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Freddie Mercury

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    September 25, 2013

    The Five Best "Band's Breaking Up" Singles

    Folks, I've said it before, but I have an undying love for the musical partnership of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, regardless of whether they're calling themselves At the Drive-In, The Mars Volta, De Facto, or the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. As long as they were together, they made ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    10 Musicians Who Have Retired and Stayed Retired

    Though it isn't marked by a specific holiday, today is the anniversary of the day that the Social Security Act was enacted, 78 years ago in 1935. That means babies born on the day the bill was signed into law are currently reaping the rewards of the system they paid into for years. For many, this is ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Is That All There Is?: Philosophy's Greatest Hits

    I love Queen, and the late Freddie Mercury had the best rock voice ever (in my opinion), so it pains me to say that some of music's worst thought-out lyrics are scrunched into the opening lines of "Bohemian Rhapsody." "Is this the real life?/ Is this just fantasy?", the song begins, but mere breath ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    Tickets for Muse's March Prog-stravaganza On Sale Now

    Toyota Center already has a trio of big pop shows on the books for 2013 in Lady Gaga, P!nk and Rihanna, but starting right now (at this link) you can buy three English dudes whose production promises to be so immense it will crush those three ladies like a bug. Yes, Muse, the British trio that star ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Reader's Poll: The Compact Disc Turns 30

    This week the compact disc turned 30 years old, and will no doubt spend it drinking with friends and wondering where the time went and lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten married yet. Few people know that the first commercial CD produced was Billy Joel's 1978 release 52nd Street, an album ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Is There Any Chance the New Thin Lizzy Album Won't Suck?

    This week, Rolling Stone and NME got wind of the fact that '70s hard-rock heroes Thin Lizzy will hit the studio this fall to record their first new album since band founder/leader/icon Phil Lynott's death 26 years ago. The news was actually broken by HotPress.com last week, but it took a while for w ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    10 Iconic Final Concerts Plus The End Of Beatlemania

    The Beatles' concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park 46 years ago today was the end of an era for the band. Except for a famously unannounced appearance on top the Apple building two and a half years later, it would be the final live performance that the Fab Four would ever play together. It w ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Freddie For a Day Is September 5; Dress Like Mercury For a Good Cause

    Rocks Off has always been a big champion of all things Queen and Freddie Mercury, so when we found out that Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity set up in the late singer's name in 1992, was setting up something called Freddie For a Day, we had to pass it on. On September 5, Mercury's birthday, ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    Star Wars Day: Recasting The Movie With '70s Rock Stars

    Today is Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th be with you." Something less than a national holiday but more than a horrific pun, it's evidence that we still very much live in a Star Wars world 35 years after the movie was released, as well as that once the Internet gets ahold of an idea, the rest of us mi ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    5 Bands That Should Break Up Immediately

    Music fans are selfish. We might act like we only want what's best for our favorite bands, but the truth is that we really just want what will give us the most gratification. A lot of ink, both real and digital, has been used this year to talk about reunions. And while writers might dissect the mot ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    The Best & Worst-Case Scenarios For The Future Of Musical Holograms

    Like most night owls, I spent early Monday morning watching YouTube clips of a holographic Tupac Shakur playing Coachella with his friends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg nearly 16 years after his death. It was at once creepy and crass, but altogether interesting no matter how you sliced it, and not just bec ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Adam Lambert To Join Queen: All Is Right In The World

    Photo By Faith SilvaAdam Lambert at the Hobby Center in September 2010​No shit, right? Can we all agree that American Idol alum and modern glam-popper Adam Lambert is the best choice to front Queen in 2012? Good. No more discussion. Just lay back, close your eyes, and think warm thoughts, and ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Show Me Your GIFs: Great Classic Rock 'N Roll GIFs Galore

    It seems to me that musical history is made up of fragments of indelible images, good and bad, that inform each person's experience. Then there are the swatches of tunes that grab you by the heart strings or the throat, making you a fan for life. But it's those moving pictures that you first remembe ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012

    20 Great Versions Of "Bohemian Rhapsody" That Aren't By Queen

    This week in 1976, Queen were at the top of the UK singles chart with the epic - taking that word back - operatic, glammy cut "Bohemian Rhapsody" from their November 1975 album, A Night At The Opera. The single is still one of the best-selling releases in the UK, and it even had a resurgence 1991 in ... More >>

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    December 1, 2011

    World AIDS Day: Artists Who Have Contributed to the Cause

    ​Today is World AIDS Day. The theme this year is "Getting to Zero," focusing on zero AIDS related deaths. In hopes of achieving this goal, there has been many a celebrity to endorse AIDS awareness and various charities around the world. Quite a few musicians have used their celebrity status ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

    This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months. One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Some Girls: When Rock Met Disco And Disco Met Rock

    Rent money is for posers anyway. ​Tonight for one night only at the Houston Marq*E Stadium 23, Rolling Stones fans can finally catch The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas, a 1978 concert from the band's Fort Worth stop. The tour came on the heels of the May 1978 release of the band's So ... More >>

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    August 19, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About Queen

    ​For week's dose of facts, we uncovered ten morsels about Queen, whose bassist John Deacon celebrates his 60th birthday today. This year marks several important anniversaries in the Queen universe, most of all the 20th anniversary of Freddie Mercury's death in late November. It's also been two ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    New Queen Bio Separates Real Life From Fantasy

    ​Is This the Real Life? The Untold Story of Queen By Mark Blake Da Capo Press, 384 pp., $25. Drawing on other sources, his extensive previous interviews with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, and more than 100 new subjects, Blake (Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd) ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Multi-Tracks, One By One: An Aural Autopsy

    ​This past weekend Rocks Off hung out with a producer buddy, listening to multitrack recordings of some of the biggest acts in history, including the Beatles, Queen, Beastie Boys, and Van Halen. For someone who spends his entire life trying decipher recorded music as it is released and later p ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    This Week In Deliciousness

    Yup, we've got problems, all right.​Welcome back to Eating Our Words, where today we're keeping warm by burning calories screaming at our internet service provider. We won't tell you who we use at our house, but it's the one that slows down by a million percent every time it's stormy, or overc ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    20 Musician Biopics Currently In Development Hell

    Happy birthday, Janis.​News came down last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will be stepping into the rhinestones and glitter as Queen icon Freddie Mercury. It's been a long time coming for Cohen, the Borat and Bruno star who is slowly becoming his generation's Peter Sellers and has been rumored to ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    In Case You Missed It...

    Marco TorresIt's a bird... it's a plane... it's... Usher!​Rocks Off knows you have had a busy week. So have we. But, we figured, what with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and traveling to and from your various other holiday ports of call, you may not have had as much time in front a computer as ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Freddie Mercury's Musical Stepchildren, Darlings

    ​Today marks 19 years that the world has been without Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who was taken from us on November 24, 1991. He died of AIDS complications, a disease he kept hidden from the world until just a day or so before his death. He was the first major, epic rock star to be kill ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Friday Night: Ghostland Observatory At Warehouse Live

    Photos by Marc Brubaker​Ghostland Observatory Warehouse Live October 29, 2010 For more photos from the show, see our wild 'n' crazy slideshow here. As Rocks Off approached Warehouse Live Friday, we were treated to a group of construction workers and cops...in true Halloween-costume fashion, ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    October 27, 2010

    Backmasking Bieber, Black Keys, Kanye, Etc.: What Do You Hear?

    ​"It's my sweet Satan ... Oh I will sing because I live with Satan." "Turn me on, dead man." "Turned out nice again." "Eat donkey crap." Every since the beginning of rock and roll, listeners and disgruntled parents alike have been searching for hidden meanings in music. Was Paul dead, w ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Music's 15 Gnarliest Moustaches

    ​Moustaches are all the rage these days. From shirts to snow globes, rides, wax and tattoos, everyone wants a moustache or at least to support the cause. Rocks Off even has a moustache. When it was longer we combed it while driving or lounging, much to the chagrin of the people around us. Ce ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Last Night: The Houston Symphony Does The Music Of Queen

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​The Houston Symphony Jones Hall July 22, 2010 There is perhaps no better way to experience the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen than with a full orchestra. Nothing about the band wasn't large and grandiose in scope, making them one of the bands most ripe for the orch ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Hazy Shade Of Winter: Are The Vancouver Olympians Listening To These Songs?

    Rocks Off has Olympics on the brain. After hearing the theme from Chariots of Fire at the Houston Symphony and watching the bizarro Opening Ceremonies featuring Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan, all we want to do when we get home from a long hard day is watch men in Vera Wang one-piec ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    He Said She Said: The Sweet, Sweet Sounds of Revenge, Part 2

    ​For someone who wears motorcycle boots and carries a knife, the bald(ing) He Said rightfully looks like he should be one of the most vindictive cats in the world. But in reality, the only revenge we have ever taken has been of the emotional variety, and that's probably much worse than any windows ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010

    Federal Reserve

    This downtown bar is modest in everything but its whiskey selection.

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    December 23, 2009

    Get Lit: Queen - The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock by Phil Sutcliffe

    ​Coffee-table books on rock bands usually fall into one of two categories; either they're chock-full of great visuals with very little textual information, or the book looks like the U.S. tax code with a few snapshots thrown in. Thankfully, music journo Sutcliffe got it right both ways with this w ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Mommy's Little Monster: Songs To Remind You That Children are Inherently Evil

    ​Like you, as Rocks Off grows older we have to come to terms with the fact that many of our friends are having children. Usually we can just scroll quickly past the offspring-related Facebook updates or send those 12-MB emails containing brood photos into the Trash folder unread. No harm, no foul. ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Songs for Naughty Children

    As Rocks Off grows older we have to come to terms with the fact that many of our friends are having children. Usually we can just scroll quickly past the offspring-related Facebook updates or send those 12 MB emails containing brood photos into the Trash folder unread. No harm, no foul. But the hol ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Come Party With Rocks Off and Lego Rock Band at Khon's

    Next Tuesday over at Khon's (2808 Milam), Rocks Off is throwing a free Christmas party for Houston, with our new copy of Lego Rock Band. You do remember the drunken scene at our Beatles: Rock Band shindig in September at Coffee Groundz, right? We wish we did, but we're pretty sure that they may hav ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Stranger Musical Pairings Than Dancing With the Stars' Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke

    ​Dancing With the Stars announced the pairings for its upcoming season Monday - like you care - and while some out there are no doubt crunching the odds of Debi Mazar and that Russian guy squaring off with Chuck Liddell and...that Russian chick in the finals, local interest is still focused on fo ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    In Honor of Michelle Obama and "Shortsgate," the Best Ass Songs of All Time

    In a year when the biggest news stories aren't about war or the environment but a mentally unbalanced woman having a litter of children and the death of a creepy pop singer who hadn't put out a decent album in 25 years, it should come as no surprise that so many people would be up in arms ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Please Add to Our F*** List

    Life is hard; we understand that all too well. Some days, the whole thing just seems meaningless and trite, not unlike like so many new American Idol runners-up who are being foisted upon the general public as if they are the second coming of Freddie Mercury, when they are in all actuality just a du ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008
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    August 25, 2008
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    August 21, 2008
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    August 1, 2008
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    October 12, 2007
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    August 24, 2007
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    February 8, 2007

    The M Word

    Musical terms that should be illegal

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    January 25, 2007

    Ghostland Observatory

    Ghostland Observatory will perform Thursday, January 25, at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483.

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    December 29, 2005

    The Darkness

    One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back

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    August 18, 2005

    Various Artists

    Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen

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    January 20, 2005
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