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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 06:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Saw a Swedish documentary about Queen, and i particular Bo Rhap. They asked Peter Freestone aboute Freddies relation to Bo Rhap. And the only thing he could remember was that Freddie was afraid of playing it live beacuse of all the tunes in the piano thing just before the nothing really mathers part. (I’m not i piano dude so i can’t explain better then this) But anyway, Did he miss this often or at any time at all? Is there recordings?

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

i haven't seen that doc yet, but that's utter crap. it is not that complicated to play the notes of Bo Rhap before the end (i just got up from the piano after playing the song about 10 time in a row), certainly not for a gifted pianist such as Fred. and no, i don't think he ever got it wrong.


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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 10:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie did dislike the run up notes after the heavy part. You can always see him spending a second or 2 concentrating on where he is playing. live at wembley for example

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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did bone it up sometimes, but only slightly.


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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 10:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

From all the times they played that song live, it is hard to believe he didn't screw it up at least a few times. It's surely the hardest thing he had to play live.

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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Its a tough run, its in Bb, fairly fast and on the left hand too.

I play it myself, and I can see why Freddie didn't like it - but when it comes off its great !

I never heard him miss it on live recordings.





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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Am I crazy or is Spike playing it a lot slower on Return of the Champions CD/DVD?


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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well the Bb part is for me a bit tough (but I'm a beginning piano player)

Does anyone has the first chords for Bohemian Rhapsody? (Like he did live!)


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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

vinny2256_ wrote:

Freddie did dislike the run up notes after the heavy part. You can always see him spending a second or 2 concentrating on where he is playing. live at wembley for example


exactly what i meant. Pet said that freddie thougt that "what are people gonna think if I who wrote this song can't play it"

U gotta love it when he at live at wembley concentrates, and then get it out perfectly, what a man!

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Posted: 11 Nov 05, 22:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The reason isn't the piano, the reason was the corus for a live performence


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Posted: 12 Nov 05, 09:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

diffner wrote:

Saw a Swedish documentary about Queen, and i particular Bo Rhap. They asked Peter Freestone aboute Freddies relation to Bo Rhap. And the only thing he could remember was that Freddie was afraid of playing it live beacuse of all the tunes in the piano thing just before the nothing really mathers part. (I’m not i piano dude so i can’t explain better then this) But anyway, Did he miss this often or at any time at all? Is there recordings?


Yes, i`ve already read that in a Peter`s interview that was printed in Brian`s site. That Piano run that he`s talking about can be tricky not because it`s too dificult but because it`s played by a rock star. I mean, Freddie didn`t have that much time to concentrate on that and the worst thing about it it`s the fact that everybody is listening to Freddie because the band is quiet! Add this the fact that there are 80.000 people or more listening to you... you get the picture!- It`s a little more easy doing it in the confort of your home.



Now, am i the only one here that noticed were Freddie indeed missed that run up!?

OK, here it goes, and i`m too lazy to check it out again, but take a look at the Live in Budapest VHS. He makes a mistake while doing it, at least on my version (don`t ask me why they didn`t fix it in the studio- I have the Box set version- Rock In Rio, We Will Rock You, Live in Budapest. The image and sound quality is outstanding for VHS format).

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<b><font color = "crimson">ThomasQuinn wrote:

shanemcd wrote:

Its a tough run, its in Bb, fairly fast and on the left hand too.

I play it myself, and I can see why Freddie didn't like it - but when it comes off its great !

I never heard him miss it on live recordings.




Bb is not a difficult key to play in. In fact, F and Bb are the most popular concert-pitches in most musical genres.


I agree, its not a bad key at all. But playing it with both octaved Bb's at that speed ... you just need to concentrate a bit to make sure you don't miss it.


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