Freddie Mercury’s previously unseen, last performance was recently shown by the BBC. The fantastic documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives, included film of the flamboyant frontman preparing for the video of “These are the Days of Our Lives.” The unseen Mercury footage was discovered by Rhys Thomas, who co-produced the documentary. See part two in its entirety below.
According to the Independent newspaper, Thomas said: “The footage of Freddie in his final video is shocking. He is so frail, he needs two hands to hold a champagne glass. But he knows he is being filmed and wants to show people what he was going through.”
Queen guitarist Brian May commented: “At this time, Freddie’s becoming weakened by this horrible disease, but he’d throw a couple of vodkas down and prop himself up on the mixing desk and go for it. He actually says a kind of goodbye in the video.” Mercury died of complications stemming from AIDS in 1991.
Paul Rodgers may tour with Queen again. When if it could happen, Rodgers said: “We may do. We left it because we all wanted to do different things. We toured the world twice and after the studio album I didn’t feel like there was a lot more we could do. We didn’t want to do it forever, but I enjoyed playing the role for a while, so we’ll see.”
Paul Rodgers was honored for outstanding contribution to British music at the most prestigious British music awards, Ivor Novello Awards, recently in London, England. The award was presented by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records and the first label to sign Paul with his band FREE.
Other past recipients include, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Elton John.
Given each year, The Ivors, presented by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters in association with The Performing Rights Society (PRS), are given to celebrate British songwriting and acknowledge the music of the previous twelve months. It is the only British awards ceremony which specifically honors the songwriter.
“40 Years Of QUEEN” is an official publication, and has been approved at every stage by the band. It shows and tells the story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians who have retained an enormous fanbase throughout their entire history. The book showcases the band, its members, recordings and concerts through images and the written word, as well as through the unique pieces of memorabilia that are from the private collections of Queen’s members.
40 Years Of Queen gives fans unprecedented access to all areas, and the chance to get their hands on some amazing memorabilia for the first time ever: backstage passes, setlists, handwritten lyrics, unpublished album art, ultra-rare posters, original tour itineraries, postcards, limited-edition records, invites to the now-legendary tour parties, and more!
It includes: Rainbow Poster, March 1974; QI Press Kit (four pieces in envelope); ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ sheet music; QI playing card (4); ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ sheet music; Hand-written fan club letters (4) on cut-out headed notepaper; ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ blue vinyl with cover; A Day At The Races race card booklet; Portraits poster, 1976; Queen Fan Club A5 biog and membership card; Torso Thing (3D cut-out Freddie doll); News Of The World special edition cover; and, Japan April 1979 Jazz tour ticket.
The book will be available in North America on October 25th. You can pre-order here: amazon.com