With live music in lockdown and the return of tours still uncertain, Queen has come up with a safe alternative — no masks, no social distancing, just the good old fashioned live experience, with "Queen: Rock Tour", the band's first ever official game for Android and iOS devices. The arrival of the play-along rhythm game comes at a significant landmark for Queen. With 50 years now having passed since the 1971 recruiting of John Deacon, completing Queen's classic lineup, 2021 marks a Queen Golden Jubilee that the band was hoping to celebrate with fans. A massive 29-date European stadium and arena tour planned for this year has been forced to be delayed to 2022. "Queen: Rock Tour" gives players a chance to experience the majesty and might of the Queen (live) experience on their phones supported by extensive attention to detail contributed by the official Queen archives and experts. Hit the stage and perform with the entire band as you unleash your music talents to play thrilling guitar riffs, heart-pounding drum solos and much more. All you need to do is tap the tiles in time with the rhythm!

"Be a lockdown rock star! No turning back !!!" enthused Queen's Brian May on the game launch. The game allows users to fully immerse themselves into the world of Queen. Progress and score points by playing along to 20 of their most popular hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You", "Radio Ga Ga", "I Want to Break Free" and "We Are The Champions", while performing at 10 historic concert venues from around the world. Style your performances with over 40 official and iconic costumes from the band's history and help unlock fun trivia facts and exclusive images from the official Queen archives, by scoring highly in the game. Queen's music has been featured in major mobile music games before, but for the first time ever the band will be releasing their own dedicated mobile experience in "Queen: Rock Tour".

 

Around 130 Italian artists and venues participated in the "L' Ultimo Concerto?" ("The Last Concert?") initiative, which took place yesterday, Saturday, February 27, 2021, to highlight the increasingly uncertain future of music venues. Lacuna Coil was one of the participating bands. Instead of playing live as part of a scheduled free virtual stream, each artist was filmed taking the stage at a different venue and then standing there in silence as a way of commemorating the one-year mark since the first Italian venues closed. 

Organized by KeepOn Live, Arci, Assomusica and Live DMA, the campaign was announced last month when the venues shared images on social media of their year of foundation and the year 2021 with a question mark, suggesting that their closures due to the coronavirus pandemic could be permanent.

Lacuna Coil explained: "You were expecting to see a live show while we just stood in silence," the group said. "It's not a bad joke. This is the situation of live clubs in italy. Places where we got to meet many of you. It is with this bitter taste in our mouths that we're asking for your support. For them a live show with no music is not a live show. A silent live club is not a live club. Thanks for being part of this, for your support, and for being there in this very moment which hopefully will be a turning point. From now on, we just want to talk about the next live show".

 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected artists and the music industry in a negative way, however, it is also a chance for bands to compose and record new songs. One of these bands was Rammstein, who has recorded a new studio album during these coronavirus times. The news have been revealed from the band's keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz.

Speaking to Motor.de, he said: "The fact that we couldn't perform live increased our creativity. We had more time to think of new things and less distraction. As a result, we recorded an album that we hadn't planned on".

Last October, Rammstein revealed that it had returned to La Fabrique studios in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the south of France. At the time, the band wrote in a social media post: "Sadly no tour this year - but it's great to be back in the studio!".

 

 

 

Robert "Bob" James died in Las Vegas at the age of 68 from stomach ulcer complications.

The American singer was best known for his work with Montrose in the 70s. He released two great albums with Montrose, "Warner Bros. Presents...Montrose" (1975) and "Jump On It" (1976), replacing Sammy Hagar. 

In 1978 James fronted MAGNET, which featured ex-Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, and released the album "Worldwide Attraction" on A&M Records.

 

 

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