On This Day in Queen History – 18 September


One Rainy Wish

In 1970 – Freddie Mercury & Roger Taylor closed their Kensington Market Stall for the day as a mark of respect for their idol, JimiHendrix, who died that day (Notting Hill, London) – Queen rehearsed and played ‘Voodoo Chile’ that evening out of respect.

SEE REPORT  posted in 2013 on the 43rd Anniversary of Hendrix’s death. https://brianmay.com/brian-news/2013/09/jimi-hendrix-gone-43-years/

Brian May: “I paid a thousand pounds for Jimi Hendrix!” – a great account !!!! LOUDER SOUNDThe Queen guitarist on the night he booked Hendrix to play a gig at his university in 1967.
“I was on the Entertainments Committee at Imperial College in West London who booked Jimi in May 1967. We booked a lot of great groups, like Steamhammer, Spooky Tooth, America – and Jimi Hendrix. It was a sort of ball: you had three or four groups playing in different parts of the building. We paid a thousand pounds for Jimi to come that night, and there were a thousand people in that hall. Tickets were more than a pound, so the Imperial College Union made a profit…. BRI” MORE

Brian May Plays Purple Haze By Jimi Hendrix in 1967 with Pre Queen Band 1984

In 1971 – Queen went into De Lane Lea studios to begin testing the studio’s equipment.
In 1976 – Queen played free concert Hyde Park, London.

Freddie Hyde Park 1976
Freddie Hyde Park 1976

In 1984 – Queen played Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Paris, France.
In 1990 – Roger Taylor wrote a letter for Queen Fan Club Magazine, giving the name of Queen’s new album as “Innuendo”, naming some tracks and said they hoped for November release.
In 1993 – Roger Taylor & John Deacon performed for The Ruins Charity Concert, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, W Sussex.
In 1998 – The Brian May Band played the Macumba, Madrid, Spain.
In 2008 – Brian May thanked fans for Moscow photos and shared his favourite one [thus far] from Moscow.

Brian May and Jamie Moses onstage, Moscow - Photo courtesy Marina Neumoina
Brian May and Jamie Moses onstage, Moscow – Photo courtesy Marina Neumoina

In 2008 – Queen+PR arrived Riga, Latvia,  welcomed by Latvia’s Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis at his official offices.
In 2006 – Queen released “Official Bootleg: Dynasty Stuttgart” and “Official Bootleg: Rhapsody In Red”.
In 2010 – Brian May launched and held a Day of Action for Wildlife – with Save Me and Born Free.

Brian May and Virginia McKenna
Brian May and Virginia McKenna

In 2011 – Lady Gaga released “Yoü And I”, featuring Brian May on guitar, as a digital bundle with seven different remixes of the song.
In 2012 – Brian May appeared on BBC Breakfast, discussing the Badger Cull.

Brian May discusses Badger Cull on Breakfast 18/09/12

In 2013 – A photo gallery “The Making Of The iHeart Radio Music Festival Las Vegas 2013” opened in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and  Brian May visited the Cirque du Soleil show “O” at the Bellagio, Las Vegas.
In 2014 – “Guitar” Magazine October 2014 issue, featured an 8-page report. “Queen Machine – Under The Hood of Brian May’s Red Special.”
In 2015 – “Don’t Stop Me Now” chosen as the “The Top Feel Good Song” of the last 50 years.
In 2015 – Queen + Adam Lambert on the “Do Not Stop Them Now” S American Tour 2015 played Rio de Janeiro, Parque Dos Atletas, Rock in Rio Festival, Brazil, and signed a Dolphin guitar in aid of the Guandu River restoration and the planting of 50,000 trees in Rio.
In 2016 – Queen + Adam Lambert flew from Singapore to Taipei and checked into the Hotel Mandarin Orient Taipei.
In 2016 – Brian May introduced video clips of the OWL VR Kit – Part 1, promising Part 2 to follow. READ MORE

Bri and VR Kit Box