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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 07:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

does brian own freddies piano will he use it on tour mayby for no one but you


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 08:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think his "lovely Supergrand" now belongs to Mary Austin, cause she inherited the house. Sebastian, can you confirm that ?


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 09:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

She has it. I remember reading an article a couple of years ago that featured an interview with Mary and a handful of pictures, One of which had her standing next to the piano. So, Either that is Freddie's piano, Or an illusion. ;)


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 09:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Depends on what you mean by "Freddie`s piano". There were three:

- The upright he had at his flat in the very early days, in which he composed material for Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack. More than "his" piano it was the one at the flat (like the computer I`m using now, it`s "property of the flat", when I move I`ve got to leave it here), so I think it`s now owned by ... whoever is in that flat right now.

- The Yamaha he had at Logan Place, in which he composed Bo Rhap (he had it there from summer `75 onwards). That`s the one still at Logan Place, Mary owns it, unless in the last few years she sold it or broke it or gave it to somebody ... we never know...

- The Steinway (the one he used live and in some recordings like Don`t Stop Me Now). I`m not sure about the details, but I might imagine than more than "Freddie`s" piano it was the band`s piano (I mean, property of Queen Productions and bought with money of the band, not from Fred`s own pocket). Buying equipment is part of everyone`s responsibility, like buying PA things or amplifiers, they technically belong to all the band, except for some cases like the Red Special which of course came before. In an interview to Brian in `98 he had it at his flat, he used the same piano (perhaps) in the No One But You video; but I`ve also heard Roger had it at Cossford Mill. Anyway, one of them does.


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 09:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well in the interviews on the Live At Wembley DVD Brian sits on the piano stool in front of a Black Steinway.


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 09:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I'm sure Brian owns a piano as well. ;)


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well if it was the band's piano then they would have used it at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert instead of that Roland or whatever it was.


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 10:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Well if it was the band's piano then they would have used it at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert instead of that Roland or whatever it was.


Theoretically, yes, but I guess Spike felt better in a digital one, or, they preferred to have more space.


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 12:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A photo of Fred`s upright in May `75:

http://www.repfoto.com/repfoto/queen/queen7505021/html/7505021004.jpg.htm


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 13:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is that Chris Squire in that photo?

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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sebastian wrote:

GiantSpider wrote:

Well if it was the band's piano then they would have used it at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert instead of that Roland or whatever it was.


Theoretically, yes, but I guess Spike felt better in a digital one, or, they preferred to have more space.

But Spike didn't even play that very much. WATC, Bo Rap. But with having a screen at each side of the stage I could understand the space argument.


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 22:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don`t think it`s Chris Squire, more like Roy Baker imo


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Posted: 22 Jan 05, 22:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ah. Maybe they're long lost twins, Squire and Baker.

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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 19:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If Mary has it, I wonder if it's been played by anyone since Freddie died?


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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 19:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mrs Doyle wrote:

If Mary has it, I wonder if it's been played by anyone since Freddie died?


Good point. I guess, if any of Mary`s kids wants to learn piano, they already have where.


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Posted: 23 Jan 05, 20:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"- The Yamaha he had at Logan Place, in which he composed Bo Rhap (he had it there from summer `75 onwards). That`s the one still at Logan Place, Mary owns it, unless in the last few years she sold it or broke it or gave it to somebody ... we never know..."


Brian has the Yamaha now


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Posted: 24 Jan 05, 03:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Are you sure? Acording to Phoebe the baby-grand is still at Logan Place


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