Good night Boston Garden folks !!! Thank you for being an extraordinarily loud and appreciative and inspiring audience !!! We always feel at home in Boston.
pic: Sarah Rugg – thanks !
This makes me smile – because this clip from tonight’s show in the Boston Garden has a little story embedded in it. It’s the result one of those small adjustments that we constantly look for, to maximise the show.
Adam sings our songs in his own unique way, bringing in lots of new ideas and adding sometimes amazing extensions of the vocal lines. ‘Somebody to Love’ is a great example of this – in which Adam truly delivers a tour de force every night. Well, there’s one point in the song which all our fans know very well, where the music stops and, in a tradition which goes right back to Freddie, we invite the audience to complete the line. “Somebody tooooooo ?” Well Adam has for a while extended that “tooo” in a way which added extra sparkle … you can check it out in recordings of previous nights on the tour. But the audience generally sounded uncertain about how they should sing that line … and I figured that this was because the cue was altered – it wasn’t the way it is on the original studio recording. It perhaps seemed to resolve the phrase too.
So I suggested to Adam that, as an experiment, he might try singing the end of the line completely straight, to give a clear cue to the audience. He tried it for the first time tonight, and this is the result. So at the beginning of this clip, you see me listening very intently to what might happen. As soon as we heard the response we knew ! So that’s why I am saying to Adam with a smile, “Not bad!” – and he’s laughing and saying “It worked !”. Then, in his happiness, he embarks on a supercharged series of improvised lines over the coda of the song. Yes, he generally does improvise here over those descending lines … but this time he’s going stratospheric ! He’s wailing in full voice – not falsetto – way up to a high “E” with such power and passion and fluidity that I challenge you to name anyone else who could come close to what he’s doing.
So in my face you see my admiration and enjoyment of this moment – in which we’re all clearly finding a new joy !!!
So thanks Daniela[@davalliana.3d] for this chance to share a tiny piece of the internal workings of QAL.