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Subject: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/16 at 5:56 am

October 11th 2005, Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/16 at 5:42 am

October 28th 1978, Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Many other acts have appeared here, including, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Santana and Led Zeppelin.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/16 at 7:45 am

November 12th 1973, Mott The Hoople kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall with support group Queen.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/16 at 4:07 pm

November 14th 1975, Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/16 at 4:42 am

November 23rd 1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/23/16 at 10:46 pm

November 24th 1991, Freddie Mercury died of complications from aids at his home in London's Holland park aged 45, just one day after he publicly admitted he was HIV positive. Mercury was openly bisexual and enjoyed a colourful rock star lifestyle. During his career with Queen he scored over 40 Top 40 UK singles including the worldwide No.1 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/25/16 at 2:49 pm

November 25th 1996, A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury. Standing almost 10 feet (3 metres) high overlooking Lake Geneva it was unveiled by Freddie's father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/25/16 at 5:37 pm

November 25th 2009, Brian May joined Freddie Mercury's 87-year-old mother Jer Bulsara in Feltham town centre, at a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the late singer's memory. They were joined by over 2,000 fans from as far as Japan and Australia who descended on the Centre, in Feltham High Street in England. The plaque reads: “Freddie Mercury - musician, singer and songwriter” along with the dates he lived in Feltham, between 1964 and 1968.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/30/16 at 8:04 pm

December 30th 2012, Brian May was named animal welfare charity PETA UK's Person of the Year for his efforts to help stop the culling of badgers. The guitarist's group Save Me formed Team Badger alongside PETA and various other animal welfare groups. PETA's Mimi Bekhechi said of May: "In his fight to save Britain's badgers, Brian May never backed down: he spread his message of compassion for animals through everything he said, wrote and even wore until the world sat up and paid attention. His tenacity and boldness are an inspiration to kind people everywhere."

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/12/17 at 8:16 pm

January 12th 2013, The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 featured grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/09/17 at 1:09 am

August 9th 1986, Queen ended their Magic European tour at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England, with over 120,000 fans witnessing what would be Queen's last ever live performance. On this, their final tour, Queen played to legions of established fans, plus many new ones gained as a result of their show-stealing performance at Live Aid the previous year. The support acts were Belouis Some, Big Country and Status Quo.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/14/17 at 12:44 pm

August 14th 1993, Freddie Mercury had his first solo UK No.1 single with 'Living On My Own'. The song had been a minor hit in 1985 when released from his solo album Mr. Bad Guy, this remixed version was reissued.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/23/17 at 5:42 am

August 23rd 1969, Ibex, featuring vocalist Freddie Bulsara (later known as Freddie Mercury) played a gig at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Lancashire, UK.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/17 at 3:50 am

August 4th 1975, Queen started recording 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Rockfield studio's in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/17 at 2:07 pm

September 1st 2016, A Blue Plaque marking the first home Freddie Mercury lived in when he arrived in England has been unveiled. The Queen frontman moved to the semi-detached home in Feltham, west London, after his family left Zanzibar in 1964 when Mercury was 17

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/17 at 11:35 am

September 5th 2016, An asteroid was named after Freddie Mercury to mark what would have been the singer's 70th birthday. The Queen frontman has had his name attached to Asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991 - the year he died. Queen guitarist Brian May told a gathering of 1,250 fans at Montreux Casino in Switzerland that the asteroid would now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/11/17 at 5:52 am

October 11th 2005, Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/28/17 at 9:49 am

October 28th 1978, Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Many other acts have appeared here, including, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Santana and Led Zeppelin.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/12/17 at 9:16 am

November 12th 1976 - Queen's single "Somebody To Love" was released in the U.K.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/14/17 at 2:14 am

November 14th 1975, Queen played the first of two nights at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England, the first nights on their 78-date A Night At The Opera World Tour.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/23/19 at 4:04 pm

August 23rd 1969, Ibex, featuring vocalist Freddie Bulsara (later known as Freddie Mercury) played a gig at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Lancashire, UK.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/24/19 at 2:07 pm

August 24th 1975, Queen started recording 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Rockfield studio's in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/05/19 at 4:28 pm

October 5th 1984, Queen played the first of nine concerts at the Sun City Super Bowl, Sun City, Republic of Bophuthatswana (integrated into South Africa's North West Province in 1994). The 1984 'The Works' tours saw the reintroduction of older material to Queen's live set, including songs from the first three albums.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/27/19 at 8:05 am

November 27th 1991, Freddie Mercury's funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest, for 35 of his close friends and family, with Elton John and the remaining members of Queen among those in attendance. Mercury was cremated at Kensal Green Cemetery, West London, England.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/18/20 at 2:59 pm

February 18th 1990, Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre, London, England.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/19/20 at 4:34 pm

April 19th 1969, Smile (later to be known as Queen ) appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/14/20 at 5:01 pm

May 14th 2002, The musical “We Will Rock You” opened in London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/29/20 at 1:40 pm

May 29th 1992, Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song 'We Are The Champions', at their Graduation Ceremony.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/02/20 at 4:25 pm

July 2nd 1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/01/20 at 2:55 pm

September 1st 2016, A Blue Plaque marking the first home Freddie Mercury lived in when he arrived in England has been unveiled. The Queen frontman moved to the semi-detached home in Feltham, west London, after his family left Zanzibar in 1964 when Mercury was 17.

Subject: Re: Today in Freddie Mercury and Queen History

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/05/20 at 9:57 am

September 5th 2016, An asteroid was named after Freddie Mercury to mark what would have been the singer's 70th birthday. The Queen frontman has had his name attached to Asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991 - the year he died. Queen guitarist Brian May told a gathering of 1,250 fans at Montreux Casino in Switzerland that the asteroid would now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.

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