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Gallery update Photoshoot 004 1981

Gallery update Photoshoot 004 1981

February 1981 – Freddie Mercury in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Queen performed five shows in Tokyo at the famed Nippon Budokan during a short โ€˜Flash Gordon Japaneseโ€ Tour

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QUEEN HISTORY – 21 September 1981

Queen are in New Orleans preparing for a forthcoming tour of South America.

๐Ÿ“ท Queen in New Orleans, 1981

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Gallery update press conference Italy 1984

Gallery update press conference Italy 1984

3 & 4 February 1984 – Queen headlined the Sanremo Music Festival. It was the bandโ€™s very first performance in Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

They were out promoting their album โ€˜The Worksโ€™ and mimed โ€˜Radio Ga Gaโ€™

In an Italian newspaper article Freddie Mercury said “The Police and Barry Manilow both pulled out of San Remo when they heard we were top of the bill and they would have to support us. But Boy George turned up. He later remarks that Boy George possesses a great talent. He thinks heโ€™s very brave – referring to his camp image – and sees definite similarities between George and himself during Queenโ€™s early days.

They wanted to sing and play live, but the organization of the Festival forced them to do a mimed exhibition, like all the other artists and like every other tv show at that time (except for the US tv programme Saturday Night Live). Freddie, in protest, performed for almost the entire duration of the song keeping the microphone away from his mouth.

Freddie Mercury during the press conference

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Gallery update Live Sanremo music festival Italy

Gallery update Live Sanremo music festival Italy

4 February 1984, Queen performed once again at the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

They mimed their hit โ€˜Radio Ga Gaโ€™

โ€œBlondie, a German friend of ours from Munich, had shown up in his official capacity as representative for Puma sportswear. He had custom-made a tight red singlet vest with a leaping white puma on the front for Fred, and was delighted when he wore it on stage in front of a TV audience of millions.

In those days, there was little sponsorship or hard endorsements. Queen would be given loads of sportswear from Puma, Nike and Adidas and would maybe wear it – or maybe not. No contracts were signed or heavy lawyers involved. It was very relaxed and low key – just the occasional promo photo. It was a different era.โ€

Peter Hince

Freddie proudly wearing his Puma singlet

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Gallery update A day at the Races 5 February 1977

Gallery update A day at the Races 5 February 1977

5 February 1977, Queen performed @ Madison Square Garden also known as โ€œThe Worldโ€™s Most Famous Arenaโ€ in New York โ€œA Day At The Racesโ€ Tour

This was the bandโ€™s first time playing @ The Famous Garden. The concert sold out within minutes and Queen were set to perform before 20,000 enthusiastic fanatics. This show was absolutely fantastic!

Itโ€™s been said, once you played the Garden, that’s when you had finally ‘made it’ on this side of the Atlantic.

Highlights of the show:

After โ€˜Ogre Battle,โ€™ Freddie speaks to the frantic audience. “Thank you. Good evening everybody! Thank you, thank you for giving us such a nice welcome. It’s really nice to be back here in New York. Okay, we’re gonna have some fun tonight, okay? We think you’ll like it. Right now we’re gonna change the mood straight away, do something a bit quieter. So take it easy. Take it easy everybody. This… this… listen to me my darlings! Let me do the talking for a change.” (as a flurry of the at-the-time fashionable firecrackers go off!) “This is a song called โ€˜White Queen.โ€™โ€

Brian, before ’39: “We’re gonna do something a little different now. We’ve never done this in New York before. We weren’t up to it last time; we didn’t have the guts. This is something off the last album. It features the dulcet tones of Mr. Taylor. And Mr. Mercury. This is ’39.”

Freddie stops the show briefly after โ€˜Stone Cold Crazy,โ€™ as there seems to be a slight power issue. He continues: “This next song is a song that we do… every time we do a show we love to do it. It’s called โ€˜Liar.โ€™โ€ This version of the song is blistering.

Brian, as Freddie sits down at the piano after Liar: “Thank you for making this a night to remember. We’re gonna give you something else to remember. We’d like to leave you in the lap of the gods. Thanks a lot.”

“It was a pleasure doing business with you,” says Freddie at the end of the show.

Brian May recalled this show in his โ€˜Queen in 3Dโ€™


โ€œOur first show in New Yorkโ€™s famous Madison Square Garden (MSG) arena, on 5 February 1977, was a milestone for Queen but also for me personally. The innate electricity of this place is hard to describe. MSG is nationally famous in the USA for top-level basketball and many other sporting events, and famous worldwide for world title boxing matches. Itโ€™s also a kind of badge of merit to play there as a music act – something that every rock band aspires to. The feeling of hitting that stage for the first time, to a packed roaring house of American fans, was truly breathtaking. On most tours you get accustomed to handling โ€˜nervesโ€™ – you have confidence in your team and yourself after a while – but certain nights are impossible to treat as โ€˜normalโ€™ and this was one of them.โ€

โ€œMy recollection is that my feet seemed to be suspended about three inches above the boards of that stage, and if you listen to recordings from the night, you can hear us racing at break-neck speed as if thereโ€™s no tomorrow. It was an overwhelming noise that came back from the crowd that night, and a huge affirmation for us as a group in full flight.โ€

Source: Brian May, โ€˜Queen in 3D

Elektra Records threw a party for the band after the concert.

In a 2013 interview with Record Collector, Roger Taylor says this gig was “quite a big step,” adding “I was quite nervous for that one. You had to step up.”

๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ โ€˜๐“๐ข๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐Œ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ฐ๐งโ€˜ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ฎ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐œ๐ก๐ž๐œ๐ค ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ, ๐๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ž ๐†๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐Œ๐ข๐š๐ฆ๐ข, ๐…๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐๐š (19 ๐…๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ) ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ๐ž๐!

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gallery update A Night At The Operaโ€ Tour usa 1976

gallery update A Night At The Operaโ€ Tour usa 1976

5 February 1976, Queen performed the first of ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐-๐Ž๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ @ The Legendary Beacon Theater in New York ๐Ÿ—ฝ โ€œA Night At The Operaโ€ Tour

Freddie and Roger enjoying the after party thrown by Elektra Records. Attendees include Billie Jean King, Todd Rundgren, David Johansen, Ian Hunter, and Ahmet Ertegun

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