I am interested in fellow Queen fans' opinions on the addition in '82 of an extra keyboard player. I was recently watching my copy of Argentina '81 and thought to myself: it never sounded this real again.
I always liked how in Need Your Loving Tonight, Freddie played a brief bit of piano during the guitar solo, then returned to the front of the stage. On following tours, Fisher or Spike would play a part like this. The most notable difference for me was always the performance of Save Me. Before '82, Brian starting off on piano, then Freddie moving over to play as Brian assumed Red Special duties was a highlight of any show. For me, it was the highlight of the WWRY video. (Montreal '81)
But in '82, the sound of Save Me was a bit wimpy, and borderline cheesy.
Granted, the extra keyboard player added a great new dimension to Crazy Little Thing, but I still prefer the early versions of it best, such as London '79 (Kampuchea Concert).
I know one of the reasons for the change was to have Freddie out front more, but to me, seeing him at the piano for any song, whether it was a snippet of Need Your Loving Tonight, or for longer in songs such as BoRhap and Somebody to Love, was always my favorite part of any Queen show. It's where he belonged! Just wonderin' if you guys and gals liked the move in '82 or not. Thanks!
Man Made Paradise