It kinda seems that “everyone” suddenly discovered Freddie Mercury & Queen when the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” hit the big screen.
I can certainly understand that as they hadn’t really performed since the late ‘80s.
But they’ve been a great group for a looooong time & I truly believe that Freddie was the greatest frontman ever!
My personal experience with Freddie & Queen (other than constantly listening to their music) was in late 1977 at their sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The whole city was pretty buzzed as the Yankees had just beaten the LA Dodgers in the World Series…you remember Reggie Jackson’s historic 3 home runs on 3 consecutive pitches in Game 6, right?
Well, Queen were their usual great selves as the concert began while Freddie was, indeed, at the top of his game. The crowd was pretty buzzed with the performance…
…but the best was yet to come.
As with most bands, Queen took a short intermission break, but the crowd grew more & more restless with each passing moment.
“Freddie! Freddie! Freddie!” reverberated throughout the world’s greatest arena.
Then, the house lights were turned down.
Freddie came out singing “We Are The Champions”!!!
WEARING A NY YANKEES JACKET!!!
The crowd went absolutely berserk! Way beyond crazy!
I’ve been to dozens & dozens of concerts with rabid fans (Bruce Springsteen, Rolling Stones, etc.), but I’ve never seen or heard anything close to this audience!
People just seemed to be losing their minds!
Beyond any doubt, it was the most memorable experience I’ve ever had at a live event, be it a concert, sporting event or ceremony!
As always, thank you so much for listening!