July 1986 – Freddie Mercury with Mary and his entourage, doing what Freddie does best, shopping!!!
“It was funny to see how things really go. We organised a trip to Szentendre for Freddie in the greatest secrecy. We went there by three cars: I was in one with Freddie and two friends of mine, who offered to guide him through the antique shops, while there were guards in the other two.
We arrived to Szentendre with three enormous black vehicles. We needed fifteen people to go anywhere with him, so we entered the antiques shops in a small crowd. The news spread with light speed in the town.
By the time we exited the shop, there were at least three hundred fans outside waiting for Freddie, who gave a few autographs. This happened 3 or 4 times until the end of our visit: there was a great excitement around him, although he just went to buy some relics.
However, he came with me to the Great Market, he disguised himself with a baseball cap only and nobody recognised him; and he was just looking around, acting like any other tourists.”
He organized the event
Source: Hungarian Daily News
There were more than 70,000 tickets for the show and, even though people had to wait three hours for a ticket, each was sold in just two days (they sold out fast!) People traveled from all over the Eastern Bloc to attend, including folks from Russia, and several hundreds of fans poured in on the day of the epic concert in hopes of getting in or even hearing Queen from the outside
Queen Live @ Nepstadion, Budapest, Hungary
27 July 1986 – “Magic Tour”
Pictures: Freddie shopping in Szentendre July 19860