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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 21:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Opening Number - Queen Extravaganza (Somebody To Love) American Idol 2012

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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 21:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought the Queen Extravaganza, such as it, did quite a respectable job with Somebody To Love. Marc Martel was in strong voice, though a little raspier than his usual clear tone (probably rehearsing the CRAP out of them these days) and it was fun to see a pro like Jeff Scott Soto ripping out in the background. Plus, despite what RT had said, he and Brian DID appear at the end and join in. First public performance for QE, first time for most of them on LIVE, PRIMETIME, NETWORK TV... impressive considering all that... and i quite enjoyed it.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really enjoyed it too. It impressed me enough that I'm now seriously considering driving 4 hours to see it this summer (and take my kids as well).


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to say that I was great. I was very resistant regarding the whole extravaganza thing at first but I have to say that the band is amazing. And the amazing thing is how Queen is growing even more as global phenomenon. Today I watched a TV add from a LA hotel that used BoHap and it was great. Amazing how the sentences in the operatic section were used to form a dialogue. And as a great coincidence, here in Australia where I`m doing a post-grad course, I just came from a seminar presented by a Prof. from University of South Florida where he told that Queen motivated him into music, before he became a researcher, and he presented a slide with the GH3 cover. I think that this extravaganza thing, even thought it is centuries away from the real Queen, will consolidate even more this global phenomenon because Marc Martel`s voice is great and people will like it regarding of being just a cover of Queen songs.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 01:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok I stopped right after that guitar guy did that backflipping thing. Circus.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 01:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Agreed, it was a little over the top ..

But if you kept it on for 20 more seconds, you would've seen Bri and Rog join them, more or less doing the ending of It's Late.


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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 03:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Glee-ification of Queen makes me fucking sick.

I've had to fight against people thinking queen were popularist naff commercial fluff for decades and now this.

I will always have my childhood memories of listening to Queen, and discovering their majesty, but now I would not go out of my way to even nod at Roger or Brian in the street.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 03:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was fun. Much more enjoyable than I expected.


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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 04:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Loved it! well done

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dysan wrote: The Glee-ification of Queen makes me fucking sick.

I've had to fight against people thinking queen were popularist naff commercial fluff for decades and now this.

I will always have my childhood memories of listening to Queen, and discovering their majesty, but now I would not go out of my way to even nod at Roger or Brian in the street.


Couldn't have said it any better myself. Now in a town near you: the Queen Circus Orchestra Extravaganza Thingy. Doing everything they said they'd never do. Come and see!

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 09:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was okay, guess you can't have such high expectations, nothing will ever live up to the real thing. It keeps their songs circulating anyhow.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 10:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just saw it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g_VS8eOIlY

It looked good.  They all seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bri and Rog basically played the ending of It's Late on national TV, and people are still complaining.

I bet if they released a ten disc boxed set and played the first 3 tracks on the evening news, people would still find something to complain about.

This is part of their job - making TV appearances so that the next generation hears their music. A million kids have been on youtube these past 24 hours watching old Queen videos as a result. And they are telling their friends to do the same.

Can the whiners suggest a better method for the remaining members of Queen to make their music known to the general public of tomorrow?

If not, then click here:

http://crossfitmidcounty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/no-whining-2x1.gif


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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 11:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

dysan wrote:
The Glee-ification of Queen makes me fucking sick.
I've had to fight against people thinking queen were popularist naff commercial fluff for decades and now this.
I will always have my childhood memories of listening to Queen, and discovering their majesty, but now I would not go out of my way to even nod at Roger or Brian in the street.


This is not Queen, chill out!!!
The things Queen did with Freddie and John will never be affected by any post era production. What they did until 1991 (or 1995) is untouchable.
From 1996 until now is another story, concentrate in the real Queen and you will always be happy!
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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 11:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Real Wizard wrote:
This is part of their job - making TV appearances so that the next generation hears their music. A million kids have been on youtube these past 24 hours watching old Queen videos as a result. And they are telling their friends to do the same.

A million kids. Really. How do you know this? And their friends too. The only Queen related YouTube trend at the mo is 'Bohemian Rhapsody on the Way to School', which underscores my point from yesterday about parental influence on the discovery of older music.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 11:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wednesday's episode had 16 million viewers. A fair portion of them were teenagers.

When kids find music they like, they go onto youtube and text their friends about it. This is what most kids do nowadays.

This is not a battle of numbers. My original point stands.


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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was fun. Too bad they are not using bigger venues for the tour.

In the 1970's Queen was never on TV in the USA. I am glad they are finally getting the TV exposure they should have always had. I want everyone to know Queen's music. All generations. It is part of music history now, and I think the USA really missed out while Freddie was alive so it is still a new discovery for some people. The producers of American Idol are British and that is why we are finally having good exposure of Queen on American TV. Thank goodness for that.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 12:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good performance by the Queen Extravaganza and nice ending. I didn't make the "It's Late" connection until Sir GH brought it up.

About the Idol contestants "singing" with the band... Oh my God, It. Was. AWFUL! Painful to watch and horrendous to listen. Worse than Five, Britney and Beyonce together.

Brian's WWRY guitar solo is the only reason I made it through the end. An instrumental break focusing on the Doctor on U.S. TV, that was cool.

About the "Idols", IMO Adam Lambert is a million times better than them... and he kinda sucks!!

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The Real Wizard wrote: Wednesday's episode had 16 million viewers. A fair portion of them were teenagers.

When kids find music they like, they go onto youtube and text their friends about it. This is what most kids do nowadays.

This is not a battle of numbers. My original point stands.

"Wednesday's episode had 16 million viewers" and a "fair portion of them were teenagers", of which we're to assume "a million" watch Queen videos (and told all their friends), but it's "not a battle of numbers".   I can only imagine you mean it's not a battle of meaningful numbers, but a battle of stuff you've pulled out of the air.  The facts are that teen and 20-something viewership never dominated the demographics of Idol, whose median viewer age is now 48, and on top of that are down about 30% this year.  That comes from an article in the LA Times a couple of weeks ago titled "American Idol: Has it Lost the Kids?".   TV watching in general is way down for young people.  There's little reason to automatically assume even that the total teen viewership numbered a million, let alone that that converted to watching Queen videos on YouTube for every last one of them, and further meant retention or sustained interest.  And telling their friends.

Truthfully you have no idea what the impact on interest in Queen by young people is, and since you're using these nebulous 'facts' to underwrite dismissing and essentially insulting 'whiners' and 'complainers' I don't think a reasonable degree of certainty is too much to ask.  Really, for all we know the net effect of a karaoke showcase of Queen could be a reduction in future interest.  Maybe for every second kid that ends up on YouTube for three minutes a disillusioned dad reaches saturation point and never, for example, makes singing Bohemian Rhapsody in the car on the way to school a family tradition.  Who do you think is making that video go viral by the way?  Kids? Or parents? 

Bottom line is you don't know, I don't know, and neither of our states of not knowing has much to do with people who want to voice disappointment with whatever they like.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 13:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I still think Marc's pretty good. Maybe going a little overboard in places here, but I suppose that's his way of making an impression. He really is very good.

The guitarists are not nearly good enough to be putting on that schmucky routine together.

The harmonies were fucking God awful. Seriously, work on that shit. I think, performance issues aside, that's the thing that TV mixers screw the hardest sometimes.

Roger and Brian bursting out of nowhere was fucking great. Could've just been those two, honestly, but then it wouldn't have been on TV. Champs, the both of 'em.

All in all it's very good to see Queen getting some proper recognition in a very public way. It's great to see Brian and Roger playing. And it's fantastic that the singer is (for a change) a cut way above your usual Idol cunt.

I can't really get over how lackluster the guitarists are though. For all of those theatrics, they do an average job of playing the song - and they're acting like they wrote the bloody thing or something!

Ultimately I like the QE idea more than the fuckin' musical... cutting out the shit jokes and just playing some music. Great idea. Without Brian and Roger jumping out at the end though, this video would just be a fantastic singer and an average backing band. I don't see how that's an Extravaganza.


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