Many of you will have already seen this ad. This new version of Freddie’s take on the theme song from Dave Clark’s 1986 musical of the same name is getting lots of attention.
I see people asking why it wasn’t available until now, but of course it was. The original version is still up there on YouTube, with 3.4 million views ! A lot of people are asking us why this release was done in certain ways, but none of our team had anything to with this remake – so we can’t help you ! It’s not a Queen song, so it doesn’t come under our jurisdiction.
It’s obviously not a Freddie-penned song either – he got involved as a favour to his close friend Dave Clark. Being Freddie, he couldn’t (like me, I guess!) half-do it. He plunged in and did a huge production on a rather featureless song, determined to make it into a timeless epic ! Freddie’s production included a big ‘orchestration’, and loads of glorious vocal harmonies, and the original video had him interacting (visually only) with the cast of the musical. None of which you get in this new version, because Dave Clark has, for this release, smartly lifted Freddie’s lead vocal and placed it alone with a new piano track – played by Mike Moran. So you don’t get Freddie’s production, but what you DO get is Freddie’s lead vocal almost naked, and clear as a bell.
And WHAT a vocal – what a voice ! Freddie poured so much passion into it you get the impression he could make you weep singing the phone directory !!!
I hope this does well, because Dave Clark is a very nice man, and a great friend to Freddie.
One thing is for sure – the world has a fierce appetite for Freddie right now. How happy he would be. One more snippet. In the new video you see Freddie miming to the track on stage at the Dominion Theatre – where TIME was then playing in 1986 – the very same stage that WE WILL ROCK YOU the musical later was to rock, eight shows a week packed out for 13 years. And the core story of that musical was Ben Elton’s magical legend that Freddie was the key to kids in the future rediscovering Rock and Roll. Well, it seems to be coming true ! Long Live Freddie !!
A chance to catch the most beautiful voice on the planet in close-up. KERRY ELLIS in concert. A few tickets left for each performance. I’ll be in New Orleans, all being well, but if you’re in or around London Town – don’t miss this ! See Kerry’s website for details or follow @kerryellis79 NOW !
I’m off !!! To STARMUS in Zürich ! I will be speaking and projecting in 3-D – commemorating 50 years since the Apollo missions to the Moon. And I will be performing MUSIC !!! It’s not in a way anyone expects, I think. It will be VERY ‘experimental’!!!
Still time to get a ticket for the concert night – THIS MONDAY 24th June – or a pass for the whole festival.
You’ll get the chance to see BUZZ ALDRIN (Apollo 11 !!!) speak and maybe give him a hug ! And Apollo astronauts:
CHARLIE DUKE (Apollo 16) !!!
HARRISON SCHMIDT (Apollo 17) !!!
RUSTY SCHWEICKERT !
And see special wonders performed by —-
STEVE VAI !
HANS ZIMMER !! RICK WAKEMAN !!!
Ouch ! And me …
This will happen only once in a lifetime.
See you there, folks.
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