Freddie Mercury Online

Queen performed at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany in 1979.

23/08/2020   Seraja   3

Queen performed at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany in 1979.
Freddie’s voice isn’t in the greatest shape for this early Live Killers show, but he still uses it to the best of his ability, delivering great versions of Somebody To Love, Death On Two Legs, and It’s Late. Their vocal harmonies are beautiful throughout the show.

Brian, before Somebody To Love: “Good evening, good folks of Berlin. Welcome to a night of Queen music. We hope you enjoy it.”

Freddie, before the medley: “We have a lot of music for you tonight from all our various albums, and the next song comes from an album called A Night At The Opera. The song in question is dedicated to one of our managers. He was a real motherfucker. Do you know what that means?” Quite a few audience members indicate that they do. “Alright! You can call him anything you want. We call him Death On Two Legs.”

The front of house guy is asleep at the switch tonight, as the echo is not turned off in Get Down Make Love on time. Roger’s whistle and his snare fill leading into the final chorus also echo twice before it’s finally turned off.

An interesting version of Now I’m Here is played tonight, as they go into the jam twice. The first brief jam is a result of Roger prematurely leading the band into it, and the second jam is different from any other version as the band are forced to create something different from the first one.

After Freddie does a few nice vocal adlibs in the intro to Dreamers Ball (which Brian calls “self-amusement”), Roger does one an octave above his. Freddie jokingly calls him a “show off!”

Before Love Of My Life, referring to Roger and John’s absence, Freddie dishes out the blow job joke, but it doesn’t seem to go down nearly as well in Europe as it does in North America.

Freddie’s voice cracks at the end of the middle section of ’39, revealing that they are using a harmonizer for the upper octave in those last two bars, rather than the voice of Roger Taylor.

Freddie, before Fat Bottomed Girls: “This is from an album, Jazz.” Someone in the audience shouts for Mustapha, and Freddie responds, “No, it’s not Mustapha. We’d like to do that one of these days. Hey, maybe next time!” And they would.

The pictures were taken by Lutz Kölsch, Wolf-Dieter Kuntze, Michele de Nadal and Alessio Rizzitelli.

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