We’ll keep fighting day in, day out to combat those strong forces who want to perpetuate what is legalised abuse of our country’s most precious wild animals.

Brian May

Well… that was a concept that we develop in that time was… it doesn’t have, any special meaning. But we were fascinated with this type of things… the wardrobe that we used at the time described it perfectly well…

Freddie Mercury on Queen II x
UK: 12 in top ten, 9 at #1. 
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UK: 12 in top ten, 9 at #1. 

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We took so much trouble over that album, possibly too much, but when we finished we felt really proud. Immediately it got really bad reviews, so I took it home to listen to and thought, ‘Christ, are they right?’ But after hearing it a few weeks later, I still like it. I think it’s great. We’ll stick by it. Considering the abuse we’ve had lately, I’m surprised that the new LP has done so well. I suppose it’s basically because people like the band.

Roger Taylor on Queen II x
It was released on the first take.
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It was released on the first take.

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I would write a verse down, and sing it to him, because the song wasn’t really written at that time. And for each line, he did four takes. And then we’d write another verse. And he would be like, ‘Give me a vodka.’ That gave him his strength. After another shot, he’d say: ‘Give me more lyrics. More, more more. I want to do this.’ He was completely focused. He knew that he wouldn’t be there that long.

Brian May on Freddie Mercury’s last recordings x

We still have the rock ‘n’ roll Gypsy mentality. Even after 12 years without a line-up change we still really enjoy the buzz from playing live and the fact that we have hit singles. Some bands in our position might take it all in their stride, but we’re still like kids, we get very excited.

Roger Taylor on Queen 1982?

Back in the old days, we were often compared to Led Zeppelin. If we did something with harmony, it was the Beach Boys. Something heavy was Led Zeppelin.

Freddie Mercury x
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But now working in the studio is an art in itself, because you can come up with sounds that you could never reproduce onstage

John Deacon x

Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!

Freddie Mercury x

In wembley's friday concert, Freddie and Roger apparently do something nasty on stage, don't they? But the camera doesnt stop fast enough, damn! Could you meaby explain this to me before I get too excited about this? :D It's around 1:08:29 if you want to watch it in youtube, between Hello Mary Lou and Tutti Frutti. I would love to link it, but your blog doesnt seem to want to have links, so yea

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I saw that! It looks like they’re smacking each other’s asses. And then, as Freddie’s walking away, Roger tries to hit it one more time and then misses. Ah, you gotta love their friendship. :) 

When my Dad and I had my original Red Special guitar nearly finished, at a total cost of about eight pounds, I had designed and made three pickups for it. They were made out of things that we had been able to find, just like the rest of the guitar – in this case, three Eclipse button magnets surrounded by coils of wire wound on a special winder Dad had made, and faced up with white Formica plates. The windings were terminated on the two brass bushes that held the fixing screws …the brass bolts that held the pickups into the body of the guitar. This meant that there were no loose wires hanging around – every time a pickup was screwed in, it was immediately in circuit. Well, the pickups sounded really good, nice and crisp, just like the experimental one I had put on my first acoustic guitar, and plugged it into my Dad’s radiogram! And all the ‘in and out of phase’ switching worked fine too – I took it into school to show my mates how the sound could be varied… this switching arrangement had never been used before.

Brian May on Red Special x
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