“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”
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Queen’s first concert in Japan. The audience was all young girls, so I wasn’t worried to be right in front. But they rushed the stage — my camera and glasses were swept away — a girl fell right onto me. I had to save another from falling into the pit. Freddie Mercury wouldn’t allow photos unless we set up a time, but during that one hour he would pose however I asked. Backstage Freddie had his own room. We see, Freddie Mercury, then aged 29, sitting with the other band members, accompanied by women dressed in kimono, around the edge of Tokyo Tower.
In other photos, we see them trying their hand at kendama, a traditional Japanese game.”
– Koh Hasebe (Photographer)
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“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