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25 September 1981 – Queen are in Caracas, Venezuela 🇻🇪 kicking off the second leg of the South American tour “Gluttons for Punishment”

Queen perform the first of three consecutive nights in a row @ Poliedro de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela (they were slated for five but forced to cancel two shows due to tragedy) The country went into mourning following the death of former president Rómulo Betancourt.

Freddie is pictured at a ‘Queen Party’

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🔸 Half an hour went past. It felt like three. More rain showers came down. Finally, the distorted sound of One Vision started up. Intoxicated people at the back reacted like cavemen and ran downhill towards the noise. The wave of people gathered momentum and bodies like a tsunami until it slammed into me. I was lifted off the ground and carried about ten or fifteen feet forward. My brother grabbed onto my bag strap so I wouldn’t get swept away and lost in the melee.

Finally, the human wave seemed to stop as Freddie Mercury appeared with a crown on his head. (Freddie usually came out with his crown and ermine cape at the end as ‘God Save The Queen’ played.)

(But with political tensions of The Troubles in Northern Ireland at their height, it was wisely decided not to play it and end the show with We Are The Champions.)

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Pic: July 5th, 1986 – Queen Story!
Queen performed open air concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland, for nearly 100,000 fans
‘Magic Tour’

📸 Photographer Richard Young

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“’A Night At The Opera’ it is an album of very strong songs,” Mercury says. “Each one can stand on its own. This is our strongest album in that way. It was hard to title.” The title of the alburn doesn ‘t mean, he says, that it’s a concept album, with all songs following a central theme like a rock opera. In fact, it may be the group’s most varied album, going from acoustic folk to vaudeville and 1920s- and 1930s influenced songs, to high-energy rock. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a quality they think of as opera, though, it is “our way of doing what we think is opera.”

The group is an expensive one to move around the world, Mercury says, with all its equipment and its huge road crew. He gives that as the reason for changing from the previous management company to John Reid enterprises, which also manages Elton John.”That’s why we have John Reid — he has lots of money.” And what do Mercury and his fellow musicians think about the predictions and thrust toward superstardom? He says, “We haven’t really sort of conjured up anything of what we’re trying to do in that line. Every band has that desire to be big. That’s one of the things that keeps you going. You’ve got to have some kind of goal — to get bigger is one. Our aim is to be respected as musicians more than that. I think you can be a very, very big group and still not be respected as musicians. You can be regarded as a phenomenon that is going to dry up very soon. I ‘d like to be long lasting and then thought about when I’m dead as a musician who was of some worth and some value.
That would be nice.”

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Pic: Summer 1975, Surrey, UK – Freddie Mercury on the tennis court (on the left Mary Austin).
Queen at Ridge Farm rehearsing for the album ‘A Night at the Opera’.

Queen’s fourth and probably best known album, was recorded in England and Galles between August and November 1975 and released on november 21st, 1975

📷 Photo by Watal Asanuma/Shinko Music

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20 September 1979 – Queen filmed their video for “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” at Trillion Studios, London, UK. The video was directed by Dennis De Vallance.

Dennis collaborated with Freddie which resulted in an all time classic. A break from the traditional performance based piece, the video saw the first appearance of professional dancers in a Queen promo. As Brian stated in retrospect: “A bit of a departure for Queen, to have girls dancing – and boys dancing, which I don’t think we were that comfortable with really.”

Like the song itself, the video is an intentional pastiche of the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll, with Freddie as the greased biker who gets the girl. He cavorts about the stage with scantily clad male and female dancers, while the band play on at the back of the set. A last minute addition to the piece came in the form of eight pairs of clapping hands sticking up through holes in the catwalk during the relevant section of the song. There were no extras available, so members of Queen’s personal staff filled in, taking a bottle of whiskey under the stage with them to while away the tedium of multiple takes, with obvious results. It is perhaps a miracle that De Vallance managed to capture the claps in perfect time.

What is perhaps most clear about the video is that Freddie was truly enjoying himself. As he once claimed, “In terms of videos, I like to have fun in them. I think if you do that then it comes across. I can’t just sit in a chair and knit a blouse!”

Brian’s followers should also take note – on this song, Brian played a Telecaster that belonged to Roger, but in the video it was a brand new Telecaster which he went on to use whenever he played the song on stage.

This Freddie Mercury, Elvis inspired, rockabilly classic would become one of Queen’s biggest hits! It would own the #1 slot for four weeks in America. Impressive! Freddie has stated this song took him a mere 10 minutes to write and in the bathtub. Genius!

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27 August 1980 Queen performed before an audience of 9,500 eager fans at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine USA 🇺🇸 “The Game”

41 Years ago, Queen Rock Portland one last time as they were able to leave their fur coats behind for a summer night in Maine.

August 27, 1980, Queen rocked Portland silly on The Game Tour. The show opened with Freddie in all his outrageous brilliance, wearing a black leather motorcycle jacket and launching into Jailhouse Rock. The power of his four-octave vocal range stills echoes today within the walls of the CCCC!

Here’s the setlist: Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Play The Game, Mustapha, Death On Two Legs, Killer Queen, I’m In Love With My Car, Get Down Make Love, You’re My Best Friend, Save Me, Another One Bites The Dust, Now I’m Here, Dragon Attack, Now I’m Here (reprise), Fat Bottomed Girls, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, drum/guitar solos, Brighton Rock (reprise), Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Sheer Heart Attack, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, God Save The Queen

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July 5th, 1986 – Queen Story!
Queen performed open air concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland, for nearly 100,000 fans
‘Magic Tour’

Pic: Freddie Mercury wearing a crown backstage at Slane Castle, Ireland, during ‘Magic Tour’ in 1986

📷 Photo by Denis O’Regan

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March/April 1976, Japan – Queen Live!
Freddie Mercury performing on stage during ‘A Night At The Opera’, second japanese tour

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