Queen Underneath Stress: The loopy second Freddie SERVED Bowie earlier than he was well-known | Music | Leisure
Underneath Stress turned Queen’s second Quantity One single within the UK (after Bohemian Rhapsody, in fact) when it was launched on October 26, 1981. Nearly as extremely, Bowie himself had solely had two chart-toppers earlier than that – Area Oddity and Ashes To Ashes. The tales across the creation of the one and its iconic bassline have grow to be legendary, primarily centered on the conflict of egos between the 2 frontmen. However few know that the pair had met a few years earlier than, though Bowie in all probability did not bear in mind.
Lengthy earlier than he joined Queen, Freddie was determined to be a part of a band or be round different musicians.
Whereas finding out vogue at Ealing Artwork Faculty, Freddie would play the piano in the primary corridor and journey to pubs and venues the place up and coming bands had been performing. Someday in Spring 1969, the as-yet-unknown David Bowie swaggered in and Freddie rushed to make himself helpful.
Bowie was booked to play a small lunch-time gig and a put a fascinated Freddie to work.
Mercury and Taylor had not turned out to have any actual head for working a enterprise, nonetheless small.
They had been taken on by well-known Kensington Market dealer Alan Mair, to assist together with his way more in style stall. Mair knew David Bowie’s early supervisor on the time which result in the budding star popping by sooner or later.
Mair instructed the story in Is This The Actual Life. “Area Oddity had been a success, however he (Bowie) mentioned he had no cash. Typical music biz!”
What occurred subsequent is the stuff of showbusiness legend.
Mair added: “I mentioned, ‘Look, have them free of charge.’ Freddie fitted Bowie for the pair of shoes.
“So there was Freddie Mercury, a store assistant, giving pop star David Bowie a pair of shoes he could not afford to purchase.”
Freddie fansite FreddieMercuryClub shared a picture of the 2 stars with particulars of the story, which first appeared in Rolling Stone.