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Freddie Mercury 1991-2011, "somebody told me that Italians are the best singers in the world...especially in Milano!"

LONDON — 24 November 1991-2011. Freddie Mercury died 20 years ago today but his star has only burned brighter in the two decades since, with Queen and their larger-than-life frontman as popular as ever.
The British rockers, marking their 40th anniversary this year, are among the world's biggest-selling artists ever - with most of their sales coming in the 20 years since Mercury died.
Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are busier than ever and Mercury's songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" still endure as classics.
The Independent on Sunday newspaper said the singer's death "seemed a mere hiccup in his career".
In the years since, Mercury's stock has risen, with a new generation of artists citing Queen among their influences.
Mercury, 45, died at his London home. He had been diagnosed HIV positive several years earlier and died of bronchial pneumonia, brought on by AIDS.
Queen's lead singer is remembered for his captivating live performances, spellbinding vocals and enduring hits including "We Are The Champions", "Killer Queen", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
The jukebox musical "We Will Rock You", launched in 2002, still plays to a packed house in London and has been staged around the world from Australia to South Africa, Japan, Europe and Las Vegas.
With interest still high, a film about Mercury, starring Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen, is in the pipeline, focusing on the years leading up to Queen's stellar performance at the Live Aid concert in 1985.
"Even though physically he is not here, his presence seems more potent than ever," May wrote in a blog marking Mercury's 65th birthday in September.
"He will always epitomise the perfect frontman - the consummate channel of communication between a band and an audience.
"He devoured life. He celebrated every minute. And, like a great comet, he left a luminous trail which will sparkle for many a generation to come."
In a statement on November 23, 1991, Mercury confirmed from his death bed that he had AIDS.
Within 24 hours he had fallen into a coma and passed away, having handled his illness in private and never complained of his suffering.
As one of the highest-profile victims of AIDS, his death brought greater awareness of the virus and helped remove the stigma from a disease now ravaging southern Africa.
In a 1987 interview, Mercury told journalist David Wigg he had no fears of becoming a lonely, rich 70-year-old.
"I've lived a full life and if I'm dead tomorrow, I don't give a damn. I really have done it all," he said.
Freddie, born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 to a Parsi Indian family living on the East African spice island of Zanzibar and educated at an English-style boarding school in India, the shy teenager arrived in London when his family fled the 1964 Zanzibar revolution.
The classic image of Mercury is him in his 1986 touring costume, moustachioed and with one fist raised to the sky, a pose captured in the statue of him in Montreux on the Swiss shores of Lake Geneva.
When they felt able, his three bandmates painstakingly produced full tracks from scraps of vocals an ailing Mercury had recorded there in 1991, in precious hours when he could muster the strength.
Once he could no longer record, Mercury decided to come off his medication.
The subsequent album, "Made In Heaven", released in 1995, is one of Queen's best sellers.
Facing up to life without Mercury was tough.
May plunged into severe depression, having also lost his father and his marriage and contemplated suicide.
Like May, Taylor produced two solo albums in the 1990s, but despite their efforts to move on from Queen, they learned to embrace their legacy.
Bassist John Deacon retired in 1997 and has vanished from the public eye, though May and Taylor have his blessing to carry on.
Launching the rock theatrical "We Will Rock You" in 2002 was a gamble that paid off, breathing new life into Queen's music by allowing fans to enjoy their hits played live.
More than 13 million people have seen it worldwide, including 5.5 million at London's Dominion Theatre.
A sequel is planned, using songs not in the existing musical, though the original keeps packing out theatres.
Queen went back on the road again in 2005 when they joined forces with former Free singer Paul Rodgers.
Their collaboration spawned giant arena tours plus a studio album "The Cosmos Rocks" (2008) before Rodgers returned to his solo career.
One outdoor show in Kharkiv - Queen's first in Ukraine - played to 350,000 people, highlighting the enduring support for the band.

This is, above all, an Oasis website, so here's something about the Gallaghers. I've never heard them talking about the Queen, probably for respect to Freddie. But especially Noel Gallagher wouldn't have liked something about the Queen, I mean the woman :)
You know, they often talked bad of many musicians :) but I noticed that when they don't talk shit of someone, or even say nothing at all, it's because they like them. And for the greatest English bands, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc., so probably the Queen too, the Gallaghers may have a good opinion.

MILAN - And here I post again this for the new email readers. The Queen, on 14&15 September 1984 in a not so big place (Palasport-Palazzetto dello Sport) near the legendary San Siro stadium. The Queen have been in Milan again, in 2005 and 2008 but of course without Freddie Mercury, so I didn't go to the gigs.
I have the bootleg of the first Milan '84 gig, great quality (it starts with a typical stadium chorus "alee-oh oh" :), about 30 songs, email me if interested.
I began to follow the Queen in 1991 when Freddie died, thanks to some girls from school, and in a few years it was easy to transfer my passion for England on Oasis.
They were fundamental, if I didn't start to follow the Queen, I think I wouldn't have begun with Oasis.
As you probably know, the Queen last concert was on 9 August 1986 at Knebworth, where Oasis exactly 10 years later, 10-11 August 1996, performed their biggest concerts ever (250,000 people), where Oasis "had to stop", according to Alan McGee.

14/9/'84, Is this the world we created + Love of my life, where Freddie says: "somebody told me that Italians are the best singers in the world :)) ...especially in Milano!" :))
...maybe he had in mind Pavarotti and "the Voice" Sinatra :)

15/9/'84, Love of my life, Freddie (red&white as Milan :) says in a perfect Italian (as Paul McCartney in 1965 here): "volete cantare con noi?" :) (do you wanna sing with us?)

video in Milan, old-fashioned faces ahaha, Tear it up

Crazy little thing called love

Bohemian rhapsody... oh mamma mia mammia mia, mamma mia let me go :)

intro+Somebody to love

We will rock you

dedicated to AC Milan :), We are the champions in Milan

England national anthem in Milan, God save the Queen
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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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