25 November 1978, Queen performed at The Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio “Jazz Tour”
Queen are greeted with a rapturous applause after the first song. After greeting the people of Cleveland, Freddie exclaims, “We’re gonna kill you tonight!” While introducing ‘Somebody To Love,’ he says, “It’s from one of the albums, I forget.”
After ‘Brighton Rock,’ a couple fellows in the audience simultaneously shout (clearly rehearsed at some point) “White Man!” a couple times. Unfortunately for them, the band have dropped the song from the setlist for good. Freddie then tries to introduce the next song, but is interrupted by someone throwing an object of some sort onto the stage for him to wear. The singer says, “This looks ridiculous. I don’t want it.” He continues, “Ok, we’re gonna do a brand new song right now. This has been released as our new 45. We have a double-A side. This is one side. It’s dedicated to all you guys, all you chicks with big fat bottoms. It’s called ‘Fat Bottomed Girls.’”
This is the first known occasion with Freddie being heard singing “I see a little silhouetto of a man” on the tape of the opera section of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ Previously, only the piano was heard at that point, while Freddie sang the line live back on the ‘A Night At The Opera tourm (with the exception of the Earls Court ’77 shows). This tape would be played at every remaining Queen show (with one exception in 1979 where the old one was played by accident).
The first beautiful picture is credited to Steve Manchook and the others were snapped by Janet Macoska.
“I don’t think Freddie considered himself to be really beautiful. He knew he wasn’t ugly and would play on the best aspects of his face. When there were videos or photoshoots, he always indicated where to focus on his cheekbones or eyes and also knew which was his best side and his best angle. Freddie hated his teeth and would try to cover his smile. He wanted to be a few inches taller, he wished he had a more defined body, he loathed his double crown.” (Peter Freestone)
“I’m sure many of you know the old saying ‘Beauty in the eyes of the beholder’. What is beautiful for one person, can be ugly for the other. I was lucky to spend with Freddie Mercury for 12 years, and I studied this man to the brain of the bone. He hated his teeth, wanted to be a couple of inches higher and have a more muscle body… it’s outside. But as a friend, Freddie was the most mellow and loving person you can only wish to meet. Ask any of his surroundings, they will agree with me. I saw what he thought was his flaws, but his personality itself was blocked all physical. So replying to your question, yes, Freddie was beautiful.” (Peter Freestone)
25 November 1980, Queen performed @ La Rotonde du Bourget, Paris, France
“The Game Tour”
Freddie sings a gorgeous version of ‘Play The Game.’ In the last chorus, he nearly replicates his phrasing and overall delivery of the studio version.
The band decide to drop ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ for a few shows.
Bits of silent footage from this show, filmed by the Argentinian ‘Canal 9’ with a single camera from the back of the venue, were shown on the network in early 1981 along with some band interviews with Roberto Badia as a preview to the upcoming football stadium shows.
There is about three minutes of footage in all, including clips of Jailhouse Rock, We Will Rock You (fast), Let Me Entertain You, Death On Two Legs, Get Down Make Love, Need Your Loving Tonight, Love Of My Life, Keep Yourself Alive, Roger’s tympani solo, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. There are some claims that virtually the entire show was recorded and later discarded.
“Freddie was like no one I had met before. He was very confident – something I have never been. We grew together. I liked him and it went on from there. It took about three years for me to really fall in love. I’d never felt that way about anyone before.”
Their relationship may have only lasted 7 years but Mary was part of Freddie’s life well before his fame and remained his “rock” for the rest of his life. That’s a beautiful, “friendship of the highest standard.”
Mary Austin, Freddie’s lifelong dearest The Quotes are extracted from an interview in 2013
9 June 1986, Queen released their 30th UK single, ‘Friends Will Be Friends’ bw ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’
‘Friends Will Be Friends’ is a beautiful song about friendship that was written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon and is one of the last of Freddie’s piano ballads. It is also the third UK single from their twelfth studio album, “A Kind of Magic.”
It is remarkable in that it was the first and only song that was sung at the end of concerts between “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” since the News of the World Tour in 1977.
The video was shot by Rudi Dolezal and Hanness Rossacher (DoRo Productions) @ JVC Studios, Wembley, London. The Official International Queen Fan Club invited approximately 850 Queen fans to make up an audience for what is, in essence, an amazing performance video.
During the show, Freddie Mercury “high fives” audience members, and at the end cuts the mic and sings along with them, letting them lead. Because of this, this performance was nicknamed “𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐍𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝”.
Remembering Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona (30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020)
Diego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. He captained Argentina to World Cup 1986 glory in which he took center stage at the tournament with a memorable performance against England where he scored his iconic “Hand of God” goal. Maradona was at the height of his club career, at Napoli (Italy) from 1984-1991 where also lifted two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
Freddie Mercury first met Diego Maradona at a party in Castelar outside Buenos Aires, and invited him to appear on stage during Queen’s final Buenos Aires show. Maradona happily accepted.
“Freddie hadn’t really known who he was, as he was not what you could call a football fan,” said Peter Freestone.