“I believe in personalities, not papers. I’m not interested in us versus the New Musical Express. People think that because I don’t do interviews any more, I’ve got this thing against the press. It’s not true. I don’t like doing interviews because if you plonk a tape recorder in front of me, I just clam up. I think, to an extent, we are a sitting target in the press, because we became popular so quickly. But we spent two years putting our act together. It destroys the soul to hear that you’re all ‘hype’, that you have no talent, and that your whole career has been contrived. I was never too keen on the British music press. They used to suggest that we didn’t write our own songs… when the whole point of Queen was to be original. I don’t care what the journalists say, we have achieved our own identity. What do they know? Fuck them if they just don’t get it!”
Freddie during Queen’s amazing After-Show Party at Kensington Roof Gardens in 1986.
On July the 11th and 12th 1986, Queen performed at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Magic Tour took in 26 dates around Europe’s stadiums, in support of their then latest album A Kind of Magic. For the London shows, Queen were supported by, in order, INXS, The Alarm and Status Quo.
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I’ve personally had it with these bombastic lights and staging effects. From now on, dressing up crazily on stage, is out. I don’t think a 42-year old man should be in his leotard any more. At 45, 50, if people think I’m going to be running about on that stage, they’re mistaken. It would be totally wrong. It’d be silly. I’m going up put our music across dressed more casually. The world has changed – people want something more direct.
The days of screaming fans and everything that goes with that, are over for us. There used to be a time when I loved all this teeny bop screaming. But now I think I would prefer them to listen to what we’re playing. We’ve grown up. The people who buy our records have grown up as well. It’s more sophisticated and more mature now.
A Life, In His Own Words
Freddie during the recording of “Flash” Music Video, 1981Reposted from @freddiemercuryonline<Center>
Freddie about to throw flowers to the crowd during the Hot Space Tour in 1982.
: Neal Preston During the early days, the Queen front man started a tradition that he looked to continue, even when he was playing stadiums.
In a bid to share his peace and love, Freddie would spend some of the final song of their set by giving out roses to his fans.
Such was his thoughtfulness, he ensured that every thorn of the rose’s stem were trimmed of thorns, so not to prick the fingers of the grateful recipients.
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