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You like to have thousands of people chanting your name?

You like to have thousands of people chanting your name?

Melody Maker: You like to have thousands of people chanting your name?

Freddie Mercury: Of course, It’s wonderful. The adrenalin’s there. Absolutely wonderful. But I suddenly think ‘I’ve got all this power, I can Destroy!’ It’s not a destructive thing I’m too wonderful for that darling. I’m too good.

Melody Maker: Freddie, I understand you were upset about a story in The Sun that claimed you had ‘confessed’ to being homosexual.

Freddie Mercury: I was completely misquoted. But from the beginning, the press have always written whatever they wanted about Queen, and they can get away with it. The woman who wrote that story wanted a total scoop from me and didn’t get anything. I said: “What do you want to hear? That I deal cocaine?” but for God’s sake, If I want to make big confessions about my sex life, would I go to The Sun, Of all Papers, to do it? There’s no fucking way I’d do that. I’m too intelligent.

Melody Maker: But this is a good time to be gay. It’s good for business.

Freddie Mercury: Isn’t it? Isn’t it? But it’s wrong for me to be gay now because I’ve been in the business for 12 years. It’s good to be gay or anything outrageous if your new. But even if I tried that, people would start yawning ‘Oh god here’s Freddie Mercury saying he’s gay because it’s trendy to be gay’

Melody Maker: Haven’t you always played with that image though?

Freddie Mercury: When I started off, rock bands were all wearing jeans, and suddenly here’ Freddie Mercury in a Zandra Rhodes frock with make-up and black nail varnish. It was totally outrageous. In a way |Boy George has just updated that thing, the whole glam-rock bit. George is more like a drag queen. It’s the same outrage it’s doubled.

Melody Maker: But does Freddie Mercury need Queen at all?

Freddie Mercury: “You?rat! I suppose so, yes. I used to think we’d probably go on for five years, but it’s got to the point where we’re too old to break up.” (laughter). “Can you imagine forming a new band at 40? Be a bit silly wouldn’t it?”

Extract from interview August 1984, Munich, Germany – Melody Maker

Pic: August 1984, Munich, Germany – Queen before press conference at ‘P1’ Club

– The P.1 Discotheque, a mock baroque confection that grows out one side of the Haus der Kunst (the Art Museum to you).

Queen were holding their ‘European Media Meeting’ (during ‘The Works Tour’) in Munich because it was their favourite European city –

In the original photo Freddie Mercury is with the other members of the group

gallery update 11 March 1977, Queen performed @ Pacific Coliseum , Vancouver, BC, Canada

gallery update 11 March 1977, Queen performed @ Pacific Coliseum , Vancouver, BC, Canada

11 March 1977, Queen performed @ Pacific Coliseum , Vancouver, BC, Canada

After four days’ rest Freddie puts in a great performance.

After Freddie pours some champagne on the audience: “Pass it around. There’s enough to go around!” During Sweet Lady, Brian is late coming into the second chorus, which throws Roger off, and John is forced to muddle his way through the transition until they work their way into the bridge, and the song continues as normal.

Freddie, after Sweet Lady: “Now, does anybody have any requests for tonight? ‘Keep Yourself Alive,’ we’re gonna do that.” He looks the other way and asks, “Any from around here?” Someone in the audience shouts “Brighton Rock!” numerous times, and he gets his wish. “I’ll tell you,” Freddie continues, “I have an idea” (as if they’re playing the song off the cuff, but it’s always the next song in the setlist), “I think right now we would like to feature Brian May on the guitar. How about that? Okay? And this is from the ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ album, a song called ‘Brighton Rock’.”

Freddie, after ’39: “As you’ve probably gathered, we like to try out the different styles that you hear on our albums. All the heavy rock and roll to the softer things. I hope you don’t mind. We’re gonna do it. This is a song from the very latest album from Queen. This is from ‘A Day At The Races,’ a song called ‘You Take My Breath Away’.” After the song, he quips, “Maybe we’ll come back next time with an orchestra. What do you think? We might do just that. A hundred and sixty piece, or something like that.”

There is some tasty guitar work from Brian about five minutes into ‘Jailhouse Rock’, and Freddie compliments it with some great adlibs. At the end of the show, Freddie says: “Thank you Vancouver. It was a pleasure doing business with you. Goodbye, and god bless you.”

A fan, Joe Burlon, recalls the night: “I remember Freddie toasted the crowd, then passed a champagne glass to a fan. I also remember him whipping his mike stand out to about the 10th row (always felt bad for the guy who got that in the head), and the stage hands had a helluva time pulling it back up on stage by the cord.”

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11 MARCH 1977, QUEEN PERFORMED @ PACIFIC COLISEUM , VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
My relationship with Freddie was love at first sight

My relationship with Freddie was love at first sight

My relationship with Freddie was love at first sight.

Freddie was a whole universe, he didn’t look like any other artist before him and there will never be anyone like him, his legacy is an incredible proof of that.

I met him several times in the 70s and 80s.

It was so spectacular to see him at her premiere of the song “Barcelona’ in Ibiza, so in love with Montserrat, grabbing her hand.

He was great, he radiated magnetism.

We had a lot in common, like our love for cats! And for the jewels!

I remember once we met and wore the same bracelets, kind of like a snake but different in color and was very surprised by the coincidence.

He was special and very creative.

He was an artist, a visual artist.

He was like a sponge, a genius.

But offstage, he was very shy and introverted but still magnetic ….

He was also the only man who in the 70s painted my nails with black nail polish and i did for him too.”

Bertha M. Yebra (spanish magazine redactor).

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6 March 1975, Queen performed @ Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin 🇺🇸

‘Sheer Heart Attack’ Tour

Queen didn’t headline every show on this tour. It is possible that Queen were the opening act. But it is certain that REO Speedwagon performed last.

A fan recalls the show: “I was a huge REO fan in the early 70’s. Queen opened for them when the Sheer Heart Attack album came out. We left the concert thinking REO had just been served!”

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Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, Surrey, London, UK

Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, Surrey, London, UK

September 1976 – Freddie Mercury with Mary Austin, Surrey, London, UK

Queen at the Kempton Park Racecourse at Sunbury-on-Thames for the ‘A Day At The Races’ album press launch. The event features a series of horse races and the winner of the main race, an obstacle course, receives £ 3,000 donated by EMI and Queen manager John Reid.

Freddie, Brian, Roger and John all placed bets on the same horse (they didn’t reveal this to each other). The name of the horse they all placed bets on was ‘Lanzarote’ ridden by Champion Jockey John Francombe (he’s the third most successful National Hunt jump jockey of all time).

Lanzarote won! Yay!

Five days before, ‘A Day At The Races’ was released (December 1976) Queen found out their album pre-sales were more than half a million, the highest orders EMI had ever received for any album (at that time)

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