> Freddie's piano was miked with two Neumann U67s and we also set up a Shure ... more
Freddie's piano was miked with two Neumann U67s and we also set up a Shure mic for his guide vocal. He didn't sing all the way through the backing track takes, just the first couple of words of each line as a reference for the band.
This comes from a Sound on Sound article from 1995, where producer and engineer of "Bohemian Rhapsody" talk about how this song was recorded.
Freddie´s favourite microphone type. more
Freddie´s favourite microphone type.
every DVD apart from the Live at wembley 86 (he uses a wireless microphone th... more
every DVD apart from the Live at wembley 86 (he uses a wireless microphone there)
Queen - The Making Of "One Vision" The mic can be seen al lot of time since ... more
Queen - The Making Of "One Vision" The mic can be seen al lot of time since 4:11 into this video.
In 1972-1973 At Trident, they used the studio house Steinway piano (surely a ... more
In 1972-1973 At Trident, they used the studio house Steinway piano (surely a D model, 8' 11 3/4" Concert Grand). Considering they recorded downtime and probably couldn't bother setting their equipment, it's also very possible that Roger had to use whichever drums were in the studio at the time (i.e. Hayman or Ludwig) instead of bringing his own. The famous Marquee photo shows a white piano in the corner, it could be the famous Bechstein used by Fred 3 years later on Bo Rhap, considering the Marquee club was also (AFAIK) having some sort of special deal with Jacques Samuel (where the white Bechstein would also be rented from).
Mercury used a Blonde 1983 Fender Telecaster for "Crazy Little Thing Called L... more
Mercury used a Blonde 1983 Fender Telecaster for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" from 1984-1986 during "The Works Tour" (1984-1985) and "The Magic Tour" (1986), replacing the 12-String Ovation used previosly. Photo shows Mercury with his Telecaster on 7/13/85 for Queen's set at the "Live Aid" benefit concert.
Mercury played an Ovation 12 String 1658 Custom Legend during "Crazy Little T... more
Mercury played an Ovation 12 String 1658 Custom Legend during "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in concert from 1979-1982 during "The Crazy Tour" (1979, a joint promotional mini-tour for the named single as well as the UK leg of the 1978-1979 "Jazz Tour"), "The Game Tour" (1980-1981), and "The Hot Space Tour" (1982). Photo is from a late 1979 concert.
Freddie Mercury used a Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar for the recording sessions... more
Freddie Mercury used a Martin D-18 Acoustic Guitar for the recording sessions of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" between June and July of 1979. Photo shows Mercury practicing said guitar.
This was Freddie's personal acoustic guitar. It was given to close friend Ken... more
This was Freddie's personal acoustic guitar. It was given to close friend Kenny Everett as a gift, and later given away again as a contest prize by Everett. The note reads, "Hope you like the present, as Freddie was a very dear friend of mine please take care of the prize guitar.' Ole Ken."
Freddie can be seen here using Brian's Red Special (or a copy, note the scuff... more
Freddie can be seen here using Brian's Red Special (or a copy, note the scuffs(?)), during a 1977 NOTW Tour soundcheck.
The Model 565 UNISPHERE@I is a dual-impedance unidirectional dynamic micropho... more
The Model 565 UNISPHERE@I is a dual-impedance unidirectional dynamic microphone with a strong, built- in wire-mesh spherical front that contains a very effective filter designed to provide excellent protection from wind and "pop" (explosive breath sounds). The unit provides wide range reproduction of music and entertainers in high quality theater-stage sound sys- tems and recording, as well as in critical public- address systems such as those used in political con- ventions and legislatures, convention halls, hotels, public auditoriums, stadiums, cathedrals and churches.
"Seeing the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody last night brought back a flood of memories. Clearly visible on top of the grand piano in every concert scene is the blue and silver control box for the Helpinstill Piano Pickup used by virtually every rock act in the day. Although Queen was one of the few customers I never met in person, I still had quite an adventure with them! Late one night I was awakened by a phone call from their manager. He excitedly explained that, right in the middle of a dramatic moment at an arena rock concert, the piano feed just disappeared, leaving Freddie playing in silence to 20,000! He had traced the problem to the control box and needed another one before the next night. This was in 1976 and FedEx did not exist yet. He had selected a flight that would get a package to them by the a next day, and instructed me to get it to the Air Freight terminal. I had to get out of bed and drive to Intercontinental but we got it there. When we got the defective box back we discovered a crucial wire had been wrapped around a terminal but never soldered. It worked for years up until that fateful night."