Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl 1982

i’m so incredibly glad that i made this purchase. seriously. it was an impulse buy at a closing record store in ashland, oregon, and it was WORTH IT. SO WORTH IT.

i’m not one of those girls who wishes she were older, you know, more mature, whatever, but one of my biggest regrets (and i’ve always said this) is that i wasn’t born at a time when i would have been able to see queen live in concert. this dvd proves my point ridiculously well, too. freddie mercury is by far (and yes, i am willing to go out on this limb) the best frontman in the history of rock and roll. never has a frontman had that voice, that confidence, that genius, and that passion, combined at such an elite level. it’s actually really difficult to do justice to him in words, because his performances more than speak for themselves. freddie takes a song that you already really like and makes you love it. he makes the song speak to you because he’s the one doing the speaking. we learned too late of his suffering – he faced homosexuality, and a devastating AIDS diagnosis, in an ignorant, uninformed, heterosexual world. “under pressure” probably doesn’t even begin to describe it.

as seen in the interview footage, freddie was a closed person off-stage. bandmates brian may and roger taylor were actually more fun to watch behind-the-scenes; they were loose and approachable, while freddie remained vague and distant.

but that wall broke down with the roar of the crowd. queen obviously fell into the “live band” category, although their albums are masterpieces in their own right. the band took their concerts extremely seriously, though, in the sense that they wanted to provide a unique, memorable experience to their supporters, so recreating the sound on the album was not really an option. instead, what happened was this:

but i’ll stop with the videos so that your (and my) computer doesn’t crash. consider this and this and this.

if these videos don’t prove my point, then i simply can’t talk about it anymore. i love this man and his music, and that’s all there is to it.