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February 5, 2021

Candid Photographs of Celebrities Having Fun at the Queen After-Show Party at Kensington Roof Gardens, 1986

After its two legendary shows at Wembley Stadium on July 11 and 12, 1986, Queen held a full-on party at the Kensington Roof Gardens, a private garden for events on the Derry & Toms building’s terrace, in London downtown.

Billed as “Dicky Hart And The Pacemakers” just for fun, Queen played along with Samantha Fox, Gary Glitter and members of Spandau Ballet.

The party had 500 guests including Yves St Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Samantha Fox, Zandra Rhodes, the band Spandau Ballet, Gary Glitter and many other celebrities.

“I sang with Freddie Mercury at a party once and that was fantastic,” Samantha Fox recalled. “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.”

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Dave Hogan with Richard Young

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Rula Lenska with Dennis Waterman and Anita Dobson

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury with Samantha Fox

Phil Symes with Carol Hayes

Samantha Fox

John Entwistle

Abel Hadden with Sam Fox

Freddie Mercury and Samantha Fox

Anita Dobson and Mel Smith

Janet Street Porter with Tony James (Sigue Sigue Sputnik)

Queen’s manager Jim Beach

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


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