Muse is voted Wembley's Greatest Event

Posted By: Randy Renaud · 8/10/2012 8:10:00 AM

Press Release, June 2012:

Selling over 10m albums worldwide and critically acclaimed as one of the best live music acts ever, Muse’s 2007 H.A.A.R.P. tour has been crowned Wembley’s Greatest Event (1923 – 2010) as part of an online vote, which saw over 55,000 fans re-live their favourite moments from the stadium's 88 year history at wembleystadium.com.




Muse at Wembley Stadium, 2007

Muse secured victory over Live Aid, England’s historic 1966 World Cup victory, Foo Fighters, the 1994 Rugby Challenge Cup Final, Queen’s 1986 Magic tour and the Michael Jackson Bad Tour. Now Muse’s Greatest Event victory will be marked with a permanent installation at Wembley Stadium which sport and music fans can enjoy for many years to come.

Melvin Benn, Chairman of Wembley Stadium, said: “Whilst all Wembley’s events have been special, Muse are very deserving winners for their 2007 Wembley concerts which were nothing short of spectacular. For ...

Queen at Wembley for Live Aid

Posted By: Randy Renaud · 8/9/2012 8:10:00 AM

On July 13, 1985, the musical elite of Britain and 72,000 fans gathered at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid -- a charity event to raise funds to combat the Ethiopian famine.

Sting, U2, David Bowie, The Who, Dire Straits, and many others performed that day. But it is widely agreed that one band reigned supreme: Queen!


Queen at Live Aid

The performance at Live Aid at Wembley Stadium in 1985 is often regarded as, arguably, Queen's greatest single live performance. Their set lasted 21 minutes and comprised "Bohemian Rhapsody" (ballad section and guitar solo), "Radio Ga Ga", crowd singalong, "Hammer to Fall", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Will Rock You" (1st verse), and "We Are the Champions". Mercury and May returned later on to perform a version of "Is This the World We Created?" As the band would later admit, the audience reaction to Queen's condensed segment was quite ...

The Stones perform a free concert before a quarter of a million people

Posted By: Randy Renaud · 8/8/2012 8:10:00 AM

On July 5, 1969, The Rolling Stones headlined a free concert, along with 4 other bands, in London's Hyde Park. An estimated 250,000 fans attended, making it at the time the largest outdoor festival in history. 




Hyde Park, July 5th, 1969

The gig was an important one for the Stones. They had not performed to the general public since early 1967, and they had recently returned to their blues-rock roots on the album Beggar's Banquet, after a foray into psychedelic territory. 

However, the growing estrangement of founding member Brian Jones, along with his increasing drug and alcohol dependency, led to the decision to part ways with him. 

In his place, the band recruited former John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers guitarist Mick Taylor. And the Hyde Park show was going to be his welcome-to-the-band celebration. 

However, two days before the festival, Brian Jones was found drowned in his swimming pool, and ...

The Beatles take the photo for the cover of their final album

Posted By: Randy Renaud · 8/7/2012 8:10:00 AM

Abbey Road Studios entrance

On the morning of Friday, the 8th of August, 1969, all four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios, a.k.a. Abbey Road Studios, for the photo shoot for their next album cover.  

While a policeman held up the traffic, photographer Iain Macmillan stood on a stepladder positioned in the middle of the road. He took six shots as the group walked across the zebra crossing just outside the studio.

It was a hot day in London, and for four of the photographs, Paul McCartney walked barefoot; for the other two he wore sandals.

One of the photos was chosen for the cover of their final recording together, Abbey Road, and it has become one of the most iconic and imitated album covers in history. 


Preparing for the photo

To the left of the picture, parked next to the zebra crossing, is a white Volkswagen Beetle motor-car which ...

The final concert ever by The Beatles

Posted By: Randy Renaud · 8/6/2012 8:10:00 AM

3 Saville Row

Saville Row remains the location of London's elite tailors and the financial barons of London. And so it has been for generations, including on January 30, 1969 when The Beatles upset the quiet reserve of umbrella-carrying English gentlemen by suddenly appearing on the roof of 3 Saville Row for an impromptu lunch-time concert. Today it is the head offices of the Building Societies Association. But 43 years ago, it housed the offices of The Beatles company, the Apple Corporation. 

The Beatles were in the midst of filming a documentary capturing them in the act of making a new album. The finale of the film was supposed to be a concert, their first in three years. 

After some initial talk about playing in the Tunisian desert, the idea then shifted to Hamburg where they'd be booked into a club under the name Ricky and the Red Streaks. The ...

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