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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 12:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My brother reckons that Spike Edney is "often referred to as the 5th member of Queen" is this true? And do you think that he deserves this title?

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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 12:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

nope:

>he was not involved in writing songs
>he was not involved in writing music

he was just a back-up keyboardplayer...i don't understand why they hired others to play keyboard and some additional guitars in the 80's anyway...-.-


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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 13:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because Freddie decided he prefered not to play the piano. So if you can't take the piano out of a song then you have to put someone in. And they obviously needed another guitar part for Hammer To Fall. Or else he wouldn't have played it. I think the 5th member of Queen's stage show would be more precise. But he did play one of their albums.


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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Roy Thomas Baker, Mack, and David Richards could be considered as "the 5th member of Queen". Their contributions to songs were sometimes very important.

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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 17:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

exactly! spike aint no member just like fred mandel etc.......... on the payroll


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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 18:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw an interview with Brian, I cant remember where but it was a few years back now, and he said that Spike was often referred to as the 5th member of Queen. Im pretty sure Ive got it on video somewhere. I'll have a gander for it.


It doesnt bother me, I think Spike does a great job and its always nice to see him with Bri and Rog.


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Posted: 31 Jan 05, 20:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have also heard this rumour of him being referred to as the 5th member. I'm not entirely clear on the intended meaning of "member"... But possibly, yes.

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Posted: 01 Feb 05, 21:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

5th member is used for nearly everyone. In November `75 Fred referred to John Reid as the 6th, because Roy Thomas Baker was the 5th.


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Posted: 02 Feb 05, 08:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Red Special and The Deaky Amp were together as the 5th member of Queen.

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Posted: 02 Feb 05, 09:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Spike wasn't considered to be a fifth member of Queen BUT he often considered himself as the fifth member... it was the peak of his career so he was obviously very proud of it.

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Posted: 02 Feb 05, 10:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Fairy King wrote:

nope:

>he was not involved in writing songs
>he was not involved in writing music

he was just a back-up keyboardplayer...i don't understand why they hired others to play keyboard and some additional guitars in the 80's anyway...-.-


Neither fo I, Fairy King.


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