The vinyl records that went on it were quite magical. I distinctly remember him putting the record on – it was a Jimi Hendrix record, I think it was Axis: Bold As Love – and he goes ‘Brian, Brian, Brian, listen, listen, listen.’ And I go, ‘yes, it’s Jimi Hendrix, we love Jimi Hendrix, he’s magic.’
And he goes, ‘no, no – listen to what they do in the production. See this guitar comes around here and if you come around to this speaker it comes around here. They’re panning it around, they’re moving it around. This is the kind of thing we have to do, this is what we’re gonna do.’
And at that time I thought, ‘well, can you sing?’ We had no idea – we’d seen Freddie in the very early stages where he ran around a lot and was a big, declamatory star, but he didn’t do much singing.
He did a lot of wonderful posing around and some rather kind of excited, shouty kind of singing, but you couldn’t imagine that this person was going to become the wonderful, glittering and superbly controlled performer that Freddie became.
Freddie with Brian, Roger and John on the set of “It’s A Hard Life” music video, 1984.
“Freddie is wearing his famous ‘Mediterranean Lobster’ costume (that’s how Roger named it) and his wonderful wig. We used to make fun of him when he was wearing it, i must say, but Freddie never took it personal. He came to us saying: ‘THIS IS MY PARTY, FUCK YOU!’ — Brian May
(pictures from Queen in 3-D by Brian May)
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October 19, 1982 – The band performed at Fukuoka-shi Kyuden Kinen Taiikukan in Fukuoka, Japan Hot Space Tour
These six shows in Japan, although very good, seem to be shows the band simply want to rush through quickly enough because they so desperately need a break. That said, their apathy never takes over the music. Each show has its great moments, and to keep things as fresh as possible, they each have a different setlist.
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42 years ago today (November 10th) “Jazz” album was released in the UK!
Jazz is the seventh studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 10 November 1978 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker, the album artwork was suggested by Roger Taylor, who previously saw a similar design painted on the Berlin Wall. Continue reading “Jazz” album was released in the UK!”
While Freddie truly enjoyed his life, he knew that everything he had came from the fans love of him and of Queen’s music. In one of his songs ‘We Are The Champions’ he really meant what he says in one of the lines….. ‘the fame and fortune and everything that goes with it… I thank you all’, were his way of saying thanks. Also while he expected fans to give him some privacy at home, he would almost always be happy to give autographs and photos outside of Garden Lodge. I remember one occasion there was a group of us were at Freddie’s favourite restaurant for lunch and there were a couple of fans sitting nearby. Freddie’s food arrived and he was just about to take a mouthful when one of the fans pushed a piece of paper under his nose asking for a signature. Freddie told them to leave him alone in a very sharp tone, so the fan went back to his table and Freddie continued eating. At the end of the meal, on his way out, Freddie went to the fan’s table and gave a short lesson in politeness and then signed the paper.
Also you only had to be in the audience at any Queen concert and you could see Freddie connecting with everyone there. He never sang to a particular spot at the back of the venue, he would try a search out each pair of eyes. (Peter Freestone)
Queen on feire