Fame has changed me

Fame has changed me, but it’s happened in two stages. I would be a fool to ignore the fact that it changed me in terms of being snobbish and arrogant in the early days. With our early success, I thought I was the bee’s knees, but then I came to realize that success can be handled in a different way; that I should pay more attention to making people realize I’m normal. Success did change me, and now it’s changed me again-

I hope for the better. I can live without fame quite easily. My lifestyle doesn’t suddenly stop because fame might end. If all my money ended tomorrow I would still be the same person. I’d still go about the same way. I like living life to the full. That’s my nature. I do what I want to do. That’s something inbred, that’s part of me.

”Freddie Mercury

Gallery update,JAPANESE HOLIDAY 1986 part 2

Hey Darlings. i added a few pictutes from The Japanes holiday part 2 .Gallery link

Queen was one of the very few bands that knew how to survive.

Queen was one of the very few bands that knew how to survive. I think Freddie always really knew what he could get away with, what the public would take. He was ahead of everybody else like that. He was just one of those fantastic guys. He loved the life. Loved the music business, lived for it. He worked at it every day. Never stopped. Enjoyed it. He’d never have stopped. His records may have become a little less frequent but he’d have never given it up. He never blamed the record company if a record wasn’t a hit. He knew when a record wasn’t happening. You never got any grief out of him, like it’s everyone’s fault but his.

EMI was a good record company for him. He got his own way with most things because because he was usually always right. Jim Beach did a fantastic job for him too, he really understood that Freddie had the rightest creative instincts that anyone could have had. The videos may have been wild but the records always stood on their own. If one didn’t work, get another one out. No recriminations. They got on with it. No one song was ever so special that he said:‘” That’s it … I’ll never do better than that!” With him, it was always onto the next. Lots of artists never recover from a big record like Bo Rhap. Freddie did and just got on with the next and the next.

David Munns
General Manager of EMI in the early seventies

EMI began negotiations with Trident about a new recording contract for Queen.

9 March 1973 – EMI began negotiations with Trident about a new recording contract for Queen.

Queen were ushered into the new EMI Records Ltd. to sign their very first recording contract. It was all over quickly and without much fanfare , but suddenly Queen found themselves with a record deal covering the UK and Europe. They were excited, it seemed that at last they were getting somewhere and all that hard work was about to pay off. Brian and Roger were a little more apprehensive — they had seen it all go so badly with Smile after it had got this far.

EMI was eager to release the Queen debut album quickly but, due to problems within the company on the finalization of the plans for the new label, the release would now be held up.


October 1977 – Beautiful pictures of Freddie Mercury with illustrator and author Nicola Bayley at his home, 12 Stafford Terrace in Kensington, London

  • Photos by Terence Spencer