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Posted: 02 Apr 06, 20:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Somebody started to mention this in the AI thread, and I started thinking about it. And I'm bored, too. So all the more reason to ask and tell.

Towards the end of my freshman year in high school (last year, actually) I was looking to expand my music knowledge. I began to play the piano, and when I was looking through the basement for something one night, I found all my Dad's old records. He didn't have any Queen records, but there was a lot of Beatles and classic rock. I bought a record player with all the gift cards from my birthday and listened to these records day and night. I remember talking to this girl who loved the Beatles at school, and being excited to go home just to listen to the songs she was telling me about. So I became Classic Rock saavy.

The American Idol season was on, and Constantine sang Bohemian Rhapsody. I had known the name of the song, but couldn't say that I knew much more. And just because I was into Classic Rock now, I looked it up online. There, I found a few more songs by Queen. I had a CD with five Queen songs which I put on repeat so often, that I still remember which track was which.
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. Another One Bites The Dust
12. We Will Rock You
14. We Are The Champions

A bit later, i found my Dad's old Amazon gift card from a few years back which was about to expire within the week. SO I ordered the 3 disc box set of Queen's Greatest Hits.

With finding out that my Uncle was a huge Queen fan in the 80s, and bonding with this girl's hippie Dad at my dance recital over Queen, my fixation grew.

Then summer came and I needed to get my summer reading done. I found the biography of Freddie by Peter Freestone online. It took much searching for, but I finally got it.

This book was an absolute turning point in my fandom. I often found that Freddie's artistic ideals were several times, the exact same things that I dreamed about in the past. I really looked up to him.

Then I bought the Live Aid DVD. When I learned about him in the book, was taken by Bohemian Rhapsody, AND was floored by their live enegy, altogether, it was the full package.

I was soon telling my friend, a well known Queen fan at school when the DVDs and CDs were coming out, when Queen was on TV. She even borrowed my Freddie book. And now I'm here.