Queen to appear on the face of UK postage stamps In honour of the band’s 50th anniversary

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Queen will appear on the face of UK postage stamps in July in honour of their 50th anniversary, thanks to the Royal Mail. They will be the third rock band to do so, joining the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016.

The stamps will be issued as a set of 13, featuring eight album covers, four live group shots and a classic group photo. The entire collection will be available to purchase on July 9.

The album covers include 1974’s ‘Queen II’ and ‘Sheer Heart Attack’, 1975’s ‘A Night at the Opera’, 1977’s ‘News of the World’, 1980’s ‘The Game’, 1981’s ‘Greatest Hits’, 1984’s ‘The Works’ and 11’s ‘Innuendo’.

“It’s hard to put into words what I feel when looking at these beautiful stamps,” Queen guitarist Brian May said in a press release.

“Since we four precocious boys started out on our quest 50 years ago, our lives have been devoted to making our impossible dream come true. Sometimes it’s strange to wake up and realise the position in which we are now held – we have become a national institution!

“Nothing brings this home more than this incredible tribute from Royal Mail. It’s particularly poignant to look at this collection of images now – now that we are all in a world dominated by a coronavirus, in which none of this could have happened.”

The sentiment was echoed by Queen drummer Roger Taylor, who deemed the stamp collection “an honour”.

“We must be really part of the furniture now! Thanks Royal Mail for stamping on us! In gratitude.”

The stamps are available to pre-order now through Royal Mail’s website in a variety of different collections. The Presentation Pack, which includes the entire set of 13, will cost £16.

The news follows Brian May’s heart attack scare last month, where May revealed he had been “very near death”. The guitarist was hospitalised after doctors discovered three arteries in his heart “were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart”.

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Mystery Surrounds New Band, Nearly Skulls’ Identity – Single ‘Dots’ out now

Meet Nearly Skulls, a rock-band driven by real music and physical media who are ferociously protective of their true identities.

The thrilling trio instead present themselves as skulls, leaving only mystery in regards to who they really are. Announcing their arrival with Dots, whose chorus “I’m a dot; you’re a dot; we’re just dots”, offers little in the way of clues but much in terms of musical muscle and a stunning ability to conjure up dazzling melodies. Expect at least some of the dots to be joined together by the time their debut album, Bucket Listening, is released on 30th July. 

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The band ensues The Who-Esque choruses; U2 dynamics and casual nods to genres as seemingly disparate as prog, glam, and metal showing off their deep knowledge of music and mastery of their instruments.

Based in Manchester and with a previously successful US tour in a former incarnation the masked band let the music do the talking.

Masked Supergroup? Twisted teenagers? Dangerous pensioners? Nearly Skulls might remain anonymous for now but their debut track, Dots, is the indie rock launchpad which promises a summer of hits…no bones about it.

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Arctic Monkeys reach one billion YouTube hits for ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ video

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Arctic Monkeys have surpassed one billion views of their video for ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ on YouTube.

Released in June 2013, the single featured on Alex Turner and co’s highly-acclaimed fifth album ‘AM’.

According to Music Week, the Sheffield band reached the one billion milestone – one that fewer than 25 videos have achieved on the site – earlier this month. It’s said that fewer than 12 rock acts have reached the same figure.

At present, the Monkeys have 4.39 million subscribers to their official YouTube channel. The final single and title track from their previous record ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ currently has over 10.8 million hits.

‘Do I Wanna Know’ debuted at Number 11 on the official UK singles chart in 2013 and has sold 1,724,575 copies to date. You can watch the official video above.

Shortly after it was released, the song opened Arctic Monkeys’ headline set at Glastonbury 2013. That performance will air as part of the BBC’s Glastonbury celebration schedule next weekend.

Earlier this year, AM drummer Matt Helders likened performing the group’s older material live to “doing karaoke”. “[It] Feel like a caricature. It doesn’t feel as genuine playing it anymore,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys have been rumoured to be making a live return with a huge hometown show next summer. Reports of a show at Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park emerged after promoters SJM gave notice of a license application for three shows in June 2021.

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