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Queeeeennnnn

  • 12-09-2012 5:12am
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,191 Feelgood


    I managed to find an awesome documentary, well worth a watch for Queens fans.

    I still think Brian May never got enough credit, the man can play an axe.




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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 9,427 ✭✭✭ FearDark


    Greatest band ever.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 35,950 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dr.bollocko


    Even his guitar is unique
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Special
    The Red Special is an electric guitar owned by Queen guitarist Brian May and custom-built by May and his father. The Red Special is also sometimes named in reviews as the Fireplace or the Old Lady, both nicknames used by May when referring to the guitar.[2] A guitar that would define May's signature style, the Red Special was purposely designed to feed back. May has used it on Queen albums and in live performances since the late 1960s. The name Red Special came from the reddish-brown colour the guitar attained after being stained and painted with numerous layers of Rustins' plastic coating. The name Fireplace is a reference to the fact that the wood used to make the neck came from a fireplace mantel.

    That's not good enough?

    Even his goddamn guitarpick is unique.
    Brian's rather unusual choice of guitar pick is a coin - an english sixpence, which is a small circular coin with a serrated edge. He chose to use the sixpence as a pick because he finds plastic plectrums too flexible. He holds the coin very lightly and occasionally uses its serrated edge against the strings to produce a rasp.
    http://www.brianmaycentral.net/sounds.html


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 42,408 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Beruthiel


    Every one of my copies in school had Queen written all over them.
    Freddie was a god.


  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 60,665 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Beasty


    From my personal collection, taken 13 July 1985 at Wembley Stadium:

    freddie.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,131 ✭✭✭ nyarlothothep


    FearDark wrote: »
    Greatest band ever.

    110%. They were the ultimate band, they explored every genre, created innovative beautiful music on a par with greatest of composers, Mozart or Beethoven, they are gods of my musical universe.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 53,069 ✭✭✭✭ whoopsadaisydoodles


    The one band I will always be sorry I didn't see live.

    Amazing. I want 'Don't Stop Me Now' played at my funeral!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,785 9959


    The one band I will always be sorry I didn't see live.

    Amazing. I want 'Don't Stop Me Now' played at my funeral!

    It's ironic that you should say that. Apparently Freddie wrote that song around the time he was vigorously cruising the flamboyant clubs of Manhattan. So much so that Brian May became concerned about Freddie's health, or more presciently, his future health. I agree that Queen were one of the greatest bands of all time and that Freddie was probably the greatest frontman ever. But.....I do have a problem with them breaking the cultural boycott of South Africa in the early eighties, playing Sun City for a wheelbarrow full of cash, it's not as if they were strapped. Sorry to be a fly in the ointment folks.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 25,849 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Doctor DooM


    The Flash Gordon soundtrack is amazing, and it's not even their best work.


  • Registered Users Posts: 121 ✭✭ singlesnights


    Feelgood wrote: »
    I still think Brian May never got enough credit, the man can play an axe.

    It's mainly down to his own personality. He is so shy and unbelievably modest that the media tend to overlook him and instead focus on the mouthy no-talents who are full of the outrageous quotes which help lazy journalists write articles and sell issues of their magazines.

    Also, he was obviously overshadowed by Freddie's larger than life personality. If you watch Queen with Paul Rodgers, Brian really comes out of his shell and is much more of a showman than ever before.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,782 Crann na Beatha


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,597 ✭✭✭ Totofan99


    Fantastic band. No question! Not a fan of the May/Taylor/Lambert thing though...


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,809 Stained Class


    Great band alright.

    They really came into their own as a live act in the '80s

    I think they filled a void in a time when acts like The Who, Led Zep & The Stones weren't touring.

    Saw them myself at Slane in '86 when they were touring the 'Kinda Magic' album.

    Little did any of us know at the time that this would be their last World tour...


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,919 ziggy23


    Beasty wrote: »
    From my personal collection, taken 13 July 1985 at Wembley Stadium:

    freddie.jpg
    Absoloutley adore Freddie and Queen and thankfully have passed my good taste in music down to my 3 year old son. He goes to bed every night listening to their greatest hits cd:pac:
    I'm also dressing him up as Freddie for Halloween and this is the look were goin for I have the wifebeater vest and skinny jeans for him just hope he wears the tache!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,785 9959


    Certainly agree about the vest. Everytime I wore one, my wife would beat me black and blue, and she was right so to do!


  • Site Banned Posts: 224 ✭✭ SubBusted


    They invented thrash metal!



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,809 Stained Class


    SubBusted wrote: »
    They invented thrash metal!

    No they didn't!

    Thrash metal is pointless noise invented by mindless Yanks.

    Queen made Heavy Metal acceptable to the masses.

    They were educated & knew how to get their message across.

    Also, they were one of the few bands to have 4 (good) active songwriters inhouse.

    Probably unique


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,785 9959


    No they didn't!

    Thrash metal is pointless noise invented by mindless Yanks.

    Queen made Heavy Metal acceptable to the masses.

    They were educated & knew how to get their message across.

    Also, they were one of the few bands to have 4 (good) active songwriters inhouse.

    Probably unique

    Oh, I didn't know you had to be university educated in order to know how to get your message across.
    So much for U2 et al.
    Thick as 'pigsh*t' obviously!


  • Registered Users Posts: 113 ✭✭ bonham23


    For me their best period for live performances was from '77 to '82 .NOTW to Hot Space. The tours of South America were epic. I think when Mack started producing their albums he brought a new dimension to their sound and helped them strip it back a lot. The Drum sound on The Game and the Flash Gordon Soundtrack is huge. The Earlier albums produced by Roy Thomas Baker can sound a little wooly I think, but that was very common for a lot of acts during the seventies. The forst band I got into at the age of 9 and my musical benchmark ever since.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,633 ✭✭✭ triggermortis


    I'm a massive Queen fan and have been since I first heard them on the radio in the 70's.
    Saw them 3 times - and was at their last 2 concerts in Wembley and Knebworth. I still haven't listened to any of the Paul Rogers stuff as there can never be a replacement for Freddie


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,785 9959


    bonham23 wrote: »
    For me their best period for live performances was from '77 to '82 .NOTW to Hot Space. The tours of South America were epic. I think when Mack started producing their albums he brought a new dimension to their sound and helped them strip it back a lot. The Drum sound on The Game and the Flash Gordon Soundtrack is huge. The Earlier albums produced by Roy Thomas Baker can sound a little wooly I think, but that was very common for a lot of acts during the seventies. The forst band I got into at the age of 9 and my musical benchmark ever since.

    Great post.
    However, I disagree on your point about Roy Thomas Baker.
    Only recently I heard 'Your My Best Freind' come leaping out of the radio, with crystal clear vocals, a fantastic 'organic' drum sound and Brian's guitar chiming majestically.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 113 ✭✭ bonham23


    9959 wrote: »
    Great post.
    However, I disagree on your point about Roy Thomas Baker.
    Only recently I heard 'Your My Best Freind' come leaping out of the radio, with crystal clear vocals, a fantastic 'organic' drum sound and Brian's guitar chiming majestically.

    I think a lot of it was more to do with how they set up the mics than the actual mix. RTB was always keen on micing the room to achieve a big sound. On some of the last Queen albums he had actually lost the run of himself a little...the band have actually stated this in a round about way. In fact Brian more or less produced many of the albums. My point was that mack brought a new dimension and stopped Brian especially from agonising of guitar parts. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan and love all their work (apart from some questionable tracks on innuendo and the miracle :) )


  • Registered Users Posts: 9 ✭✭✭ ShamrockLady


    Best band ever!


  • Registered Users Posts: 428 ✭✭ Acciaccatura


    A story I like telling when the opportunity arises :D When Queen played in '86, my dad's cousin's wife was a flight attendant on their plane over. My dad tells me that Brian May became ill, and his cousin's wife attended to him, along with a few other attendants. Apparently Brian gave them all free VIP tickets to the concert in Slane! He's such a gentleman :) I really wish I had been in her shoes, though!


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,839 ✭✭✭✭ galwayrush


    Queen with Paul Rogers on sky 129 the other night, i was surprised how much i enjoyed it. Didn't expect much without Freddie, but it was a great show, some classic Bad Cmpany thrown in as well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,428 ✭✭✭ allanb49


    I remember back when I was in 3rd/4th class, I was listening to Greatest Hits 1 in school, I vividly remember all the girls in my class crying about Take That breaking up and some song where they where tied up being there last.

    I was ostracised when I asked who take that were. I was the weird kid for liking this old music, but fúck it I was odd and had my own principles from an early age.

    Had a Kind of Magic on record my dad had it and the works on cassette and I used to listen to that to the detriment of my mother. Few years ago I found a LP of A Kind of Magic for €8 I was thrilled.

    So much talent in that group it was unreal. Each one could compose, sing (Deacon maybe not) and play. Don't think we'll ever see a group like that again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,564 losthorizon




    Alternative demo of Cool Cat recorded during the Under Pressure sessions in Montreux in 1981. This has recently been leaked.


    Only put up on Youtube yesterday


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,406 Lightbulb Sun


    Brian May made the G3 tour once so he is clearly held in high regard by the elite guitarists.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,800 ✭✭✭ Mike Litoris


    My Favourite band since I was 6 when I first heard Flash Gordon on TOTP. One of my biggest regrets in life chosing to buy a video game over going to see them in Slane with my brother when I was 12. What a fcuking idiot.:mad:

    Agree about them being epic live between 77-82. Imagine Live Aid performances every night! I'll never forget hearing for the first time the opening chords of WWRY(fast) on Live Killers. Unbelievable energy!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,800 ✭✭✭ Mike Litoris


    ziggy23 wrote: »
    Absoloutley adore Freddie and Queen and thankfully have passed my good taste in music down to my 3 year old son. He goes to bed every night listening to their greatest hits cd:pac:
    I'm also dressing him up as Freddie for Halloween and this is the look were goin for I have the wifebeater vest and skinny jeans for him just hope he wears the tache!!

    That is deadly!!:D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,461 ✭✭✭ --Kaiser--


    My Favourite band since I was 6 when I first heard Flash Gordon on TOTP. One of my biggest regrets in life chosing to buy a video game over going to see them in Slane with my brother when I was 12. What a fcuking idiot.:mad:

    Gonna have to agree with you there!


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