Freddy Mercury is one of my heroes. Giorgio Moroder is one of my heroes too. They made a song for the movie Metropolis called “Love Kills.” The 12″ that I play needed a reworking for my DJ sets so here is what I came up with.
In 1984, I saw Queen live in South Africa in Sun City. Queen got a bad rap for playing in Apartheid era South Africa. Sanctions and world opinion made it politically incorrect to have anything to do with us. The band responded to the critics by stating that they were playing music for fans in the country, and they also stressed that the concerts were played before integrated audiences.
I was 16 at the time, and together with friends took a bus from Johannesburg to Sun City to see the concert.
It was mind-blowing. Not many acts made it to South Africa, so this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. After the show, a couple of my friends were arrested for underage gambling and were taken to a holding pen beneath the concert arena. We scrambled to find them and the waited around while the authorities scared the shit out of them (and me too) with threats. In a next door cell, you could hear a man getting the shit beat out of him. All they did with us was call my pal Damon’s mom to relate our shenanigans. Then they escorted us to the return bus telling us that we were not welcome back to Sun City.
That night smelled of danger.