Interview: Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant & best friend
The long-running and much-loved tribute show Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic will return to North America this Summer for the first time in five years, bringing it’s updated production and brand new international cast to tour nationally.
Recreating Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic features all of the band’s greatest hits performed live, including ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls’.
Painstaking attention has been paid to all the music – the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies. And with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and authentic costumes, this is as close as you’ll ever get to the real thing.
In fact the show is good enough to have attracted the attention, endorsement and eventual involvement of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s personal assistant for 12 years and best friend.
After reviewing the show while in Singapore in 2007, Freestone was duly impressed and contacted promoter John Van Grinsven with his compliments. A friendship ensued and Freestone now tours with QIAKM where his schedule allows, acting as a production consultant for the show as well as signing autographs and chatting with fans.
Johnny “Flairboy” Garbutt of Derringer in the Morning got the chance to chat with Peter Freestone about his memories of Queen and the tribute show ‘It’s A Kinda Magic’, which stops at Massey Hall in Toronto on Friday August 28, 2015.