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Posted: 02 May 11, 02:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There's hundreds of them: I've seen songs from the Crazy Tour get mentioned, Live Aid, 1981 gigs, etc. The question is:

What is Freddie Mercury's absolute best live vocal performance?
In other words, if you had to show someone a live performance of Freddie, which would you pick?

This is the song I nominate:



This has to be the best version I've heard (and probably a top Freddie live vocal overall).


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Posted: 02 May 11, 07:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For me it's "We are the Champions" at Hammersmith (26th December 1979). Just love the passion with which Freddie sings the song, particularly that part after he leaves the piano.


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Posted: 02 May 11, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: There's hundreds of them: I've seen songs from the Crazy Tour get mentioned, Live Aid, 1981 gigs, etc. The question is:

What is Freddie Mercury's absolute best live vocal performance?
In other words, if you had to show someone a live performance of Freddie, which would you pick?

This is the song I nominate:

This has to be the best version I've heard (and probably a top Freddie live vocal overall).

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Posted: 02 May 11, 12:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yup, RGG, Live Aid 85.

Best song of Live Aid. Band behind Him was great and in form to though!!

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Posted: 02 May 11, 13:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

His last breath.


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Posted: 02 May 11, 13:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We Are the Champions (Live Aid)

and

Bohemian Rhapsody (Rock Montreal)

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Posted: 02 May 11, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't know (or care) about technically greatest but Save Me from Milton Keynes is one of my favourites.


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Posted: 02 May 11, 16:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I say either Radio Ga Ga from Live Aid or BoRhap from the Champions shoot.


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Posted: 03 May 11, 11:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmmm a tough one!!

Liar from Newcastle 1979 is immense...

Somebody to love from Sao Paulo (amazing imrpvo opening, pretty much all the high notes, multiple C5's at the end)

WATC from Live Aid--- I mean he gets the C5 PERFECTLY, nails the chrous parts and sounds downright beastly overall, plus its the setting, to have the guts to go for that High C is impressive in that context.

Gaga is good...BUT there are a fair few versions out there that aren't that much worse then the Live Aid version...IMO there is no version even close to Live Aid's WATC...


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Posted: 03 May 11, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

WOW, there are lots of faves for me.

My Top 3
3. WATC at Live Aid
2. Bo Rhap Hammersmith (mainly for his passion)
1. Sombody To Love (From Rock Montreal)

My favorite vocal improvs are after they performed White Man Live from Madison Square Garden Feb 5,1977 and Houston Dec 11, 1977 and his SCAT singing during the 1986 Budapest show.

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Posted: 03 May 11, 19:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's some other performances that could be nominees:

-Save Me (Newcastle 1st night)
-Need Your Loving Tonight (Oakland 1980)
-Under Pressure from the first Montreal concert (Why Saul Swimmer threw that away blows my mind)
-Back Chat from Leeds 1982 (Love the guitar solo + the vocals are ace)


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Posted: 03 May 11, 19:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: Here's some other performances that could be nominees:

-Save Me (Newcastle 1st night)
-Need Your Loving Tonight (Oakland 1980)
-Under Pressure from the first Montreal concert (Why Saul Swimmer threw that away blows my mind)
-Back Chat from Leeds 1982 (Love the guitar solo + the vocals are ace)
And Somebody to Love from Rock In Rio first night. Flawless and full of passion.


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Posted: 03 May 11, 20:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That STL from Rio is the best version from the whole Tour!


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Posted: 11 May 11, 06:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always show Queen newbies Somebody To Love Montreal.

Freddie just nails it, drives into the piano, out front just singing his lungs out.
The band is right at their peak too, grooving hard.

Awesome.

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Posted: 13 May 11, 02:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Somebody To Love seems to be one of those songs that everybody's gotta share to someone (it's one of those quintessential Freddie songs--along with Bo Rhap).

There's so many good versions out there, it's hard to pick one!


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Posted: 13 May 11, 03:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A Kind Of Magic, Leiden 1986 (first night).

Magical.


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Posted: 13 May 11, 11:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rick wrote: A Kind Of Magic, Leiden 1986 (first night).

Magical.

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Probably the best version live of that song! The 2nd Leiden is on par as well!


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Posted: 13 May 11, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Gregsynth wrote: Rick wrote: A Kind Of Magic, Leiden 1986 (first night).

Magical.

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Probably the best version live of that song! The 2nd Leiden is on par as well!
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Very true. Proud to be Dutch :P


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Posted: 13 May 11, 16:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Alot of Queen's best concerts were in Dutch countries (The Netherlands, Belgium, etc). Any show in Leiden was guaranteed to be superb!


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Posted: 13 May 11, 22:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Alot of Queen's best concerts were in Dutch countries"

What a waste!


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