rock in rio festival

This shot of Queen guitarist Brian May about to jump in the swimming pool fully clothed (and with bandmate John Deacon looking on in surprise) was taken by photographer Justin Thomas. “It was at the first Rock In Rio festival in 1985”, Justin recalls. “We were at the Copa Cabana Palace Hotel and they threw this huge party with lots of sexy girls in white bikinis and G-strings, and there were guys banging drums. It might well have been Brian’s birthday, but I can’t remember! But it was after Queen’s gig where Freddie Mercury had come on stage draped in a Union Jack that had a Brazilian flag on the other side - when he turned it around, the crowd went bonkers. After Brian got out of the pool, he went out of the hotel where fans had written his name in the sand in candles - it was very sweet.”

Let me tell you a little something(s) about being an international Taylor Swift fan

So I’ll say it from my experience living in Brazil: We get very little. All the time. We did not get pre sales for the physical version of reputation. To be honest we still don’t have reputation. It’s not available on stores and when it gets here it will be extremely expensive (not to mention that we probably won’t get the magazines).

We have never had a tour here and there’s absolute no reason for that. Why does Taylor promote her tours as “worldwide” when they’re not? I’ve seen people say there’s no structure for her concertes here, but that’s simply not true. I live in Brazil and you know what we have here? Rock in Rio, one of the biggest music festivals on the planet. We get international artists here all the time. From Madonna to the Rolling Stones, so stop saying it’s our fault she’s not coming here.

I don’t know why she doesn’t come here and i’d very much like to know it. She ALWAYS gets #1 here. She has millions and millions of fans. It would easily sould out within minutes, so what’s the problem?

I can’t speak for other people that live in different countries. But I’m sure they feel the same way. Specially smaller countries, they don’t even get a voice to speak about this. 

I know I sound bitter but that’s because I am. I know this it’s annoying because you don’t feel this way. You just want to enjoy reputation. But so do we. That’s all we want. But our experience is being ruined by all of this. And it makes me so upset to be writing this on reputation’s release day. I did not want to have to write this, believe me.

We are tired of feeling left out. We can’t even listen to a livestream? We can’t even get a date for reputation? We are fans just like the rest of you. I understand U.S. gets more things because she’s American. That’s not what i’m saying. I’m saying we should get the minimium at least, because why shouldn’t we?


“That song is about the kind of wide-eyed optimism with which I approached my move to New York. I was so excited by the idea of embarking on a new adventure, and the way that that song sounds is basically mirroring that emotion, like, “Anything’s possible here.”


On this day in music history: May 13, 1996 - “Older”, the third album by George Michael is released (US release date is on May 14, 1996). Produced by George Michael and Jon Douglas, it is recorded at SARM West Studio Two in Notting Hill, London and Aegean Studios in London from Mid 1993 - Early 1996. The pop superstar’s first full length release in nearly six years, it comes after a long legal battle with Sony Music where Michael battles his label for his release over the terms of his contract, and what he feels was the under promotion of the “Listen Without Prejudice, V.1” album by the US division. He winds up losing the case, and remains bound to Sony until 1995, when Virgin Records in the UK and the newly formed Dreamworks SKG label jointly owned by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen purchase George Michael’s contract from Sony. In the interim period, Michael has been working on and off on new music, though for the first time in his progress is slowed by writer’s block as well as dealing with other issues in his personal life. Having met Brazilian fashion designer Anselmo Feleppa after performing at the Rock In Rio festival in 1991, Michael enters into his first committed relationship with a man. Tragedy strikes when only six months later, Feleppa discovers that he is HIV positive. Michael himself is not infected, but ceases all work to care for his partner who passes away on March 26, 1993. Shaken by the loss, Feleppa’s death is the catalyst for one of George Michael’s most poignant and moving songs, writing the lyrics to “Jesus To A Child” (#1 UK, #7 US Pop) in just an hour and a half. Once again confident in his creative ability, Michael begins writing and recording again. Musically, “Older” picks up where “Listen Without Prejudice” leaves off, taking on a moodier and jazzier feel and is a direct reflection of what the singer has experienced over the previous three years. The album is an immediate smash in Europe and throughout much of the rest of the world, though the response in the US is decidedly muted and less enthusiastic, with American fans being more accustomed to Michael’s more pop oriented material. It spins off three singles (six internationally) including “Fastlove” (#1 UK, #8 US Pop) and Spinning The Wheel" (#2 UK). In 1997, an expanded edition is released in Europe with a bonus disc titled “Upper” featuring six bonus tracks including remixes and two previously unreleased songs. “Older” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.