Gallery update The Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada “News of The World” Tour

Gallery update The Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada “News of The World” Tour

15 December 1977, Queen performed @ The Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, Nevada “News of The World” Tour

The entire first floor of the building was a casino. The band’s limos had no alternative but to drive through between the rows of slot machines to get to the theatre in the back!

This gig in Las Vegas was one of the shows Bob Harris and his crew had intended to film for his documentary (though the footage has not been seen).

The film crew fly home after the fabulous Houston gig, Bob Harris remains and travels with the band to the next venue, in Las Vegas, where additional interview material is recorded, and where they have fun.

The filming provides Harris with an unusually close inspection of Queen off-guard and he largely approves of the view. He becomes especially close to Roger and they goes on a three-day binge in Las Vegas where they vow to have at least one drink in every bar and hotel. 😁

“It was the era of self indulgence. They each had their own limo and sometimes it would have been easier to walk to the venues from the hotels but that wasn’t Queen’s style. Freddie was theatrical but not hostile or aggressive. They were all very courteous. I cannot remember a single moment when there was a bad atmosphere. The four days I was in Vegas, I had a fabulous time, sightseeing and club-hopping with Roger Taylor and his minder. We gambled lightly, drank heavily and saw a couple of wet t-shirt competitions.

QUEEN PERFORMED @ THE ALADDIN THEATRE

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Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s

Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s

Queen are attracting new fans, teenagers, even people in their 20s and 30s. What do you think of this phenomenon?

Roger Taylor: It is a phenomenon, it is great. I think it’s fantastic to have a new public for us. We are an old band and we had great times back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. But to think now, 50 years later, a lot of very young people really discovering our music for the first time, it’s fantastic, it gives me a very good feeling.

What do you think attracts people to Queen?

Roger: I personally think it’s good music, it has quality. And I think the musicianship is good, I think the singing is good and the composition is good. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, we aren’t everybody’s favorite style. But some of the songs have an anthemic, grand occasion kind of feel and I think that translates to people.

Roger Taylor

Queen is Timeless!

Gallery update Candids

Gallery update Candids

I added some Candids pictures .one Is from Halloween .I wish you all a happy Halloween

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Gallery update candids The Invisible Man

Gallery update candids The Invisible Man

I saw on twitter this two amazing Pictures

THE INVISIBLE MAN

Gallery update Freddie Mercury at Queen’s post party at the Aladdin Casino

Gallery update Freddie Mercury at Queen’s post party at the Aladdin Casino

Freddie Mercury at Queen’s post party at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas December 15, 1977

“Only a select group of trusted photographers were permitted to photograph Queen’s performances and their photo sessions as they very controlled. I was invited to an exclusive post-concert party at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas back in 1977. I was there with my pal Rodney Bingenheimer and we were welcomed with open arms. I had this wonderful dinner, we sat by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor. I knew Freddie was really camera shy so I only took a few pics, he hated to have these taken. Freddie was not one to mug for the camera. He was cool about it though. I was really shy too and I didn’t want to bother him. We were treated like kings. Concerts sometimes were a bore to shoot, but not with Freddie Mercury at a Queen gig. We will always miss you Freddie!”

Brad Elterman

Photographer

Brad Elterman snapped the pictures

QUEEN’S POST PARTY AT THE ALADDIN CASINO

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody

The line ‘Mama, just killed a man’ on the song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was Freddie’s covert way of saying that he had now left his old, straight life behind him.

I got a feeling that Freddie always had a complex that he wasn’t as well-educated as the others. Maybe that’s why he chose to leave them and go back to his dressing room or hotel room. He seemed to prefer hanging out with his own entourage or ‘harem’, as it became known.

Or was it just his dark secret, the suspicion that he was HIV positive, that got in the way?

Sometimes Brian and I would knock on Freddie’s door to show him one of my pictures. (Brian always wanted to see the latest ones, so in the morning I would run around town in a new city looking for photo processing labs). But Freddie was only moderately interested. He might have said ‘nice shot’; that was about it.

He wasn’t a diva though, far from it. Instead I remember him as being an extremely polite, humble and friendly chap.

Be that as it may, Freddie was never around when the other guys hit the bars after a gig. Nor was Roger, the always polite, real British gentleman, who also preferred to set up his own after-parties.

For this reason, it would often be a small trio, Brian, John and myself, who would go out for a pint or two, rarely more. None of them seemed interested in getting particularly drunk. When Queen was interviewed by a Japanese newspaper in 1975, John had replied that his favourite drink was ‘milk’ and Brian had said ‘grapefruit juice’. Clearly, it was music that had attracted them to the business from the start, not dreams of some kind of rock star life.

The thing is, even if we rarely talked about it that summer of 1986, Freddie had become an important part of my life. He was one of the few stars who always owned the stage, who almost seemed to own the world. Every inch of him an artist.

I have thousands of pictures of Freddie stashed away, not all of them good, of course, but still I find it hard to identify a single one where he doesn’t come off looking totally luminous.

Even when he is lying seemingly wasted, almost dead, on a staircase on stage, his pose is perfect.

The Queen is dead. Long love the Queen.”

[Torleif Svensson, ‘Queen – The Last Tour’]

📷 Torleif Svensson, 1986

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