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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 10:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is an interview with Kansas lead singer Steve Walsh i found on a fanpage. I really love Kansas but in some kind of way I dislike that Freddie is called an asshole by him. And the funny thing is: He also calles the rest of the Queen guys gay *lol* I don't know if this is a joke or if he really dislikes Freddie. What do you think?
So here's the interview part:



Tim: Hi Steve, Thanks for sharing your musical gifts throughout the years. My question is regarding the time that Kansas spent touring with Queen back in the 70s. In the past, I have read statements made by Kansas members that Kansas stage performances were somewhat influenced by watching Queen's shows during the early years. I have also seen pictures of Kansas members (at least of Kerry and Robby) hanging out backstage with Freddie and Co. I know that Roger Taylor sang backup vocals on Vinyl Confessions shortly after you left the band in the early 80s. Do you have any memories of the Kansas / Queen days that you would like to share with your fans? For example, are there any personal highlights of touring with them that stand out?

Steve: Yeah, Freddie was a complete asshole. The rest of the guys were great...gay(not that there's anything wrong with that), but great.



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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 10:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This looks familiar.


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 10:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Of course, Steve Walsh is one of the greatest frontmen of all time, and Kansas is fondly remembered by all. Freddie is just a turd and nobody knows who the hell Queen is.

*statement DRIPPING with sarcasm*


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 10:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok it sounded quite sarcastic to me as well, i hope he also means it that way... I like Steve and Kansas quite a lot and was quite shocked reading a statement like that ;)


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 10:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ooh... is this another 'X isn't allowed an opinion' thread? I do love these.
If I cared at all for Kansas, I'd defend tham. I don't care at all for Kansas.


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 11:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HeMaToSe_SuInA wrote:

Who does he think that he is?



Somebody thats entitled to an opinion, so Freddies an asshole??? It doesnt affect my life, I like his music. As for Kansas, never listened to them.


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 11:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My god. I'd prefer any Queen song, which I do, over Kansas' Dust in the Wind. Well, maybe he should've told HOW Freddie was being an asshole. It could've just been the way Freddie was!!!


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 11:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe they just don't like each other or something, you know?


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 11:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

B_M_W (the wiggy one) wrote:

HeMaToSe_SuInA wrote:

Who does he think that he is?



Somebody thats entitled to an opinion, so Freddies an asshole??? It doesnt affect my life, I like his music


I agree. It might not have been a *nice* thing to say, but if for some reason he didn't get on with Freddie, then he's entitled to say so. I really don't think the opinions of a singer(?) from Kansas is going to change anyone elses thoughts though, so I wouldn't worry :).

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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 11:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just can say,as a Queen fan i also love 70's Kansas records like "Leftoverture" or "Song for America". Very epic Songs, nice lyrics, great singer and lots of piano and synthesizer parts. Its prog rock at its finest.
I just got angry about Steve`s answer and wanted to post it here to see some more reaction.


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When did he say this? Recently?

Well, he is certainly entitled to his opinion but since FM is gone he can say whatever he likes however, Brian May and Roger Taylor most certainly have a right to their reaction to his comment. (BTW since Freddie has passed this was a very insensitive comment to make!)

Brian might be the more nicer of the two, as far as RMT he'll probably tell him where to f*cking stick his opinion. And I'll agree to that!

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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 12:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I just don't get why he said it. He gives no reason for it. And the "gay" comment about Bri and Rog??? I'm sorry, but that's not really an opinion. Spiteful wretch! :)

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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 12:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I can imagine that Fred could come over as an asshole if he couldn't be arsed to get to know someone. if he wanted to talk to you, I can imagine he'd be incredibly engaging or charming etc, but if he didn't he could probalby be completly dismissive.

As for the "gay" comment, who knows. Might just have been a reaction to the vibe from the band's theatrics. I expect this comment was made sometime in the late 70's/early 80's (can't quite remember when Kansas were "big"). Can't imagine they would've met Fred at any other time


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the "gay" comment is also about John, not just B&R. John is also part of the band. Anyway... it`s weird considering that he was already married I think, so even if Steve wasn`t his friend I guess sometime he would have heard some comment like "how`s the missis?" or stuff...

On the other hand, we don`t know so much about how they adressed to each other. Maybe they joked around with stuff like "you look pretty" (like many people do with friends), and he completely misunderstood the situation.

Finally, I don`t think Steve`s the first or the last person in referring to Fred as an "asshole" or something to that effect


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like Queen and I like Kansas. I couldn't care less what they think of eachother.


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 14:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wasn't Walsh kicked out of the band at one point for being "too Christian"?


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hope he burns in hell for calling Freddie an asshole.

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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 14:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, then he would meet Freddie there. But Freddie wouldnt be burning there. I dont mean this in a bad way, either! It was just that I was reading an interview with Freddie, and he said he wanted to go to hell because imagine all the people you would meet.
Freddie Mercury was the greatest frontman ever!


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 15:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No I think he wasn't kicked out in 1981 because he was too Christian ;o) Because Kerry Livgren, the guitar player and Kansas mainman left Kansas in 1984 to make Christian Music.
After Steve left Kansas in 1981, Roger Taylor played drums on their 1982 "Vinyl Confession" record and sang Backings :)


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Posted: 30 Jul 04, 15:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Because Kerry Livgren, the guitar player and Kansas mainman left Kansas in 1984 to make Christian Music."

Ah, my mistake. Not a huge fan, so I couldn't remember who left the band for holier pastures.


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