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

i bought wembley dvd and it seems to me that in a lot of songs you can hear a sound of a keyboard but nobody is playng it.
and i dare to say to say that freddie cannot reach higher notes anymore.what da ya think about?

sorry for my english,i am italian

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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yes since the works tour spike edney plays the synths and second guitar. and yes, freddie fights a lot with the higher voices - keep in mind, it was the towards the end of a huge european tour


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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lots of posts on here about the Wembley gig.

They had a keyboard player on most of the 80s tours and at Wembley it was Spike Edney. He's the guy who comes on and plays guitar in Hammer To Fall.

And many say that the Wembley gig wasn't the best "musically" on the tour. I did always think that Fred's vocals were a little "strained" for want of a better word. I suspect the tour had taken its toll a little. Perhaps also that Fred knew the gig was being filmed and that made a difference.


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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i knew that spike palyed keyboards and guitar but i 'd like to know if he played even when you hear them andhe is not on stage.
in budapest fred had a better voice...higher.but i think freddie reached his best in the early eighties.i.e. the game tour

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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i listen to queen since 1989 and i have alot of stuff and i know a lot of stuff but i really don't care if freedie shaved his balls.why are you so fucking morbous?it was his business,after all

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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

gabriel79 wrote:

i knew that spike palyed keyboards and guitar but i 'd like to know if he played even when you hear them andhe is not on stage.
in budapest fred had a better voice...higher.but i think freddie reached his best in the early eighties.i.e. the game tour


Yep. Spike is tinkering the plastic ivories at Wembley. Except when Brian plays the intro to WWTLF of course!!!

Funny you should mention Budapest, 'cause the same posts about the Wembley gig also say Budapest was a better concert all round (i.e. not just Freds voice) and I guess Queen must have thought so too as Budapest was the official video release at the time, not Wembley!!!

For that reason, I think that ONE day, Budapest should be given a DVD treatment. Perhaps as a live DVD box set (believe there's supposed to be one of those in the pipeline?!?!?! - lights the touch paper and stands well clear....)


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Posted: 14 Oct 04, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

maybe the budapest gig was "better" because they had a little more time to relax - and freddies voice got better because he drank this "barack pálinka" thingy...
no idea why budapest was better overall - maybe because of different little factors: weather, later the evening than wembley (I think), maybe the sound in the stadium, or they knew that the whole eastern block looked to budapest this evening, and they wanted to proof high quality for the (in ex-communist area) expensive show. who knows.


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Posted: 16 Oct 04, 15:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Live at Wembley with Live Aid is the most famous Queen concert ever,a pinnacle of a career and one of my favourite too.Freddie had problems with his vocal chords during his career and Wembley is one of the case.He was in better vocal shape Live in Budapest to remain at the Magic Tour '86.
I really love both concerts anyway!


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Posted: 18 Oct 04, 05:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The fact that Freddie couldn't always reach the high notes in concerts used to bother me, but of late it's made me conclude that he must have been quite a selfless musician.

He pushed himself in the studio to such incredible vocal heights (It's Late, for example), knowing fully that he wouldn't be able to re-create that on stage night after night during a gruelling tour. He didn't have to sing all those songs in such high keys, either, but I guess he wanted to push himself. And thank f**k he did! He could also have changed the keys when Queen performed live, but he didn't cop out there either.

So I think it's fair to say that Freddie was definately the man. So the live stuff wasn't always great, but even Wembley isn't really that poor. I mean, singing in a stadium is about as hard as you can get, and Freddie makes it look so easy.