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Postby DELETED » Tue Dec 14, 2004 2:51 am

I was sent a few interviews and articles by Ogre when he shut down his awesome web site a while back. Over the next few weeks I am going to share them with you in this topic. I found them interesting, I hope you do too. :)

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After a request for some sort of an index for all the articles that appear in this thread. Ogre has kindly sent the following:


Pre-Queen

Brian Pre-Queen - 1984
The Reaction - Roger Taylor's Youth
John Deacon as a shy teenager
Freddie drowns in a Sour Milk Sea
Brian May and Roger Taylor ARE Smile
Recorded output pre-Queen

Queen Interviews

Standing Up For Queen - 1974
Circus review Sheer Heart Attack
Melody Maker review A Night At The Opera
Queen's BBC Sessions
Live In The Seventies
Live In The Eighties
Circus magazine about A Day At The Races
On the News Of The World Tour
The Queen/Thin Lizzy Tour
Queen's Christmas Broadcast 1977 - Part 1
The European News Of The World Tour
Circus magazine on The Game
Gluttons For Punishment - South America
It's A Hard Life Video Shoot
The Ministry Of Works
Mass press gathering for The Works
Live Aid
Queen in Budapest
Queen's Magic Year
Roger's Radio Blah Blah
Real Magic - First Live At Wembley Broadcast
Hard 'n' Heavy
Radio One 1995 Broadcast
Eric Hall on Queen
Queen Rocks Press Conference
Pop On The Line - 1997
The Freddie Mercury Stamp
The Britannic Majesties


Freddie Mercury

The contents of Freddie's Trousers
Just a regular guy
Freddie is NOT a nasty ogre
No Justice in Queen's court
Highly strung
Shopping for an image
Is This Man A Prat? - Infamous inteview
When Kenny met Freddie
Damn the critics, says Freddie
Mercury rising
Jazz
FLASH! - Ah-ahhhhhhh
Freddie in Circus 1980
Freddie is NOT Mozart
Tears turn me on
Blame it on Rio
Freddie wants to be normal
Freddie Mercury is Dead
Freddie Is Dead
AIDS kills the king of rock
Fear over Freddie's AIDS legacy
The lonely heart
Freddie's Millions
How great thou art
Top 50 Freddie rarities
Entertainment Express
The star of India
The Great Pretender



Brian May

Wimpy & Quips
Three phases of Brian
Glutton for Punishment
On The Record - 1982
Guitarist 1983
Guitar Greats 1983
Sounds 1984
Last night a DJ saved my life
[url=http://www.geocities.com/ogre_t_raylot/behind-the-brian-curtain.htm]Brian
goes to the Live at Budepest premiere[/url] [url=http://www.geocities.com/ogre_t_raylot/brian-guild.htm]The Guild
Red Special[/url]
Brian's Miracle
Brian on Innuendo
Harmony In My Head
Brian May the fashion icon
Virgin Radio 1993
Brian May & Nuno Bennoncourt
Howerd Stern
This Morning
Total Guitar 1998
Don't Stop Me Now - 2000
Hall of Fame
Air Guitar album
Burns Red Special
WWRY and a breakdown
Sunday Times 2002
We Will Rock You
Bohemian Rhapsody The all time best single
Brian's desert island discs
Guitar World 2002


Roger Meddows Taylor

Queen Street 1974
Soft hands, hard beat
The plans for 1975
Roger on 1977 USA Tour
Sounds 1980
Fun In Space
Innerview 1984
Drum Masterclass
Modern Drummer
Nailed To The Cross
The Cross 1991
Shove It
Nazis 1994
Las Vegas 1997
TFI Friday
Chester Chronicle
Norfolk 1999
Countdown
Virgin Radio 1999
Sheffield Star
Gloucester Citizen
Stoke Sentinal
Edinburgh
Roger in Truro
He Will Rock You

WHERE is John Deacon?

Innerview 1976
John Deacon is bored
Live Aid
BLOBBY! BLOBBY! BLOBBY!
Deaky speaks

Queen Interviews and History



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First off is this one from Julie Webb, New Musical Express, April 1974

Just a regular kinda guy

Freddie Mercury's a pretty regular guy. He uses regular Biba black nail varnish, regular black eye liner and straightens his hair with regular electric tongs. You get the idea he's bored with being told Queen are going to be big - he reckons he's a star now and wears that star-apparent attitude like a well-fitted pair of trousers.

Freddie's not bent, just camp. Ask him if he's queer and he'll turn round and say: 'I'm as gay as a daffodil, dear'. (He has the habit of saying "dear" at the end of every sentence). Drummer Roger Taylor expounds: 'Freddie's just his natural self: just a poof, really.'

Apart from Nick Kent describing their first album as a "bucket of urine", Queen have had few mentions in NME - yet even so they managed to pull second place in the Best New Group readers' poll. This week their single 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' makes its debut in the chart, just days after release. Soon, their second album 'Queen II' will doubtless follow. For Queen are big business and though you may hate them they're gonna confound you by being huge.

There's money behind them for a start. For a band who are still on the verge of making big bread they've got an amazing amount of gear and a lighting system that Bowie would be jealous of.They also have a professional set up that makes you wonder why it's taken them so long to get where they are now. Every one of them is academically bright; all possess degrees and, while no one likes a smartie-pants, being above average intelligence has helped them avoid being rooked.

'The moment we made a demo we were aware of the sharks,' says Mercury. 'We had such amazing offers from people saying "We'll make you the next T Rex", but we were very, very careful not to jump straight in. Literally, we went to about every company before we finally settled. We didn't want to be treated like an ordinary band.'

And, yet, Queen are very sensitive about being described as a hype. 'It's rubbish to say we were hyped,' Taylor claims. 'We started playing the really small gigs and then we released an album. There was no big splash of publicity or anything. Now Cockney Rebel - their publicity came before they'd done anything'.

Cambridge Corn Exchange is one of those places that's draughty but has atmosphere. And when Queen take the stage it's echoey as well.

In this establishment Queen fans look like any other fans except they wear overcoats. And before you know where you are, the place is being blacked out, the opening strains of 'Procession' (from their new album) are being played, prior to lights switching on Mercury as he gets into 'Father To Son'.

If I seem to be dwelling on Mercury and drummer Taylor it's because they hit you between the eyes as the two genuine image makers in the band.

Taylor is the pretty one with class, while Mercury is the evil-looking type with vibes. He describes himself as being "sluttish" on stage and it's true - just the way he slinks around the place spells out "street-walker, whore, tart". In fact, when he sings their encore 'Big Spender' and yells 'I don't pop my cork for everyone', you'd better believe him.

Strangely enough, Mercury, self-confessed poseur and dandy, says they don't come in for a big gay following. 'We don't get letters from gay people or anything, though I've had letters from people saying I look very evil'. True, he does look evil and if you study the lyrics on their second album with its mentions of thunder and lightning, defying the laws of nature and ogres... you begin to wonder. 'I just like people to put their own interpretation on my songs. Really, they are just fairy stories. Last night (at Sunderland) I felt really evil when I came on stage - when I'm out there I'm really in a world of my own, I go up there and have a good time. It's the audience participation that counts and last night they were really great, I felt I could have gone into the audience and had a rave. Just Freddie Mercury poncing on stage and having a good time.'

Was it a difficult transition to make, from being a support band to headlining their own British tour?

'The responsibility now lies with us. but I've always thought of us as a top group. Sounds very big-headed, I know, but that's the way it is. The opportunity of playing with mott was great but I knew darn well the moment we finished that tour as far as Britain was concerned we'd be headlining.' He poses quite a lot on stage, looking evilly at the assembled masses around the stage before standing sideways, holding his head in profile for seconds, flicking his hair back. All good stuff. And there's more to come if he gets more of his ideas through: 'I'd like to be carried on stage by six nubile slaves with palms and all.'

It had been suggested, that initially, Queen had sat down and clinically worked out what was commercially needed in the music business.

They seem ultra-touchy about being accused of jumping on the Glam Rock bandwagon ('We were called Queen three years ago - pre-Bowie') yet Mercury adamantly states: 'I don't care what they say, really. I think people have said things about us and then changed their minds after listening to the album'.
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Postby Kes » Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:05 am

Cheers Fd. :)

Biba black nail varnish? Mary obviously had her uses then? At that time guess which firm called Biba she worked for?
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Postby djaef » Tue Dec 14, 2004 3:39 am

Cheers FD.

Interesting interview. Good to read such an early one.

Speaking of early, I have a book called 'Queen' written by Larry Price, published in 1976. It's full of the early days as you could imagine. Has anyone ever read that one?
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Postby Kes » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:15 am

djaef wrote:Cheers FD.

Interesting interview. Good to read such an early one.

Speaking of early, I have a book called 'Queen' written by Larry Price, published in 1976. It's full of the early days as you could imagine. Has anyone ever read that one?


Yeah, I read it on release.

Another very similar book came out at exactly the same time, equally as interesting, by George Tremlett
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Postby djaef » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:51 am

Kes wrote:
djaef wrote:Cheers FD.

Interesting interview. Good to read such an early one.

Speaking of early, I have a book called 'Queen' written by Larry Price, published in 1976. It's full of the early days as you could imagine. Has anyone ever read that one?


Yeah, I read it on release.

Another very similar book came out at exactly the same time, equally as interesting, by George Tremlett


You're a veritable fountain of knowledge Kes. I don't suppose you'd let me borrrow that Tremlett book :P :P
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Postby Kes » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:55 am

djaef wrote:
You're a veritable fountain of knowledge Kes. I don't suppose you'd let me borrrow that Tremlett book :P :P


If I knew where it was, I would have the option of lending it to you.

At least you now know of it's existence, and that's a useful aid in being able to find it.

On the knowledge front, I am but a small piece in a VERY large jigsaw.
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Postby Kes » Tue Dec 14, 2004 5:55 am

Essential books for budding Queenoraks.

1). As It Began - Jacky Smith & Jim Jenkins. Fan and fanclub perspective. Effectively, Queen's one and only 'official' bible.

2). Freddie Mercury - Peter Freestone. Freddie's Personal Assistant's story.

3). Mercury And Me - Jim Hutton. The intimate partner's story.

4). The Mick Rock book. Queen's official photographer in the early days. Big price tag this one.

5). And if it ever comes out, the book Gerry Stickells (Queen's tour manager) was working on.

Everything else that springs to mind, including Laura Jackson's books are pure candy floss, not to be taken as being completely straight down the line. Read the top three titles of my list, and you will without doubt get yourself educated by the people who knew the real Freddie 'behind the rock star' persona.
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Postby Pluto » Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:23 am

fd, I've thought you you are refering to a certain interview in Budapest but this one is also very enjoyable!
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Postby DELETED » Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:55 am

Pluto wrote:fd, I've thought you you are refering to a certain interview in Budapest but this one is also very enjoyable!

Haha...just pinched the title for the thread from the 'Live In Budapest' video that's all. What a great moment when Freddie is asked to give an interview. "Interview? [pause]...Oh don't be ridiculous" was his wonderful reply...love it! :lol:
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Postby Y2marmar » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:10 pm

Thanks FD. That was interesting
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Postby DELETED » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:19 pm

Here's another one from 'Sounds' the music paper, just for Pluto.. :)

Behind The Brian Curtain
(Sounds – January 17th 1987)

In an effort to take their music to the culture starved youth of the world. Queen visit Hungary for the world premier of the film the made there, Magic: Queen In Budapest. Brian May explains the reason for their crusade and how they’ve managed to survive so long.

There’s a moment in the new Queen movie when the band are cruising up the Danube through Budapest on a hydrofoil and someone points out the Hungarian houses of parliament to Freddie Mercury.

" The houses of parliament?" he laughs. "Is it for sale? How many bedrooms has it got? Are there servants?"

Then he claps his hand over his mouth, eyes twinkling mischievously.

There’s nothing particularly outrageous about that, you may think… accept when heard while sitting among 2000 Hungarians, including some members of the politburo, such a throwaway quip takes on a new meaning.

They laughed, yes – slowly and carefully. Rock ‘n’ Roll in a communist country is never an easy thing to contemplate. The fact that we’re talking about Queen here, whose stylised pomp may give some of you the creeps is of no matter. It’s loud, excessive, glamorous, and most of all, it’s Western. And the people it seems can’t get enough.

So picture the scene: Queen at The Nepstadion (The People’s Stadium) in Budapest in July 1986, playing to a sell-out crowd of 80,000 while 45,000 of the 250,000 who couldn’t get tickets turned up anyway, just to listen from outside the stadium walls. Some had come from Warsaw, Odessa and Minsk.

And now Queen are about to notch up another first (that was the biggest musical event to be held in Eastern Europe) as the film Magic: Queen in Budapest ha just, at the end of last year, gone on general release throughout Eastern Europe, the first time this has happened for a Western rock band.

Recorded by 17 cameras, which produced over 100,00 feet of film (22 hours worth) the concert was a stunning success; although there was never any chance that it wouldn’t be.

You realise how significantly the authorities took the event when you learn that for the first time ever the Soviet Union magnanimously allowed its citizens to be bussed into Hungary, or that – as the local press reported for the gig – there would be ‘lenient restriction on audience behaviour’.

Think about that next time you pull on leather trousers and head out to get completely smashed to your current fave rave.

Budapest in December is bloody cold, o cold that a bellyful of schnapps seemed to be the only way to keep your blood from freezing.

I am part of a small party of British journalists flown out to attend the world premier of the film, and accordingly we receive VIP treatment – the nice soldiers at the airport couldn’t do enough to rush us through passport control – and it seems every associated with the band is elevated to a position of importance similar to, at least that of a high-ranking politician.

It makes weird sense, Queen in this part of the world. Their sound matches the sometimes baroque, sometimes gothic architecture, the immense statues to fallen war heroes, the vast expanse of the Danube snaking away from Austria and towards Yugoslavia, Romania and finally the Black Sea.

With Brian May as the Queen rep, and the likes of Janos Barabas (the Deputy Head of the division for Agitation and Propaganda of the Central Committee) present this is the place to be, as the healthy selection of Hungarian sports, music and TV personalities would no doubt testify. Such is the feeling about the event that the Queen Fan Club (Hungarian Division), who managed to get only 100 tickets for their 5000 members ha threatened to storm the building. Not a threat to make idly in a country with such, shall we say, definite views on public order.

The 85-minute long film, basically the Nepstadion gig cut with scenes of the band in and around Budapest, is an excellent example of why queen could be called the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.

‘Magic’ has also achieved the distinction of being the first-ever film in Eastern Europe to be mixed in Dolby Stereo, and the first Hungarian production not to seek any government financial aid. You see, this is just one big happy success story all down the line.

After the premier, a reception is held for 800 guests, each one, it seems, attempting to work his or her way towards a surprisingly unflustered Brian May. In a country where the state takes strict control over whose records are released and exactly how may, they all seem very eager to stand next to this particular recording star.

I happen upon the President of the official Queen Fan Club of Hungary, but end up talking to her friend instead.

"I zink ze Queen only want ze money now, zey are not zo good now."

I suggest, while nibbling on a tasty little biscuit with ‘Queen’ written on it in icing, that if all they wanted was money they could have called it a day years ago, but she won’t be swayed. She tells me that her friend, the Fan Club President agrees and that she even thinks Paul McCartney is better, anyway.

At the same time they both noticeably revert into swooning mod as Brian May approaches, surrounded by a polite but persistent mass of autograph books and pens on legs.

Yes, the Fan Club President’s friend has heard of AC/DC; no she hasn’t heard of Van Halen, but she knows a bit more about Iron Maiden because they played here not so long ago and there are still tattered posters on the city’s walls to prove it. I want to ask her what she really thinks about the Russian troops on the streets I saw earlier while window shopping, how she feels about not being able to buy certain records because her government won’t let her, but it was neither the time or the place.

Instead, we agree that Frank Zappa is pretty good, and I make my excuses and do a runner in the general direction of the champagne.

True story: British person walks into a Budapest record store and asks, Do you have any Queen records? No replies the shop assistant, who then asks hopefully, Do you?

A few hours after the reception myself and fellow journalists along with Brian May and entourage, are closeted in a small room adjacent to a hotel’s underground disco-floorshow, getting into some serious Schnapps appreciation and snickering as the ghastly live entertainment murders ‘A Kind of Magic’ (no doubt intended as a serious accolade for the VIP in their midst).

Queen it seems, don’t do interviews much nowadays. And their relationship with the British music press has been virtually non-existent over the last few years.

Yet, when the room empties because a stripper threatens to perform, Brian is quite happy to stay seated in the corner and explain the reasons behind this whole fairly incredible episode in the band’s history.

"Not for long though," Brain warns, with a laugh, "as I intend to get seriously shit-faced tonight!"

"We like going places where it’s a challenge," he starts, in his extremely listenable, mild-mannered way, "going to odd corners and doing things which we haven’t done before. What happened with Budapest was the same, in essence, as what happened with South America. Someone comes along and says, You’re huge in ‘X’, why don’t you go and play there and play?

It turned out that our records have been leaking into this place for a long time from various places, because you’re not allowed to buy many legitimate albums in this country. They said we could do the football stadium for maybe three or four nights.

Within the group we have various little areas we get involved in, and Budapest was something I got excited about, so I came here very early on. I talked to various people and tried to find out if it was for real, if it was really going to happen. All these people were saying that it was going to open up a new world, and that they could guarantee at least one night at the stadium."

Why was there only on night?

"The politburo got nervous. They don’t like to many people being in one place at one time at all, and the excuse was that there was a motorbike meeting going on next door on the other nights we wanted."

Are you happy with the film?

"Um,…. Yes. We learnt this Hungarian folk song, we spent three days learning the bloody thing, and that was the turning point of the gig. They hadn’t known how to react, but then they realised we were serious: they knew that we knew where we were, and that we really cared where we were.

The genuine audience reaction was fucking deafening at that point but that doesn’t really come over in the film. It all changed then it was genuine contact."

A fact confirmed by someone at the gig, who told me that she watched tears spring into grown men’s eyes.

Brian tells about a TV interview he did earlier in the day, another illustration of the regime behind the Iron Curtain.

"I was all prepared to do an in-depth interview and all they wanted was a ten-second quote. They asked me if I’d seem the final film and I said not in it’s final form, only in the cutting room and mixing. Then they said fine, that’s enough, thank you very much. I wanted to do it again, so they asked me the same question. I answered that it was very important technically, a lot different from what Westerners would do, and that in the in the Iron Curtain countries it’s going to be great!

They said, Iron Curtain?"

And here Brian’s mouth drops and his eyes bulge in mock horror.

"You can’t say that!"

Did you think this year might be such a success? That Queen still had the power?

"You never know until you’ve sold the tickets, never ever.

Wembley went as fast as they could open the sacks of mail. A lot of people do as much as they can do, the look at the returns and they say we can do another night here or whatever. That’s not the way we are.

Freddie gives, and I’ll be careful what I say here because it an sound corny, but he gives so completely of himself, every night and he can only do it a certain number of times. We sold out Wembley twice, we could have done a couple more to be honest, but we didn’t because Freddie’s voice would have gone and then you let people down.

We gauge it according to what Freddie can do, because he’s the pivot of what it’s all about. It’s a democracy and we all do our bit, but it all depends on Fred being able to deliver on the night. He’s the medium through which it all happens. It’s all channelled through Freddie so we look after him."

Do you see a lot of each other?

"When we want to. You know when you have neighbours, I believe you should have high fences between the houses. Not because you don’t like the neighbour, but because you should choose when you want to see them.

That’s the way we are. The subject of how groups communicate with each other intrigues m, I’ve seen so many groups be great and split up because they hated each other.

There are times when you do hate each other, but we’ve learned to circumvent it. The way you get around it is not ringing up the manager and saying, I hear that so and so is doing this, well fuck that.

I’ve learned the lesson, and when I feel that something’s going on the wrong course I ring up whoever is relevant and usually it’s Fred. It’s a very odd relationship, but when things get very bad and it looks like we’re going to break up or whatever. I talk to Fred and say, This is stupid, shall we have a chat?

Usually it gets worked out, and it’s very valuable to me. If you can preserve a bit of magic, in spite of all the problems that occur……"

Magic being the operative word…..

"Sorry, that was unintentional. I think that, er I’ve forgotten what the question was."

And so have I, and anyway, the room is re-filling with an even drunker collection of journalists and entourage.

The next morning, or a few hours later that morning to be exact, Magic: Queen In Budapest opened at the city’s major cinema at nine o’clock, the first of none sold-out screenings that day.

The film is now showing seven times a day, which makes you wonder what all those people do all day, or should be doing. And no doubt it will continue that way until the populace are saturated with it. But I suspect viewers will return for third, forth and fifth visits to re-live an experience which to them is absolutely awesome; to you or I almost as common as breathing.

Me, I’m just happy to get off on May’ gloriously fluid guitar overkill, while remembering that is a sound that may have given some bored, frustrated Hungarian kid a whole new way of looking at things.

Rock ‘n’ roll is the best propaganda the West will probably ever have.
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Postby Loretta » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:35 pm

Cheers fd... nice to see some of those interviews resurfacing :)
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Postby Y2marmar » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:38 pm

FD that was really interesting. Thanks
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Postby DELETED » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:39 pm

Loretta wrote:Cheers fd... nice to see some of those interviews resurfacing :)


Yeah I will do one a day until they are all shared. :) I don't know why Ogre (AKA "dotty") gave up that web site, it was one of the best Queen web sites on the net, both visually and content wise.
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Postby Filipe » Tue Dec 14, 2004 2:09 pm

We miss you Freddie.
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