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Queen Star Brian May Has Made Me Sad – Here is why!

I have been a fan of Queen since the 1970’s but last night I discovered that Brian May’s website had stolen one of my articles and as a result had a serious impact on my earnings.  As a result I wrote a polite e-mail.  Sadly no-one from Brian’s website even saw fit to reply to me.

As a result I have reproduced the message I sent to his website.  I don’t think I was anything other than polite and a simple apology would have been nice.

I now find myself both out of pocket and sad as a result of the whole issue.

Dear sir,

I am writing to make you aware of an issue I have discovered this evening.
I was browsing my Facebook feed this evening and came across a promoted post from Brian May of Queen Fame.
My eye was drawn because I recognised the image.  I clicked the link and was directed here.
What do I find?  An article written by me for Inquisitr was posted on Brian’s site its entirety including the (copyrighted) Getty Images.  The Facebook post had over 17K likes and 550 shares in less that 24 hours.
Firstly let me say I have been a Queen fan since the 1970’s and am delighted that you liked my writing enough to reproduce it.
I thought you might be interested to know the effect that reproducing the article in its entirety in this way has had on me.
My writing for Inquisitr is my sole source of paid employment since I was forced to medically retire as a result of severe depression.  Unlike most writing of this type I do not get paid for each article nor do I receive a salary from Inquisitr.  Like many sites of it’s type Inquisitr’s income is generated by advertising and its writers receive a share of the revenue generated.  In effect what this means for me and writers like me is that my earnings depend entirely on the number of people who read my articles on the Inquisitr site.
Given the number of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ that my article received on Facebook it is safe to say that the article would have generated considerable income for me this week had all those people clicked through to the Inquisitr article.  Of course I don’t know how many people read the article on your site but clearly readers have been driven to read the article on your website.  Sadly as a direct result of your reproducing my article I have lost a considerable slice of my income for this week.
I know that you are keenly aware of copyright issues because there is a large copyright notice on your site.  Brian May is someone who has consistently stood up for political fair play in recent years and yet you seem to feel that the copyright issue only works one way.
I am not here to threaten legal action or to curse and swear or make a scene.  I merely wish to make you aware of the impact your actions have had on me as an individual, one of the small guys.  I try hard to provide for my family and school age son but my illness prevents me from taking full time employment.  I can ill afford to be deprived of income in this way.
Had you published the first couple of paragraphs of my article with a link through to the Inquisitr site your actions would have had a very positive impact on my earnings rather than a negative one.
I wish you every success and happiness.
Best Wishes
Alan Ewart
I am greatly saddened by the whole thing 😦
If you would like to bring a smile back to my face please feel free to click on this link and read my original article.  Please share it with you friends too if you wish 🙂
Love and Peace.
[Image Facebook via The Guardian]

Queen Cancel Brussels Show Due To Adam Lambert’s Illness: Milan In Doubt

Queen and Adam Lambert are without doubt this years big ticket but sadly for fans in Brussels last night’s concert had to be cancelled due to Lambert’s illness. Lambert is suffering from a a serious bronchial infection and has been ordered to rest by a doctor he saw after the bands show in Frankfurt on Saturday February 7.

Lambert has been earning rave reviews from audiences and critics alike as he fronts veteran rock band Queen on their world tour. The 33-year-old American Idol runner up has been a revelation as brought flamboyance, confidence and above all a stunning voice to Queens performances across the UK and Europe.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1827890/queen-cancel-brussels-show-due-to-adam-lambert-illness-milan-in-doubt/#oDYgqH71VcdDBqZj.99

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert Is crowned the King of Queen

Since his spectacular performance with Queen during a New Year’s Eve show, music fans and critics have kept a close eye on Adam Lambert. The bands performance at “Big Ben Live” on New Year Eve was the talk of the town and Lambert’s performance was hailed as the jewel in the crown. Various reports in Inquisitr have highlighted just how well Adam’s performances have been received since Queen’s European tour kicked off in the UK last week.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1774085/adam-lambert-crowned-the-new-king-of-queen/#qsoATDf3e2MO8L0r.99

Adam Lambert and Queen Take Your Breathe Away at The O2

Regular readers of Inquisitr will know that Queen and Adam Lambert finally kicked off the European leg of their tour this week. Shows earlier this week in Newcastle and in Glasgow earned rave reviews from critics and fans who were lucky enough to see the shows. Queen have tried to replace the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury in the past, for example with Paul Rogers, but things just did not feel right. The addition of 2009 American Idol runner up Adam Lambert has a totally different feel. Indeed it is Lambert who is drawing the plaudits.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1765739/queen-and-adam-lambert-take-your-breath-away-at-o2-london/#X90IDJKoDLjfiJ0C.99

Queen with Adam Lambert

Queen And Adam Lambert: Freddie Would Be Proud

On Tuesday of this week Queen took to the stage in Glasgow with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert fronting the band. When Queen front-man Freddie Mercury strutted across the stage at Wembley Stadium during the 1985 ‘Live aid’ performance he had the world at his feet. Sadly just six years later the great and much lamented Freddie left us. Who would have guessed that all these years later Queen would be kicking off their European tour with Lambert filling Freddie’s flamboyant shoes?
Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert: Have Queen Found A New King?

Adam Lambert joined rock legends Queen on stage last night for an incredible concert as London celebrated the arrival of the New Year. Adam joined Roger Taylor and Brian May onstage for the show, which was called Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live. The show and the massive firework display was presented by BBC Radio One DJs Greg James and Gemma Cairney. Today, the Mirror reports that Lambert was pitch perfect as he ran through a selection of Queens greatest hits, including “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” at Central Hall in Westminster, London.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1719999/adam-lambert-have-queen-found-their-new-king/#rMzIbqrX23LUqEs3.99

[Image- Rolling Stone]

75 Essential Albums – Day #49 – Queen

Here goes with day 48 of my countdown of 75 Albums that in my opinion should have a place in everyones music collection.  They are not in any particular order though the top 10 will be my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released.  You might be surprised at some of my picks and some of my omissions.  Feel free to chime in with your comments and let me know if you love (or hate my choices).

Queen – A Night at the Opera

There is nothing I can say about Queen that hasn’t already been said.  Larger than life, over-the-top, bombastic, glittering and camp they absolutely were.  Their live shows were the stuff of legend, full of drama, and theatrics, they along with Thin Lizzy are the bands I most regret never having the chance to see live.  Queen are one of the most successful band in rock history and as with all truly great bands the whole was so much more than the sum of the parts.  Whilst Freddie Mercury may have been the focus all of the members contributed to the writing and arranging of the songs. Queen capitalised on a great group dynamic and forged a career built on variety.

A Night at the Opera was Queens fourth studio album and is thought by many to be the bands best, at the time it was reported to be the most expensive album ever made.  The album was named after a Marx Brothers movie of the same name.  Bohemian Rhapsody is probably the most famous track from the album.  I expect that even the youngest child in an as yet undiscovered tribe of headhunters, living in the most remote area of the Rainforests of Borneo, could sing you the song perfectly.  To some degree it does set the tone  for the album but it is only one of a number of superb tracks.

“Death on Two Legs”, “Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon” and “Seaside Rendezvous” were all great examples of the bands theatrical rock style.  “I’m in Love With My Car”, written by Roger Taylor is an amusing and ironic interlude.  John Deacons “You’re My Best Friend” was a huge hit, it is delicate and touching and is an example of just how democratic the songwriting process was in the band.  Brian Mays guitar solos in “The Prophet’s Song” is magnificent, arguably one of his best ever.  As a piece ‘A Night at The Opera’, is a shining example of the genre, it is big, brassy and extravagant, sit back, turn up the volume and enjoy 🙂

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