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Queen Unseen by Peter Hince
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it was amazing

A well written, engaging and fascinating look behind the scenes of the legendary rock group, Queen, through the eyes of a member of the road crew (a nice way of saying the clean-up crew), a jovial fellow nicknamed "Ratty".

Narrator Rupert Holliday Evans does a fabulous job in his reading of this memoir of Peter Hince, who began his once in a lifetime experience when the band first came together in England. I was captivated from the get-go with these personal anecdotes, some humorous and some eye-popping. I was disappointed with finding out what these celebrity clean-up people do with the items thrown on stage when the performance is over. Makes you think twice about spending good money on trinkets for their idols.

I was awe struck at their first American tour experience, particularly the Madison Square Garden show, laughed about what happened to them in Hollywood and horrified at their culinary experiences in Japan.

With all they put up with, the crummy hotels they have to stay in while the main band members enjoy 5 star luxury, the conditions while touring via a bus, the long absences away from home and loved ones, and at times the shoddy way they are treated, blamed when things go wrong, ignored when things go perfectly, expected to be mind-readers and catching hell when you didn't, you have to wonder why anyone would want a job like that. And heaven forbid an instrument is out of tune, a light goes out or a string breaks while they are on stage.

This is not a book about Freddie Mercury or Queen, but rather a memoir about this man's days on the road with a major rock band and how tremendously hard yet tremendously rewarding it is.

Simply a totally awesome, enlightening experience which will make you realize that without the backstage hands and clean-up crew, the show you paid tickets to see would stink!

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August 20, 2019 – Shelved

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