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He sang every form in the business—rock, pop, blues, country, soul, disco, opera—

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He sang every form in the business—rock, pop, blues, country, soul, disco, opera—without disgracing any of them. Music loves to dance in the voice of a great singer and Freddie had a superlative voice. It was as if he didn’t really “hit” notes: he would more or less sweep them. As rock ‘n’ roll landmarks go, the Mercury voice had the range of the Matterhorn and the complexity of the Eiffel Tower.

Brian May

Queen Live November 26, 1975, The band performed at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England

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Queen Live November 26, 1975, The band performed at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. “A Night At The Opera” Tour

Queen play two sold-out shows today (at 6pm and 9pm), and this listing highlights the earlier show.

After Sweet Lady, Freddie says, “By the way, I forgot to say how nice it is to be here in Manchester. And it’s really nice to do two shows, so see you in the second half.”

This show is the first known instance of Brighton Rock being played live, and it contains a superb Brian May guitar solo. Son And Daughter is now reduced to a single verse after the solo. People attending their shows during this period who knew the albums well would be wondering how the band would end the song, taking note of how they already had ended Flick Of The Wrist with the Brighton Rock coda (it had been performed this way since November ’74, and would remain as such through 1976).

In a 1976 radio interview, Roger reveals that Brighton Rock was actually a leftover from the Queen II sessions, as they thought they’d had enough material. About its life on stage, Brian added: “We didn’t think we could do the main part of the song on stage, because it’s got quite a lot on it on the album, a lot of overdubs and stuff. But strangely enough, it’s just one of those things, if you try hard enough it comes, and the excitement makes up for the things which aren’t there.”

“It’s now time to do another number from this little album here.” He’s holding a copy of the newly released A Night At The Opera in his hand. “Let me see, let me see. I think we’ll do a number called The Prophet’s Song.”

They decide to skip out on Big Spender, and instead launch directly into Jailhouse Rock after Now I’m Here.

There are some great moments in this show, like John’s great bass work in White Queen, and the guitar-drum interplay during the Liar solo. Overall, the band’s ultimate tightness (and often daring nature) in the early days shines through. This facet of Queen is one of many that would define them as a live band in the 70s.

Journalist David Wigg shared this story about one of the two Manchester shows today video podcast in 2020: “I went to the concert and I went backstage and Mary [Austin] was there. And they were roaring, calling him back for more, and he came out of the side platform of the stage into the dressing room, picked up an iron and threw it through a full length mirror that he dressed in front of earlier. And I said, ‘Freddie, Gosh! You’re obviously not superstitious. That’s seven years bad luck in my family.’ And he said, ‘Well that means I’ve got another seven years to live, haven’t I, David?'”

November 26, 1984 – Queen released their first and only holiday song, ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’

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, November 26, 1984 – Queen released their first and only holiday song, ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ / ‘Keep Passing The Open Windows’ / ‘Man On The Prowl’ UK

In 1984, Queen ventured into the world of holiday songs with the standalone single “Thank God It’s Christmas.” But while Freddie Mercury, a powerful vocalist, it was his ability to pull back for that song that guitarist Brian May recalls so vividly.
In telling the story of its creation, May told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, “Christmas songs are always recorded in the middle of July. You have to, to get them ready in time.”

This was Roger [Taylor]’s composition, mainly, except he didn’t have a chorus,” he said. “So I contributed the chorus and we worked on it together, to cut a long story short. And then, when it was almost finished, we presented it to Freddie, who loved it and did a beautiful vocal. I think it’s just the most understated vocal, and I love it, you know.”

The funny thing is, it doesn’t get that much attention in Britain as a Christmas single, because it doesn’t have a video,” he continued. “Everything’s about video these days and we never made a video for that song. It’s all in your mind. But I’m very fond of it. I think it’s a very different kind of Christmas song.”

But that all changed In 2019, Queen released a touching animated music video for “Thank God It’s Christmas,” depicting a snowy nightime winter scene in a city. Directed and animated by Justin Moon, its concept came directly from Brian May and Roger Taylor.

The video focuses on a nighttime street scene as glittery snow falls across the silent landscape and Mercury sings about the “long hard year” while giving thanks for Christmas. As the camera pans up it peeks into different apartments to reveal how each family is celebrating the season, ending with a group on the roof watching the Northern Lights streak across the sky.

Speaking about his thoughts behind the video Taylor says: “Ironically, Christmas tends to be such a stressful time for so many of us. So many emotions, joyful memories of past Christmas’ as delighted children and responsible adults / parents. It’s just a great relief when it finally happens.”

May adds: “The video goes a little further by including a subtle reminder that we as humans now need to feel a responsibility for the welfare of all creatures on Earth – not just for our own benefit, and that of our grandchildren, but out of respect for the rights of the animals themselves.”

Roger Taylor and Brian May’s composition, “Thank God It’s Christmas,” spent six weeks in the UK charts over the festive period of 1984 and 1985. It made a re-apearance in the charts in 1995 when it was released alongside Freddie Mercury’s “A Winter’s Tale” from the ‘Made In Heaven’ album

Here’s the beautiful clip
https://youtu.be/qw2TD91Nytg

Queen Live !! November 26, 1979, The band performed at Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England. “Crazy” Tour

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Queen Live !! November 26, 1979, The band performed at Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England. “Crazy” Tour

This is the first of two nights in Manchester. Because of technical issues with their lighting rig, the show began nearly two hours late.

The band opened with Let Me Entertain You and Tie Your Mother Down on the first night, as they had done at the previous few shows. They switched to the fast We Will Rock You for the second night to shuffle the deck a bit. On this tour, consecutive nights at a venue would never have the same setlist.

An audience recording of this show exists.

It’s a slight coincidence that Queen played in Manchester on November 26th in three different years – 1973, 1975, and 1979.

I’ll carry on as long as I write music and people want to buy it.

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I’ll carry on as long as I write music and people want to buy it. That’s important to me, but it’s not the be all and end all. I’m not going to be one of those old hams that keep going and going. I’d rather leave it at the top. I want to carry on doing what I am doing, but there’s a price to pay and I’m quite prepared to pay it. To me, what I do is priority and it’s what I love doing. Music is the thing that keeps me together. It’s like a shield for me – my musical abilities. I can fend off all kinds of things. So it’s like a battle all the time, but I don’t mind as long as I win through. I’ve built a structure, a kind of musical belief in myself, and that keeps me going. This is in my blood. The only thing I can do is to write music and perform, and that’s what I’m going to be doing – I think that’s what all of us are going to be doing, until we die…..

It’s not a question of having to keep doing it, of course – I’ve made a lot of money and I could live beautifully and wonderfully for the rest of my life – but the way I live is that I have to be doing something every day. I have a nervous energy that needs to be doing something. There’s a voice inside me saying, “Slow down, you’ll burn yourself out!” but I can’t stop. I basically write music and I want to keep doing that. I have a lot of songs and I enjoy doing them. You see, it’s come to a stage where before, I felt it was my work, my job, and though it’s still my work now, I don’t have to do it. I feel it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s very interesting. There are still lots of challenges ahead and I’m going to receive them with open arms.

Freddie Mercury

“it may have been real life, but touring the world with Freddie Mercury felt more like fantasy-

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“it may have been real life, but touring the world with Freddie Mercury felt more like fantasy-

We played our last shows with Fred in 1986, though at the time I never expected them to be our last shows – none of us did. None of us could foresee that he was going to get ill and die so soon. Saying that we missed Fred doesn’t even begin to explain what we felt at the time, and still feel today.

That was especially true when Brian May and I started work on our new album (Made in Heaven), which includes stuff we recorded when Fred was still with us. You can imagine what it was like, listening to him in the studio. Just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine. What a voice!” 💛

Roger Taylor Interview with Danny Scott

This fantastic picture of Freddie Mercury is from Queen’s concert @ Maimarktgelände in Mannheim, Germany 🇩🇪 21 June 1986 “Magic” Tour