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« Reply #560 on: November 20, 2016, 10:19:10 PM »
I was listening to some Queen on the ride to Charlotte while moving. I wonder if Freddie had lived how his voice would have held up.

Good question. Then again I think each person's vocal cords are different. Some singers can still hit those higher notes even in their mid-60s; while some can no longer carry a tune. Good question nonetheless.
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« Reply #561 on: November 21, 2016, 06:47:00 PM »
Very hard question.  He was already not singing as much high live - as great as he sounds on the Wembley DVD, he doesn't do much high stuff, and that was in 1986, which ended up being his last live performance ever - and so much of it would have depended on how often they toured, recorded, etc.

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« Reply #562 on: November 21, 2016, 07:10:28 PM »
True, he also seemed like he was a regular smoker as well.

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« Reply #563 on: November 25, 2016, 04:17:33 PM »
You can definitely tell in the later concerts that the high stuff is outside his range, yeah.
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« Reply #564 on: November 29, 2016, 12:14:25 PM »
Maybe I'm the only one thinking this, but from what I've seen, I've never found Mercury to be that great of a singer live. Awesome frontman, yes, I'm much more divided when it comes to his singing.

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« Reply #565 on: November 29, 2016, 01:37:05 PM »
At the height of his singing he was pretty damn impressive though. I mean, a quick search brought this up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GymG5y0Yt8

That is pretty awesome.

Or, if you haven't seen the DVD yet, check out Queen Live At The Rainbow:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJzOzrhgElM&list=PL2tMgWgIvcWncUMPeQZrHXwbzZHEzEtGs&index=7
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« Reply #566 on: November 29, 2016, 01:53:25 PM »
Just curious Bertieless but why don't you think he is not that great of singer live?

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« Reply #567 on: November 30, 2016, 01:56:30 AM »
Just try singing some of those parts.
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« Reply #568 on: November 30, 2016, 08:16:17 AM »
There are a LOT of things you can say about Freddie, not all of them great, but that "he's not a great live singer" is absolutely not one of them.  I literally have never heard that criticism EVER.  Do they always sound like the record, no, but listen to those "Live From the Rainbow" shows.   I also think that it was more than "frontman" that has Queen widely regarded as the highlight of Live Aid back in '85.

Finally, I always point to the Freddie Tribute show, where "Queen songs" - specifically the vocal parts - made some of the most well-regarded singers in rock seem like bar-band wailers. 

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« Reply #569 on: November 30, 2016, 06:08:53 PM »
I think the one standout from the tribute show was George Michael. If I'm remember correctly he did an amazing job on Somebody to Love.

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« Reply #570 on: November 30, 2016, 06:35:06 PM »
He did.  I thought Nuno was pretty great, too.

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« Reply #571 on: November 30, 2016, 07:17:44 PM »
Annie Lennox was also outstanding.

I think they did a good job overall of getting good singers, Axl Rose notwithstanding.

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« Reply #572 on: November 30, 2016, 08:38:16 PM »
Ah, that's right, Annie did one part of "Under Pressure" didn't she?

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« Reply #573 on: December 01, 2016, 07:55:22 AM »
I thought the three guys that acquitted themselves well were:

George Michael
Gary Cherone
Elton John
Axl Rose

I really dig the Plant version of Innuendo - not NEARLY as bad as he makes it out to be - but he clearly struggled a little at points.   Joe Elliott was out of his league, as were several others (even some I expected to be better than they were). 

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« Reply #574 on: December 01, 2016, 07:59:40 AM »
I thought the three guys that acquitted themselves well were:

George Michael
Gary Cherone
Elton John
Axl Rose

I really dig the Plant version of Innuendo - not NEARLY as bad as he makes it out to be - but he clearly struggled a little at points.   Joe Elliott was out of his league, as were several others (even some I expected to be better than they were).

Which of the above mentioned is not considered a guy by you?  :biggrin:

But I agree, those were the best performances. But there were others that were good with their own interpretation. And someone like Joe Elliott just isn't the type of singer to sing Queen songs in the way Mercury has done.
Must've been Kwyji sending all the wrong songs.   ;D

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« Reply #575 on: December 01, 2016, 08:01:53 AM »
I thought the three guys that acquitted themselves well were:

George Michael
Gary Cherone
Elton John
Axl Rose

I really dig the Plant version of Innuendo - not NEARLY as bad as he makes it out to be - but he clearly struggled a little at points.   Joe Elliott was out of his league, as were several others (even some I expected to be better than they were).

Which of the above mentioned is not considered a guy by you?  :biggrin:

But I agree, those were the best performances. But there were others that were good with their own interpretation. And someone like Joe Elliott just isn't the type of singer to sing Queen songs in the way Mercury has done.

HAHA, I thought that as I was hitting "Post".  It's bad maths, not questionable gender.   If I recall, the John/Rose thing was a duet, and that threw me off.   I'm huge fans of all four, so no diss intended.

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« Reply #576 on: December 01, 2016, 08:12:10 AM »
I had the whole concert taped on VHS.  When the DVD came out I hated that some of the bands were not on the DVD.
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« Reply #577 on: December 01, 2016, 08:19:19 AM »
Sleeping on the Sidewalk is my new favorite Queen song.  Something about the guitar sounds like it could've been a B-Side on a Bad Company single.

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« Reply #578 on: December 01, 2016, 08:20:25 AM »
I had the whole concert taped on VHS.  When the DVD came out I hated that some of the bands were not on the DVD.

That was one of the best concerts ever! And I owned the VHS, LD, later on the re-released DVD (sadly only the second half of the show is included) of it. Extreme's Queen Medley completely stole the show during the tribute bands portion!
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« Reply #579 on: December 01, 2016, 09:14:20 AM »
It sure did.  It was an energetic performance. 

I have both Live Aid shows on DVD and Queen stole the show in 84 with Radio Gaga.  I still get goosebumps seeing a see of hands clapping in the air.
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Re: The Queen Thread
« Reply #580 on: December 01, 2016, 10:05:38 AM »
I thought Nuno was pretty great, too.

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« Reply #581 on: December 01, 2016, 02:13:36 PM »
I was wondering the whole day who you meant. The only Nuno I could think about was the guitar player of Extreme, but he doesn't sing :lol

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« Reply #582 on: December 01, 2016, 03:52:57 PM »
At the time, I wasn't very familiar with Extreme.  I'm still not.  But I remember that the guy from Extreme was really good, and for some reason Nuno Bettencourt was stuck in my head, so that's the name that popped out.

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« Reply #583 on: December 02, 2016, 01:04:39 AM »
Well to be fair, Nuno Bettencourt does also sing and he isn't that bad at it either, and he plays a mean guitar. So he was pretty great too.  :biggrin:
Must've been Kwyji sending all the wrong songs.   ;D

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« Reply #584 on: December 02, 2016, 08:58:05 AM »
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« Reply #585 on: December 02, 2016, 09:49:51 AM »
I was wondering the whole day who you meant. The only Nuno I could think about was the guitar player of Extreme, but he doesn't sing :lol


He actually sings like a MOFO.  Listen to "Song For Love" off Pornografitti for just one example. 

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« Reply #586 on: December 02, 2016, 05:50:32 PM »
I was wondering the whole day who you meant. The only Nuno I could think about was the guitar player of Extreme, but he doesn't sing :lol


He actually sings like a MOFO.  Listen to "Song For Love" off Pornografitti for just one example.

Better yet, get out YouTube and search for his solo projects Nuno or Mourning Widows. He sings lead in those projects.
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« Reply #587 on: December 03, 2016, 06:48:15 AM »
I was wondering the whole day who you meant. The only Nuno I could think about was the guitar player of Extreme, but he doesn't sing :lol


He actually sings like a MOFO.  Listen to "Song For Love" off Pornografitti for just one example.

I envision someone listening and thinking Nuno sings the whole song now. :lol :lol

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« Reply #588 on: December 08, 2016, 03:52:09 AM »
As to Freddie's Tribute concert, indeed, George Michael was THE one who knocked it out of the park on 'Somebody To Love'.  The acknowledgement on Brian May's near the end was priceless.

The last performance of the three remaining members was 'The Show Must Go On', with Elton John, and included on their 'Greatest sHits III' release.  Compare EJ's vocals to the original studio version.  One of thousands who mostly fail in their attempts.

Moving on, it is absolutely correct that Freddie's last performance with Queen was in 1986 on the 'Magic' tour.  With the 25th anniversary of his passing a few weeks ago, I am reminded of his last singing stage performance (as it closes my 'best of'), with Cliff Richards.

https://www.queenconcerts.com/detail/live/1243/freddie-mercury-live-14-04-1988-dominion-theatre-london-uk-time-musical-special-charity-performance.html 

Sadly, this has never been included on any official releases.  The song is titled 'It's In Everyone Of Us'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tv1MIWRW2Y

And, as to passing, his mother Jer Bulsara died a few weeks ago at the age of 94.  Brian commented that they would still meet with his mother and family on occasion.  A favorite pic is with Roger and Brian in 2000, from the RnRHOF induction.


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« Reply #589 on: December 16, 2016, 01:07:00 AM »
Following up in regards to Freddie's last stage appearance, or his Mom's passing....

and the Paris '79 performance of Bo Rhap....captures the middle (walk of the stage part) best of any vids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh_49yeoWQc

or, sadly, December 8th, 1980 at Wembley Arena....bless you John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71UCu-6Z5bw   

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« Reply #590 on: December 19, 2016, 08:09:25 AM »
Even in lousy video, with a few struggles, his voice gives me chills. 

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« Reply #591 on: December 21, 2016, 06:34:12 AM »
Bohemian Rhapsody played by a 100+ year old fairground organ.

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« Reply #592 on: December 22, 2016, 08:25:45 AM »
That's pretty cool

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« Reply #593 on: December 22, 2016, 09:34:39 PM »
sounds like Haken covering Queen  ;)
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« Reply #594 on: January 29, 2017, 11:18:27 PM »
Well, Brian, Roger and Adam are coming back to the States this summer.

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