(November 25th, 1981) Queen performed in Montreal, Canada
Queen completed 1981 with two concerts at the Montreal Forum. Both were filmed and later released under the title of ‘We Will Rock You’, first in theatres and then as Queen’s first home video live.
The band had decided to make a movie from a live concert and, faithful to their style, the project had to be done correctly and without sparing on expenses. They began negotiating with several directors and production companies, and after discussing it a lot, they reached an agreement with MobileVision, a Canadian company led by director Saul Swimmer, who had produced The Beatle’s film Let It Be.
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He was a nervous passenger, constantly upset by my terrible habit of creeping up on the car in front, then stopping very close behind. When I did that, Freddie’s knee-jerk reaction was to throw his arm out and grip the dashboard. He was in no danger, but I made sure he always wore his seatbelt all the same. And I insisted that there should never be any physical contact between us when I was driving in case he interrupted my concentration.
“My first impression of Freddie was that he was strong-willed, gregarious, very ambitious, charming and striking. He was very aggressive about what he wanted and very much the fight in the band. They were one of the few groups that made an instant impression on me. They knew they’d be big, it was just a question of finding the way. In my experience that’s not normal, but it’s a huge advantage for a publicist when a group has that depth of belief in themselves, that’s what would make them stars. Catching one of Queen’s live gigs only confirmed my professional instincts about them and marked the start of a profitable working relationship.
Although Freddie invariably stood out from the others, he looked for no special preference, he never lorded himself as the star of Queen, i
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Queen Live October 26, 1982, The band performed at Kosusai Tenjijo in Nagoya, Japan. This was Queen’s fifth visit to Japan.
Hot Space Tour
Late in the tour, the band seem to be going through the motions for the first few songs, particularly Freddie. But he soon loosens up towards the end of Now I’m Here. Never is the last section of the song identical on this tour.
After Love Of My Life, Freddie starts a bit of vocal improv and demands, “Give me a key. Any fucking key!” Brian plays a D chord and they’re off to the races. The band spend a couple minutes improvising, during which Freddie does a vocal exchange with the audience using bits he used to do during Now I’m Here on previous tours. He also references Keep Yourself Alive towards the end.
Before Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Freddie leads the audience through a couple choruses of Teo Torriatte, done a cappella. The second time around, Brian plays the chords in the background on his acoustic guitar. Clearly the band were amidst rehearsing during soundchecks to slot the song back into the set.
Like he did a couple nights ago, Freddie does his Aretha ‘Jump to it’ reference in Another One Bites The Dust. He’d do it at the last couple shows of the tour too.
Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me.
However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.
My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue.”
— Freddie Mercury, November 23rd, 1991