Pic: Summer 1978, Nice, France – Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon relaxing in swimming pool at Super Bear Studios (in the village of Berre-les-Alpes in the hills 23k north of Nice) during a break from the recording sessions of ‘Jazz’ album[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”2″ display=”basic_thumbnail”]
“Freddie came to me looking a little nervous; ‘Mum, I’m not sure quite sure how to tell you this but I’m not going to be Farrokh Bulsara anymore. From this day on, I’m going to be known as Freddie Mercury, but I want you to know that this is the name I’ll have on stage, and back home, I will be the boy you always knew. Are you okay with this?’ “And I said to him, as long as you love me and respect me, everything will be alright.” He said, ‘That will always be mum!’
I often told him I didn’t like his clothes and dresses, and tried to get him to cut his hair, but he would explain it was something you have to do when you are in the pop world and gradually I learnt to accept it.
Whatever he did or wore I always saw in him the same child I knew, he would tell us lots of jokes and I could always connect with him.
Freddie kept a strict division between his work and his home all his life. If I ever asked he would say, ‘Mum that is business, and this is family.’ He was kind and very respectful both to myself and his father.
We tried to instil good values into him, like respecting the family and giving 100 per cent to whatever he did and although he wasn’t religious, he respected our ways.”
Jer Bulsara 2012 Interview
8 July 1980, Queen performed the first of four SOLD-OUT evenings at the famed LA forum in Inglewood, California 🇺🇸 “The Game Tour”
Here’s some fantastic pictures of Freddie Mercury with Michael Jackson, Olivia Newton-John and The Disco Queen, Donna Summer.
It has been documented, Michael Jackson, who attended one of the Forum shows, met with the band afterwards in their dressing room to convince them to release ‘Another One Bites The Dust,’ as a single (they weren’t yet performing the song on stage). Michael told them they’d be mad if they didn’t release it because it was going to be a huge hit![ngg src=”galleries” ids=”1″ display=”basic_thumbnail” thumbnail_width=”160″ thumbnail_height=”150″] Continue reading fantastic pictures of Freddie Mercury with Michael Jackson, Olivia Newton-John
6 April 1974 – “Queen II” became the band’s first album to chart (at No 5) in the UK
“We took so much trouble over the Queen ll album, possibly too much, but when we finished we felt really proud” ~ Roger Taylor told Sounds in 1974.
“Simply titled Queen ll, this album captures Queen in their finest hours!” ~ Sounds
“The material, performance, recording and even the artwork standards are very high.” ~ Disc
July 5, 1986, Queen performed an open air concert at Slane Castle, Slane, County Meath, Ireland ‘Magic Tour’
Nearly 100,000 people poured onto the grounds (and plenty without tickets) starting when the gates opened at 9am – a full nine hours before Queen were due to appear, and four hours even before the first supporting group was due on stage. Some brave souls came up the River Boyne in canoes, trying to get in the back way! With plenty of people admitting themselves into the show like this, it’s impossible to calculate an accurate attendance for the gig. But the paid attendence of 92,000 was the largest for a show in Slane to date; even bigger than Bruce Springsteen’s concert the previous year.
By all accounts it was a raucous affair – around 70 people were arrested when fans broke through a barrier in a bid to get backstage. A total of 600 security guards and 1,000 Gardaí were on duty at the concert to quell trouble.Continue reading Gallery update tour Magic Tour Ireland
, 6 April 1973 – Queen signed their first recording contract. Brian May explained that they didn’t get noticed the conventional way.
In November of 1972, Queen signed a legal contract with Trident Audio Productions LTD. The deal was that Queen would record for Trident and in turn, Trident would get the best recording deal with a major record label for Queen. Trident was trying to get the band in with EMI. This was the first time an independent record production company had taken on full responsibility for a rock band.
After many negotiations between Trident and EMI, a deal was finally secured for Queen. The band were ushered into the new offices of EMI Records LTD to sign their first recording contract. It was over quickly, but an excited Queen found themselves with a record deal covering the UK and Europe. They were thrilled because they knew their hard work was about to pay off and they were finally getting somewhere.
EMI executive, Tom Featherstone said, “I had been played hundreds of tapes from people’s mothers to their howling dogs and many bands and artists but none of them grabbed me, I was bored! Then I was handed this Queen tape, and I listened. I was knocked out. What stood out for me was the combination of Freddie’s voice and Brian’s guitar on a track called, “Liar.”
Queen’s debut album was completed as of January 1973 and released by their label EMI on July 13, 1973.
Later that same year, Queen received big news – they were going on their first major tour as support band to Mott The Hoople. It began in Leeds in November 1973, and it was said by many people during that tour that ‘Queen were more than a support act!
Even though Queen were delighted with their recording contract and it was the break they were looking for, it wasn’t a great deal and Brian May admitted in the Days of our Lives documentary, the band had actually signed a publishing agreement with Trident Studios, who then sold their records to a record company. “In hindsight it was the worst decision we ever made!”