“We are here to celebrate the life of Freddie Mercury, an extraordinary rock star who rushed across our cultural landscape like a comet shooting across the sky. We are also here to tell the whole world that he, like others we have lost to AIDS, died before his time. The bright light of his talent exhilarates us even now that his life has been so cruelly extinguished. I needn’t have happened. It shouldn’t have happened. Please let’s not let it happen again”
Elizabeth Taylor, ‘The Freddie Mercury Tribute’ Concert, April 20, 1992
“Even after all these years, I could not bring myself to watch or listen to the tribute concert broadcast from Wembley Stadium that year. It was a glorious early summer evening and I decided to have a barbecue with friends in the garden. It had been our intention to listen to the concert on the radio. A song came on which held particularly vivid memories. It destroyed me emotionally. I think the other members of Queen were really brave to attempt such a difficult concert. It must have been hell without Freddie.”
23 April 1985 – Freddie Mercury released his solo single ‘I Was Born To Love You’ from his debut solo album, ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ in the USA 🇺🇸
“I’m possessed by love. I’m a romantic. I’m also a man of extremes. I think the songs on this album reflect the state of my life; a diverse selection of moods. I wanted to write a batch of songs that came out under the name of Freddie Mercury. It’s not like starting a new career, it’s more like going off at a tangent. I feel I’m doing this with all the experience I’ve gained with Queen. But this is just me. I’m in control.
Most of the songs I write are love ballads and things to do with sadness and torture and pain, but at the same time, it’s frivolous and tongue-in-cheek. I’m a true romantic
It’s like painting a picture; you have to step away from it to see what it’s like. I’m stepping away from Queen and I think it’s going to give everybody a shot in the arm. But of course I’ll be working with Queen again, there’s no doubt about that.
Yes, I would like it to be successful. It matters to me a lot. I’ve made a piece of music which I want to be accepted in the biggest way possible.”
In 1995, Queen reworked this fantastic song by adding fresh instruments over the original track turning it into more of a rock track and included it on their fifteenth and final studio album, “Made In Heaven.”
19, April, 1982 – Queen released ‘𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞’ (printed as “Body Language ↑⬱”), from their tenth studio album, “Hot Space,” in the U.K. It was a shift from their earlier work with more of a disco/funk, rhythm and blues as well as pop element.
“Body Language” was written by Freddie Mercury and a risqué song for the time. It was a hit in North America, where it received extensive radio play. However, the single only received a lukewarm response in the United Kingdom. The song’s key feature was its minimal, sparse production, with the emphasis of “suggestive” lyrics, a “slinky” synth bass (played on an Oberheim OB-X).The use of synth bamboozled some fans that wanted to hear guitars.
The instrumentation was almost entirely recorded by Freddie Mercury using drum machines, with John Deacon supplying the bassline on synth keyboards. Live keyboardist Morgan Fisher would play the synth bass (in Europe and Fred Mandel in the US), while John would play guitar – a rarity.
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April 1975, Queen are in Japan 🇯🇵 during their “Sheer Heart Attack Tour.”
This is their first Japanese tour and the band fell in love with the beautiful country.
While learning about the culture, they were gifted many Japanese treasures and one was the famous “Kendama” toy
“Freddie loved this toy, called a Kendama…Freddie liked things that he was good at. He didn’t like things he couldn’t do well.”
The Kendama (けん玉, “sword [and] ball”) is a traditional Japanese skill toy. The game is basically played by tossing the ball and attempting to catch it in one of the cups or to spear it with the point of the stick.
Although a player holds the Kendama with his or her hand, it is a game that uses one’s whole body, mind, and spirit to perform a variety of fun and entertaining waza (techniques）while at the same time helping develop the player’s sense of balance and concentration.
, 19 April, 1982, Queen released “Life Is Real” as the B-side to “Body Language” Both songs are included on their tenth studio album, “Hot Space.”
The tragic death of John Lennon on 8th December 1980 shook the world of music. Queen often cited him and The Beatles, as one of their main influences, and when they learned of Lennon’s assassination the morning after, they incorporated his 1971 hit ‘Imagine’ into their set list at London’s Wembley Arena that night.
Therefore, it was inevitable that a tribute to the former Beatle would be written. Freddie Mercury wrote ‘Life is Real (Song For Lennon)’ as a dedication to him two years after his death. He composed a song which emulates different John Lennon song styles. This track is related to the Lennon lyric “Love is Real” from his beautiful song, “Love.” It’s Freddie’s best John impression. His falsetto mimics Lennon’s.
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16 April, 1974, Queen performed their very first North American show @ Regis College Fieldhouse in Denver, Colorado, USA 🇺🇸 The band supported Mott The Hoople
“Queen ll Tour”
Elektra Records had done some excellent ground work in the United States market without the band ever having played there or undertaken any real promotion. Queen’s debut album made it to #83 and ‘Queen ll’ entered the top 50 — two extremely encouraging showings for a non-American band with a low profile.
It was apparent that Queen definitely had a core of support in the USA and after the success of the ’73 UK tour, Mott The Hoople asked Queen to open for them on this tour as well.
Queen was received rather quietly at first; the audience had obviously heard of Mott; but weren’t too sure of the English newcomers wearing satin and polish
But you know by the end of the set, they were completely won over!
Greg Osborne recalled:
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