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 - The Works - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.95, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 01-Dec-2021 14:37)on December 3, 2021 at 12:48 am
QUEEN The Works (1984 UK 9-trackvinyl LP including Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free. The picture sleeve has some age foxing, shelfwear and a small area of residual sticker wear to the front but comes with the lyric inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition WORK1)
- Queen - Backchat + P/S - UK - 7" vinyl - £12.00, $15.96, €14.04 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2021 14:31)on December 3, 2021 at 12:48 am
QUEEN Backchat (1982 UK 7" vinyl single with an intact four prong centre, also including Staying Power, paper picture sleeve. The sleeve displays only light signs of wear whilst the vinyl remains Excellent with only light cosmetic surface marks EMI5325)
- Queen - Queen II - Dutch - vinyl LP - £35.00, $46.55, €40.95 (New Item) (arrived 16-Nov-2021 16:12)on December 3, 2021 at 12:48 am
QUEEN Queen II (Rare 1974 Dutch 11-track vinyl LP housed in a glossy gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows minimal shelfwear whilst the vinyl appears barely played 1A062-95186)
- Queen - At The Beeb - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £55.00, $73.15, €64.35 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2021 10:23)on December 3, 2021 at 12:48 am
QUEEN At The Beeb (Original 1989 UK Band Of Joy label issue 8-track LP, featuring recordings for BBC radio made in February [prior to the band signing with EMI] and December 1973, housed in a picture sleeve featuring an early photograph of theband with notes on the sessions printed on the reverse. This was later issued by Hollywood Records in the USA on vinyl picture disc LP & CD and sounded slightly different due to remastering. The sleeve has only a little light storage wear andthe vinyl has minimal signs of play, overall an excellent example BOJLP001)
- Queen - Innuendo - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £85.00, $113.05, €99.45 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2021 10:33)on December 3, 2021 at 12:48 am
QUEEN Innuendo (1991 UK 12-track LP, the fourteenth studio album by the British rock band featuring four songs specially edited for the vinyl edition - I'm Going Slightly Mad, Don't Try So Hard, The Hitman & Bijou, spot lacquered picture sleeve with illustrated lyric inner. The sleeve shows light general wear with what appears to be an extra (2mm) chunk of card to the top edge (manufacturing fault?), whlist the vinyl has just a few light cosmetic marks and few other signs of play. A superb example of this classic 90s vinyl pressing PCSD115)