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of rock ‘n’ roll

Ben Elton, writer and director of the musical

We Will

Rock You

, has a message for all the Queen fans who saw

the show when it first came to Brisbane 12 years ago – the

new show is no repeat so it’s worth another look.

“The show is substantially different to the one that was

here before. Of course, it reflects the spirit of Queen but

it’s not a tribute show. We can hear the music any time

we put ear phones in and hear Freddie Mercury so there

has to be a story that allows us to appreciate the music,

and the story is a deeply personal one. Queen has always

been committed to live rock and roll music and the show

is about the fight to resurrect the live experience, music

that is produced by people in front of you and a crowd

coming together. Of course, the music is the heart of the

show and we hope that together the music and the story

will make the audience feel like champions by the end.”

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor hand-picked

the band members to play in the Australian production

and the cast spans generations, from veteran rocker

Brian Mannix to one-time

Australian Idol

winner Casey

Donovan (

pictured below


We Will Rock You

, from 10 July

at Lyric Theatre, QPAC, South Brisbane. Tickets from

$59.90 to $139.90 plus fees at

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grows up

Pop princess Selena Gomez (


) has well and truly left her Disney days

behind her – setting out, at just 23, on a worldwide Revival Tour to show

fans she has indeed found her own voice. And she’s not mincing words.

The cover of her latest album


is a black and white photograph of

Gomez sitting topless with legs and arms crossed in just the right places –

not intended to be provocative as much as it is a reflection of the singer’s

liberation. It’s a show of new-found confidence that didn’t come easily.

“Making the album was the first time in my life that everyone looked at

me and asked, ‘What do you want to do?’ It was a whole different kind of

challenge for me,” says the pint-sized Texan who started her showbiz career

before she turned 10.

However, she has taken the challenge in stride, as her new manager told


magazine, “her work ethic is something I’ve never seen. Every

visual, every marketing move, every decision is hers.” Gomez herself has

said, “releasing this record made me feel liberated. I definitely think I’ve

found my own lane and I’m excited to explore that.”

Fans appear to be delighted too. Since


was released late last year

Gomez’s Instagram followers have almost doubled to more than 84 million.

The Revival Tour, 11 August, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall.

Tickets from $101.85 plus fees at