Queen ‘The Greatest’ YouTube Series Continues with ‘Queen in Finland, 1974’ (Watch)

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Queen recently launched a special archival YouTube series commemorating the band’s 50th anniversary, and Queen — the Greatest promises a number of incredible trips through memory lane, so to speak, heralding the English rock group‘s singular career and legacy.

The latest episode in the YouTube series premiered on Friday, and Queen in Finland, 1974 focuses on the context surrounding a performance in Helsinki on November 25th, 1974 (which would be the band’s only performance there with Freddie Mercury).

Specifically, this context, per a news release detailing the episode:

As early as 1973, Queen had already performed in Germany and Luxembourg, and so when the Sheer Heart Attack tour came around in late ’74 this time Scandinavia would become Queen’s new destination on the band’s first proper European tour.

Although the touring schedules didn’t allow much time for sightseeing, each trip was an exciting new experience for these young musicians, and often full of surprises.

One such surprise occurred at the Press Conference ahead of the band’s performance in Helsinki, Finland, on November 25th, 1974. Amongst the usual journalists, TV and Radio presenters, clutching a small tape recorder was Juha Kakkuri, a 12 year old boy, who having heard “Brighton Rock” decided he wanted to get the band’s autographs. The plucky young lad called their record company and ended up being invited along and getting to interview the band through which we learn what John bought in Finland and what were Brian May’s favourite candies at the time and why the young Juha had to miss out on seeing the band perform that night.

Talking now, Juha recalls: “The interesting thing is that the first band member I interviewed was Freddie. I mean I didn’t know he was the lead singer, he could have been the bass player or the drummer. But I happened to interview Freddie first and during my career in Radio I’ve met a lot of big stars. Robbie Williams. Rolling Stones. People like that. But still I think that nothing can top the experience that the first person you have interviewed, at the age of 12, is Freddie Mercury.”


As for the previous installments in the Queen — The Greatest series, here’s a handy YouTube playlist so you can catch up on what you’ve missed thus far.


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