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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 01:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is a great interview with a guy who worked for Freddie between 1978 and 1985.

An absolute must-read:

http://forums.queenonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=21459&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 06:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah... Pretty interesting! Especially his answer on question "Do you think Freddie would have wanted Queen to carry on?"... Hehe... I couldn't resist to mention it, sorry guys! (BPP would love it!)

By the way answers of Peter are on 6th page of that thread.

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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 06:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for that Ian, loved it!

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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 09:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, interesting and surprising. I would never believe some of the things Peter mentioned, but he knew Freddie, didn't he... Thanks for this, it was good to read:)


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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 21:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is an absolute must read...

SERIOUSLY, EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS who is a Freddie/Queen fan.

Freddie's driver from 1978-1985 had such things to say such as:

"Freddie believed he was Queen, so I do not think he would have wanted Queen to carry on"

When asked if he felt Freddie knew he had AIDS in 1984/85....
Fred's driver belived he knew then.

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Posted: 05 Sep 05, 21:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The interview starts on page 5, when the black & red writing begins.

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Posted: 07 Sep 05, 06:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't believe in everything. Especially when he talks about some of his words ending in Freddie/Queen songs... and other things here and there... too much tabloïd/fictional stuff for me...

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Posted: 08 Sep 05, 12:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was amazing. Liked the parts where he discussed Freddie writing CLTCL, how Freddie named guys with women's names, how Deaky exercized by hanging in those upside down moon boots!, how Peter kep hanging up on Michael Jackson because MJ's voice was so bizarrePeter didn't belive it was him.

Was surprised that Peter sees Mary Austin as a not so nice, lazy, self absorbed and unhappy lot.


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Posted: 09 Sep 05, 10:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I liked when he talked about the practical jokes he and Peter Freestone would play on Freddie, like putting jam on Freddie's phone and ringing him up, or putting cellophane over Freddie's toilet. LOL!

Sounds like happy times..good friends.


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Posted: 12 Sep 05, 21:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can hand on heart say that Gemma's a really nice guy. He spent virtually all the time he worked for Freddie, in his very near vicinity. At the clubs, other employees would be off like a load of greyhounds at Wimbledon, 'lining themselves up for the night', but as Peter was/is straight, he had nothing better to do than concentrate on watching out for his friend and employer. How many others do you know who worked for Freddie would be 'honestly' able to say the same?

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Posted: 13 Sep 05, 17:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It doesn't matter what Freddie would have wanted. It was of his decissions that lead to him not being here so he has no say what Brian May does or does not do with HIS (Brian May's) group...

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Posted: 15 Sep 05, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

AlexRocks wrote:

It doesn't matter what Freddie would have wanted. It was of his decissions that lead to him not being here so he has no say what Brian May does or does not do with HIS (Brian May's) group...


Thanks for this info.... I am going to go ahead and e-mail this info to Roger & John, just so that are as alert as you are as to the fact that this is Brian's group.

Back to the real world.

What you must understand is that in Queen, "Queen" was better than any of them were alone... that has been said, and its true.

But Tim Staffel could not have been the front man for this group (and he has said this)...

And honestly, I don't think a Mick Jagger or a Rod Stewart could have made Queen what it was if they were the frontmen of this thing called Queen.

The campy, cross gender, operatic, vaudeville, balls to the wall rock, sexuality in question, piano driven broadway production of the music known as Queen, could only have been delivered by Mr. Mercury.

All 4 members were equals behind closed doors... I do believe that (except for when Freddie really put his foot down, this fact is per Brian May)

But in truth, Freddie, the frontman, the most prolific member, the writer of most amount of songs, the writer of most of the hits, and the person at least 50% responsible of why Queen sounds like Queen...and the person 100% responsible for name Queen, and the logo Queen...and the overall public conception of what Queen is/was....

Well... how do you say it??
He kinda was Queen.

There is reason why in the US, many passive listeners/viewers of music just think "Queen" is a alter ego name for Freddie Mercury.



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Posted: 16 Sep 05, 10:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i'm impressed sharon, i agree 100%. I not sure why there's any type of argument about this, if you follow queen you should know who the icon of this group is. just look at any documentry, half the tape is people praising freddie. I also noted who came up with the logo, the name of the group and all the early hits that got queen on the map, also their fashion statement in the early 70's was his idea, but saying all that, brian was a very close 2nd, he's the one who brought that uniqe guitar sound to queen and was brilliant song writer. The real reason freddie is considered an icon and the others are a little behind is simply originality, if it wasn't for freddie, queen would have been just another rock band with loud guitars and drums (meaning nothing different) he brought originality to this group.

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Posted: 19 Sep 05, 08:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interesting indeed. About the point on Freddie not wanting them to continue without him...

Remember that this guy stopped working with/socialising with Freddie before he died (didn't see any dates on that score), and I think Fred ended up a little more humble than he had been once he knew the end was near.

I think we can be certain that he wanted MIH finished and released, but can't be so certain if he would or wouldn't have wanted them to do more than that. I think in interviews he'd said he didn't care what happened when he was dead other than that the music was appreciated, which definitely is still true.

I think at the end of the day, whatever Brian and Roger do, no one will ever, or could ever, forget the importance and the influence Freddie had over all things Queen and the British (rock) music scene in general.


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Posted: 19 Sep 05, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Of course! So according to this idiot - I mean, ex-dear-friend, a song entitled "The Show Must Go On" really means 'well sod it, I'm dead now so everybody has to drop everything and go to bed'.

Hah. What an f-wit.


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Posted: 25 Jan 06, 21:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's not really what he said though. He said that in his opinion, away from the spotlight, Freddie was very possessive and more than that, PROUD, of the band that he'd played a major part in creating. However any of us see Freddie, we only see the character on the other end of a TV camera, not the guy waking up and crawling to the bog after a night of total excess. If you think you know the man better than someone who lived around him for six years plus, who's the real fuckwit? No contest!

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Posted: 26 Jan 06, 07:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Show Must Go On, but with a different band's name.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 26 Jan 06, 12:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sharron .G wrote:

.... The campy, cross gender, operatic, vaudeville, balls to the wall rock, sexuality in question, piano driven broadway production of the music known as Queen, could only have been delivered by Mr. Mercury.



What a great sentence, Sharron .G!


Yes, it was a worthwhile experience.
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Posted: 26 Jan 06, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ian R wrote:

This is a great interview with a guy who worked for Freddie between 1978 and 1985.

An absolute must-read:

http://forums.queenonline.com/viewtopic.php?t=21459&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0>

Thanks Ian R. It was a great read!


Yes, it was a worthwhile experience.
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Posted: 26 Jan 06, 13:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I personally did not care for the interview. Whether the stuff he says is true or not I think it should remain private.

His response about Freddie not wanting Queen to go on without him is pure speculation on his part.