Mercury biopic crowns enduring majesty of Queen

first_imgLondon, Oct 24 (AFP) The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” premiered in London in grand style on Tuesday, reflecting the enduring appeal of Queen and their legendary frontman 27 years on from his death.Fans watched the film in the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena — opposite the stadium where the iconic British rock band gave a famous performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert.Appreciation of the group’s legacy and Mercury’s unique talent has only grown since his death in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.Among the world’s best-selling artists ever, most of the band’s sales have come since the singer’s passing at the age of 45.And Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, now 71 and 69, are still rocking arenas worldwide, resurgent as a live act propelled by the flamboyant US vocalist Adam Lambert.Now hits including “We Will Rock You”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” are set for a further lease of life through the movie.In the pipeline for eight years, the film could deliver another smash hit, with Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek winning rave reviews for his performance as Mercury.Malek has talked about tackling a complex character — a publicly bombastic yet privately shy individual with a highly unusual path to stardom.”Freddie Mercury is synonymous with being otherworldly,” the actor said on the red carpet.”The guy knew exactly what he was doing. That’s why we’re celebrating him.”He was a revolutionary.”Born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946 to a Parsi Indian family living on the East African spice island of Zanzibar and educated at an English-style boarding school in India, he arrived in London when his family fled the 1964 Zanzibar revolution.advertisementThe movie follows Mercury’s rise to fame and complicated love life, from Queen’s formation in 1970 to the band’s star turn at Live Aid.Their 20-minute set at Wembley Stadium was the band’s finest hour, often cited as one of the greatest live performances ever.Mercury’s demise seemed like the end for Queen — a band of four equal partners who each wrote chart-topping hits.Bassist John Deacon retired in 1997 and has vanished from the public eye.Assuming Queen was a chapter closed, May and Taylor tried to move on with solo careers.However, they gradually came to embrace rather than resist the gravitational pull of their band’s legacy.And Mercury’s legend only grows with time, yet to be eclipsed by a more captivating stadium showman.Even during his lifetime, Mercury was stunned that nobody had written a hit to overtake “We Are The Champions”.But 41 years on, his 1977 singalong anthem remains the go-to tune at sporting finales, and 1975’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is still regularly voted the greatest rock song ever written. With Deacon’s blessing to carry on as Queen, May and Taylor joined forces with bluesy former Free singer Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2008 and played sell-out concerts.Afterwards, the pair assumed their revival was done.Then in 2009, on the television show “American Idol”, they met Lambert — someone May describes as a “gift from God”.Early brief performances snowballed into a European tour in 2012 and world tours in the years since.May and Taylor are visibly rejuvenated by Lambert’s natural ability to handle Mercury’s dramatic range and camp touch.Queen fans have embraced the 36-year-old, who does not try to mimic or replace their lost frontman.Lambert acknowledges before audiences that he’s “no Freddie”, and asks their permission to celebrate Mercury with them by singing his lines.Billed as Queen and Adam Lambert, they played 26 arena shows in North America and another 26 in Europe in 2017.But such is the demand that they were back out again this year, touring Oceania and Europe and holding a residency in Las Vegas.Concertgoers include those old enough to have seen Queen’s last tour with Mercury in 1986, but also younger generations thrilled at the chance to experience the band live.Their tours have rocked Wembley Arena twice in the last 10 months. May and Taylor were back at the indoor venue for the movie premiere.”I think we have done Freddie proud,” said May. (AFP) PMSPMSlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri heaps praise on Nuno

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has heaped praises on Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno-Espirito Santo ahead of Fulham’s clash with Wolves.The Fulham manager praised the achievement of the Midlands club under tutelage of Nuno, as Wolves are currently seated in seventh position on the Premier standings.Fulham, who’re currently bottom of the league and struggling for points, face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Boxing Day before hosting Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Ranieri hopes his side can begin their resurgence up the table.The Cottagers have won one of their last 15 league games and a change in fortunes against teams of which they gained promotion with from the Sky Bet Championship at the end of last season would provide a major boost.However, Ranieri said, according to rte: Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“[Manager Nuno] Espirito Santo is doing a very good job – I watched the match against Liverpool and Wolverhampton played fantastically.”“They created two or three great chances in the first half and Liverpool at the end won the match. It will be another tough match for us.”last_img read more

BrickandMortar Retailers Must Innovate to Flourish in a Digital World

first_img 5 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. August 26, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Many industry experts have predicted the death of brick-and-mortar retail for years now. However, brick-and-mortar is nowhere close to dying — rather, it’s getting a complete overhaul, putting the pressure on marketers to think of creative ways for their brands to stand out from the competition’s.Related: Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?Davide Savenije, the senior editor at Industry Dive, has written that, “The biggest drivers of retail’s transformation are the emergence of the internet and mobile technology, the rise in millennial spending power, the impact of globalization and the empowerment of the consumer.” Because of these factors, building a bridge between the digital and physical worlds is one of the biggest challenges brick and mortar retailers face.Engaging with consumers requires making positive and personalized impressions, which means brands need to look for new disruptive and innovative ways to grab the attention of consumers.However, as the world becomes increasingly connected, the desire to disconnect from digital devices and reconnect face-to-face is also increasing. This desire for in-person connection applies not only to people, but to the products and services brands sell. Proof? According to the U.S. Census, 92 percent of purchases continue to be made off-line. And, contrary to popular belief, as many as 82 percent of millennials say on surveys that they prefer to shop in a brick-and-mortar store.It’s clear, then, that retail shoppers thrive on experience — so, in order for brick and mortar to survive, it has to adapt to the evolving needs and desires of its customers. And, because the average American is exposed to well over 1,000 marketing messages each day, physical retailers have to be strategic, even disruptive, in order to cut through the advertising clutter.Related: Are Digital Retail Models Taking Over Brick and Mortar?With the evolution of digital marketing performance-based metrics, marketers are empowered to continually optimize campaigns through the establishment of key performance indicators (KPIs) in an attempt to measure return. While retail in-store digital signage solutions such as video walls, kiosks and traditional digital displays have become increasingly prevalent, for the storefront itself, the adoption of street-facing digital signage remains low.This is due to lack of innovation in terms of what the storefront offers. But that’s about to change: Though retail brands will continue to invest and allocate additional marketing budget toward their online marketing efforts, we’ll soon see a shift toward the storefront as new technologies emerge, bringing new life and energy to the storefront.In May 2016, research firm CB Insights named 72 startups transforming brick and mortar retail, by utilizing innovations in digital technologies. Interestingly enough, however, of the high-level categories listed, the physical storefront was left out.Still, as the saying goes, if you can spot the gap, you can fill the void. In the coming months, more and more brands will begin transforming their storefronts through the abundance of newly emerging storefront display technology. Here are a few companies we’ve seen innovating retail and further helping brick and mortar brands compete in a digital world:Window Agent, which serves real estate agents, has developed a touch-screen and street-facing TV display containing virtual tours and interactive maps. Pedestrians can engage with the display, to learn more details about local listings. Agents using the technology are able to update their listings based on the analytics they receive from these same passersby.NEXNOVO recently introduced a line of semi-transparent, LED displays called “Glass Wall LED Screens,” which can be hung in just about any storefront window to engage street-facing consumers.ThinkSign recently launched indoor and outdoor LED window display units engineered for 24/7 operation through its electronic messaging center, allowing brands to update their signs in real time.Glass-Media, our company, empowers brands to digitize street-facing glass through its cloud-connected, projection-based PoP platform, infused with robust data analytic capabilities. Brands can update their PoP (an integrated circuit packaging technology) across their portfolio without relying on employees or lengthy production cycles.Through the unique solutions being offered by companies that recognize the gap in storefront digital display, brands can engage street-level passersby in a whole new way: They can bring digital-marketing strategies to a place (literally) where it’s never been before.This retail shakeup may come as a surprise to some. But, fortunately, both innovative corporations and startups alike that are focused on retail technology are working tirelessly to both reshape and empower brick-and-mortar brands to compete in a digital world.Related: The Modern Storefront: What Instagram Could Mean For Your BusinessAs a result, it’s not a question of choosing either ecommerce or brick and mortar; it’s a matter of how to use both simultaneously, seamlessly blending “clicks with bricks.” Register Now »last_img read more