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Queen: Rock the World (2017)

Behind-the-scenes archive documentary where BBC music presenter Bob Harris follows Queen as they record their 6th album, NEWS OF THE WORLD, shoot videos, promote it, rehearse and ultimately embark on a groundbreaking tour of North America.

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Christopher Bird
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Complete credited cast:
Queen ... Themselves
Freddie Mercury ... Himself
Brian May ... Himself
Roger Taylor ... Himself
John Deacon ... Himself
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Himself - Narrator
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A look behind the scenes in and outside the studio and on their US tour in 1977. BBC reporter Bob Harris had unlimited access to the band which resulted in intimate footage of the band that was finally compiled in 2017 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their "News of the World" album. Written by Rob

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English

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John Deacon: [on Queen doing their own record producing] It comes to a stage where all you really need is an engineer, really, because the idea of balancing and sounds you want, I mean, an artist or musician should really know what they want, you know. And the only person needed to implement that is an engineer, really, in a way.
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Surprisingly touching
7 October 2018 | by name99-92-545389See all my reviews

I'm generally not a fan of the rock documentary genre -- watching how the sausage gets made doesn't appeal to me. But Queen come across as, I guess the phrase is true professionals. They absolutely care about the music in every detail, they are very self aware of what they are and what they're doing, and they have a remarkably low sense of entitlement. I'm not much interested in "musicians I'd like to party with", but Queen feels like "musicians I could have a really interesting conversation with".

And, of course, lurking behind it all, there is mortality and the death of Freddie Mercury (at only 45 remember). The coda, the few minutes of 2017 tour with Adam Lambert, I gotta say they were touching in a way I didn't expect; the joy (once again no sense of entitlement...) at being able to perform again, and the respect paid to Adam Lambert as a great new front man, while not insisting on comparing him to Freddie. They're a class act all round!


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