Wednesday, April 29, 2009

780th Post - Rhapsodic

I have been thinking about the music of Queen today. I am not sure why. I was not a particular fan of theirs in their heyday. Even when their songs were hits, I was tired of many of their tunes. "We are the Champions" is overplayed to such an extent that any and all entertainment value the song might have been possessed has been drained from it. While their music was once like a big, juicy grape, now it is like one of those raisins you get in a box of Raisin Bran.

However, some of their songs are still entertaining. Several years after Freddy Mercury's death, "Too Much Love Will Kill You" became a hit. There is a brief Wikipedia article about it here.

Queen still exists as a musical entity in some capacity. From time to time, the surviving members get together and tour a bit, perhaps in the same financially ghoulish way that the two surviving members of The Who still hit the road occasionally.

In 2003, Queen performed this song with, fer goodness' sake, Luciano Pavarotti. Maybe they enticed him with a boatload of Philly Cheese Steaks; who knows? It is a surreal moment as Brian May and Pavarotti share the stage, singing this tune in two languages. I thought I'd share it with you.

Maybe he was singing, "Too Much Cake Will Kill You". Does anybody reading this know Italian? Just wondering.

A few months before his death, Freddy Mercury made his final public appearance. He doesn't say much, or do much; but you can tell that not all is well. Check it out:

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