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I first met Freddie at the beginning of 1975.

I first met Freddie at the beginning of 1975.

I first met Freddie at the beginning of 1975. I think it was March or April although I can’t be sure. I had been working for Paul and Linda McCartney for some time…Coming out of the restaurant September was Freddie and his old friend Malcolm Grey whom I knew. Freddie’s car, driven by Roy Thomas Baker, was parked at the kerb outside.

As Freddie and Malcolm crossed the street, there was no mistaking the lead singer of Queen who after only three albums had made such a name for himself with songs like ‘Seven Seas of Rye’ and ‘Killer Queen.’

Freddie was also making a name for himself in the glam rock stakes and my memory of him that night is indelible. He was wearing the famous fox fur jacket and skintight black satin jeans with white Dr. Scholl clogs. It was the same jacket he wore in the video of ‘Killer Queen’.

In fact, the jacket rarely left his back for the first twelve months I knew him. Black-painted finger nails and the Mexican silver snake bangle tastefully accompanied the ensemble and the whole was topped with a haze of carefully teased hair.

Freddie was never without his hairbrush which lived in the fox fur jacket. The three of them were inseparable.

David Minns

Queen performed the first of two consecutive evenings @ Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Queen performed the first of two consecutive evenings @ Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2 August 1982 – Queen performed the first of two consecutive evenings @ Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After Freddie showers the audience with some cold beer, he introduces a new song. “We’re gonna try something new tonight. This is a phase that we’re going through right now. But don’t worry about it. Everybody thinks we’re gonna turn black or something. It’s not gonna be that. This is Staying Power.”

Before ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love,’ Freddie introduces keyboardist Fred Mandel as a “local boy from Toronto.”

One person who attended this show mentioned how the audience was pretty restrained until ‘Tie Your Mother Down,’ when people finally charged toward the stage. He recalled the excitement of watching Queen finally playing a couple “old songs”. As we know, not many songs from the first few albums would be played on this tour, as the band were focusing on the two most recent studio albums – recalling the success of ‘The Game’ and trying to market ‘Hot Space.’

Here’s an amazing fan story:

“I decided to go to one of the Queen shows. The Latin-studying geek that I was… had no friends who were willing to dish out $12.50 for a ticket, so I went alone to Maple Leaf Gardens. I wouldn’t say that I was a huge Queen fan – yet. But I certainly knew their music despite the advent and dominance of synthesized tunes on the radio. At the concert, I had a Red Section seat which was about 8 rows up from the floor.

I remember the classic tunes being played as well as tunes I had never heard before, like Tie Your Mother Down. Then in the second half, Freddie Mercury made a gesture and suddenly there was a stampede toward the stage, so I ran along as well. I found myself right up against the stage, but I couldn’t see very much because I was a petite little girl. My disappointment lasted for no more than a minute, when a guy offered me his shoulders to sit on. Normally I would not have considered doing such a thing, but the euphoria and great energy of the concert made me forget that I was only 16 yrs old and by myself.

Hoisted up on the stranger’s shoulders, I could immediately feel the cold air conditioned stage. Freddie Mercury was running back and forth with great energy. Brian May stood still under a spotlight. Then Freddie Mercury ran by during one of the last songs/encores. As he did, he looked me straight in the eyes, with a great smile, and slapped my hand “high five”. Then Brian May came by and handed me a long stem red carnation from a loose bouquet that somebody threw on stage.

He distributed all of the flowers to others as well, but it seemed so personal when he handed one to me.

What a great concert experience. I could still feel the smack of Freddie’s hand on mine 31 years later. I still have the ticket stub and pressed red carnation in my box of fond memories. Sigh.” ~ Roxy, a fan

(Thanks to Natromanxoff for the story)

Freddie had this IT FACTOR

Freddie had this IT FACTOR

“Freddie had this IT FACTOR. Everything about him just calls to you. He’s kind, which you can tell. He’s fun. He’s confident, and has more charisma than a human should be allowed. He moves about on stage and when he does, his moves seem to fit the music perfectly.

Freddie is fluid and graceful and he becomes the music. He is a little guy and usually when you meet stars and they are little it’s all a let down but his presence seems big.

I like his do what I want attitude. Just everything about him just fits together perfectly. It’s hard to explain. He is just appealing to the eyes.

He is just a whole lot of fun to look at. He’s also super photogenic. He’s just got IT. Whatever it is and that mesmerizes you. Also from what I’ve read, when he paid any attention to you, he had a way of making you feel like the most important person on Earth even if just for a minute. He made you feel special for however long you talked to him from what I hear. That, is super hard to pull off.

Freddie was just magnetic in every possible way even off the stage. He was just this perfect puzzle of pieces that was even better than like that super traditional Brad Pitt look. Every so called imperfection, made Freddie even more irresistible idk why.

I sometimes think he’s from the planet Rhye. It has 7 seas. He sometimes seems to me to be bigger than human. It’s completely impossible to explain. There aren’t words honestly it’s like attractiveness became human and it was him.”

Credit to Julie Perkerson

BS in Public Relations and Journalism

She has a Freddie fan page on Quora

Her description is perfect of Freddie. The “IT FACTOR”, now that’s the truth

Queen did it again .Top 2000 the Netherlands

Queen did it again .Top 2000 the Netherlands

This year Queen is at the top of the Top 2000 of NPO Radio 2 for the nineteenth time with Bohemian Rhapsody. Danny Vera, still number 1 in 2020, can be found in second place with Roller Coaster, just like last year. The top three is completed by the Eagles with Hotel California. This was revealed this afternoon by Ruud de Wild in the Top 2000 Café in Sound & Vision in Hilversum. Coldplay has risen from eleventh to fifth place with Fix You.

Procol Harum has completely disappeared from the top 10. The band rose from 153rd to third place last year with A whiter shade of pale. People had voted en masse for the favorite song of Peter R. de Vries, who was shot earlier that year. Golden Earring, last year in sixth place with Radar Love, is also no longer among the top ten numbers.

Queen was not at the top of the Top 2000 five times. For Danny Vera, John Lennon (2015), the Eagles (2014 and 2010) and Boudewijn de Groot (2005) managed to score a first place.

Listeners could vote for their favorite records until this afternoon. The full list will be revealed next Thursday. The broadcast of the Top 2000 starts on Christmas Day at midnight. The number 1 is played just before the turn of the year.

30 July 1986 – Queen Live @ The Amphithéâtre, Fréjus, France

30 July 1986 – Queen Live @ The Amphithéâtre, Fréjus, France

Here’s a wonderful fan story:

“In the summer of 1986 my friend Martin and I decided to do an Inter Rail Tour i.e. you buy a railway ticket which allows you to travel unlimited miles all over Europe for a whole month. We started the tour in Villach/Austria on July 1st 3:15. 18 hours later we reached the Italian-French border at Savona. As early as the next day we went on to Cannes and the first thing we did in Cannes was to go to a ticket shop and to buy tickets for the Queen show that was to take place on July 30th in Nice. The vacation was already a huge success having these tickets and our anticipation was huge.

We kept on travelling the whole European continent. On July 11th we decided to visit the Queen Fan Club. Unfortunately, the office was closed but we noticed hectic activities near the building of Queen Productions without knowing the reason for it. Only much later we realised why the fan club had been closed: it was the day of the first Wembley concert and we two blockheads had no idea!

One or two days before the concert I was lying sunbathing on the beach of St.Raphael when I noticed a small aeroplane towing an advert banner. The banner read that the Queen concert had been rescheduled to take place in Frejus instead of Nice. Thank heavens I saw that banner, if I had not seen it by sheer coincidence we would have stood before closed gates on the night of the concert.

Finally the long awaited day arrived: July 30th 1986 – Queen live in Frejus.

Around 5:00 pm, the gates opened. We had good “starting positions” and ended up in the 5th row in front of the gate. We had a perfect view of the stage. The theatre is rather small and very intimate. No matter where you were, you could see the stage well. The stage was also pretty small and packed with equipment.

After more waiting the show finally took off. The support band Craaft was rather boring and was hardly appreciated by the crowd.

Queen enter the stage. The start of the show is the part I remember most vividly. The lighting rig hung deep down, only about 2 metres above the stage floor. As soon as the “One Vision” intro began, the apparatus began to move and bright light came out of it. During the intro the whole lighting construction unfolded to its full size, a modest size of course, because the stage was really rather small.

I don’t need to tell you about the show and the set list. I remember Freddie’s greeting “Welcome in this little bedroom”. My friend had smuggled his mini cassette recorder into the stadium. In the beginning he held up the recorder – unfortunately, because the music was so loud that the small microphone could not handle the sound volume. Later we put the recorder on the step behind us and so we got a reasonable bootleg. After such a long time I don’t remember more details but I will never forget the magical atmosphere on stage and in the audience. Wait, I remember this: both Brian and Freddie played a wrong chord: Brian made a terrible mistake towards the end of Bohemian Rhapsody and Freddie hit the wrong key in “We Are The Champions” on the piano right before the part “but it’s been no bed of roses”. It was so bad that the show stopped for a second. It is remarkable that in a perfect show like this one small mistakes do happen and it made me happy to see that Queen are human, after all.

The last thing I remember of this concert is our walk from the stadium to the station. We walked along the rails, did not speak a word, were half deaf and totally blissful. This night was definitely the highlight in my life as a Queen fan.

Written by a fan named Winnie

Courtesy of Queen Concerts

“We were in Super Bear in the summer of 78, late summer

“We were in Super Bear in the summer of 78, late summer

We were met at the Negresco Hotel in Nice, one of the best hotels in the world. And we followed them up into the hills, an hour outside Nice where the studio was, in Berre-les-Alpes. By that time most of the backing tracks had already been done so it was vocals, guitar overdubs that kind of thing. I just remember it being the same as most other recordings: it gets a bit dull when you’re not involved. Just sitting there, making a cup of tea or changing guitar strings or whatever. I know the producer got ‘creative’ and didn’t like the studio room. We’d got all the equipment in, but we couldn’t get the tractor-trailer up the hills. It was one of those tiny Provence roads, so we had to ship it into a little Citroen van and move it up in stages.

And then they’re all these steps in the studio, and we finally got it there, and got it in on it set up and the producer said, “I don’t like floor”. So we had to take everything out again get the carpet rolled up, taken outside and we moved all the equipment outside and then there was one of these torrential rain storms that you have in the south of France, and that was one of the days that we weren’t too happy……

There was a big swimming pool, which was great and we ate in, and as you can imagine, had quite reasonable food – being in France. I think John was living in the studio place, Fred had a villa down the road. We were sort of dotted around. It was a tiny village so… But like all recording you start at strange hours and work strange hours and yeah basically it was just like another recording session, it just happened to be in the South of France. It was just a little nicer when you came up for air than being in some of the rough places in London where we were, so yeah, it was nice.”

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