Queen’s Amazing After-Show Party At Kensington Roof Gardens (1986)

"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" - Samantha Fox

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Freddie Mercury with Sam Fox

On July the 11th and 12th 1986, Queen performed at London’s Wembley Stadium. The Magic Tour took in 26 dates around Europe’s stadiums, in support of their then latest album A Kind of Magic. For the London shows, Queen were supported by, in order, INXS, The Alarm and Status Quo. I was one of the lucky ones who saw what would be the band’s last tour with their original line up. Freddie Mercury died on 24 November 1991.

Where I wasn’t, alas, was at Queen’s after-show party at London’s Kensington Roof Gardens. Billed as Dicky Hart And The Pacemakers, Queen were joined by the likes of Cliff Richard, Samantha Fox, the now disgraced singer Gary Glitter, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Spandau Ballet.

 

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock (7544916d) Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox Queen Private Party and Concert - 11 Jul 1986

 

“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

 

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Phil Symes with Carol Hayes

Janet Street Porter with Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

Janet Street Porter with Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Queen’s manager Jim Beach

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Anita Dobson and Fish (Derek William Dick), led singer with Merillion

Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Samantha Fox

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

John Entwistle

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Abel Hadden with Sam Fox

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Anita Dobson and Mel Smith

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock (7544916d) Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox Queen Private Party and Concert - 11 Jul 1986 Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock (7544916d) Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox Queen Private Party and Concert - 11 Jul 1986

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Dave Hogan with Richard Young

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock (7531703ak) Private Concert and Party at the Kensington Roof Gardens Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

 Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Rula Lenska with Dennis Waterman and Anita Dobson

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Samantha Fox and Freddie Mercury

Sam Fox in the Background Queen Hold A Private Concert and Party and Were Billed As 'Dicky Heart and the Pacemakers' at the Kensington Roof Gardens - 11 Jul 1986

Freddie Mercury Dancing

Queen Kensington Roof Gardens 1986  Queen Kensington Roof Gardens 1986

 

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