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

In both the recorded and video versions of "These Are The Days Of Our Lives", just my opinion and feelings...but in NO way do I feel Freddie is just acting or performing in the video or just interpreting the song when he sings it. You can hear and visably see, this is his totally genuine final statement of Thank You and Goodbye to his friends, family, colleagues, of course the band and his fans.

He hadn't made barely any appearances in the public or done any videos the last year of his life, 1991. But he pulled his last bit of health and strength together, made the effort here, in the literal last months of his life. The video, his last, was shot in May 1991, only mere months before he passed. You can see the difference in his frail appearance, but he actually looks happy, in a bittersweet way, to be working again and making/performing wonderful music.

Watch his mannerisms in the video as they match the song's lyrics too (along with the band's mannerisms too, the way Brian, Roger, & John look and smile at one another and at Freddie. His utter conviction is all over this song/video.

The end of the song he speaks (he doesn't sing)... the lyrics, I Still Love You..and in the video, he even looks down, then tilts his head half upwards to the camera, and speaks those same words.

It's still my favorite song, unfortunately, the saddest....but the most beautiful, meaningful, sublime...

and you must admit, the whole band was on 100% full cylinders. Roger's percussion, John's bass, and....especially Brian's emotive, plaintive, elegiac, soaring guitar....all underscore Freddie's singing.

Actually, I guess the entire band was NOT acting or performing in this song and video. They were all in it together, a final touching Thank You and send off, for Brian, Roger, & John...to Freddie, and to everyone as they probably knew that this chapter of the band was about to end....

and for Freddie, to everyone.



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Posted: 14 Mar 05, 14:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with Freddie, yes he made his final statement.
But bare in mind that Brian was not there when they shot the video. He was filmed later and then cut in because he was in the US while they shot the video.


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Posted: 14 Mar 05, 19:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

as roger said " it was probably in his mind - this is a good note to go out on" enough said

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Posted: 14 Mar 05, 19:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

to add & to be serious for a second - i think its been said before, he only gave up when he couldnt work no more ( i think mary said it in an interview) & thats what kept him going 1989 onwards

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Posted: 14 Mar 05, 19:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=orange>Mr Brittas</bold> wrote:

I watched that video just earlier on today and you can see him clearly trying his best to give as much as possible but he seems happy. It does seem like a goodbye from him but it's great. I love the song. He was determined to do as much as possible. Also shown during the made in heaven sessions. It must have been very difficult for him to do so much work in his condition yet he carried on till he could no longer do it. I'm certain some of the Made In Heaven tracks such as Mother Lover were recorded mid 1991. I'm not sure though. The fact that he filmed 3 videos (Slightly Mad, TATDOOL, Headlong), Recorded Innuendo album and started recording more tracks for another album is incredible for someone in his condition. It shows just how determined he was to carry on.

Sorry for drifting away from the subject and droning on but i just felt like saying that.


You didn't drift at all, I thought everything you said was beautiful and I agree 100%. If ever anyone gave their heart and soul to music, and derived some happiness and strength back from it, even nearing death, it was Freddie, he and music..were as one...


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Posted: 14 Mar 05, 20:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Also I think I heard that Freddie recorded his last vocals and did his last writing on the "Made In Heaven" sessions in April 1991 or at least he started around then.


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Posted: 15 Mar 05, 11:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dave Richards reckoned it was more like October 1991. In any case, I'd have been impressed if his last recording was in 1989, it's a bloody savage disease to have.


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Posted: 15 Mar 05, 21:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No one knows except me apparently that when he says "I still love you." that that is from another song that they did. Ever heard of "Love Of My Life"?

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Posted: 15 Mar 05, 22:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually Freddie did an interview that day, I have it on video. It was never released.

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Posted: 15 Mar 05, 23:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Actually Freddie did an interview that day, I have it on video. It was never released.

Let's have a transcript or somethinG! Or convert it to digital! I've heard about it and never seen it!


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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 00:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OH yeah, I've got an exclusive interview with his ghost.


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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is not nice to say things that are false.

But it is interesting if there where camera's during the making of Made in Heaven?

They aren't released, that's for sure.

It is however brave that he did so much work the last years of his lives....



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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 08:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow.

Freddie was sad in that video?

He might have meant the words he was singing?

The "I still love you" is for the fans?

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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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No one knows except me apparently that when he says "I still love you." that that is from another song that they did. Ever heard of "Love Of My Life"?


I am VERY much aware that he did this in "Love Of My Life", especially the version at "Live At Wembley", where he also Speaks, not sings the final words, I Still Love You...when....I think Freddie already may have known he had AIDS.

My thoughts were that since "Love Of My Life" was one of Queen's & Freddie's favorites with the fans when performing live...and he and Queen adored the way the crowd responded to that song and loved interacting live with Queen, singing along at every live performance....

...that he took that as a ....cue and wanted to do it INTENTIONALLY as an affectionate nod to "Love Of My Life" and the fans' attachment/affection for that song and identifying it with Queen & Freddie, and so he thought it only befitting for the ending of TATDOOL....


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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 13:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie saved my life with songs like this one. With his courage, strength, energy and will. Other people facing difficulty have that kind of determination, perhaps, but he had the power of music to break through. This song is an inspiration in my life: never look back and be melancholic about what's passed. Look ahead, make the most of life, enjoy the fact that precious gifts like love and friendship are always there and time will never destroy them. It's not easy to put that in practice but I'm learning...




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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 15:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe, and I may be wrong, that I can recall Brian saying in an interview (Maybe in Champions of the World) that looking back that he can now see that in this video it was totally Freddie saying goodbye in his own way.

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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 16:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

arlene wrote:

In both the recorded and video versions of "These Are The Days Of Our Lives", just my opinion and feelings...but in NO way do I feel Freddie is just acting or performing in the video or just interpreting the song when he sings it. You can hear and visably see, this is his totally genuine final statement of Thank You and Goodbye to his friends, family, colleagues, of course the band and his fans.

He hadn't made barely any appearances in the public or done any videos the last year of his life, 1991. But he pulled his last bit of health and strength together, made the effort here, in the literal last months of his life. The video, his last, was shot in May 1991, only mere months before he passed. You can see the difference in his frail appearance, but he actually looks happy, in a bittersweet way, to be working again and making/performing wonderful music.

Watch his mannerisms in the video as they match the song's lyrics too (along with the band's mannerisms too, the way Brian, Roger, & John look and smile at one another and at Freddie. His utter conviction is all over this song/video.

The end of the song he speaks (he doesn't sing)... the lyrics, I Still Love You..and in the video, he even looks down, then tilts his head half upwards to the camera, and speaks those same words.

It's still my favorite song, unfortunately, the saddest....but the most beautiful, meaningful, sublime...

and you must admit, the whole band was on 100% full cylinders. Roger's percussion, John's bass, and....especially Brian's emotive, plaintive, elegiac, soaring guitar....all underscore Freddie's singing.

Actually, I guess the entire band was NOT acting or performing in this song and video. They were all in it together, a final touching Thank You and send off, for Brian, Roger, & John...to Freddie, and to everyone as they probably knew that this chapter of the band was about to end....

and for Freddie, to everyone.

That was a great descrription, wonderful! Now, I can see it...


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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 22:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was Roger's song though - but I'm sure Roger would've noticed the "I Still Love You" reference. Probably deliberate, or maybe it was Freddie's suggestion? Hmmmph.

It's pretty risky business, when you're hiding an illness like AIDS, shooting a filmclip. I mean so many people work in TV and Film - the directors, the camera guys, the lighting guys, the guy that turns on the stereo for the guys to mime over - heck, the guy that holds the coffee for the stereo guy... it's a heck of a risk, what if just one of those guys blabbed to his family:
"OH I was at work today, I saw that Freddie Platinum and MAN did he look like a ghost".

My lasting regret is that the Show Must Go On didn't have a proper filmclip, because Brian reckons that Freddie saw that song as his farewell.


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Posted: 16 Mar 05, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

arlene wrote:


The end of the song he speaks (he doesn't sing)... the lyrics, I Still Love You..and in the video, he even looks down, then tilts his head half upwards to the camera, and speaks those same words.


Actually, he looks down cos Jim (Hutton) is sitting in front of him watching the final show (along with the shooting staff) he grins and laughs to jim and all the ridiculous and funny things in his life and in their relationship for the good and bad times and says in personal sence that "I still love you", (I will be alright, you just go on with your life knowing that you were the last and only man that I really loved in the end, not the beginning) to Jim.. In wider prospect he says it as his farewell to the whole fucking world.. but in that very moment.. he only feels Jim, and the rest of his closest fellows.


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Posted: 17 Mar 05, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i totally agree that this video actually conveys a message from him. personally i think he knew it was his last video and i think in a way it helped him because like when your dieing you look back at your life and think like have a done it all, and i think if he didnt make that video, in his last days he might have like been thinking i could have done and should have that video.

im not sure you get what im saying but i totally agree with him for making that video