Freddie Mercury released his solo single ‘I Was Born To Love You’
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Freddie Mercury released his solo single ‘I Was Born To Love You’

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.”

Freddie Mercury

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.”


Queen released ‘𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞’
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Queen released ‘𝐁𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞’

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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Gallery update Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday 
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Gallery update Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday 

28 July 1989, Roger Taylor celebrated his 40th Birthday with spotlights over his home! Alien Alert! 😁

Roger Taylor decided that he wanted to splash out for his fortieth birthday party, after all, you’re only 40 once! He sent out printed invitations to his guests bearing the words ‘Rock Till You Drop’ (a scan included with the pictures.) They featured a cartoon of himself being borne aloft on a sedan chair by a bevvy of long legged girls!

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He sent out the invitations to just about everyone he could think of, asking them to join him at a ‘schoolboys and schoolgirls’ fancy dress party at his beautiful home in Surrey, laying on a relay of coaches from central London to ferry guests to the bash and back afterwards. Two huge marquees had been pitched in the enormous gardens of his house, complete with a wooden dance floor, stage for two live bands and full disco lights. He had also hired a ‘Sky-Tracker’, a powerful quadruple spotlight, which was scanning the sky. He had to get permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to use it, as planes had to be warned in case they mistook it for landing lights.

He had no problem with planes – but local police, and the forces in the next county, had their switchboards overloaded with thousands of calls from worried people, thinking the ‘lights in the sky’ they could see were unidentified flying objects. People were jumping into their cars and driving to the source of the lights, thinking that aliens were landing. It caused chaos as many, still in their nightclothes, parked their cars on the busy main road and made a dash across the carriageway to see if they could get a closer view. The whole affair was front-page news in the British newspapers the following day – and even made world news.”

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Freddie Mercury wasn’t the only one who loved extravagant parties! Way to go Rog!

Queen are in Japan 🇯🇵 during their “Sheer Heart Attack Tour.”
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Queen are in Japan 🇯🇵 during their “Sheer Heart Attack Tour.”

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.”

Brian May

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.