On 11th and 12th of July, 1986, Queen performed at London’s Wembley Stadium. The tour, aptly named The Magic Tour, which would be the band’s last tour with their original line-up, took in 26 dates around Europe’s stadiums, in support of their then latest album A Kind of Magic.
Powerful live acts with stunning productions were what people usually and rightly thought of Queen, but they also often did not get to see the huge production value of the band’s after show parties. One such party, however, was fortunately captured on camera. The Kensington Roof Gardens was where the band held their party in 1986. Billed as Dicky Hart And The Pacemakers, Queen was joined by the likes of Cliff Richard, Samantha Fox, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Spandau Ballet, and even the now disgraced and dishonoured Gary Glitter.
“I sang with Freddie Mercury at a party once and that was fantastic. I couldn’t believe it when he pulled me up. It was their private party in Kensington. As soon as you got into the lift there were naked women painted green, like a forest. They had midgets with little trays of drinks. You just knew it was going to be a brilliant party. Queen took the stage and they jammed for about an hour [the party itself went until about 9am]. It was amazing. And Gary Glitter got up, too! He pulled me up and asked me what songs I knew. And you know when you can’t think? I asked if he knew Touch Me and he laughed and said, ‘What about Go Johnny Go?’ We ended up singing that together. It was amazing to do a duet with Freddie.” – Samantha Fox.