Afternoon Express chats to close friend and PA of the late Freddie Mercury, Peter Freestone.
Queen is arguably the greatest rock band of the 20th century. You’d struggle to find a person anywhere, who doesn’t know and love at least one of their iconic songs. “Another one Bites the Dust”, “We will Rock You”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. These are just a few of the classics that have secured Queen a place in the history books. Now, a tribute to Queen called “It’s a kind of Magic”, sees four seasoned musicians take up the personas of the band and put on an epic night of Rock at the Artscape in Cape Town.
Joining us on the couch is former PA and close friend of Freddie Mercury himself, Peter Freestone, who has given this show his stamp of approval.
Peter was born in Surrey in England and started working in the entertainment industry in 1975, working at the Royal Opera House in London. In 1979, he met Freddie Mercury for the first time and became his personal assistant in 1980. Peter remained friends with Mercury and travelled the globe with him until Mercury's death in 1991.
Peter currently resides in the Czech Republic. In addition to his work with Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic he is the official correspondent for the monthly English publication OPERA. He travels many months of the year to various benefits supporting AIDS causes and appears at different international Queen fan conventions year round in addition to mentoring aspiring singers in the Czech Republic and helping them with their English in performance.