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#251 Queen and Adam Lambert @ London O2 Arena (January 17th 2015)

Support: N/A

I’m a Queen fan. A big Queen fan. Have been since I can remember. Seeing May and Taylor on the big stage is a wonderful thing for me. Nothing else really matters...I went to a number of shows on the two Queen and Paul Rodgers tours and enjoyed them immensely; that though always felt like an odd combination; a blues rock singer, singing songs from a band that were as far away from blues as Brian May is from joining a Boxing Day Hunt.

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#204 SAS Band @ London Clapham Grand (November 25th 2011)

Line Up: SAS Band / Brian May / Chris Thompson / Kerry Ellis / Madeline Bell / Patti Russo / Tony Vincent / FABBA Girls

It was time again for another Queen Fan Club event, the occasion was a big one of course…remembering Freddie Mercury's passing twenty years ago. I remember hearing of his death early on the Monday morning on breakfast news as I was on my way to school. Shocked 

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#152 Queen and Paul Rodgers @ Birmingham NIA (October 16th 2008)

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Three years after the first Q+PR tour the lads got together again for another jaunt around the world. This time they were playing gigs on the back of a new studio album, The Cosmos Rocks which included the excellent guitar heavy single C-lebrity.

Ok so this isn't Queen. Queen had Freddie Mercury as a lead singer and John Deacon as the typically quiet

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#108 Queen And Paul Rodgers @ Dublin Point Theatre (May 14th 2005)

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Third night seeing Queen and Paul Rodgers, this time in my home town of Dublin (well ok I'm actually from Hull but Dublin is where I live...).

At this time the Point Theatre really wasn't the best venue. It had seen better days to be honest; however myself and friend Alan got close enough to enjoy the show. If you got 

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#107 Queen And Paul Rodgers @ Manchester MEN Arena (May 4th 2005)

Support: N/A / Encore introduced by Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness

Second night seeing Queen and Paul Rodgers and what a great show. Felt it was even better than the previous show. First attempt from them playing Under Pressure together as well which was great.

The two best things from the show for me were:

- Love, love, love Fat Bottomed Girls. The guitar in that song is vastly underrated

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#106 Queen And Paul Rodgers @ Newcastle Metro Arena (May 3rd 2005)

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This was the first of two consecutive nights seeing Queen and Paul Rodgers. Now before I start I should point out that I am a huge Queen fan and always have been since very young. My eldest brother played their records all the time and I just loved what I heard. That same brother now has no interest in music and hasn't for the last 25 years. Kind of odd but hopefully it wasn't Queen that put him off! I used to be embarrassed to say I was a Queen fan; I still get weird looks from people when I tell them this. I suppose they aren't cool and never have been...maybe why they were so successful. 

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#74 SAS Band @ London Ocean Club (November 24th 2001)

Support: Maybe / The Champions

Over 400 days since my previous gig. I had never had such a gap between concerts before (and haven't since). The reason? Moving country.

It was during early 2001 that I moved over to be with my then girlfriend (Fiona) and it had severely curtailed my gig going. However a few things happened:

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#69 SAS Band @ Queen Convention Prestatyn Pontins Holiday Camp (May 6th 2000)

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First gig of the new millennium was at another Queen Fan Club event. Again the SAS Band who at this stage consisted of three members of The Cross (led by Spike Edney). Indeed at the previous gig in September they were billed as The Almost Cross. Highly entertaining as per usual of course. The fantastic Mark Shaw proving 

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#68 Brian May / Almost Cross @ Reading Rivermead Centre 1999 (September 4th)

 

Support: The Royal Family

Another Queen Fan Club event where myself and Mark once again made our way to. This stands out as being one of the best as it celebrated Freddie Birthday (he would have been 53) while at the same time celebrating 25 years of the Queen Fan Club. It featured Brian May and most of The Cross plus Mark Shaw. Great seeing Brian play

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#63 Brian May @ Sheffield City Hall (November 2nd 1998)

Support: Six Stone Six

Managed to ditch the wife for this concert and went along with fellow Queen fan and good friend Mark (my partner in crime with all things Queen related). Another great Brian May gig with plenty of Queen classics thrown in again. Tonight we had the added bonus of Beatles classic, With A Little Help From My Friends added to the encore.

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#62 Brian May @ Manchester Apollo (October 31st 1998)

Support: Deadline

Dragged my then wife along to see the axe master himself Mr May. She was miserable and moaned all the way through it. I loved it, but we were up in the gods at the Apollo. Thankfully she didn't come along a few days later to the Sheffield gig. At this stage I thought all women should be banned from concerts. I did eventually change my mind. Eventually.

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#61 Cross / SAS Band @ London Cine Bar (December 13th 1997)

With: The Cross (sort of), Mark Shaw, Chris Thompson, Bohemians

As always a great Queen Fan Club party at Christmas. This time the venue was the Cine Bar in London.

The fan club events are always fun and you never know who will turn up. Spike Edney (Google him) is a legend and always has a great time with a band of randomers. On this occasion Mark Shaw (ex of Then Jerico) was joined by

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#43 SAS Band @ London The Orange Club (October 28th / 29th 1995)

Line Up: SAS Band (Spike's All Stars) inc Jimmy Barnes / Mark Shaw / Spike Edney / Tony Hadley etc

Support: Deja Who, DNA Cowboys

Queen fan club weekend starting off with a concert by the SAS Band in a small London club. Great entertainment as always. A Who cover band supported...go figure.

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#31 SAS Band @ Gosport Festival Walpole Park (July 29th 1994)

Line Up: SAS Band (Spike's All Stars) inc Chris Thompson / Cozy Powell / Jamie Moses / Kiki Dee / Neil Murray / Paul Young / Spike Edney / Tony Hadley etc

Second day of a great weekend and a great festival. Billed as Spike's Party Night and Guests this was in fact the very first outing of The SAS Band which was and still is a loose collection of musicians that was known as The

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#30 Roger Taylor @ Gosport Festival Walpole Park (July 28th 1994)

Support: Rhinomen

Myself and fellow Queen mad fan Mark had a trip down to the south coast for the Gosport Festival. Fantastic weekend of music at a sun drenched town. Roger Taylor was on tour in support of his Happiness album and was making his first UK appearance at a semi Queen Fan Club event.

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#28 Brian May @ Birmingham Aston Villa Leisure Centre (December 5th 1993)

Support: Nine Below Zero

Second of a double header this time at the Aston Villa Leisure Centre in Birmingham. Not the nicest venue in the world but another great gig from Brian May. My 20th birthday as well!

Brain was really getting into his stride as a solo artist. I say solo but on this tour he had some seriously good musicians

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#27 Brian May @ Nottingham Royal Centre (December 4th 1993)

Support: Nine Below Zero

First of a double header. Nice theatre...not particularly designed for rock concerts with the theatre seating all in place (no room to mosh!) but a good gig all the same. Each gig that Mr May did on his own seemed to give him more and more confidence.

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#21 Brian May @ Birmingham NEC Arena (June 12th 1993)

Support: Os Paralamas do Sucesso

Mr May began the process of moving on from Queen and Freddie by undertaking his first solo tour in support of his Back to the Light tour. This barn storming show at an old stomping ground set him on his way.

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#16 Cross @ London Marquee Club (December 22nd 1992)

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I think this is possibly my favourite concert ever. I have been to many great gigs but I don't think anything could ever top this one for pure emotion and intensity. A small venue with Roger Taylor and the Cross joined by Brian May...and for an encore Tim Staffell. Coming just a year after Freddie died it really was a moving experience.

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#12 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert @ London Wembley Stadium (April 20th 1992)

Line Up: Queen / Special Guests: Annie Lennox / Bob Geldolf / David Bowie / Def Leppard / Elton John / Extreme / George Michael / Guns n' Roses / Ian Hunter / Lisa Stansfield / Liza Minnelli / Metallica / Mick Ronson / Paul Young / Robert Plant / Seal / Spinal Tap / Tony Iommi / Zucchero

A special day for all Queen fans. We were all highly emotional for the whole concert. Seeing Freddie Mercury on

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