The March of the Black Queen

1975 - Ridge Farm

Roger Taylor remembers rehearsing for the album A Night at the Opera, at Ridge Farm in Surrey in the summer of 1975. "This was such a lovely, hot, idyllic summer. We were staying in a barn at Ridge Farm (now a recording studio), in a village called Rusper in Surrey. We rehearsed there for about a month before we recorded A Night at the Opera [recorded between August and November 1975 at various studios: Sarm, Roundhouse, Olympic, Rockfield, Scorpio, Trident and Lansdowne and mixed at Sarm Studios], our fourth album. This picture was for the album but it was all very informal, it was just what we were wearing that day. I'm in leather flares, and those very short shorts that Freddie Mercury is wearing were the fashion at the time; footballers wore shorts like that too. We had just come back from a tour of Sweden, hence those awful white clogs, and the dog that I'm holding belonged to the Andrews family, who owned the farm. At Ridge Farm, when we weren't working we would swim, play bad tennis, bad snooker and be beaten at table tennis by Freddie. I think he had been the champion at his boarding school and I never, ever saw him lose a game. That summer was more like a youth club rather than wild parties. In the evenings we would go down to the pub, come back to the barn and play more music. One of the songs we were working on was Bohemian Rhapsody, which was a massive success and propelled us to another level... it stayed at No1 in Britain for nine weeks and broke us internationally."
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