A Night I Had With Freddie: Mercury on stage

The lights go down, the crowd is hushed and goosebumps run up your arms as an echoey “Is this the real life…? Is this just fantasy…?” pierces the silence in the room.

It’s a Thursday night – about this time last week – and Mercury are performing their set, starting with Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

With a Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and Spike Edney, the night was filled with Queen’s amazing classics, as you can see in the videos I’ve added in this post below.

Joseph Lee Jackson is absolutely amazing as Freddie. His voice, his performance as he led the stage and his improvs with the crowd to get us singing back to him made it feel like we were really in the room with the presence of Freddie himself.

Let’s not leave out the band either: Glen Scrimshaw as guitarist Brian May, Pat Coleman as drummer Roger Taylor, Mike Scrimshaw as bassist John Deacon and Lee Harvey as Spike Edney on keys.

I made a point in each song to take it in turns watching each member perform. Each one a great, talented part of the group. I’d watch Glen play his guitars, perfectly playing Brian’s solos and playing “Love of My Life” beautifully. Pat’s energy never faltered, hitting each beat and cymbal with Roger’s expertise. Mike rocked the bass, “Under Pressure” and “Another One Bites The Dust” being my absolute favourites (I do love a good bass). Lee on the keyboard made it look easy, his hands finding the keys instinctively and effortlessly with the classics (so basically every single song).

At one point in the show I remember thinking ‘Close your eyes, make sure you’re not just being pulled in by the experience and look of it all’. I closed my eyes, hearing Joseph sing Who Wants To Live Forever. Only as soon as they were shut, I felt like I was listening to one of Queen’s live recordings – it was surreal. That’s when I knew that these guys on stage were like the next best thing to the real deal.

All the hits were covered; from Radio GaGa, Don’t Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, A Kind Of Magic, Bicycle Race, The Show Must Go On, Hammer to Fall, and Break Free with a cheeky black wig and hoover involved.

The hall was absolutely packed and a night that started with us all in our seats evolved into clapping, waving arms and eventually a sea of people stood swaying and singing – no, cheering – “We Are The Champions” like nothing I’d ever seen.

Mercury let us in on a little fact – they’ve been touring as a band for 20 years now. That’s a hell of a long time. But after watching their show, it’s a well deserved and easy-to-understand feat.

My family and I briefly met Joseph after the show as he walked down to the stall where their tshirts were being sold. We congratulated him on his 20 years and I told him he was brilliant. We had a quick picture together, an excited crowd quickly gathering. We thanked him for visiting our city and as we walked away to let him speak with the others that were around he said, “Maybe we’ll see you again!”

Leaving the hall and us trading compliments between each other about the show, I know that Mercury will be welcome back to our city anytime.


If you want to see if and when Mercury are in your city, go to their site here. I’d recommend anyone and everyone to see them.


Want to see more content in between my posts? Follow me on Instagram on @DiscsAndReels! If you come from this post, add a popcorn emoji in a comment and I’ll follow you back 😊

Advertisements

Style on Screen: A Star Is Born, To All The Boys, Scream Queens

There’s nothing like a good binge watch to make you want to update your wardrobe right?

I mean, have you ever left a cinema or watched a show and thought ‘wow – I wish I had those shoes!’ or ‘I’d never have thought to pair that shirt with those trousers…’ That kind of inspiration can change your life.

There are some great roles and movies for actresses that have appeared onscreen through the years that not only represent a range of different women but also reflect our different styles.

Time to go through just a few shows/films that popped into my head with those ladies that had a style that stuck with me. I’ve also gone into a little bit of detail as to why this might be towards the end.

Let’s see if there are any surprising ones…

Continue reading

New Tracks To Listen To:

March has been a busy month in terms of music releases – so which tracks should you be sure you’ve heard? Time to see if you can tick these off the list…

PartyNextDoor ft. Drake – Come and See Me

Jahron, better known as PartyNextDoor linked up with Drake again for track ‘Come and See Me’. They previously worked together on the song ‘Recognize’ from his album PartyNextDoor Two.

Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo – Close

Nick released his video a few days ago for his latest song ‘Close’ featuring Tove Lo. The song itself is quite catchy and the video is pretty cool too, with an interesting yet simple concept.

Continue reading

Zayn’s debut album is set to be a hit…

From his debut single ‘Pillowtalk’, Zayn has shown his fans and those in the music world just what he’s been working on.

A few weeks ago, Zayn posted the audio to song ‘iT’s YoU‘, a slow relaxing tune with Zayn giving us a taste of his vocal range as he hits the high notes in the chorus. Zayn then surprised his Twitter followers with the link to the latest track ‘LIKE I WOULD’.

Fans instantly fell in love with the track, which is more likely to get you on a dancefloor unlike Zayn’s previously released songs.

Personally this is my favourite song that Zayn has released so far. It has a Can’t Feel My Face/The Weeknd kind of vibe, and it’s been on repeat and in my head all day.

It’s also been reported that Zayn was filming in Manchester, UK for his next music video, which apparently takes place in a housing estate.

Continue reading

5 Leo Films To Watch (like you haven’t already…)

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday to praise and celebrations around the world (and a big sigh of relief – I don’t think I could watch Leo lose out for another year!!).

DiCaprio’s talents throughout his career have always been recognised by fans and critics, so for him to finally get a shiny gold Oscar in his hands to take home felt like it meant more than any other award this year. Especially when you consider the amount of memes and longstanding jokes on the Internet about Leo’s lack of an Oscar over the years.

Continue reading

The future with streaming music…

Kanye recently released his long-awaited album, The Life of Pablo for Tidal subscribers to get the first listen.

Most fans were waiting until a week had passed to purchase the album on iTunes, but Kanye made a shocking announcement that the album would not be on the store. In fact, he said that The Life of Pablo would NEVER be for sale.

Subscriptions to Tidal soon reached 2.5 million subscribers, which is more than double the amount before TLOP was added to the streaming service (according to Fader).

But with services like Tidal, how will this affect fans and the way that we get our music?

Continue reading

Checking Out Of Hotel Cortez: AHS Review

I don’t watch horror, I hate the sight of blood, gore and needles, and yet… I loved AHS: Hotel.

It was the fifth season finale of American Horror Story, and yet this season was my first time watching the Ryan Murphy creation – a show that has fans all over switching from covering their eyes in horror, to crying emotionally over a character’s moving tragedy.

And just why would someone like me, a person that steers clear of horror/thriller movies and avoids watching hospital dramas at the thought of seeing a bloodbath, want to watch a show that every week has at least one murder – a murder that results in blood gushing out of someone’s neck, their guts hanging out or their bodies or a victim drained of blood by bloodthirsty creatures?

Two words – Lady Gaga (or… The Countess).

Continue reading

Videos of the Year 2015

As a film and media graduate it’s safe to say I appreciate the look and work of a visual form of art whether it’s a film or a music video.

And as a hip hop/RnB/pop fan I wasn’t disappointed with what we saw this year from artists, so I thought I’d break down a list to the best videos of 2015…

  Continue reading

Standout Albums of 2015

2015 is nearing a close (time goes by so quick guys) and with it we got some great albums to mark each and every little thing that happened in our lives this year.

So – which ones made the cut in my list of standout albums?

Continue reading

A Trip To The Cinema: The Walk review

Feel like watching a tense sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat yet humorous film about an egotistical yet inspiring high-wire artist that risks his life (quite literally) to make his dream come true? And that crazy dream happens to be walking a wire between the Twin Towers in 1974?

Continue reading