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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 12:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have heard that Freddie was a decent guitar player, but I haven't ever seen him play one. Does anyone know of a live concert or anything where Fred plays guitar? I heard Brian say he performed the Rock section of Bo Rhap on guitar once at a live concert. It would be awesome to see that.
Was there anything that Freddie couldn't do?

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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 12:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the only song where he plays the guitar live. At least, I've never heard of any other songs where he does. Do you maybe have a quote from Brian where he says that?


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 12:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I heard Brian saying that Freddie played live in Bo Rhap on the Greatest Hits DVD extras about the making of Bohemian Rhapsody. I'm not sure where exactly he says it, only that he does, or at least he thought he remembered it.

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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 13:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi all,
I thought I heard that he wrote songs like 'Ogre Battle' on guitar? Seem to remember Brian saying how Freddie would bash away at his acoustic guitar to come up with his 'heavy' songs.

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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 13:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did write Ogre and BohRhap and CLTCL on guitar.
I believe he showed Brian on the guitar, but (except for CLTCL) he didn't recorded them for the final cut.
I heard Brian say somewhere how quickly Freddie's hands moved while playin the guitar.

I'm sure Freddie was being mostly modest while talking about how poorly he played.


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 16:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie played good. Of course he was not Steve Vai... his comments were self-depreciating, like when Kenny asked him how did he work out harmonies and he said "same as you do", but of course it`s not that easy.

Bo Rhap was written at the piano. Perhaps the riff was written at the guitar, although he could have played it in the piano and then Brian transferred it to guitar. Same for Deacon`s bass-parts (not only concerning that song).

Liar too was written on guitar, and probably most of his early work (e.g. what he composed for Ibex)


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 18:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd like to know surname of this Brian who told that Fred played Bo Rhap's hard rock part on guitar... :)

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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 19:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

DID he play a six string at the Bowl? I didn't notice, I'll have to look at that again...


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 19:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, Freddie sat in a chair, in Cleveland in 1980, and started strumming Crazy little thing called love, on the guitar, he also did it on the 1982 tour in Cleveland.........did a hell of a job!


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Posted: 07 Jan 05, 21:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You can also see him play at Live Aid with his lovely white Telecaster. At least that's what I think it is.




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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 07:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He played the guitar on CLTCL live, but did he actually record it on The Game album.


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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 14:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brian_may_wannabe wrote:

He played the guitar on CLTCL live, but did he actually record it on The Game album.


Sources says yes, he did.

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Posted: 08 Jan 05, 16:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes Crazy Little Thing is the official one. But there are more contributions in the studio: John confirmed they all played guitar in the Hot Space album. I suppose Fred would play in his own song, so: Staying Power is definitely John, Body Language, ok it has only two seconds of guitar (literally speaking), but it sounds like Red Special, it`s obvious Brian would do it. Under Pressure - I really doubt it, btw, theoretically, Roger or John could be in there playing the twelve string rhythm, nobody ever confirmed or denied that. Cool Cat has John`s playing style. That only leaves Life Is Real. So I suppose that`s where he played. Of course not the solo or the main rhythm, just one or more of the slight overdubs (like the strummed twelve string acoustic on the demo)

Some people say Fred played in Need Your Loving as well, that he recorded it in the backing track and it was ok so they didn`t replace it. Theoretically it could make sense as well considering John would play bass for the backing track so he couldn`t do both at the same time. But I don`t know whether it`s just a rumour. Still, in the studio, CLTCL was never said to be the first or the last.


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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I know this doesn't really count, but in case anyone's interested, there's a two second flash of Freddie playing electric in the "Princes of the Universe" video.


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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 13:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"This shitty guitar only knows three chords!"

-Freddie Mercury.

"I've made no effort to become a guitar hero because I can't play the fucking guitar!"

-Freddie Mercury.

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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 16:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Really? When? I love that video. What guitar does Brian play in that? I love when the guy walks from the movie into the set, it looks cool!


Brian mimes a Washburn Flying V in that video. Btw Fred mimes with Brian`s Egmond during Headlong.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 18:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

Yes Crazy Little Thing is the official one. But there are more contributions in the studio: John confirmed they all played guitar in the Hot Space album. I suppose Fred would play in his own song, so: Staying Power is definitely John, Body Language, ok it has only two seconds of guitar (literally speaking), but it sounds like Red Special, it`s obvious Brian would do it. Under Pressure - I really doubt it, btw, theoretically, Roger or John could be in there playing the twelve string rhythm, nobody ever confirmed or denied that. Cool Cat has John`s playing style. That only leaves Life Is Real. So I suppose that`s where he played. Of course not the solo or the main rhythm, just one or more of the slight overdubs (like the strummed twelve string acoustic on the demo)

Some people say Fred played in Need Your Loving as well, that he recorded it in the backing track and it was ok so they didn`t replace it. Theoretically it could make sense as well considering John would play bass for the backing track so he couldn`t do both at the same time. But I don`t know whether it`s just a rumour. Still, in the studio, CLTCL was never said to be the first or the last.


someone told me that body language was all composed on synthesiser except for the guitar and it was all Freddie that did it

also on the GVH1 dvd Brian said that Freddie was "quite good" on the guitar, and that he recorded the heavy part of borap


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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 18:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

nibznik wrote:
also on the GVH1 dvd Brian said that Freddie was "quite good" on the guitar, and that he recorded the heavy part of borap



THANK YOU. I knew I heard that! But no one believed me. Brian May did say that Freddie recorded the heavy part of Bo Rhap.

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Posted: 09 Jan 05, 20:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What Brian said is that Fred composed the heavy part. The riff is Freddie`s, in the matter that Fred wrote it. But the riff is played by Brian, of course.


John hated HS. Fred's fave singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.
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Posted: 10 Jan 05, 08:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You don't have to know how to play the guitar, same as black sabbath did, Ozzuy made some ideas by playing the piano for the actual guitar riff.


Agreed -- that's usually how I compose anything!

BTW, as for when Freddie mimes in "Princes", it's during the bridge solo, just as the stairs start to collapse.


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