20 October 1982, Queen performed at Fukuoka-shi Kyuden Kinen Taiikukan in Fukuoka, Japan 🇯🇵
‘Hot Space Tour’
After being dropped for the North American shows, ‘The Hero’ from the ‘Flash Gordon’ soundtrack album has returned to the set as the opening song.
This is the first full performance of the fast ‘We Will Rock’ You since the Milton Keynes show.
The Hot Space Tour started on 9 April in Gothenburg, Sweden and ended, after sixty-nine concerts, in Tokorozawa, Japan.
The Band will close out their Hot Space Tour with these last 6 shows in Japan!
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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.
“Back chat back chat…You burn all my energy
Back chat back chat…Criticizing all you see”
9 August 1982 – Queen released Back Chat (remix) with B-Side ‘Staying Power’ in the UK
The soulful track “Back Chat” was written by John Deacon. He plays guitars, as well as synth, and it’s a complete departure from what has come to be called “the Queen sound” and was the subject of much heartfelt discussion with the ranks. It sets a great example of how John was strongly pulling the band into dance orientated genres such as R&B, Disco, and funk.
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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 !”
9 August 1986 – Queen’s final live performance ever with the Legendary Freddie Mercury @ Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, UK 🇬🇧 This show is christened ‘The Queen Tornado.’ It was officially billed ‘A Night of Summer Magic.’
For the last time, the four of Queen will perform a phenomenal concert packed with hits. 15 years of music – a bittersweet end to an era!
It’s so hard to believe it wasn’t professionally recorded!
Queen went out in style, playing for an estimated 120,000 fans (some sources claim it was as high as 200,000). At the time, it was the largest single paying audience for a UK rock concert in over ten years. Thousands of fans camped outside the park gates the night before. It was classed as one of their finest performances. Absolutely phenomenal!
This last date was added after the Wembley Stadium shows in July had sold out so quickly, (Brian later said how the band could have probably done 5 or 6 nights at Wembley). In fact, the promoter, Harvey Goldsmith, had already booked the park anyway, as he was sure the extra show would be necessary, and Wembley wasn’t available for more dates.
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“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!