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30 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Releases His Solo Debut, ‘Mr. Bad Guy’.

4 Mai 2015, 01:56am

Publié par Nick DeRiso

30 Years Ago: Freddie Mercury Releases His Solo Debut, ‘Mr. Bad Guy’.

Freddie Mercury‘s debut was the perfect solo album, in that it became a outlet for his inclination toward non-rock music away from Queen and never threatened his group’s integrity. In fact, it may have gotten Queen back on track.
Released on April 29, 1985, Mr. Bad Guy featured Mercury singing dance songs and anthem-sized ballads during a Queen hiatus, and handling all songwriting, as well as keyboards, orchestrations and some engineering duties. It served as a reminder of his rangy, often-overlooked skills in the studio, and as an expansion of the more lightly regarded elements of Queen’s most recent LP, 1982′s pop-focused Hot Space.
Only the expectations for a Mercury project were decidedly different. Queen had always balanced their dizzying array of influences with healthy dollops of straight-ahead guitar and drums. Mercury was, outside of a forgotten 1973 single, an unknown solo entity, and happy to be less than the sum of those parts.
Mr. Bad Guy became a labor of love, as Mercury took almost two years to pick and choose which portions of his Queen legacy intrigued him most. In the meantime, he scored a No. 10 U.K. hit with the 1984 solo single “Love Kills,” though bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on that session. Mercury’s care paid off when Mr. Bad Guy matched Hot Space‘s U.K. Top 10 finish and went gold, and “I Was Born to Love You” became a No. 11 hit overseas. His attention to detail is reflected in song narratives, which take on a much more personal lyrical focus than anything Mercury had ever committed to a Queen song.
Still, Mercury’s dedication to his main band remained. He dutifully dropped everything as Queen convened for subsequent projects like 1984′s The Works, an album that – after Mercury’s interest in dance music had been sated – returned to the group’s rock roots. Beyond May and Taylor’s contributions, Mr. Bad Guy also featured sideman Fred Mandel, who had earlier worked with May’s Star Fleet Project and would also be featured on The Works. Just a few months later, Mercury was fronting his old band once again when Queen took the stage at Live Aid.
In the years since Mercury’s 1991 death after a bout with AIDS, Queen’s connection with Mr. Bad Guy has grown. Mercury’s debut solo album has proven to be a treasure trove for posthumous releases. Both “I Was Born to Love You” and “Made in Heaven” were later updated by Queen’s surviving members for 1995′s Made in Heaven. And a discarded collaboration with Michael Jackson from the Mr. Bad Guy sessions, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” ended up on 2014′s Queen Forever, as did the 1984 single “Love Kills.”

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Vote now in the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2015!

5 Avril 2015, 19:27pm

Publié par Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva

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Sacha Baron Cohen en Freddie Mercury? C’était une «blague»

30 Mars 2015, 20:52pm

Publié par ANTHEVA

Sacha Baron Cohen en Freddie Mercury? C’était une «blague»

Sacha Baron Cohen en Freddie Mercury: le feuilleton dure depuis plus de deux ans. Mais, après un rebondissement jeudi, cette fois, c’est un vrai non.
Jeudi dernier, Music Week rapportait les propos du manager de Queen Jim Beach, lequel avait dit, en recevant une récompense au Music Manager's Forum: «Nous avons réussi à persuader Sacha Baron Cohen d’écrire, de produire et de réaliser le film, et il a aussi accepté d’en être la star.»
L’info avait été relayée massivement, et les médias annonçaient ainsi le retour de la star de Borat dans le projet qu’il avait quitté brutalement en 2013 pour des «différends d’ordre créatif» avec Brian May et Roger Taylor, les deux musiciens restants de Queen.
Or c’était une «blague». Le guitariste Brian May l'explique sur son blog, et évoque la «petite blague que Jim a lancé pendant son discours». «Il a dit que Sacha Baron Cohen avait été ré-engagé pour écrire, produire et réaliser le film, et aussi pour incarner les quatre rôles principaux! J’ai bien peur que les gens aient pris ça au sérieux».

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NOUS SOMMES TOUS CHARLIE HEBDO!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 Janvier 2015, 10:16am

Publié par ANTHEVA

NOUS SOMMES TOUS CHARLIE HEBDO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Queen-Rock-My-World.fr tient à exprimer son soutien total et inconditionnel à la rédaction de Charlie Hebdo et aux proches de toutes les victimes assassinée par la caricature de l'islam.

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Fuck!

8 Janvier 2015, 08:57am

Publié par Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva

Fuck!

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Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva updated his cover...

8 Janvier 2015, 08:56am

Publié par Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva

Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva updated his cover...

Queen-Rockmyworldfr Antheva updated his cover photo.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

1 Janvier 2015, 09:23am

Publié par ANTHEVA

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

Le 29 Aout 2009, naissait Queen Rock-My-World.fr. Ce qui était à l’origine un simple projet personnel est devenu, au fil des ans, une véritable communauté de passionnés. Voilà maintenant cinq années,1200 membres et près de 300.000 visiteurs plus tard que Queen Rock-My-World est née. Quatre années à vous faire découvrir le meilleure du groupe Queen. Nous vous souhaitons, ainsi qu’à tous vos proches, une année de santé, de bonheur et de réussites! Que 2015 vous comble de bonheur et que cette année vous permette d’aller au bout de vos rêves!

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Merry Christmas 2014!

25 Décembre 2014, 07:38am

Publié par ANTHEVA

Merry Christmas 2014!

Je vous remercie de votre fidélité, je vous souhaite, à vous et a vos familles, un merveilleux noel 2014!

I thank you for your continuing support. We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas 2014!

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Freddie Mercury Biography

22 Décembre 2014, 20:57pm

Publié par ANTHEVA

Freddie Mercury Biography

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964 Freddie and his family flew to England. Freddie was very delighted to come to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He loved art, and because of that, he often went along with his friend Tim Staffell, who played in a band called Smile. Also in this band where Brian May andRoger Taylor. When Staffell left the band in 1970, Freddie became their new singer. He changed the band's name into Queen, and they took on a new bass-player in February 1971, called John Deacon. Their first album, "Queen", came out in 1973. But their real breakthrough was "Killer Queen", on the album "Sheer Heart Attack", which was released in 1974. They became immortal with the single "Bohemian Rhapsody", on the 1975 album "A Night At The Opera". After setting foot in the US in 1980, with "Another One Bites The Dust", they had a bad period. Their album "Flash Gordon" went down the drain, because the movie Flash Gordon (1980) flunked. Their next, "Hot Space", also wasn't a great success. Only the song "Under Pressure", which they sang together withDavid Bowie, made a difference. In 1983, they took a year off. But, in 1984 they were totally back with their new album, called "The Works". It contained great hits, such as "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want To Break Free". In 1985 Freddie made his first big solo-album, "Mr. Bad Guy". He and the band had been in a bit of an argument, and he wanted to do something on his own. The album was loved by the fans, but didn't do to well. But the band got back together again, after their famous performance at Live Aid, in 1985. At the end of the year, they started working on their new album, "A Kind Of Magic". They also held their most famous tour ever, the "Magic Tour". They did Wembley Stadium twice, and held their very last concert in Knebworth, in front of 125.000 people. After 1986, it went silent around Queen. It was in 1987 or '88, when Freddie told the band he had AIDS, and only had a few years to live. After Freddie told the band, he refused to talk about it anymore. He was afraid that people would buy their records out of pity. He said he wanted to keep making music as long as possible. And he did. His second big solo-album, "The Great Pretender", got out in 1987. After that, he flew to Spain, where he made the magnificent album "Barcelone", together with Montserrat Caballé, whom he saw performing in 1983. Because Freddie loved opera, he became a huge fan of her. For him, this album was like a dream becoming reality. The single "Barcelona" went huge, and was also used as a theme song for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. After Barcelona, he started working with the band again. They made "The Miracle", which was released in 1989. It was a success, with hits as "Breakthru", "I Want It All" and "The Invisible Man". After "The Miracle", Freddie's health got worse. They wanted to do one more album, called "Innuendo." They worked on it in 1990 and early 1991. Every time when Freddie would feel well, he came over to the studio and sang. After "Innuendo" was released in January 1991, they made two video clips. The first one was the video clip of "I'm Going Slightly Mad", shot in March 1991. Because Freddie was very thin, and had little wounds all over his body, they used a lot of make-up. He wore a wig, and the clip was shot in black and white. Freddie's final video clip was released in June 1991. The clip, "These Are The Days Of Our Lives", later turned out to be his goodbye song, the last time he appeared on film. You could clearly see he was ill, but he still hadn't told the world about his disease. Rumours went around that he some kind of terrible disease. This rumor was confirmed by Freddie himself, one day before he passed on. His death was seen as a great loss for the world of music.

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10 Things You Never Knew About Freddie Mercury

22 Décembre 2014, 20:12pm

Publié par ANTHEVA

10 Things You Never Knew About Freddie Mercury

As the flamboyant front man of Queen, Freddie Mercury toyed with hedonism amidst making timeless songs, which leaves plenty ammunition for these little tidbits...


Even his official passport read ‘Frederick Mercury’, despite the fact that his birth name was Farrokh Bulsara. Calling him anything but Freddie would not be well received, however - he started using the name ‘Freddie’ prior to ever arriving in England, and ‘Mercury’ when Queen first started.

Mercury didn’t consider himself a particularly great pianist. As a result, he always dreaded performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (video above) in concert because he worried he would mess up on the piano in the process. In future years, he started using the piano less on albums so he would be free to dance and run wildly during concerts.

In the final scene of Queen’s ‘It’s A Hard Life’ video, when Freddie sits down on the steps, he does so very gingerly, favouring one side over the other. At the time of filming, he had only just had a plaster cast removed, a souvenir after drunken horseplay went awry one night in the New York bar in Munich.

Mercury was always in his best form at concerts after emotional conflict. Before a show at the Milton Keynes Bowl, Mercury got into a massive argument with his current beau, Bill Reid, that culminated with Reid biting Mercury’s hand so hard that it left teeth marks and bled profusely. Another fight left their hotel room with a layer of broken glass and plaster on the carpet.

In another incident with Reid, the two of them yelled at each other for so many hours that Mercury woke up completely hoarse on the day that Queen was scheduled to perform live on Saturday Night Live, a hugely popular variety show in the USA. The entire day was spent trying remedies to get his voice back, which he was only barely able to do in time.

After boarding a flight to New York from Tokyo one day, Mercury discovered the plane was a DC10, a model that had had some problems in the past. “DC death more like!” Mercury remarked, before immediately gathering his things, exiting the plane, and taking the only available seat on the next flight 14 hours later - economy, as opposed to his first class seat on the DC10.

When Mercury was on tour in the United States, he found out the man he was seeing, Tony Bastin, had been seen out with someone else. For revenge, Mercury paid for Bastin to fly out to see him in the US under the pretense of visiting. Mercury met him immediately after his arrival, told him it was over and then put him on the next plane back to London that day. Mercury also kept Bastin’s cat, Oscar.

Mercury loved his cats, so much so that while on tour he would periodically call home to talk to them. His one-time girlfriend and long-time close friend Mary Austin would hold the cats up to the phone so they could listen to him speak. He also had portraits painted of them.

Mercury’s assistants were required to have a pen and paper on them at all times in case inspiration hit unexpectedly. Lyrics for ‘Life Is Real’ were started suddenly while flying over the Atlantic from New York, with what is now the classic line “guilt stains on my pillow” originally taken down as “c*nt stains on my pillow”.

A recreation of the statue created to honour Mercury, found on Lake Geneva in Montreaux, Switzerland, stands on top of the Dominion Theatre, just down Oxford Street from (the then) Clash HQ.

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