Freddie Mercury does a press conference
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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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I Was Born To Love You’ bw ‘Stop All The Fighting’ 7” single released in the USA.

23 April 1985, Freddie Mercury’s solo hit, ‘I Was Born To Love You’ bw ‘Stop All The Fighting’ 7” single released in the USA.

This joyous and ebullient admission of love is the lead off single from Freddie’s debut solo album ‘Mr Bad Guy.’

Freddie wrote the entire album himself!

“I seem to write songs that I don’t think about them at the time but they seem to sort of catch up on me if you know what I mean. So I guess without knowing it it’s just sort of psychological. I think they just seem to be why… I think most people just write songs which are inside them. You know I’m not one of those that sort of practices the trends and say “OK, this is trendy today, let’s write a song about that”. In the end I think what actually comes out in me, and sometimes I don’t even know I’m actually doing it and they sort of catch up on me afterwards.

Most of the songs I write are all love ballads and things to do with sadness and torture and pain : at the same time it’s frivolous and tongue in cheek. That’s basically my whole nature, I guess. I’m a true romantic, and though I think everybody’s written songs in that field, I write it in my own way, with a different texture.

Basically, I’m not writing anything new, I’m not sitting here trying to say, “Look, I’ve written a song that nobody else has written before!” No. But I do it from my point of view.”

Freddie Mercury 1985

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The B-Side is ‘Stop All The Fighting’ which was recorded during the ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ sessions. It’s an energetic rocker, sounding like an outtake from one of the numerous new wave rockers emerging at the time. The lyrics sort of mirror the sentiments of ‘Is This The World We Created …?’ But, it’s far more aggressive.

Bohemian Rhapsody’ peaked at number nine on the US Billboard singles chart.
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Bohemian Rhapsody’ peaked at number nine on the US Billboard singles chart.

24 April 1976 – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ peaked at number nine on the US Billboard singles chart.

“A lot of people slammed “Bohemian Rhapsody”, but who can you compare that to? Name one group that’s done an operatic single. You know, we were adamant that “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be a hit in its entirety. We have been forced to make compromises, but cutting up a song will never be one of them !”

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Extracted from John Deacon’s letter for the Queen Fan Club

“I’ve been staring at a blank page for 20 minutes now wondering what to write about.

Brian, Roger, Freddie and myself worked together for 20 years, which is longer than a lot of marriages these days! We may have been able to carry on for another 20 years, who knows?

The tribute concert at Wembley earlier this year was put together very quickly and I was a little unsure about playing on a stage without Freddie to sing!”

Extracted from John Deacon’s letter for the Queen Fan Club: Autumn edition 1992

All our respect to the legendary John Deacon!

“Beyond their working relationship, Mack and Mercury struck up a close friendship
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“Beyond their working relationship, Mack and Mercury struck up a close friendship

“Beyond their working relationship, Mack and Mercury struck up a close friendship – and Mercury loved spending time with the producer and his family. “We became good friends, and at least now I know where my money went to,” jokes Mack. “Freddie and my wife Ingrid used to go shopping.

It was unbelievable. You know all the tracksuits he was wearing in pictures, like the yellow one that people remember?

That all came from those shopping trips with my wife.” 💛😁💛

— Mack Reinhold

Interview with Freddie Mercury (Joepie Magazine)
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Interview with Freddie Mercury (Joepie Magazine)

Interview with Freddie Mercury (Joepie Magazine)

What is Queen’s biggest wish in the moment ?

Freddie Mercury: World success, of course. And I don’t mean hysterical people everywhere we go, but respect and enthusiasm for the things we do. We have noticed that our audience is very large. We get the “freaks” in our hall, the “snobs”, but also teenagers who buy Mud and the older youngsters who want to listen. With all these people and their support, we hope to bring it much further. For us, ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ is the first step in that direction. We are full of ideas and we hope we can work them out on a next album.

Queen is taking the wheel over from Led Zeppelin:

With their single ‘Killer Queen’ at the top of the hit parades for the first time, people’s expectations of Queen are very high. The biggest specialists in business predict that Queen will take over the wheel from Led Zeppelin. Not always people thought about Queen like this. A year long they were ignored by the press and didn’t get a chance on radio and television. That was a tough cookie for the boys of Queen!

We talked about this and their future plans during a brief conversation with singer Freddie Mercury.

Freddie Mercury: It’s really funny how the specialists have suddenly turned to us. Until our third album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ they ignored us, or tried to break us. We never got any constructive criticism. Thank God we never cared. We kept on working with the same courage and the same enthusiasm and that turned in our favour. The audience has always reacted and supported us very well; they dragged us to the top. The press had to say who we were! For some time, we rejected people of Melody Maker and The New Musical Express. In the beginning they wrote the most terrible things about us, they twisted our conversations. We did this for a year. Very often, friends told us they sent free-lance reporters to us and each time they were waiting before a closed door [?]. Now, with our album and single at the first place of the top 30, they are obligated to take us seriously.

How do you explain those reactions of the press ?

Freddie Mercury: In England the specialists like getting the credits of discovering bands, they love adulation. When we released our first album, we already had a lot of fans who made sure the album entered the charts. The press stood for a fait accompli. Without ever writing a word about us we climbed the top. They couldn’t stand that. THEY make the bands, you know? We never had a fight with the journalists. They were just mad, because we sold our albums without their involvement. Thank God it wasn’t like that in other countries.

On stage you seem to be aggressive. Are you like that in real life as well ?

Freddie Mercury: Not at all. I am a soft type. On stage I experience a sort of transformation by the influence of the music. I love our repertoire, I can live it up. We are very lucky that we have a record company which doesn’t try to force us in a certain direction. My output would be half of like it is now. I live out on stage. When I sing a slow song I can feel melancholic, is the music aggressive, it pumps me up so that I’m going to act more aggressive. The audience experiences this in the same way.

People compare you with Led Zeppelin, yes, and even The Beatles:

Freddie Mercury: One says we will exceed Led Zeppelin. That’s not our intention. Our intention is to exceed ourselves. Of course we hope to be as successful as they are worldwide. I don’t think you can compare us with those bands, except that we try to bring their qualities together. The recording technique of The Beatles, the power of Led Zeppelin and the perfect sound of Yes. We take this as a compliment because they are not just some average bands. No one ever blamed us to copy bands, and that’s good. I write a lot of compositions and I would hate it if they compared my work.

Extracted from Joepie Magazine 1974