January 27, 2019

Perhaps The Easiest Question To Answer Ever

Over at The Atomic Fungus, a small amount of griping can be seen regarding the rock band Queen.  Fungus Prime is wondering just when this group of... moderately okay reputation became such a thing that they now are considered legendary.  The song that causes such angst in the Fungal Vale is, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody, which lends its name to a well-regarded movie about Queen and Freddy Mercury.  "Why have they suddenly became such icons?" is the refrain.  Here's the thing: it wasn't sudden, but the exact starting point of this popularity can be traced to a very specific date and time:


July 13, 1985, 641pm London time.
It was Queen's performance at the Live Aid concert that turned them from a band of "that's nice" to the hottest thing on the planet.  Some 33 years ago, give or take, I had pulled a comfy chair up in front of the TV, hooked a audio recorder up the the headphone jack, and diligently set about recording as much audio from the concerts as I could.  I don't know what happened to those cassettes.  I don't even remember if I caught Queen's set.  But I know it now, and if any one thing can be said to make a band popular, this would be the poster child.

A tight band full of talented musicians playing nigh-on perfectly, led by the consummate showman who has 72000 people in Wembley Stadium and millions more watching across the world eating out of the palm of his hand.  After that performance, oft called the greatest single live performance of all time, the question isn't how they became what they are, it's how come they didn't become bigger?

I don't know how much fandom I had for Queen before the show, but I appreciated them a lot more afterwards, and to this day Radio GaGa is on my short list of favorite songs.

Oh, and that Wayne's World thing didn't hurt them, either.

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