Gallery update Sheer Heart attack Netherlands

Gallery update Sheer Heart attack Netherlands

8 December 1974, Queen performed @ Congresgebouw, The Hague, Netherlands 🇳🇱 “Sheer Heart Attack” Tour

This is Queen’s first show in the Netherlands. The Dutch band “Kayak” played before Queen, but perhaps not as the traditional opening act. Some members of Kayak have claimed that it was a ‘double bill’ organised by EMI records to promote both bands.

Mercury is timid after the first song. “Thank you and good evening, and welcome to the show. This is our first time in Holland, and I know you’re going to like it. Yes? It’s really nice to see you all. It really is. Right now we’d like to carry on with a number from Queen II; that’s our album. And this is ‘Ogre Battle.’” He delivers the song convincingly. After the audience quickly quieten down afterward, he remarks, “It’s so quiet; you can hear a pin drop, you know, one of those things.” They warm up to him a bit when they confirm they’ve heard of Queen II upon his asking.

“We’d like to do a sad number. A very sort of delicate, sad number, so you’d better get your handkerchiefs out. You know those things?” He then introduces White Queen, the third song in a row from their second album.

After the medley, he says (referring particularly to the musical complexity of ‘Bring Back That Leroy Brown”): “I hope that took you by surprise. I thought you thought we were a pop group. You know, pop.” He says ‘pop’ in an almost condescending way towards the disposable nature of pop music, light years away from the overtly pop songwriter he’d purport to be in a decade. He continues, “We’d like to do something from our first album. Would you like that?” Someone in the audience promptly shouts out for ‘Liar.’ “No, ‘Liar’ will come later on. We won’t go away without that. Right now we’d like to do ‘Son And Daughter.’”

‘God Save The Queen’ is now being used as the exit music.

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’ https://youtu.be/L2W2mU8R7-A

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

Gallery update  Live killers tour 1979

Gallery update Live killers tour 1979

24 January 1979, Queen performed @ Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 “Live Killers” Tour

Freddie’s uses his voice to the best of its ability during this show and delivers great versions of ‘Somebody To Love,’ ‘Death On Two Legs,’ and ‘It’s Late.’ Their vocal harmonies are beautiful throughout the show.

Brian, before ‘Somebody To Love’: “Good evening, good folks of Berlin. Welcome to a night of Queen music. We hope you enjoy it.”

Freddie, before the medley: “We have a lot of music for you tonight from all our various albums, and the next song comes from an album called ‘A Night At The Opera.’ The song in question is dedicated to one of our managers. He was a real motherfucker. Do you know what that means?” Quite a few audience members indicate that they do. “Alright! You can call him anything you want. We call him ‘Death On Two Legs.’”

The front of house guy is asleep at the switch tonight, as the echo is not turned off in ‘Get Down Make Love’ on time. Roger’s whistle and his snare fill leading into the final chorus also echo twice before it’s finally turned off.

After Freddie does a few nice vocal adlibs in the intro to ‘Dreamers Ball’ (which Brian calls “self-amusement”), Roger does one an octave above his. Freddie jokingly calls him a “show off!”

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

“I don’t want people to buy my music out of pity,” Freddie Mercury once told the other members of Queen. The legendary singer is diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, but decides to keep that news hidden from the general public for as long as possible.

However, the rumors about Mercury’s health become more and more persistent, especially when Queen does not announce any new performances after their last show in August 1986. That does not happen after the release of the album The Miracle in 1989. In an interview at the time of the release, the singer stated that he wanted to break with the regular routine of releasing a record, followed by a tour, followed by another plate.

BRIT Awards

Although Mercury would no longer perform with Queen, he appears in public one last time. In 1990 Queen received a BRIT Award for their ‘Outstanding contribution to British music’. An emaciated Mercury, dressed in a plain gray suit, stands on stage with the other members of the band as Brian May speaks. The singer only utters three words at the end of the ceremony: “Thank you… goodnight.”

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Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

On 24 November 1991, the world lost one of the greatest rock singers of all time: Freddie Mercury.

The Queen frontman was only 45 years old when he died due to complications from HIV, leaving Queen fans and music lovers in mourning.

Known for his energetic performances, flamboyant costumes and powerful voice, Freddie remains an icon to this day.

Read on to find on to learn all about this rock legend…

We’ll never forget you Freddie…

By 1970, the members of Queen were ready to unleash their songs onto the world. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1973, and included their first single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’. During a radio interview in 1977, the band’s guitarist, Brian May, said that he had written the lyrics for the song, but that his idea changed completely when Mercury lent his voice.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ Queen’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it did not reach the top spot in the UK. The 1979 single, written by Freddie himself, remained at the top of the US charts for four consecutive weeks. In recent years, several music stars, such as Michael Bublé and Maroon 5, have covered the famous song.

By the early 80s, Freddie and the rest of Queen were already rock megastars across most of the planet, so they embarked on a South American tour called The Game in 1981. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mercury and fellow Queen members gave a concert to a 250,000 people crowd, setting a new world record at the time for the biggest paying audience at the time.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

The Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in 2018, detailing Freddie’s private life and work and helped introduce a new generation to the legend that is Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury was excellently portrayed by Rami Malek and the movie won four Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Queen spend five days in Budapest, Hungary

July 1986 – Queen spend five days in Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺 They travel around the country while the cameras and fans follow them

The band will perform one of the largest concerts ever staged at the Népstadion (“People’s Stadium”) and the first Western Rock Concert behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.

“Queen arrived with hydrofoil from Vienna in a very good mood. Because of the film everybody needed to be appeared, it never was hard in the case of three members.

The drummer, Roger Taylor adores auto races, they took him to Hungaroring for go karting. Brian May did hot air ballooning. Freddie Mercury went shopping to buy antiques at Szentendre. He visited Vásárcsarnok as well, but he wisely wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, so no-one recognized him.

John Deacon the bassplayer was a though nut. They could got him hardly to take a walk in front of the hotel in the Danube promenade at least. At the end, it turned out to be the cutest scene, because a british girl recognized him and they talked a bit.

John is a father of six, he keeps himself away of public by now, but then he also had a great time in the Hungarian capital.

There’s also an eyewitness, Szilvási Tamás who worked in the Intercontinental then, and he was chosen to serve the hot and cold buffet to the band who celebrated Roger’s birthday.

While Roger was eating the porterhouse steak with green pepper sauce one after another, Freddie was busy with the tape recorder, John invited Tamás out to the balcony of the presidential suite, and asked him to show where do we Hungarians keep the moon, because he can’t see it. Or there isn’t even moon in this big communist scandal? He laughed a lot, and he kindly gave autographs with the rest of the band with pleasure, onto everything the staff put in front of them.

The overall opinion was that they were kind, happy and grateful for everything. And absolute professionals. Freddie spent hours in Népstadion the day before the show to set the lights, to be perfect. He did the same with the audio of the final film material.”

Credit: Hulej Emese via Nők lapja Periodical
(Translated)

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