There is no band remotely like Queen. There aren’t even imitators that come within a hundred city blocks of Queen, and that can be said about very, very few bands. It’s one of the few bands in the history of rock music that was actually best in a stadium. I miss Freddie Mercury very much!
1986 was a magical year for Queen. The band was at the top; it was indicated by the record of sales of albums and videos, the demand for tickets, unprecedented attendance at their concerts, and good criticism.
The band sold more than 1.7 million albums in the United Kingdom alone, where ‘A Kind Of Magic’ was number one and remained fifth for thirteen weeks, while the video of her singles reached first place.
The Magic Tour was Queen’s last tour with Freddie and everything was fabulous from start to finish. I remember starting at a soccer stadium in Stockholm. Many of the concerts were in stadiums, some in closed enclosures, but above all they were huge shows throughout Europe and that had a really fantastic reception.” — Roger Taylor.
“We are performers, and our music has a lot of theatre. I like to show, really play a song. Any other could sing these pieces sitting quietly, but they wouldn’t have the same effect. We are Cecil B. DeMille del rock and roll.” — Freddie Mercury.
—— photos scanned by myself from “Queen Live At Wembley” fascicle from Planeta d’Agostini. Reposted from @freddiemercuryonline
“Freddie was always interested in music. The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were his favourites, he was always playing air guitar and doing Hendrix impersonations. He used to do a sort of showbiz stance. We thought he was joking around to amuse us. We used to call him Freddie Baby, and he used to say, ‘Don’t you worry, I’ll be big one of these days. I’ll be a real star’. No one believed him, because no one had heard him sing at that point”
Paul Humberstone Freddie’s friend and college mate in Ealing Art College in London, England
Picture was taken in the back garden of 42b Addison Gardens, West Kensington, London in summer 1969. (Photo by Mark and Colleen Hayward/Redferns)
Queen August 27, 1982 – The band performed at The Myriad in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA with Billy Squier. Hot Space Tour
The wonderful review of the show said, “Queen and their lights kept the audience of nearly 10,000 people standing on their chairs during the 85 minute concert. Queen’s light show deserves special notice. It always offered something new and never interfered with the performance. Yet what makes these lights stand out is that they were four additional members of the band.
Queen has been playing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody for six years now. Mercury, at the piano, sang it and played it as if it was his first time, intense in the soft moments, breaking into the rocking climax.
Queen saved their three biggest hits for the encore, crowning the evening with, ‘Another One Bites The Dust,’ ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions,’ all performed with enthusiasm.
Queen exhibits untapped emotions in their heavily produced studio material when presenting it on stage. With sophisticated technology floating above them, Queen gave the Myriad audience an unpretentious, simple yet talented rock ‘n’ roll performance.
I’ve attached the review too. All the fabulous pictures were taken by Terry Holt
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