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Queen performed @ Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska

Queen performed @ Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska

13 September 1980, Queen performed @ Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
β€œThe Game Tour”

𝐀𝐧 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐒𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲… 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐨π₯𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐧! π–π‘πšπ­ 𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐑𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐒𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 πŸ’›

β€œI don’t know if anyone has ever been able to appreciate a rock concert as much as I did when I saw Queen at age 7. I knew the order the songs were supposed to be in, the way the stage was supposed to look, and what the band was supposed to do. And everything happened perfectly. Except for that damn mustache.

Late summer 1980, I was pestering my mom to take me into town to get candy. She said, “Do you really want to get candy, or would you rather get tickets to see Queen?” I stopped in my tracks and started being the nicest boy you could imagine. I thought maybe she was kidding, but knew she wouldn’t kid me about something like that. I guess my dad had already OKd it too. Like Axl Rose once said about Queen: “They meant everything to me.”

We got two seats in the front of the second balcony, just by the railing to the balcony below. We were on the right side of the arena, about halfway back, so we couldn’t complain. Now, I knew this was the beginning of the biggest wait: sitting in the same spot from 1 in the afternoon to about 9 at night.

The main parts of the stage I liked (from viewing the pictures in my Live Killers album) were intact: the steps were lined with lights under Roger’s drums, and middle of the main stage had a small plank stage that stuck out for Freddie to walk on, where the crowd could touch him but not too easily. Most of the instruments, and all of Roger’s drum set, were covered in giant sheets of plastic. I’d never seen such big speakers; I had a flashback when I saw the black and white photo to the right because that’s what they looked like with the house lights up.

Throughout the afternoon, the lights in the arena would go out, then come back on… like we were being teased. Finally when it was about time for the opening band, the lights went off longer than usual and the band took the stage. The opening band was someone we had never heard of, and my mom and I both can’t even remember who it was now (two people have e-mailed me saying it was a band called “Dakota”). I don’t think they had any hits, and then apparently disappeared soon after. The crowd tolerated the first two or three songs. Then, every song ended with “Just one more song!” much to the audience’s vocal dismay. I went on a trip to the bathroom, and they were still playing when I came back. Then they left. Ten minutes later, they came back and said “Just one more song!” and I think they played three. People were yelling, “We want Queen!” People were getting harsh to the point it was just uncomfortable even seeing the band on the stage. Everyone cheered when they left.

The lights came back on. Another two hours. Just seeing them walk across the stage would have been enough for me, so at that age I really couldn’t comprehend being in their presence for a whole two-hour concert. This wait was easier though because every second we knew the show could start. Seeing Queen still seemed like it was too good to be true, like some act of God would occur just before the show to prevent it. Then, the lights went out.

There’s no feeling like the wait in total darkness just before a Queen concert.

It was 10 minutes of black and the loudest screaming I’d ever heard. I remember it was “scary” and so I think Brian might have also been playing the weeping guitar sound like the beginning of the We Will Rock You concert video. It was a good scary feeling though, like going up the first hill of a roller coaster. After several minutes of intense darkness and the crowd screaming, when I felt like my ears didn’t have room for any more sound to enter (though I loved it), the even louder sound of thunder clapped across the arena with an incredibly blinding light. I could see everyone on the main floor have to turn completely around in unison toward the back of the arena because the lights were so bright. I kept trying to glance at the stage to see what was happening, but it was too bright to see anything… plus, in between the flashes, it was too dark to see anything. It was sort of an unnerving state, being totally blinded in that big of a place with that many people, and coming to the realizaton that it would be unthinkable to actually move around and that we were basically helpless. I was holding my mom’s hand. Queen had the whole crowd paralyzed in their tracks before the show even began.

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Roger Taylor wrote in the Queen Fan Club Autumn Magazine

Roger Taylor wrote in the Queen Fan Club Autumn Magazine

12 September 1977 – Roger Taylor wrote in the Queen Fan Club Autumn Magazine that their sixth album, “News Of The World” just finished and took about two and a half months to complete. It was set for a 28 October 1977 release date

After an exhaustive seven years together and several trips around the world – not only to the United Kingdom and the United States, but Europe, Japan, and Australia – the band were ushered back into the recording studios in the summer of 1977 to record a follow-up to β€˜A Day At The Races.’

Instead of recording a similar album, several clashing musical styles were beginning to overtake the airwaves and attention of musicians worldwide: punk, new wave, and disco. Smartly opting to explore the first two genres, the band started to write and record more stripped-back songs, foregoing the usual production gimmicks of multiple overdubs and studio trickery.

During this period, Roger started to write and record songs that he felt didn’t suit Queen’s sound. Four songs – β€˜Sheer Heart Attack,’ β€˜Fight From The Inside,’ β€˜Turn On The TV,’ and a deconstruction of Parliament / Funkadelic’s β€˜I Wanna Testify’ – were written and demoed in the summer of 1977, with the explicit decision of issuing them as a solo release.

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Did Freddie donate to charities …?

Did Freddie donate to charities …?

Did Freddie donate to charities …?

β€œFreddie actually gave a lot of money to HIV/AIDS charities anonymously while he was alive. He never wanted the world to know what he was supporting or how much money he was giving away. Generally, he would give money to a friend of his who would then make the donation for him.

He also let his doctors try out various new drugs, which eventually became part of the β€˜drug therapy’ treatment. He knew that the drugs would not give him a longer life span, but hoped that the results of tests done on him would help AIDS sufferers in the future.

Because Freddie knew he had a limited time left to him, he just concentrated his energies into creating music, which was the most important thing for him.

He knew he could not change the outcome of his life, so why waste what time he had thinking about the inevitable.

Freddie also thought about the future and in his will left all the remains of his estate after 50 years to be divided and given to two charities.”

Peter Freestone

We know Freddie was a selfless man, a humanitarian, a beautiful man inside out! A heart of gold.

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour in the beautiful country πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅

Credit to Christian Clark (Grandson of wardrobe supervisor, Dane Clark)

Dane Clark was Queen’s first wardrobe supervisor from 1976 to 1979. He accompanied the band on tours.

He worked backstage to take care of their hair, make-up, clothes and personal belongings. Peter Freestone took over the job after Dane parted ways with the band.

Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive

Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive

9 October 1973 – Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ on Elektra – their very first-ever single in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ It’s the opening song on the band’s eponymous 1973 debut album.

Brian May wrote this track, it was conceived on acoustic guitars during Queen’s practice sessions at Imperial College and the garden at Ferry Road in 1970. At the time, Queen had not yet found a permanent bassist.

The first version of “Keep Yourself Alive” was recorded in summer 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios. It was produced by Louie Austin and includes the intro played on Brian May’s Hallfredh acoustic guitar. All of the song elements were already present, including call-and-response vocals by Mercury (verses) and during the break, where Taylor sang a line and May answered it. This demo version remains May’s favourite take of the song.

The track was recorded again in 1972 at the famous Trident Studios and Co-produced by Queen, Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony.

Queen’s first single, this has many familiar elements: the stacked guitars, the big harmonies. Brian May recalled to Mojo magazine: “Unfortunately, apart from a few places like Japan, it didn’t get much airplay. We were told ‘it takes too long to happen, boys. It’s more than half a minute before you get to the first vocal.’ So when we made the second album, we felt right we’ll show them.”

β€œThe first recording of it ever was in De Lane Lea when we did it ourselves and I’ve still got that recording and I think it’s very good and has something which the single never had. But THEY pressurised us very strongly to redo all the tracks and we redid β€˜Keep Yourself Alive’ with Roy and it was pretty awful, actually. I thought it was terrible and I was very unhappy about it and I thought the De Lane Lea one was better and I eventually managed to persuade Roy that it was better as well. So, we went back in and did it again in a way that was a bit more true to the original. But there is no way that you can ever really repeat something. I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured and, although we ended up with something that was technically in the playing and perhaps even in the recording a bit better than the De Lane Lea thing. I still think that the De Lane Lea one had that certain sort of magic, so I was never really happy. As it turned out no one else was ever really happy either and we kept remixing it. We thought that it’s the mix that’s wrong, we kept remixing and there must have been, at least, seven or eight different mixes by different groups of people. Eventually we went in and did a mix with Mike Stone, our engineer, and that’s the one that we were in the end happiest with. That’s the one we put out.
But, to my mind β€˜Keep Yourself Alive’ was never really satisfactory. Never had that magic that it should have had.”

Brian May – 1983, BBC Radio One

Roger Taylor said In a radio in 1977, Brian had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek, but their sense was completely changed when Freddie sang them.

β€œKeep Yourself Alive” is cited as the highlight of Queen’s debut album. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that while Queen “too often . . . plays like a succession of ideas instead of succinct songs”, “there is an exception to that rule β€” the wild, rampaging opener ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ one of their very best songs!”


When I left Art College, one of my lecturers told me,

When I left Art College, one of my lecturers told me,

“When I left Art College, one of my lecturers told me, I should keep my paintings, because they were very good. I was flattered and told him I’d always keep them, but money was hard to come by at the time and I started selling them.

Now I could kick myself for breaking that promise, because those paintings meant a great deal to me and I’d love to have them back.”

Freddie Mercury

This lovely photo was taken by Peter Hince at Musicland studios, Munich, 1985 during β€˜One Vision’ sessions

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