25th & 26th September - Brian and Roger in Italy (Rome)!!!

Our guys came here in Cinecitta' (Rome) the last 25th and 26th September 2003, not to be filmed as guest in a Pepsi advert commercial as it was told, but they came here as producers/engineers to assist the recordings with vocals by pop stars Britney Spears, Pink & Beyonce for a version of WWRY ("classic" backing track).

This version will be used for a new Pepsi Cola commercial tv advert - with no music recording on the guys'
part, don't now if other pieces from other recording session might be added to put the final version together...

video should be a "gladiators" setting, shot at Cinecitta' (not sure if some parts were actually shot in the real Colosseum)... The three pop ladies will film at legendary landmark the Colosseum, and will dress up as gladiators.

The spot will be shot internationally except then in USA.

An article was also issued on an Italian newspaper issued in Rome called "Il Messagero". And the following is the traslation by Paola:


Queen drummer Roger TAYLOR
Gianluca MEO in his restaurant.
Brian MAY with is musical assistant.

How do you recognize a rockstar? Wait until it's time to pay the bill.

That might happen if your heroes had such a long and glorious career that you'd never expect them to come and sit at your table. And that's what happened indeed to Gianluca MEO in his restaurant at Porta Cavalleggeri [NOTE: right beside the Vatican].

MEO spent an evening wondering "Is that HIM, or not?", until the credit card confirmed his suspicions: yes, that was drummer Roger TAYLOR, in a leather jacket and black tie. First night he was there alone, the next he returned, like any regular, with friend, guitarist Brian MAY, in a red jacket and his lifelong curls.

Together with Freddie MERCURY, who sadly died some 13 years ago, and John Deacon, they have been and still are the legendary "Queen". They are currently in Rome for the recording of a new commercial for Pepsi Cola, being produced in Cinecitta', which brought to the capital several more celebrities, such as Britney Spears and Pink.

The recording studios are in walking distance from the "Happy Goose" restaurant, which features a traditional British setting for a traditional Roman cuisine: focaccia, pasta alla carbonara, pecorino cheese and ham. Only vegetarian food for MAY, Chianti wine and Dolcetto d'Alba for the whole party.

For a soundtrack, music from other legends: Dylan, Santana, Donna Summer. Relaxed and smiling, the two signed autographs, even on the Queen CDs that some fans were listening to in their cars.


Source: "Il Messaggero", national edition, Friday 26th September 2003, page 43.

* Thanks to Gnomo for the main text of these news.
** Thanks to Paola for the pictures and the traslation of the Messagero's article, which I kindly grabbed from www.brianmay.com

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