Freddie Mercury photos: Brian May’s insider commentary on pictures of late Queen singer

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Freddie Mercury may have passed away 30 years ago but his incredible legacy as Queen’s singer lives on today. And with the 50th anniversary of the band this year, fans around the world will be celebrating the star with active members Brian May and Roger Taylor. In fact, the Queen guitarist has recently released little-seen photos of Freddie from the latest edition of his Queen in 3-D book.

The part autobiography includes Brian’s stereoscopic photos that have captured half a century of Queen’s legacy.

As a taster, the 73-year-old has sent some great moments from the band’s time with Freddie, while sharing his own insider commentary and anecdotes.

The first one sees the singer which a much shorter haircut performing on Queen’s 1978 tour promoting News of the World.

Brian comments: “For Freddie, long gone are the flowing locks and the Zandra Rhodes glam. He now proudly sports the classic gay icon image.”

Brian added: “The girls loved him even more! Reminds me of someone we know very well on stage these days.”

Who else could the Queen guitarist be referring to but Queen’s current collaborator, the incredible Adam Lambert?

Next up is a snap from the music video shoot for It’s a Hard Life from the band’s 1984 album The Works.

Directed by Tim Pope, Queen were dressed in period operatic-style costumes while Brian played a skull and bones themed guitar that cost over £1000 at the time.

Brian commented on the photo: “Freddie is, of course, wearing the famous ‘Mediterranean Prawn’ costume, as Roger so colourfully christened it, with his fabulous wig.

“It’s true to say we made a fair deal of mockery of him for wearing this, but Freddie took it well.”

Last, but not least, a snap from the Radio Ga Ga music video, a track that also features on The Works.

Brian wrote: “Hmm … shame we didn’t shoot the whole video in 3-D! Maybe someone will do a conversion some day!” 

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Back in 2017 when the guitar legend first published Queen in 3-D, he spoke with us about the book that features hundreds of pictures he’d forgotten about. The guitarist has had a fascination with photography, especially stereoscopes from an early age.

He shared: “My dad taught me how to develop my own films. He was one of these people who could turn his hand to anything really. The 3-D part came because I used to get 3-D pictures in cereal packets, we all did in those days.

In this case, it was a piece of cardboard with two pictures side by side. They looked identical, but they weren’t. They were the stereo pair.”

After sending off for a viewer, Brian soon found that 3-D would become a life-long passion, something he shared with the rest of Queen.

The 73-year-old said: “They kind of got used to my eccentricities. I didn’t actually buy a stereo camera until we went to the States…in about 1974. Prior to that, I had been taking stereo pictures in other ways, which I still do. In fact anyone can do it with an iPhone. 

“You just take a picture with your weight on your left foot and then another picture with your weight on your right foot. And you put your pictures together and you have your stereo picture. The magic of 3-D is created because you’re using two different views of the universe, one through from each eye, and that of course is what our brain is doing every second of our waking lives.”

For the full story and many more of Brian’s stereoscopic photos capturing the 50 year legacy of the band, Queen in 3-D is available for £30 here.

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