Gallery update Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday 
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Gallery update Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday 

28 July 1989, Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday with spotlights over his home! Alien Alert! 😁

Roger Taylor decided that he wanted to splash out for his fortieth birthday party, after all, you’re only 40 once! He sent out printed invitations to his guests bearing the words ‘Rock Till You Drop’ (a scan included with the pictures.) They featured a cartoon of himself being borne aloft on a sedan chair by a bevvy of long legged girls!

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He sent out the invitations to just about everyone he could think of, asking them to join him at a ‘schoolboys and schoolgirls’ fancy dress party at his beautiful home in Surrey, laying on a relay of coaches from central London to ferry guests to the bash and back afterwards. Two huge marquees had been pitched in the enormous gardens of his house, complete with a wooden dance floor, stage for two live bands and full disco lights. He had also hired a ‘Sky-Tracker’, a powerful quadruple spotlight, which was scanning the sky. He had to get permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to use it, as planes had to be warned in case they mistook it for landing lights.

He had no problem with planes – but local police, and the forces in the next county, had their switchboards overloaded with thousands of calls from worried people, thinking the ‘lights in the sky’ they could see were unidentified flying objects. People were jumping into their cars and driving to the source of the lights, thinking that aliens were landing. It caused chaos as many, still in their nightclothes, parked their cars on the busy main road and made a dash across the carriageway to see if they could get a closer view. The whole affair was front-page news in the British newspapers the following day – and even made world news.”

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Freddie Mercury wasn’t the only one who loved extravagant parties! Way to go Rog!

Gallery update Queen appeared (unaccredited) on BBC’s ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
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Gallery update Queen appeared (unaccredited) on BBC’s ‘Keep Yourself Alive’

24 July 1973 – Queen appeared (unaccredited) on BBC’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ with ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ to a video compilation from old black and white cartoons -their first TV appearance.

Queen released their first ever single, ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ on 6 July 1973. The single was reviewed extensively and mostly, but not exclusively, favourably in the music press.

DJ John Peel commented, ‘Some pleasing guitar and synthesizer work…’in his column in Sounds. Not bad for a first single. The single was sent out to all local and regional radio stations for inclusion on their play lists but, with the exception of Radio Luxembourg, it didn’t get any airplay at all. BBC Radio One rejected it no less than five times. EMI sent a ‘white label’ copy of the Queen debut album to BBC Television, in hope that someone might like it enough to plug it – although they forgot to include the publicity material about the band. (A white label copy is an early pressing of a record, used for promotion while the labels and covers of the albums are being printed.)

It landed on the desk of Mike Appleton, producer of the BBC’s rock programme ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test.’ Mike played the anonymous album out of interest and he absolutely loved it, especially the first track!

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Gallery update.Queen have arrived in Budapest

24 July 1986, Queen have arrived in Budapest!

From Vienna they had to get to Budapest and, as the Danube flows through both cities, decided to take a river cruise. The vessel they hired was none other than USSR President Gorbachev’s personal hydrofoil. Their arrival inspired the British Embassy in Budapest to hold a special party in their honour.

“Interview, Oh don’t be ridiculous, NO!”

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24 July 1986, Queen are in Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺

The band traveled from Vienna to Budapest along the Danube River aboard a personal hydrofoil belonging to USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev.

The British Embassy held a special party in their honour.

The band are set to perform at the Nepstadion on the 27th of July.

Queen’s concert in Budapest is the biggest by a western group behind the Iron Curtain (An estimated 80,000 fans packed Budapest’s Népstadion (“people’s stadium” – during the Cold War).

This epic concert is still referred to as unforgettable, and one of the best in history. Listening to one of the world’s greatest singers of all time, Freddie Mercury, singing Tavaszi szél vízet áraszt, the most iconic Hungarian folk song, was a definite highlight and spine tingling.

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