Billboard Bits: Queen, Ricky Martin, The Doors

News on Queen, Ricky Martin, The Doors

Queen's 1975 album "A Night at the Opera" will arrive in a 30th anniversary collector's edition Nov. 22 via Hollywood Records. The original CD, best known for "Bohemian Rhapsody," features remastered audio. An accompanying DVD features a DTS 5.1 Surround Sound mix plus track-by-track commentary from Queen's original four members, including archival interviews with the late Freddie Mercury.

Beyond restored versions of the clips for "Rhapsody" and "You're My Best Friend," videos have been created for the other album tracks out of vintage live performance clips and rare photographs.

Queen's reunion tour with Paul Rodgers continues Saturday (Oct. 22) in Los Angeles and will be followed by six Japanese shows later this month and into November.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Ricky Martin, Jon Secada and Frankie J will perform at An Intimate Evening With KTU, a Nov. 8 concert sponsored by New York radio station WKTU-FM. The show will be held at Hammerstein Ballroom; KTU A List members will have the first shot at tickets beginning tomorrow (Oct. 30). Seats go on sale the following day to the general public.

Martin will proceed from the show to the Nov. 15 kickoff of his South American tour in Mexico City. His new English-language album, "Life," debuts this week at No. 7 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

A concert from the Doors' final tour will see the light of day Nov. 29 via the boutique Rhino Handmade label. Captured May 1, 1970, at the Spectrum, the two-disc set "The Doors: Live in Philadelphia" features covers of Howlin' Wolf's "Back Door Man" and Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train."

Like many a Doors show, this one nearly didn't go off, with fire marshals clearing the aisles and threatening to pull the plug (a stage announcer can be heard ordering the audience to sit down). And despite the existence of a good recording (three tracks from which have previously been released) the band wasn't necessarily aware of the quality of the show in the moment.

"We didn't have monitors and the mains were pointed away from us," guitarist Robbie Krieger recalls in the set's liner notes. "I couldn't hear a damn thing. I felt like I was on acid. But I felt we played pretty well."

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.