Queen and Rock in Rio

18.08.2014 5 YEARS AGO

Queen and Rock in Rio

The thrilling 1985 show


It was history in the making! Those were at the City of Rock in 1985 will forever hold the memory of two particular nights.

The shows by Queen, which took place on January 11th and 18th, can be viewed together as one of the greatest moments in the history of rock, period. When the audience of 250 thousand sang along to “Love of My Life,” it was cited by the original group as one of the most moving moments of their career. Freddie Mercury conducting the public in unison—and the pure joy apparent on the faces of all involved—is a scenario that sends shivers up and down the spine of any fan anywhere in the world.

First released on VHS (1991) and later on DVD (2013), these Rock in Rio performances from the sometimes outrageous British band were part of a tour they called “The Works.” The album released a year previously featured hits like “Radio Gaga” and “I Want to Break Free,” which were part of the set list, along with classics “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Thanks to technology, this very special episode from our almost 30 years was remembered in 2011 during the 20th anniversary of the death of Freddie Mercury. At the opening that year, Brazilian legend Milton Nascimento sang “Love of My Life” in a digital duet with a video recording of the legendary lead singer from Queen. Thrilling!