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June - A ruling month for Queen

09/06/2003
- Band Inducted into Songwriter Hall of Fame
- Freddie Mercury Statue Rises in London
- Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition Returns to London
- We Will Rock You Celebrates 1st year on West End Stage
- Queen Remember Wembley With release Live At Wembley Stadium DVD


While June officially sees our first Royal family continue to commemorate the ascendancy to the throne of Her Majesty The Queen, the rock world's ruling champions Queen celebrate their sovereignty with a number of events and celebrations which recognise their own historical achievements:

• June 12 sees Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor in New York to be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organisation dedicated to recognising the work and lives of composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world. Founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond, the Songwriters' Hall of Fame has over the course of the past 33 years honoured such music legends as Bob Dylan, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, James Taylor and Hal David and Burt Bacharach among many others. Queen are recognised for their countless hits over the past 3 generations, and for having the distinction of being the only group in history in which all four band members have written number 1 hits, including Another One Bites The Dust (John Deacon), We Will Rock You (Brian May), Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie Mercury), and Radio Ga Ga (Roger Taylor), among them. Other inductees in this year's 34th annual induction ceremony include Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Little Richard, Patti Labelle and Tony Bennett. Queen will perform live at the event joining other artists Ray Charles, Pink and Billy Joel.

The 34th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards. Thursday June 12, 6pm, Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City. US contact: Jody L. Miller, JLM PR, Inc. Tel: 212 431 5227

• June 15th will see the installation of a statue in tribute to Freddie Mercury on the front of house canopy of the Dominion Theatre. Standing over 26' in height the statue was originally intended to have a permanent placing in one of the London Boroughs in which Freddie lived. To date every council approached has declined permission, so for the time being the statue will have a temporary home at the theatre where the Queen musical We Will Rock You continues to play to standing ovations every night.

Standing over 26' high, weighing in at ¾ ton, and moulded in epoxy resin and spay painted gold, the Freddie Mercury statue will provide a new landmark for London's West End.

The statue will be raised by crane onto the canopy of The Dominion Theatre on the morning of Sunday June 15th from 10am onwards.

The arrival of the statue at the Dominion also marks the return to London of the Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition. This exhibition of pictures from Freddie's life through his childhood in Zanzibar, his schooling in India, his arrival in England, his years with Queen through to the final photo taken of him in May 1991, first opened at the Royal Albert Hall in November 1996. It has since toured the world and now comes back to London to be permanently on show at The Dominion to coincide with celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the musical We Will Rock You taking place on June 18.

• June 18th. Members of Queen together with Freddie's family and specially invited guests will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the sell-out Queen/Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You. Now having played 405 performances to 405 standing ovations, been seen by more than 800,000 people and grossed close on £25 million We Will Rock You remains London's top selling musical. This special evening will raise funds for The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up in Freddie's name to fight AIDS worldwide. Productions of the musical will open in Australia and Spain this year. The London production is booking through to January 2004.

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