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 - A Night At The Opera - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £95.00, $131.10, €111.15 (New Item) (arrived 26-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 28, 2021 at 4:45 am
QUEEN A Night At The Opera (1975 UK first press 12-track vinyl LP, with picture labels & 'BLAIRS' scratched into the run-off area, their fourth studio album including the classic hit Bohemian Rhapsody. The original embossed gatefold picture sleeve comes with the picture inner with diagonal cut corners and shows just a little light age / storage wear and minor foxing on the inner gatefold, while the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of play. A nice example EMTC103)
- Queen - Live Killers - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $48.30, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 18-Jul-2021 10:17)on July 28, 2021 at 4:45 am
QUEEN Live Killers (1979 UK 22-track double LP, featuring a brilliant collection of tracks recorded live during the European leg of Queen's 'Jazz' world tour between January & March 1979. The gatefold picture sleeve has some light wear from storage & comes complete with the green & red narrative inners, whilst the vinyl is clean & grades EX/EX- with only a few faint hairlines not affecting play EMSP330)
- Brian May - Back To The Light - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $62.10, €52.65 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:34)on July 28, 2021 at 4:45 am
BRIAN MAY Back To The Light (1992 UK 12-track vinyl LP including Resurrection with Cozy Powell, includes lyric inner & smooth glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve displays some light general wear and the vinyl has a few light cosmetic surface marks, overall an Excellent example PCSD123)
- Queen - Killer Queen - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $20.70, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 12:59)on July 28, 2021 at 4:45 am
QUEEN Killer Queen (Classic 1974 UK 7" vinyl single with intact four prong centre, also including Flick Of The Wrist, EMI company die-cut paper sleeve. The vinyl is Excellent with just the odd paper scuff to show play EMI2229)
- Queen - Spread Your Wings - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $11.04, €9.36 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jul-2021 13:10)on July 28, 2021 at 4:45 am
QUEEN Spread Your Wings (1977 UK 7" single with 'crest' labels and intact four prong centre, also including Sheer Heart Attack, plain die-cut paper sleeve. Aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition EMI2757)