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Posted: 21 Jan 05, 13:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've often seen messages here about freddie's best shows but can anyone point me out some less good one.I'm talking vocalwise of course,the rest was always pure magic,I think.


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Posted: 21 Jan 05, 14:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Many of his shows on The Works tour were less than spectacular - I know one show I have, 9/29/84 (I think) from Vienna, was particularly bad. His voice was cracking left and right, and he had to keep going down to a lower register for most of the songs.

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Posted: 21 Jan 05, 16:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

he told in an interview, that he felt bad about one show in particulair, because he really lost his voice that night and had to sing monotone..
I can't remember wich one it was, but I thought it was in their beginning period

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Posted: 21 Jan 05, 20:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

freddie always had trouble with "nodes" in the throat his voice was the type where u couldnt hide the soaring vocal bits, so he would drop a key he did it a lot on the magic tour esp a kind of magic he just went down the scale which personally im pleased about the press always hounded them. for them too say he couldnt sing live would have wrecked everythin........


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe the one in Hannover when he fell down and injured his knee :-),... or the one (that i can't remember where) when he loses his voice completely and has to cancel the show..


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 07:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the tokyo 1979 tour on video is another bad performance, bloody voice health problems


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 08:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He had to cancel quite a lot of shows on their first headlining US-Tour, so I guess a few of the shows before he had problems as well.
Even later on when they got used to long tours he had problems with his voice. I have a bootleg from Seattle '76 or '77, in which he has has quite severe problems during "White Man". But what he lacks in range in that show he compensates with pure energy. That man could rock an audience even with a bad cold (Hammy '75)!


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 15:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This wasn't really a show, but Queen's performance on Saturday Night Live (25 September, 1982) is an excellent example of Freddie's voice problems.

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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 16:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've always thought Freddie's voice on the Rock In Rio tapes of 1985 are very weak

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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 17:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You can't see it... Freddie was unmistakable...


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 17:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeah i think that sat night live thing, the trouble there was his voice wasnt warmed up


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 18:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fred played on over 700 shows and I have seen less than 10% of them, so how can I answer?!

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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 06:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

someone told me that his voice was wrecked on the SNL performance because he had been shouting heaps the day before?


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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 08:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

someone told me that his voice was wrecked on the SNL performance because he had been shouting heaps the day before?


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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hankster wrote:

he told in an interview, that he felt bad about one show in particulair, because he really lost his voice that night and had to sing monotone..
I can't remember wich one it was, but I thought it was in their beginning period


It was show in San Francisco, but I don't know when. I believe it was not in their beginning period.

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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 16:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think the final show of jazz tour was pretty bad...


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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 16:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thats the best thing about Freddie ! We can talk about different performances, good or bad by his standards, but compared to most groups, they always had great shows !

Yeah, the word 'show' ... Even if he had voice problems, eg. a bad cold, he could still do a great show ! That's why there is only 1 Freddie Mercury !


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Posted: 24 Jan 05, 00:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Bizon wrote:

i think the final show of jazz tour was pretty bad...


The Tokyo video is even worse.



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Posted: 24 Jan 05, 05:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think I listened to Brussels 1984 yesterday (not 100% sure though) and the voice was simply terrrible - It's A Hard Life intro was a torture.

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Posted: 24 Jan 05, 08:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Seibu Stadium,Japan 1982,I think he didn't reached the note of Te o Toriatte.


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