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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.

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Queen made a special appearance @ Britain’s famed, Top of The Pops

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 👇

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After my first meeting with Freddie, 

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.

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Gallery update Sheer Heart Attack Tour”

6 November 1974, Queen performed @ St.. George’s Hall, Bradford, UK 🇬🇧 “Sheer Heart Attack Tour”.

Freddie, after ‘Flick Of The Wrist’: “We’d like to do something totally new for you right now. It’s a sort of a medley. Three of the tracks are on our new album released tomorrow [ed. actually the day after tomorrow, November 8], Sheer Heart Attack.” He gets no response. “You’ve heard of Sheer Heart Attack! It’s our new album out tomorrow.”

Freddie sings aggressively and confidently tonight. Noteworthy is his delivery of the segment of The March Of The Black Queen.

Brian, before the last song: “This is from the new album. It’s called ‘In The Lap Of The Gods Revisited.’ and we would like you to sing along.” That’s a rather tall order, as the audience has never heard the song before! Its pairing in the setlist with ‘Liar’ would last through the end of the North American ‘A Day At The Races’ tour.”

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Is ‘Mr. Bad Guy an ‘ego trip’ for you?
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Is ‘Mr. Bad Guy an ‘ego trip’ for you?

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)