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8 February 1977, Queen performed @ Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York, USA  “A Day At The Races Tour”

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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

Gallery update live ,London The Game tour

Gallery update live ,London The Game tour

9 December 1980, Queen performed their second of three evenings at Wembley Arena, London

“The Game” Tour

Queen are a force to be reckoned with by this point in the tour, and this show in particular is such an excellent one on all levels. Musically they are spot on, and Freddie’s voice is nothing short of perfect, hitting virtually every note he wants to. Their vocal harmonies are tight, with ‘Play The Game’ being a notable mention.

In light of John Lennon’s tragic murder the night before (8 December Queen put together a version of ‘Imagine’ to be performed tonight in honor of the former ‘Beatle.’ All the lights went down and just one spotlight remaining as Queen played the beautiful tribute

Freddie recited the lyrics from a scrap piece of paper. It is clearly an emotionally challenging task for the band to deliver this iconic song written by one of their heroes on such an occasion, and the gesture is much appreciated by the audience who give them a standing ovation afterward. A fan recalls, “I particularly remember Roger being very upset and biting his hand to hold back the tears.”

They skip Keep Yourself Alive (marking the first time the band play no songs from their first couple albums), and Brian jumps straight into his guitar solo. This would be the last time the band would finish this section of the show off with the ending of ‘Brighton Rock.’ They probably dropped it because they felt it was too long between songs familiar to the majority of the audience. It would be resurrected for the ‘Works’ tour in 1984.

Freddie then grabs his 12-string acoustic guitar and says, “Okay, I’m gonna do a Jimi Hendrix impersonation in a song called ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love.’”

Pete Townshend and his wife Karen attended the show. Pete later remarked, “I thought they were the maddest band I’d ever seen.” He added that Queen were the only band in his eyes that took on the mantle of The Who by doing it their way with a brashness and Britishness that nobody else really had

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