PRS for Music honours Queen with a Heritage Award

Press Release: Queen Honoured With PRS For Music Heritage Plaque At Site Of First London Performance

 

05 March 2013: One of the world’s greatest bands was honoured with PRS for Music Heritage Award at Imperial College this afternoon where they first played in London on 18th July 1970.

The black and red plaque was unveiled by PRS Chairman, Guy Fletcher in front of close friends and family including Kashmira Cooke, Freddie Mercury’s sister. Special guests included Rhys Thomas Director and Producer of the popular documentary ‘Queen: Days of our Lives’ shown earlier this year on BBC Four.

Queen wrote 16 number one albums, 18 number one singles and sold over 300 million records. They also remain one of the few bands whose members all penned hit songs. Roger Taylor, who accepted the award this afternoon alongside Brian May, famously wrote Queen’s landmark hits ”Radio Ga Ga" and "A Kind Of Magic" while Brian wrote the anthems, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘The Show Must Go On’ and ‘I Want It All’.

PRS for Music established the Heritage Award scheme in 2009 to recognise the vital role live music venues play in launching the careers of the UK’s iconic and most influential music talent. Previous recipients include Blur, Elton John, Soul II Soul, UB40, Snow Patrol, Faithless, James, Jethro Tull and Supergrass.

Brian May said: “The first proper gig we did was at Imperial College in the Union Hall. I remember it very distinctly because I’d seen all sorts of people playing in there. I’d been part of the Entertainment Committee and we booked a group every Saturday night in those days. People like Spooky Tooth and Steamhammer! We booked Jimi Hendrix too. So for us it was a dream come true to actually play on that stage. It used to get packed in there so it was a major stepping stone for us.”

Roger Taylor continued: ““Imperial College was effectively our positional and spiritual base and so means a lot to Queen. Many good memories, without it…who knows?”

PRS Chairman, Guy Fletcher commented: “It is a true honour to be here today to recognise some of the best British songwriters this country has ever produced and celebrate with so many friends and family. Days like this make me feel very proud and remind me how lucky I am to work at PRS for Music. In Great Britain, music is what we do best, but Queen took it to a whole other level – they are our heritage.”

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Press Release: Queen Honoured With PRS For Music Heritage Plaque At Site Of First London Performance

José Ramon Perez

Queen composed the soundtrack of my life.
I'm brazilian. Here, we doesn't have a royal family....but forever we'll have QUEEN!!!!

Chrissie

Congratulations boys!

sue

Well deserved - tks Queen :)

mark watkins

congratulations a well deserved honour there music remains relevant and continues to win new fans.. would love to here some new tracks!

nadineramos

bravo les garçons.................

ramosnadine.artosmose.fr

silvia correa

Queen has been living in my heart for 35 years. They´ve become my lifemates.Congratulations!! I feel so proud of being a Queen fan..

david77350

felicitation au plus grand groupe de rock de tout les temps
vive freddie,brian,roger et le grand bassiste john vous nous manquer

Queen Fan Club Mexico (founded in 1992)

Congratulations Queen from the Mexican fans! Thank you Freddie Mercury , John Deacon, Brian May and Roger Taylor for the magnificent music. Queen Rocks!

Nury Oakley

Queen is the still the best ever! you are my Idols! love you and Freddie too...

Wendy Coombes

Congratulations. Your music will live on forever because you have such devoted fans!! Well done and about time too :)

barbara mariantoni

bryan ,roger are always in my heart like freddie!!

TheSolonka

It's great!
I will always remember Queen with Freddie, Brian, Roger, John. It was the best of all the time...nobody and never can replace them...unfortunately!
Thank you to Roger Taylor and Brian May for great jobb efter 1991 and I hope my children will listen to Queen also! :)

gaby arisalv

soy mexicana, amo a Queen y me alegra que reconozcan a esta maravillosa banda, espero y sigan alegrando corazones como hasta ahora lo han hecho, muchas miles de gracias

I am Mexican, I love Queen and I am pleased to recognize this wonderful band, hope and continue gladdening hearts as they have done so far, many thousands of thanks

philippeH

vicomipas un jour sans que Freddie ne coule dans mais veines je pense a lui tout le temps.imaginer vous en 2013 un concert de Queen!!!!la qualité du son et la prestation de ses menbres!!!!!!!!!!putain queen me manque Roger et Brian merci a vous de nous offrir des actualités sur le Queen groupe.je vous aime

Wyn Pennant

I fully respect John Deacon's wishes, but it would be nice to see him at these events that equally acknowledge him for a remarkable career and contribution to a truly remarkable band. Thank you Brian and Roger for keeping it alive, and to John, it couldn't have happened with out him.
Wyn

Joanna Allen

Brilliant! It's about time.

Alexandre Neto

Congratulations!!!

Irene Taylor

Congratulations,to Freddie,Brian, Roger & John,Queen the best band on the planet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Janelle Scherbik

Congratulations to Queen, Brian and Roger, a well deserved honor......Glad to see so many smiles.....Best

alma

yo mucho mucho guiero...( yo soy lituana,una mucheres cuando siempres miramos history-qween... enyo tengo 43 anios y yo guiero tenier qween qween,( eijjje -yo ablo muy poco :) jejej pero mio .mm qween..de aijee...mra- dame por mi cd-qween? bien?gracias... ACIU...DE KAUNAS :).

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