|I have never been able to get John Deacon or Freddie Mercury’s autograph in person.
My enjoyment and love as a fan with this band begins on the “JAZZ” Tour on December 18, 1978 at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, when I first saw Queen in concert. I would later see the band twice in July of 1980, during “The Game” Tour again in Inglewood for which I still have my unused ticket to the July 11, 1980 performance…
|………..and then again in concert on September 14, 1982 on the “Hot Space” Tour.
I feel so incredibly lucky to have seen QUEEN 4 times in concert during 3 different tours.
|I was invited and attended the launch of the “INNUENDO” LP release party at The Queen Mary on Saturday February 2, 1991, where Brian May beautifully signed the following guitar
and Roger Taylor personally signed the following drumhead:
|PLEASE READ: The following story has been a bit mocked and heckled.
There has been those that have stated that “there is no way it could be true” and “if it sounds too good to be true…” and other insinuations that it just didn’t actually happen.
WELL IT DID HAPPEN:
The following encounter on the night of February 4, 1991 at the Rockline Studios in Universal City did take place, and as EXACTLY as I am about to describe:
My wife and I arrived before the 8:30pm radio broadcast. When Brian May and Roger Taylor arrived, they saw that we were the only fans waiting outside about to ask them to sign a few items of memorabilia. Each, graciously signed briefly, but understandably needed to get inside the building as they arrived a bit close to air time. While they were signing however, I did ask both them each how a fan might obtain Freddie Mercury’s signature?
Brian responded by asking me to “hold that thought, and the other items you want signed until after the radio show, where I will have more time to chat with you.”
As promised after the show ended and they exited, Brian and Roger did spend time with both my wife and I signing not only our remaining items, but also asking a bit about the both of us being fans, collectors and ever seeing the band in concert. We were overcome with unbelievable excitement that they both would take the time to actually want to converse with us.
So, I asked again, how a fan might obtain a signature from Freddie Mercury. Brian paused a bit, smiled, looked up at Roger, turned to us and made the following most amazing offer:
“I will be seeing Freddie in a few weeks or so. Let me see what can be done. I will see if I can get him to sign these photos for you. If so, I will mail them back to you.”
Though feeling frozen, I turned to Brian May and of course accepted his invitation and offer. I handed him my photos wishing to be signed, and providing him my name and mailing address. Brian left, taking the items I handed him, with him.
(Long story now short):
As Brian promised, about 8 or 9 weeks later, perhaps very early April, I received a parcel package from the United Kingdom containing the following inscribed index card and inscribed photographs (the items I gave him), along with a gifted 3rd item, signed below:
|In addition to the two above signed photographs and index card that includes Freddie Mercury’s signature, Brian also sent the following full band autographed photo, signed in what appears to be a blue ball point pen, possibly a “pre-signed” or “stock” photo and probably not something signed at the same time as the above items.
Either way, it’s another example of Brian May’s extreme generosity and kindness to a fan:
|HERE IS WHERE THE DISBELIEF AND THE MOCKERY FROM “SOME” WHO HAVE READ OR BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE ABOVE STORY, ALWAYS SEEMS TO BEGIN:
I have been told that “this story is to good to be true”. Yes, I have heard this again and again and over and over. Not so much that the generosity of Brian May did not happen, nor that I did not receive back a parcel post, but that, under the circumstances of Freddie Mercury’s declining health at that time, that there is NO WAY, not Brian, Roger, nor anyone else, would have given Freddie such an autograph request.
I can accept the probable fact that the above black/white photo signed in blue ball point me be a pre-signed stock style photo that might be secretarial, however, I cannot accept that the above solo personalized inscribed photos are not Freddie Mercury’s signature. I have been around terminally ill people who with 8 full months of life left (as the time line here places when Freddie would have signed), were healthy enough to still handle all kinds of affairs.
Further, the signatures are very comparable to the style of autograph that Freddie was signing in the later part of his life.
Lastly, I have no reason whatsoever to doubt the incredibly kind and generous intentions of Brian May to myself, my wife and what amounts to my family. He had to of known that he may be able to pull this off, otherwise, why would he of offered?
IF Brian May was not able to obtain the signatures of Freddie Mercury, we had an understanding that “no worries/thanks so much for trying”. I have no reason to think anything less.
The remaining items were signed by both Brian May and Roger Taylor on this very same Rockline night, and at other times that they have so generously signed for me as a fan.
ALSO BELOW, are some photos and books autographed at many of the Book Soup store signings that Brian May has been part of.
|Signed by both Brian May and Roger Taylor at Rockline on February 4, 1991,
on the above tour book and by Roger Taylor on the above drum.
|TO THOSE THAT HAVE MOCKED MY FREDDIE MERCURY STORY, they have even in their attempts to discredit such generosity, have gone as far as to say that the above album and below index cards too, are “not signed by Brian May”.
|Please CLICK HERE to see even a third example of a Brian May signature, also signed the night of February 4, 1991. Not only is it a dead ringer of the signature on the Brian May LP, it is inscribed
“to Maria with love Brian May ’91”.
|Signed by Brian May at The Palace in Hollywood on June 4, 1993.|
|The signed Brian May Tour Books and the photograph above were signed
at the The Cat Club in L.A. on September 14, 2000. It is so important
to applaud Brian May, who is known for the great generosity and time
he grants to his fans.
|“BANG! The Complete History of the Universe”
Signed by Brian May on May 6, 2008, at Book Soup in West Hollywood.
|My wife Maria at Book Soup Book Store in West Hollywood on November 6, 2014.
(images of the books signed at this date are still forthcoming)