I am sure the vast majority on here never met Freddie,well I did as a 'winner' for a fan club competition in 1988 to meet the band.I and a few club members met them in mid 1988 after a fan club competition organised by Jacky Smith.I thought that we might get a few minutes with them but I was wrong!We met at Olympic studios in Barnes while recording the Miracle album.I was expecting to see maybe one member of the band (Queen were the biggest band in Britain at the time,I would say),but the first member to appear was Freddie,superbly dressed in all white who chatted to us (he smiled as I suggested a Night at the Opera as my favorite album),I remember him as being so smart.so kind and could not believe that this was the same guy who performed on stage,The other thing that struck me was how close he and John seemed to be,my friend went off to talk to Brian about Ac30's and his set up while I chatted to Fred and John.I didn't get to meet Roger as he wasn't there (off sick !).I met Brian a year later in Mcdonalds in Camberley (!) with his son Jimmy and amazingly he recognized me and said hello.This is how they treated their fans,,30 years later NOBODY has come close. RIP that polite,smart,top guy Freddie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
A very nice and special story, thanks for sharing it.
Here's one of the published photos from the day link
The closest I got to speaking to Freddie was when he had a break during the filming of the Break Free video shoot and he came and stood next to me!
Unfortunately I lost the power of speech (and movement) which may have been just as well.
My girlfriend (now wife) spoke to him though, and got autographs from all of the band.
I did manage to speak to John outside the venue (we had got there late and the doors were locked).
He had come out looking for a cigarette and after a little chat escorted us in to watch the filming, nice chap.
We were given the photos that you see here and a few others.Back then,nobody had smart phones and I do not think they would have appreciated us snapping away like David Bailey,you are a bit in awe of the occasion. Looking back,Freddie looked so healthy,hard to think that in just three years this great man would be dead.
Nice story about meeting Freddie and you mention John and Freddie seeming close. I personally feel that Freddie's passing hit John very hard and I've always respected his not wanting anything to do with Queen as it is - you can't replace a frontperson/singer like Freddie.
Amazing thread. I don't think any of the band would have refused meetings, photos or autographs the way some useless "celebrities" do nowadays. Now, we have micro-talented X factor contestants and useless TOWIE morons charging extortionate prices for meet and greet etc. Although why anyone would want to meet such imbeciles is beyond me. I digress...
I'm always very impressed when I see stories like this, of how much the band valued thier fans and would happily pose for photos etc. As Ringo once said, "What a great gang o' guys!!!"