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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

we all know that George's performance was the best at the Fred Tribute.....

But what you guys maybe didn't notice is that both Somebody to love and Show must go on was played on lower key octave's than the original versions of the songs....meaning easier to sing the notes.

And remember ,George didn't play the piano while he sang Somebody to love so though he sang it good ,it'll never be like Freddie because Freddie not only sang the song in the right key , but played the piano while singing it..

And Elton , man he really sucks at singing, not that Show must go on is a easy song to sing but......No one can beat Freddie....



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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 10:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And Elton , man he really sucks at singing, not that Show must go on is a easy song to sing but......No one can beat Freddie....

ok In Elton's defense his singing does NOT suck...its just that he cant get in the range of Freddie's for that song...


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think we all know that those songs were played in lower keys than the original versions.

And, you know, Elton John did his best to sing a song that needs a very good vocal range. Freddie's version will be the best for ever, no one could even be near to it, but, between the many live versions of TSMGO, Elton's tribute (also if it's in a lower key), is still the best non-Freddie's heard. No Chris Thompson's, no Patti Russo's, no one else's...

Elton John maybe did not reach highest notes, and personalized the song, maybe too much. But, in fact, his voice never cracked and was quite good to listen to.

We cannot actually say the same about many singers that have tried to sing it in Freddie's key, losing their voice after 2:30 min or cracking at every high note.

Elton John, knowing his lack of range about the song, did absolutely his best, i repeat. You can love him or not, but that's the way it is


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

George was the best that day, but nobody comes near Freddie, he was just extraordinary


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And, you know, Elton John did his best to sing a song that needs a very good vocal range.

and he did it in tribute to Freddie


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"George was the best that day, but nobody comes near Freddie, he was just extraordinary"

Couldnt agree more man :D


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"No one can beat Freddie...."

I don't want to break your bubble, But Queen also 'cheated' with the pitch of the songs in the studio. Some songs were slowed down a bit, so it was easier for Freddie to sing. (a semitone lower)




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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He was human too, guys...


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 12:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"He was human too, guys..."

Was he? ?:|


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 13:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nah he was a god


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 14:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, Elton was a friend of Freddie's and he did it in tribute to him and I think that all of them did a great job singing at the tribute concert. But Queen songs are just not everyone's thing, eh?!


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 15:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken: So you mean that original Show must go on is pitched?? That it isnt really Freds real vocal?? Naaa idont believe that , and how should you know about that?

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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 15:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"That it isnt really Freds real vocal?? Naaa idont believe that , and how should you know about that?"

Niek isn't saying TSMGO is pitched down - but for example Brighton Rock (The high vocals) are pitched up quite a bit. Can't think of any other examples though a.t.m.

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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

not pitched down , but if it is pitched up , thats what i meant

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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 15:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

if his voice is pitched up i mean

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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 18:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it's possible. on many innuendo and made in heaven tracks, especially


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Posted: 14 Jan 04, 21:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought George Michael's performance was outstanding -- very strong voice and in the same key as Fred! Elton, on the other hand, was a little too torn up to really sing SMGO well, his voice was not in the form it should have been. Given that he's older, his voice has changed a bit from his Bennie and the Jets days...but I wager that if Freddie were still with us, his voice would be stronger than ever, and he could probably sing rings around Andrea Bocelli as well! (I love his voice too!)

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Posted: 15 Jan 04, 07:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lisa J Goodrich : No George Michaels live version of Somebody to love isnt at the same key octave , i know this cause ive compared the fred's live version to his live version...


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Posted: 15 Jan 04, 08:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Listen again, dear -- it is VERY close!

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Posted: 15 Jan 04, 08:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree, with Lisa, Freds live version and George's are both in the same key.

Look at where Brian is playing it on the fret board.


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