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Gallery update Freddie Mercury attends a party for the new cast of the musical ‘42nd Street’ in London

7 April 1987 – Freddie Mercury attends a party for the new cast of the musical ‘42nd Street’ in London

He’s pictured with dancer Wayne Sleep

Freddie being a ballet enthusiast, once performed with the Royal Ballet for a special charity gala in 1979. In one episode of a video podcast series Finding Freddie, Wayne Sleep spoke about the famous event.

“It was a very varied show and on comes Freddie Mercury, almost unannounced. And he just sang this song; brought the house down – upside down he was singing! He was very daring, he’d dare to do anything. He wasn’t frightened of anything, but in a nice way. Whatever he did, he gave 150 percent. So if he was going to do ballet, he wanted the proper shoes, he wanted the tights. He added: He wanted the jockstrap, the choreographer, he wanted the dancers. If he was going to do it, he was going to do it at the top.”

“‘Freddie was amazing, he was so generous. He loved the ballet and the opera so he’d come to the opera house to see us dance and then I became friends with him”

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Did Freddie donate to charities …?

Did Freddie donate to charities …?

Did Freddie donate to charities …?

“Freddie actually gave a lot of money to HIV/AIDS charities anonymously while he was alive. He never wanted the world to know what he was supporting or how much money he was giving away. Generally, he would give money to a friend of his who would then make the donation for him.

He also let his doctors try out various new drugs, which eventually became part of the ‘drug therapy’ treatment. He knew that the drugs would not give him a longer life span, but hoped that the results of tests done on him would help AIDS sufferers in the future.

Because Freddie knew he had a limited time left to him, he just concentrated his energies into creating music, which was the most important thing for him.

He knew he could not change the outcome of his life, so why waste what time he had thinking about the inevitable.

Freddie also thought about the future and in his will left all the remains of his estate after 50 years to be divided and given to two charities.”

Peter Freestone

We know Freddie was a selfless man, a humanitarian, a beautiful man inside out! A heart of gold.

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour

Queen in Japan, 1976. This was their second tour in the beautiful country 🇯🇵

Credit to Christian Clark (Grandson of wardrobe supervisor, Dane Clark)

Dane Clark was Queen’s first wardrobe supervisor from 1976 to 1979. He accompanied the band on tours.

He worked backstage to take care of their hair, make-up, clothes and personal belongings. Peter Freestone took over the job after Dane parted ways with the band.

Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive

Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive

9 October 1973 – Queen released ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ on Elektra – their very first-ever single in the USA 🇺🇸 It’s the opening song on the band’s eponymous 1973 debut album.

Brian May wrote this track, it was conceived on acoustic guitars during Queen’s practice sessions at Imperial College and the garden at Ferry Road in 1970. At the time, Queen had not yet found a permanent bassist.

The first version of “Keep Yourself Alive” was recorded in summer 1971 at De Lane Lea Studios. It was produced by Louie Austin and includes the intro played on Brian May’s Hallfredh acoustic guitar. All of the song elements were already present, including call-and-response vocals by Mercury (verses) and during the break, where Taylor sang a line and May answered it. This demo version remains May’s favourite take of the song.

The track was recorded again in 1972 at the famous Trident Studios and Co-produced by Queen, Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony.

Queen’s first single, this has many familiar elements: the stacked guitars, the big harmonies. Brian May recalled to Mojo magazine: “Unfortunately, apart from a few places like Japan, it didn’t get much airplay. We were told ‘it takes too long to happen, boys. It’s more than half a minute before you get to the first vocal.’ So when we made the second album, we felt right we’ll show them.”

“The first recording of it ever was in De Lane Lea when we did it ourselves and I’ve still got that recording and I think it’s very good and has something which the single never had. But THEY pressurised us very strongly to redo all the tracks and we redid ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ with Roy and it was pretty awful, actually. I thought it was terrible and I was very unhappy about it and I thought the De Lane Lea one was better and I eventually managed to persuade Roy that it was better as well. So, we went back in and did it again in a way that was a bit more true to the original. But there is no way that you can ever really repeat something. I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured and, although we ended up with something that was technically in the playing and perhaps even in the recording a bit better than the De Lane Lea thing. I still think that the De Lane Lea one had that certain sort of magic, so I was never really happy. As it turned out no one else was ever really happy either and we kept remixing it. We thought that it’s the mix that’s wrong, we kept remixing and there must have been, at least, seven or eight different mixes by different groups of people. Eventually we went in and did a mix with Mike Stone, our engineer, and that’s the one that we were in the end happiest with. That’s the one we put out.
But, to my mind ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was never really satisfactory. Never had that magic that it should have had.”

Brian May – 1983, BBC Radio One

Roger Taylor said In a radio in 1977, Brian had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek, but their sense was completely changed when Freddie sang them.

“Keep Yourself Alive” is cited as the highlight of Queen’s debut album. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote that while Queen “too often . . . plays like a succession of ideas instead of succinct songs”, “there is an exception to that rule — the wild, rampaging opener ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ one of their very best songs!”


Gallery update Sheer Heart Attack Canada 1975

Gallery update Sheer Heart Attack Canada 1975

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3 April 1975, Queen performed @ Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 🇨🇦
“Sheer Heart Attack” Tour

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