Su­per­fan writes new Queen book

Herald Express - - Down your Way - BY GUY HEN­DER­SON

QUEEN su­per­fan Gary Tay­lor has found the per­fect out­let for his love of the iconic Bri­tish rock band.

Gary, from Torquay, who even has a ‘Queen Room’ at his home filled with band mem­o­ra­bilia, has writ­ten a painstak­ing ac­count of Queen’s Amer­i­can tours.

Do­na­tions from the sale of the book will go to Rowcroft, where Gary’s mum spent some time be­fore she died.

The un­of­fi­cial self-pub­lished book con­cen­trates on Queen’s tours of the US and Canada dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s.

They played 269 con­certs in all and per­formed in nearly ev­ery state along the way.

The book of­fers a com­plete live per­for­mance his­tory with set lists, in­ter­views, stage show de­tails and un­pub­lished pic­tures.

Gary said: “It is an amal­ga­ma­tion of ev­ery­thing we know about Queen live dur­ing this pe­riod, col­lated for the first time in a book.”

The Mer­cury Phoenix Trust will also ben­e­fit from the book.

Gary said: “I de­cided to write this book as it had never been cov­ered in print be­fore.

“I just wanted to con­cen­trate on one par­tic­u­lar con­ti­nent in which the band played many con­certs through­out their ca­reer.

“With the US and Canada be­ing two of my favourite coun­tries to visit, it just seemed right that I would want to fo­cus on this area of the world.”

Gary has been a Queen fan and col­lec­tor of the band’s mu­sic and mem­o­ra­bilia for the past 43 years and is con­sid­ered an ex­pert on Queen and their his­tory.

He was in­tro­duced to their mu­sic in No­vem­ber 1975 when he first heard and saw the video to Bo­hemian Rhap­sody on Top Of The Pops

Copies of the book can be or­dered di­rect from the au­thor on his Queen Tour­ing Amer­ica Face­book page.

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