think you should ring your brother ,Kashmira Bulsara

“My mum ­visited more times than Dad and she rang me one day and said, ‘I think you should ring your brother as he’s very, very ill’. I just said to him, ‘It’s not AIDS, is it?’ and he completely denied it. But I knew that it was.

Although his body was failing him, his voice was still strong. It must have been hard when you know you are going to die. How do you cope with that?

When Freddie would see his own videos he would say ‘I was handsome then’ and that is very hurtful as he knew what he was going through,” she notes, adding, “I thought my brother was handsome, still do.”

Kashmira Bulsara – The Final Act

📸 Queen performed @ Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England

2 June 1977, Queen performed @ Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

This is the first of two nights in Liverpool. ‘Sweet Lady’ is performed for the last time.

Queen receiving Gold and Silver BPI, UK, Awards for ‘A Day At The Races’

November 26th, 1976 – Queen Story!
Queen with their manager John Reid and Scott Gorham at reception to promote ‘A Day At The Races’ album, at Advision Studios, London, UK
(Scott Gorham guitarist of Thin Lizzy, hard & heavy Irish group)

Queen released their first and only holiday song, ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’

26 November 1984 – Queen released their first and only holiday song, ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ / ‘Keep Passing The Open Windows’ / ‘Man On The Prowl’ UK ❄️⛄️

In 1984, Queen ventured into the world of holiday songs with the standalone single “Thank God It’s Christmas.” But while Freddie Mercury, a powerful vocalist, it was his ability to pull back for that song that guitarist Brian May recalls so vividly.
In telling the story of its creation, May told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, “Christmas songs are always recorded in the middle of July. You have to, to get them ready in time.”

This was Roger [Taylor]’s composition, mainly, except he didn’t have a chorus,” he said. “So I contributed the chorus and we worked on it together, to cut a long story short. And then, when it was almost finished, we presented it to Freddie, who loved it and did a beautiful vocal. I think it’s just the most understated vocal, and I love it, you know.”

The funny thing is, it doesn’t get that much attention in Britain as a Christmas single, because it doesn’t have a video,” he continued. “Everything’s about video these days and we never made a video for that song. It’s all in your mind. But I’m very fond of it. I think it’s a very different kind of Christmas song.”

But that all changed In 2019, Queen released a touching animated music video for “Thank God It’s Christmas,” depicting a snowy nightime winter scene in a city. Directed and animated by Justin Moon, its concept came directly from Brian May and Roger Taylor.

The video focuses on a nighttime street scene as glittery snow falls across the silent landscape and Mercury sings about the “long hard year” while giving thanks for Christmas. As the camera pans up it peeks into different apartments to reveal how each family is celebrating the season, ending with a group on the roof watching the Northern Lights streak across the sky.

Speaking about his thoughts behind the video Taylor says: “Ironically, Christmas tends to be such a stressful time for so many of us. So many emotions, joyful memories of past Christmas’ as delighted children and responsible adults / parents. It’s just a great relief when it finally happens.”

May adds: “The video goes a little further by including a subtle reminder that we as humans now need to feel a responsibility for the welfare of all creatures on Earth – not just for our own benefit, and that of our grandchildren, but out of respect for the rights of the animals themselves.”

Roger Taylor and Brian May’s composition, “Thank God It’s Christmas,” spent six weeks in the UK charts over the festive period of 1984 and 1985. It made a re-apearance in the charts in 1995 when it was released alongside Freddie Mercury’s “A Winter’s Tale” from the ‘Made In Heaven’ album

Queen performed @ The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 “Queen I Tour”

23 November 1973, Queen performed @ The Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 “Queen I Tour”
Supporting Mott The Hoople

This is the band’s first show in Scotland. The Apollo in Glasgow would be the site of many triumphant Queen performances in the 70s.

Instead of ‘Bama Lama Bama Loo’ they play a hyped up version of ‘I’m A Man,’ a blues cover they’d do a few more times in 1977.

John Deacon later stated this to be one of the band’s favourite shows of the tour.

A fan recalls: “Queen had just released their first album, the single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ was out, and there was already a great buzz about this new band. This was one of the few times where everyone wanted to see the support act, and the hall was full for Queen’s performance. They were excellent, much better than many of the bands who would support major tours, and gave Mott a hard act to follow.”

The beautiful picture of Freddie is from a very early Queen gig