Finnish journalist recalls what it was like to interview Queen at age 12

Publish Date
Friday, 9 April 2021, 2:25PM

The latest episode of Queen's biographical YouTube series explores the band's mid-'70s tours of Europe.

As the band began to establish itself in the U.K. on the strength of singles like "Seven Seas of Rhye" and "Killer Queen" the band got more opportunities outside of England.

Queen The Greatest - Episode 4 recalls the band's first trip to Finland, including the band's unexpected but delightful encounter with a 12-year-old journalist named Juha Kakkuri.

Kakkuri was prompted to call the band's record company after hearing "Brighton Rock." He was invited to the band's introductory press conference in Helsinki on November 25, 1974, to get autographs, but he decided to bring some questions for them as well.

While Kakkuri had no media credentials, the band members indulged his line of questioning with the utmost professionalism, as he asked them about their favorite candies and their favorite things about his homeland (they had only been there a few hours). Kakkuri went on to have a career in radio and he's yet to meet any colleague with a better first interview than with Freddie Mercury.

You can watch the full episode via the player above!

This article was first published on and is republished here with permission

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