Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
He was loved.

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Ancient One 

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Subj: Re: New banner! QUEEN - and some other guy who crashed the photo shoot
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 at 12:51:20 pm EST (Viewed 387 times)
Reply Subj: New banner! QUEEN - and some other guy who crashed the photo shoot
Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 at 08:18:20 am EST (Viewed 472 times)

    What are your memories and thoughts of this archetypal musical powerhouse?

Many and varied. Mostly good but, obviously, sad towards the end.

The video of Bohemian Rhapsody dominating Top of the Pops - our one mainstream music show in the 70's and 80's - seemingly for years (but actually only nine weeks) at number one. Their stellar performance at Live Aid. Great stage sets, crazy stage costumes, sometimes brilliant, but always entertaining videos. Brian and Freddie being visibly moved as thousands of South American fans with little or no English sang Love of My Life back to them in perfect phonetic unison. The gig Roger played with bright green hair after screwing up the dyeing process. The eye-popping, unforgettable Bicycle Race video. Hyde Park, Knebworth, Wembly. A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, The Game. Sitting in my local pub during a bitterly cold winter with someone playing Radio Ga Ga endlessly on the jukebox. And that last, crushing sight of Freddie in the 'These Are the Days of Our Lives' video.

So many great memories.

I wouldn't say they (Or the Stones) are held in the same esteem as the Beatles. They always had a large and loyal following, but there were times it seemed they couldn't get arrested in Britain. The music press in particular seemed to hate them. It's hard work trying to find good reviews of their albums or singles in Melody Maker or New Musical Express (our analogues to Billboard), and despite releasing over 40 singles in the UK, only three reached number one in the charts (Although there were some near misses), and one of those was a collaboration with David Bowie.

Still, they confounded the critics by going on to becoming one of the UK's, and the world's best selling artists. Queen's Greatest Hits is still the best selling album of all time in Britain, even outdoing the legendary Sgt.Pepper.

And their legions of fans are still here. And we'll always have our memories.

And we'll always have the music.

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