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 - Too Much Love Will Kill You - UK - CD single - £8.00, $10.88, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 15-Apr-2021 17:30)on April 16, 2021 at 8:31 am
QUEEN Too Much Love Will Kill You (1996 UK 4-track picture printed CD single including digitally remastered versions of Spread Your Wings, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, complete with picture sleeve matching the disc artworkCDQUEEN23)
- Brian May - Back To The Light - Textured Sleeve - UK - vinyl LP - £75.00, $102.00, €84.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 16:22)on April 16, 2021 at 8:31 am
BRIAN MAY Back To The Light (1992 UK limited edition 12-track vinyl LP, featuring Brian's first full length album, including Driven By You & Resurrection with a guest appearance from the drum legend Cozy Powell, housed in a textured picture sleeve complete with lyric inner. The sleeve shows just a little wear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light cosmetic marks from manufacture however appears barely played PCSD123)
- Queen - Headlong - German - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 15:16)on April 16, 2021 at 8:31 am
QUEEN Headlong (1992 German 3-track 12" vinyl single, also includes the previously unreleased track Mad The Swine and All God's People. The glossy picture sleeve displays just a little general wear mostly to the edges whilst the vinyl shows little signs of play)
- Queen - Greatest Hits II - 2nd - Sealed - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £125.00, $170.00, €140.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 15:43)on April 16, 2021 at 8:31 am
QUEEN Greatest Hits II (1991 UK limited edition 17-track vinyl 2-LP set, complete with full colour printed discography inners, nin embossed gatefold picture sleeve. This example has a vintage highstreet price sticker on the front, and remains sealed from new, in an unplayed condition! PMTV2)
- Queen - Greatest Hits III - Numbered + PVC outer - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £250.00, $340.00, €280.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Apr-2021 15:56)on April 16, 2021 at 8:31 am
QUEEN Greatest Hits III (Rare 1999 UK first issue limited edition 17-track vinyl 2-LP compilation, including Under Pressure [Rah Mix] with David Bowie & Somebody To Love with George Michael, within an individually numbered picture sleeve with illustrated inners & custom printed silver embossed PVC outer with an intact hype-sticker attached. The sleeve displays just light wear but has no rips or splits, the PVC outer has minimal wear with no splits, the inners have no splits whilst thevinyl looks to have never seen a turntable, a outstanding example)