Web To Watch: 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Sources: USA Today – By Daniel Hurwitz | All Things Michael


This week we have Bryan Cranston’s Bugs Bunny-inspired one-man show, a lost interview with Michael Jackson and the new music video from the guys behind the viral hit What Does the Fox Say? Take a break from whatever you are doing and watch the five best videos of the week.

Michael Jackson on Godliness

The King of Pop gets animated in the latest installment of the Blank on Blank interview series. Watch as Michael Jackson answers questions alongside his 13-year old sister Janet in an animated version of a 1980 interview with journalist John Pidgeon.

Bryan Cranston Performs One-Man MLB on TBS Postseason Show

Bryan Cranston has found his true calling: a one-man show about baseball inspired by Bugs Bunny. The Emmy-award winning actor dramatizes the baseball playoffs in a mockumentary commercial for TBS.

35 Jobs That No Longer Exist

If your dream was to become a “knocker upper” aka a human alarm clock, you should probably start seeking alternate employment. Elliott Morgan describes 35 job options that no longer exist.

Rush Hour

Fernando Livschitz’s mesmerizing short film will make your commute seem stress-free. He uses rotoscoping to create a nightmarish intersection.

Ylvis – Trucker’s Hitch

The guys behind What Does the Fox Say? have moved on from animal noises to knot-tying Their latest music video is all about the Michael Jordan of knots, the trucker’s hitch.

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Michael Jackson “Thriller” Events And Things To Do For October 2014

This post Will Be Updated With 
Events Until The End Of October.

Thrill The World


Did you ever want to dress up as a zombie and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”? Did you ever think it would be fun to be listed in a world record? Well get ready because THRILL DAY IS OCTOBER 25, 2014 @10pm GMT!!!

Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Volunteer event organizers in cities around the world organize events using the Thrill The World Manual, Workbook and Thrill The World Tool Box.

Anyone can organize an event! No age requirement or experience necessary! And there is no limit to the number of events in each city!

Each event has the option to raise money for a not-for-profit charity of their choice.

All official Thrill The World events that submit their information on time are included in the numbers for setting and breaking world records.

Click here to read more and find a group near you!!!!!


Have A ‘Thriller’ Of A Night At Wyboston Lakes

Source: Aboutmyarea.co.uk


‘Don’t Stop til You Get Enough’ of Michael Jackson and his greatest hits as Wyboston Lakes invites you to join us for what is guaranteed to be a spectacular  tribute night this Halloween!

On Friday 31st October relive some of the classics from the King of Pop and some of his worldwide hits such as; Bad, Dirty Diana, Billy Jean and Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ as live tribute act Robin Parsons ‘Forever Jackson’ takes to the stage with his ultimate tribute to the legend that is Michael Jackson.

From 7.30pm you have ‘Got To Be There’ as we serve up a delicious three course plated menu which caters for all, with a vegetarian option also available.

“Robin puts on an energetic and captivating performance as Michael Jackson. He has the moves, the voice and the dancers to produce a fantastic spectacle. It’s a tribute to an iconic artists and a great night out too!”- Paul Rhodes Hotel Manager

The Michael Jackson entertainment is guaranteed to thrill and with a disco to follow until 1.00am, you can dance the night away in true Jackson style. Tickets, which are non-refundable and for over 18s only, are £39.50.

If you don’t want to ‘Beat It’ from Wyboston Lakes take advantage of a special all inclusive overnight package including two tickets for the meal, tribute act, disco and overnight stay in a double ensuite room with breakfast for £74.50 per person (based on two sharing).

To book tickets online visit http://www.wybostonlakes.co.uk or call 0333 7007 667 (option 4) to speak with Debbie or Nicola from our events team.

Wyboston Lakes Hotel
Wyboston Lakes
Great North Road
MK44 3AL
0333 7007 667
Email: reservations@wybostonlakes.co.uk


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2014 Thriller & Halloween Parade

Source: LexingtonKY.gov


Zombies return to haunt downtown Lexington once again! Get down downtown as we celebrate Halloween by recreating Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video for “Thriller.” Presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL, the parade will start at the Kentucky Theater and proceed along Main Street ending at Mill Street. The dance will occur repeatedly along the route followed by a Halloween parade. Festivities also include a Halloween variety pre-show and an after party at the Fifth Third Pavilion. In the event of inclement weather, this free event will take place on Monday, Oct. 27.

For those who would like to dance, participation is open to all willing zombies who attend rehearsals to learn the choreography and parade schematics; however, there is a cutoff date for participation. Simply show up during rehearsal times, which are held throughout the month of October at Mecca Live Studio. For participation instructions and a rehearsal schedule, contact Mecca at meccadancestudio@gmail.com or 254-9790 and ask to be added to the “Thriller” list for updated information on rehearsals.

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Sunday, October 26
(Rain Date: Monday, October 27)
Main Street (Quality Street to Mill Street)

6:30 pm – Dance Showcase (Courthouse Plaza)
8 pm – Halloween and Thriller Parade

For more information click here


In the Studio with MJ – V2 – London, Copenhagen, Franfort

Source: In The Studio With Michael Jackson



Experience Michael Jackson in the recording studio, at the very heart of his creative process. In this incredible multimedia journey, you’ll learn, see and hear things that will astonish you.

You’ll hear music and behind-the-scenes stories. You’ll see video and photographs. You’ll learn how Michael interacted with his team and how they combined focus and discipline with creativity, fun, and food.

Learn how Michael wrote songs, and how they progressed from the original demo to the album version.  Brad will explain and demonstrate how the songs changed and progressed along the way, as they were edited, remixed and restructured for various dance mixes, short films and live tours.

Discover Michael’s vision and exacting standards for the sound and video systems at Neverland Valley Ranch – including his dance studio and personal listening systems – to give his family and guests an incredible experience.

All of this takes place inside an actual recording studio, for a full multi-sensory experience that will leave you feeling as if you were really there.  Each seminar is limited to an intimate group of people, so you can ask questions and share conversation with Brad and other guests.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00pm – 8:00pm , Cato Studios (map), London, England

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 4:00pm – 10:00pm, The Village Recording (map)

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Venue Location TBD


Wicked Halloween Run

Source: Wicked Halloween Run



  • 2014 Wicked Halloween Run: 10K, 5K Run/Walk, Monster Mile ~ Welcome to our Wicked Halloween Run – a festive race brought to you by the Kona Running Co. Sign up and wear a Costume!  A Halloween-themed annual race event you will not want to miss because you will experience a spooktacular wicked good time!
  • 2014 10K Finisher Medals: 10K event is limited to 2,500 participants
  • 2014 Tech Shirt*:  Leslie Jordan long-sleeve unisex 1/4 zip “Tech Shirt” for entrants; *guaranteed shirt & size if registered by 10/19/14  
  • New Wicked Double: Participate in 10K & 5K; must run in the 1st Start Wave of 10K & receive a Tech Shirt, 10K medal, Double Finisher medal; limited to 500
  • NEW: Shuttle Buses from ACH Plant parking lot (limited to 1,500 cars) MAP to/from Central Middle School; City of Plymouth will be charging $5 per vehicle ($2.50 to city & $2.50 to charity) in their municipal parking lots & structures so use our free bus shuttles
  • NEW 10K Time Qualifier: Participants must run at “18 minutes or less pace per mile” to register for our 10K event
  • Entertainment & Monster Mash Party: Live onstage Dance Performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” by Piazza Dance Co. (choreographer Lindsey Humpert) at start of 10K & 5K; DJ at Kellogg Park; Food & Beverage Buffet & Party in heated Tents at Kellogg Park

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Prince and Michael Jackson Experience – 250th Party

Source: bombhiphop.com


Oct 18 at Nectar Lounge in Seattle. Prince and Michael Jackson fans celebrate as DJ Dave Paul from San Francisco mixes music from the two artists and ancillary acts.

Collectively, Prince and Michael Jackson helped define the early-’80s era of MTV, revolutionized both R&B and popular music, and influenced thousands of musicians worldwide. This party pays tribute to two of the greatest artists of our time.

The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there’s theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on, dance your @ss off and have the time of your life.

“For ELEVEN years now, Dave Paul (proprietor of hip-hop label Bomb Records) has hosted and DJ’ed at the brilliant “Prince vs. Michael Jackson” parties. As selections of hits, rarities, and remixes from both artists are presented over the course of the evening, audience members square off in funky battle, holding signs bearing the mug of their favored entertainer to judge which one is the true king of pop. This sure ain’t the place for cynics, but Darling Nikki’s and Dirty Diana’s are all welcome to participate.” – SF WEEKLY


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Oct 18 at 9:00pm to Oct 19 at 1:45am in PDT

Nectar Lounge

412 N 36th St, Seattle, Washington 98103

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2014 Seattle Thrill The World Dance

Source: Seattle Pipeline


The funk of forty thousand years! Seattle will be joining the world on Saturday, October 25, 2014, in a simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller Dance. Zombies will march to Lake Union Park at 2:30 p.m. and start dancing at 3. This once a year event is not to be missed.

October 25, 2014
3 p.m. | Free | All Ages
More info: meetup.com | thrilltheworld.com

Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109

Thrill The World is the annual worldwide simultaneous dance of Michael Jackson’s Thrillerfor world record and charity.  November 2013 marked the 31st anniversary of his Thriller video.

Each year in October the Seattle Thrillers join Thriller groups in other nations to perform at the same exact time.  The next performance will be Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle, 98109 (South Lake Union, Westlake).  The local group also performs at other fun events in the Seattle area for various organizations.

If you live in the greater Seattle area and would like to learn the dance in a class setting, rehearsals will resume August 24, 2014.  It is free to learn the dance, however, we will accept donations to our charity at all rehearsals.  Rehearsals will be held at Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Pl S, Seattle, 98144.

This year all contributions will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alzwa.org.  Their vision:  A world without Alzheimer’s disease.  Their mission:  To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

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World Dance For Humanity – Thriller 2014

Source: World Dance For Humanity


At exactly 3:00pm on Saturday, October 25, 2014, hundreds of World Dance Zombies will rise from the lawn of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens to perform Michael Jackson’s iconic dance as part of a global phenomenon, Thrill the World. This will be the 5th year World Dance has hosted Thriller Santa Barbara. Our flashmob circuit will include State Street, Ghost Village Road, Soho, Neverland (MJ’s former estate in Los Olivos) and Cold Springs Tavern.

This is a fantastic opportunity for dancers and non-dancers alike to take part in an incredibly fun, spirited, inclusive happening! It offers great exercise, awesome community, and a chance to connect with the world, but it’s much more than that….

Our purpose in producing the Thriller event each year is to help people in need. We raise the funds through event sponsorships, practice fees (only $35 for a 5 weeks of lessons!), and dancer sponsorships.

Our goal in 2014 is to raise $35,000 for our RWANDA EDUCATION FUND. This will make it possible for more than 100 students to attend school in 2015. Every dollar raised will go to the Fund. (In 2013 Thriller raised $30,460 to send 118 Rwanda primary, secondary, and college students to school, and contributed $3,560 to our local Boys and Girls Clubs.)   Meet our current students and their sponsors

Contact Janet for more information

AHA Teen Program
United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara (Westside)
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley
SBCC Ambassadors
California Lutheran University (CLU) – Day of Dance

$35 for a full month of lessons – mix n’ match the times that work for you – come to a few lessons, or lots!

SATURDAY, 10:15-11:00am – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
MONDAY, 7:45-9:00pm – Brazil Arts Café, 1230 State St Suite C  (starts Sept. 15th)
TUESDAY, 8:15-9:00pm – SB Dance Center, 127 W Canon Perdido
WEDNESDAY, 6:00-7:00pm – Alameda Park (by Kids World at Garden & Micheltorena)

Click here to see some albums on World Dance Facebook
and on World Dance Shutterfly

Sunken Gardens by Good Land Media and Performance Memories
Sunken Gardens by Tizmself
Sunken Gardens by Heather Sage
Sunken Gardens by Chris Palumbo
Sunken Gardens by Craig Rademacher
Sunken Gardens by Gordon Fleming
Paseo Nuevo by Brae Wyckoff
Cold Springs Tavern by Tom Lucy
Cold Springs Tavern

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Tour The Michael Jackson “Thriller” Locations In Los Angeles

Source: Creepy LA

The Palace Theatre


In the days after Michael Jackson died, the marquee once again read, “Vincent Price in Thriller,” in a nod of respect to the legendary music video. (click here for pic) This is the theater where Michael and his date, played by Ola Ray, are watching the werewolf movie starring Michael.


The nearly 100 year old theater is now open only for the occasional special event or film shoot. 615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles

The Zombie Dance Intersection

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

Picture by Tony Hoffarth

After skipping past the graveyard, Ola Ray turns to find that Michael’s been turned into a zombie. Which, of course, means only one thing: dance off! Fittingly, most Angelenos wouldn’t be caught dead wandering around this intersection at night… but undead? Seems like a nice place to haunt.
Union Pacific Ave. & Los Palos St., Los Angeles

The Thriller House

“Thriller” ends with Ola Ray seeking refuge from the zombies by running into the safe haven of this delapitated old house. We know how that turned out…

The actual house is one of more than a dozen vintage Victorian homes in L.A.’s Angelino Heights neighborhood – also known as the Haunted House District of L.A. Even on the brightest summer day the almost every home along Carroll Street appears to be home to any number of ghosts or witches. (take a gander at CreepyLA’s field report of Angelino Heights). 1345 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles

Westlake Recording Studios

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At an estimated cost of  $700,000, the “Thriller” album was recorded here in Studio A throughout most of 1982. Fact: Songwriter Rod Temperton originally called the title track, “Starlight,” but woke up with a vision of the word “Thriller” at the top of Billboard’s charts. Telegraph has a great behind the scenes article on the making of the album. 8447 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood



Source: ThrillerNYC.com

Since 2004, we have celebrated our combined love of gore and Michael Jackson by performing the infamous Thriller dance in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. We are between 17 and a million years old, and our dance experience ranges from novice to professional. We eat brains, grrrrrrrrrowl and bite, but most importantly, we boogie.

This Halloween, leave your mundane human life behind and transform into a rotting, dancing cadaver. After studio rehearsals, outdoor practices in Central Park, and zombie makeup lessons, you’ll be hungering for brains in no time.

Registration begins Oct. 1

We also need zombie bouncers.


Foreverland Brings Michael Jackson’s Music To Life

Sources: Merced Sun Star – Victor Patton | All Things Michael


The Merced Theatre will be the place to “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” as the 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band Foreverland takes the stage Friday night to perform a diverse selection of hits from the King of Pop’s expansive catalog.

Luke Kirley, 33, who plays trombone in Foreverland, said while the musicians in the band don’t impersonate Jackson, there will be plenty of dancing and an energized atmosphere to entertain fans of all ages. “The music comes first for us,” Kirley explained. “We will be dancing and moving the entire time. It’s a party on stage…You’re just wrapped into it right there. It’s a high energy show.”

Foreverland was inspired to come together in the Bay Area in 2009, after Jackson announced his “This Is It” tour, which was planned as 10 shows at London’s O2 Arena, according to Kirley. Sadly, that tour never came to fruition, as Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

At the inception of the band, there were around six members. As the group began to perform more complex songs, however, more musicians came aboard over the years, evolving into the band’s current 14-member lineup, which includes four vocalists, a rhythm section, keyboards, two guitarists and a horn section.

The band plays songs spanning Jackson’s entire career, from his early days performing with his brothers in the Jackson 5, to his chart-busting years as a solo artist with producer Quincy Jones, where he broke records with albums like “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” and “Bad.”

Jackson’s music is particularly inspiring, according to Kirley, because it spoke to the hearts of people worldwide. Jackson was also untouchable as a performer — one whose legacy continues to have a profound impact upon musicians globally. “His authenticity in his performance was something that was undeniable,” Kirley said. “It went across nations. He was an international success. It’s something that resonates with people even if they are not English language speakers.”

Although the band does not impersonate Jackson, Kirley said it’s not uncommon for fans turn up in full King of Pop regalia, or to see the occasional audience member doing the “Moonwalk” in the aisle. “People really get into it,” Kirley said. “They’ll come in crazy costumes, some people will do some choreography out in the audience. It’s really fun, and a celebration.”


  • What: Foreverland, September 19

    Where: Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St.

    When: Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Friday

    Admission: $24

    Tickets: Visit the theater box office or tickets.mercedtheatre.org.

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Michael Jackson Hologram Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses False Advertising Claim Against Alki David

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter – By Eriq Garner | All Things Michael


The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a false advertising claim that pertained to what the FIlmOn founder said during a CNN interview.

David has bought Hologram USA and staked himself to the future of the technology, and around the time that the Billboard Music Awards featured a re-creation of Michael Jackson, he went on both a legal and publicity campaign. In court, David attacked those who had created the spectacle for allegedly infringing his patents rights. And through the media, he hyped the various applications for the projection technology. A day after the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, David gave an interview with CNN that aired with the caption, “Michael Jackson Hologram: How’d They Do It?”

Pulse Entertainment then brought a $10 million lawsuit against him. According to the complaint, David “falsely claimed credit for creating and developing the visual effects spectacle in a nationally-televised interview on CNN.”

U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson notes that the allegation of misrepresentation is grounded in fraud and means that Pulse has the burden of specifying the statements it claims were false.

During the interview, David made various colorful statements including:

  • “What you saw at the Billboard, you saw a digital head connected to an actor. We capture the body and the head in real time. And we have the sync marks and we can attach the two together”
  • “What you saw at the Billboard was ‘Super Michael.’ You saw Michael beyond the controversy, beyond the problems that he faced in his real life.”
  • “There is no end to how you can apply this. All we really need to do is apply our imagination”

But David didn’t directly say, “I created the Michael Jackson hologram.”

The closest that happened is when his CNN interviewer asserted the “MJ likeness used at the Billboard Music Awards was created by Hologram USA.”

Judge Wilson sees a difference.

“Most of the obviously false and deceptive statements were made by CNN (or its interviewer) rather than by Defendants,” writes the judge. “Even though Defendants participated in the interview, Pulse fails to plead sufficient facts to show that Defendants either knew of the false caption and interviewer’s statement before the broadcast aired or otherwise participated in their creation. The only specific statements attributed to Defendant were not materially deceptive. These statements related only to the methods used to create the Michael Jackson Animation, descriptions of the Animation, and statements relating to the potential uses for the technology used to create the Animation.”

CNN removed the interview from its website, but David republished the segment on websites and through his Twitter account. The judge says Pulse’s false advertising claim fails as to the original broadcast, but raises the prospect of some liability through the reposting.

“To the extent that Pulse’s false advertising claim relies on Defendants’ republication of the interview segment, it comes closer to meeting the mark,” writes the judge. “By reposting the segment with the interviewer’s statement and caption, Defendants arguably adopted these false statements.”

But Pulse hasn’t offered up enough details about exactly when and how the CNN interview got reposted, so for now, the false advertising claim fails there too. The lawsuit is dismissed with leave to amend, however, meaning that Pulse can try again.

Also in the ruling, Judge Wilson rejects a reverse passing off claim and doesn’t think that Pulse’s claims belonged as counterclaims in the ongoing patent infringement lawsuit.

Court Documents

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Michael Jackson And Freddie Mercury Duet Released

Sources: Herald Online | Edits By – All Things Michael


— /PRNewswire/ — Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury spearhead an exciting new Queen album, Queen Forever, due November 11th 2014 on Hollywood Records.

The tracks include a long anticipated song from Queen and Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track “Let Me In Your Heart Again” originating from the band’s The Works album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury’s first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, “Love Kills.”

The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as “things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits” in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen’s timeless love songs.


Queen Forever is available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set, and celebrates the extraordinary musical path of one of the world’s greatest rock bands.

Anticipation for these new Mercury tracks has been high since May and Taylor first hinted earlier this year that new songs featuring Mercury were being explored.

Speaking at the press conference to launch their North American concert tour with singer Adam Lambert earlier in the year, May said, “There was a little bit more in the can that we had overlooked for a long time, so we have a few songs which we’re working on right now. Freddie sounds as fresh as yesterday.”

On the subject, Taylor said, “We’ve got some great new tracks that haven’t been heard and there’s an interesting selection of older stuff.”

The Queen and Michael Jackson duet, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” began as a song written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space. The band recorded a backing track, but the song was never completed. Mercury visited Michael Jackson at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984’s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, Freddie’s own version of the song surfaced on his debut solo album, 1985’s Mr. Bad Guy. This new production of the powerful ballad fuses Queen’s original backing track and Mercury and Jackson’s distinctive vocals, and has been produced and remixed by celebrated Madonna/Robbie Williams producer William Orbit.

Talking of his involvement, Orbit says, “I had known Roger for many years, now he was on the phone asking if I would get involved in this musical adventure.

“When I first played it in my studio I opened a trove of delights provided by the greatest of musicians. Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.

Original Track

New Track

“The musicianship of all four members of Queen is phenomenal. Roger, an extraordinarily multi-talented man I’ve always admired; John Deacon’s original bass part with its lyrical fluidity that made it easy for me to know where to put the odd reinforcement. Freddie’s original piano carried most of the song’s musical DNA. Brian, one take for the solo, a blur of fingers, and the spirits of MJ and FM fully present, in the moment, sending shivers down the spine.”

Perhaps the biggest revelation on Queen Forever is Brian May’s composition, “Let Me In Your Heart Again.” The song was first recorded by Queen for The Works album, but not completed at the time and has remained overlooked since then. An authentic, live-in-the-studio track from the same golden age as “Radio Ga Ga” and “I Want To Break Free,” this never-before-heard Queen track shows off Freddie’s timeless vocals and features newly recorded guitar parts and new backing vocals from Brian and Roger. This thrilling track finally reaches us nearly 30 years after Freddie first laid down his original vocal.

The third new track, “Love Kills,” was composed by Freddie Mercury and famed German producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder’s newly restored and tinted version of Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic silent movie Metropolis in 1984 to which he added a pop soundtrack featuring various music artists. Mercury recorded a high-energy dance version of the song that became his debut solo hit in 1985. However, it is less well known that all four members of Queen played on the original track. Prior to Queen embarking on their recent tour with lead singer Adam Lambert, Brian May proposed performing an acoustic ballad version of “Love Kills,” which became one of the most memorable moments of the current Queen & Adam Lambert shows. This new Queen-Freddie studio version is shaped in the same ballad style and revives the Queen original with some newly recorded guitars and drums by May and Taylor, becoming a glorious showcase for one of Freddie’s most adrenaline-charged vocal performances.

Alongside this new material, both the one and two-CD versions of Queen Forever feature songs that spotlight the band’s songwriting prowess, studio experimentation and remarkable development. It’s a timely reminder that, almost uniquely in the world of rock and pop, all four members of Queen were accomplished songwriters and superlatively gifted musicians.

Queen Forever reaches back as far as 1974 with fan favorite “Nevermore,” a Freddie Mercury song originally included on Queen II, the album that first saw Queen use the recording studio as an instrument in its own right. From the same year comes the dramatic power ballad “In The Lap Of The Gods… Revisited,” once the grand finale of any Queen show, and since revived by Queen & lead singer Adam Lambert on their 2014 tour. Meanwhile, the upbeat single, “You’re My Best Friend,” written by bass guitarist John Deacon, showcased Queen’s poppier side and was released as the follow-up to 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” becoming a Top 10 UK and Top 20 US hit in the same year and giving John Deacon his first Queen hit single.

Elsewhere, 1977’s “Long Away” remains the only Queen single to feature Brian May on lead vocals; and the same year’s B-side “Drowse” includes a rare Queen performance from Roger Taylor on guitar. Queen saw out the decade with a run of hits that included the gospel-flavored “Somebody To Love,” memorably performed by Queen and George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, and finished on a high with 1979’s US #1 hit, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” an exuberant rockabilly pop song composed by Freddie Mercury in the bath in Munich.

By touching on prog rock, gospel, acoustic balladry, Elvis-style rock’n’roll and more, these songs alone encapsulate Queen’s diversity in the 1970s. However, the band threw out the rulebook completely in the decades that followed, embracing funk, hard rock, soul and pure pop,  yet always sounding unmistakably Queen. The band used synthesizers for the first time on 1980’s “Play The Game” single; Freddie sang some of his vocals in Spanish on the 1982 hit “Las Palabras De Amor,” and 1986’s “One Year Of Love” featuring unusually a saxophone. The album is completed by latter-day Queen hits, including 1991’s #1 hit “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and 1995’s “Too Much Love Will Kill You,” together with the poignant “A Winter’s Tale,” recorded during Freddie Mercury’s final Queen recording sessions in Montreux in 1991.

Queen Forever is both a showcase for these exclusive new recordings, but also an enduring tribute to the extraordinary musical achievements of John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late, great Freddie Mercury whose singular talent we can again marvel at with the arrival of these previously unheard tracks.

Queen Forever. Forever? Who can tell? But for now we can be certain that this highly rewarding collection of Queen new, rare, and at their most accomplished, more than serves to uphold the band’s indisputable place in music history and is certain to earn a prized place in music collections for a long time to come.

Queen certainly rates in the top among the world’s favorite bands. The UK’s Official Charts Company earlier this year confirmed Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album as Britain’s best-selling album of all time all after surpassing the 6 million in sales.

Queen Forever – Track Listings Single CD:

  1. Let Me In Your Heart Again
  2. Love Kills – The Ballad
  3. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
  4. It’s A Hard Life
  5. You’re My Best Friend
  6. Love Of My Life
  7. Drowse
  8. Long Away
  9. Lily Of The Valley
  10. Don’t Try So Hard
  11. Bijou
  12. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
  13. Las Palabras De Amor
  14. Who Wants To Live Forever
  15. A Winter’s Tale
  16. Play The Game
  17. Save Me
  18. Somebody To Love
  19. Too Much Love Will Kill You
  20. Crazy Little Thing Called Love



  1. Let Me In Your Heart Again
  2. Love Kills – The Ballad
  3. There Must Be More To Life Than This (William Orbit Mix)
  4. Play The Game
  5. Dear Friends
  6. You’re My Best Friend
  7. Love Of My Life
  8. Drowse
  9. You Take My Breath Away
  10. Spread Your Wings
  11. Long Away
  12. Lily Of The Valley
  13. Don’t Try So Hard
  14. Bijou
  15. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
  16. Nevermore
  17. Las Palabras De Amor
  18. Who Wants To Live Forever


  1. I Was Born To Love You
  2. Somebody To Love
  3. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  4. Friends Will Be Friends
  5. Jealousy
  6. One Year of Love
  7. A Winters Tale
  8. ’39
  9. Mother Love
  10. It’s A Hard Life
  11. Save Me
  12. Made in Heaven
  13. Too Much Love Will Kill You
  14. Sail Away Sweet Sister
  15. The Miracle
  16. Is This The World We Created
  17. In The Lap Of The Gods…Revisited
  18. Forever


For further information please contact: Sharrin Summers Hollywood Records Sharrin.summers@disney.com

Listen to Chris Evans BBC radio show here. (starts at 1:38)

Thriller Live Extends West End Show Until September 2015

Sources: West End Frame | All Things Michael


The West End production of Thriller Live has extended its West End booing period at the Lyric Theatre to Sunday 6th September 2015.

A press statement from producers Paul Walden and Derek Nicol reads: “We are thrilled that Thriller Live continues to be one of the longest running shows in the West End and its celebration of the music and iconic choreography of one of the world’s greatest ever artists is continuing to attract new generations of theatregoers from around the world.

“We are looking forward to theming the theatre’s bars for a ghoulish week celebrating all things Halloween and the show’s iconic title track, Thriller, and we are delighted that lead singer Cleo Higgins has been nominated Best West End Debut in the West End Frame Awards.

Thriller Live continues to set and break records and new territories around the globe, where it has now performed to standing ovations in 28 countries from South Korea to Norway, Poland and South America to China.The latest world tour will take in Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

Thriller Live will first tour the UK, playing Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (20 – 25 October), Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (27 October – 1 November), Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (3 – 8 November), Grand Theatre, Wolvehampton (11 – 15 November). The cast then move to Australia where it will premiere in Perth then play Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, then two weeks in New Zealand. More dates will be added.

Thriller Live is the longest-running production in the Lyric Theatre’s 125-year history. It first moonwalked into the West End in January 2009 after three acclaimed UK tours. When Michael Jackson died, the Lyric became a focus for fans from all over the world, who created a massive shrine of flowers, candles, and tributes. More than 40 books of condolence were signed in the foyer then sent to the Jackson family. A year after his death, a permanent West End memorial to Michael was unveiled in the theatre foyer.

Thriller Live brings to life on stage the distinctive high-energy dancing and pulsating sound of many of pop’s greatest hits, blending eye- popping video footage and effects together with dazzling choreography by the show’s award-winning director Gary Lloyd.

Thriller Live was originally conceived and created by Adrian Grant, a long time associate of Michael Jackson, and author of Michael Jackson – The Visual Documentary. It is produced by Paul Walden and Derek Nicol for Flying Music in association with Adrian Grant for Key Concerts.

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Carnegie Science Center Announces New Line Up of Laser Shows

Source: The Examiner – Mark Horning | All Things


Programming includes ‘spooky shows’ just in time for Halloween

One of the highlights of a visit to the Carnegie Science Center is a stop at the Buhl Planetarium for a spectacular sight and sound experience. The fan favorite “Beatles Anthology” will continue through Oct. 9, 2014 with old friends Prudence, Lucy and Sgt. Pepper all making an appearance. New this fall will be “Laser Gorillaz” featuring some of their best known hits including “Feel Good, Inc.” and “Clint Eastwood”.

“Laser Halloween” has become a family tradition at the Center what with its spooky lasers, eerie darkness, ghoulish tunes and frightful guests. This year features the Addams Family, Ghostbuster and Beetlejuice for the children with “HalloScream” for the metal loving adults.

Over the various previous seasons the laser shows at the Science Center offer a wide sampling of various musical genre including Lasermau5, Laser Michael Jackson and Midnight Floyd.

This year’s show schedule is as follows

Sept. 8 – Oct. 9

Matinee (Monday – Sunda
Beatles Anthology

Friday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Saturday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Oct. 10 – Nov. 2

Matinee (Monday – Sunday)
Laser Family Halloween

Friday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
Midnight Pink Floyd

Saturday evenings
Laser Michael Jackson
The Vision Bell: The Best of Laser Floyd
Laser Gorillaz
Midnight Pink Floyd

Cost for laser show admission is $2 for members and $8 for non-members. A second laser show or Omnimax ticket can be purchased for an additional $5.

Showtimes and descriptions are available at CarnegieScienceCenter.org.