On This Day in Queen History – 23 November

In 1963 – Roger Taylor (with The Reaction) reportedly in a recording studio for first time, Wadebridge Sound Studios – lead lead vocals and drums ‘In The Midnight Hour’, ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’, b/vs and drums ‘I’ll Go Crazy’, drums ‘Bona Sera’, ‘Just A Little Bit’ and ‘What’s On Your Mind’.
In 1973 – Queen played the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1974 – Queen played the Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden.
In 1975 – Queen played the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, UK.
In 1975 – Bo Rhap reached No1 UK and began its 9-week run at top spot.
In 1976 – ‘Somebody To Love’ entered the UK chart No 4 and No 1 Radio Luxembourg.
In 1977 – Queen live at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1978 – Queen live at the Checkerdome, St Louis, Missouri, USA, staying at Sheraton Hotel.
In 1980 – Queen live at the Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland (Freddie carried on stage for an encore by a “Darth Vader”.)
In 1982 – Elektra Records released ‘Staying Power’ singles, remixed by John Loungo, USA.
In 1983 – Queen second day of three, filming ‘Radio GaGa’ promo, Shepperton Studios, London.
In 1987 – Queen Productions members dress up in Christmas costumes to hand deliver ‘I Dream of Christmas’ Anita Dobson single to BBC Radio One.
In 1989 – Queen filming ‘The Miracle’ promo directed by DoRo, Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, UK, with the four young lads chosen to play the mini versions of Queen.
In 1990 – Queen filming ‘Headlong’ promo directed by DoRo, Metropolis Studios and interviews for EPK. This version has different guitar solo to album.


In 1991 – Freddie issued a statement to the Press stating that he had AIDS.

Freddie Mercury Days of our Lives

“Following enormous conjecture in the press, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date in order to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has now come for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth. I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors and all those worldwide in a fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand that this policy will continue.” Freddie Mercury

Extract Sunday Sport 24/11/1991
Extract Sunday Sport 24/11/1991

In 1991 – Brian May working on ‘Nothin’ But Blue’ and says that on this day he wrote lyrics for Cozy Powell collab, “Somewhere In Time”.

Back to the Light Pt 1

In 1992 – “The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert” double VHS released in UK by PMI.
In 1993 – Brian May played the Congress Centrum, Hamburg, Germany.
In 1994 – Roger Taylor played the Riverside, Newcastle, UK. In 1998 – Brian May played the Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia.
The Unblinking EyeIn 1998 The Brian May Band played the Palais Theatre, Melbourne, supported by Utopian Babies.
In 1999 – 5ive released “Invincible” ft Queen duet ‘We Will Rock You’.
In 2001- The Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition opened to the public, Shibuya Parco in Tokyo, Japan. Hot Space and Magic Tour stage costumes, plus Freddie’s red costume from It’s A Hard Life video available to view for 10 days, along with a 1986 photo of Freddie taken in Japan.
In 2001 – The Best Guitar Album In The World… Ever! certified Silver and Gold status.
In 2007 – Q+PR at The Priory, Surrey, UK working on ‘Say It’s Not True’ for release on World AIDS Day.
In 2009 – Roger Taylor released to DL ‘The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken)‘.
In 2010 – Brian May guest on Ian Collins’s “The Late Show” on talkSPORT Radio on “The Adult Hour”, talking about Freddie Mercury, Queen and Animal Protection.

Brian May Pt 1 on talkSPORT Late Show 23 Nov 2010
(Pt 2) talkSPORT – https://youtu.be/Er4KqzawIG0
(Pt 3 talkSPORT –  https://youtu.be/KSQi6eWyprM
In 2011 – The first three albums “Queen”, “Queen II” and “Sheer Heart Attack” are released by Universal Music Japan as SHM-SACD Limited Edition.
In 2013 – Roger Taylor interview with Sarah Cox will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on the show “The 80s Show”. Roger Taylor talking about Live Aid.
In 2015 – “The Works” Art Print signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor is auctioned for The Mercury Phoenix Trust.
Also Brian May signed 10 copies of Billie the Badger artwork in aid of BACVI

Drawing Billie the Badger – STOP THE CULL!
In 2016 – Brian May & Kerry Ellis were back in the studio working on the tracklisting for their “Anthems II” album.
In 2016 – The Japanese company Ward Records released a video trailer for “Queen + Adam Lambert: Summersonic – Live In Japan”.
In 2017 – The 2017 Limited Edition Gold News Of The World Sixpence released exclusively on the QueenOnline Store. The gold, strictly limited edition stamped “News Of The World: 40th Anniversary” on the front page and “BM 2017 Official” in a presentation box. This collector’s item sold out overnight.