“There are so many things we don’t see eye to eye about in the group, even as to the titles of our albums. We row about everything, even about the air we breathe. But I think that’s good, because we get the cream of the crop. It’s good, that’s healthy.”
Circus Raves 1975
29 April 1985, Queen performed their final evening @ Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺
“The Works Tour”
This is the band’s final performance in Australia with Freddie Mercury.
A fan recalls: “Brian played part of Waltzing Matilda again during his guitar solo. Also, at one point of the show Freddie’s mic died, and apparently it was while he was up on top of the stage behind Roger’s drum kit. And at the end of the show, Roger trashed his drum kit.”
The band will now jet ✈️ off to Japan 🇯🇵 to perform five shows as The Works Tour ends 15 May 1985 in Osaka.
Then as if that’s not enough, the band will prepare to perform one of the greatest shows of their career, Live Aid in July
25 October 1982, Queen are leaving from the Osaka Station Platform to Nagoya on the Hikari #24 bullet train. Their fourth show is slated tomorrow at Kosusai Tenjijo, Nagoya 🇯🇵
Queen’s ‘Hot Space Tour’ ends in Japan
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We all know that Freddie Mercury had an amazing voice, and when Queen formed, the world understood what an impact that voice would leave. It could range between four octaves, which is extraordinarily rare for a performer, especially a male one. Queen were gaining fans and rising to global fame, they saw how Freddie would own the stage and captivate his audience with amazing songs and performances. People couldn’t help but fall for his charisma and charm.
The music they performed had a new and welcomed sound. One thing led to another and Freddie would be standing in soccer stadiums singing to a crowd of thousands of people all around the world. He left a lasting legacy of love, passion, expression, and freedom. He will be felt for generations to come as a pioneer of music and personal accomplishment. He is missed every day by millions around the world.
48 years ago… 26 October 1973, Queen performed @ Imperial Collage, London, England
‘Queen I’ Tour
Former Queen bassist Barry Mitchell attended this gig at Imperial
Wendy Edmonds (wife of Pete Edmunds) and fashion designer (she designed Freddie’s famous ‘Mercury’ suit) said:
“Queen always believed they were going to make it big. I remember the first gig when we saw them at one of the colleges in London. And then we also knew then that they were going to make it big. I remember that gig so well because we felt really excited. We had seen them hundreds of times and we had this sense that they were now taking off.”
By the end of 1973, Queen were receiving more and more letters from their fans, it was necessary to create a fab club. The fan club is still running strong today. It’s one of the longest running rock fan clubs in the Guinness Book of World Records!
The pictures are taken from Mick Rock’s superb “Killer Queen” book. There is now a different (and much more affordable) version of this book called “Classic Queen” available through Amazon and elsewhere.
An audience recording of this show exists (or once existed).
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“Fame has changed me, but it’s happened in two stages. I would be a fool to ignore the fact that it changed me in terms of being snobbish and arrogant in the early days. With our early success, I thought I was the bee’s knees, but then I came to realize that success can be handled in a different way; that I should pay more attention to making people realize I’m normal.”