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Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is chosen as the “The Top Feel Good Song”

Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is chosen as the “The Top Feel Good Song”

19 September 2015 – Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is chosen as the “The Top Feel Good Song” of the last 50 years

From the brilliant mind of Freddie. This is probably one of his best (in my opinion) It’s empowering, a joyous call to arms for fellow partygoers around the world. Now, 44 years later, this song still has the ability to lift moods and fill the dance floor.

Dr Jacob Jolij (a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Groningen in Holland) has studied pop/rock songs from the last fifty years and confirmed the impact ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ has on listeners with an equation that shows it is the top feel-good song due to its combination of a relatively fast tempo, positive lyrics and the perfect musical key, producing a happy feeling.

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Reflecting on this tour,

Reflecting on this tour,

Reflecting on this tour, Billy Squier had some kind things to say about Freddie Mercury. “He loved to perform. I think all the words about how great a performer he was have been used up. I just used to stand and watch him every night thinking, ‘How do you do that? Just how do you get away with it?’ It was the onstage Freddie that was most fearless. He believed in what he and the band were doing so much. He never projected the slightest fear or self-doubt and that just swept the audience along with him. He just knew that the show was going to work. He was made for the stage. His sense of theatricality was the key, and it was a key which so very few other rock performers have at their disposal.” ♥️

16 September 1980, Queen performed at the James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, USA

16 September 1980, Queen performed at the James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, USA

16 September 1980, Queen performed at the James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, USA 🇺🇸 with Dakota. “The Game Tour”

When Queen hit the stage, after ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘We Will Rock You (fast)’ Freddie said to the audience: “Hello Ames, Iowa… home of the Cyclones!” and everybody truly went nuts! That’s because back in the day, the Iowa State University Cyclones were a strong basketball team.

Here’s a fantastic fan story written by Dave about his experience:

I first saw Queen in Chicago on the Day at the Races Tour. It was the show where someone from the balcony dropped eggs onto the stage and Brian slipped and fell during The Millionaire Waltz. We had lousy seats behind the stage.

In 1980 they were coming to Iowa State University where I was going to school. Tickets went on sale the day that the dorms opened. My plan was to drive the 4 hours from home early that morning to get in line for good seats.

As it turned out, one week earlier, my family left on a vacation without me since I had to go back to school. The last thing my mother said to me before they left was “Paint the house”.

I had a better plan.

I packed up everything I owned and drove back to school a week early and set up camp outside the box office.

The box office was next to a huge parking lot with grassy boulevards here and there. I pitched my tent on the nearest boulevard right next to a sidewalk that was lighted from dusk to dawn. I unscrewed one of the lights and screwed in an electrical socket. So for one week while waiting for tickets to go on sale I had my television, stereo and hot plate working from dusk to dawn.

I arrived on a Tuesday and was pretty much by myself until Friday. Other people began camping out on the weekend and by the following Tuesday when tickets went on sale it was a huge party.

Needless to say, I bought the first 15 tickets and filled up the center section of the first row and some of the side sections with all of my friends for one of the best concerts of my life.


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Queen performed at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany

Queen performed at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany

16 September, 1984, Queen performed at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany 🇩🇪 ‘The Works! Tour’

The Olympiahalle was pretty packed, as Freddie says before It’s A Hard Life, “I think this the biggest audience we’ve seen in Munich.”

Before Is This The World We Created, Brian speaks to the audience in German. He calls them their “Freunde in München” (friends in Munich) and gets a great cheer for it.

𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧‘𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐝, ‘𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫’ 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞

𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧‘𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐝, ‘𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫’ 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞

‘But touch my tears with your lips; Touch my world with your fingertips’

15 September, 1986 – 𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧‘𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐝, ‘𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐖𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐓𝐨 𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫’ 𝗶𝘀 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗞 🇬🇧

This beautiful , heartfelt ballad was written by Brian May for the soundtrack, ‘Highlander.’ It was the sixth track on Queen’s twelfth studio album, ‘A Kind of Magic.’

Queen was backed up by an orchestra, with orchestrations by the co-composer of the film’s score, Michael Kamen.

“This is a very different era, of course. The song was written – I’ve documented this very well, I know – but what happened was we went to see the Highlander rushes with Russell Mulcahy, and that was our first experience in any way with Highlander – I hadn’t read the script; I don’t think any of us had – and it was very moving. [The film is] about a man who becomes conscious that he’s immortal, and he’s reluctant to accept that fact, but he’s told that if he falls in love he’s in big trouble, but of course he falls in love anyway. And the girl that he falls in love with eventually grows old and dies in his arms, and that kind of opened up a floodgate in me – I was dealing with a lot of tragedies in my life: the death of my father, the death of my marriage, and so forth. I could immediately hear this ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ in my head, and it was almost complete in the car going home – I remember singing it to my manager as he drove me home, and he was pretty surprised. He said, ‘Where did that come from?’ and I said, ‘I don’t even know.’ To my mind, I don’t think the video does that much for the song, but it’s nice to see Freddie very formal.”

Extracted from Brian May’s commentary on Queen’s Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD – 2003

It peaked a respectable number 24 in the UK and has since become a firm favourite amongst fans.

Here’s the video ⬇️

The B-Side is Freddie Mercury’s clever song, ‘Killer Queen’ This track was originally released October 1974 and included on Queen’s third album, ‘Sheer Heart Attack.’ During its release, it peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart and became their first US hit, reaching number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100!

Freddie definitely kept his Moet et Chandon

in a pretty cabinet awaiting celebration 🥂🍾

“We’re very proud of that number. It’s done me a lot of proud. It’s just one of the tracks I wrote for the album to be honest. It wasn’t written as a single. I just wrote a batch of songs for the Sheer Heart Attack album and when I finished writing it, and when we recorded it, we found it was a very, very strong single. It really was. At that time it was very, very unlike Queen. They all said: ‘Awwwwwww.’ It was another risk that we took you know. Every risk we’ve taken so far has paid off.”

Freddie Mercury to the Record Mirror 1976

Queen performed two nights at Palazzo dello Sport in Milan, Italy

Queen performed two nights at Palazzo dello Sport in Milan, Italy

14/15 September 1984, Queen performed two nights at Palazzo dello Sport in Milan, Italy 🇮🇹

Below is an article published on Queen’s arrival

It was a gloomy morning that day in Milan in September 84. It wasn’t supposed to rain but it did. We were finalizing preparations for the arrival of the “queen” Freddie Mercury and his noble companions. I remember that we were constantly notified of the increase in the number of people on their staff and, consequently, the number of hotel rooms available to us decreased. We ended up forced to sleep eight in the same room, as in boarding school. It was still very rock’n roll. Four limousines, one for each member of the band as many cars for the staff. Five bodyguards, one for each, two for Freddie.

Let’s go back to that unfortunate rainy morning in mid-September. The house, as we called our Emi headquarters, the place of the event, was very spacious inside, but the idea of bringing Queen together with the media in the large garden would certainly have been appreciated by everyone. The catering staff, the technical staff, the Emi collaborators, all waiting for the miracle that would allow us to set up everything outside. But the rain persisted and the sky was in a black. A decision had to be made in the middle of the morning. The arrival of the band was expected at 12.30, that of our journalist guests at 12.00. Even though the rain continued to fall, I could catch a glimpse of a veiled ray of sunshine struggling to make room and I, of course, cheered for him. But those who were pawing to set up, starting to prepare drinks, food, lights and microphones inside, cheered for rationality. Overlooking the street, I saw the people walking with their umbrellas open, the cars with the windshield wipers running, the overflowing puddles. Of course, one would think that it was enough to check the weather on the internet with a computer or a mobile phone…. but it was 1984 and the technology was still poor. The only virtue that existed at the time was that many records were listened to, vinyl albums with large colored covers full of information, which were listened to entirely and over and over. This press conference was in fact organized to present, in addition to the two Milanese concerts of Queen, also their album “The Works”, published after their appearance in San Remo.

Punctual as a Swiss clock, at 12.30, on splendid royal carriages, the Queen arrived and, with them, a warm and total sun. Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor and, of course, Freddie Mercury made a pompous entrance into the garden of the house, greeted by a loud applause. The sun had made everyone in a good mood and of course me too. The meeting with the media was extremely pleasant and informal. Freddie, always professional and very relaxed, confessed his love for our country, as the cradle of opera music, of which he was a great admirer. Arriving towards the villa, he had the opportunity to admire the statue of Giuseppe Verdi, a composer who had given him so many emotions.

In the evening I organized dinner with them in a restaurant near the State University. A pleasant evening with long chats, both with the band and their manager Jim Beach. It was perhaps for this reason that, some time later, Jim Beach decided to take a house on the island of Elba. Later the “queen” was accompanied to a very, very exclusive club … God save the Queen … because … Freddie you’re a boy make a big noise … playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday … singing … We will We will Rock you …

Massimo Bonelli was a Former General Manager of Sony Music, he spent 35 years in the world of marketing and record promotion, always accompanied by a great passion for music.

Extracted from article:
Here Comes The Queen
Massimo Bonelli 2015

The picture is of Massimo Bonelli with Freddie Mercury, Ravizza street, Milan, 14 September 1984

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