Queen guitarist Brian May has joined force with We Will Rock You alumni and musical theatre regulars Mazz Murray, Kerry Ellis, Gina Murray and Anna-Jane Casey to record I’m A Woman, a song released to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I’m A Woman was originally recorded by Peggy Lee in 1962, and was a hit the following year. The inspiration for the new version was to create something in memory of actress Rebekah Gibbs – best known as paramedic Nina Farr in TV soap Casualty – who was diagnosed with Grade 3 breast cancer in 2009. She died in 2014.
“We are thinking particularly of our dear friend and fellow performer Rebekah, who we lost,” says Murray, “but not before she brought about a change in the rules of diagnosis and specialist referrals through which she has saved so many lives.”
“This recording was conceived as a response to a calling to promote this great cause for women’s health,” says May. “But it evolved into a magnificently raunchy and defiant rock track in its own right. These four ladies all rock out sensationally, and it was pure joy to underpin their performances with my guitar.
“I actually stole that down-and-dirty riff from [Bo Diddley’s] I’m a Man so I would claim this arrangement kicks more ass than all previous! Woman Rocks!“
The guitar May uses in the song’s video (below) is his similar to his familiar Red Special, but the paint job is different, after May worked with BMG to create the ‘World’s Pinkest Pink Guitar.’
“Try Googling ‘pinkest pink’, suggests May. “As far as I know, this is truly the first pinkest pink guitar. It has a strange effect on the video cameras – coming out burning hot.”
“Sometimes things happen for a reason,” says Ellis. “This song has been waiting in the wings for the right moment to make some noise! The time is now! Cancer affects us all in some way and I am beaming with pride to have joined with an incredible team of talented friends to produce a powerful performance and message.
“We are strong, we are women, and we can make a difference!”
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- Queen - Radio Ga Ga - Japanese - 12" vinyl - £35.00, $38.85, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 01-Oct-2022 11:10)on October 3, 2022 at 2:14 am
QUEEN Radio Ga Ga (1984 Japanese 3-track 12" vinyl single, featuring the Extended & Instrumental versions plus I Go Crazy, picture sleeve with lyric insert & red '12 Inch Super Single' obi-strip. The sleeve displays only light wear or signs of age whilst the vinyl looks barely played EMS-27012)
- Queen - Sheer Heart Attack - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $16.65, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 25-Sep-2022 10:45)on October 3, 2022 at 2:14 am
QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack (70s UK issue of the 1974 13-track LP, housed in a laminated picture sleeve with angle cut lyric inner. The sleeve is Excellent with minimal edge wear & the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with little play EMC3061)
- Queen - Tie Your Mother Down - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $11.10, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 15-Sep-2022 15:41)on October 3, 2022 at 2:14 am
QUEEN Tie Your Mother Down (1976 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre with the crest logo picture labels, also including You And I, plain die-cut paper sleeve EMI2593)
- Queen - One Vision - Sealed - French - CD single - £35.00, $38.85, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 19-Sep-2022 16:21)on October 3, 2022 at 2:14 am
QUEEN One Vision (Rare 2005 French-only 2-track CD single, issued in conjunction with the advert for the Renault Megane - also includes 'We Will Rock You', housed in a card wallet picture sleeve featuring the famous negative image of the band used for the original '85 single release - this copy remains sealed from new, mint & unplayed!)
- Queen - Flash Gordon - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $22.20, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 20-Sep-2022 09:19)on October 3, 2022 at 2:14 am
QUEEN Flash Gordon (1980 UK 18-track vinyl LP featuring their soundtrack for the 'space opera' film. The striking yellow picture sleeve has a very small seam split to the top edge but comes with the die-cut credits inner and the vinyl looks barely played)