Brian May: ‘Most precious intimate capture of Freddie Mercury heading to IMAX’ | Films | Entertainment

November 29, 2023
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Queen’s epic 1981 Montreal concert film has been digitally re-mastered for IMAX for the first time ever.

Queen Rock Montreal is heading to IMAX cinemas around the world from January 18-21, 2024 and just from the trailer it’s clear how crystal-clear the restored footage looks.

Sir Brian May said: “I don’t think we quite realised it at the time, but this film has preserved one of the highest peaks in Queen’s touring life, on stage in the old glory days.

“The director was very much focussed on Freddie, and this now stands as probably the most precious intimate capture ever of Mr Mercury at his full awesome power.”

Queen drummer Roger Taylor simply added: “Enjoy. We were young!”

A statement on the news read: “Queen Rock Montreal captures a pivotal moment in the band’s history. When Queen returned for the fourth time to Montreal’s 18,000-seat Forum in November 1981, where this concert was recorded, it was after a 15-month absence during which they became the biggest band in the world. Fuelled by the release of The Game album, their smash single Under Pressure, and extensive touring, Queen now dominated the charts in every major territory across the globe.

“The two shows that took place in Montreal – November 24 and 25, 1981 – were arranged specifically to set Queen up for another first: shooting a full-length concert film to properly document their live show, highlighting the state-of-the art sound recording. Having spent almost two years on the road, the group was ready for such a challenge and hit Montreal in top form for what would end up being two consecutive sold out, legendary nights.”

It added: “Queen Rock Montreal not only delivers Queen in their rawest form but captures the unparalleled musicianship and vocal talents of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon performing together. Showcasing the group in their pre-Hot Space album era, before keyboards would find a place in the band’s touring lineup, this classic concert film shows these talented musicians in total cohesion while finding space to demonstrate their individual strengths. Directed by Saul Swimmer, Queen Rock Montreal marks the first concert captured on film of this legendary and groundbreaking band.”

Queen Rock Montreal is playing in IMAX cinemas around the world from January 18-21, 2024 and tickets can be booked here.



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