9 January 2022
Single: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
B-side: I’m In Love With My Car
Score: The masterstroke hit the top of the UK singles
chart on 9 January 1976 – 46 years ago today
Producer Roy Thomas Baker recalled years later: “It was totally insane, but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was basically a joke, but a successful joke. [Laughs]. We had to record it in three separate units. We did the whole beginning bit, then the whole middle bit and then the whole end. It was complete madness. The middle part started off being just a couple of seconds, but Freddie kept coming in with more “Galileos” and we kept on adding to the opera section, and it just got bigger and bigger. We never stopped laughing. It started off as a ballad, but the end was heavy.”
Album: A Night At The Opera
Once again, Freddie…
Top singles from the past
4 October 2021
Single: ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST
Album: The Game – June 1980
Note 1: The song was written by bass player John Deacon
Note 2: It’s the best-selling Queen single ever, yes better
than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘, with sales of over 7 million copies.
Score: It topped the US Singles Chart on 4 October 1980,
41 years ago today. It peaked at #7 in the UK.
Shake it, Freddie…
The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and
probably the best rock entertainer ever Freddie Mercury.
With Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
A surprising choice, Axl…
27 December 2020
Album: AT NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Released: 21 November 1975 and
topping the UK Albums Chart on
27 December, 50 years ago today
Stream his royal highness…
Yes the one with the timeless
magnum opus Bohemian Rhapsody…
21 November 2020
Active: Since 1970 – 50 years ago
Album: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA – 4th LP
The title refers to the Marx Brothers movie of the same name.
The longplayer with blockbuster hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ on.
Released: 21 November 1975 – 45 years ago today
Score: No 1 in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, No 4 in the US
AllMusic / Stephen Erlewine said: ‘No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn’t be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the
appeal, and the influence, of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions.
It’s prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else.’ Full review here. Score: 5/5.
Brian May: “We were just a four-piece, but we made a lot of noise. I’m quite shocked at
how good it was. We were incredibly tight and, at the same time – because we knew each
other so well – very loose in terms of improvisation.”
Turn Up The Volume: Theatrical, melodramatic and superbly orchestrated tour
de force with one of the best entertainers ever in rock, in the middle of all attention.
Singles/clips: Bohemian Rhapsody / My Best Friend
– BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY –
– MY BEST FRIEND –
Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
13 July 2020
On 13th July 1985, 35 years ago today, the massive concert marathon
LIVE AID was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for
the immensely dramatic Ethiopian famine.
Announced as the ‘global jukebox’, the event was held simultaneously
at Wembley Stadium in London for 72,000 people, and at John F.
Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of 89,500. And an
audience of 1.9 billion TV viewers across 150 nations, that’s nearly
40% of the world population!
The performance everybody remembers is the one by QUEEN with the late FREDDIE MERCURY – the greatest rock ‘n roll showman that ever walked this planet – as the royal hero in the middle. Elton John who had to go on stage after them said “I can’t follow this!“. The rhapsodic highlight was RADIO GA GA. Freddie mesmerized the crowd in a way only he could. 144.000 hands went in the air, clapping to the terrifically catchy mega-hit.
Top singles from the past…
6 July 2020
Single: Keep Yourself Alive
The band’s debut single (as Queen)
Written by: Brian May
B-side: Son And Daughter
Released: 6 July 1973 – 47 years ago today
Album: Queen – debut album
R.I.P. Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest performers of all time …
(Girl Band / photo TUTV!)
Knockouts from the past…
6 July 2019
Today 46 years ago, on 6 July 1973, imperishable legends QUEEN released their debut single KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE. Despite being a catchy, bombastic prog rocker it actually failed to chart anywhere. It was also the opener of their eponymous debut album. Here we go…
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