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Freddie Mercury backstage

Freddie Mercury backstage

Freddie Mercury backstage

A fan recalls there wasn’t much atmosphere to begin with because the show began and ended in daylight, due to a lack of lighting on the Slane site. Plenty of people in the audience got drunk and, combined with the steady rainfall, it led to some problems all afternoon. It began with various objects being thrown at the opening acts. Suzanna Hoffs of The Bangles said at one point, “We’re sorry you’re getting wet. We are too, but at least you can’t get electrocuted!”

Sam Coates was in the audience and recalls, “One thing I clearly remember was a guy getting on stage and running at Freddie. Freddie very cool; he put his arm around him and walked him down the steps and led him to the security staff who escorted him off-stage.” Around this point he tapped a security guy on the shoulder and told him, “This is your job.”

(read more on queenlive.ca website)

then came Queen and the world

then came Queen and the world

“First there came rock groups. And lo, they were good. And then came Queen and the world trembled. For Queen are not just a group, they are a way of life, an institution, and they have a place in the national heritage of treasures,” said journalist, Chris Welch.

The British music press treated Queen’s music roughly most of the time. Instead of appreciating their national treasure and try to make the best out of it, they reviewed their albums without even listening to them, always in a deprecating way.

Freddie just burnt their reviews the moment he received them. After all the harm and gratuitous insults these people had inflicted in the past, it was too late to redress the balance now.

“If the clipping was from a British publication, it went straight onto the fire, the American and European clippings, he kept.

Of course, serious journalists, like Maura Sutton, singled out Freddie for particular praise, and also hit out at the British music press for its continuous persecution of him: ‘Freddie Mercury has always attracted the greatest amount of flak from critics too busy to acknowledge the fact that he’s one of the greatest rock vocalists ever!’ This review excited Freddie the most,” said Peter Freestone. 💛

Queen released their eighth and highly successful studio album, ‘The Game

Queen released their eighth and highly successful studio album, ‘The Game

30 June 1980, Queen released their eighth and highly successful studio album, ‘The Game’ in the UK by EMI and in the USA by Elektra records.

This was the first Queen album recorded in two sessions, the band recorded four tracks from June-July of 1979 and would complete the recording from February- May of 1980. Roger Taylor said they were ambitious and about forty songs had been submitted for the album – certainly enough for a double album, once all the decent material had been separated from the sub-par. Yet, surprisingly, only ten songs appeared on the album.

Despite the fact that Queen had recently purchased their own recording studios in Montreux, Switzerland, they did not use it for this project. All tracks were recorded in Musicland in Munich and were produced by Queen and Reinhold Mack.

It was the first Queen/Mack co-venture but certainly not the last; the collaboration would go on to produce some of the band’s finest work and be responsible for many of the biggest and best known hits.

‘The Game’ marked a notable turning point for Queen in terms of musical style. For the first time they were experimenting with disco/funk rhythms and completely immersing themselves in the bass-driven grooves of the day. Whatever Queen did, and whatever the fall-out might be, good or bad, they embraced it wholeheartedly, and this album was no exception.

‘The Game’ was the first Queen album to feature a synthesizer, though this aspect was unwelcome news to many long term fans who had been with Queen since the ‘Nobody played synths’ albums of the seventies. John in particular is known to enjoy soulful upbeat Motown and disco/dance music, and was the person most at ease with this significant change in direction. From these sessions came the mighty ‘Another One Bites The Dust,’ a colossal international hit that gave John his first No 1 record. Inspired by the kind of bass lines so successfully employed by soul group Chic at that time, ‘Bites The Dust’ came from nowhere to catapult Queen into the stratosphere and a whole new audience – even in the most unlikely quarters as the black funk clubs of New York.

“We were No.1 in all the Soul, Black orientated charts, Disco charts…it was totally unexpected…we never even thought of that record as being a single…” (Roger Taylor on Another One Bites The Dust)

Brian May told Mojo in 1999, “We struggled bitterly with each other. We were all frustrated with each other. I remember John [Deacon] saying I didn’t play the kind of guitar he wanted on his songs. We all tried to leave the band more than once. But then we’d come back to the idea that the band was greater than any of us. It was more enduring than most of our marriages.”

“That was when we started trying to get outside what was normal for us. Plus we had a new engineer in Mack and a new environment in Munich. Everything was different. We turned our whole studio technique around in a sense, because Mack had come from a different background from us. We thought there was only one way of doing things, like doing a backing tracks: We would just do it until we got it right. If there were some bits where it speeded up or slowed down, then we would do it again until it was right. We had done some of our old backing tracks so many times, they were too stiff. Mack’s first contribution was to say, “Well you don’t have to do that. I can drop the whole thing in. If it breaks down after half a minute, then we can edit in and carry on if you just play along with the tempo”. We laughed and said “Don’t be silly. You can’t do that”. But in fact, you can. What you gain is the freshness, because often a lot of the backing tracks is first time though. It really helped a lot. There was less guitar on that album, but that’s really not going to be the same forever; that was just an experiment.”

– Brian May interview with Guitar Player 1983

‘The Game’ became a huge success on both sides of the pond, it topped the UK and the USA charts not to mention, it also went on to take the top slot on the Argentinian, Canadian and Dutch charts. The album scored two massive number one hits in America, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’ It was also the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US becoming their best-selling studio album in the US, with four million copies sold to date, tying with the sales for ‘News of the World.’ It was also certified 4x Platinum! This fantastic album has sold an impressive 12 million copies worldwide! Wow!

Queen are most definitely – Rock Royalty.

Freddie said ‘The Game’ was his favorite album

What happened the hour or so after a concert …

What happened the hour or so after a concert …

What happened the hour or so after a concert …

“The first half hour or so was the same after almost every show. I was in the dressing room helping the guys out of their wet clothes, undoing shoe laces, taking of the shoes and socks, basically giving them a chance to cool down.

They would be discussing the show, the good parts, the bad parts everything. Generally after this, family and guests would be allowed in to be with the band.

If the record company was there, everyone would go out for a meal and then part company to go to whichever bar, club or the hotel that they wanted to go to. At some gigs there was a very quick exit, where each band member was guided into a limousine and taken straight to the plane which would then serve as the dressing room as we flew to the next destination.

Helicopters were used only when there was a good chance that the band party would get caught up for hours in traffic jams after a show like Knebworth.”

Peter Freestone

Queen have spent the last 10 days rehearsing for their big, upcoming North American tour!

Queen have spent the last 10 days rehearsing for their big, upcoming North American tour!

29 June 1980, Queen have spent the last 10 days rehearsing for their big, upcoming North American tour!

The demand for Queen has become immense and they sold out venues across the country. The lengthy US tour consisted of three legs.

Not only will the band restructure their set list to include their new songs off ‘The Game’ album, they will have a new lighting rig too.

In order to top their previous tour’s lighting rig, the band introduced a new system, known as both the ‘Fly Swatters’ and the ‘Bic Razor’ rigs, with seven sets of movable lights being controlled by only one person each.

Another nice surprise, Freddie Mercury changed his look! He will debut the mustache he spent months growing out. He would often ask the fans if they liked it, does he look like Burt Reynolds, he would be rewarded with much booing and a hail of disposable razors thrown at the stage.

Freddie pledged he was keeping it. He did! The fans even went as far as mailing the disposable razors to the Queen Fan Club! (I loved his mustache). It become his trademark for the next seven years.

The tour commences on June 30th in Vancouver

Freddie is pictured during soundcheck at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Peter Hince took the beautiful photo. He took so many beautiful photos throughout Queen’s career!

nterviewer: You can’t be in this “job” of Queen for life, can you?

nterviewer: You can’t be in this “job” of Queen for life, can you?

Interviewer: You can’t be in this “job” of Queen for life, can you?

Freddie: Ah, you want me to put a deadline on it now. I don’t know. Five years ago you could have asked me the same question and I couldn’t tell you. It could all end tomorrow. I’m not afraid of it. It’s a precarious life, but I think I like it that way. I like it a little risky. Okay, so I’m quite well off, but money in the bank doesn’t mean anything to me. I spend it as quickly as it comes. I could be penniless tomorrow, but I wouldn’t care that much. I have this survival instinct in me.

Freddie Mercury performing his very last concert with Queen, Knebworth Park, Stevenage 🇬🇧 on the 9th of August, 1986

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