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“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track featured on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on 23 February 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks.
Having composed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on guitar, Mercury played rhythm guitar while performing the song live, which was the first time he played guitar in concert. Queen played the song live between 1979 and 1986, and a live performance of the song is recorded in the albums Queen Rock Montreal and Queen at Wembley. Since its release, the song has been covered by a number of artists. The song was played live on 20 April 1992 during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, performed by Robert Plant with Queen.
On this date in 1985, Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats organized the largest Rock & Roll event ever held. Based in Philadelphia and London, the event was a fund-raiser for Ethiopian hunger relief.
I was home on July 13, 1985, off from work. VCR’s were fairly new back then, but I used mine to tape the entire day of music. Unfortunately, Hurricane Andrew swept them away 7 years later. Luckily, I have YouTube now, and Netflix has the entire 4 disc set too.
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What stands out for me from that day was the performances of U2 and of Queen. The version of ”Bad” by U2 is my favorite from Live Aid. If you haven’t seen it, watch it. If you have seen it, re-live the memories and watch it again.
Then there was Queen’s performance. According to Wikipedia, “Queen’s performance on that day has since been voted by more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music.”
Live Aid was a dual-venue concert that was held on 13 July 1985. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Billed as the “global jukebox”, the event was held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, United Kingdom (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (attended by about 100,000 people). On the same day, concerts inspired by the initiative happened in other countries, such as Australia and Germany. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watched the live broadcast.
U2′s performance established them as a pre-eminent live group for the first time – something for which they would eventually become superstars. The band played a 14-minute rendition of “Bad”, during which lead vocalist Bono jumped off the stage to join the crowd and dance with a girl. The length of their performance of “Bad” limited them to playing just two songs; the third, “Pride (In the Name of Love)”, had to be ditched. In July 2005, the girl with whom he danced revealed that he actually saved her life at the time. She was being crushed by the throngs of people pushing forwards; Bono saw this, and gestured frantically at the ushers to help her. They did not understand what he was saying, and so he jumped down to help her himself.
Queen galvanised the stadium with some of their greatest hits, in which lead singer Freddie Mercury at times led the entire crowd of 72,000 in thundering unison refrains. In their 20 minute set the band opened with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and closed with “We Are the Champions”. They extensively rehearsed their performance at London’s Shaw Theatre. Queen’s performance on that day has since been voted by more than 60 artists, journalists and music industry executives as the greatest live performance in the history of rock music. Mercury and fellow band member Brian May later sang the first song of the three-part Wembley event finale.
On this date in 1973, Queen releases their debut single Keep Yourself Alive in the UK.
I don’t miss his music, because I still listen to that. I miss the man himself, making new music for the World to enjoy.
When most people think of Queen, they probably think of We Will Rock You, or maybe Bohemian Rhapsody (made popular again by Wayne’s World). I think more of the ballads, like Someone to Love and my favorite, Love Of My Life. I never got to see Queen in concert, I wish I had.
Freddie has been gone 20 years now, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long. Click here to watch the video from Someone to Love, Live in Montreal (sorry about the ad).
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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1971, originally consisting of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). Queen’s earliest works were heavily influenced by progressive rock; in the mid-1970s, the band ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, bringing them greater commercial success. It also became something of a trademark to incorporate more diverse and innovative styles in their music, exploring the likes of vaudeville, gospel music, electronic music and funk.
Brian May and Roger Taylor had been playing together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury (then known by his birth name of Farrokh, or Freddie, Bulsara) was a fan of Smile, and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. Mercury himself joined the band shortly thereafter, changed the name of the band to ‘Queen’ and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was recruited prior to recording their first album. Queen enjoyed success in the UK during the early 1970s, but it was the release of Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number one in the UK charts for nine weeks. In 1991 Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS, and Deacon retired in 1997. Since then May and Taylor have infrequently performed together, including a collaboration with Paul Rodgers under the name Queen + Paul Rodgers which ended in May 2009
The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They have been honoured with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.