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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 01:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What concert Brian played his very longest solo?


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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 10:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One time he played in his basement for an hour straight.


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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 11:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

all five of the gigs i went to between 79 and 86 - the solo seemed about the same length - fucking labouriously endless


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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 11:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...with a delay pedal, so when it was done there was still 2 or 3 seconds left just in case you hadn't heard enough!!!

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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 12:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know.


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

Yoyogi National Gymnasium May 11, 1985
Brian played for a full half an hour, Starting with his improve solo for 13 minutes then eventually moving to "last horizon". After that he jammed for a while, combining the Japanese song "Sakura" and the British Folk songs "knees up mother brown" and "Any old iron", eventually ended with the surge into "Brighton rock".
At the end Brian explains that he always wanted to be a rag and bone man.
It's very clear on the audience recording.

"rag and bone man" might be hard for google to translate, sorry.

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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 16:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Paris, 1st March 1979.


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Posted: 08 Mar 12, 22:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

emrabt wrote:
Yoyogi National Gymnasium May 11, 1985
Brian played for a full half an hour, Starting with his improve solo for 13 minutes then eventually moving to "last horizon". After that he jammed for a while, combining the Japanese song "Sakura" and the British Folk songs "knees up mother brown" and "Any old iron", eventually ended with the surge into "Brighton rock".
At the end Brian explains that he always wanted to be a rag and bone man.
It's very clear on the audience recording.
"rag and bone man" might be hard for google to translate, sorry.


Wait what, Last Horizon in '85? I don't know when it was written but it didn't appear on an album until 1994...

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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 00:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They were all too bloody long!
Can't believe the band kept allowing him to do it! Definitely a toilet break moment.


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 01:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tomchristie22 wrote:Wait what, Last Horizon in '85? I don't know when it was written but it didn't appear on an album until 1994...

It was on Johns solo album "man in the shadows" long before that, under another title.

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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 04:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think he did the right thing by shortening it to an hour long solo.After all,he had to let that pesky Freddie sing.


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The longer the better for me, ca`nt get enough of the glorious red special tone.

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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 07:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that Brian's solos are extremely dull, especially when compared to the rest of his songwriting and playing?


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 10:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always skip the solos on bootlegs, dvds and live cd's but I always enjoyed watching him perform them live.


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 10:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sometimes his solos can be quite musical. The descending bit near the end of his solo spot at the famous Wembley show is one of the most gorgeous things he's ever come up with.

The longest solo spot on tape is Marbella 86. He does his thing for over ten minutes. He got carried away with the Chinese Torture bit ... he had just brought his harmonizer pedal into the act a few nights earlier.

His solo spot was an experimental thing for him. Ideas came and went. He kept the good ones and incorporated them in. But sometimes things got out of hand (and Brian wasn't the only guilty one), like on the European 78 tour. The vocal/guitar solo spots went on for over 15 minutes combined on some nights, like in Rotterdam.

I'd say the peak of Brian's solos was 1982 - definitely his most creative. If only there was more video from that US tour. Many reviews state that the sight of the lights chasing him around were a sight to behold.


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I remember loads of people at school after watching Hammy 75 remarking on how fantastic the guitarist was after seeing his Brighton Rock solo, fantastic stuff - definately the highlight.

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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 11:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't remember exactly but jamming with Roger was quite long on last concert SHA tour in Tokyo 1st May 1975 - Son and Daugter. I personally remember and like few ones - from Japan gigs are always funny, Vancouver Dec 1978, Paris 1978, from ANATO tour and from Crazy tour in this small venues... (Hammy '79)
Don't know why exactly ;) but after few years on stage this guitar solos from Magic Tour and The Works are quite boring :P

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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 22:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Real Wizard wrote:
I'd say the peak of Brian's solos was 1982 - definitely his most creative. If only there was more video from that US tour. Many reviews state that the sight of the lights chasing him around were a sight to behold.

I saw Queen at the Capital Centre in 82. My biggest regret was they didn't play Somebody to Love. But Brian's solo was awe-inspiring and definitely made up for it. He seemed to run the gamut and pushed the Red Special to its extremes. One moment it was in the deep end, sounding like a Harley being revved or the Space Shuttle launching, the next it was ear-piercingly high, as if he were blowing on a Toot Sweet whistle. I had no idea at the time if he was incorporating any licks from any songs-in-progress, but it wouldn't surprise me. I sure wish somebody recorded the show, but nearly 30 years on I've stopped hoping for this miracle.

I sat stage center in the first row of the first level (behind and above the sound board), and the stereo was magnificent. The light show was definitely a feast for the eyes. (And yes, I do have pictures but they are still lost in a box. I thought they were in the basement but after a futile search I realize they are in storage. They will definitely see the light of day soon. I promise!)


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Posted: 09 Mar 12, 22:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like the solo from Houston 77 where he play bits of Hammer to fall and Khashoggi`s ship!


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Posted: 10 Mar 12, 05:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I liked the Smile gig where they sang some of C-Lebrity