Queen

I am so thankful and so lucky so have seen him 3 times in concert:

 

REST IN PEACE MR. FEDDIE MERCURY

 

September 5, 1946 — November 24, 1991

 

One of the greatest losses in all of Rock and Roll within my lifetime.

 

 

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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:

Brian May signed my guitar on February 2, 1991 at the Innuendo Album Release Party at The Queen Mary Ship in Long Beach, Ca.

 

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PLEASE READ: The following story has been a bit mocked and heckled……

as 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:

 

DID FREDDIE MERCURY SIGN THE ABOVE INDEX CARD AND TWO  PHOTOS?

On August 24, 2017 I wrote to Brian May asking him if he remembers at all the encounter that night at Rockline? On January 10, 2018, I received the following email response from Sally Frost, PA to Brian May. In part:

“Having received your letter, for some time I have been pondering how best to respond. Unfortunately Brian isn’t able to recollect the events you mention – which is in no way a denial that it happened, simply that his life is, and has been for his entire career, overflowing with such events on a daily basis. Bottom line is, we are unable to confirm or deny that this is Freddie’s signature”.

 

THE SAGA AND QUEST STILL CONTINUES………….

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I AM 99.99% SURE THE BAND DID NOT SIGN THIS BELOW PHOTO.

(however, I am posting it because it was a gift from the camp of Brian May)

 

MOST LIKELY, A SECRETARIAL SIGNED BAND PHOTO.

Another example of the generosity of Brian May, however, in all actuality it would be so much better, all things considered, that artists send a letter of regret, in lieu of an item autographed by ghost signer’s and secretaries/assistants as is most likely the above “signed photo of the band”.

 

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,

have even in their attempts to discredit such generosity,

have gone as far as to say that the above album/below index cards that were too signed on February 4, 1991 “are not Brian May’s signature” (some of these folks need to re-adjust their inventory of what a real Brian May signature is).

 

Please CLICK HERE to see even a third example of a Brian May signature

 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,

AND THE SIGNED DIABLERIES BOOK PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED BY BRIAN MAY.