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Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world

Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world

Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world, but admits he has few friends.

“When you’re a celebrity, it’s hard to approach somebody and say: ‘Look, I’m normal underneath.’ Then what happens is the tread all over me because by trying to be normal to somebody, suddenly I’ve come out of my shell and become far more vulnerable than most people.

Because I’m successful and have a lot of money, a lot of greedy people prey on me. But that’s something I’ve learned to deal with. I’m riddled with scars and I just don’t want any more.”

Instead Freddie turns to his fans to feel wanted again. He said: “I find even when people have let you down, you just want to go on stage. It’s very gratifying to know that all sorts of people want you.”

Freddie Mercury interview 1985

The beautiful picture is from Queens’s 1986 ‘Magic Tour

11-12 July 1986, Queen performed their epic Wembley Concerts

11-12 July 1986, Queen performed their epic Wembley Concerts

11-12 July 1986, Queen performed their epic Wembley Concerts – One year after their show-stealing Live Aid performance at Wembley, Queen returned to the venue to perform two sold-out shows to 150,000 fans in only two nights. The band broke all previous attendance records during their ‘Magic’ Tour.

“Lee and I had seen from afar that Live Aid was a tremendous success for Queen and Freddie. We were unable to attend that concert, but the ‘Kind Of Magic’ performance at Wembley Stadium was a definite go. Lee and I managed to take a week off from our jobs and were invited to stay at the recently finished and permanent home of Freddie’s. The Garden Lodge at Logan Place. This is when we met Jim Hutton for the first time and realised that Freddie was finally in love for real.

Freddie was in great spirits for this two-day concert in London. We were given excellent seats. They must have been prime seats because in the next box over sat Mick Jagger, enjoying the concert. We left him alone, which seemed appropriate for that situation.

The Sunday after the two concerts, in the midsummer, where the sun sets at 10pm, Freddie decided he wanted an outdoor party in the Garden. Although most people would set up a picnic table and lawn chairs, Freddie wanted more. He directed the entire dining room formal table and chairs as well as fine China to be moved out to the garden. How decadent, but how fun! It was a glorious evening with perfect weather.

That week was the first time my boyfriend of two years met Freddie. Brandon was a bit nervous but Freddie was gracious and warm. Freddie said to Brandon almost immediately after meeting him, ‘Darling, I’ve never seen Thor like this before. Come, tell Mother everything.’ Then, off they went for about forty-five minutes for a private talk. When I asked Brandon afterward what had happened, he told me, ‘Oh my God, Freddie is so kind and so totally down to earth.’ Freddie won Brandon over and vice versa.”

Thor Arnold

Pic: Thor Arnold, Freddie, Brandon Domiteowsky (Thor’s friend) and Lee Nolan pose on the limo bus to Wembley Stadium

Freddie was hugely talented

“Freddie was hugely talented. He was a natural musician. And he had an amazing voice. He could sing anything – from rock ’n’ roll to classical music. For example, apart from the Hectics, he was also part of a Western classical music group at school, where three boys would sing in three different keys. And that is probably one of the reasons for the eclectic sound he created for Queen in later years. By the way, his voice never changed over the years. If you listen to a Freddie Mercury CD, it sounds just like the young Freddie did back then, singing for the Hectics in Panchgani.

After school I lost track of Freddie. And given the very different kind of life that I led in the army, I’d never even heard of Freddie Mercury. It was only after he died, in 1991, that someone sent me a magazine cutting about Freddie, which happened to mention my name as one of the Hectics. It was only then that I learned his whole story. I went out and bought a couple of Freddie Mercury CDs, I remember. I could hardly recognise the face on the cover, but the voice sounded exactly like the Freddie I knew from our Hectics days.”

Victory Rana, member of The Hectics and Freddie’s friend at boarding school

In the top picture, Victory Rana is to the left, Bruce Murray and Farrokh (Freddie),

a lovely fan story from a young lady, Julie.

a lovely fan story from a young lady, Julie.

July 8, 9, 11 & 12, 1980, Queen performed four evenings at The famed LA Forum, Inglewood, California 🇺🇸

“The Game Tour”

Here’s a lovely fan story from a young lady, Julie. She was with a group of friends who not only saw Queen perform at The Forum but they met Freddie!

” I was a star struck teenager in 1980 when we sat near a stage at the LA forum to witness Queen concert.

Thanks to my uncle George Steele III who was a leader in the music industry , we were driven to the concert, just kids no adults. We stomped, clapped and sang our hearts out.

After the concert, we were ushered backstage where we waited until Freddie Mercury entered the room. He asked about how we liked the show and took pictures with us.”

Credit to Julie Seleine Hudash

A treasured memory for these young fans 💛😉

This picture was taken July 1980 at LA Forum

Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s

Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s

Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s. What do you think of this phenomenon?

Roger Taylor: It is a phenomenon, it is great. I think it’s fantastic to have a new public for us. We are an old band and we had great times back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. But to think now, 50 years later, a lot of very young people really discovering our music for the first time, it’s fantastic, it gives me a very good feeling.

What do you think attracts people to Queen?

Roger: I personally think it’s good music, it has quality. And I think the musicianship is good, I think the singing is good and the composition is good. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, we aren’t everybody’s favorite style. But some of the songs have an anthemic, grand occasion kind of feel and I think that translates to people.

Roger Taylor

Queen is Timeless!

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was Freddie’s covert way of saying that he had now left his old, straight life behind him.

I got a feeling that Freddie always had a complex that he wasn’t as well-educated as the others. Maybe that’s why he chose to leave them and go back to his dressing room or hotel room. He seemed to prefer hanging out with his own entourage or ‘harem’, as it became known.

Or was it just his dark secret, the suspicion that he was HIV positive, that got in the way?

Sometimes Brian and I would knock on Freddie’s door to show him one of my pictures. (Brian always wanted to see the latest ones, so in the morning I would run around town in a new city looking for photo processing labs). But Freddie was only moderately interested. He might have said ‘nice shot’; that was about it.

He wasn’t a diva though, far from it. Instead I remember him as being an extremely polite, humble and friendly chap.

Be that as it may, Freddie was never around when the other guys hit the bars after a gig. Nor was Roger, the always polite, real British gentleman, who also preferred to set up his own after-parties.

For this reason, it would often be a small trio, Brian, John and myself, who would go out for a pint or two, rarely more. None of them seemed interested in getting particularly drunk. When Queen was interviewed by a Japanese newspaper in 1975, John had replied that his favourite drink was ‘milk’ and Brian had said ‘grapefruit juice’. Clearly, it was music that had attracted them to the business from the start, not dreams of some kind of rock star life.

The thing is, even if we rarely talked about it that summer of 1986, Freddie had become an important part of my life. He was one of the few stars who always owned the stage, who almost seemed to own the world. Every inch of him an artist.

I have thousands of pictures of Freddie stashed away, not all of them good, of course, but still I find it hard to identify a single one where he doesn’t come off looking totally luminous.

Even when he is lying seemingly wasted, almost dead, on a staircase on stage, his pose is perfect.

The Queen is dead. Long love the Queen.”

[Torleif Svensson, ‘Queen – The Last Tour’]

📷 Torleif Svensson, 1986

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