Freddie and movies ….. 

Freddie and movies ….. 

Freddie and movies ….. 

Only twice in the twelve years I knew Freddie did I ever accompany him to the cinema. The first film being ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark,’ which we saw in a movie theater in Manhattan. He was particularly amused when partway through the second half of the film; a fly crawls into the mouth of one of the actors (Freddie admired the work of the director, Steven Spielberg), a few rows in front of us, a man leapt to his feet and screamed, ‘A fly! That man jus’ ate that fly!’ Freddie was floored. He was in stitches of laughter. 

The second movie we saw I should have realised was going to be a disaster. It was in Munich that a group of about ten of us including Barbara Valentin and Winnie Kirchberger went to see ‘Die Unendlicher Geshichte’ (The Never-ending Story, as it had been originally titled). The story had lasted approximately ten minutes when Freddie turned to me and said, “I’m getting out of here. This is ridiculous!”

Freddie never dreamt that even though he was seeing the film dubbed into German in Munich that it would at least not have English subtitles. I think he became extremely frustrated. Although he had a very rudimentary grasp of German, it upset him that there were obviously a good few jokes which he didn’t understand and he could see the rest of his friends laughing. Going to extremes, he might even have been a teensy bit paranoid, thinking that they might just have been laughing at him not understanding. 

That apart, Freddie’s boredom threshold was so low that to sit in his seat for an hour-and-a-half watching something that bored him was an impossibility. There were very few things through which he sat all the way and, thus, he was always extremely particular about what he would go out in public to see. Generally it would only be to something where particular friends of his were involved, although on one or two occasions he specifically went to see something because he wanted to see it.  

Films therefore he watched mainly on the television screen. He would never ask us to rent movies. He did have a few pre-recorded films and some which he specifically asked us to record for him from the television. Two of the most played were ‘Some Like It Hot’ and George Cukor’s ‘The Woman,’ a screenplay which he had almost memorised by heart. ‘Imitation Of Life’ with Lana Turner was a special favourite. He loved the title. Curiously apt for a man like Freddie whose own life was in so many ways merely a reflection of other people’s real lives. I can remember him on at least a couple of occasions being in tears at the end of the movie where Susan Kohner who played Juanita Moore’s errant daughter arrives too late for Juanita’s funeral and tries to jump on the white coffin in the horse-drawn carriage. Too much for a star in his own front room.

While Freddie was moved by this specific scene, he never lost sight of the fact that he was being successfully manipulated by the director and the writers.  

Peter Freestone 
‘An Intimate Memoir’ Freddie Mercury 

Freddie Mercury’s “Living On My Own

Freddie Mercury’s “Living On My Own

19 July 1993 – Freddie Mercury’s “Living On My Own – The Re-Mixes” is released giving Freddie his first and only (albeit posthumous) number 1 hit.

The other remix (‘Egg Remix’) was commissioned for ‘Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury Solo’ in 2006, and was also issued as a promo single.

Also in 1993 – 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐈𝐯𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 ‘𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐧 𝐌𝐲 𝐎𝐰𝐧’ 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐢𝐭 𝐎𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 !

“If you listen to my song ‘Living On My Own,’ that is very me. It’s living on my own, but having fun. There’s a bit in the middle where I do my scat singing and I’m just saying that when you think about somebody like me, my lifestyle, I have to go around the world and live in hotels and that can be a very lonely life. But I chose it….I mean, you can have a whole shoal of people looking after you, but in the end they all go away and you are in a hotel room on your own….It’s a different kind of living on my own. People with my success can be lonely and can live on their own as well. I’m just saying that I’m living on my own and I’m having a boogie time! “

Freddie Mercury

Gallery update Jazz Tour 1978

Gallery update Jazz Tour 1978

16 December 1978, Queen performed @ Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, California 🇺🇸 “Jazz” Tour

The band are simply on fire at this show like they were in Vancouver, and the outrageously enthusiastic audience creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Freddie sounds strong tonight, and the mild California air just may have something to do with it.

Brian speaks after ‘Let Me Entertain You’: “We’re going to do our best to entertain you in Oakland tonight. We’d like to sing you a song from some time ago. This is a Mercury song called ‘Somebody To Love’.”

With his tongue firmly placed in cheek, before the medley Freddie says: “What a quiet, tasteful audience we have here tonight.” He eventually continues: “We’ve dedicated this next song three years ago to a useless piece of garbage that use used to call our manager. I mean, he was a real motherfu****. He really was.” The audience’s excitement is turned up a notch. “We soon got rid of him, and just to make sure he didn’t forget us we wrote a song. This is called ‘Death On Two Legs’.”

We’d like to do it now. It’s called ‘Love Of My Life.’” After the song, Brian says, “We appreciate you listening to those things, as well as making noise in the other ones. We really appreciate that. And we appreciate you filling up this beautiful arena. Thank you very much for this welcome. Alright, a little singalong and stuff. If you want to stamp around, it would be very nice. This is ’39.”

Freddie is still feeling silly after ‘It’s Late’: “OK, we’re sure getting warmed up right now. On with the show. This next tune features Roger, Brian and… which one? John, that’s the one. John, Roger and Brian are gonna do their stuff tonight. This is a song called Brighton Rock.”

The first three pictures were taken by Peter Stupar and the rest were snapped by Charlie DeMore from the fifth row!

The photo of me hugging Freddie while holding my hand on his chest

The photo of me hugging Freddie while holding my hand on his chest

“The photo of me hugging Freddie while holding my hand on his chest was taken on July 13, 1988.

I was with friends outside his house when at a certain point he went out to reach the car that was waiting for him, together with Mary and Peter Straker.

I had with me a frame with a portrait that I had done of Freddie with Mary and Montserrat Caballé, so I called him ‘Freddie, I have a gift for you!’ He turned, stopped and waited while Mary and Peter got into the car.

I handed him the drawing and I almost forgot what to say when his beautiful eyes looked into mine! Believe me, those eyes were so much more beautiful and disturbing than ANY photo could show!! He waited for me to speak, but I had forgotten how to do it!! In the end I said ‘I did this for you!’ He took it and said ‘Oh lovely! Super! You have Mary there too!’ And he showed it to her through the car window and she smiled at me.

I then asked if I could take a picture with him and he replied ‘Sure!’ Then I asked Freddie ‘Do you mind if…?’ He raised his dark brows, his eyes twinkling with amusement as he replied ‘Ok.’ So I put my hand on his chest and my head on his shoulder.

I tried to describe how I felt in my ‘Tribute Fairytales Of Yesterday’ poems, but in reality the feeling was beyond words, it was beyond all things and too close to tears.

So the picture was taken and then my friends took a picture with him too. He got in the car with another ‘Thank you’ and I couldn’t stop the tears from pouring from my eyes as I waved at him.

At that point he turned to Mary who was sitting next to him to better show her the drawing and then she too returned my greeting.” (Helen, a fan)

Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world

Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world

Freddie Mercury has millions of fans all over the world, but admits he has few friends.

“When you’re a celebrity, it’s hard to approach somebody and say: ‘Look, I’m normal underneath.’ Then what happens is the tread all over me because by trying to be normal to somebody, suddenly I’ve come out of my shell and become far more vulnerable than most people.

Because I’m successful and have a lot of money, a lot of greedy people prey on me. But that’s something I’ve learned to deal with. I’m riddled with scars and I just don’t want any more.”

Instead Freddie turns to his fans to feel wanted again. He said: “I find even when people have let you down, you just want to go on stage. It’s very gratifying to know that all sorts of people want you.”

Freddie Mercury interview 1985

The beautiful picture is from Queens’s 1986 ‘Magic Tour

Gallery update tour News of the world tour

Gallery update tour News of the world tour

16 December 1977, Queen performed @ San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California 🇺🇸

“News of The World” Tour

The review by Robert Hilburn, was as follows:

SAN DIEGO – The rock concert scene may have started sluggishly in ’77, but it’s ending with a stir. There was Aerosmith’s snarl last month, Rod Stewart’s rejoice last week and now: Queen.

Already hailed as the best of the mid-’70s British arrivals, Queen is back with its most spectacularly staged and finely honed show yet. Coupled with its stylish new “News of the World” album, the tour should push the classy foursome even further into forefront of contemporary rock bands…

Freddie Mercury, the band’s flashy lead singer and occasional pianist, sang and moved with more confidence and dynamics than ever. Wearing a black and white Harlequin outfit open to the waist, Mercury pranced around the stage in a way that gave the band’s already dramatic numbers even added lure and punch.

When he sings potent, upbeat tunes like “Liar,” there are few in rock who can match Mercury’s vocal bit. But he’s equally satisfying on softer, more tender numbers.


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