We’re not gonna take – not cheering for Queen! During a recent feature for AXS TV Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider would discuss his top five favorite albums of all time, one of which included the beloved and acclaimed 1974 release by Queen, Queen II. That particular album was released on March 8th, 1974.
During the feature, the ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’ singer revealed how he was a fan of the group from Queen’s near inception, seeing the band during one of their earlier concerts and opening up for Mott the Hoople. In doing so, he was the only one that night to cheer for the pre-fame Queen, leading to an embarrassing situation. Credit to Ultimate Guitar for the following quote.
“I’m a day one Queen fan. I remember seeing Queen open for Mott the Hoople and I was the only person cheering for them so loudly, that I was embarrassing the band. Nothing worse than nobody cheering for you than one weird dude standing up and screaming his head off. That was me.”
In other news regarding Queen and Freddie Mercury, the bio-pic of the late Queen frontman proved to be extremely successful as the Bryan Singer-directed project took home nearly one billion dollars at the box office in 2018.
During a conversation with Brett Goldstein’s Films To Be Buried With podcast, Dexter Fletcher, who replaced Bryan Singer during filming, revealed how a certain James Bond actor was supposed to play the legendary Queen singer instead of Rami Malek. Credit to UK-based outlet, Express for the following.
“Not many people know that before that, I’d been working on the film at a different studio. It was at Sony originally…when [James Bond Q star] Ben Whishaw was going to play Freddie. And we got up and running and we were casting, we had a script. It was quite different from what they ended up making. But that fell apart…and it didn’t happen. I’d met the band, I’d gone and hung out with them, worked with the producers, and done a whole load of working prepping it. We were getting ready to go in the first week of pre-production and then Sony changed their minds because the wind changed direction or whatever. When it came back to me, I wasn’t completely unfamiliar with it, although it was a completely different script and this new cast and whatever.”