As soon as we realized Freddie was ill
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As soon as we realized Freddie was ill

“As soon as we realized Freddie was ill, we clustered around him like a protective shell. We were lying to everyone, even our own families, because he didn’t want the world intruding on his struggle. He used to say ‘I don’t want people buying our fucking records out of sympathy.’ We all became very close. We grew up a lot.”

-Dr. Brian May

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Gallery update backstage hot space tour 1982

October 24th, 1982 – Queen Story!
Nishinomiya, Japan, Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
‘Hot Space World Tour’

Nishinomiya is just outside Osaka, the city this show has been traditionally attributed to.

Pics: Queen backstage at the Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium after a show on the ‘Hot Space’ Japan tour.
It was the band’s fifth visit to Japan

📷 Photographer Koh Hasebe

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He was a sweet guy with a great voice.

“Freddie Mercury sang all these songs originally and he sang them better that we’re gonna sing them, he sang them in the correct keys and he sang them with confidence, and he sang them really really well and his personality , vocally and his whole projection is something that we can’t capture.

He was a sweet guy with a great voice. A lot of people have to change the keys to these songs, ‘cos they can’t do it like Freddie.”

Robert Plant
Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Freddie would have been so proud of the concert and the artists paying tribute!

Gallery update Queen Welcome Party at Club 33 in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
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Gallery update Queen Welcome Party at Club 33 in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

1 November – Queen Welcome Party at Club 33 in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

Just like in the previous year, Watanabe Productions holds a party for Queen at Club 33 in Roppongi.

There are a number of notable names in attendance. Sony co-founder Akio Morita and his wife, TV host Keizo Takahashi, politicians like member of the House of Councillors Akiko Santo, musicians like Mie Nakao, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi were among the 300 distinguished guests that were invited.

The party starts with a “kampai!” (cheers!) from Watanabe president Misa Watanabe, and entertainment includes a band made up of other Watanabe acts performing covers like Tie Your Mother Down, which the Queen members cheer on. The party lasts more than two hours, and the Queen members go back to their hotel right away, to prepare for their next show.

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Freddie Mercury does a press conference

April 1985, Freddie Mercury does a press conference while Queen is on tour in Sydney, Australia, promoting their eleventh album, ‘The Works’

The band is rounding out their series of eight concerts down under with their final gig in Sydney on the 29th.

Freddie’s first solo album is set to be released also on the 29th and he agrees to an official press conference to support ‘Mr. Bad Guy’

Roger Taylor’s personal assistant, roadie, drum tech and also a vital part of Queen crew, Chris ‘Crystal’ Taylor helps Freddie get situated and shares his funny anecdote:

“Lord Frederick of Mercury was about to do a press conference for his first solo album. The room was ready and I had made all the journalist’s and photographers sit down.

I went to get Fred and he was definitely nervous. This time he was on his own without the support of the other three. He threw down a quick glass of vodka and had the last drag of his cigarette, then he entered the hall.

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