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Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

29 August 1980, Queen performed @ The Montreal Forum, Montreal, Québec, Canada

A ticket price of $10.50, will allow you to experience Queen’s incredible lights, amazing sound, hit after hit and the power of Freddie Mercury!

“The Game Tour”

This is the last known performance of ‘Need Your Loving Tonight’ on this side of the Atlantic. But interestingly enough, the addition of this song tonight leads to a fun historical tidbit – Queen play all five songs of side A on The Game, the first time they perform an entire album side at a show!

After Freddie asks the audience about his new look, he adds: “It’s my moustache, and I’m gonna keep it.” ❤️

Brian May reveals the following about lights, sound and touring to Melody Maker in 1980:

“The flashy thing, that if it looks good and is well presented, then it can’t really have a substance. A couple of years ago that was at its peak, that if you had a decent light show and a good PA, that was selling out to commercialism. I think people have got over that, the groups that were successful from that period have started to go down the road we’ve gone down. If people are paying to see us, it’s worth being able to be heard properly and seen properly. It’s worth doing a complete show that people are satisfied with.”

He also noted that “touring is certainly the most immediately fulfilling part of what we do, and it’s not really a big strain – mentally or physically – because we’re well organized, we know how to do it. All you have to worry about is playing well on the night. For me, it’s by far the best part of being in the band. Suddenly, life becomes simple again!”

May didn’t discuss the tensions that surrounded the making of ‘The Game’ album, but he did say that “on the whole, I wouldn’t have it any other way. … I think you need the balance, you need to go out on the road, you need the studio to develop ideas. … But there is always somewhere new to conquer, as it were.”

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Pain Is So Close To Pleasure

20 August 1986 – Queen release ‘Pain Is so Close to Pleasure’ bw ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ (from Queen’s twelfth studio album, ‘A Kind Of Magic’) on Capitol Records (USA).

The song began with a riff idea by Brian, then John and Freddie turned it into a song, with Deacon playing rhythm guitar. The song attempts to fuse together R&B with programmed pop, onto which Freddie added a distinct, beautiful falsetto vocal (this will be the last time he will ever sing a Queen song completely in falsetto).

As with most Freddie Mercury songs, the track has prominent keyboards and like all other John Deacon Songs, a prominent bass line. John originally got involved with this song after Brian, Freddie’s contributions were so significant that John insisted he also receive authorship credit.

“There’s a song called ‘Pain Is So Close To Pleasure’ which I started off, and I think again John and Freddie worked together on it. That’s really sort of a motown sounding track, very unusual for us.” – Brian May 1986 Interview

Unfortunately, the song didn’t chart in the US but it peaked #26 on Dutch Top 40 charts and #56 on German charts

The B-Side track, “Don’t Lose Your Head” a song composed by Roger Taylor and features British singer-songwriter and guitarist, Joan Armatrading in a vocal cameo. The song takes its name from a line spoken in Highlander.

This particular track further confirms that, while the singles on ‘A Kind of Magic’ are outstanding, the remaining songs will remain unknown for a reason. The majority of the song is repetitive, especially the lyrics, which are directly related to the ‘Highlander’ film.

Both Brian and John have been pushed aside in favour of a tinny- sounding synthesizer, while the programmed drums threaten to overpower a strong vocal performance by Freddie.

The line, “Don’t drink and drive my car / Don’t get breathalysed” was inspired by a drunk driving incident in 1985 which involved John and his Porsche. John normally preferred a Volvo, but he bought the Porsche for himself and went to visit Phil Collins of the Genesis at one of his London concerts. The two went out to enjoy a celebration afterwards, and John was pulled over on his way home. He failed his sobriety test and received a very expensive ticket.

Source: ‘Queen – The Complete Works’ by Georg Purvis

Here’s the clip for ‘Pain Is So Close To Pleasure’

The wonderful picture is Freddie and John working on ‘One Year of Love’ (another single from ‘A Kind of Magic’) in the control room at Townhouse Studio

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We owe Freddie a lot. I have to say, Freddie tends to have the image of being someone who’s like a diva and won’t compromise, but actually, Freddie was a wonderful force of coherenceIf he was questioned in the interviews about being the leader of the band, he would always say, ‘No, I’m not the, I’m the lead singer, but we are a democracy.’

It was absolutely true. So very often, Roger and John would be pulling in opposite directions. Roger and myself always in opposite directions. Freddie would be able to find the sort of glue to make it still hang together.So I think we all owe Freddie a lot because of that, the catalyst that he was apart from being a great creator in his own right.”Brian May

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