- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 14:30
The DVD preview of Queen Rock Montreal was held in front of hundreds of press and celebrities, appropriately at the Hard Rock Cafe, Old Park Lane, London. Queen lead guitarist Brian May, who introduced the preview, specifically requested the Genelec 1035B monitors to reproduce faithfully the restored final mix that was completed earlier this month at London’s Sphere Studios. Genelec was delighted to oblige and the monitors were air-freighted in from Genelec’s headquarters in Finland especially for the screening.
The DVD set represents the culmination of nine months’ work re-mixing and restoring the original recording and marked the completion of a 26-year ambition by Queen to gain control of the original recording. The recording was purchased with the help of Eagle Rock Entertainment.
By Brian May’s own admission, the original recording was less than satisfactory, but as the band never owned the rights to the show they could do nothing about the quality of the product.
Said May: ‘The work that has gone into rescuing it is immense - I can’t even get into all the details, but (sound engineers) Justin Shirley-Smith, and Kris Fredriksson have put nine months of loving care into rebirthing this baby. It involved finding the master 24-track tapes, figuring out how they had been chopped up, digitally copying them, and rebuilding them into complete performances, and then after much cleaning up, making a splendid new mix in 5.1 surround.’ And that was just the soundtrack.
With so much work involved in this project, the all-important soundtrack had to be heard through monitors that would do it justice and give a true reproduction of the new DVD soundtrack - that is why May chose Genelec for the job.
In fact, May told the celebrity audience just before the preview screening: ‘You can make as much noise as you like because this will be lusciously loud – but such good quality your ears will lap it up’!