Tell me about it! I am pretty big as Queen fans go (well, I'm pretty big anyways . . . but let's not get into my eating habits ) - I'm a fairly hardcore Queen fan, and I say Freddie is the best singer of all time. I've said before, my all-time band would be:
Freddie - lead vocals, camp frontman malarchy
Elton John - piano, backing vocals
Paul McCartney - pen & paper, bass, backing vocals
Eric Clapton - lead guitar, backing vocals
Rick Wakeman - additional keyboards
Stewart Copeland - drums
Copeland was the drummer with The Police, by the way.
Anyway, I'm a big Queen fan, and on many occasions, I've heard people covering Queen songs, and hardly ever being a patch on Freddie.
Notably, W**l Y***g at the Queen's Golden Jubilee show, doing We Are The Champions. UGH! He didn't even try to hit the high notes, much less reach them! As for Brian and Roger, they should have swapped songs - Roger's rough voice suits We Will Rock You just perfectly, and Brian is better for power ballads and the like, and with the emotion he can cram into his voice - Radio Ga Ga would have been better for him to do than We Will Rock You.
Speaking of the musical - I haven't gone to see it, but I am interested. I saw a Parkinson interview with Ben Elton (who has co-written it), and it featured some of the music. Hannah Jane Fox, who did Somebody To Love, was phenomenal. Tony Vincent did We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, but I was so-so on it. Probably because of the huge identity the songs have in the first place.
But Bohemian Rhapsody, at the golden jubilee show . . . absolutely fan-bloody-tastic. High point of the evening ('side from Paul, of course!). The whole cast turned in a great performance, and Tony Vincent went up a few notches in my opinion.
That's my comments on the Queen stuff. Macca rules and all that . . .
Liam - One Small Mouthful!
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