He’s sensational. I describe him as almost a camp Elvis [Presley]. He has this unbelievable range, ‘cause [late QUEEN singer] Freddie [Mercury] had a great range. Adam can really cover it. He’s an extraordinary singer and a real talent. I feel he fits into our sort of theatricality. It was very comfortable.

Roger Taylor on Adam Lambert x

I was there for the real thing. We want to re-create some memories for people - the ones who were lucky enough to see Queen live. And for young people who go, it gives them an idea of what we go on about.

Peter Freestone, Freddie’s personal assistant on creating his own tribute band x

Was Roger the best friend of Freddie?

@Anonymous

Well, I mean, they were all friends. Whether or not they were best friends, I’m not sure. But Roger does seem to care about Freddie. And, when you look at the way that Freddie expresses his feelings and emotions, it seems like he really cares for Roger too. I think this especially came through when Freddie was dying. That’s when you really started to see how much they all cared for him and vice versa. I think it all depends on who you talk to. :)

Do you know the brand of aviators Freddie wore? Any followers that have some info?

@Anonymous

Ray-Ban. I haven’t found too many reliable sources, (such as a Queen site), but I think it’s safe to say he wore Ray-Ban. That brand is common, but especially among celebrities (I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but a lot of people say that Buddy Holly’s signature glasses are Ray-Ban). Another thing too, is that I think they’re one of the few brands of aviators. (I mean, you can get knock offs, but as far as “real brands” go……)

Adam has got a voice in a billion and his range is stupendous and he has now learned, as Freddie did, to bring it into harness – he’s not a boy anymore and his interpretation of songs is breathtaking.

Brian May on Adam Lambert x

It was like a subconscious reflection of myself. Going out in a search of an artistic career and being afraid of leaving everything behind. This business destroys your family life quicker than anything else I think….. The pressures are to become a stereotyped rock star…. I definitely try not to be and I succeed partly. The only way I can do that is by continually taking stock, asking myself what it all means and how worthwhile it is.

Brian May on ‘39 [source: Queen; The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock] 

He (Freddie) said, ‘I’ve got an idea for a song’ and started playing it on the piano – with some words and bits of the melody missing. Then he stopped and said ‘Now dears, this is where the opera section comes in.’ I went, ‘Oh my God.’

Roy Thomas Baker talking to Mojo’s David Thomas about how he first heard Bohemian Rhapsody at Freddie’s apartment

 

The starting point [of the video; Bohemian Rhapsody] was the Queen II cover, the shadowed images. The multi-track visuals went with the multi-track sound. I laughed when I first saw it. It is crude, almost cartoonish, but it worked.

Brian May in an interview with Phil Sutcliffe [Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock]

Today is Brian’s birthday. Happy 67th birthday Brian!

Barbara and I have formed a bond that is stronger than anything I have had with a lover for the past 6 years.

Freddie Mercury [unnamed web audio source] [Queen: the Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock by Phil Sutcliff]

The tribute band will reproduce what we used to do, whereas what we are doing now is taking it to a different place, evolving it in a different way — and it’s a joy. Within our show, we have little points of nodding to Freddie and we are very conscious that it could be too much and it could be too little. But we think we’ve got it just fine to make that connection and reinforce that Freddie, in a sense is very much still part of this.

Brian May on Queen + Adam Lambert x

I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.

Freddie Mercury (source: Queen; The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock)

“The idea is less is more. Before The Game, the band had never contemplated going about recording in this manner.” –Mack, the producer on the album
 

 (source: Queen; The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock)

“The idea is less is more. Before The Game, the band had never contemplated going about recording in this manner.” –Mack, the producer on the album

 (source: Queen; The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock)

hi, i hope your surgery went well today x

@Anonymous

Hey, thanks! Everything went well today, and I’m feeling a bit better. I appreciate it. :)