Posted May 05 2004 - 06:39 PM
from Queen's official web site, www.queenonline.com;
| Further to online reports surrounding the latest Queen DVD release, QOL can officially confirm that Queen are currently in production on various DVD projects including the 1982 Milton Keynes concert. The final decision on what will be released for this Christmas 2004 will be made over the next month. |
IMO, Milton Keynes was one of Queen's best shows of the 1980s featuring some of the better live renditions I've ever heard, including but not limited to "Somebody To Love" and "Staying Power."
For those unfamiliar, here's the set list of the show;
Flash (pre-recorded intro)
We Will Rock You (fast version)
Action This Day
Play the Game
Somebody To Love
Now I'm Here
Love Of My Life
Get Down, Make Love
Fat Bottomed Girls
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Tie Your Mother Down
Another One Bites The Dust
We Will Rock You (slow version)
We Are The Champions
God Save The Queen
The concert was held on June 5, 1982 at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, England.
The concert has been aired on TV over the years but in heavily edited form, the DVD release will be the entire concert. In keeping will all previous Queen DVDs, I think it's safe to assume DTS 5.1 and PCM audio. Whether it will be cropped into widescreen is unknown BUT the "Wembley Stadium" DVD was OAR/full frame and the director of both Wembley & Milton Keynes is Gavin Taylor so I'm *hoping* it was his input that kept Wembley OAR so logically Miton Keynes should be as well.
To explain what was meant by "online reports" in the press release, in the last week or so a Russian fan had the opportunity to ask Queen's manager Jim Beach some questions when he, Brian May & Roger Taylor were in Russia to promote the "We Will Rock You" musical in that country. Here's the text (and link) regarding what was said (take note of not only the other DVD related bits but the juicy info on future Queen songs);
| The lateset news: |
Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jim Beach were in Moscow again. I've talked with all of them and got many exclusive (and sometime sensational) news! So here we go:
Today I'll write 5 news, I've got from Jim - he was so kind to answer my questions, so these news are unique - never heard before.
Other news and pics are coming very-very soon! Check this page every day for updates!
1. I've asked Jim about 46664 studio tracks (they didn't release them on 46664 DVDs and CDs).
Jim said, that Queen is working now on 5(!) tracks for upcoming 46664 studio album! (it means, that we haven't heard some 46664 tracks yet)
2. Then I've asked Jim, if there any work on new Queen album.
Jim said, that there won't be any new album, till they don't finish all the works with musical. But he said that Brian and Roger definitely WILL record new album (the only question is - when
Also Jim mentioned three new tracks with Freddie's vocals, taken from the middle 80's, that we have never heard before!!! He said, that Brian and Roger are making instrumental part of these tracks now, and these tracks will be released too.
3. The next question was about new DVD. Jim said, that the next DVD will be Milton Keynes (Yezzzzz!!). It will be a complete recording of this great concert (YEEEEZZZZZZ) This DVD will be released in October.
4. Now, some sad news. I've asked Jim about Houston 77. He said that this concert will never be released, due to problems with sound, especially with piano microphone.
5. Then I've asked, if there any concerts from 70's that they gonna release on DVD. Jim mentioned only Hammersmith. I've asked - if there is any concert from 76-79 era. The answer was NO. There is no concert from this era, that could ever be released on DVD. Said, but true.
Hmm, just ONE concert from the 1970s is a potential DVD release? Come again? Just what kind of piss poor conditions have the band left the masters in all this time? Haven't they ever heard of restoration?
Certainly they could take the best parts of certain concerts and do a compilation style DVD similar to what Led Zeppelin did last year?
Finally, it seems a bit odd that Queen are breaking their release pattern. The last 2 years saw a concert DVD released in the summer and a music video compilation in the winter yet no hints for "Greatest Video Hits 3" and apparently a concert DVD won't hit until this fall. Odd. Perhaps "GVH3" will be delayed until next year?
Now, "various DVD projects" was interesting. What other DVDs could they be working on? It's been confirmed that they have filmed the "We Will Rock You" musical though I doubt that will get many fans hearts beating too fast. What else? Perhaps a new (and hopefully more robust) documentary? Both "The Magic Years" and "Champions of the World" left a lot to be desired, if I got my way we'd get something akin to The Beatles' "Anthology" DVDs.
Well, I think that's enough information for everyone to think about.