Photographer Richard Young was granted intimate access to late Queen star Freddie Mercury after they met in 1978. In a new exhibition, which coincides with what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday, iconic and intimate shots show the legend on and off stage. A Kind Of Magic runs from September 6 to November 5 at the Richard Young Gallery in London.
The A Kind Of Magic exhibition boasts iconic shots of the late Freddie Mercury, both on and off stage. Here, he’s doing his thing at Queen’s big gig at Slane Castle in 1986, crown in hand.
The frontman leads the rest of the band in Budapest as the lights shining on the audience show the reaction his electric performances were met with.
Thousands of fans soak up Mercury’s star power in Budapest in 1986.
Cloaked and with a look of concentration on his face, the icon walks from Queen’s cabin at Slane Castle in Ireland.
This photo from 1986 shows the Queen leader ready to head out to stage, walking through the backstage area of Budapest’s Népastadion during the Magic tour.
The star joined up with Elton John backstage at 1985’s huge charity concert, Live Aid.
The pair were all smiles backstage at Wembley Stadium.
British actor, dancer, director and choreographer Wayne Sleep joined the pair for a couple of snaps, squeezing himself in between them.
Mercury seemingly found Sleep’s antics highly amusing, while John looks like he’s doing his best to stifle a laugh.
Mercury and bandmate Roger Taylor in good spirits backstage after their show at Népastadion.
Here, the duo ring in the new year at a New Year’s Eve party at London club Legends in 1980.