“This tour was a photographer’s dream. From the moment we landed the band was treated like the Beatles. Better than the Beatles. The fans were rabid, the screams of “Freddie, Freddie” incessant, the hotel lobbies packed—all the usual hazards of rock stardom but more… elegant. Definitely more foreign.” — Neal Preston.
“The day before the first gig the band held a large press conference, which was attended by over a hundred print and broadcast journalists. Our local press rep spoke to the crowd first and in Portuguese (then English) he told them they were welcomed to ask the band about the production or their music but that they didn’t need to go beyond those parameters, and that they shouldn’t ask Freddie about his sexual orientation.” — Neal Preston.
“Of course, the very first question from the audience was from some journalist who asked Freddie “Are you gay?” Now this was the first time I’d ever heard anyone ask Freddie about this because it was simply never an issue. Freddie just let the question roll off his back with a simple response like, “Oh darling, do we really need to discuss that?” — Neal Preston.
—— Photos scanned by myself from “Queen The Neal Preston Photographs”
Reposted from @freddiemercuryonline
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