months, with cinemas being forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And Joe, 49, now thinks that streaming platforms like HBO Max represent the future of the movie industry.

The director – who previously helmed ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ alongside his brother Anthony Russo – told Collider: “I do think that this is the future of the business. There can be room for both digital and theatrical, and in fact, both could perhaps enhance each other’s business and experience.”

Meanwhile, Patty recently urged fans to watch the new ‘Wonder Woman’ movie in cinemas if it’s safe to do so.

The acclaimed filmmaker took to Twitter to address the issue of the film’s release.

She wrote on the micro-blogging platform: “THE TIME HAS COME. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season.

“Watch it in THEATRES, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theatres have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home on HBOMAX where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it. (sic)”



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Elton John | Sir Elton John has huge record collection

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Sir Elton John owns more than 100,000 CDs.

The 73-year-old singer is an avid record collector and though his collection is huge, none of it has been placed into storage so he can always access whatever it is he wants to listen to.

He admitted: “I have over 120,000 CDs and 15,000 pieces of vinyl. They are stored in my home shelves so I can access whatever I want, whenever I want… I definitely prefer LPs.”

While the ‘Candle in the Wind’ hitmaker feels “lucky” to have had such a long and glittering career, he’s the most content he’s ever been thanks to his husband David Furnish and their two sons, Zachary, nine, and seven-year-old Elijah.

He said: “I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to continue doing what I love so much for the last 50 years.

“But looking at my life now, it is without a doubt one of the very best times of my life and really, it all changed when David and I had our boys.

“With children, you can’t help but look retrospectively at how we got here today and the beauty of where my life is now.

“They have helped me focus on the present and surely make me appreciate my past. “

And Elton wouldn’t change a thing about their family life.

He told Goldmine magazine: “Having a family that I adore and cherish so much just makes me realise that this is exactly where I want to be for the rest of my life, with them.”



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Snoop Dogg | Snoop Dogg’s festive track

Snoop Dogg is releasing a new festive track.

The 49-year-old rapper has once again joined forces with food delivery company Just Eat and his Christmas song ‘Doggy Dogg Christmas’ will feature in the brand’s 2020 Christmas advert, which will begin airing on TV from Tuesday (12.01.20).

Andrew Kenny UK MD of Just Eat commented: “At the end of a challenging year for many of our customers, we wanted to deliver some extra joy to the run up to Christmas. It’s great to have Snoop Dogg back with us to help put a smile on their faces.”

The full version of the track has been released under Snoop Dogg’s record label Doggy Style Records and Empire, and is available on Spotify now.

A full music video will also be released next week, in addition to the TV advert.

The song sees Snoop rapping about food and festivities in his signature laid back style.

The advert features a puppet Doberman with Snoop’s classic swagger, personality and outrageously lavish wardrobe.

He takes viewers on a journey showing what his luxurious lifestyle could look like, from grand staircases to golden sleighs and featuring friends and festive food.

Director Emil Nava, who has worked with other A-list stars such as Ed Sheeran and Rihanna, has created the glossy animated music video.



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