A royal show­case

> The Queen Rock Mon­treal 1981 concert movie of the iconic Bri­tish rock band is now back on the big screen

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE BIG PICTURE - BY S. IN­DRA SATHIABALAN

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.

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