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Interviewer : You’ve had 80 million sold around the world with Queen.
What makes you want to do something like this which is a very big risk for you, isn’t it ?
To stick your neck out there and stand up alone without other musicians ?

Freddie Mercury: “That’s the way I like to live.
Yes, firstly if I didn’t do this I don’t have anything to do. You know, I can’t cook, I’m not very good at being a housewife, it’s just in my blood. I seem to have been doing this for so long that it’s so in my blood, I don’t know what else to do. I’d be very vulnerable and I wouldn’t know what to do, so I think I just have to keep doing it. It’s not having to keep doing it, of course. I’ve made a lot of money. I could live beautifully and wonderfully for the rest of my life but, the way I live is I have to be doing something every day.
I want to earn my keep and I want to be doing something. I have a nervous energy that needs to be doing something. I can’t relax in bed all day and just do nothing. I think it’s a waste of time. I hardly read books. I think that is a waste of time. People are going to kill me for this. But it’s just a nervous energy that I have and I just basically write music and I want to keep doing that, I have a lot of songs and I enjoy doing them, see, it’s come to a stage where before I felt it was my work, it’s still my work, now. I just feel it’s something I enjoy doing, you know, it’s very interesting.
There are lots of challenges ahead and like you said earlier on, this is another step for me and a new challenge and I’m, you know, going to receive it with open arms”

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The world’s catchiest song…or “The most egotistical and arrogant song ever written”?

‘We Are The Champions,’ this 1977 Freddie Mercury composition, which can be seen being recorded here in fascinating archive footage, is widely regarded as one of the greatest rock anthems ever written, holds a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2011 was identified by a team of scientific researchers at London’s Goldsmiths University as ‘the catchiest song ever written.’

But despite going on to become one of the most instantly recognised songs in pop history, the track did not get off to an auspicious start with media challenging the band, and Freddie in particular, for a lack of ‘modesty’ in coming up with such an ‘arrogantly’ titled song.

[Interviewer] “And only Queen could come up with the title, We Are The Champions. I mean, where’s the modesty gone?”

Roger and Freddie rose to the moment in characteristic style:

Roger Taylor: “Well there isn’t any. No modesty whatsoever. After the slagging off we get from the English music press, I mean who cares? We’ve got nothing to lose now.”

Freddie Mercury: “Oh, I’m a cold, heartless bugger. No, it has absolutely nothing. It’s just pure commercial, call it what you like. It’s the most egotistical and arrogant song I’ve ever written.”

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“He was my big childhood hero along with Paul McCartney, but Queen’s ‘Jazz’ was my first real LP! Through my brother I got in touch with Queen and it became a love that would never go away.

And as it was then at a young age, a room full of Queen posters. My highlight was meeting Freddie and that actually happened twice!

I thought it was strange that this outspoken and energetic man on the stage backstage was such a shy and restrained man. I had no idea at the time that it would count for many big pop stars. Freddie patiently signed the pictures I had taken of him the day before and we had the picture together.

For years I had a very small discolored print of that photo because I had no more negatives, yesterday I found the two images. A photo with eyes closed and this one ….

We are now 35 years later, but Freddie will never be forgotten. And in those 35 years I have already captured many other icons.
But this was perhaps the greatest of all! “

William Rutten photographer

Courtesy Instagram Willian Rutten

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He was the most kind and generous man I ever met. He taught me so much about so many things. Art … appreciation, creating, creativity … Even patience although he himself was always so impatient. As far as I’m concerned, Freddie was the teacher and when he died, school was out forever and it was then up to us to go out and make use of what we’d learned, what he’d taught us.

He was that rare being, a man who had impeccable taste and yet also the wherewithal to effect that taste. He was in private life exactly as he was when working in the studio. He didn’t care how much anything cost in terms of money or time or effort provided that the end result was as perfect as the idea he had first had in his mind. Quite simply, he got things done and those things were always done the way he wanted them done.

Peter Freestone

A beautiful portrait of Freddie by Simon Fowler

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June 6th, 1977 – Queen Story!
London, UK, Earls Court Exhibition Centre
‘A Day At The Races Tour’

This pre-show picture was taken in front of the newly-built crown lighting rig.

The band dropped £50,000 on a new lighting rig for these shows, which was a giant crown – 25 feet tall by 54 feet wide, weighing two tons. Queen were pioneers of many rock concert spectacles, including this very first mobile lighting rig.

The proceeds from this show went to the HRH Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal
⏩ Source queenlive.ca website

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4 September 1982, Freddie and his friends had a gathering before his 36th Birthday

By September 4, the bands progress had arrived at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. As a treat, Freddie had flown over four of the posse of his New York Daughters. Perhaps Bill Reid felt left out. I don’t know, because Freddie spent all afternoon in the hotel suite’s sitting room having afternoon tea. This seemed quite appropriate as Vancouver is quite the most British of all the North American continent’s cities. So, it was Earl Grey tea, cucumber sandwiches and Victoria sponge, all the way. Admittedly, after the novelty of the tea party wore off, Freddie then ordered half a dozen bottles of champagne and a bottle or two of Stolichnaya vodka from room service.

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Brian May: It was actually the BPI Awards that we went to to collect an award and Geldof was a few tables away and came over and said “How about doing this, this thing?” And he said “We’re going to have this and this and this and this.” And we said “Oh yeah, I’m sure.” You know? I think he thought it was an almost impossible thing to get together but we said “Yeah, we’d be interested.” And then a bit later when he rang up and said “Look, Brian, I have to have a commitment. You know?” And so we all sort of talked about it a bit more ….

Interviewer: Is that because you support the cause and want to do your bit or because it’s such a unique rock even that you can’t afford to miss out in a way?

Freddie Mercury: To answer that, honestly it’s a bit of both actually. Cause I think it is a very good cause and initially I think we would have liked to have taken part in the Band Aid single but I think we were in separate parts of the globe. And so the second bash I did was this thing and also the fact that some of the biggest and best known groups around the world are taking part, why not us? So I think it makes me personally proud to be a part of it.

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