A royal showcase
> The Queen Rock Montreal 1981 concert movie of the iconic British rock band is now back on the big screen
FOR those of us who have never seen legendary British rock band Queen live in concert during its heydays in the 1980s, this may be the next best thing.
TGV cinemas will be screening the remastered Queen Rock Montreal 1981 original concert movie in 1Utama and Sunway Pyramid from Nov 25 to 27 at 8.45pm nightly.
Queen Rock Montreal 1981 at the city’s Montreal Forum is a recording of what has been described as one of Queen’s all-time best performances that has gone down in rock music history.
Queen – comprising Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon – was formed in London in 1970.
In the late 60s, May and Taylor were playing together in a band called Smile.
A fan named Farrokh Bulsara approached them and encouraged them to experiment with their music.
In 1970, Bulsara (who had by then changed his name to Freddie Mercury) joined the pair to form a new band and suggested Queen as its new name.
Deacon was recruited just before the trio recorded their self-titled debut album in 1973.
But it was the band’s subsequent albums – Queen II (1974), with the track Sheer Heart Attack; A Night at the Opera (1975), with classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody; and News of the World (1977), featuring anthems such as We Will Rock You and We are the Champions
– that blasted Queen into international stardom.
By the 1980s, Queen was one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
Unfortunately, Mercury passed away in 1991 from complications due to AIDS.
Deacon retired in 1997 but May and Taylor still occasionally perform together with guest musicians.
For many of us, the film will be the closest we get to experience what it was like to see the original Queen perform live.
Mercury, in particular, was then at the top of his game, singing hits such as Killer Queen, Under Pressure and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Tickets for this movie are priced at RM25 (normal hall), and come with one glow-inthe-dark Queen T-shirt.
For those looking for more, a RM70 (Indulge Hall) ticket comes with food and beverages at the Indulge lounge, one Queen T-shirt, and a live acoustic performance before the film.
For more, visit the TGV website.
(far left) The Queen Rock Montreal 1981 film … showcasing the talents of (above) Taylor; (left) Deacon; and (below, from left) the late Mercury and May.