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Posted: 17 Dec 06, 23:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why did Freddie in most of his songs use half of the stand to sing with?Sorry if it has already been asked.

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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 07:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was his "royal" scepter. It gave him a certain authority. ha.

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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 11:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Cool,but if it was a gimmick why did he use it all the way through the Magic Tour?

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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 13:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Times were tough when they were first starting out and Freddie could only afford half a stand.

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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He lost the big half. Couldn't find it for years, and it was a constant embarrassment for him. As a consequence he wrote "Bohemian Rhapsody" not about AIDS, as many people think, but about his lost mic stand.

Queen ran a competition right up until 1990 to find the missing half of his mic stand; when they cancelled it, people began suspecting something was wrong with ol' Freddie.


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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 13:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because tah other half of it was missing ya.


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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 14:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You guys, be serious. The truth is that in the early days, a half-stand was cheaper. Thats why Brian made his own guitar and John built Brian a cheap amp. To save money.'
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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 15:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He thought than in the years to come he might end up doing a video where he could use it as a sword to fight Christopher Lambert so that he wouldn't lose his head. So he wanted to make sure he was used to a half mike stand.


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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 17:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

I think the "story" goes something like... he was performing in the early days and he went to pick it up and it broke and decided to use it as his "gimmick" or whatever.

There's a quote on the topic that's something like, "Everyone needs a gimmick, dear."


I second this.... plus, its just looks better my dears.

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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 20:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

coops wrote:

You guys, be serious.



Hahaha.


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Posted: 18 Dec 06, 21:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

coops wrote:

You guys, be serious.



Hahaha.


LMAO....

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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 09:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like all your stories, lol.

But the real story is that it broke off during one of the Wreckage concerts (or was it Ibex) when he wanted to pick up the full stand. And their roadies tried to fit the two pieces back together but they couldn't do it. So Freddie used the half stand instead and started to do what he still did 18 years later


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 14:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mircal wrote:

<font color=red>The Audacity of Charles wrote:

I think the "story" goes something like... he was performing in the early days and he went to pick it up and it broke and decided to use it as his "gimmick" or whatever.

There's a quote on the topic that's something like, "Everyone needs a gimmick, dear."


I second this.... plus, its just looks better my dears.


This is correct Brian says so in an interview


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 16:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow! All this time I thought he just couldn't afford it.


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Posted: 19 Dec 06, 22:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was cuz he was pissed that it was too heavy to pick up so he broke it off. thats what AIDS does to you.


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Posted: 20 Dec 06, 03:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was actually proficient in kendo, and often utilized the half-stand as a sword substitute to handle unruly fans. This is why Queen became involved in Highlander, which featured many swordfights, and whose main character wielded a katana.

He switched to the half stand because the full stand was not suitable for kenjutsu, or pick-up stick ball games in the streets of Soho.


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Posted: 21 Dec 06, 12:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...because Robbie Williams stole the other half.

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Posted: 21 Dec 06, 23:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When he was with Ibex he swung the mick stand around and the bottom fell off, and since it was the 60's (?) no stage crew-y type of guys came runnign to fix it because Ibex were too poor to afford them...

It says that in the untold story dvd.


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Posted: 22 Dec 06, 04:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Otherwise it wouldn't fit...


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Posted: 22 Dec 06, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

it was trendy >.>


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