“It’s hard to pinpoint these things,

“It’s hard to pinpoint these things,

“It’s hard to pinpoint these things, but we certainly have an ingredient between the four of us. We all have a role to play. We are four different characters, and that’s why I think it’s worked. No two of us are the same. We all like totally different things, but we come together and it’s a chemistry that works. But I couldn’t tell you what it is. Who can? It’s just something that seems to fit. It’s what good bands are made of … and we are good!”

“Let’s face it, darlings, we’re the most preposterous band that’s ever lived!”

Freddie Mercury, In His Own Words

Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

29 August 1980, Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

A ticket price of $10.50, will allow you to experience Queen’s incredible lights, amazing sound, hit after hit and the power of Freddie Mercury!

“The Game Tour”

This is the last known performance of ‘Need Your Loving Tonight’ on this side of the Atlantic. But interestingly enough, the addition of this song tonight leads to a fun historical tidbit – Queen play all five songs of side A on The Game, the first time they perform an entire album side at a show!

After Freddie asks the audience about his new look, he adds: “It’s my moustache, and I’m gonna keep it.” ❤️

Brian May reveals the following about lights, sound and touring to Melody Maker in 1980:

“The flashy thing, that if it looks good and is well presented, then it can’t really have a substance. A couple of years ago that was at its peak, that if you had a decent light show and a good PA, that was selling out to commercialism. I think people have got over that, the groups that were successful from that period have started to go down the road we’ve gone down. If people are paying to see us, it’s worth being able to be heard properly and seen properly. It’s worth doing a complete show that people are satisfied with.”

He also noted that “touring is certainly the most immediately fulfilling part of what we do, and it’s not really a big strain – mentally or physically – because we’re well organized, we know how to do it. All you have to worry about is playing well on the night. For me, it’s by far the best part of being in the band. Suddenly, life becomes simple again!”

May didn’t discuss the tensions that surrounded the making of ‘The Game’ album, but he did say that “on the whole, I wouldn’t have it any other way. … I think you need the balance, you need to go out on the road, you need the studio to develop ideas. … But there is always somewhere new to conquer, as it were.”

Queen performed their second evening at Dublin, Ireland

Queen performed their second evening at Dublin, Ireland

29 August, 1984 – Queen performed their second evening at Royal Dublin Society Simmonscourt in Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪

They rocked out to a packed stadium of 12,500 fans!

Audience members sang their own version of ‘God Save The Queen’ at the end of the show.

A fan was reportedly seen putting a large video camera into their backpack after the show.

Gallery update Tour England

Gallery update Tour England

48 years ago, 22 March, 1974, Queen performed at The Paddocks, Canvey Island, England.

“Queen ll Tour”

Freddie is playing a Wurlitzer, not a piano. Freddie didn’t yet own a piano at this point, and would play whatever the venue provided. No doubt tonight’s versions of ‘White Queen’ and ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’ were one of a kind.

The photos are © Paul Bird

Queen Live

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ENGLAND. “PADDOCKS, CANVEY ISLAND

Freddie was the godfather of my third son,

Freddie was the godfather of my third son,

Freddie was the godfather of my third son, named Freddie after him, but he loved and cared for all my children. One time, in 1984, Freddie asked my first son Julian what he wanted for his birthday and Julian said: “All I want is for you to show up to my party in the costume from the ‘It’s a Hard Life’ video”. And, my God, he did it! Well, he didn’t come to the door in the costume. I heard him changing in my bedroom and muttering “I can do this on stage, I can do it at this party!”

(Reinhold Mack, Queen producer 1980-1986)

Update Gallery “I Want To Break Free” With fans

Update Gallery “I Want To Break Free” With fans

22 March 1984 – Queen started filming portions of their extravagant video, “I Want To Break Free”, directed by David Mallet. This John Deacon penned hit was enormous throughout Europe and became an anthem in oppressed areas in the word.

The first day of filming took place at a new studio called Limehouse in London’s newly refurbished Docklands. On short notice, the fan club provided four hundred extras, who wore black boiler suits and miners’ helmets. The shoot took place in a massive warehouse next to the main studios, which was freezing cold inside! The extras played their parts well, surrounding the band and moving down steps en masse on cue.

Not surprisingly, however, the fan club members didn’t complain at all – most were so in awe at being in the presence of their heroes that only a small number actually plucked up the courage to ask for autographs.

The next day (March 23) the band will go into a smaller studio in Battersea to film the main part of the video, the guys in drag! Lol.

“I Want To Break Free” was Queen’s most outrageous video they had ever made, and the most expensive (£100,000) topping the cost of “Radio Ga Ga’.

The filming of this fabulous video would take about three weeks

This video would become one of Queen’s most controversial, especially in America (they just didn’t get it) and it’s also one of their most beloved by fans!

Freddie Mercury is pictured signing autographs for the “Miners” on the set

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WITH FANS “I WANT TO BREAK

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