"So what?Wasn't Freddie confident enough for his voice or he couldn't hit the high notes?I doubt both but then...why?"
Absolutely not. When you're touring for months on end, you have to be careful about how you use your voice. Sure, you could hit those notes on the first couple nights of a tour, but your voice would be totally finished by the fifth night. Attention: Works tour enthusiasts!!
To Spisso and Airmusic: please don't become critics if you haven't heard at least 100 Queen concerts. The official releases aren't always the best examples of live performances.
"Also an amazing vocalist such as Freddie had to choose which high notes hit, and which not, 'cause he had to sing 25-30 songs in a show."
Robert Plant sang 3 hour shows when Zeppelin was in their hey-day, and you didn't see him giving any less than his best, ever! Amazing as Freddie was, he was limited on stage, because he couldn't waste his voice away by hitting all the high notes that are on the record.
"the setlist was like a greatest hits show, they should have played more album only tracks..."
Yeah, because they felt obligated to play them. They resurrected some old stuff on the Works tour, but on the Magic tour, it was mostly hits. But with their huge sound they had by '86, it really didn't matter what they were playing! Their sound as a band was just amazing.
"I never liked the middle part of Get Down Make Love....Just kept waiting for them to get back to the regular part of the song."
But that's the best part... it's brilliant how they can create these sounds.
"- Brian's solo: I consider he is far away from being a virtuoso. In someone like Steve Vai or Yngwie J Malmsteen I love over 10 minutes solos, but that's because they can really do magic with the guitar. I'd prefer Brian did a 30 second solo and that's it."
Some nights Brian was on, and some he wasn't. His digital delay technique is brilliant and inventive, and it was always great to hear him building new ideas while using it.
"Instrumental Inferno: About Roger's percussion solo, same argument as above"
Yeah, I'll agree that a solo on two drums can only go so far.
"Fred's stupid vocal non-sense with the audience"
Nah, it's all good fun!
"Pianos done by the auxiliar keyboardist instead of Fred. Particularly Save Me (HS tour) and Friends Will Be Friends"
Agreed. Put Freddie on the piano where he belongs.
"As well as Hammer. When he completely ignored the 1st. half of the solo (the best part)."
No, Wembley 7-12-86 was the only time Brian forgot to play the solo, and it's been officially-released about 5 or 6 times!
"Adding synths to Now I'm Here."
Yes, I hate that too. Get Spike off the keyboards for this part! Yuck.
"They stuck to the same bloody setlist night after night out hardly ever changing things up"
Just like most bands. They find a setlist that works, and they use it. Keep in mind that they weren't considering bootleg listeners when they planned their setlists. They planned a show that would work for that one night, for those 20,000 people in the arena.
"Maybe they liked to give the same product to every crowd so no one got a lesser quality show."
That's what I'm talking about. :)
"I don't like (but I don't hate it) the Impromtu's and the guitar solos. I don't like You're So Square and the other cover songs during the Magic Tour except from Gimme Some Lovin' either..."
So in other words, you don't like creativity that goes beyond Queen songs only?
"During a show you decide if you're going to hit particular note or not- confidence is vital. if you doubt it at that moment- you avoid it in some way, going lower or changing melody slightly... Remember- he knew what he was doing!!!!"
Brilliant. I'm glad there are still people with good brains posting on this board. That's the best post in this topic so far!
"The more generous you are with your music, the more it comes back to you." -- Dan Lampinskihttp://www.queenlive.ca