On This Day in Queen History – 9 December

In 1971 – Queen played the Swimming Baths, Epsom, UK.
In 1975 – Queen played first of two shows Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
In 1979 – Queen played the Hippodrome, Bristol, UK – rehearsal of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” filmed for BBC Tonight programme.
In 1980 – Queen played Wembley Arena, London, UK – all lights went down at one point and just one spotlight remaining as Queen played Imagine as a tribute to John Lennon, assassinated the previous evening.
In 1984 – Freddie recorded demo “Love Makin’ Love” demo, Musicland Studio, Munich, Germany, appears on Freddie Mercury “Solo Collection” Ltd Ed.
[Feddie Mercury: Mr Bad Guy Sessions – Rarities 1: CD7-21 Freddie Mercury– Love Makin’ Love (Demo) 3:36|
In 1991 – AA-side Queen20 “Bohemian Rhapsody”/“These Are The Days of Our Lives” single released.

Queen20 'Bohemian Rhapsody'/'Days of our Lives'

In 2002 – Queen received 7x Platinum award for ‘Greatest Hits’ US sales.
In 2010 – Press release, stating re-release of “Greatest Hits” and “Greatest Hits II” by Island Records would be announced as the start of the “Queen40” anniversary year 2011.
In 2010 – Brian May is guest at the opening night of “Sleeping Beauty”, Richmond Theater, Richmond. Anita Dobson plays the lead role.
In 2010 – Press Night of “We Will Rock You Tour 2010/2011” Palace Theatre, Manchester with a new cast, performing there until 10.01.2011.
In 2009 – Brian May on Alan Titchmarsh Show recorded in front of a live audience – for transmission next day.
In 2011 – Brian May, a surprise guest appearance at Mel C’s solo concert, at the Scala, London, UK, joining her for ‘One Vision’.

Bri and Mel C - Scala

In 2012 – Sir Patrick Moore, Brian May’s close friend and co-author, died of natural causes, aged 89, at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, UK, in the presence of Brian May and other close friends and his beloved cat, Ptolemy.

Bri and Patrick - eclipse
Bri and Patrick – eclipse

Brian May wrote a statement about a close friend, father figure, writer colleague and mentor in astronomy. READ BRIAN MAY’S TRIBUTE HERE

Bri and Patrick - eclipse
Bri and Patrick – eclipse

In 2013 – Brian May recorded an interview with Liz Barnes for Planet Rock, , talking about Queen + Adam Lambert tour plans for 2014.

Brian May Planet Rock with Liz Barnes recorded 9 Dec 2013 (broadcast 19 Jan 2014)

In 2013 – Brian May and Anita Dobson donated signed shoes for the Small Steps Project Shoe Auction.
In 2015 – “A Night At The Odeon – Super Deluxe Box Set” released in Japan.
In 2016 – Brian May attended Roy Wood’s Christmas Show at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
In 2017 – Queen + Adam Lambert played Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK, where Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert also signed a guitar and a drumhead for the “CHART Children’s Charity”.

Adam Lambert - Manchester Arena 9 December 2017 © Jen Tunney
Adam Lambert – Manchester Arena 9 December 2017 © Jen Tunney