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Posted: 25 Jun 08, 14:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I want to know people's thoughts about the Tribute Concert. What is the general consensus? Do you think it was really "the biggest send-off in history"?
It's too bad I was only 4 and a half at the time. I didn't even know what Queen was. :( I continue to blame my existence to this day for not having been born earlier.
I got a copy of this on VHS recently, from an uncle who lives in Canada. I personally think Brian pulled it off fantastically. I believe it to be the greatest send-off for any person in history till now. ;)
And is that really James Hetfield where they all sing "We Are The Champions"? I'm a big Metallica fan but I didn't expect him to sing along to it. XD Furthermore, why is Robert Plant not singing along to Liza Minelli's "We Are The Champions"? Everyone else is but he's the only one whose lips are sealed(literally)...


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Posted: 25 Jun 08, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

An extremely emotional concert. Even the recordings make me almost cry sometimes, which is definitely not the feeling I'm used to have during rock concerts :-)

I remember seing it on czechoslovak TV live, I didn't know what it is (I was only 11), but I suddenly realised that I know the songs, so I watched it till the end and I spent many years searching for a proper recording :-)

Well James Hettfield is a big Queen fan, like members of many other heavy metal bands, so it doesn't surprise me that he's there, I was more surprised by Axl's appereance, since he had some anti-gay comments in the past

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Posted: 25 Jun 08, 17:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that the Freddie Mercury tribute concert is one hell of a gig. From the beginning to the end. Open up with Metallica in their prime. Rock on with Guns, Roger Daltery, Robert Plant, Bowie, Extreme and so on, and so on. What could go wrong? For me it´s a very emotional concert. Bowies prayer and then singing Heroes is just right. Robert Plant singing Thank you, Innuendo/Kashmir as a tribute to Fred ,just right. Tony Iommi stepping on and of stage, sidekicking Brian and occationally beating off his signature powerchords, great. And who would have thought they see Axl Rose and Elton John on the same stage ,at the same time, singing the same song lovingly hugging eachother. The only "let down" is Liza Minelli who doesn´t give me any chills. I think Freddie would have been proud, I think he is. Great job by Brian, John, Rog and their support. I don´t think we´ll se a tribute concert of that caliber again. No, I don´t.


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Posted: 25 Jun 08, 19:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A fantastic concert indeed. The calibre of acts on show was a true testiment to the influence queen had on other bands/musicians. I definitely felt at the time that the various acts were there for the rights reasons not just for self pubicity. Not to mention the fact that many well acclaimed vocalists struggled with trying to emulate the great man. A true tribute but it often saddens me to think had he just been that bit more carefull in his private life about who he hung about with that he may stll be here today and the tibute concert would never have happened. Sorry, strayed slightly off message there.

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Posted: 25 Jun 08, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I didn't like Liza Minelli's performance either. But Metallica, GN'R George Michael w/ Lisa Stansfield and ESPECIALLY Extreme were my highlights of the concert. :D I don't think any major band had done anything for another major band like what Extreme did for Queen. Also, I loved it at the end of Extreme's performance when Gary Cherone quips "There's really not a lot to say, we know why we're here today, we know why you people are here today. We love you, Freddie!"

But why isn't Robert Plant singing at the end, during "We Are The Champions"? BTW, pittrek, I don't think Metallica are really BIG Queen fans. I mean they may be fans, but they really appeared to boost their popularity in the UK.


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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 02:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me the highlight is when John is talking to the audience. And his way of announcing "METALLICA!"




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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 03:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was at the concert. To be honest, some of the 'guest' acts were a bit pointless. I would like to have seen a bit more creativity in the set-list and choice of vocalists
Too much of the heavy side was in evidence, would've been nice to have more 'pop' friendly stuff!

I know he's unfashionable, but I think Cliff Richard would've been an excellent and appropriate guest - Radiogaga for him.

How about Tom Jones, Prince, McCartney...



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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 06:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was huge and powerful. Not all acts quite delivered (Zucchero, Seal), but overall, what a celebration of good rock and respect for the Man.

Yes, I think it was the "biggest send-off in history" and one of the greatest moments of rock.

My favorite bits?

The Axl Rose/Elton John duet - to me, it was a message of tolerance. Bowie and Lennox with their haunted, sexy version of Under Pressure. Metallica playing stuff from their Black Album. Robert Plant's chilling Innuendo/Kashmir. Brian's deeply intimate première of Too Much Love Will Kill You.



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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And they´we given their time and energy really, to make this tribute to Freddie a reality. So, now, the show must go on. And we´ll start off with a band from america. Please welcome: METALLICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! (Wrote this from memory, it might be wrong but you´r right, John sure has a metal voice...)


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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 10:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was there too, I was 15 at the time.
Looking back...yes it was a fantastic day out, I attended with my uncle and my cousin, but now I feel as though it was a bit of an ego trip from Brian. Why IWIA? Why LPDA? Why HTF? Lets open with TYMD. I would rather it had been based around the songs that Freddie had written. I would have also like to have seen Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart there. Paul Young was terrible.


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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 12:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was great - the "opening acts" were pretty groovy, considering the audience of grandparents, their children and their children's children. The typical Queen pop audience was treated to a killer lineup of early 90's rock acts. I remember Metallica launching their set and a flock of pidgeons, literally, shitting themselves!

Liz Taylor was a complete and UTTER embarassment; I couldn't think of a person less suited to espousing the merits of safe sex. Given the number of her marriages and high profile affairs, I wonder how much safe sex she took part in? Liza, well, it was a nod to Freddie's love of her, but, other than her great legs, she didn't exactly set the place on fire and WATC was a low-key finale.

George Michael was obviously the highest profile success, but Daltrey, Iomi and Plant for me were the great successes. Seeing Brian's, Roger's and John's faces as they played with their heroes and battled the emotions when they suddenly realised that Freddie couldn't be with them again, truly touched anyone there that night.


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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 12:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I was there too, I was 15 at the time.
Looking back...yes it was a fantastic day out, I attended with my uncle and my cousin, but now I feel as though it was a bit of an ego trip from Brian. Why IWIA? Why LPDA? Why HTF? Lets open with TYMD. I would rather it had been based around the songs that Freddie had written. I would have also like to have seen Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart there. Paul Young was terrible.

Well every singer chose the song s/he did perform, so if they've chosen Brian's songs, it's their thing.

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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 12:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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And they´we given their time and energy really, to make this tribute to Freddie a reality. So, now, the show must go on. And we´ll start off with a band from america. Please welcome: METALLICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! (Wrote this from memory, it might be wrong but you´r right, John sure has a metal voice...)

And they've given their time and energy, to make this tribute to Freddie a reality to happen today. First of all, the show must go on and we'll start with an american band, 3 times grammy award winners, please welcome - METALLICA !

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Posted: 26 Jun 08, 17:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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henke1980 wrote:

And they´we given their time and energy really, to make this tribute to Freddie a reality. So, now, the show must go on. And we´ll start off with a band from america. Please welcome: METALLICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! (Wrote this from memory, it might be wrong but you´r right, John sure has a metal voice...)

And they've given their time and energy, to make this tribute to Freddie a reality to happen today. First of all, the show must go on and we'll start with an american band, 3 times grammy award winners, please welcome - METALLICA !
And there you have it! So close, yet so far.


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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 03:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

While I do feel "Innuendo" is pretty shambolic, there were a couple of moments in there where Plant did get the notes he was after. He's still pretty badass.

Highlight for me was Roger Daltrey. He was probably the only guy to do his chosen song in the original key, without sounding like crap.

I don't know who invited Axl Rose but they should've thought about it a bit more.

George Michael was awesome, for once.

Liza Minelli was hilarious.

This is purely because I'm sentimental, but I did enjoy seeing the survivors of Queen doing "Tie Your Mother Down".

"Too Much Love Will Kill You" was understandably shaky in spots, but I say it's a highlight, definitely.


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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian_Mays_Wig wrote:

but now I feel as though it was a bit of an ego trip from Brian. Why IWIA? Why LPDA? Why HTF? Lets open with TYMD. I would rather it had been based around the songs that Freddie had written.


I think that would've been a terrible mistake. Bohemian Rhapsody was embarrassing enough as it was.
Morally, you are correct - a Freddie Mercury tribute would in theory be better off with more Freddie Mercury songs.
But if you look at it musically, how many of those guest singers would seriously stand a chance of doing any of the songs justice??


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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 07:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ive heard rumours that Lars Ulrich is virtually obsessed with Roger Taylor. He actually looks remarkably like him when playing, down to the hairdo, the clothes and drummins style.

It was a great show, I remember it from being a child. I also remember that it was very big for years afterwards with homerecorded tapes being borrowed and copied.

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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 10:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was lucky enough to get a ticket and it was one of the most emotional day s of my life.

The video doesn't ever capture what the 'spirit' is like there but rest assured it was indeed the best send off ever...

Mind you although smaller the george Harrison one a few years later was pretty dam amazing too.

Freddie would have loved every minute I am sure, and although things were not note perfect it didn't seem to matter, in a way it added to the emotion


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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Ive heard rumours that Lars Ulrich is virtually obsessed with Roger Taylor. He actually looks remarkably like him when playing, down to the hairdo, the clothes and drummins style.

It was a great show, I remember it from being a child. I also remember that it was very big for years afterwards with homerecorded tapes being borrowed and copied.


I heard this a long time ago. But I doubt it's true. I know Kirk Hammett is the big Queen fan in their band because when Metallica performed in Sweden in 2000(or was it 2001?), I was in attendance and after the concert Kirk Hammett was talking about Queen II with some Swedish musicians(some Death metal folks). At the time, I didn't know ANYTHING about Queen so it didn't make sense to me so I thought it was some dumb in-joke when he was saying that he was the "Lord of all darkness". I think I hated Queen then, lawl. What a dumbass I was!


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Posted: 27 Jun 08, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not sure if I believe it either. But he seems to at least have had some influence on him. Ive gotten the impression they are Queen fans though. At least it wouldnt be surprising since many hard rock/metal-musicians that grew up in the 70s are. Ive heard somewhere James is a big Aerosmith fan.

Wasnt it 1999? I attended their Stockholm-concert that year. I dont remember if they played in 2000 or 2001 again.

I didnt care much for Queen then either. It was only Metallica and Slayer and that stuff. Since then Ive started listening to a lot of music I wouldnt have thought back then.