Freddie was a one of a kind; His voice, stage presence, talent as a songwriter and command as a frontman has earned him a place in history as one of the best vocalists ever. But this was the public Freddie. He chose to keep his off-stage personality private, and it was well guarded yet those he was closest to say he was very shy, kind and modest. He loved his cats – all rescues from a local shelter I must add - and he would call them from the road and ask his staff to put the receiver to their ear so they could hear his voice. It’s hard to believe that in these times of TMZ and social media where nothing is secret, Freddie’s HIV status was not known to those outside the band, friends, and insiders; Brian May has stated that Freddie told them sometime after the “Magic Tour” and that is why they stopped touring. On November 23rd, 1991, an official statement of Freddie’s condition was released after months of media speculation, and he died at his London home the following day.
The first track played was a demo that pre-dates the first Queen album. Recorded in in December 1971 at De Lane Lea studios, this version of Great King Rat is said to be part of the first known Queen studio recordings. Being an avid Queen fan, I have been collecting rare Queen vinyl and CDs for decades and found great stuff through bootleg / trade websites and this was a great find.
Of the remainder of the set: “Princes Of The Universe” is from “A Kind Of Magic”, but is best known for its association with the Highlander movie and TV series. “The March Of The Black Queen” from Queen II remains a piece a music well ahead of its time. In fact, the band never played it in full on stage due to its complexity. “Was It All Worth It” and “Death On Two Legs” are from albums “The Miracle” and “A Night At The Opera” respectively.
If you like what you hear, I highly suggest you move beyond their greatest hits compilations and pick up or stream their full albums. Or, watch Queen at the Rainbow – a concert film from 1974 released remastered for Blu-ray.
Here is "Stone Cold Crazy" From "Live At The Rainbow" 1974
On the November 30th, 2016 edition of Metal Filings - live at our new time, 6-8pm est, an extended set to honor Ray Gillen, who passed way December 1st, 1993. It will feature his work with Phenomena, Black Sabbath, Blue Murder Badlands and more...
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FULL SHOW SETLIST
Trust - Megadeth
Metallica – Moth To Flame
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow - Suicidal Tendencies
Fell On Black Days - Soundgarden
Feelin' Right – Angel
Great King Rat – Queen (De Lane Lea Demo)
Princes Of The Universe – Queen
The March Of The Black Queen - Queen
Was It All Worth It - Queen
Death On Two Legs - Queen
Hammer To Fall - Queen with Gary Cherone (Freddie Mercury Tribute Show 1992)
Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica
Taking on the World – Operation:Mindcrime
Futureal - Iron Maiden
Cross-Eyed Mary - Iron Maiden
Christmas Ride – Fight
Born Free - Kai Hansen
I Want Out - Helloween
Hammerfall - The Sacred Vow
When She's Good She's Good (When She's Bad She‘s Better) - Danger Danger
King - King's X
Goin' Back (Freddie Mercury As Larry Lurex)
And I Can Hear Music - (Freddie Mercury As Larry Lurex)