21 01 24
Photoshoot Freddie and Mary

“You can see how close Mary and Freddie were from the photos I took. Mary was essentially a very shy and modest girl, who was quite happy for Freddie to be the centre of attention and only agreed to do the photos with a little reluctance to please Freddie.”

Mick Rock

Beautiful photographs from June 1974. Credit to Mick Rock

20 01 24
Freddie Mercury records ‘New York’ demo at Musicland Studios

6 July 1984, Freddie Mercury records ‘New York’ demo at Musicland Studios in Munich during ‘Mr. Bad Guy’ sessions.

This short yet charming piano piece was the last thing to be recorded by Freddie before embarking on the upcoming Queen Works! world tour.

Unfortunately, he didn’t complete this piece upon returning to the sessions in December, and it languished unreleased for over 15 years before appearing on ‘The Solo Collection’ in 2000.

Freddie spent a lot of time in New York City in the early 80s, this is his serenade, in a light, finger snapping ditty. It’s a fun little song!

A home demo was also recorded, though it remains unreleased.

“I decided at some point that I would like to live in New York. I love New York. It’s wonderful. Work had got to be too much and I’d become tired of the whole business, and decided I really needed a long break. So, I thought about buying a flat in New York and wanted to spend some time there. I was going to live there most of the time. It has a very hectic pace. People were telling us how vicious the city can be, but I enjoyed it. There’s so much to see. The record company took us to all the obvious places to go, to all the restaurants, clubs and things. I was going to leave England and try it on a trial basis, so I actually went and looked at some apartments in West Avenue.

I found a wonderful place that I almost bought. But when it came to living there, I thought, “Oh dear, it’s terribly different!” You can’t live in New York at the pace you do when you’re travelling through it. I didn’t like that idea. I’d have been dead within a week. New York is Sin city with a capital ‘S’. But you have to come away at the right time, because the moment you stay a day too late, it grips you. It’s very hypnotic. It’s all tripping in at eight or nine every morning, taking throat injections so I can still sing. It’s a real place. I love it.”

Freddie in his own words 💛

Here’s the demo https://youtu.be/htO0efb5OzA

18 01 24
Queen Live @ Compton Terrace in Chandler, Arizona 🇺🇸 “The Game Tour”

6 July 1980, Queen Live @ Compton Terrace in Chandler, Arizona 🇺🇸 “The Game Tour”

Chandler is a suburb of Phoenix, the city this show is traditionally attributed to. This show was at an ampitheatre, one of the few pre-1986 outdoor shows Queen would play – in the scorching 🥵 desert heat! Phoenix experiences a heat wave in July (it’s considered the hottest month of the year!)

A fans account of the hot evening:

“The fans waited for ages, drinking in the AZ heat, for Queen to come out. The announcer got us all hyped up, the lights dimmed and the audience rushed the stage to see Queen. After the rush I was about 5 or 6 people back from the edge of the stage at right center. Instead of Queen we got the unlisted, unannounced opening act – an in-your-face raw, basic, rockabilly opener. Good at what they did and hand-picked by Queen. But not what the audience was expecting nor came to see. Kind of like Jimi opening for The Monkees… The audience generally was NOT happy. There were lots and LOTS of boos and early in The Blasters’ set someone threw a wine bottle right past the lead singer and into the drum set. I remember that clearly. Their opening set was cut short, and Brian May came out and scolded us.”

Freddie greets the audience after ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ during which he does a few ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ adlibs.

After ‘Let Me Entertain You,’ he sits down at the piano and offers a marginally clever play on words: “We’re gonna play some games with you right now.” He then starts the familiar piano intro of Play The Game. These early versions of the song have an extra vocal chorus at the end before Brian improvises over one more cycle.

In the nearly 100 degrees heat, Queen’s set was also cut short (presumably Keep Yourself Alive and the solo spots were axed). Freddie is sweating bullets already by Mustapha. He asked, “𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐮𝐲𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐭?!” He sings the intro to the Jazz album track, and replying to the line “Allah I will pray for you.”

Freddie’s voice is in superb shape. He does a neat little vocal bit before ‘Save Me,’ reminiscent of Somebody To Love. “I’m coming, I’m coming!” he says part way through, as he’s making his way over to Brian at the piano to start the song as he usually does.

@ Queen Live 👑

16 01 24
Gallery the Game Tour 1980 France

16 December 1980

Queen @ Hall Rhénus

Strasbourg, France 🇫🇷

‘The Game Tour’

15 01 24
Queen released ‘Is This The World We Created

6 July 1984, Queen released ‘Is This The World We Created?’ as a B-Side to ‘It’s A Hard Life’ in the USA

“Brian and I were thinking about poverty going on all around the world and that’s why the track “Is This The World We Created” came about. I think for Live Aid we’re actually going to do that as a special thing, right at the end.

It’s very odd, but we composed that particular song well before the Live Aid project, but it seems to fit in quite well. It was about the suffering and starvation of children all over the planet, and it matched the situation so well that we decided it was definitely one song we would do. I tell you, when it comes to that duet, this song is an integral part of what’s going on, and the song seems to convey a lot of what the event is about. I think that’s probably going to bring tears to my eyes when we do it. I’ll have to make sure I do it properly. It’s amazing.

The first line is, “Just look at all those hungry mouths we have to feed.” I can’t believe it. It’s as if someone actually asked us to write a song for this event, but we had one already. Actually, it was Jim Beach’s idea. Because it was there, all written, and that’s why they’ve given us a special spot.

I wouldn’t like to say I wrote all the lyrics, Brian helped, but I remember most of the lyrics of that song are mine, Brian probably did help with a line here and there.”

Freddie Mercury 1984 Interview

This song was written as a last minute replacement for “There Must Be More To Life Than This” which had been written in 1981 and intended for the Hot Space album and again for The Works as the album closer. Freddie was reportedly inspired to write this song after viewing a documentary on television about poverty in Africa.

This song was featured on Live Aid as part of the finale. A stunning performance

11 01 24
Freddie, What kind of person are you? 

Freddie, What kind of person are you? 

“How do you expect me to answer a question like that, dear! There are various aspects of me. The thing I treasure most, above music, is meeting people. I like being sociable, going out to functions and things and, generally, I’m likeable I think. But I can change and be very moody and obnoxious. I’m a sort of chameleon. Success is teaching me a lot of things and I’m adapting. You’ve got to learn to come up with decisions very quickly. There’s no beating about the bush in this business.”

Freddie Mercury ♥️
Extracted from Melody Maker 1974

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