A tribute to Queen and Freddie Mercury
Music and Theatre united in the fight against AIDS
Mediolanum Forum Assago (Mi) - Sala Gallery
Sunday 15th November 2009 - 8 pm
â€œI hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible diseaseâ€ (Freddie Mercury, 23rd November 1991)
On Sunday 15th November the charity event "ABSOLUTE QUEEN" will take place in Milan at the Mediolanum Forum Assago (Sala Gallery) from 8pm onwards.
"ABSOLUTE QUEEN" is a tribute to the legendary British band and to Freddie Mercury, the unforgettable Queen singer who lost his battle against Aids on 24th November 1991.
The event is organized by We Will Rock You Official Italian Fan Club and Unicredit, with the support of EMI and Queen Productions and in cooperation with the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the Aids charity association founded by Queen after Freddie Mercury's death , which will benefit from the proceeds of the event
"ABSOLUTE QUEEN" will celebrate one of the most popular rock bands of the last 40 years combining a series of events centred around this incomparable band whose planetary success is inextinguishable and whose record sales have overexceeded 300 million copies worldwide.
This charity event, hosted by Giancarlo Cattaneo, a deejay and presenter from Radio Capital, will open with one of the most famous Italian tribute bands, Killer Queen, who will perform unplugged a selection of Queen songs especially rearranged for this acoustic set.
The main focus of the event will be on the REDSOX, the British band who is most closely associated with Queen and who is usually considered by fans as a sort of â€œofficial Queen shadow bandâ€.
The REDSOX will come directly from England to play a major role in the â€œABSOLUTE QUEENâ€ event and perform their â€œabsolutelyâ€ unique music in front of a hot and competent Italian audience.
This 4-piece band doesn't need any special introduction to those who are familiar with the Queen world. The reputation of these four outstanding musicians precedes them.
The REDSOX are Spike Edney on keyboards, Jamie Moses on guitars, Johnny Marter on drums and, exclusively for this event, Neil Murray on bass.
On the same evening, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Italian fan club â€œWe Will Rock Youâ€, EMI Italy will present a special release. It's a CD digipack, (limited edition 1000 copies), including 5 different versions of WWRY recorded over the years. This CD will be on sale on 15th November and all the proceeds will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
Furthermore, EMI will also present the ultimate Queen collection "Absolute Greatest" due to be released worldwide on 16th November. Tied to this new release, a singing competiton has been launched. It' s a singing â€œQueen Italian Idolâ€ contest open to non-professionals of any age and nationality, The finalists will have to choose one of the 20 tracks included in this collection and will perform together with the Redsox band. The jury, headed by Spike Edney, consists of some of the most experienced journalists and professionals in the Italian music business. The winner of the competiton will be given an exclusive prize: a chance to perform and sing live on stage with the "Bohemians" during the encores of the Italian production of "We Will Rock You", the Queen musical which is due to open in Milan on 4th December.
The director of WWRY Italy, Maurizio Colombi, will be there, together with the Italian cast of the musical, to congratulate the winner.
The WWRY cast and principals will make their debut at â€œAbsolute Queenâ€ as this will be their first â€œlive appearanceâ€. They will join the REDSOX on stage and will play with them to celebrate this magic connection between music and theatre.
This event cannot be missed....Please join us at ABSOLUTE QUEEN
Ticket price: Euro 20 (+ presale fees)
Presale from 14th October
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