Queen starts her set after performances by INXS, The Alarm and Status Quo. The stadium is full. The arena is widely regarded as the most famous in the UK, yet it has seen some of the most unifying performers in history. The most important football matches were also played there. Queen, for her part, had already trodden these boards a few months earlier, in 1985, for the Live Aid organised by Bob Geldof. The first notes resound while the sun is still down. It is in these moments that the photo of Freddie Mercury, more iconic than ever, which can be admired on the packaging of the album, is taken by Neal Preston. The set list is formidable. The four members of Queen even appeared above the crowd in the form of balloons bearing their likenesses. Brian May, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon and Roger Taylor have long since become impervious to pressure, despite a somewhat strange atmosphere within the band, and behave like the stage beasts they are. Not a note out of place, precise playing and, of course, legendary songs.
Already there are rumours that Freddie Mercury is about to come out of the closet. Some tabloids suggest that he has contracted AIDS. However, the frontman’s excellent form belies all those inclined to give credence to the rumours. At the end of the concert, the rock stars invited their friends and family to the Kensington Roof Gardens for a party, the cost of which was estimated at over £80,000. The final touch to an evening like no other. Queen gave two concerts at Wembley on July 11th and 12th, followed by Manchester, Cologne, Vienna, Budapest, Fréjus, Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella and Stevenage in England. It is there, in the famous Knebworth Park, that the band gives its final performance in its original formation. Thereafter, weakened, Freddie Mercury continues to record, solo or with his comrades of always, but does not go on stage any more. On November 23 1991, the singer wrote a statement from his bed admitting that he had AIDS. He died less than 24 hours later.
The 1986 Wembley concert saw guitarist and keyboardist Spike Edney join the band on stage, bringing the number of musicians to six.
A true British legend, Wembley Stadium has seen some of the greatest artists perform at some of the world’s greatest concerts and has also been the venue for many sporting events.
On April 28, 1923, the Wembley Stadium was inaugurated for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924. In 1948, the Olympic Games were held there, then in 1966... Learn more about Wembley Stadium
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By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.
The Fantrippers Buying Board
London's guide to the 1000 cult locations for films, series, music, comics and novels
Are you going to LONDON?
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Harry Potter, James Bond, Bridget Jones, The Persuaders!, Black Mirror, The Crown, Dr Who, Mister Bean, Monty Python, Sherlock Holmes, Blake and Mortimer, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Who, Amy Winehouse, Dracula, Oliver Twist…
With more than 1000 cult locations for movies, TV series, music, comics, novels, the London Fantrippers Guide offers an unusual and unique travel experience through more than 1000 places of cult fiction specially selected for you.
It’s the bible of pop culture in the British capital!
With its three ways of consulting, discover London:
- by neighborhoods by immediately visualizing the right addresses around you
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- by works (cinema, TV series, music, comics, novels) to find the places of your favorite heroes and heroines.
After New York and Paris, this third book in the collection is enriched by a new model, a revised pagination (640 pages) and for the first time original film journeys (Harry Potter, James Bond, Alfred Hitchcock, romantic comedies, superheroes), series (God save the Queen, detective series, humor series, Dr Who), music (The Beatles, the Britpop, Icones 60-70 , pop, punk), comics (Blake and Mortimer, From Hell, superhero), Victorian London, thriller, Jack The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes.
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