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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 00:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What year? '87, I'm thinking...? I dunno.

Okay - I'm *sure* this has been covered before. But I'm not finding it. If anyone has a link to where this might have already been discussed, I'd appreciate it.

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 03:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1988. John was wandering what his marks were. Or so I read, isn't this a little morbid? :P


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are different versions actually... Each new year cames with another one version...

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 07:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



From the different interviews we read with Brian May, it seems during the 'Innuendo' (1990/91) era that Mercury advised his bandmates of his condition, check out the March "MOJO" magazine, some interesting reads regarding Queen in Mercury's last 2-3 years.

As we know however, Brian, Roger and John all new something wasn't right with Freddie's well-being from as early as 1986 onwards.



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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

abe wrote:



From the different interviews we read with Brian May, it seems during the 'Innuendo' (1990/91) era that Mercury advised his bandmates of his condition, check out the March "MOJO" magazine, some interesting reads regarding Queen in Mercury's last 2-3 years.

As we know however, Brian, Roger and John all new something wasn't right with Freddie's well-being from as early as 1986 onwards.



Exacty... read "Mercury King Of Queen" good book tell you about his life from day one untill death and how the band coped.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 08:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

During one of the many documentaries since 2000ish, there is an interview with Brian, and in it - and I'm sure he says something like this - that there was an argument during the Magic Tour about the way a song should be played, and Freddie turned around and kinda said "we're gonna do it this way, becuase I might not be around much longer" and Brian says it all kinda made em sit up and think what he could have meant, and basically it had been in their minds that something was up since then.

But like Serry says, every year there is a new story about when they were actually told, but I would imagine it was before Innuendo, possibly during, or even before, The Miracle. But thats just my simple opinion.

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 08:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Aye I know there's a million versions.

The one that I quoted seemed to make sense to me since:

*Freddie told Monsterrat about his illness sometime in 87/88.
*John asked her what the marks were during a holiday in Ibizia. It just makes sense to me that they find out around then, and then they go into overdrive making the last two albums.

But anyway. Who knows. Hooah.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 09:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree because based on other information I've read which may or may not be false, wasn't Mr. Mercury told he may not live to see the release of the Miracle, the "fact" he told Monsterat, plus the not touring. That definitely, I think would make him feel that he was obligated to let them know why he didn't wanna tour especially since Roger and Brian really wanted to tour.

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 10:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay. Thanks.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 16:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He couldn't've told them any earlier than 1987 at the earliest, 'cos THAT was the year he was officially diagnosed HIV positive.

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 16:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know why Beckly would post when she obviously have no clue what she's talking about> Also from what I gather he found out he had AIDS in 1987, not that he was HIV positive. If you don't get tested early enough that could happen. Especially then since the test wasn't available until 1985.

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 16:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, according to the excerpt I have from the story about him in the boxset collection from 2000, he was "officially diagnosed HIV Positive in 1987"

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 17:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just thought he told them during the making of the Miracle, 1988 or something.

I've never heard of the whole 'John asked Freddie what the marks on his face were' story, and i don't think it's true.

Brian said they could begin to tell something was wrong gradually until he told them straight out, not because anyone asked him anything about it.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 18:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1975 - when he wrote bo rhap about it

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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 18:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=green>Bren<font color=orange>ski wrote:

1975 - when he wrote bo rhap about it

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LOL! like a broken record eh!


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From a VH1 documentary, Brian said that they knew something was wrong with him. Then, one day Freddie set up a meeting and said: "Listen, you probably know what I'm dealing with....I have this thing, you know...and as far as I'm concerned there's no cure. I don't want anybody to know about this and I don't need to talk about this anymore, and that's it"
No year or date was specified, but I believe in this because it wasn't a book or magazine who published this, it was actually Brian May who say it on an interview. I have it recorded on a VHS and I wish I can find it. I remember the show was called "Legends: Queen" from VH1.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 19:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

kdj2hot wrote:

I don't know why Beckly would post when she obviously have no clue what she's talking about>
Dude! Like that ever stopped anyone on this forum before! LOL


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 22:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"'John asked Freddie what the marks on his face were' story"

Of course you haven't. It's because John asked Monsterrat at Ibizia.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 23:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Inu-Liger<h6>-a.k.a. Richard Guilbault- wrote:

He couldn't've told them any earlier than 1987 at the earliest, 'cos THAT was the year he was officially diagnosed HIV positive.


And Mary Austin says 1984.

Honestly, Freddie would tell Mary before anyone, but according to her, it was her who answered the phone because Freddie just didn't want to hear or face the fact of it.


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Posted: 12 Oct 05, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would love to know the details of that (me and a million other people lol) because the test wasn't available until 1985 and I would love to know how he was diagnosed in 1984 without showing sarcoma or any other symptons. Freddie was rich maybe he had the test before it was approved, and I just thought of something else, it was approved by the FDA in 1985 so it might've definitely been available in europe before then so yeah who knows.