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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 11:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie says something strange after Ogre Battle


This is the right carnival, isn't it? Did you see in the front? I shall have to have a look at it tomorrow, right?


I've been wondering for way too many years what the hell was he talking about. Does anybody know the context to this? Was there some actual carnival? Or is it a metaphore for something?

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 11:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Vaguely remember this. He's talking about the press in the pit I think?

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 11:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interesting point, never thought about it. There seems to be something going on with the press people, he later makes his "I love posing, This is for the press" comments too. A pity that the cameras show us only the band

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My assumption was that the "entrance hall" area had been decorated in some way, so fans had some sort of unique experience on arrival, which he knew about (having approved the expense, probably) but hadn't seen.

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't he just referring to the crown lighting rig?


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The crown lighting didn't feature 'til a year later. '78 NOTW tour. - And not at earls court, but Wembley empire pool.


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Penetration_Guru wrote:

My assumption was that the "entrance hall" area had been decorated in some way


Correct. Or at least, the outside was.

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 15:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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The crown lighting didn't feature 'til a year later. '78 NOTW tour. - And not at earls court, but Wembley empire pool.

No. This is not true.
The crown was premiered at Earls Court and then they took a smaller version on tour for the NOTW tour (both at the US '77 and Europe/UK 78 shows).



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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 15:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I really think Freddie was referring to the spectacular lighting rig. It was a first so would be logical that he was curious about that.


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 16:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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master marathon runner wrote:

The crown lighting didn't feature 'til a year later. '78 NOTW tour. - And not at earls court, but Wembley empire pool.

No. This is not true.
The crown was premiered at Earls Court and then they took a smaller version on tour for the NOTW tour (both at the US '77 and Europe/UK 78 shows).


This is true .

The crown at Earls Court used the up stage rig they had used on the rest of the tour, but instead of flying it on an arched truss it was attached to the base of the crown.

The lights on the arched down stage truss were used around the front half of the circular base.

Wizards photo is great. . Yes Freddie was talking about both outside the venue and in the huge foyer area in the main entrance. The band hired a troop of jugglers, stilt walkers and frisbee throwers.

I seem to remember a fanclub magazine mentioning about this at the time.

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 16:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes having seen it again you're right he's talking about the front being decorated. Was thinking in my head about him bowing for the press.

Brian referred to the lighting rig with his Do you like gimmicks comment.

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 17:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, with a little input from various people another mystery solved :-)


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 20:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

pittrek wrote:

Freddie says something strange after Ogre Battle


This is the right carnival, isn't it? Did you see in the front? I shall have to have a look at it tomorrow, right?


I've been wondering for way too many years what the hell was he talking about. Does anybody know the context to this? Was there some actual carnival? Or is it a metaphore for something?


It's a minor point, but I think he says
This is *a* right carnival, isn't it?


Meaning something like "this is rather reminiscent of a carnival, isn't it?" rather than "this is the correct carnival, isn't it?".

Like I said, minor point.


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I copied that from Bob's site :)

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 20:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, then I guess it's just up to Bob to be cross with me, and you're off the hook ;P


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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 20:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

We were all getting on so well in this thread too :D

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Posted: 11 Sep 19, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Well, then I guess it's just up to Bob to be cross with me, and you're off the hook ;P


I will do no such thing.

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Posted: 12 Sep 19, 05:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I stand corrected. Never knew that. Just that I was at the Liverpool Empire show a few days before EC and there was no crown there so I just presumed.
It featured when I saw them a year later at Wembley empire pool, although not at Stafford Bingley Hall the week before . Wonder why?


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Posted: 12 Sep 19, 06:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Leaving their new lighting in a van on a Liverpool road was not advised

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Posted: 12 Sep 19, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The foyer (just inside the entrance doors) was decorated and had jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, clowns and other entertainers mingling with the crowd.