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, $18.75, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 30-Nov-2020 16:52)on November 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
QUEEN The Works (1984 UK 9-track LP including Radio Ga Ga and I Want To Break Free, picture sleeve lyric inner. The sleeve has a slight nick in the top edge and shows some light edgewear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played WORK1)
- Queen - I'm Going Slightly Mad - Gatefold - UK - 12" vinyl - £25.00, $31.25, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 30-Nov-2020 08:44)on November 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
QUEEN I'm Going Slightly Mad (1991 UK limited edition 3-track 12" single, also including The Hitman and Lost Opportunity, gatefold picture sleeve 12QUEENG17)
- Queen - Greatest Hits II - 1st - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £50.00, $62.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Nov-2020 15:32)on November 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
QUEEN Greatest Hits II (1991 UK limited edition 17-track double LP compilation, housed in the first edition gold embossed gatefold sleeve with discography inners. The sleeve is Excellent with some minor scuffs from storage & both vinyl records are in Excellent condition, revealing merely the odd faint paper hairline not affecting play PMTV2)
- Queen - Innuendo - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £85.00, $106.25, €95.20 (New Item) (arrived 20-Nov-2020 15:41)on November 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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 foxing & general wear but is free from tears or creasing, whlist the vinyl has just a few couple of light hairlines leaving it Excellent. A superb example of this classic 90s vinyl pressing PCSD115)
- Queen - Jazz - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 23-Nov-2020 15:46)on November 30, 2020 at 5:09 pm
QUEEN Jazz (1978 UK 13-track LP, produced by Roy Thomas Baker with the band, complete with laminated picture inner, embossed gatefold sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play EMA788)