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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have read in many interviews, that prior to Live Aid, Bob Geldof was not really a fan of Queen. But...in the same interviews, he says that not only did he want Queen for Live Aid...it was ESSENTIAL to Bob, that Freddie be there too, (remember this was the time when all the members of Queen were into solo stuff with the "rumors" of them splitting up...mostly because they weren't getting on so well at that particular time..which they thankfully...got past)...but I digress.

Anyhow...Bob called Jim Beach and told Jim he specifically wanted Freddie to be there with Queen. Then after Live Aid...in all subsequent interviews, Bob has gone on to say that Queen were the BEST band of the day, they played the best, were the ONLY band to nail the Global Jukebox concept Bob wanted, Queen had the best sound...and Bob goes on to say that Queen stole the show..and that Freddie at the forefront could show the world how great he was as a showman...and could "ponce around in front of the world to WATC".

What I didn't know...up to these last few days...was that Bob THEN asked later on...for Freddie specifically...to participate in Fashion Aid as well with Jane Seymour. And if you've read my posts on that topic...I noticed that Bob and Freddie Truly enjoyed playing and kidding around with one another.

Also...correct me on this one if I'm wrong..but didn't Bob participate in the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992?

Remember that Geldof is a pretty tough character, always has been and still is..Geldof is a LOVELY caring person who organized Live Aid & Band Aid.. and gives of himself to charities...

But Geldof, who CURRENTLY is doing alot of interviews to promote the reissue of the Boomtown Rats entire back catalogue on CD right now...says himself that he is VERY hard to get along with, that he can come across as brusk, with an attitude, he cusses everybody out..and NOT kiddingly..he MEANS it! He loses his temper alot, and did at Live Aid.

For Geldof to play and run around like a little kid with Freddie is..quite adorable and shows...that that old Freddie charm must have gotten through to Bob and he really respected and liked Freddie...enough to keep asking Freddie to help in Bob's charities..and to run around like a little kid with Freddie and not get mad at Freddie when Freddie chased him around the stage at Fashion Aid. From what I can see, Bob is laughing his ass off with Freddie.

Anyway...what do you think? Sounds like Bob truly wound up genuinely liking as well as respecting Freddie.


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 18:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello....any thoughts out there...


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 18:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

in an interview a couple of years ago bob said he was absolutly mad for queen all he listens to is queen, did you know geldolf used to go to freddie's home and they became good friends, they even worked on a song together at freddies home one night while they were drunk!!!


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 19:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color="#52F3FF">Let Us Be Purple wrote:

I heard Bob Geoldof called Freddie Mercury an "old faggot".


Geldof DID indeed...before Geldof knew Freddie...that was part of what Geldof said to Jim Beach when he wanted Freddie to play WITH Queen at Live Aid. Geldof said to Jim Beach, "Tell the old faggot it will be the biggest show ever!" or something to that affect...

..which I personally think showed...then what a foulmouthed arrogant jerk Geldof was, and still can be as I said above. The first time I read that, my mouth dropped open. But...amazing..once Geldof met and got to REALLY know Freddie...he shut his yap, and changed his tune...real quick. Freddie had that affect on people...like I said...Geldof truly learned to like and respect Freddie.

Read the current interviews Geldof is doing in the UK press about the reissue of the Boomtown Rats catalogue on CD Right NOW...Geldof talks about Live Aid...Band Aid...and he says FAR worse things and words about the other artists too, which he also changed his tune on, when he personally worked with each artist and learned to get along with and repsect and like them. That's just Geldof. I don't like that he IS that way, but that's his way. Geldof even says that when he and Bono, who are now good friends, meet together with world leaders to discuss the world's problems...Bono says that he & Geldof are like Laurel & Hardy..and Bono always tells Geldof to keep his often abrasive mouth shut and says geldof and he are like Laurel & Hardy, and says to Geldof whenever Geldof says something rude or ignorant to a world leader, "This is another fine mess you've gotten us into"!


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 19:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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in an interview a couple of years ago bob said he was absolutly mad for queen all he listens to is queen, did you know geldolf used to go to freddie's home and they became good friends, they even worked on a song together at freddies home one night while they were drunk!!!


Right...ok don't take this seriously.

And again..the one thing I wasn't certain of...was Bob Geldof at Freddie's tribute Concert in 1992? I'm not certain about that but I thought he was.




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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 20:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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in an interview a couple of years ago bob said he was absolutly mad for queen all he listens to is queen, did you know geldolf used to go to freddie's home and they became good friends, they even worked on a song together at freddies home one night while they were drunk!!!


I think the song they worked on was "Too Late God", the song Geldof sang at the Tribute Concert


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 20:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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in an interview a couple of years ago bob said he was absolutly mad for queen all he listens to is queen, did you know geldolf used to go to freddie's home and they became good friends, they even worked on a song together at freddies home one night while they were drunk!!!


I think the song they worked on was "Too Late God", the song Geldof sang at the Tribute Concert


This is for real? I thought he was messing with me and made this up. Is this really true? I would love for Freddie & Bob to have written a song together..and if this IS true...can someone please upload it in a usendit file here so I can hear it?


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Posted: 27 Apr 05, 21:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm 85% sure it was that song they wrote. Going by memory (as my only copy of the original broadcast video bit the dust a while ago) I remember Bob saying something to that effect just before he performed it at the show.

Oh and btw... if someone is going to upload it, please bear in mind Richard's policy of no official stuff on this site. Maybe you want to consider having someone email it to you Arlene?


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 04:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think Bob was kidding about the faggot thing...I don't think he meant it in a derogatory way....


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 07:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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flash00. wrote:

in an interview a couple of years ago bob said he was absolutly mad for queen all he listens to is queen, did you know geldolf used to go to freddie's home and they became good friends, they even worked on a song together at freddies home one night while they were drunk!!!


I think the song they worked on was "Too Late God", the song Geldof sang at the Tribute Concert


This is for real? I thought he was messing with me and made this up. Is this really true? I would love for Freddie & Bob to have written a song together..and if this IS true...can someone please upload it in a usendit file here so I can hear it?

Arlene, as I'm not sure if it would count as 'official' (was it on the VHS release?) If you give me your e-mail address, I can send you a yousendit link for the Mp3 ripped of my copy of the full broadcast. Be warned though, this is a severely catchy song, and when I was transferring my video to DVD, I ended up with it stuck in my head for days afterwards!


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't want to spoil anyone's fun here, but at the Freddie tribute Geldof also said that Freddie spoke fluent Gaelic.

This might give you some hint as to whether or not he was being entirely serious when he said that he and Freddie were great friends and often stayed up late together, and that they jointly wrote Too Late God.


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 10:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Obviously, the 'fluent gaelic' comment was absolute balls, but I wouldn't be surprised if they DID write 'Too Late God' together...but Alas, it was not to be. I just checked on a Geldof site, and Too Late God, taken from the album 'The Happy Club' was written by Bob Geldof and Karl Hyde. Still a great song though!


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 11:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Obviously, the 'fluent gaelic' comment was absolute balls, but I wouldn't be surprised if they DID write 'Too Late God' together...but Alas, it was not to be. I just checked on a Geldof site, and Too Late God, taken from the album 'The Happy Club' was written by Bob Geldof and Karl Hyde. Still a great song though!


You know what's weird about that. I have ALWAYS read that Freddie INDEED DID CO-write "State Of Shock" with Michael Jackson (they just didn't record it together because they had a falling out), but....when you fact check the publishing writing credits for the song...it does NOT list Freddie at all. I always wondered if Freddie didn't copyright his part of the credit & publishing rights because he & Jackson had that falling out. But I have read...dozens of times that Freddie DID CO-WRITE that song with Jackson.

Kind of like the Queen songwriting credits we first read from th 1986 period on...that NOW we are learning is Incorrect...and who REALLY wrote what.

So I wonder if Freddie DID CO-WRITE "Too Late God"?


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 11:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Who knows? Other than Geldof that is. Anyway, if you do want the song, Arlene, just leave your email address and I'll sort it out for you tonight.


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 11:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lyrics to "Too Late God" VERY meaningful and sad...I see why Bob sang it at Freddie's Tribute concert...so sad. :(

"Too Late God" lyrics

Too late
It's too late God
Didn't you get my message
Too late
It's too late God
Didn't you get my call
How long
How long con
Combien ans avant mon respond
How long
Un a cent
Un a cent a mort (or more)

Time flies
Like a brick
Sliding down my face like jelly roll
Try to hide
My belly slide
Half-way to being old

Things you do
Things you don't do
Things you do or don't will haunt you
It's harder to
Start anew
And I wouldn't if I could do

Fell in love
Fell out of love
Melted down like Chernobillyboil
Fell in love my turtledove
Turtles fly too slow

Incarnate
Re-incarnate
Incarnate me in my muddy hole
Won't come back
As a rat
Wouldn't if I could do

There I was
Here I am
A responsible citizen
A pillar of
All that's good
Put myself to sleep

Hormone twitch
Get the itch
Headfirst into male-o-menopause
Like a twat
Dye my thatch
Get an eighteen year old girl

Friends of mine
Leave their wives
For a top-down B.M.W
They seemed so sane yesterday
Life is really strange

Here we go
Here we go
Singing like some soccer hooligan
Call you back
When I'm at
70 years old

*written by Bob Geldof, Rick Smith, and Karl Hyde
*taken from the album entitled "The Happy Club"



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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 11:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From the Wikipedia Internet Encyclopedia..about Bob..what I said about Bob, they reiterate.

Fame and Infamy

"By now, Geldof was one of the world's most recognisable and admired men -- and also one of the most foul-mouthed. Known for swearing in order to make his point, regardless of the audience or time of day, he was parodied as a man who uttered obscenities every other word. Most famously, he mythically exhorted viewers to "give us your fuckin' money" during an afternoon stint in the BBC's Wembley studio at the Live Aid telethon - mythical because it's untrue but has become received wisdom. What Geldof actually said was "fuck the address" when the anchorman suggested that people could send money by the postal system, whereas Geldof wanted more urgent and instant contributions made by telephone. Sitting in the studio with him at the time were Andrew Ridgeley and Billy Connolly. The phrase, even though he never said it, has become synonymous with Geldof."

That's why I said...Geldof is foulmouthed and often abrasive...but inside he is a GOOD guy...and uses his very abrasive arrogance...to deal with alot of red tape, hypocritical, pencil pushers that don't give a F**K about the world and social injustices. I guess if he talked all nice and sweet...people would probably just push him around. His heart IS in the right place though...




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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 13:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

soooooo arlene do you believe me now with regards to freddie and geldolf? lolll


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 13:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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soooooo arlene do you believe me now with regards to freddie and geldolf? lolll


Hey... I get so many "crying wolf" put ons on QZ,...I didn't know if you were joking with me or being SERIOUS with me. Glad you were serious and the story is true cuz I love Geldof and of course I LOVE Freddie and I'm happy they formed a nice rapport and ongoing genuine friendship and working relationship.

Have you watched the Fashion Aid footage on my other topic? When Freddie chases Bob around and off the stage, they BOTH act like 2 playful kids having a blast, and Bob (not a person with the best or most easygoing temperment), is still having a blast and is laughing his ass off with Freddie, as Freddie grabs him and brings Geldof back to the stage and pats Geldof on the back. Really adorable! :)


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 16:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

arlene yea ive seen the fashion aid vid as ive got it on vhs tape and i read i cant remember where that michael cain didn't like freddie for his antics/lifestyle!!! look at cains face on the vid,
frog from what i gather jacko was the last person between the two of them to phone asking freddie to go to states to finish tracks etc but freddie was in the middle of a tour so then jacko asked if he minded if jagger did it so.... also freddie and pheobie were in stitches laughing and bitching in freddies limo after leaving jacko's home at jacko's terrible taste , another tit-bit for ya while recording those tracks freddie sneaked off to the loo for his coke he was back an forward every 5mins until he was off his nut with coke all round his nose and puffing away on ciggies lollll thats freddie for ya true rock star! hey you never know whos to say freddie got wind of jacko with kids back then and totally shund him b/c at that time jacko was a queen nut who used to go to all there shows!!! then all of a sudden there friendship was gone which i dont think was due to freddies coke and ciggies!! remember jacko working with slash who used to like to party so its something to think about!!!:)


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Posted: 28 Apr 05, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh yea arlene ive forgiven ya lol
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