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all the bands, just name it, they were here in the pub.” But when Mountain Studios closed about 10 years ago, Montreux


music was all but silenced. “When the studio closed, we tried to speak with people about the


importance of it,” Lauber said. “T ey came, they bought it and it was money, money, money. Now it’s a bar. It would have brought them more money [if it stayed open]. T e only thing they kept is the door of the studio.” Aſt er the studio closed, Lauber and Muller began to do tours with


legendary music producer David Richards, most known for his work with Queen and David Bowie. Muller also runs the annual Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day concerts, where fans can tour what is leſt of Mountain Studios, place a rose at Mercury’s memorial statue and take a boat ride to Mercury’s lake house. “We still wanted to keep in contact with these people,” Muller said.


“If we had a place we could put a museum, we could fi ll it up with stuff . But the city doesn’t care. We don’t know why.” Rob Turner, an Australian tourist, came to Montreux just to visit


the Freddie Mercury statue this spring. “I just thought, well this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “I had to come see Freddie.” Turner also said he was surprised by the current lack of musical memorials in Montreux. So where has all the music gone the other 50 weeks out of the year? “T e society has changed,” said Lauber with a sigh. “T e young


people don’t like live music. T ey like clubbing, fl irting, drinking. T ey aren’t impressed to see a real artist perform. Guitarists coming out of the [schools], they learn to play fast, technical. T ere’s no feeling at all. T e music today doesn’t fl ow, but to each their own, I suppose.” Muller said that while it would be great to open a big music bar such


as a Hard Rock Café in Montreux, it would not be practical, as tourism is only prominent in the summer and the business would suff er. “We know it’s strange,” Muller added. “Montreux is musically


famous, then people come here and see it. T ey say, ‘What’s this got to do with music?’”


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Above: Memorial to lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury, who made his second home near Montreaux and spent his fi nal days there. Top: Close up of stage door at Montreaux Casino. | Photos by Alison Smith


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