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Thursday, 15 November 2012

September 2012

(27) Berkshire/ London, England – With the legendary American super-group, The Beach Boys about to play two gigs in London (at the Albert Hall and Wembley respectively), Keith was a guest today talking about the concerts on several BBC Radio shows. On the 28th, he was present in the audience at the band’s sell-out gig at Wembley.

(20) London, Europe, America, rest of World - Press Release: 'Hungarian Rhapsody Coming To The Big Screen’. As the issue says, Queen’s Concert Movie, Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest ‘86 was released to the Big Screen for the first time from September 20. The film was expected to play on screens in over 30 territories worldwide. In the UK it was screened in all the major cities, around 100 cinemas nationwide. The accompanying short, a 29-minute documentary on the group’s 1986 Magic Tour, featured archive research by Keith. (Both films will be issued on DVD, Blu-Ray and in deluxe editions, for the first time, on November 5. The title of the release is, Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest.)

(13) London various – Busy night, with visits to the Proud Gallery (Chelsea) to see photographer, Terry Neill’s new James Bond exhibition and then, later that evening, a trip to the annual Jazz Festival at Imperial Wharf, to see a stunning performance by Courtney Pine. (Thanks Dan for another top evening!)

(12) Book Charts – Canada: Marilyn Monroe – The Final Years reached No.2 in the ‘Best Selling Marilyn Monroe’ biographies section and No.7 in the ‘Movies’ biographies category on Amazon Canada.

(5) Book Charts – Italy: Yet another Number one! The kindle edition of Gli ultimi giorni di Marilyn Monroe: Le relazioni pericolose, le trappole, il presunto suicidio: tutta la verità sulla fine reached the Top Spot (yes! No.1!) in the ‘Bestseller in Cinema e Television’ section on Amazon Italy (and the No.10 position in the Marilyn Monroe category on the site).

(6) BAFTA, Piccadilly, London – The Rhys Thomas produced and directed documentary, Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender (on which, Keith was the chief archive researcher), received its World Premier at the BAFTAs in London.

Record Collector round-up – Subjects in Keith’s regular column, ‘Rockin’ The Box’ have (and will) included The Bee Gees’ 1972 appearance on 2Gs and The Pop People (August 2012 issue), The Beatles at the Cavern Club (September), A Tribute to Jon Lord of Deep Purple (October), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull – November), Elton John (December) and the Pilot episode of Supersonic (from March 1975) in the special Christmas edition of the mag.