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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 12:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When Freddie died was it like Michael Jackson all over the news for days.and music channels all Freddie & Queen,I was too young to remember.

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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 12:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

MTV was showing Radio GaGa for about dozen times per day as I remember. They've showed Freddie's images even in our red Soviet TV news in those days.

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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 13:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The news can't have been too red in November/December 1991...



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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There wasnt the 24 hour news channels back then for stories to dominate, and neither were there many music channels - besides MTV for the minority who had subscriptions to SKY TV.
I remember there was a fair deal of coverage of Freddie, particularly in the press, the tabloids ran with it on the front pages for 3 or 4 days, with each day the stories became more  distasteful. I remember one headline was sometjing like "Freddie may have killed hundreds".
I cant cooment on how the media ran with Freddies death outside of the UK it does feel like theres more coverage of Jacko than Freddie here, although that to an extent is due to the 24 hour media age we live in in 2008, where any news is blown to the biggest size possible to fill the 24 hour schedules.

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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 15:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can remember that there were lots of reports about him on German TV and they showed some concerts.
MTV made a Queen Weekend and showed most of their videos incl. The Magic Years.
The newspapers reported a lot about him and other famous victims of the AIDS disease.
But I don't think it was like in the UK. In the UK he must have been haunted by the press for months.
Over here, in the months after his death, lots of new rumours came up...but we all don't know if these were true e.g. Freddie had an affair with Rudolph Nurejev (famous russian ballet dancer) and so on and on...



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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 18:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

there was endless coverage of freddie's death on tv newspapers etc, was told in uk it was more coverage than death of elvis


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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 18:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Small newspaper article, and VH1 had a Queen weekend about a month before the tribute concert



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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 19:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember non-stop Queen music on the radio.


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Posted: 27 Jun 09, 23:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

not even close to michael in the sates.  I Remember a small announcement on tv and the radio, but nothing like this, and then freddie got some more attention when the tribute concert was aired, but again, nothing like michael Jackson or elvis.

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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 00:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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not even close to michael in the sates.  I Remember a small announcement on tv and the radio, but nothing like this, and then freddie got some more attention when the tribute concert was aired, but again, nothing like michael Jackson or elvis.

True.

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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 01:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yea, people talked more about Queen when Wayne's world came out then they did when freddie died.  I still remember how big they became, all because of that silly movie.  If Innuendo was released when wayne's world came out it would have been interesting to see if it would have gotten the attention it deserved.

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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 07:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The main difference is that Fred's death was somewhat expected, since by the time he released his announcement he was merely confirming what had been spread for years. Pavarotti, Harrison and others were also ill long before and the last moments were like: day one, they're rushed to the hospital; day two: things aren't looking good; day three: the world lost a genius. With Michael, it was totally unexpected for many, and TMZ allowed the news to be literally global within minutes.

As far as I remember, the BBC only had this kind of (virtually 24-hour) coverage with Princes Di, which was another sudden death.



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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was 26 when he passed and from I recall here in the States was that it was usually a short news story for a few days and then it just passes. The media carried Freddie's death but NOTHING compared to what Jackson's passing has spawned. Both were iconic figures but we watched Michael Jackson grown up since he was 11. Listened to his music, reach milestones, break records etc. But then his personal problems overshadowed the talent. Financial woes, accusations of his relationships with young boys, being sued for failed business dealings and now we discover alleged abuse of perscription drugs. At least we know what Freddie died from and there was no need for investigations. Freddie never had to deal with the controversies that Jackson has had to deal with. Both of them left behind an amazing body of work but Jackson leaves more questions than answers.

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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 13:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen was played a damn lot on radio.. The show must go on was on the hitlists when he died. Barcelona, Living on my own were huge after he died. Bo Rhap went to the top together with days of our lives. We are the champions was big again. Queen with Freddie were everywhere....

News was just different back then....

I, for one, had to take of from work.. and first returned after new year...


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Posted: 28 Jun 09, 13:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Suddenly, after non-availability in the UK for many years, all the record stores were flooded with USA copies of the "Mr Bad Guy" album, at which point my original 1985 CD with all the extended mixes on it became worthless :(

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Posted: 29 Jun 09, 01:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

no question freddie was/is much bigger in the uk than he is in the states.  From what I heard it was a huge story over there.  The media trying to take pictures of a sick freddie any way they can.  I wonder if freddie and michael would ever admit (if they were alive)  that they wish they wern't famous.

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Posted: 30 Jun 09, 05:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was 14 when he died and had been a fan for 4 years. I had the News of the World (tabloid!) delivered on the sunday morning with the headline "Freddie, Ive got AIDS"..........then at about 10:30pm there was a newsflash on ITV saying he had died. Then I sat crying with my mum for about 2 hours! The tabloids on the whole were very kind to Freddie, seeing as they had been hounding him for 2 years, there were pages and pages of tributes, I have virtually all of them still, but there were also the ones, like someone wrote before..."How many more Freddie"......making him out to be a murderer or something, which I chose to ignore!

The following morning, it was all over the tv breakfast shows and all over the papers. What we have got to remember is that back in 1991, there was nowhere near as much media coverage as there is these days - im sure if it had been Freddie who had died last thursday, he would be receiving just as much coverage as Jacko has had - maybe not on a global scale, but at least in the UK, Europe, South America and Asia. But for at least 2 weeks after he had died, the UK tabloids had some sort of story, and then of course the re-release of Bo Rhap. If we would have had downloads back then, im sure the charts would have been full of Queen songs.

Things were a lot different 18 years ago!


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Posted: 30 Jun 09, 07:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



mike hunt wrote:

no question freddie was/is much bigger in the uk than he is in the states.  From what I heard it was a huge story over there.  The media trying to take pictures of a sick freddie any way they can.  I wonder if freddie and michael would ever admit (if they were alive)  that they wish they wern't famous.


All the Media do that to try and get a story, (I think its worse in America), but the Media was worse with MJ than though.  I think Freddie sort of  Liked being famous Cos he Loved what he was doing & he sort of managed to keep his private life sepaerate, were as MJ was pushed into music & being famous from a young age thats probally why he had such a messed up life.....







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Posted: 30 Jun 09, 08:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



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no question freddie was/is much bigger in the uk than he is in the states.  From what I heard it was a huge story over there.  The media trying to take pictures of a sick freddie any way they can.  I wonder if freddie and michael would ever admit (if they were alive)  that they wish they wern't famous.



 



All the Media do that to try and get a story,






Sorry... as someone working in the media, I just HAVE to respond to that...
Not ALL media do so, thank you very much.
TABLOID-press does so, decent press does not. It is a true pitty that especially the UK people have such a negative view on 'the' press - but that just comes down to the amount of tabloid press they have around. I'm happy to say that we have a much more decent atmosphere over here. The majority of the (written) press is still to be considered serious over here. 

ANYWAY; of course Michael Jackson's death anno 2009 has a much larger coverage in all kinds of media.
But when Freddie died, the news was also everywhere. All printed media had publications, all tv and radio stations did something to rembember him. I remember hearing Queen everywhere, on every radio channel for weeks and weeks. And then indeed came the hits, so there was more and more.

On the day and week after Freddie died there was a lot on tv as well - in the Netherlands anyway.
I remember sitting sobbing next to the tv on one hand and the radio on the other hand, switching between the two with a stack of tapes on the table trying to record as much of it as possible. ;-)
All kinds of music programms like Countdown and Popformule played Queen exclusively, there were documentaries, concerts being broadcast (Montreal, Budapest) and of course MTV had quite some news coverage, documentaries (Magic years in high rotation), video's and several Queen-weekends.

But let's indeed not forget that media anno 2009 is much different then back then.
There was no 24 hour coverage in those days. CNN did not excist, there was no internet.
Also nowadays media are much much more hype-sensitive. (Or is it the public that is more hype-sensitive and the media responds to that wish??)
And, as also said before, when it comes to popularity and impact to popular music and society as a whole, MJ was certainly a level higher then Freddie or Queen.