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**Mon 21 Nov 16**
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OBITUARY Jer Bulsara
Freddie Mercury’s mother who became a celebrity among Queen fans and made cheese biscuits to sustain the band
21 November 2016

The Queen guitarist Brian May with Freddie Mercury's mother, Jer Bulsara, in 2011 DAVE M BENETT/GETTY IMAGES

The site of Jer Bulsara’s former home on Zanzibar is honoured with a commemorative marker. So, too, is the terraced house in Feltham, west London, where an English Heritage blue plaque adorns the pebbledashed wall of what became her home when she moved to Britain in 1964. The two monuments celebrate the places where she raised her famous son, Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, who died of an Aids-related illness 25 years ago this month.

Bulsara, an elegant and gracious woman who never lost the twinkle in her eye, survived her son, becoming something of a celebrity in her own right among Queen fans and finding consolation in Mercury’s continuing popularity. She received a steady stream of letters from all over the world, from strangers telling her what her son’s songs meant to them. Many were simply addressed to “Freddie Mercury’s mother, England”. The Royal Mail diligently delivered them to her final home, near Nottingham. She turned it into a shrine to her son, with a “Freddie room” filled with his awards and other memorabilia, including a singing Freddie Mercury doll which performed his hit song We Will Rock You.

She was fiercely proud of Mercury, although she had hoped that he would become a lawyer or an accountant. “Jer was always a keen follower of our progress as a band, and always came to see us when we played near by,” Brian May, Queen’s guitarist, recalled.

Mercury was close to his mother, and continued to visit his parents regularly in Feltham long after he had become a superstar and was living lavishly in a Kensington mansion. “He used to phone me because he used to love home cooking. He’d say, ‘Mum, I’m coming home,’ and he’d come in his Rolls-Royce and the neighbours were all excited about it,” Bulsara recalled.

She reported that her “dahls, sweet and sour mince and cheese biscuits” were particular favourites, and that he would ask her to make them when he was throwing celebrity dinner parties. Her home-made cheese biscuits also frequently sustained Queen during long, all-night recording sessions. Once, when he had failed to turn up for dinner as promised, he bought her a set of antique silver cutlery to apologise.

Yet there were tensions between Mercury’s hedonistic lifestyle and the traditional values of his parents’ Zoroastrian religion. “I often told him I didn’t like his clothes and dresses, and tried to get him to cut his hair, but gradually I learnt to accept it,” Bulsara said. “As a parent you worry, but you have to let your child get on with their life.”

Mercury kept his homosexuality from his parents and for a while took a platonic girlfriend, Mary Austin, to visit them. “She was lovely and used to come to us for meals,” his mother recalled. Even when she visited Mercury on his deathbed, there was no mention of what had brought about his illness. “He protected us by never discussing these matters,” she said. “I knew he was very ill.”

Jer Bulsara was born in Gujarat, India, in October 1922 into a Parsee family, and married young to Bomi Bulsara, who was 14 years her senior and worked as a cashier at the British colonial office in Bombay. He died in 2003, aged 95.

At the end of the Second World War, the imminence of Indian independence led to Bomi’s transfer to the British protectorate of Zanzibar, where Jer gave birth to Freddie, and later a daughter, Kashmira, who now lives in Nottingham. The Bulsaras sent their son to boarding school in Bombay (now Mumbai), but the Zanzibar revolution in 1964 forced the family to flee to Britain. Bulsara found her new life difficult, not least because of the weather. She took a job at Marks & Spencer, where she continued to work for several years after Mercury and Queen had become famous.

She thought his musical ambitions were “a phase he would grow out of”. It didn’t happen but, despite the wildness of Mercury’s lifestyle, he retained a strong sense of duty towards his parents. Bulsara’s religion helped her to accept his death. “God loved him more and wanted him with Him and that is what I keep in my mind,” she said. “No mother wants to see her son die, but he has done more for the world in his short life than many people could do in 100 years.”

Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury’s mother, was born on October 16, 1922. She died on November 13, 2016, aged 94


Queen's Brian May pays tribute to Freddie Mercury's mum Jer Bulsara after she dies aged 94 just days before the 25th anniversary of her son's death

21 November by Dan Cain

Jer Bulsara, the mother of legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury, has died aged 94. According to Queen guitarist Brian May, Jer died peacefully in her sleep and will have a private funeral. The rocker is sued a lengthy heartfelt statement on his website, paying tribute to the grandmother.

Brian and Jer
A life well lived: According to Queen guitarist Brian May,
Jer died peacefully in her sleep and will have a private funeral

He said: 'Jer was a warm and devoted Mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye. Although she was also devoted to her husband Bomi, and lived in the Zoroastrian faith as a good Parsee, she had an independent spirit and a strong sense of humour.'

Brian knew Jer for more than 50 years, beginning when he used to visit Freddie's home in Feltham as a student. He described her as fiercely proud of her children and supportive of Freddie's musical ambitions.

Tweet ananouncing Jer's passing
Gone but not forgotten: The rocker issued a lengthy heartfelt statement on his website,
paying tribute to the grandmother

Born in Gujarat, India, in 1922, Jer married husband, Bomi, a former cashier in the British Colonial Office. The couple and their two children Freddie and Kashmira fled to Feltham, Middlessex, during the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964. Jer and Bomi then relocated to Nottingham to be closer to their grandchildren following Freddie's death from AIDs-related pneumonia on November 24, 1991. Bomi died aged 95 in 2003.

Strong bond: Brian knew Jer for more than 50 years,
beginning when he used to visit Freddie's home in Feltham as a student

Recalling Freddie's desire to try and shock his mum, Brian said: 'Roger and I remember one night before a show in London (Wembley Arena, I think) when Freddie announced .. “Mother’s in the audience tonight. Better throw in a few extra ‘f—ks !” There was never any sign that she was shocked. The star said the rest of the band remained close to Jer following Freddie's death and ensured Jer was always consulted on any Queen-related projects.

Bri and Jer
Strong woman: Brian described Jer as fiercely proud of her children
and supportive of Freddie's musical ambitions

He added: 'In private moments with us, away from the glare of the spotlights, in latter years Jer was always ready with a cup of tea when we visited, and we were always able to speak about ‘My Freddie’ without shyness, feeling that he was not far away.'

Known for being a private person, Jer gave a rare interview to the Daily Telegraph in 2012 in which she spoke fondly of Freddie. She said: 'His passing doesn’t seem more than 20 years ago. I still feel he is around because his music is played so often. It reassures me that he is still loved by people all over the world, but of course, none of them love him as much as his mother.'

Jer Bulsara - a portrait
Always in their thoughts: The band ensured Jer was consulted
on any Queen-related projects so that Freddie's memory was always honoured.


Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury's Mother, Dies

Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury's Mother, Dies at 94

Brian May pays tribute to Freddie Mercury's mother

Brian May Pays Tribute To Freddie Mercury's Mother, Who Has Died Aged 94

Freddie Mercury's Mother Jer Bulsara Dies Aged 94, 25 Years After Death Of Queen Frontman

Jer Bulsara, Freddie Mercury's Mother Dies

Brian May pays tribute after Freddie Mercury's mother Jer Bulsara dies

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**Mon 21 Nov 16**
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 Night at the Apollo

The Queen Extravaganza Live Album: 'A Night at The Apollo - Hammersmith Live 2016' is OUT NOW.

The first ever release from the Official Queen Tribute Band was recorded at last night's London Eventim Apollo show by Live Here Now’s state-of-the-art recording facilities and is now available to order online.

Order the Deluxe CD or download now @ http://pmusic.co/VynaoL

'A Night at The Apollo - Hammersmith Live 2016
1. Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to....)
2. Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
3. I'm in Love with My Car
4. You're My Best Friend
6. Sweet Lady
7. Seaside Rendezvous
8. The Prophet's Song
9. Love of My Life
10.Good Company
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. God Save the Queen
1. Tie Your Mother Down
2. Seven Seas of Rhye
3. Don't Stop Me Now
4. Stone Cold Crazy
5. Another Ones Bites The Dust
6. Save Me
7. I Was Born To Love You
8. Under Pressure
9. Fat Bottomed Girls
10. The Show Must Go On
11. Radio Ga Ga
12. Somebody To Love
13. We Will Rock You
14. We Are The Champions

Buy @ http://pmusic.co/VynaoL | More info: www.queenextravaganza.com

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**Mon 21 Nov 16**
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In 1970 - Deacon played their only known show, Chelsea College, London, UK.`
In 1973 - Queen played the Guildhall, Preston, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played the Odeon, Taunton, UK.
In 1975 - "Bohemian Rhapsody" reached No 1 UK chart.
In 1977 - Queen played Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada.
In 1981 - "Under Pressure" reached No 1 UK chart.
In 1989 - Brian May guest appearance with Jerry Lee Lewis, Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.

Jerry Lee Lewis & Brian May - High School Confidential (Live) - https://youtu.be/LJVM5Ux3bjI

In 1993 - Brian May Band played Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor released “Happiness" single UK.
In 2000 - "Freddie Mercury: The Solo Collection" boxed set released on Hollywood, USA.
In 2001 - "Queen Greatest Hits" (Japan Remaster) released by EMI.
In 2005 - Queen release "A Night At The Opera" as a DVD + Cd 30th Anniversary edition.
In 2006 - To mark Freddie Mercury's 60th Birthday, "Lover of Life, Singer of Songs: The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo," double-CD set arrived in USA stores.
In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 2011 -The exhibition "Stormtroopers In Stilettos" is shown in Japan. Under the title "Queen Forever" the exhibition will be shown at the "Tokyo Tower Ground Floor Exhibition Hall" in Tokyo. Most parts of the exhibition in London as well as many new exhibits are to be admired. The exhibition will be shown until 11.12.2011.
In 2011 - Paperback book "Queen" by author Jeff Hudson is published by the publisher "Endeavor London Ltd" in England.
In 2011 - Re-release 25th Anniversary "Live At Wembley Stadium", numbered Limited Edition, and the Queen Orb USB gift box, both to celebrate 40th Anniversary.

Queen Orb gift box

In 2012: A new biography of Roger Taylor published.
In 2015 - Final Show: The Queen Extravaganza - A Night At The Opera 40th Anniversary Tour:GL1, Gloucester attended by Brian May.

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In 1965 - The Reaction played the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, UK.
In 1973 - Queen played the New Theatre, Oxford, UK.
In 1974 - Queen played the Rainbow Theatre, London, UK.
In 1975 - "Bohemian Rhapsody" video premiered on BBC Top Of The Pops, UK.
In 1978 - Queen played the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In 1979 - Queen flew to Ireland ready to start their UK Crazy Tour.
In 1980 - Queen flew to Zurich, Switzerland, to start their European leg of The Game Tour.
In 1983 - Brian May Guitar Masterclass for Capital Radio "Rock Class”, Duke Of York's Theatre, London, UK.

Brian May at Rock Master Class 1983 (Part 1 of 6) - https://youtu.be/9zbfwuQkBlg

In 1985 - "One Vision" / "Blurred Vision" released USA.
In 1993 - The Brian May Band played at Terminal 1, Munich, Germany.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor played The Junction, Cambridge, UK.
In 1995 - "Rise II: Resurrection" video game ft Brian May "Cyborg" mixes unveiled by Acclaim Entertainment. [AMAZON]

Rise 2 ResurrectionANATO DVD


In 1998 - The Brian May Band played the Metropolis, Perth, Australia.
In 1999 - Queen received Gold and Platinum awards "Live At Wembley '86" UK.
In 2000 - Brian May released "The Music of Furia" movie soundtrack CD UK.
In 2001 - "A Night At The Opera re-mix created by Elliot Scheiner & Roy Thomas Baker released by DTS Entertainment in association with Valley Entertainment. in DVD Audio 5.1 Digital Surround - one of the first in the format. [AMAZON]
In 2006 - Foo Fighters released "Skin & Bones" DVD including Queen's Hyde Park appearance 16 June 2006. [AMAZON]


Brian May and Dave Grohl Hye Park 2006
Brian May and Dave Grohl, Hyde Park 2006

In 2008 - Queen+PR arrived Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Queen + Paul Rodgers en Argentina - Ezeiza Airport - Hyatt Hotel 20-11-2008
- https://youtu.be/SIePxJw1zUQ

In 2009 - Roger Taylor BBC2 TV appearance "Later With Jools Holland", promoting Absolute Greatest".
In 2010 - Press Night of We Will Rock You Dublin takes place in the O2 Arena. Because of a technical affliction, the show must be interrupted twice.
In 2011 - Brian May in a comedy cameo "Strictly Come Dancing Results Show" ITV, ft Anita Dobson.

Anita and Robin + Brian May cameo Strictly Wembley Results 20 Nov 2011
- https://youtu.be/mID7S_5E6mU

In 2012: Brian May and Kerry Ellis announced that "The Born Free Tour" 2013 to continue in the North of England.
In 2013 - "Queen Mini-LP Replicas Reissues" by Universal Music released in Japan. The CDs packaged in Mini LP Cardboard Sleeves with the original UK Artwork and Innersleeves plus OBI and are released as Limited Edition SHM-CD and Limited Edition Platinum SHM-CD (in extra cardboard box with additional OBI).
In 2013 - Brian May and Kerry Ellis reviewed "Live In Montreux" DVD and talk about an early release.
In 2014 - Brian May and Anita Dobson are taking part in the mourning ceremony for Lady Soames at Westminster Abbey, London.
In 2014 - Brian May and Anita Dobson attended Prince Charles 'PRS" reception at Clarence House, London.
In 2014 - [around this time] Brian May appeared in trailer for Kansas documentary.

Brian May - Kansas documentary trailer - https://youtu.be/TMkKEy7aPbc
Published on Nov 20, 2014

In 2015 - Brian May was a guest at the "Lush Awards" at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.

Lush awards

In 2015 - "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" is released. The concert of 24.12.1975 at London's Hammersmith Odeon made available as a CD / DVD / SD Blu-Ray / CD + DVD / CD + SD Blu-Ray / 2LP and as a super deluxe box set as well as in digital formats.
In 2015 - "A Night At The Odeon - Hammersmith 1975" is released as a SHM-CD with green Obi, as DVD + SHM-CD with red Obi and as Blu-Ray * SMH-CD with blue Obi, Japan.

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In 1973 - Queen played Wolverhampton Civic, UK.
In 1974 - Queen played Rainbow Theatre, London, UK.
In 1975 - Queen viewed a cut of “Bohemian Rhapsody” promo video, Harlech TV Studios, Cardiff, UK.
In 1976 - Mastering of the final album mix of completed "A Day At The Races" album took place Wessex Studios, London, UK.
In 1975 - Queen played at the Capitol, Cardiff, UK.
In 1977 - Queen played Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
In 1978 - Queen played the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, Long TVIsland, New York, USA.
In 1982 - Freddie Mercury guest appearance with Elton John, Manchester Apollo Theatre, UK for” Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On”, “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist & Shout”.
In 1984 - Queen released The Works Video EP on VHS (UK & Japan).
In 1990 - Hibbert Ralph Animation produced short inserts of animations for the “Innuendo” video.
In 1992 - Brian May + Roger Taylor played Doro 10th Anniversary party ,the Walfisch, Vienna, Austria - with Nina Hagen and Klaus Meine (Scorpions) - on “Money,” “Twist And Shout”, “Lucille” and “Long Tall Sally”.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor played Shepherds Bush Empire, London, UK.
In 1994 - Roger Taylor on "Big Bubble" TV Show, Germany.
In 1994 - Brian May on ITV programme "Videos, Games & Movies".
In 2000 - “The Stretch” Pt2 TV programme aired in UK on Sky One, ft music by Brian May,
In 2002 - Brian May received honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Hertfordshire - ceremony at the St Albans Cathedral attended by Anita Dobson and all his children.

Brian May Hon Doctorate of Science Herts University
Hon Doctor May [credit unknown]

In 2007 - Brian May appointed Chancellor, Liverpool John Moores University.

Brian May installed as Chancellor Liverpool John Moores University

In 2008 - Queen + Paul Rodgers played San Carlos de Apoquindo Stadium, Santiago De Chile, Chile.

Santiago De Chile

Santiago De Chile

In 2009 - Roger Taylor appeared on The Ken Bruce Show, BBC Radio 2, London, UK, to promote “Absolute Greatest”.
In 2010 - Brian May and Roger Taylor working at De Lane Lea Soho studio in London on the "Queen40" BBC documentary - the studio is booked for the next 14 days.
In 2011 - Documentary, "Freddie Mercury - The 20th Anniversary" with Midge Ure broadcast by radio stations in Canada.
In 2011 - Brian appeared on "Stricly Come Dancing" in both an "effigy" and as a judge (Anita Dobson a contesant),

Queen Medley + Anita Dobson Samba - Strictly Wembley 19 Nov 2011 - https://youtu.be/KSuOyxMBMWQ

In 2012 - Brian May + Kerry Ellis played Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, UK.
In 2015 - Queen Extravaganza - A Night At The Opera 40th Anniversary Tour, St Davids Hall, Cardiff.
2015 - BBC Radio 5 live interview with Adam Lambert about his current solo album and his work with Brian May and Roger Taylor as part of Queen + Adam Lambert.

**Fri 17 Nov 16**

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Queen GH1 and 2

OUT TODAY: Greatest Hits I and II are re-released on vinyl through Virgin EMI
- Order now: GH1 | GH2 or AMAZON

QUEEN Greatest Hits I and II re-released on vinyl Virgin EMI - First time available worldwide as gatefold-sleeve double vinyl albums

Reissued on vinyl TODAY on Virgin EMI (world excluding North America), Queen’s best-selling compilations Greatest Hits and Greatest Hits II throw fresh light on an unrivalled track record of chart-topping, award-winning, record-breaking rock and pop classics. With four songwriters in the band - Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon - Queen created a glorious legacy of all-time anthems that still ring out across the ages. For past and future fans alike, they will rock you.

In the U.S., where release is through Hollywood Records, fans will have to wait a little longer for GH II. While Greatest Hits receives same day and date release, GH II on vinyl will arrive in the U.S. only in the New Year.

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