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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 00:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok , a week ago , i seen the topic here on queenzone that talked about what kinda setlist would Queen use if they toured in this day and time with Freddie. Yes this was a great topic, but given the circumstances of the topic lets take a different look.

Lets put Queen back in their prime , based on what I read on this very forum , this would be the magic tour. Ok then in 87/88 The Miracle is released, Freddie doesnt have HIV , thus the future is dramatically altered and Innuendo and made in heaven would not exist in full as of yet.
Given the size of the Magic tour , do you think the miracle tour would have been just as big , or a decline due to the album itself? And just what would the future hold for Queen in the 90's with out Freddies illness ...sorry if this was asked before as I am rather new here. Now also if you would like .. provide a small introduction into how this concert would be presented ala a setlist , most of the fans here could probably fill in the blanks of which other songs Queen would perform ... but the begining of the show.. would it be extravagant as usual yet kinda more exotic ala "Party"... or would it start off ala wembley with One Vision? Graphic Depictions would be a plus too if you could ... heck even Ad Lib some of Freddies lines if you like use your imagination!


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 02:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I posted something similar to this about a fantasy 1989 world tour many moons ago, but I didn't save it, and I'll be damned if I can remember what I wrote.

So, for your enjoyment...

It was a night I wasn’t about to forget. Queen hadn’t played America since 1982, but, thanks to an extensive promotional campaign supporting their latest album, I found myself amongst forty thousand other exuberant Queen fans at Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia on a warm summer’s night - June 27, 1989, to be exact.

The anticipation was building as the support group came and went. I can’t even remember their name (if anybody out there was at the same show, help me out here!), but they obviously didn’t make much of an impact on me! And then, at 9:45, the lights dimmed, and strange sounds came blasting out of the massive sound system at the front of the stadium. I didn’t expect to be standing twenty-five rows away from the rock group I always loved, with a beer in one hand and my girlfriend holding the other...but here I was.

I learned later that the introductory song was called ‘Chinese Torture’, and could be found on the CD version of the album - I’m a vinyl man myself. CDs will fizzle out. Trust me. Anyway, as soon as that track finished, the crowd was in an uproar, and I very nearly missed the sound of the band singing the opening words to ‘Breakthru’, which I received as an early birthday gift, imported from the UK. It was turning out to be my favorite song, but I was disappointed that the band themselves weren’t singing it - it was pre-recorded. However, smoke bombs and a massive explosion occured after “somehow I have to make this final breakthru”, as the band bounded onto the stage and Freddie sang, “Now!”

The next two and a half hours were a blur. Freddie looked amazing, as always, and the band never sounded better. After ‘Breakthru’, they launched immediately into the two old warhorses, ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Somebody To Love’, offering tight yet stunning renditions of each. Freddie walked to the front of the stage after the former, addressing the crowd by saying, “Hey hey! Hello Philadelphia! Good to be back - are you glad to see us?” (loud cheers and whistles) “Alright. Let’s play games.” He then sat down at the piano and played an improvised, one-minute introduction before stopping and saying, “Alright, here we go!” ‘Somebody To Love’.

‘It’s A Hard Life’ followed. I’d never gotten a chance to hear this song live, and I’m really glad I did now. Freddie was amazing, and the band turned in an extended six-minute version of this song. “Thank you,” Brian said afterwards. “We’re gonna take a blast to the past and play you a song by John Deacon.” Welcome surprise song number one - ‘If You Can’t Beat Them’. This was a great rendition, which was followed by ‘Under Pressure’, a vocal exercise from Freddie, and then ‘A Kind Of Magic’. ‘I Want It All’ was great, but was played like the album version, with some interesting guitar work beforehand.

‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ came after, and was unusual in that it featured Brian on acoustic piano and not keyboards. He even sang the intro line, which was unexpected. ‘The Miracle’ and ‘I Want To Break Free’ followed, and were nice performances, and the crowd sang along to every line, but I was wondering when they were going to surprise me again. I needn’t have worried.

Freddie introduced the band after ‘Break Free’ finished: “OK, we’ve been together for nearly twenty years now, and the only thing that’s changed is that we’ve gotten older and fatter. Now, here’s Queen as we exist today: Spike Edney on keyboards, guitars, and vocals. John Deacon, patented bass guitarist and father of the year! Roger Taylor on drums and scandals. Aaaaaaand, Brian May on guitar, and Brian’s gonna sing for you.”

Brian then came center stage with an acoustic guitar and said, “Thank you, very kind of you. This is a song that I wrote many years ago, and the sentiment of which I still believe today

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 02:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

After ‘Now I’m Here’ concluded with an enormous ending, Freddie and Brian then appeared at the front of the stage on stools, with the latter sporting an acoustic guitar. The duo played ‘Love Of My Life’ and ‘Is This This The World We Created...?’, with the audience taking over most of the vocals on the former. Brian thanked the audience for their participation on both numbers and then said, “I’ve been playing a lot of piano tonight,” before laughing. Freddie quipped back, “Yeah, I might just play guitar!”

‘Las Palabras De Amor’ followed, and was an absolutely gorgeous version (then again, I’d never heard them do this live, so I only had the studio version to compare it to). Then Freddie sat down at the piano and said, “OK, we’re gonna do something we’ve never done before. Haha, it seems to be a night of firsts, doesn’t it!” The audience went wild at this, and then Freddie shouted, “‘Keep Passing The Open Windows’!”

I can honestly say that Roger and John both shone brilliantly throughout, both giving their best and undeniably wearing themselves out in the process. So that’s probably why, after the ending of the song, Freddie said, “Alright, we’re gonna take it easy with this next one. It’s for all you ladies in the front row who have been throwing your bras and panties and showing me your tits and asses all night - ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’!”

After this song, Roger then spoke: “We’re gonna do something now that’s gonna be the B-side of our next single. It’s a song I wrote, called ‘Hijack My Heart’.” I was extremely surprised at this, as I’d never heard this song before, and it wasn’t on the new album. But Roger sang very well, and this quickly turned into my favorite song of the evening.

‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Hammer To Fall’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ (with Freddie on rhythm guitar, naturally!), and ‘Radio Ga Ga’ all followed, and were all amazing versions of each, but Freddie said to the crowd, “Thank you, goodnight!” after ‘Ga Ga’, prompting many to believe the band were done for the night. After about five minutes, the PA started blasting the opening strains of ‘One Vision’, and the band came running out for the first of their two encores.

After a tremendous finish to ‘Vision’, Brian started making weird noises with his guitar as the stage grew dark. “Great,” I said to my girlfriend. “They’re going to play ‘Get Down, Make Love’.” As Brian tore down the neck of his Red Special, the band launched into ‘Was It All Worth It?’ and, after an eight minute version, ran back off the stage.

But not for long. A solitary spotlight picked out Roger as he pounded out the rhythm to ‘We Will Rock You’, which then led into ‘We Are The Champions’. We all knew things were coming to a close, but Roger refused to let the show end - he kept bringing the band back into more and more choruses of ‘Champions’, before Freddie, voice straining, weary from a nearly three hour show, and becoming visibly annoyed, brought the song to a finish. It was the first time I’d heard a seven-minute version of that song...

The band then appeared front stage, bowed several times as ‘God Save The Queen’ played over the PA, and the band walked off. Like I said, a night I would never forget - Queen proved they really are a miracle.

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 06:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow, I envy your imagination...what a cool story!:D


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 09:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I second that , Lester thanks for the entertainment that surely would have been joyous just as you explained it. I couldnt have done it any better myself.


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 14:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

amazing man


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 19:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester, here is the first version. I loved it when I first read it, so I saved it to a text document. Let's just say this was the third and final concert in Philadelphia on the tour. :)

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After a seven year hiatus from performing in America, I finally had the opportunity to see Queen in my home city. The place - Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia. The date - June 29, 1989. I managed to get sixth row seats, dead center, and I was finally seeing Queen live. I'd heard about their previous three tours, and was smacking myself for not attending the shows on their Rock 'n America tour in 1982. Thankfully, they came back to America on the strength of the sales of "The Miracle", and it was as if they'd never gone away: they got a bigger reception than Bon Jovi at a Giants Stadium homecoming concert.

The support group came and went - and for about twenty minutes, all you could hear was the chanting of 'Queen! Queen! Queen!' Homemade banners were held up at various points of the stadium, ranging from 'FREDDIE IS KING' to 'QUEEN ARE THE CHAMPIONS'. I even saw someone wearing a 1978 US tour T-shirt proudly. Then, the lights dimmed, and a regal sounding orchestra blasted over the PA. Was it Queen? That sounds like Brian May's guitar, but Queen never used an orchestra! This sounded great. Then, a familiar introduction erupted: 'When love breaks up...', and you should have heard the entire audience scream 'NOW!' as Freddie Mercury and the gang exploded onto the stage.

'Breakthru' was an apt opening song, propelled by John Deacon's bass and Roger Taylor's driving drums. The band are in fine form - even Freddie seems delighted to be back on stage. The song ends, and without missing a beat, Freddie yells, 'Who said my party was all over!' The band launch into 'Khashoggi's Ship', which features an extended jam during the middle. Freddie then greeted us: 'Hello Philadelphia, long time no see! We're gonna rock your arses off tonight, with an oldie but a goodie, a teensy little number we like to call, 'Tie Your Mother Down'!' Freddie never seemed to settle down - my girlfriend felt sorry for the cameraman who had to focus on filming Freddie for the back-projection screen. 'Somebody To Love' followed, with Freddie on piano, and Roger harmonized perfectly with Freddie. 'I Want It All', the single which reaffirmed my faith in Queen, came next, and Brian really let loose on the guitar on this one. Spike Edney also helped out on rhythm guitar, while Freddie danced around the stage.

Of course, 'A Kind Of Magic' and 'Under Pressure' followed next, and there was a rumor that David Bowie would show up to perform on 'Under Pressure' - Tin Machine was originally supposed to be the support group, but that never came to fruition. The hauntingly beautiful 'Who Wants To Live Forever' followed, with Brian on keyboards and lead vocals for the first verse.

'Spread Your Wings' was next, and what an amazing song. It almost felt like it was 1977 again. Freddie then went off on his 'de da doo' route, to which the audience responded enthusiastically. After we followed every single one of his commands note perfectly, he grinned and said, 'You fuckers haven't changed a bit, have you! This is 'Don't Stop Me Now'.' My girlfriend noted that Freddie looked rather good with a beard and mustache. Oddly enough, Freddie commented about that after the song concluded: 'Two years ago, I shaved off my mustache so I could impress the woman of my dreams.' The audience awwed, and Freddie grinned, 'Fuck off! It's not like we fucked or anything. We recorded an album together, most of you might have heard of it..' but the last part of that speech was drowned out by cheers and applause (he was referring to 'Barcelona', obviously). Freddie seemed touched and said, 'Well, we're not going to play anything from it tonight! The guys won't let me, and Roger's soprano isn't what it used to be. This is one from the new album, a song by Brian called 'Scandal'.' '


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 19:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger smacks his snare drum twice, and the band launch into 'Friends Will Be Friends'. I heard they performed this as a medley between 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions' in 1986, but I'm glad they performed a full version of this. 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Another One Bites The Dust', 'Hammer To Fall', and 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' all followed, and they were all performed perfectly. Freddie seemed delighted to dance around the stage with an acoustic guitar for most of 'Crazy Little Thing', while Spike Edney helped out on piano. Spike also played rhythm guitar on 'Hammer To Fall', and 'Bites The Dust' was a good chance for John to lay down some funky beats - they've really worked this one up from the previous tour.

'Radio Ga Ga' concluded the set, and left the audience screaming for more. Five minutes later, the lights darken, and all we hear is, 'Here we are. Born to be kings, we're the princes of the universe.' Smoke bombs go off as the band explode onto the stage again, launching into 'Princes Of The Universe'. As usual, the audience sings along to every word, prompting Freddie to remark, 'Hey you're good!' At the song's conclusion, the stage goes dark again, with laser beams, smoke, and lights creating a menacing effect while a keyboard drones and Brian creates feedback with his guitar. All of a sudden, Brian tears down the neck of his guitar, and the stage is bright again - 'Was it All Worth It''

The band leave the stage for about two minutes, before a single spotlight picks out Roger, and pounds out the intro to one of the most instantly recognizable songs ever - 'We Will Rock You'. Oddly enough, after the last chorus of 'We will, we will rock you,' instead of the guitar solo, the band launch into the fast version of the song, with a blazing bass guitar solo. We know the show is coming to a close, and Freddie addresses us again: 'This has been a truly magical night. You lot are great.' He sits down at the piano, and picks out the opening chords of 'We Are The Champions'. As usual, the audience sing along, and Roger doesn't seem to want the song to end - but when it does, Roger throws his drumsticks into the crowd, and Brian lets the final chord ring out forever. The band all come to the front of the stage, and embrace. Brian takes the microphone and says, 'You've been great! We hope to perform more miracles for you soon!' Freddie says, 'Thank you Philadelphia. You've been a tremendous audience - we'll see you next year!' And, the night ends with 'God Save The Queen'.

It was a worthwhile experience.

POSTSCRIPT: I found out later that, instead of 'Don't Stop Me Now', Queen would perform 'Teo Torriate' on their Japanese dates, and 'Las Palabras de Amor' on their Central / South American dates. Oh, and that song intro before 'Breakthru' was 'Chinese Torture'.



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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 20:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sounds like a wet dream :P


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 20:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What's scary is that both reviews sound similar. Christ, I even came within two days of the concerts!

Much thanks Sir GH, it's always nice to see that someone appreciates what I write!

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 20:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Great stuff, the both of you!!!

WOW!


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 21:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The both of you? They're both by me!

Damn you, GH, now you're getting credit for my work! *throws a comical coconut cream pie at GH*

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 21:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay, oops!

Great stuff, Lester!


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 21:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Not a problem, dan - anything to entertain!

*puts away comical coconut cream pie intended for dan*

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester Burnham wrote:

Damn you, GH, now you're getting credit for my work! *throws a comical coconut cream pie at GH*


*ducks just in time*

They've always said I'm a hard worker.
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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lester and GH , I really appreciate every post you two put up , Ive read a bunch of them , you two are very knowlegable. pardon the typo .. i am a clutz sometimes ... and i never got to see Queen Live ever ... as Im 24 years old ... i was in my mommas belly when they last came to New Orleans .. I believe in 79 .. my mom was at that show ..late 79/ right before 1980 .. i dont remember for sure


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually, I've never had the chance, either, to see Queen. I'm only 21 (so I took a bit of liberties with my story!), but I just seem to have an overactive imagination.

GH is the knowledgable one!

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I surely hope Mahler dont post on this topic .. he is the reason why I left alt.music.queen


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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From what I understand, and I used to be on AMQ years ago (1996 - 1999, or thereabouts), Mahler doesn't post here much, if at all. The only place I've seen him post is in Sharing the Music, so chances are he's busy working on his next mega-platinum album.

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Posted: 21 Nov 04, 22:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ha , Platinum as in the platter he eats his turds on eh? ... yeah i havent been on AMQ since umm late 02 ... i been reading this place ever since been rather scared to post tho .. but then the topic of the Made In Heaven Tour setlist came up ... so I had to speak my mind lol.
As far as mahler goes tho no one liked him in 02 there either , and me and him had our share of words because he spoke nothing but utter rubbish and had this outlandish mindset that he could become the next Freddie Mercury ... like i said give me a case of Heineken and i could probably try it to. LoL


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