Have you ever met a Queen member?

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Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby KNIGHT » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:18 am

I have seen them live, but I never met them or speak with them.

Did someone here ever meet a Queen member? How were them? Nice guys, boring, stupid, whatever…..

Some story about the encounter?
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby BitterTears » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:15 pm

Met Roger 20 years ago after a solo show. Won a radio competition. He was polite and chatted for a bit. I was just a kid and nervous as hell and so on, but I'm sure he's used to that and understands that sometimes the people trying to talk to them absolutely adore them and are freaking out a bit.
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby QueenFan19 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:05 pm

I've met Brian twice at Hay Festival (2014 and 2017).

I also met Queen Extravaganza at Birmingham in 2013 and Tyler Warren again in 2015 at Gloucester.
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby spiralstatic » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:52 am

I've met Brian twice, briefly after talks he did, amongst swathes of other people (well, I say swathes, let's say 50 people trying to meet Brian? Maybe not even that many. But both times in a big clump, like a sea of humans he had to work his way out of.)

I don't think I'm usually a panicy person, but I totally lost my cool (I don't have any cool ever, but usually I'm quite quiet and instead I got random-word-blurt both times which was very embarrassing). The first time I met him I was a teenager and had never met anyone even remotely famous. It was also in a situation where I felt very inferior to the other people there and very intimidated. I got A Night At the Opera signed & Brian said I'd picked a good album to bring. What were the only words I said to Brian May, a man I respected musically: oh yes, I said "I chose it because it's white." as you know... black pen... you don't wanna take Queen II. And I do love A Night at the Opera. It isn't my very favourite Queen album ever, but it is up there in my very favourites, so why I couldn't have just said "Yes!" I'll never know. Brian was incredibly kind. It was all teenagers and young adults there and there were loads of kids there I thought being incredibly rude asking Brian to be the patron of their little school and University societies and doing it in ways where they seemed to be raising up the importance of all these tiny wee societies they wanted him to champion and Brian was too polite to say an outright "No!" and was instead listening to everyone and saying "Maybe.... e-mail me" and the like.

The second time, he was just as kind: taking time to ensure he met every person who had waited. That time there were clearly a fair number of people there he had met before (maybe numerous times?) and he was especially nice with them and obviously recognised and cared about them (he wouldn't have remembered me - the previous time had been years before and only a 2 second encounter.) This encounter was recently and though I had no intention or expectation of meeting Brian, I would have hoped I would have not panicked this time, but I totally did again and my skin crawls in self-revulsion and shame to recollect. I'm normally a very quiet person and I blurted out who knows what idiocy. But it certainly wasn't what I would have wanted to say. Also at one point I made reference to one of my favourite Queen songs. I won't name the song, but it's a rather obscure Freddie-written song and I have this feeling Brian was offended it wasn't one of his songs I mentioned. I love many of your songs Brian. Oh well. What an idiot I am. I don't know quite how or why I even mentioned the song. Oh dear, I'm so embarrassing. I will say that Brian was more forceful himself by this second encounter though: a man asked Brian how he could book him for some event & Brian just said "You can't."

Anyway, all I know is Brian was incredibly kind to everyone: listening to everyone and taking time to meet and make a little connection with everyone who was essentially just taking up his time on both of these occasions. On neither of these occasions did Brian have to meet anyone and the second time I happened to meet him, I had absolutely no expectation he'd meet anyone and only went over as I could see a group of hopeful people had formed and thought to myself... well, if I don't I may never get another chance. But I felt bad for taking up his time and being idiot-me afterwards. And still now, I feel bad and like I have a super-power: super-irritatingness!!!!

That's all.
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby WeeMann » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:06 am

In 2011, four of us were invited to the press night of the Stormtroopers In Stilettos exhibition - JLP, Kes, Elessar and me.

Brian and Roger were both there and we all got a chance to speak with them. I got the feeling Brian didn't really want to be there - he was polite but seemed distracted - but Roger was a pleasure to chat with.

There were numerous other people connected to the band too. Dave Mallet, Dave Clark, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Ronnie Wood, Kerry Ellis, Dave Dilloway and Tim Staffell. All were friendly and approachable. Some of my photos are at gallery/album.php?album_id=111

I had also met Tim a few years previously when he was working on his first album, aMIGO. He was visiting my Dad's cousin (Pete Hammerton, guitarist with The Others) who played on the album. I spent the afternoon with them (and Rob Tolchard, also of The Others) listening to their stories from the early days growing up and playing together. I even got the chance to jam with them. That day goes down as a very special memory for me.
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby spiralstatic » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:11 am

WeeMann wrote:In 2011, four of us were invited to the press night of the Stormtroopers In Stilettos exhibition - JLP, Kes, Elessar and me.

Brian and Roger were both there and we all got a chance to speak with them. I got the feeling Brian didn't really want to be there - he was polite but seemed distracted - but Roger was a pleasure to chat with.

There were numerous other people connected to the band too. Dave Mallet, Dave Clark, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Ronnie Wood, Kerry Ellis, Dave Dilloway and Tim Staffell. All were friendly and approachable. Some of my photos are at gallery/album.php?album_id=111

I had also met Tim a few years previously when he was working on his first album, aMIGO. He was visiting my Dad's cousin (Pete Hammerton, guitarist with The Others) who played on the album. I spent the afternoon with them (and Rob Tolchard, also of The Others) listening to their stories from the early days growing up and playing together. I even got the chance to jam with them. That day goes down as a very special memory for me.


I enjoyed seeing these photos! Thanks for sharing. Freddie's News of the World harlequin suit looks hilariously tiny in that photo. Roger looks happy in those photos which is nice. :).

Nice to see what was there since I didn't see this exhibition too! Was any more of Freddie's art there as well as his sketch of Jimi Hendrix I wonder? Thanks!
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby WeeMann » Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:01 pm

Yes, there were more pieces of art, some can be seen here: https://queenvinyls.com/pictures/stormt ... xhibition/

There's also another page dedicated to it at http://www.ultimatequeen.co.uk/queen/mi ... bition.htm

It was a stunning exhibition and we all agreed it would be lovely if they had turned it into a permanent exhibition. I know they have moved some of the stuff to the Studio Experience in Montreux, but a permanent exhibition in the UK could be really popular, especially if they took what they had there and expanded it to cover the whole timeline.
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby SoniaPiper » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:55 pm

i have meet Freddie Mercury few year back while they were stay in an hotel after their show in boston. He was an amazing personality i have ever met.
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby kurgan » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:40 pm

John Deacon - twice (by chance)

I bumped into John Deacon in 1976 in Hamleys Toy Shop in Regent St. London just before Christmas when I was 15.
By a sheer coincidence I had purchased a Queen poster earlier in the day and asked him if he would sign it.
Poor chap must have wondered how I already had a Queen poster under my arm as I proceeded to unravel it, but he duly signed it with a smile.
Next thing he was inundated with autograph requests (sorry John!)
I hung on to that poster on the way home like it was the most precious item in the world!

Nearly eight years later I bumped in to him again outside the venue of the ''Break Free'' video shoot when he opened a door and asked me if I had a cigarette!
I explained that my girlfriend (now my wife) and I had got there late for the filming and the doors were locked and we couldn't get in.
During our chat I reminded him about that Hamleys incident eight years earlier and apologised, but he had no memory of it LOL!
Being the nice chap he is he escorted us inside so we could watch the filming.
I even got to stand next to Freddie when he had a break, and got autographs from all of the band.

There are some scans of these autographs and other photos I took at http://www.thetradersden.org/forums/album.php?u=269739 (free to register)

Some years later Brian May refused me a photograph because he thought I was paparazzi, I think it was at Tea In The Park or something.
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby MillionaireWaltz'd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:18 am

SoniaPiper wrote:i have meet Freddie Mercury few year back while they were stay in an hotel after their show in boston.


Where in Boston was the hotel? I live in Boston so I'm curious.
 
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby Amy May » Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:32 pm

Walked past Deaky (if that wasn't him I must have found his doppelganger) in Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria 2005. My family was on holiday there and I and my sister walked ahead of our parents on the way to the city centre and saw another family approaching on the small pavement so we stepped aside as we met. I remember quickly registering that they obviously too were tourists; the father wore a camera around the neck and the classical sunglasses, t-shirt and shorts. I heard the accent was British as they talked amongst themselves and I thought I'd heard his voice before and that he looked familiar in a way, but I, a teenager from Sweden didn't know anyone abroad back then.
We continued walking and just seconds later I and my sister stopped and stared at each other; “wasn't that…?!”” JOHN DEACON?!”

Just as my sister dropped the name he kind of ducked and continued walking. The two of us debated whether to walk up to him and say hello with our then limited English vocabulary or not but when we looked up, they had vanished.
Good was that, I suppose. He wants his privacy and I think people should respect that.
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Re: Have you ever met a Queen member?

Postby evans » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:25 pm

I was fortunate enough to have been an extra in the Radio GaGa and Friends Will Be Friends videos. At the Radio GaGa shoot, I was placed at the front of the crowd and thereby had the opportunity to ‘meet’ the band properly and ask many questions. They were all very pleasant, although Freddie did at one point ask if I was the spokesman for the whole crowd. I asked them about the upcoming album, The Works, the rumoured recording with Michael Jackson and got the band’s autographs on an old notepad that I took along with me on the day. I remember Brian being particularly friendly and John being somewhat distracted/absent, but all in all an amazing experience for a 17 year old lifelong fan.
 
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