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Posted: 03 May 05, 22:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


Has anybody compared Freddie's singing in Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, or Night at the Opera to say...Live At Wembley '86 or the other live albums? Has anyone noticed that He tends to not sing the super high notes when on stage (espescially in the later years)? Is this because it is harder to do so on stage or is it only to change the music around (a great deal of their songs are radically different live)?

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Posted: 04 May 05, 06:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

During a tour, Freddie's voice was often strained by the back-to-back performances every night. He probably could have managed all the high notes for one particular show, but at the risk of losing or damaging his voice for the rest of the tour.

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Posted: 04 May 05, 06:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think that he didn´t look after his voice and in the tours of the 83,84,8 and 86 he was quite hoarse.

In addition to this he smoked between 20 and 40 cigarrettes a day and snort lots of cocaine. He would also drink half a bottle of vodka and several beers every day.

Not the best way of life for his extraordinary and wonderful voice.

At any rate his voice was much better in Live killers than in live magic. Maybe the nodules that were diagnosed to him have something to do...

This is normal after years of wild life.




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Posted: 04 May 05, 10:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There was a secret '83 tour. They toured Molvania and Phaic Tan.


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Posted: 04 May 05, 10:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

BlondeSociety wrote:


Has anybody compared Freddie's singing in Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, or Night at the Opera to say...Live At Wembley '86 or the other live albums?


Well, actually somebody HAS. Check out this page:
www.f-mercury.com.ar
There are lots of very interesting informanions about Freddie's voice!

BlondeSociety wrote:

Has anyone noticed that He tends to not sing the super high notes when on stage (espescially in the later years)? Is this because it is harder to do so on stage or is it only to change the music around (a great deal of their songs are radically different live)?

I think they sometimes played songs a bit lower than usual, especially on longer tours, in order to save Freddie's voice.
Anyway, it's amazing how his voice sounded on his late albums (Barcelona, Innuendo, Made In Heaven) - you know, considering vodka, drugs, cigarettes and other stuff. I recommend especially early version of songs from Barcelona. He did extraordinary things with his voice, that would be impossible for him in the 70's.


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Posted: 06 May 05, 20:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

there was no tour in 83, his voice sounded great in 86,compared to 84, where he was a little hoarse, and indeed 84 was way better than japan 82 when he sounded rough towards the end of the tour.


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Posted: 06 May 05, 20:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie knew how to play the game. He somehow managed to keep his voice alive for the whole performance by improvising some parts and singing the lower notes sometimes.

I am the singer in a band, so I know how hard it is to sing about 20 songs at one night. If you don't know how to use and save your voice, you lose your voice on stage and sometimes you cannot even speak after the performance.

It is also true that Freddie drank and smoked a lot, but he kept saying that he loved the vibrato in his voice caused by smoking.

He didn't have to explain anything to anyone because of a stupid thing like he sang the lower notes or something... Everyone knew his legend. Nothing could destroy it.

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