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Dave Clark’s “Time” musical premiered at the Dominion Theatre, London

July 18, 2022   admin   0

9 April 1986 – Dave Clark’s “Time” musical premiered at the Dominion Theatre, London, starring Cliff Richard and Sir Laurence Olivier.

The world premiere of the “Time” musical is held at the Dominion Theatre in London where it ran for two years. ‘Time’ featured two tracks (‘In My Defence’ and ‘Time’) which Freddie Mercury recorded, and were included on the cast album. However, he did not appear in the musical itself, except at a special charity performance on 14 April 1988 in which he did perform a duet with Cliff Richard.

Dave Clark had offered Freddie the lead role of the rock star, Chris Wilder in his musical but he declined, and Cliff Richard took the part instead.

Apparently, Cliff being a star for such a long time, was not happy that Freddie was getting first choice in the tracks for the musical arrangements. When he heard Freddie’s version of “In My Defence”, his jaw dropped to the floor and the whole song had to be changed for Cliff to be able to sing it, as it was far too high for him. After this, he never stopped praising Freddie.

John just gave up after Freddie died

July 16, 2022   admin   0

“John just gave up after Freddie died” (Queen fan club president Jacky Smith) .
Roger said it took years for him and Brian to deal with their loss, but that John never did: “John freaked out and decided he really couldn’t deal with being in the music business anymore, it was an odd period”
“He found [Mercury’s death] incredibly hard to process, to the point where actually playing with us made it more difficult”.
-Brian May
“As far as we are concerned, this is it. There is no point carrying on. It is impossible to replace Freddie”. – John Deacon.

Mary talks about Freddie

July 15, 2022   admin   5

“Freddie was always very protective of me. I only realised after he died, quite how protective he’d been. If something happened he’d say, “Oh darling, don’t worry we’ll get over that.” He was uplifting. At other times, when he was aware he had AIDS and only had a limited time to live, there’d be the odd serious conversation when he’d say to me, “Let’s go and sit, we don’t know how long we have.”

‘No, I’d rather it happened the other way round. I should have gone first – I’d rather he miss me than I miss him.’

~ Mary Austin 2011 Interview

Mary was in Freddie’s life before the fame and remained in his life throughout all of his ups and downs. She always had a special place in his life, it’s not for us to understand but it’s love! Unconditional love! Their relationship ended but they still remained extremely close together. That’s a very special bond or ‘friendship of the highest standard’ as Freddie has said himself

Freddie was the most musical of all of us

July 14, 2022   admin   4

Freddie was the most musical of all of us. He was trained on the piano, and he could write on the black notes. He said, ‘We’re never going to get anywhere playing all this three-chord blues crap, we’ll have to write some songs’. A couple of things came out of it, but they’ve all vanished now. I can’t imagine that they would have been very satisfactory anyway.

Freddie knew where he wanted to go. That’s why he was such a huge international star. This was no accident. It happened because that’s exactly what he wanted to be from the moment I first met him. He was brilliant, a man with a goal and a drive!

Mike Bersin – Guitarist of Ibex

My first impression of Freddie was that he was strong-willed,

July 13, 2022   admin   2

“My first impression of Freddie was that he was strong-willed, gregarious, very ambitious, charming and striking. He was very aggressive about what he wanted and very much the fight in the band. They were one of the few groups that made an instant impression on me. They knew they’d be big, it was just a question of finding the way. In my experience that’s not normal, but it’s a huge advantage for a publicist when a group has that depth of belief in themselves, that’s what would make them stars. Catching one of Queen’s live gigs only confirmed my professional instincts about them and marked the start of a profitable working relationship.

Although Freddie invariably stood out from the others, he looked for no special preference, he never lorded himself as the star of Queen, it was always a group and from the start we were all made very conscious of the importance of treating them equally. He understood everything in this (journalist’) game and didn’t want to allow them to make him ordinary. He also didn’t want the whole attention to focus only on him and the rest of the band to be in his shadow.

He emphasized their band is not Freddie Mercury and his three-membered escort, but four equal partners. And he succeeded in it. Queen could have easily become “Freddie Mercury and Others”, but we never think of them in any other way than as a band.