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Posted: 15 Oct 05, 19:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've read several places that "Barcelona" was the anthem of the Olympic Games. In the SOLO box set book, I read that Montserrat sang it at the opening of the games with Jose Carreras.

Then I read someplace else that it was chosen as the anthem, then pulled...? Like the committee changed its mind?

Was it chosen, then pulled, then chosen again?
Or....what?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 00:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Officially? They dropped it, and Freddie was upset if I recall correctly.

Unofficially? Every TV Station around the world (with any brains that is) used the song in TV spots. I know Channel 7 (the Australian channel that covered the games in 1992) used it to the shithouse! It was GREAT.... every adbreak you'd hear Freddie singing 'Barcelona'. Fantastic stuff.


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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 01:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, it was as I remember.

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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 03:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is there a video or mp3 available of Jose Carrras and Montserrat Caballe performing the song?


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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 08:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was my first thought. Anyone know about that?


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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 13:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well - I found this link, and a little ways down the page there's something: "relive the opening ceremony" -- but I can't download the WindowsMedia or RealPlayer where I am presently. (I won't be at home for at least another 6 hours).

Anyone want to try it and let us know?

http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=1&OLGY=1992#


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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was the BBC's anthem not the games itself

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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 16:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was supposed to be the official anthem of the games and thats what it was written especially to be but then Freddie wasnt around in 1992 obviously so it was replaced but Barcelona the song may have been the unofficial song in the end but it was definately the most played.

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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 17:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah, I remember watching the games and at the end of the day (on the BBC viewings) they'd play the entire song!! It happened quite a lot, I remember. And while that was before I was a big Queen fan, I still enjoyed it a lot.

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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 17:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi.

I'm from Barcelona and I can tell you that José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé did not perform the song "Barcelona" in the Olympic Games.

So long.

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Posted: 16 Oct 05, 22:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow. It's appalling that the Freddie Mercury Solo box set book should have false information about that!!!!

Good grief. As I continue searching the web, I've also read that Montserrat sang "Barcelona" by herself at the opening ceremony. Anyone?

And I keep seeing over and over that it was "the anthem" for the games.

Well, whatever...

?



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Posted: 17 Oct 05, 13:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi - just bumping again, hoping Mannaja will see it...

Did Caballe sing "Barcelona" by herself at the opening of the games?

Thanks.


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Posted: 17 Oct 05, 20:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


No, she didn't.
I would remember if it had happened. (I adore that song!)...

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Posted: 17 Oct 05, 21:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you!


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 14:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, go figure. This site says that Monsterrat did sing...

???

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/25/newsid_3551000/3551540.stm


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Posted: 01 Nov 05, 16:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

She may have sung during the opening ceremony...who knows? It wasn't AT the ceremony, but she may have been hunkered down in her jumbo-sized bathtub, crowing the theme to Fraggle Rock, between shoving greasy fistfuls of curly fries dipped in mayonaise in her gob.


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Posted: 01 Nov 05, 20:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, then - in *that* case...


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