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#2954095 - 10/22/18 01:52 PM Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN)
MathOfInsects Offline
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I have previously posted one from the George Michael night. These are crazy nights. We get a list of something like 30 songs, then we get a single rehearsal (which is really for the singers more than the band) to run through each song, usually once. Don't let the mullet wigs and Freddie Mercury mustaches fool you, the backing band is some of our local music royalty. Singers can be a little more hit-and-miss, but are usually very good.

In this one--"I Want to Break Free"--the guitarist and I talked before the gig about how the second half of the recorded "solo" was basically just the band playing the changes with nothing happening over it, and he said "why don't you take that one too." So after the more conservative first one, which is a bit more like the recording, I ended up spewing out a proggy-sounding note-soup that seemed to go over well.

Vid is rough with some feedback issues. "Traditional" solo starts right before 2:10 and proggy goulash starts just before 2:35. (Watch for the secret fist-bump from the guitarist at 4:12. laugh )


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#2954133 - 10/22/18 06:49 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: MathOfInsects]
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That looked like a fun night Josh. Nice work on the solos.

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#2954179 - 10/23/18 06:46 AM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Good work Josh! Very brave to performe a set of Queen with 1 rehearsal!
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#2954225 - 10/23/18 09:49 AM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: RudyS]
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Some would say brave, others would say reckless. smile Some of that stuff is REALLY hard, and we definitely worked for our $ on this one. That was my only solo, but the whole night is basically a piano solo, since so many of their songs have iconic piano parts. Much woodshedding. I ended up just memorizing the harder tunes, since otherwise you're watching changes fly by at "Giant Steps" pace and if you drop off the chart you're toast.

I am tempted to post the Bohemian Rhapsody clip, but it's the "everyone onstage drunk" show-closer and the vocals were, shall we say, a little pitchy. But I can't tell you how fun it was to get to play that insane song after so many years of hearing it.
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#2954267 - 10/23/18 12:31 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Good solo and nice tone especially where you cut loose on the "proggy goulash" part of the solo... Who the hell needs a lead guitarist. Seriously, it's great that the guitar mullet dude gave you a fist bump at the end. I wish some of the guitar heroes I've played with were that cool.

I really like these raw live videos / recordings that aren't re-mixed and re-worked in a studio. They give a semblance of what folks' playing and rigs actually sound like in real less-than-perfect live settings which is where I make most of my noise. Keep 'em coming.

BTW... "Proggy Goulash" would be a good name for progressive rock knock-off band that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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#2954283 - 10/23/18 02:19 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: HSS]
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Proggy lead sounded amazing. Was that the Stage 3 for the whole gig?


Edited by Nadroj (10/23/18 02:19 PM)
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#2954284 - 10/23/18 02:21 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: N4dr0j]
MathOfInsects Offline
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Thanks! Yessir, it's somehow still my only board these days.
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#2954340 - 10/23/18 10:44 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Very cool.
Two comments:
- That drummer is insanely rock solid - at the beginning, it was so perfect I thought it was a drum machine until I saw the cymbal in the left side of the screen.

- the outro on your solo (starting around 3:01) is pure poetry, very inspired and melodic. You deserved that fist bump!


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#2954444 - 10/24/18 05:55 PM Re: Another one of those crazy tribute-night vids (QUEEN) [Re: roygBiv]
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Wow, thank you. Undeserved but gladly accepted. The drummer's great.

HSS, mullet guitar dude and I are buddies, so maybe that contributed to the spirit of magnanimity. smile
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