Absolute Radio is to air an exclusive two-part documentary about rock band Queen later this month, featuring new interviews with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
Produced by indie TBI Media, the hour-long programmes will also air on sister stations Absolute 80s and Absolute Classic Rock and will be followed by a special on Queen’s appearance at Live Aid.
The interviews with May and Taylor for ‘Killer Queen’ include personal thoughts about 20 of the group’s most successful songs – including the way they were written and recorded. Other contributors to talk about Queen’s legacy and influence including Keane’s Tom Chaplin and Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.
Killer Queen airs on 22 and 23 August at 8pm. Absolute Classic Rock will play Queen tracks for five days as part of the pre-promotion for the documentary, billed as ‘Queen Week’ (15-19 Aug). There’ll also be quizes and extra content on the Absolute Radio website. Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the network will recount Queen’s iconic performance from 1985’s Live Aid at Wembley in a programme package entitled ‘Queen at Live Aid’. The special will include highlights from the performance with commentary from the likes of Brian May, Roger Taylor and Elton John.
Absolute is also helping promote the Mercury Phoenix Trust’s ‘Freddie For A Day’ campaign on 5 September to raise money for the fight against AIDS. Listeners will get the chance to win money-can’t-buy tickets for a special event on the night taking place at The Savoy hotel in London by sending in a photo of themselves dressed as Freddie Mercury.