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  • #31
    Originally posted by Dendy Jarrett View Post
    Maybe I was an odd man out - but I loved Queen - then and still love the music now. But I don't pigeon hole myself into one genre of music typically either.
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    I don`t think you`re the odd man at all... I think a lot of people like Queen after they hear more than the stadium anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions".

    I have to be honest, the first time I saw the video to Bohemian Rhapsody, I laughed. I was 20 and thought to myself, who are these guys? The lead singer looks funny and they look like something out of the 70s... not realizing the footage was from the 70s.

    I never associated Bohemian Rhapsody with "We Will Rock You" or "We Are The Champions".

    A friend introduced me to their Classics CDs released in the early 90s I believe and I could not believe these songs were all by one band... the variety of material was unheard of. Now I listen to them and I truly appreciate the creativity and beauty in their approach. It was rock, opera, broadway, funk, dance, etc... all meshed up into... Queen.

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    • #32
      Nice post, Ernest. I, too, am a fan of Queen. Slightly OT, but when's your new album coming out?
      Certified manic depressive who used to write songs

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Saul T. Nads View Post
        Nice post, Ernest. I, too, am a fan of Queen. Slightly OT, but when's your new album coming out?
        Hey Mark! Long time not talk.

        The album will be out this year. It was scheduled for late 2018 but my computer basically died... it still functions but it cannot handle working with audio. So I`m replacing the HD with a SSD which should be arriving within the week... just ordered the drive today... then I hope to put the finishing touches on it in March and plan for a May release.

        Thanks for asking. I hope you are well.

        E

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        • #34
          Well, last night at the Oscars proved folks still love Queen (and the movie BR). What's amazing to me is that the first time I heard "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions", was in 1977 or 1978 and there it was as the opening song some 42 years later. (think about that FORTY TWO YEARS).

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          • #35
            Yeah, Dendy..I loved Rami as Freddie..right from the get go..turns out he is a first generation Egyptian to the US,
            Just as Freddie was a first generation guy from Zanzibar to Britain..
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            As I mentioned in a prior post, I saw Queen on their first US Tour ‘ Sheer Heart Attack’ ..mid 70’s @Trenton NJ War Memorial bldg.

            they appeared with Kansas and Mahogany Rush.
            I became an immediate Queen fan right from the get go..

            I used to watch the guitarists of most bands I saw in concert, but Freddie and Roger Taylor were the guys that stood out for me..John Deacon and Brian definitely rocked, but Freddie was King ( or Queen) and I never heard a set of drums sound like an orchestra before ..Go Roger.
            Last edited by Luke17; 02-25-2019, 07:38 PM.

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            • #36
              Yeah, I first became aware of Queen sometime around 1974 or so when Killer Queen was released, and that led me to the album (Sheer Heart Attack). I've been a fan ever since then... still haven't seen the movie though. The Oscars led my wife to decide to rent it on demand, but I was just too tired last night to watch it; I'll probably wait until this weekend, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

              I'm a bit jealous of you Luke - that's really cool that you got to see them so early on in their career.

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              - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

              "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
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              • #37
                Phil, They were amazing, not so well known, The war Memorial Bldg. now called Patriots Theater is still an amazing venue, built when Trenton was a thriving Industrial City, so no expenses were spared..The acoustics are stellar.
                I think I made mentioned we were ‘patted down’ by Security outside..they confiscated our Doobies and our Wine Skins, and we were just incensed!
                first time that ever happened..and I’m fuming and complaining ‘Is this gonna be the future of concert going?’
                haha
                Last edited by Luke17; 02-26-2019, 03:13 PM.

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                • #38
                  Sounds like it was indeed an awesome show, as I suspected it would have been. All of those guys were / are really smart, and one of the things I really admire about Queen was their seriousness and work ethic. They weren't going to toss out their university degrees to just mess around at making music - they worked hard at it, and it showed.

                  I saw the movie over the weekend, and while I liked it and found it entertaining (and I agree that Rami Malek did a really good job portraying Freddie), I kept getting annoyed / distracted by the various factual / timeline mistakes in it... Deacon didn't join the band at the same time as Freddie, Fat Bottomed Girls shows up way too early in the movie; it came out on Jazz in 1978, not in 1975, We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions / News Of The World was released in '77, not '80 (the whole "Freddie's late to the studio" thing was bogus... although the part about Brian wanting a song where the audience could participate is true), they weren't on the outs or on hiatus right before Live Aid, Freddie didn't know he had AIDS prior to Live Aid, etc. etc.

                  The studio shots were also rather fun / amusing to see too... as well as the fictional A&R guy stuff...

                  I realize they have to take a certain amount of artistic license when trying to cram a band's story into a movie that only lasts for a couple of hours, but when they put in stuff that's way too far from reality (a lot of it rather big stuff, like whether or not the band had broken up at one point or not, or whether they left their label...), it tends to cloud the actual facts / history in the minds of a lot of the general public...

                  YMMV.
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                  "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
                  - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                  • #39
                    I agree 100% Phil, there was a hella lot of stuff out of kilter, and since ‘Deeks’ Had virtually no input, nor Freddie, it was a good deal of conjecture, Fairy Tale, and how Roger and Brian wanted to remember, or how they want to be remembered.
                    I love Roger Taylor, he is an amazing drummer, singer and arranger,,,but his song, ‘I’m in love with my car’ was NOT a single release song..
                    IMO it would have been dead in the water as soon as it set sail.

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