“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)
“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”.Continue reading Queen released their 30th UK single, ‘Friends Will Be Friends’
9 June 1982, Queen made a special appearance @ Britain’s famed, Top of The Pops to perform ‘Las Palabras de Amor (The Words Of Love)’
Brian May was inspired to write this beautiful track based on Queens close relationship with their Argentinian fans. It’s sung in English but has several Spanish phrases.
Just Several days following Queen’s appearance at the Milton Keynes Bowl, the band stopped by the Top Of The Pops studio for the first time in five years to face the cameras once again for a mimed performance of ‘Las Palabras de Amor.’ The band weren’t filmed in front of an audience; instead, their piece was taped prior to the show beginning, and they lip-synced along to the standard backing track, instead of rerecording (or even remixing) a new version. Freddie and Roger dressed dapperly for the occasion.
This would also mark their final studio appearance on the popular British weekly music variety show.
Brian has said: “I write best when I’m not on guitar; maybe a few riffs or the basis, but strangely enough, you usually get the most perspective on a song when you’re on an instrument that you’re not accustomed to. I’m not accustomed to playing the piano and I find that quite inspiring, because your fingers fall on different patterns. Whereas on a guitar, I pick it up and know where my fingers are going to fall. This song was during the minimalist era of Queen, liked by some but not by others, but this particular track was un-minimalist, it’s really rather romantic.”
The same footage was shown again two weeks later
The clip 👇
After my first meeting with Freddie, I went to his house for parties or lunches several times as indeed did he come to mine. His house fascinated me In that the main sitting room had once been an artist’s studio and had enormous height and space. It was full of varied collections of objects, although for me, the pieces of glass from Daum and by Lalique were especially exciting. They were exactly the type I loved, big statements, chunky and not over decorated.
Elsewhere, were more elaborate examples of Freddie’s taste and I loved his ability and confidence to mix these varied styles. There were many pieces of chinoiserie, art nouveau and ormolu along with huge overstuffed settees and armchairs surrounding thick, heavy glass tables, objects placed on the tables along with sweet meats and cigarettes.
Of course, there was the huge piano with dozens of silver photograph frames on it. It was a very opulent setting. Cristal champagne seemed forever on tap, served in a variety of lovely glasses which I would always have been rather nervous of breaking had they been mine.Continue reading After my first meeting with Freddie,
Is ‘Mr. Bad Guy an ‘ego trip’ for you?
Freddie: You can call it what you like, I just wanted to do it ‘my way’.
How much of it is ‘personal’ material?
Freddie: Well, in the end, what comes out is me. Tne torture, pain, frivolity, tongue in cheek!
What is your attitude to life?
Freddie: Basically, just having a good time.
80,000,000 Queen albums sold worldwide – what makes you want to go on?
Freddie: I can’t cook and I’m not a housewife! It’s just in my blood, a nervous energy that I have. It’s still my work, and there’s a lot of challenges still to come.
Is this solo album like starting a new career?
Freddie: No – it’s just a bit on the side.
What did you do on the album apart from singing?
Freddie: I played piano and synths.
Why didn’t you use very well known musicians on the album?
Freddie: Basically, I used the best session musicians from Germany who are very good in their own right.
Do you write songs with specific meanings?
Freddie: No, not always. A song can mean anything. But I’m a true romantic and a very loving person, and I think that comes out in my songs.
Freddie Mercury grants an interview in Germany for the CBS International Conference in 1985, prior to the release of ‘Mr. Bad Guy’
Mack and Wissnet also engineered the sessions (as they did for Queen’s ‘The Works’ album)