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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 Queenโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ โ€œThe Gameโ€

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!

Hereโ€™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

๐Ÿ“ท 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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Japan, April/May 1979 – Freddie Mercury and Pete Brown (Queen’s group coordinator) in Tokyo during ‘Live Killers’ Tour

๐Ÿ“ท Photo Credit Pete Brown’s son
โžก Source @letusclingtogheter on Instagram

  • Pete Brown (unfortunately died several years ago): Tour co-ordinator ‘A Night At The Opera’, ‘A Day At The Races’, personal manager ‘News Of The World’ USA, group co-ordinator ‘News Of The World’ EU, ‘Jazz’ –
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1 July 1986, Queen performed the first of two evenings in scorching temperatures @ Hallenstadion in Zรผrich, Switzerland

A fan who saw both nights recalls: “It was about 110 degrees in that auditorium. Under the lights it was probably unbearable.”

Photographer, Torleif Svensson, who took this incredible picture from this particular show said:

โ€œWhen Queen played in Zรผrich, my friend Anders was living in Switzerland. I got him a backstage pass so he could stand with me near the stage. It was summer, and very hot. My friend Anders didnโ€™t want to get his new shirt all sweaty, so he took it off. He stood with me in the photographers pit by the stage and enjoyed the rest of the concert with only his bare chest, which caught some nice glances from stage.

From the book โ€œQueen – The Last Tourโ€.
Torleif Svensson

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2 July 1971, John Deacon performs with Queen for the very first time ever @ the College in Surrey, England

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง’๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ง๐. ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐จ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฃ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐Ÿ, ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ณ๐ณ๐ฅ๐ž.

As a child, John had a keen interest in electronics, and spent much time fiddling with radios and reel to reel tape machines. That could have been his calling were it not for a certain musical explosion that hit him hard. As with countless teenagers across the globe, it was the Beatles that cemented his interest in playing rock and roll. He quickly learned his way around a guitar, and by age 14 had formed his first band, the Opposition.

They made some noise around his home turf of Leicester, England, but in 1966 when the Opposition’s bass player quit, Deacon decided to make the move to the rhythm section. With John on bass, the band carried on for a couple more years in various lineups and names. Eventually, Deacon left the band to study electronics at Chelsea College, University of London. For a moment, his first interest had won out, but that would soon change once again.

In October 1970, John caught a performance by a new band calling themselves Queen. His initial reaction, however, was less than enthused. “They were all dressed in black, and the lights were very dim too, so all I could see were four shadowy figures,” he stated in a band bio. “They didn’t make a lasting impression on me at the time.โ€

But John ran into two of its members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, a few months later, when they were on the hunt for yet another bassist. They invited him to an audition. It was not only his style on the bass, but his reserved stance and personality that endeared him to the other members and helped him secure the gig.

Roger Taylor recalls, โ€œWe thought he was great.โ€ We were all so used to each other, and were so over the top. We thought that because he was quiet he would fit in with us without too much upheaval. He was a great bass player too โ€“ and the fact that he was a wizard with electronics was definitely a deciding factor.”

The new addition of John Deacon alongside Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Freddie Mercury, would be Queen’s classic lineup for the next 20 years one of which only death could fracture.

๐๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜†, ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐๐๐ข๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž. ๐—๐—ผ๐—ต๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜. ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐›๐ข๐  ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐ฃ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐ญ-๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ญ. ๐ˆ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐๐ง’๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ฒ ๐›๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ .

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