Queen connection


It’s a good week for royalty I guess, so here’s an intriguing bit of info I discovered only yesterday about local links with Queen. Like me, you may well have known for some time that local boy Spike Edney plays keyboards with Queen but I’ve learned that Richard (Ritchie) Anderson worked for some years as personal ‘roadie’ to Brian May (imagine being so famous that you have a personal roadie!)

For a brief period around ’68 Ritchie was a pal of mine as he was roadie and generally the ‘in charge’ organiser of Harlem Speakeasy, not least when we went pro’ which was a very tough time logistically, managerially etc. He was a great guy

The band split late in ’68 and he went off to London where he certainly worked with Mott the Hoople and features a number of times in Ian Hunter’s fine book “Diary of a Rock & Roll Star” – apparently he then gravitated to Queen

I’ve got another Royal story to follow ….

Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

3 thoughts on “Queen connection

  1. I’m the Richie Anderson mentioned here. I found this while trawling the internet after someone said they saw a few mentions of me. Can’t see a name on here but it’s certainly not the late Pete Gurd, so that doesn’t leave too many options – I’ll go for Dave Allen, now a professor I believe (or so Anita Pollinger told me a couple of years ago)?

  2. Well he was certainly working in computing so probably yes it was

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