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Due to the phenomenal success of their previous tours, legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis performed together once again, in their brand new show – The Candlelight Concerts Tour. The first and the only show in Moscow took place at Crocus City Hall on the 16th of March. Muscovites and guests of Russia’s сapital got a chance to see one of the world’s greatest guitar icons, legendary Brian May and Britain’s newest First Lady of song, Kerry Ellis take stage in the heart of Russian land.

The memory of the magical evening of world class acoustic music, performed by candlelight at the cosy Crocus City Hall will remain in the hearts of everyone for many years. After the show Mr. May wrote a wonderful post in his blog:

Mon 17 Mar 14
GOOD MORNING SAINT BASIL!

Well, this is a greeting from Moscow. Waking up to see the sun rise on the Golden Spires of the Kremlin and the wold colours of St Basil’s and Red Square is something still to make the heart jump. I’m so grateful still to be alive and in the World. More than that … being here as a tourist would never quite do it … I would feel that I no longer really had a part to play in this ever-complex, ever-changing world. Last night, playing to one of the warmest and most genuinely appreciative audiences I’ve ever encountered was a reminder that life is still full of wonders, if we are open to them.

It was a beautiful auditorium … all dark red plush and shiny wood and populated with a mostly young audience, who were so in tune with what Kerry and I have been creating, it kinda made me gasp. Yes, they responded hugely to the odd Queen song, and sang along. But truly you guys … the New Muscovites, maybe I can call you, knew, and responded to, and participated in everything we played … making us realise that this was not a casual encounter – everyone out there knew exactly what we are about in 2014.

And the gifts and flowers, that you brought all the way through the show were so touching. I have never experienced anything quite like that in all my 245 years of touring! Thank you all so very much. We had a ball, Kerry and I. And just the fact that we were there and functioning was a miracle last night, really. I had been at death’s door only 48 hours before, and still very much in recovery, and Kerry had played the night before in Nottingham, and after 3 hours sleep and an Easyjet flight (!!!!), she arrived only just in time to sound check. She’s the most amazing professional … nobody would have known. The voice, the performance, the passion … all in great form. I was proud of us, really!

So now I look out over Moscow, wondering what the future may hold. All I can say is, I’m happy we made it out here. I have had a couple of E-mails to the Soapbox asking me “how dare I?” come to Moscow with the political situation as it is? Well, I have strong views on this, which hopefully I’ll discuss in a separate message later on. But for now … a huge THANK YOU to all of you who made us smile and brought tears to our eyes last night – we hope to be worthy long term friends.

Cheers! Nas”darovia!! (Oh … don’t remind me I can’t spell it!!! ha ha!)



ABOUT BRIAN MAY AND KERRY ELLIS COLLABORATION

Kerry Ellis was the creator of the role of Meat in Queen’s Rock theatrical, We Will Rock You, and went on to become a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic starring as the Green Witch in the musical Wicked.  Throughout this time, Brian May and Kerry Ellis maintained a special musical partnership, with May producing the fine Ellis debut album ‘Anthems’ in 2010. Their first tour played 12 successful dates around the UK in 2011, including two sold-out nights at London’s Albert Hall, for which Kerry won the Best Solo Performance award from Whatsonstage.com. The two then returned to the road with their eagerly anticipated November 2012 tour, which was extended in 2013.

The Candlelight Concerts saw Brian and Kerry perform stripped down versions of Queen classics alongside a number of their personal favourite songs, showcasing Kerry’s extraordinary voice with Brian accompanying her on both guitar and vocals.

Brian May said:“Although life has taken me into so many new areas recently, music is still what energises me – the greatest joy. And Ms Ellis is the most inspiring collaborator – we’re a pretty good band!  I’m grateful for the opportunity to bring this show to a wider audience – already working on hardening up the finger ends…”
Kerry Ellis added: “I am so excited to be taking to the road again with the candlelight concerts; it’s humbling to have such demand for our show. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy performing these songs with Brian and what fun we have with the audiences in these intimate settings. I feel very honoured and can’t wait to get going.

Kerry and Brian performed together to wide acclaim on a number of occasions over the last few years. Preceding their previous tours, they stole the show when they performed together at the Royal Variety Show in 2008 and at the BBC Proms in the Park and at 2010’s The Night of 1000 Voices. Along with TV appearances, they also memorably opened the Remembrance Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010. Kerry and Brian have also collaborated with legendary British screen actress and animal rights activist Virginia McKenna to record a version of McKenna’s original song “Nothing Really Has Changed”. It was recorded during Ellis and May’s live performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and all profits from the sale of the track went to the Sponsor Badger Vaccination Fund.

Project Details

  • CityMoscow
  • VenueCrocus City Hall
  • DateMarch 16, 2014