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30 March 1987 – Freddie Mercury shot promo interviews for “The Great Pretender” and “Barcelona”
“The Jukebox Interview.” This was Freddie’s last filmed (video) interview !

Rudi Dolezal: Ah, Freddie, the last couple of weeks and months you were working on solo stuff, can you tell us a little bit about what kind of things you

Freddie Mercury: “This last couple of weeks I have been working with this amazing woman, she’s an opera big operatic star, her name is Montserrat Caballé, she comes from Barcelona, and she just called up, a few weeks ago, and said she’d like to sing with me, so of course I fell flat on the floor, you know, I felt my God, but I’ve loved her, you know, for years, and I think it worked when I went to um, Barcelona, um, recently, so, I did a TV show, and they, they asked me, you know, and I said, well you know, she’s the best singer in the world, and I’d, you know I’d love to be able to sing with her, so she, she must have read, well she must have seen it, and so she called up the office and said she’d like to do things.
So, um, well last night, I mean, she sang one of my songs at, at the Royal Opera House, so it’s amazing, I mean now I’m going into opera, you know, forget rock ‘n’ roll”

Rudi Dolezal: Is this a new experience, an exciting experience?

Freddie Mercury: “Absolutely, it’s such a challenge actually. It’s, um, it’s gonna be great, because, I’ve never, sort of, thought of writing songs in that way, now she said she wants to do duets with me, I have to sort of think in a totally different way, and actually, I’m sure the opera critics will, you know, slam it and everything but I mean this is something that, it’s, it’s a good challenge at this time in life, you know”

Rudi Dolezal: Is it, is it true that you are planning to do a whole album with her?

Freddie Mercury: “Yes, well you see, I, I, I went and saw her, um, a week ago, and I just thought maybe one song, or a duet and that’s it, and she said, um, she said things like, only one song, are you sure? Um, you only want to do one song?’ and I said ‘well let’s see how we get on, you know, if you like more of my music’ and she said ‘how many songs does a normal rock ‘n’ roll album have?’ and I said ‘something like ten’, ‘oh, we’ll do ten songs then’. So, um, you know, so she just said ‘yes, write ten songs’ like tomorrow”

Rudi Dolezal: Er, you had a great success with your solo single ‘The Great Pretender’, (Freddie: yes) in England, can you tell us when you had an idea to pick the song

Freddie Mercury “Well, um, yes, I’ve always, I’ve wanted to do a cover version, you know, a long time ago, and er, you can’t do that with Queen, you know, because I mean we just write our own sort of original material, and I’ve always had that in the back of my head, and this song was the one I always wanted to do, so last Christmas, it was, well before Christmas, I went in, into the studio and sort of tried out a few trials, and I liked it, it sort of suited my voice, it’s a great sort of song to sing, so I sort of went ahead, and I just said ‘well I’ll release it as a fun single’ and then what happens, I mean, when it came out there was this huge um, resurge of, of old things, so I mean it, it looked like I jumped on the bandwagon or something, but luckily it came out on, on the front end as it were, because now there’s about fifteen or twenty, and if, if it came like even two weeks later it would have looked like I ran into the studios to try and do that, but I’m glad it just happened, I think it happened at the right time. Most of the stuff I do is pretending, it’s like acting, you know, so you go on stage and I pretend to be a macho-man and all that, and then in, in my videos you know, you go through all the different characters, and you’re pretending anyway, so I think it’s a great title for, for what I do, and it’s sort of suited to what I was doing, I mean although the meaning, the meaning in the song of how it is, is all to do with love, that he’s pretending about love, but I mean I, I sort of take it a stage further I think, you know, the way I see it is that I’m pretending, you know, all this is a pretense, you know, and it’s, it’s just fun

Freddie Mercury
Interview recorded in 1987, the last filmed interview with Freddie.

Promotion for ‘The Great Pretender’ and in-depth study of the collaboration with Montserrat Caballé – Interviewed by Rudi Dolezal

Screenshot from this interview

Here’s the interview https://youtu.be/S5UVkxp6SS8


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