Live Aid: Freddie Mercury warms up the crowd in 1985
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It was 40 years ago that Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon took Queen down to South America. Freddie famously once quipped: “They wouldn’t let us into Russia; they thought we’d corrupt the youth or something… so we went to Latin America. We wanted to play where rock music had never been played before.”
In this week’s episode of Queen the Greatest below, Brian May remembered: “South America reared its head, and we heard rumours that we were the biggest thing ever in Argentina and Brazil, and they started to ask us to go down there.
“And they were saying, ‘You can play football stadiums down there’ and we went ‘Oh, you’re joking!’”
Of course, in 1981 Argentina was under a dictatorship and Queen manager Jim Beach had to negotiate with an Army General who said: “How can I possibly allow 50,000 young people into a stadium when I can’t control them?
“What happens if somebody suddenly shouts out ‘Viva Perón’ in the middle of a Queen concert, and I have a riot on my hands?”
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