Gallery update news of the word usa

Gallery update news of the word usa

18 January 1977, Queen performed @ Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan 🇺🇸 @ “News of The World” Tour

From this night onward, Queen were supported by Thin Lizzy. Lizzy’s manager, Chris O’Donnell, later recalled the experience:

“There were definitely times when Thin Lizzy played Queen off the stage. I felt that, as good as Queen were, they were now so stylised that the slightest thing going wrong threw the whole perfect balance right off, whereas Lizzy were so hungry and raw that they had an unpredictable energy on stage and it showed. The two bands were a great package, though.” He also recalled Freddie throwing a fit when any city on the tour couldn’t provide a limousine to travel to and from the gig in, often refusing to get in the car. But even Chris could tell that Freddie’s tantrums stemmed from other, deeper issues within him.

One of their guitarists, Scott Gorham, recalls: “A lot of bands get paranoid about not letting the support act upstage them, and to keep you down they won’t give you a soundcheck, etc. But we didn’t get any of that from Queen. They said right away, ‘Here’s the PA. Now you’ll need soundchecks and lights, and what else?’ Together we had the attitude that we would set out as a British attack to conquer America. Of course we were two very different bands. Lizzy was a sort of punk band with street cred, whereas Queen were very polished and sophisticated, so you see there was no competitiveness on that score.”

A recording from the Detroit show has been rumoured to exist, but nothing has ever come of it.

Gallery update Rock in Rio 1985

Gallery update Rock in Rio 1985


19 January 1985, Queen performed their second night at the massive ‘Rock in Rio’ Festival, the biggest music festival in history at a custom built arena nestling in the mountains at Barra Da Tijuca.

The place is 250,000 square metres in size and about the length of a small airport. It’s not your usual site with tacky old hamburger stands either. There’s a shopping centre with more than 30 shops, a fast food centre including the world’s largest McDonalds, a fully equipped hospital and flush toilets and showers.

You could land a jumbo jet on the stage, which is 21,000 sq feet in size with revolving sections to move equipment around. Twenty tons of lighting equipment with 160,000lbs of sound equipment belting out 500,000 watts of power have been flown in. The arena has its own electric sub station.

Rock in Rio should play to 3,000,000 people beating the Guinness Book of Records champion, Watkins Glenn festival in 1973, which could only manage 600,000.

Queen hit the stage once again at 2 AM as the closing act for the festival and playing to a staggering 250,000 to 350,000 (possibly in the upwards of over 400,000 according to sources) enthusiastic fans! Their largest paying audience!

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Queen filmed the video for ‘The Invisible Man’ at Pinewood Studios, London

Queen filmed the video for ‘The Invisible Man’ at Pinewood Studios, London

26 July 1989 – Queen filmed the video for ‘The Invisible Man’ at Pinewood Studios, London

It was directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher (Torpedo Twins).

The third single from The Miracle was ‘The Invisible Man’, and the Torpedo Twins were given the task of bringing the imaginative video concept to life. Filmed in Pinewood Studios, home of many a Bond movie, the video depicts a typical British household: mother, father, teenage daughter and young son, who just happens to play The Invisible Man computer game containing the band, who then break out of the game and perform in the boy’s bedroom.

The video was shot on 26th July 1989: Roger’s 40th birthday, and, to celebrate, a huge cake was wheeled in midway through filming and a large amount of champagne helped make the remainder of the shoot more enjoyable. 🎉🥂

Once again, here Queen were proving their worth as innovators: the video used computer animation, most notably during Brian’s guitar solo, when a legion of Brians effectively become the Red Special orchestra, who are capable of firing laser beams from their guitars 🎸

“This was very ahead of its time at the time, and I think it goes very well with the song. I think it was a good inventive single. I love Brian’s guitar solo in the middle, and the way that was done, I think it’s very clever and I think it’s a neat little video.” – Roger Taylor

“I think this is one of our better efforts again, I think it’s a really good one. Lots of innovation, some very clever effects, and the shooting. Telling the story of how this little boy is playing his video games and the characters come to life and become part of his life. Again, I think the idea’s been done quite a bit since, it doesn’t seem so original now, but it was pretty original in those days.” – Brian May

The video, which certainly received a modicum of airplay in the UK (the single was a Top 20 hit there), has since become a firm favourite amongst Queen fans, appearing on both The Miracle EP and Greatest Flix II VHS releases. It was also included on the Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD in 2003.

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Gallery update on the set of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ promo videoGallery update

Queen on the set of ‘Radio Ga Ga’ promo video, directed by David Mallet and shot over a three day period in November of 1983 @ Shepperton Studios in London.

The video for the track has since become a firm favourite among both casual and diehard fans alike, and was one of the most expensive Queen ever made. At a cost of more than £110,000, the epic piece was shot by David Mallet and paid homage to Fritz Lang’s 1926 expressionist masterpiece Metropolis.

Roger Taylor penned this fantastic song as a commentary on television overtaking radio’s popularity and how one would listen to radio in the past for a favourite comedy, drama, or science fiction programme. It also addressed the advent of the music video and MTV, which was then competing with radio as an important medium for promoting records.

At the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards the video for “Radio Ga Ga” would receive a Best Art Direction nomination. Roger Taylor was quoted:

“That’s part of what the song’s about, really. The fact that they [music videos] seem to be taking over almost from the aural side, the visual side seems to be almost more important.”

Originally, this was “Radio Ca-Ca,” which was something Roger Taylor’s son Felix exclaimed one day in trying to say the radio was bad (“radio, CACA!). The phrase stuck with Taylor and inspired the anti-commercial radio themes in the lyrics. Of course, the band changed Ca-Ca to Ga Ga but if you listen carefully, you can still here the Ca-Ca

Gallery update Queen in Amsterdam 1974

Gallery update Queen in Amsterdam 1974

“We were in Montreux Switzerland, back in 1978,

“We were in Montreux Switzerland, back in 1978,

“We were in Montreux Switzerland, back in 1978, working on new material, it was my birthday and a very jolly happening. Especially Freddie Mercury was feeling good. Early in the evening he was drinking, something he rarely did by then, he was all ‘work work work’.

So he got drunk very fast. At one moment, we were partying in an old castle, he climbed up on the balcony and from there he jumped to the chandelier and swung there for a few minutes in a way it would make Errol Flynn blush. After the swing he landed on a table filled with drinks and food. It’s a miracle he didn’t hurt himself. The day after this, he couldn’t stop laughing about it.”

Roger Taylor

Freddie later said, “I have always wanted to swing from a chandelier. And when I saw this exquisite cut-crystal thing dangling there, I just could not resist it!“😂

A Beautiful picture of Freddie and Roger snapped by Neal Preston during Queen’s North American ‘Jazz’ Tour 1978

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