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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 21:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really like Brian May. I am impressed that his talents go far beyond music...that he follows his passions with stereo photography and astronomy. I don’t think he does any of this for the money (books, movie, Queen + tours). I’m not his accountant….but I am fairly certain he would qualify as “rich” and does not need to work.

I especially admire that he works tirelessly on behalf of animal rights in England and that he is also concerned about the current state of politics and is willing to speak up about it. Many people have causes that matter to them, but they just pay lip service…he actually does something about those causes. Bravo!

Comparing Brian May and Paul Prenter in terms of trustworthiness…sorry, but I couldn’t disagree more.


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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh I'm gonna keep my mouth shut on this one but holy moly is that not the case lol

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Where did that even come from? Comparing Brian and Paul. Did I miss something here?

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think it's a healthy balance to agree to disagree at times how else would these sites work if everyone agreed right.What I meant by my text was a person can be filthy rich and always want more.Its not always about money it can be fueled by jealousy ,anger, or just because a person is a person is a asswhole.Do I know the reason no unfortunately I just call it as I see it .I may not get a popular vote but at least I'm not boring right.John Deacon was a smart man no Brian he wasnt fragile he just didnt want to join the circus but if you need a bearded lady I know were you can get one not really .A five o'clock shadow for sure lol.

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Chevyman trust me you are far from being alone in that thought. Jealousy and greed plays a major role in this situation. It's blatantly clear.

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lol I'm a Brian fan but no you're absolutely not alone. It's obvious. That's all I plan to say on it.

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 22:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Charles, I wasnt comparing Brian to Paul I was listing people that weren't who he thought they were in my opinion .Token completely out of context.But that's okay I have never been afraid to voice my opinion and my opinion doesnt make something a fact.It remains my opinion that's all.

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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 23:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian may have stabbed Freddie in the back with the Bo Rhap movie, but Brian is no Prenter.


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Posted: 06 Apr 19, 23:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Saint never he was so you can relay that message if you like.Or better yet let him join us please this is a Queen forum.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 00:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Do we know if Jim liked Brian????

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 00:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Koala, your post was lovely. Thanks for sharing and please do come around when you can.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 00:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Koala, yes please stop by more often have missed seeing your name pop up.You always have the nicest things to say .

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 00:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Blenko, I think they got along fine I have never heard they didnt.Jim was easy to like I think.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 01:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does anyone who hates Prenter here even have a reason to? Outside of selling that story and holding a party at Freddie's flat? Some fans act like Paul was the devil himself and when you ask them why they hate him they list stuff the man didn't even do.

"He spiked Freddie's drink."

No. People assumed he did. Literally nobody claimed to have seen it. They all just said Paul was there. They also said Freddie had over 300 people at that party and to quote Jim "There's no way Freddie knew all those people".

So what did he do that was so god awful exactly? Maybe I missed something.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 01:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really like Brian, and admire so much of what he's done with his life. I think he's one of those people who walks the talk, something I aspire to but am not always successful at. I really don't want to say anymore on the topic. While we've always had small disagreements on this thread, I think it has taken a sad turn towards negativity, and that's not an atmosphere I care to foster.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 07:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

koala such a lovely, heartwarming post. I can very much relate to what you have said. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Chevyman...thank you for being brave and sharing your story, it must have been awful for you.

Charlies boy I prefer to keep out of the Paul Prenter issue but I'm making comment as it was me that mentioned Freddie turning blind by something he had been given. To claify I wasn't there so have no idea if it is true other than I watched a Freddie documentary in which Reinhold Mack spoke of the party and said that just before Freddies cake came out , Freddie had come to him to say that Paul had gvien him something which caused blindness. If you watch clips of the party you can see that Paul is holding him as he is unsteady. I tend to belive this as Jim mentions Freddie becoming distressed in his book. He said that Joe F had come to find him to help calm Freddie.

I'm going to end this post with one of the things that I love about Freddie which is how expressive he was in interviews with his hands. Peter said this is one of the reasons he took up smoking; to keep his hands occupied but I love it as it shows passion in what he is saying.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 07:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

forgot to say that I imagine that Jim and Brian got along fine. When Jim passed away, Brain wrote some lovely words about him on his website.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 11:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Doughnut, I am fascinated by Freddie's expressive hands. They were rarely still in interviews. I also enjoy any video I can find where he is playing the piano. He was a master!

I too saw Brian's expression of sympathy when Jim died and it was lovely.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm in the John Deacon camp with regards to the band. Without Freddie there is no Queen. That may not be a popular opinion, but it's how I feel.

Going back a bit the discussion of "beards"...In the late 70's I was a beard for a few of my gay friends. It made dealing with family and social functions easier for them during a time when being out was just not accepted in some parts of the country. They were (and still are) very dear to me and I never resented playing that role. It was a bit awkward holding my tongue when a kindly grandmother would ask if we had plans for a wedding and children. I'm glad that times have changed enough that they can be who they are publicly and privately.

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Posted: 07 Apr 19, 15:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Katy I could watch Freddie talk all day, there was just something about him.

The Black Quuens Kid ... I totally understand you, if I am honest I don't think I could watch queen with Adam but that isn't because I dislike Adam, its just that Queen for me is Freddie and the guys. However, the film has brought lots of new young fans who will enjoy the concerts with Adam. It gives them a chance to see Roger and Brian and listen to their music.

I too am glad times have changed in many parts of the world .. However, there has been a story in the news in the UK which is very disturbing. In Brunei homosexuality is now punishable by being stoned to death. Awful and disgusting .