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

God bless dear Freddie ! Do any of you think that Queen would still be touring and making music,or would they have broken up and Freddie would have become a stripper or a cha lady !!! Any views or ideas ??Also do you think Fred would have let their Hits be rehashed agin and again ?

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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 10:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think of that they would not have remained as a band for all of those years un interrupted ... there would of been even a break here and there and freddie would of taken to other passions or interests, but they were (and are) smart guys ... the band would always have come back in some ways

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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 11:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think John would not have left, and they would still be writing songs as a band, and having lots more hits, and still doing live concerts. That would be so cool if Freddie lived and they all stayed together, not that they're not still together as a band but John. :(
Thay are still cool though :)

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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 16:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I dont think Queen would have been touring.I think Freddie would have given up on touring a few years ago,had he had been living.

They would have been making albums though.


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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 17:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

not a chance. the direction of their musical tastes coupled with the widening gap in song-writing styles would've meant queen would be no more by at least 1993/4.

I could see Freddie & John maybe workign together regularly

and maybe roger/brian working together.....but not as a group.


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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 18:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Miracle and Innuendo would probably be different.

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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 18:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lalaalalaa wrote: The Miracle and Innuendo would probably be different.

not probably, but 100% sure.

and yes, they would still be touring and recording.. ah.. What good is life, if in the end we all must die..There must be more to life than this

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Posted: 26 Jun 10, 19:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

theCro wrote: lalaalalaa wrote: The Miracle and Innuendo would probably be different.

not probably, but 100% sure.

and yes, they would still be touring and recording.. ah.. What good is life, if in the end we all must die..There must be more to life than this
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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 07:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They'd be touring with Paul Rodgers. He was Fred's favourite singer after all (or that's what Maylor said before the tour and you know it's utterly impossible for them to be lying).


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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If he was still around I'm almost certain he'd start numerous gorse and brush fires every summer, then lay low in Montreux over the winter, before renewing his inevitable cycle of pyromania the next year.


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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 11:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Queen by the time of Freddie's death were on a second wave of popularity in the mainstream charts they would have had at least one more big studio album that they would have done before calling it day.  And by calling it a day I mean take a long break and do other things and not touring as much, Brian would have done his solo stuff, Freddie would have been doing something artistic (painting perhaps or more solo music), Roger would have been in competition with Rod Stewart trying to pull as many leggy blondes as possible and John spending time with his family. 

By now Queen would be a historical band, showing up for the odd concert now and again and maybe doing another album and following a similar to path as The Who and other older bands that are still about.

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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 13:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think we'd have had at least 6 more albums by now and we wouldn't have had 3 solo albums from Roger in the 90's.
Touring - they'd have maybe toured for The Miracle, but i seriously think they'd have given up a long time back - maybe only doing what Twisted Sister do and play at a few BIG festivals each year where they'd be in demand and earn a shit load of money.

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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 14:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

watchin the world cup and shouting at England but now i think he will be supporting Argentina !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Queen would have broken up in 1988 and John would have retired from the music profession ever sooner.

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Posted: 27 Jun 10, 20:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, let's look at their history...

Queen in the eighties was different from Queen in the seventies.  In the seventies, the band was much, much closer and practically spent the entire decade touring, then making an album, then going back on the road again, and back to the studio for yet another follow up album.  In the eighties, the band grew tired and disgusted after Hot Space and took a year or so to regain freshness.  They finally released The Works, which personally, was a smash, but then needed to regain freshness again.  Heck, they didn't plan on doing much until the director of Highlandmer confronted them.  Then after A Kind of Magic they seperated for yet another two years before going back in the studio.  It just seems that they were beginning to grow tired of each other and constantly needed time to refocus and recharge their batteries.  What would have happened if Freddie hadn't of caught AIDS and died?  Well, let's see what Freddie has to say...

"The biggest challenge is trying to keep the band going, when everybody says it's breaking up.  Everybody thinks the band is going to break up.  There came a point where I, we, were all getting very despondent and we wanted to do different things.  And when you have that in your bloodstream, as it were, the slightest thing that happens, or that's said...you just need the slightest excuse to break up the band."

"After all these years of playing together, sometimes we can get bored of each other, to be honest, and sometimes you want to do something other just Queen, Queen, Queen.  I like Queen very much, but I want to do something different otherwise I'll get too damn old and be in a wheelchair and it'll be too late for anything else."

"We can't live as a quartet all the time, so you feel like every time you make a move it's like a four-headed gorgon, or something.  Do you know what I mean?  I like to feel that I'm an individual.  That break is very hard to achieve.  It's horrible to just be thought of as one quarter of some entity."

"I'm dumbfounded that we've stayed together all these years.  All the other bands have always broken up or changed personnel, but we are about the only four grande dames that have actually stuck together.  We all have our ego problems, but we never let it get too much.  Long may we reign!"

"We are four.  It's a strong quartet.  We are going to stay together until we fucking well die.  It's got to the point where we're actually too old to break up now."

"If we ever think we are on a decline, we'll just give it up.  No-one is ever going to tell me I've had my day, had my innings, now do something else."

"I don't get up every morning and ask myself what I'd do if Queen decided to end.  I'll take it when it comes.  We're as serious about our work as a lawyer.  I can't predict whether we will go on, but as long as we keep breaking new ground, the fire will remain in Queen.  I don't think we've reached our peak.  Within the band there's still a lot left to be done.  Queen is still around.  We've had no disorder or any bad vibes recently.  I think everybody's quite happy at the moment.  The four old ladies are still rocking away!"

"Through anything, we will just carry on until one of us drops dead, or something, or is just replaced.  I think if I suddenly left they'd have the mechanism to replace me.  Not easy to replace me, huh!?"


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Posted: 28 Jun 10, 02:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I dont think they would of split up for good, maybe they would go off and do their own things and get together for special events perhaps even do a set at glastonbury

Eitther way they have nothing to prove to anybody, they are one of the biggest selling music artists of all time and that speaks for itself

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Posted: 28 Jun 10, 02:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sorry double post

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Posted: 28 Jun 10, 03:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If they were still together permanently that would be fantastic but I think it would of been unlikely but if they were, perhaps there would be the occasional album and tour or festival appearances

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Posted: 28 Jun 10, 05:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hard question:

Innuendo is one of Queen's best albums ever, but surely it wouldn't have come out with such an intensity of feelings and such a majesty if there hadn't been on the background the situation of Freddie's illness.

We can probably think of 'tendencies' trying to imagine what was already evident in the '80s.

I personally imagine that Freddie and Queen would have still made studio albums together, and that Freddie's solo activity would have evolved the post-romantic and almost classical field that he explored with The Great Pretender and, later, with Barcelona.

Barcelona wasn't only an experiment, IMHO. It was the outcome of a style that was already 'in nuce' in many of Freddie's compositions.. so I imagine that he would have done lots of other things with Symphonic Orchestras, maybe another experiment with classical music, who knows.

Surely, Queen lost Freddie at the top of his compositional skills, and someway it was like a Supernova.

Now, another question: after the Queen+PR experiment there's a huge silence around Brian and Roger.. 2 world tours, one studio album, and now.. nothing. Brian takes care of wild animals, Roger announces records that no-one knows if they'll come out or not.
Do you think that this is the end?

Roy.

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Posted: 28 Jun 10, 05:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also i swear i read somewhere that Freddie had another solo album ready to make after the Barcelona album but he got too sick to do it in the end

I dont think its the end for Queen+PR though, maybe in a year or so we might hear they are going back on tour