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35 Years Ago: Queen Steals the Show at Live Aid

July 13, 2020   Seraja   0

Queen followed one of Live Aid’s signature moments and, more crucially, were taking the stage at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 13, 1985, without much expectation. After a run of stylistically diverse records beginning with 1975’s career-defining A Night at the Opera, Queen had lost momentum by the early ’80s.

Their set was wedged between performances by bigger and more contemporary artists. U2 had just delivered a two-song clinic on how to command a crowd, capped by a majestic 12-minute version of “Bad,” and after Queen, David Bowie, the Who (in their first performance in three years) and Elton John were scheduled.

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A kind of magic

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A Kind of Magic” is the title track of the 1986 album of the same name by the British rockband Queen. It was written by the band’s drummer, Roger Taylor, for the film Highlanderand featured as the ending theme. The single reached number three in the UK Singles Chart, top ten in a number of European countries, and #42 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is the opening track on the band’s compilation albums, Greatest Hits II, and Classic Queen.[1

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On the 12th of July in 1986, Queen performed in the ‘Wembley Stadium’ in London, UK….

July 12, 2020   Seraja   0

On the 12th of July in 1986, Queen performed in the ‘Wembley Stadium’ in London, UK….

The second night at ‘Wembley Stadium’ is probably Queen’s most famous and well-documented concert.
Mick Jagger was in the audience and hung out with the band before the show.
David Bowie was rumoured to join the band on stage for ‘Under Pressure’, but it was never materialized.

The band, particularly Freddie, seems to be a bit nervous, knowing this big show was being professionally filmed. His voice is in somewhat lesser shape than yesterday, which led to many overdubs for the TV/radio simulcast and official releases.

Brian messes up the tapping solo in the middle of ‘One Vision’.( the one and only time ever)
Later on he completely omits the first half of the ‘Hammer To Fall’ solo.

All of these slight flaws aside, the video demonstrates how Queen had simple mastered their craft, having orchestrated the perfect stadium show. They were able to connect with everyone of the 72.000 people on hand.
Brian would later refer to Queen’s touring work ethics as becoming ‘a well-oiled machine.

The show was billed as ‘Dicky Hart And The Pacemakers’ for fun.
After the show, Queen and some other stars, including Cliff Richard and Samantha Fox, had a jam session at the ‘Kensington Roof Gardens Night Club’. Spandau Ballet was present too and Gary Glitter as well.
Freddie sang ‘ Go Johnny Go’ with
Samantha

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Listen to Freddie Mercury’s imperious isolated vocal on Queen song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

We’re digging through the archives to remember the world’s best rock vocalist, Freddie Mercury. A performer like no other and a personality unmatched, we thought we’d celebrate the Queen singe the only way we know how; by basking in the joyous power of his incredible vocal on his “rock opera” ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. 

Isolated vocal tracks usually wield a great deal of power. After all, removing the cluttering noise of the band allows the singer’s emotions to triumph above all else. However, with Freddie Mercury, the heavyweight clout of such a vocal performance lands like a boxer’s right hook, dislodging our jaw in sheer amazement. 

Queen the works tour

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During this tour Queen also performed at Rock in Rio 1985. 325,000 spectators attended these concerts. Despite rumors, Freddie Mercury was not pelted with stones while singing I Want to Break Free dressed as a woman. As a professional, he stopped a fight at Jailhouse Rock by saying “No fighting. Rock and roll to the music.” This concert has been released on VHS, but is not yet available on DVD in 2020.

A DVD of the concert in Tokyo was also released under the name We Are The Champions: Final Live in Japan. However, this name is not correct, because after this concert Queen gave two other performances in Japan in Nagoya and Osaka.

The stage was based on the film Metropolis by Fritz Lang with large spinning gears on the back of the stage with the decor of a city. A previous knee injury made it difficult for Mercury to navigate the complex stage with floors and stairs. In Hanover, things went wrong and Mercury fell down the stairs during Hammer To Fall. He was only able to play Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions afterwards and the concert was shortened a bit. Because of this injury, Brian May played the first notes of We Will Rock You for fear of taking Mercury to the hospital.

When performing on October 7 in Sun City, the concert ended earlier as Mercury lost his voice during Under Pressure and was left in tears.

Link to the concert