“It’s A Hard Life

“It’s A Hard Life

June 1984, Queen on the set of “It’s A Hard Life” promo video, directed by Tim Pope and filmed at the Arnold & Richter studio in Munich, Germany 🇩🇪

The extravagant video was very expensive. It included a large number of extras and an enormous set. The video also featured a custom made guitar designed for Brian in Japan, the piece has a skull shaped body and long, bone shaped neck which was impossible to play and far too small for Brian, but at a cost of over £1000 it was used rather wisely as much as possible.

Roger, John and Brian weren’t too thrilled with the costumes as they were tight, heavy, uncomfortable and hot. They spent long hours filming the opulent scene of debauchery. Roger threatened to walk off the set!

Freddie of course, had a marvelous time in his red outfit with the eyes or as Roger called it, the ‘Mediterranean Prawn.’

Roger openly admits to “loving the record, but really hating the video”, said in the video commentary: “I think we look more stupid in this video than any other artists has looked in a video.”

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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We’ve always thought if we weren’t able to put on the kind of show we wanted,

We’ve always thought if we weren’t able to put on the kind of show we wanted,

We’ve always thought if we weren’t able to put on the kind of show we wanted, then it wasn’t worth doing. I hate the process of doing a show and making excuses afterwards. That’s bullshit. Once you do a show, you’ve got to stick by it. I was also really worried because my voice takes a beating. The more vocal gymnastics I do in the studio, the more I have to do on stage, because if I didn’t, people would say, “Oh, he can only do it because he’s got the studio,” and I hate all that. I sing my arse off, and it’s very hard to do.”

Freddie Mercury

Gallery update : Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack

Gallery update : Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack

8 December 1980, Queen released Flash Gordon, their ninth studio album and first soundtrack album by EMI Records in the UK.

Italian director Dino de Laurentiis was slated to direct a film adaptation of the 1930s comic hero, Flash Gordon. The De Laurentiis’ people made initial contact in the summer of 1979 (during preliminary sessions for “The Game”) to ask whether Queen would score the film. Although, the great Italian producer wasn’t actually aware of the band since he never listened to rock music. His first question on learning of the liaison was “Who are the Queens?”

Brian May recalled, ““We saw 20 minutes of the finished film and thought it very good and over the top. We wanted to do something that was a real soundtrack. It’s a first in many ways because a rock group has not done this type of thing before, or else it’s been toned down and they’ve been asked to write mushy background music. Whereas we were given the license to do what we liked, as long as it complimented the picture.”

Queen’s assignment for Flash Gordon was to supply original songs as well as the score — and that, coupled with the film’s sci-fi story, proved too intriguing to resist.

“We would be writing a film score in the way anyone else writes a film score, which is basically background music, but can obviously help the film if it’s strong enough,” he added. “That was the attraction, because we thought that a rock group hadn’t done that kind of thing before, and it was an opportunity to write real film music. So we were writing to a discipline for the first time ever, and the only criterion for success was whether or not it worked with and helped the film, and we weren’t our own bosses for a change. “

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Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. 

Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. 

Both Freddie and I were extremely shy. So when I used to see him on stage, it wasn’t like watching the real Freddie. To me, it was watching my brother acting the part.’

‘He was six when I was born, so I only had a year of him, yet I was always aware of my proud older brother protecting me.’ says Kashmira. ‘He didn’t always come home for the holidays – sometimes he’d stay with my dad’s sister in Bombay, or with my mum’s sister, and it was she who got him started on playing the piano and drawing. He was talented in all areas. It made me feel sick, of course. Even now, Mum and Dad have got all his school reports.’

‘He always used to take hours in front of the mirror, looking after his locks. He’d go out a lot, too, and stay out all night. My mum and he used to argue about it constantly. And she was always going on at him to make sure he got a degree, but he was determined to do what he wanted. There was quite a lot of door-slamming, but when Freddie made it, Mum was very proud!’

‘Every morning when I wake up, there’s a Queen song on the radio and people ask me if it makes me sad. My answer is No!

How can I remain sad if my brother wakes me up singing!’

‘He was my brother, but a megastar too. Simply speaking, I don’t know what it was like to have an ordinary brother because my own brother was so extraordinary.’

Kashmira Bulsara Cooke

November 2000

Gallery update Live  News of the world Atlanta

Gallery update Live News of the world Atlanta

8 December 1977, Queen performed @ The Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia 🇺🇸 “News of The World” Tour

Bob Harris and his Old Grey Whistle Test crew came with the band on this tour with a pending documentary in mind. Hundreds of hours of footage were reportedly filmed on and off stage. Later this month Bob would state that he filmed the band in various cities (he initially cited Fort Worth and Houston, and later Las Vegas as well). Footage from Atlanta, Fort Worth, and Houston has since been seen and released, mostly in documentaries.

In the winter 1977 Queen fan club magazine he said an hour-long Old Grey Whistle Test special should air in January 1978, but the project would ultimately be shelved, with a possible reason being the Old Grey Whistle Test producers wanted to focus on punk and new wave instead of an older band like Queen.

Some backstage footage and interviews from the period were first seen in “The Champions” documentary aired on US TV in 1979. The black and white interviews of the band seen in the 1995 “Champions Of The World” documentary are from these reels of film as well. Freddie Mercury’s interview alone is four hours of tape.

Footage of the band arriving to the venue as well as them running Tie Your Mother Down at soundcheck was seen in the “American Dream” documentary on the News Of The World box set released in 2017. The latter was also shown at the “Stormtroopers in Stilettoes” exhibition in London in 2011.

The beautiful concert photos were taken by Michael Mastro.

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