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Queen released their 30th UK single, ‘Friends Will Be Friends’

9 June 1986, Queen released their 30th UK single, ‘Friends Will Be Friends’ bw ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’

‘Friends Will Be Friends’ is a beautiful song about friendship that was written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon and is one of the last of Freddie’s piano ballads. It is also the third UK single from their twelfth studio album, “A Kind of Magic.”

It is remarkable in that it was the first and only song that was sung at the end of concerts between “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” since the News of the World Tour in 1977.

The video was shot by Rudi Dolezal and Hanness Rossacher (DoRo Productions) @ JVC Studios, Wembley, London. The Official International Queen Fan Club invited approximately 850 Queen fans to make up an audience for what is, in essence, an amazing performance video.

During the show, Freddie Mercury “high fives” audience members, and at the end cuts the mic and sings along with them, letting them lead. Because of this, this performance was nicknamed “𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧’𝐬 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐍𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝”.

All of the fans were given a t-shirt printed with the slogan “I am a Queen Friend”.

“The co-composition credit on ‘Friends Will Be Friends’ was merely because John Deacon insisted that Freddie’s contribution be recognized and acknowledged. John’s honestly and integrity would not have allowed him to do otherwise.”
(Peter Freestone)

‘Friends Will Be Friends’ peaked at number 14 on the UK charts

The B-Side is ‘Seven Seas of Rhye, a fantasy filled song written by Freddie Mercury and is from their 1974 Queen ll album. The band were elevated to Rock Royalty with the success of their sophomore album and this song was their big break through hit.

Brian May said about the success of Rhye’: “If radio was going to play ‘Rhye’ everything had to explode. And it did work.” This was the bands first chart entry after gaining airtime on BBC Radio 1. It peaked at # 10 on the UK Singles Chart. This gave Freddie the confidence to finally give up his day-time job at a stall in London’s Kensington Market and make Queen his primary focus and full-time career.

Roger Taylor said in a 1999 interview: “Seven Seas of Rhye was half written by the time we were recording it and I never really understood a word of it and I don’t think Freddie did either. It was just sort of gestures really, a fine song. The words worked well together and created an aural painting of mythology; something which fascinated Freddie at this time.”

👉👉 https://youtu.be/0AIlz08fZos

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