The year starts with Freddie heading to Munich in January to continue work on his solo album. At the time he felt that he needed to express things that he couldn't within the context of Queen. Most of the songs turn out to be 'love orientated'.
On January 23rd “Radio Ga Ga", is released.
I wrote it after watching a lot of MTV in the States, and it seemed to me there was far too much emphasis on a band's visual image. I got the name Radio Ga Ga from my son, Felix - he was watching TV with me and started going around saying 'radio poo poo' which changed to 'radio ka ka' and then eventually to Radio Ga Ga.
It becomes a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in 19 countries, and getting into the top ten in many others. In the UK it enters the chart at number four and climbs to number 2, kept of the top spot by Frankie Goes To Hollywoods "Relax". The single is also the first to feature the bands own personal catalogue number - Queen 1.
On the 3rd of February queen perform at the annual song festival at San Remo, Italy. It is the first time they had played Italy and Queen wonder why they hadn't been there before...
At the end of February, the moment Queen fans had been waiting for had arrived. Queen's thirteenth studio album, entitled "The Works" was released. The album was a massive success reaching the top of the chart in many different territories. Unfortunately though the change of record company in America did nothing to revive Queen's support there, with the album not making much of an impression there.
The next single, "I Want To Break Free", features the entire band in drag - Roger's idea apparently... The video is a parody of the longest running British soap opera "Coronation Street" - which was meant to be funny. MTV in the United States didn't think so though and refused to play it. As well as the famous "Coronation Street" parody, the video also sees Freddie recreating Debussy's famous ballet L'Apres-midi d'un faune...
We had done some really serious, epic videos in the past, and we just thought we'd have some fun. We wanted people to know that we didn't take ourselves too seriously, that we could still laugh at ourselves. I think we proved that.
Whilst all the Queen releases were happening Freddie also had the time to appear in Vogue magazine, modelling a diamond stud ear-ring. Brian, finds time to play on a Billy Squier album, "Signs of Life" and Roger finishes off his solo album.
By May Queen are back together, this time performing at the Golden Rose Pop Festival in Switzerland. The whole event was a bit of a farce in that Queen, like all the other acts didn't perform live. Queen never pretended to play live to backing tapes - it just wasn't their style. However the prospect of performing to a television audience of 350 million was too big an opportunity to let go.
May 14th sees EMI release "The Works" on compact disc.
Up until their planned European tour, Queen spend time holidaying, or in the case of Roger and Freddie, doing solo work. Roger releases his second solo LP on 25 June, called Strange Frontier, whereas Freddie continues working on his solo album.
The tour commenced in Brussels in August. The first concert was filmed and later became the basis for the video for "Hammer To Fall". Some members of the audience were also invited back the next day to record some hand clapping sequences for the video - much to their delight no doubt.
Continuing with the "Metropolis" theme resident in their videos, the Queen tour also had a "Metropolis" back drop which involved having two giant cogs turning throughout the show.
During the tour, the "We Will Rock You" video is finally released. It entered the video charts at number one.
The tour ended in Vienna on the 30 September. It had been a mammoth tour, which played Italy for the first time. After the European tour th