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Freddie’s Final Concert Line Up

Here is how Queen’s final performance with Freddie Mercury played out. If you would like to listen you can go to our Spotify page for both the Freddie’s Final Concert playlist (listen without shuffle to follow along) as well as our choices for Queen’s Greatest Hits which include the final songs that Mercury ever wrote as well as the chart topping hits of Queen throughout their career!

One Vision

Tie Your Mother Down

In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited

Seven Seas of Rhye

Tear It Up

A Kind of Magic

Freddie’s Vocal Improv— there isn’t a lot of good recordings of this so it is not on our Spotify playlist

Under Pressure

Another One Bites the Dust

Who Wants to Live Forever

I Want to Break Free

Impromptu— this was a live creation that showcased Freddy’s vocals as well as the fact that the band was amazingly tight and able to create on the fly. Again, there isn’t a lot of great audio of this so it isn’t included in the Spotify playlist

Guitar Solo— Brian May’s turn to rock out and showcase his awesome skills (which are still pretty amazing). This is not included on the Spotify Playlist.

Now I’m Here

Love of My Life

Is This the World We Created…?

You’re So Square (I Don’t Care), Hello Mary Lou, and Tutti Frutti— Freddy rocking a set of vintage 50’s rock and roll songs. This was traditional for the band to show how well they could build music on the fly but also create amazing tribute to the music that came before them… I can not find a good audio of this so it is not on the Spotify Playlist.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Hammer to Fall

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Encore 1: Radio Ga Ga

Encore 2: We Will Rock You

Friends Will Be Friends

We Are the Champions

God Save the Queen

If you would like to listen to Freddie’s final concert with Queen, below is the Spotify playlist that I have created with the songs in order (as long as you listen on normal mode and not on shuffle!):

The Best of Queen (I like to listen to this one on shuffle):

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Bohemian Rhapsody, the (slightly fictional) story of Freddy Mercury and Queen: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The story line basically follows the life of Freddy as he goes from working in London Heathrow Airport as a young man to his final days after leaving Queen for a solo career, and his subsequent return for the Live AID concert which would become the most well known Queen concert of all time.

Do note that some of this film is said to be slightly exaggerated, changed or inferred which is why it is not a true documentary but rather a biopic. The other members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, did consult on the film and possibly filled some gaps or lesser known information about Mercury and his life.

General Information about the film:

-Genre: Slightly Fictional Biopic

-Creators: Brian Singer, Anthony McCarten, Graham King, and Queen manager Jim Beech. Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants.

-Length: 134 minutes

-Film Rating: PG-13

-Where to watch: Hulu (with HBO subscription), Amazon Prime Video (rent or purchase), HBO Go, DVD, Blue-Ray, or at your local library

-Main Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers

Review (contains spoilers):

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable film.

I can see how die hard Queen fans could get irritated by the fictionalizations within the film but that is neither here nor there for me. While I love the band I am also in the film and television profession and understand that sometimes adding a bit of drama, changing a bit of the story or even shining a better or worse light on part of a situation sometimes happens. Its one of the many issues that comes from telling the story of someone who has passed on.

Rami Malek did a stunning job capturing Freddie Mercury’s attitude, movement and singing ability. He truly channelled the entire situation with grace and compassion…even going so far as wanting to show more of the relationships that Freddie had throughout his life. Honestly I was quite sad that we got more of Freddie’s relationship with Paul (though they did a good job showing how controlling and abusive this relationship was) than his relationship with Jim, who was reported as being sweet and caring throughout the end of Freddie’s life.

The soundtrack was on point from the opening scene to the full LIVEAID concert. i took the time to watch the two side by side and applaud both the cast and crew for capturing not only the essence of the event but the entire personality and choreography and playlist for the band.

Casting was beautifully done and I loved that Brian, Roger and John all helped throughout the film. It always helps the authenticity to have the people the biopic is about involved. Sadly we couldn’t have Freddie’s input but the rest of the band seemed to do a wonderful job.

Though there are many issues with the film that have been argued about in length I did find the film a wonderful and artistic take on Freddie Mercury and Queen.

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Freddie Mercury: The Show Must Go On

Freddie Mercury. A name that most people know even if they aren’t a fan of his beloved band Queen.

An icon.

A legend.

And arguably one of the greatest performers of all time.

Freddie Mercury was born September 5, 1946 in Tanzania. He and his family fled the country during the Zanzibar Revolution and settled in England. This is where he would meet Brian May and eventually form the Rock band, Queen.

Known for his flamboyant personality, charismatic performances and incredible writing abilities Freddie also boasted and incredible FOUR octave range which allowed him to create and sing vastly diverse music.

Over the course of 16 years (from 1970-1986), Queen released 14 albums with their 15th and final album, Made in Heaven, releasing after Freddie’s death in 1991 and containing the last song that he ever wrote for the band. Together Freddie and Queen performed over 700 concerts around the world during this time.

In addition to being an over the top and incredibly skilled performer, Mercury was also known for his sexual preferences. As one of the only openly Bisexual celebrities of the time, Freddy was know to turn on the charm both one on one and while on stage. He shocked and awed audiences with elaborate costumes, incredible musical numbers and vocal prowess that has yet to be matched with subsequent performers.

Freddie performed his last concert 34 years ago to the day in Knebworth Park, UK while on tour for their album A Kind of Magic. The Magic Tour is incredibly well documented and this performance is probably most well known.

While he did not pass until 1991, Freddie left the band in 1986 after contracting HIV. This was not confirmed until the day before he died from complications (pneumonia) due to the progression of his illness, AIDS.

Even after Mercury’s death the show had to go on.

Queen is still active today. Two performers have stepped into Freddie’s shoes with the current headliner, Adam Lambert, bringing a truly Freddie-like performance in my opinion. I was lucky enough to see Queen perform with Adam Lambert in one of their last concert venues before Mercury left the band. That night I swear Lambert channeled Freddie. You could truly feel his presence in the hall.

Between his elaborate costumes, and incredible vocals, Lambert truly captures Mercury’s stage presence and theatrics. I mean, the guy actually had a purple velvet and gold detailed Marie Antoinette style chaise brought on stage to perform Killer Queen while spraying the crowd with champagne. It’s about as close as you will get to Freddie Mercury’s ACTUAL performance.