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Posted: 24 Sep 08, 22:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi, guys.

A friend sent me the vocal improvisation done by Freddie in Leiden, 1986 - I don't know which night it was from, but I got really amazed by the exqusite melody he makes up out of some traditional operatic progressions, reaching in the process the contralto register in a very powerful and clear way. Amazing.

Judging at least from the vocal impro, after which he says "fuck you" to the audience, and the audience replied in kind but with a positive, affective meaning, the concert must have been huge and great, though I don't see it being listed as one of the top-notch concerts of the Magic Tour.

Well, I didn't listen to the whole stuff, but what I listened to - the vocal impro - is quite impressive.

Quite good. I was told the guys plan to release the budapest gig on DVD, which is amazing, it's a great gig indeed, there are some stunning versions of both the magic and the works songs, and a quite good rendition of "We Are The Champions", to my taste.

Does anyone know if the concert(s) in Leiden have been recorded in video? I mean, broadcast or something like that? This is a concert that, judging from the interaction with the crowd the vocal impro, it'd be a joy to see as an official release.

But I may be wrong cause I didn't listen to the whole thing.

PS: I don't hate Paul, I don't want him to die, I have been flooded with e-mails from people I had never "seen" here on Queenzone, I just think such great musicians can do better than what they did - and I expect to hear more from them and to go to all their concerts here. I voted NAY because I do expect such great guys to pull out a better material, but the new album is quite ok, pretty decent.


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Posted: 25 Sep 08, 12:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

1. yes

2. no

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Posted: 27 Sep 08, 19:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yara wrote:

Hi, guys.

A friend sent me the vocal improvisation done by Freddie in Leiden, 1986 - I don't know which night it was from, but I got really amazed by the exqusite melody he makes up out of some traditional operatic progressions, reaching in the process the contralto register in a very powerful and clear way. Amazing.

Judging at least from the vocal impro, after which he says "fuck you" to the audience, and the audience replied in kind but with a positive, affective meaning, the concert must have been huge and great, though I don't see it being listed as one of the top-notch concerts of the Magic Tour.

Well, I didn't listen to the whole stuff, but what I listened to - the vocal impro - is quite impressive.

Quite good. I was told the guys plan to release the budapest gig on DVD, which is amazing, it's a great gig indeed, there are some stunning versions of both the magic and the works songs, and a quite good rendition of "We Are The Champions", to my taste.

Does anyone know if the concert(s) in Leiden have been recorded in video? I mean, broadcast or something like that? This is a concert that, judging from the interaction with the crowd the vocal impro, it'd be a joy to see as an official release.

But I may be wrong cause I didn't listen to the whole thing.

PS: I don't hate Paul, I don't want him to die, I have been flooded with e-mails from people I had never "seen" here on Queenzone, I just think such great musicians can do better than what they did - and I expect to hear more from them and to go to all their concerts here. I voted NAY because I do expect such great guys to pull out a better material, but the new album is quite ok, pretty decent.


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Posted: 05 Oct 08, 09:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Some footage and audio from 1986;

John Deacon 1986 in Dutch Countdown:
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=sTct3kTT0j4

Adam Curry (from dutch Countdown) at Leiden concerts 1986 (just One Vision)
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=LNVTHHsn1h0

Audio Leiden 19-6-1986 (i was actually there, just 15 years old)
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=LbvdjNGOsro

There is another interview with Brian May 1 day before the 11-6-1986 (also with Adam Curry)

Brian on 1992 dutch TV:

http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=SbLb3jbJxQQ

http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=kCoyBs4aPhs





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Posted: 15 Oct 08, 18:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's all recorded in my memory. I've been there...

Here's my review stated on Martin's Queenconcerts.com :

This concert was the only Queenconcert I went to see. I was 16 years old at that time and we (my girlfriend, my best friend and his girl) didn't get to see a big concert like that until that day. We got hold of some tickets and went to Leiden. When the bus arrived in Leiden the doors were just opening, so I fogot all about my spare ticket. We rushed in and got right at the front of the stage. My girlfriend and myself went a little dizzy when after standing staight up and waiting for one and a half hours for the support-act. Like hundred guys were pushing us against the fences in front of the stage. We got out the crowd and found a better place just behind the jumping and pushing people (approx. 10 meters from the front).
I have a good memory of details, in contrary to my friend, so when we talk about the concert I can recall a lot. This was almost 17 years ago . After seen so much of Queen material during the later years and having no-one to confirm things, I sometimes doubted the acurracy of my memories. But the bootleg recording is the proof for me!
The support-act was INXS. Never heard of... The whole crowd was singing "We want Queen" between their songs. At a moment Michael Hutchins got a banana thrown at his feet. After their last song Michael thanked the audience and went of stage... A very loud cheer from the Queen fans followed. This was the moment we were waiting for! Queen was coming! At least we thought... After standing on the concrete for another whole hour the lights faded. The lightingset was put in a low-height position, the stage was being filled with smoke, and everybody was singing the football-anthem thing: Ole - olehe - ole!!! etc.
Suddely the loud synth beginning of One Vision! We went mad at that point. Precizely after the smoke and the lights were high above the stage, Brian hits his first chords. Out of nowhere the band was there! I think I lost my voice in those first minutes.
As we can hear on the cd's, Freddie asked us:" What was it you were singing? That football song..." So we did it all over again, but twice as loud as before. "Add a beat to it..." Roger was trying to find the beat to it, Brian and John were looking for the chords. The Groenoordhallen in Leiden is indoors with lousy accoustics and the crowd was getting to enthousiastic so it didn't work. I also recall Freddie having a beer. He asked someone in the front: "Want to have a beer, my dear?" He did give it to that person. "Pass it around, there is enough for everyone!" he joked.
Since that day everytime I hear the beginning of One Vision I go back to 1986. At that time Friends Will Be Friends was in the dutch charts. It was never one of my fav.'s but it will remind me of the concert. The videoclip had a bit of the same atmoshere.
I did see Brian Solo twice (Rotterdam and Utrecht) later, it was excellent but did not have as much impact on me as the Queen concert did...

In 2006 (Antwerpen & Arnhem) and this year (Rotterdam) I saw Q+PR, great gigs and the closest to the real thing we can get nowadays.

I also don't understand why people hate Paul. We should be happy we can still see and hear at least two members of our favourite band.


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Posted: 19 Oct 08, 03:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My friend J Mac saw Freddie in 1987 at some restaurant in London. Freddie said he hated doing Leiden because there was a mob of girls trying to rip off his mustache.



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Posted: 02 Dec 08, 05:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The interesting thing about the second Leiden night is that during instrumental break in One Vision both John and Brian have problems with guitars!John is switching his black bass into the red-white and Brian is changing guitar as well!For the moment you can only hear Roger and Freddie who starts to do his vocal improvisation!Funny!

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Posted: 04 Dec 08, 07:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

2 bad u never see those enthousiastic, wild, crowds at queens videos... support acts were really booed off stage and Queen let us wait for hours to start... but when they came!!

Never (and i mean never... ) seen it again... although i remember 1984 Leiden as even more crazy...