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We're Born Free to perform.

JUST weeks after We Will Rock You plays the Metro Radio Arena, Brian May himself will be on Tyneside for something completely different.

He will join singing sensation Kerry Ellis for a Born Free tour, which takes in The Sage Gateshead on June 26.

It gives fans a rare opportunity to witness one of the world's greatest ever guitar players performing in a close-up situation, paired with the uniquely powerful voice of Kerry, all in aid of the Born Free Foundation.

Kerry was the creator of the role of Meat in 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 the pair have maintained a special musical partnership.

The Born Free Tour promises an intimate evening of acoustic music, including stripped down versions of Queen classics alongside a number of Brian and Kerry's personal favourite songs, showcasing Kerry's extraordinary voice with Brian accompanying her on both guitar and vocals.

"We did a Born Free tour in November last year and it was really interesting as we didn't know how this kind of tour would be perceived as it really is stripped back and acoustic and very intimate," Kerry tells me.

"We get to tells stories and sing songs and it is very interactive with the audience, which makes it very special.

"Both Brian and I have a passion for animal welfare, so we are both very much looking forward to going out on the road again and raising the awareness it needs.

"I'm so fortunate to love what I do and to able to perform for a good cause."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 29, 2013
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