Queen aren’t likely to be back in Britain until ’86 at least. But there’s always Freddie’s solo album to look forward to, Mercury further explains;
“It’s very beat orientated. It’s just some things I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I think it’s a very natural album and I hope people will like my voice.
“I won’t be touring on my own though or splitting up with Queen. Without the others I would be nothing. The press always makes out that I’m the wild one and they’re all quiet, but it’s not true. I’ve got some wild stories about Brian May you wouldn’t believe.”
“Ambitions? Oh I don’t know. I don’t want to be a great actor. I don’t think I’d be very good at it. I’m alright when I’ve got a costume on and I can hide behind my role but I would be hopeless doing something straighter.”
“Doing this job is like being a housewife. Everyday I get up and I’ve got lots of chores to do. Really, you know, it’s not very spectacular.”
Freddie Mercury Interview with Record Mirror January 1985
Queen Headline Rock in Rio Music Festival
They set a record for paying attendance, playing to 250,000 people each night – the biggest audiences they would ever play for. Some sources say the band played to as many as 350,000 (or even 470,000) on the first night alone!