Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

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Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:04:00 PM
I'd like to put Freddie Mercury in this "Friends" category, even though he wasn't particularly close to Michael, because he and MJ collaborated at one point (and did, among others, the amazing duet "There Is More To Life Than This") and Freddie was one of the people that MJ studied.  For those who may not know, Mercury was an astounding showman who put on electrifying performances for entire stadiums, as well as a true artist who created very original music (such as "Bohemian Rhapsody").  Mercury also possessed one of the best VOICES among musicians of all kinds.

There have been discussions of Prince and Elvis on this forum, but not so much of Mercury... And he deserves to be mentioned.  RIP Freddie (i.e. Farouk Bulsara, born in Zanzibar).

There Is More To Life Than This:

[youtube:36rlbj9y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwfZVEHDq24[/youtube:36rlbj9y]

Freddie on Michael:

[youtube:36rlbj9y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b9d4fJ5FXc[/youtube:36rlbj9y]

Freddie the showman (singing "Under Pressure" with his band Queen):

[youtube:36rlbj9y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T36Ez1pq3E8[/youtube:36rlbj9y]
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:15:11 PM
Thanks for posting this truthprevails!  I freaking LOVE Freddie Mercury - he had amazing stage presence and could hold the whole crowd in the palm of his hand, just like Michael.  

Here is one of my favorite performances by him:

[youtube:3817o1zn]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq4oK6641b4[/youtube:3817o1zn]
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:28:35 PM
YES, Andrea!  I LOVE Mercury and Queen too (so much talent!), and MJ apparently did as well... He went to some of their shows in LA - as Freddie says in the interview I posted.

Freddie had complete control over the audience, as you said.  And I noticed he walked the stage left to right and right to left, much like MJ did (and made a point of doing).  Freddie also wore very flamboyant costumes, some of which parallel - at least a little bit - some of MJ's costumes.  During one of his shows Freddie put on a regal dress (don't know the name) and a crown.  I can see he inspired Michael in some ways, and it's always beautiful to see two legends intersect in a lifetime.

I personally consider Freddie to be more versatile and innovative, music-wise, than Elvis.

More videos:

[youtube:1dicxym5]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki83CWW9Gts&feature=related[/youtube:1dicxym5]

[youtube:1dicxym5]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9psgxXGqH_Y&feature=related[/youtube:1dicxym5]
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:30:07 PM
Wow, I love Freddie, just another astonishing master!! Thanks for posting!
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:43:16 PM
Here's another  MJ/Freddie collaboration:

[youtube:3lcf694a]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEBo0Hf3LqE[/youtube:3lcf694a]

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YES, Andrea!  I LOVE Mercury and Queen too (so much talent!), and MJ apparently did as well... He went to some of their shows in LA - as Freddie says in the interview I posted.

Freddie had complete control over the audience, as you said.  And I noticed he walked the stage left to right and right to left, much like MJ did (and made a point of doing).  Freddie also wore very flamboyant costumes, some of which parallel - at least a little bit - some of MJ's costumes.  During one of his shows Freddie put on a regal dress (don't know the name) and a crown.  I can see he inspired Michael in some ways, and it's always beautiful to see two legends intersect in a lifetime.

I personally consider Freddie to be more versatile and innovative, music-wise, than Elvis.

Freddie was a musical genius and it saddens me his life was cut short and that (like many artists) he became more famous in death than at the height of Queen's fame in his lifetime.  He was also an artist like Michael, designing Queen's logo himself:


I even have Freddie's autograph tattooed on the back of my shoulder!  :lol:
EDIT: The Queen logo reminds me of:
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 06:45:42 PM
Love him too and was so sad when we lost him, I was only 13 but had heard his music all my life.  Even now watching documentaries about him I get a bit emotional, he is missed all around the world and was one of the true legends. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 08:07:59 PM
You are all welcome!  It's so nice to see I'm not the only fan.  :D  ;)
I believe that "State of Shock" with Michael and Freddie is just a demo... but it's still nice to hear.  And yes, Freddie was a very talented graphic designer!  

Here's a nice documentary about Freddie's life (there are 12 parts, all on YouTube):
 
[youtube:28qzu9iw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eoxknrfBZ8[/youtube:28qzu9iw]
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Re: Freddie Mercury - the OTHER Legend

  • on: November 11, 2010, 08:49:05 PM
Excerpt from "Under Pressure":

Why can't we give love that one more chance
Why can't we give love give love give love give love give love give love give love give love
'Cause love's such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night
And love dares you to change our way  of caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves...
Under pressure

BRILLIANT!
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 28, 2011, 05:56:36 PM
I have all CD's of Freddie and I always thought, WHY HAD HE TO GO?
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 28, 2011, 06:11:36 PM
One of my favourites:

 :D  :D

[youtube:2lu1mod7]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM[/youtube:2lu1mod7]
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 28, 2011, 06:25:16 PM
One of my favourites is "Breakthru". I love the train and Queen standing on the driving train through Scotland, I think. Freddie was one of a kind.
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 29, 2011, 06:17:59 AM
Freddie is to me THE KING OF ROCK N ROLL !!! Gosh ! I really enjoy Queen's music and concerts, he's an awesome musician, he is the reason why I wanted to start learning piano (I can do the beggining of Bohemian Rhapsody btw :D) ! Too bad that I wasn't born earlier, I wasn't even there when he passed. :( Here's an article I came across this morning :

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The first time I met Michael Jackson was backstage at The Forum in Los Angeles in early July 1980. He was at the QUEEN show that evening and came to see the band afterwards. He spent time with John Deacon and they talked about ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ which Michael says must be a single. He also spent time with Freddie. He was 22 years old and was like an excited teenager. He had really enjoyed the show and was still ‘up’ from it.

The next time was a couple of years later when Freddie had been invited to Michael’s house in Encino, just north of Hollywood. We arrived at the house, having passed a security tower at the gate. We got out of the car at a mock Tudor mansion, bricks at the lower level, and white stucco and wooden beams above. Michael came to greet us with a big smile, obviously proud of his house. Before we could go in, he insisted we accompany him on a tour of the grounds. I will never forget Freddie Mercury walking through mud, wearing white jeans and white tennis shoes, talking to llamas! We were shown all the animals and taken down to a pond where Michael had swans. Michael had a real love for these animals and birds; they were part of ‘his family’, as Freddie’s friends were part of his.
Michael took us into the house. I don’t know how many rooms there were in it. I do know that Michael lived there with his mother, Katherine, his two sisters, Latoya and Janet, and there were rooms for guests should anybody stay over. As we entered Michael’s bedroom, I was struck by three things, that gave an insight to Michael.. All around the room, on the floor were his gold and platinum awards for ‘Thriller’. They obviously meant a lot to him, he kept them close, but he didn’t need to show them to the world, he didn’t need to show everybody how good he was. The second thing was the large terrarium along one wall containing his snake. Much had been made in the press about this favourite creature, and he was in Michaels’s room, but under heavy planks of wood kept in place with many bricks. He may have been a ‘friend’, but kept very securely. Third and last was- in the middle of the room was a king-size mattress on the floor.
Freddie asked Michael “where is the bed? You have enough money to buy one!” Michael’s reply “when I sleep I like to sleep close to the earth”,
“But we are up on the first floor!” retorted Freddie.
We were shown through many rooms including a film room which had a vast library of films where I watched one, while Freddie and Michael worked, joined by Janet. Another wonderful situation was when Freddie was in the toilet, Michael took me to his video games room and we played the early version of table tennis. There were two players, one black and the other white. We started playing and Michael was the one who pointed out that we were playing the opposite colours – “I’m playing the white and you’re playing the black!”
On the way to the studio at the back of the ground floor we were taken through the kitchen where we were introduced to Katherine, Michael’s mother. She was very kind and hospitable. When Freddie asked for an ashtray, she produced a jam jar lid, as no one in the house smoked!
The work comprised of a Michael track, ‘State of Shock’, which only needed another vocal, which Freddie happily provided. When they had finished it really only needed mixing, but sadly after this session time was the enemy and Freddie and Michael never had free time together, so Michael got Mick Jagger to put his vocal on this and it was released in this form.
The next was a Freddie piece he was just working on at this time. There was a piano tune and Freddie had come up with a few words. Freddie sat at the piano and let Michael try the singing. Where there were no words written Freddie told Michael to ad-lib, which he did with words about love.
Michael then ordered in some food for us all. There were these large platters of cold meats, salads, bread, and fruit. We started in, but Michael wouldn’t touch any as he was a strict vegetarian at the time and would only have food made by his mother.


This is me, Peter Freestone, Freddie's personnal assistant from 1980 until 1991
Work was started on a third track with a working title ‘Victory’. There was only one technician in the studio. There were no instruments set up and no musicians. Freddie and Michael worked in much the same way. At the start of a track they need a drum track to keep the beat, and then they add music and instruments to this. Michael had a clever idea for the bass drum beat. He and Freddie were in the control room with the technician and I spent 5 minutes banging a toilet door in perfect time!! Somewhere in Michael’s vaults there is a tape of me!!
The studio was a place of work for both Freddie and Michael, but watching them you could also imagine two children in a play room. Both of them would throw their hands in the air and burst out laughing when either of them made a mistake, but it really was a serious business too. Thinking back now to this time watching these two masters of their craft were together in one place putting this music together, gives me goose bumps.

Who was Michael Jackson for me? I met a beautiful young man. He and Freddie had much in common. He was confident, and already an incredible musician and performer. He was a resourceful technician and a considerate human being. He never once treated me any differently than he did Freddie. He thought of others in situations even though it might have had nothing to do with him. In the few conversations I had with him, I got the impression that he had few friends. He was working almost all of the time and had many professional connexions and associates.  Maybe he was already a bit lonely, having to have so much security at that early age, and having to resort to bringing indoors the entertainment anyone else his age could go out for. He was only 3 years younger than me, but still hadn’t grown up! He still wanted so many of the simple things in life to bring him happiness, but did find some peace with his animals.


I believe the photo was taken by Neal Preston, backstage at the FORUM in Los Angeles USA.


This is me, Peter Freestone, Freddie's personnal assistant from 1980 until 1991

SOURCE :http://http://montreuxmusic.com/mmm/content/view/192/244/lang,english/
 

I'd just DIIIIE to see them working together ! ABSOLUTE GENIUS !
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 29, 2011, 06:54:49 AM
My favs (plus the ones posted above) :

[youtube:3qpvbrge]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m89Ugf6fdSc[/youtube:3qpvbrge]

[youtube:3qpvbrge]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aduNahDPjBA[/youtube:3qpvbrge]

[youtube:3qpvbrge]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1__KQZvoBpc[/youtube:3qpvbrge]
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 30, 2011, 12:14:58 PM
I forgot to add those :D

[youtube:2kl8j27n]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWfhopxpPr8[/youtube:2kl8j27n]

[youtube:2kl8j27n]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rELAUyIq0yY[/youtube:2kl8j27n]
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 30, 2011, 12:18:54 PM
Your My Best Friend is our song. My husband and I fell in love to that song in 1976 and we still get all sentimental when we hear it now 35 years later. And we're still "happy at home with my best friend" :)
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: January 30, 2011, 02:15:18 PM
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Your My Best Friend is our song. My husband and I fell in love to that song in 1976 and we still get all sentimental when we hear it now 35 years later. And we're still "happy at home with my best friend" :)
That's cuuuute :D
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 01, 2011, 04:21:49 PM
Just imagine, they didn't play together for 17 years, I think. Just because they liked Freddie so much. Must have been hard for them to loose him. Only the good die young. So true.
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 01, 2011, 04:38:50 PM
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Just imagine, they didn't play together for 17 years, I think. Just because they liked Freddie so much. Must have been hard for them to loose him. Only the good die young. So true.
You mean the rest of the band ?
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 02, 2011, 06:17:59 PM
@Miss-Zazi95: I meant the old formation with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. In 2005 Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers came together as "Queen + Paul Rodgers". But I don't know this music. John Deacon didn't play again with them. In the time between Brian May and Roger Taylor made few performances.
By the way I liked your article from Peter Freestone very much.
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 03, 2011, 06:00:38 AM
I agree truthprevails, Freddie Mercury is a great legend. I've always liked his songs.
One of my favs is Innuendo because of the video, the lyrics are beautiful and so true.

[youtube:22iigz0w]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmHgdLKwU8U&feature=fvsr[/youtube:22iigz0w]

While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand
While the waves crash in the sea and meet the land
While there's a wind and the stars and the rainbow
Till the mountains crumble into the plain
Oh yes we'll keep on tryin'
Tread that fine line
Oh we'll keep on tryin' yeah
Just passing our time
While we live according to race, colour or creed
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons, and on and on
Oh yes we'll keep on tryin'
We'll tread that fine line
Oh we'll keep on tryin'
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

Through the sorrow all through our splendour
Don't take offence at my innuendo

You can be anything you want to be
Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
Be free with your tempo, be free be free
Surrender your ego - be free, be free to yourself

Oooh, ooh -
If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky
If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die
If there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask
Show yourself - destroy our fears - release your mask
Oh yes we'll keep on trying
Hey tread that fine line
Yeah we'll keep on smiling yeah
And whatever will be - will be
We'll just keep on trying
We'll just keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

http://www.lyrics007.com/Queen%20Lyrics ... yrics.html
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 03, 2011, 07:31:28 AM
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@Miss-Zazi95: I meant the old formation with Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. In 2005 Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers came together as "Queen + Paul Rodgers". But I don't know this music. John Deacon didn't play again with them. In the time between Brian May and Roger Taylor made few performances.
By the way I liked your article from Peter Freestone very much.
Yes, it must have been hard for them  :? I don't why John retired though.
Glad you liked it :) Freddie and Michael had so much in common. Love both of them <3
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: February 03, 2011, 07:35:07 AM
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I agree truthprevails, Freddie Mercury is a great legend. I've always liked his songs.
One of my favs is Innuendo because of the video, the lyrics are beautiful and so true.

[youtube:2g6oko56]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmHgdLKwU8U&feature=fvsr[/youtube:2g6oko56]

While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand
While the waves crash in the sea and meet the land
While there's a wind and the stars and the rainbow
Till the mountains crumble into the plain
Oh yes we'll keep on tryin'
Tread that fine line
Oh we'll keep on tryin' yeah
Just passing our time
While we live according to race, colour or creed
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons, and on and on
Oh yes we'll keep on tryin'
We'll tread that fine line
Oh we'll keep on tryin'
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

Through the sorrow all through our splendour
Don't take offence at my innuendo

You can be anything you want to be
Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
Be free with your tempo, be free be free
Surrender your ego - be free, be free to yourself

Oooh, ooh -
If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky
If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die
If there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask
Show yourself - destroy our fears - release your mask
Oh yes we'll keep on trying
Hey tread that fine line
Yeah we'll keep on smiling yeah
And whatever will be - will be
We'll just keep on trying
We'll just keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

http://www.lyrics007.com/Queen%20Lyrics ... yrics.html
This is a very sad one, same for "The show mus go on" and so are most of the rest of the songs in Innuendo album.
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Re: Freddie Mercury: The OTHER Legend

  • on: April 30, 2011, 01:12:12 PM
I just wanted to reshare this video again, beautiful demo song from a collaboration with Michael and Freddie. Not hoax related, but Michael's message nevertheless
[youtube:pf3bassk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hUyJQa7I0o&feature=related[/youtube:pf3bassk]
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