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2011-09-21 11:52:59 PM  
He farks dead guys?
 
2011-09-21 11:54:28 PM  
well I hope he wore a condom
 
2011-09-21 11:58:52 PM  
Holy shiat, that's dead on.
 
2011-09-22 12:01:21 AM  

darkhorse23: Holy shiat, that's dead on.


That's so dead on I wasn't sure it was really him at first. Incredible.
 
2011-09-22 12:04:25 AM  
I suspect a lot of guys nailed Feddie Mercury.
 
2011-09-22 12:08:17 AM  
Speaking as Fark's resident Queen superfan, that shiat just gave my GOOSEBUMPS goosebumps. There is more to Freddie than just hitting the notes...There's an edge, a character you have to have in order for it to feel real. And whoever this kid is, he has it in SPADES. He even LOOKS like Freddie. CREEPILY so. So much so that I almost wonder if he isn't a long-lost son or something. And yeah, he looks about the right age to have been from the era where the man swung both ways, so whatever.

I'm guessing this is an audition for the Queen Extravaganza tribute tour Roger Taylor is putting together. And if they don't pick him, they're FOOLS.
 
2011-09-22 12:10:52 AM  
Goddamn. I mean seriously, it's a little off, but closer than I've ever heard. I think he's a little too high in pitch.
 
2011-09-22 12:11:57 AM  
Holy Crap!
 
2011-09-22 12:14:19 AM  

GAT_00: Goddamn. I mean seriously, it's a little off, but closer than I've ever heard. I think he's a little too high in pitch.


I went back and listened to it. Listen to how well he controls the tremolo at the end of each phrase. He is pitch-perfect.
 
2011-09-22 12:16:42 AM  
First reaction, wow. Then I saw a link in the comments to a version he did of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was equally amazing.
Bohemian Rhapsody

Then, turns out that he's a lead singer for a Christian rock band, and I can no longer root for him as a Freddie Mercury replacement.
His band's Wiki page.
 
2011-09-22 12:19:14 AM  

gilgigamesh: darkhorse23: Holy shiat, that's dead on.

That's so dead on I wasn't sure it was really him at first. Incredible.


Thought the same thing. Seriously had to restart the video to see if he was lipin' it.
 
2011-09-22 12:20:34 AM  

gilgigamesh: GAT_00: Goddamn. I mean seriously, it's a little off, but closer than I've ever heard. I think he's a little too high in pitch.

I went back and listened to it. Listen to how well he controls the tremolo at the end of each phrase. He is pitch-perfect.


He's on pitch, but go listen to the original recording and flip back and forth. He's damn close, but he isn't perfect.

And honestly, he lacks intensity. I mean, you can't be Mercury without being just oozing intensity.
 
2011-09-22 12:21:23 AM  

TeddyBallGame: gilgigamesh: darkhorse23: Holy shiat, that's dead on.

That's so dead on I wasn't sure it was really him at first. Incredible.

Thought the same thing. Seriously had to restart the video to see if he was lipin' it.


Skip to ~1:50 when he starts adding random shiat over the solo. That seals it.
 
2011-09-22 12:22:19 AM  
Fake. Hair dryers don't double as microphones.
 
2011-09-22 12:23:02 AM  
Yeah, this guy's "Young Freddie" is pretty amazeballs. But the best "Late Period" Freddie is still THIS guy.
 
2011-09-22 12:24:01 AM  

Rincewind53: First reaction, wow. Then I saw a link in the comments to a version he did of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was equally amazing.
Bohemian Rhapsody


Actually it was obvious from that that he lacks Freddie's 4 octave range. But he's pretty spot on in the midranges.
 
2011-09-22 12:26:36 AM  

gilgigamesh: Rincewind53: First reaction, wow. Then I saw a link in the comments to a version he did of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was equally amazing.
Bohemian Rhapsody

Actually it was obvious from that that he lacks Freddie's 4 octave range. But he's pretty spot on in the midranges.


i just listened to it and ... this.

he sounds like a mimic artist in the hard to reach parts ... he can't project and still hit the note and it falls flat
 
2011-09-22 12:27:49 AM  
This guy could do the George Michael bio!
 
2011-09-22 12:28:00 AM  
Meh. He's all right. Gary Mullen leaves this guy in the dust.
 
2011-09-22 12:28:37 AM  

gilgigamesh: Rincewind53: First reaction, wow. Then I saw a link in the comments to a version he did of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it was equally amazing.
Bohemian Rhapsody

Actually it was obvious from that that he lacks Freddie's 4 octave range. But he's pretty spot on in the midranges.


Yeah, he can't hit the high notes at all and flubs the whole "Galileo" bit. Mind you, even Freddie himself couldn't do that high note all the time (which is partially why they sometimes didn't play that section live during concerts and used the recording).
 
2011-09-22 12:28:46 AM  

GAT_00: gilgigamesh: GAT_00: Goddamn. I mean seriously, it's a little off, but closer than I've ever heard. I think he's a little too high in pitch.

I went back and listened to it. Listen to how well he controls the tremolo at the end of each phrase. He is pitch-perfect.

He's on pitch, but go listen to the original recording and flip back and forth. He's damn close, but he isn't perfect.

And honestly, he lacks intensity. I mean, you can't be Mercury without being just oozing intensity.


I don't have to. I listened to the Bohemian Rhapsody link upthread. No, he doesn't have Freddie Mercury's intensity, but then who does. This guy should definitely be in the tribute or whatever it is they're putting together. Queen was touring with Paul Rodgers, for chrissake. I haven't heard him with Queen, and no disrespect to the guy, but this kid has got to blow him away.
 
2011-09-22 12:31:14 AM  

Rincewind53: Yeah, he can't hit the high notes at all and flubs the whole "Galileo" bit. Mind you, even Freddie himself couldn't do that high note all the time (which is partially why they sometimes didn't play that section live during concerts and used the recording).


See that's the thing. You can't compare this to live recordings because the vocals on there are stitched together from hours of recordings to make a perfect product. That's generally true, but its particularly true with Queen.

You have to compare it to the live stuff if you're going to be fair about it.
 
2011-09-22 12:32:01 AM  

gilgigamesh: See that's the thing. You can't compare this to live studio recordings because the vocals on there are stitched together from hours of recordings to make a perfect product. That's generally true, but its particularly true with Queen.

 
2011-09-22 12:34:54 AM  
He is very good.
 
2011-09-22 12:36:54 AM  
Is it true that Mercury used to close every show with "it's been a pleasure doing business with you"?
 
2011-09-22 12:42:43 AM  
He's got Freddie's singing style and voice nailed, but he needs to work on his body language. Freddie was much more flamboyant and outrageous.
 
2011-09-22 12:44:11 AM  
Relevant (new window)
 
2011-09-22 01:08:09 AM  
He needs to shallow up his tremolo and not use it so much on some of the shorter notes, also lay back on some of the phrases - whole thing felt like it wanted to rush. Otherwise, very nice job.
 
2011-09-22 01:44:28 AM  
He's not Freddy, but I think it was an excellent effort. I don't have the knowledge or vocabulary to know exactly what I think he came up a little short on, but it was good enough that I listened to the whole thing, and wanted to hear more.
 
2011-09-22 01:52:32 AM  

mr_a: He's not Freddy, but I think it was an excellent effort. I don't have the knowledge or vocabulary to know exactly what I think he came up a little short on, but it was good enough that I listened to the whole thing, and wanted to hear more.


It's the way his voice fills the room. When Freddie sang -- hell, when Freddie TALKED -- it was like his voice was reverberating to the ends of the earth, whether he was at Live Aid or in a small venue. Even if this guy was standing on stage at the old Wembley Stadium holding half a mic stand, he couldn't replicate that.

Some people are gifted with voices that demand to be listened to.
 
2011-09-22 03:04:20 AM  

FishyFred: hell, when Freddie TALKED -- it was like his voice was reverberating to the ends of the earth


Haha.

Such gravitas.

I think this guy was awesome.

Even if the room didn't darken into gossamer gasps of dark clouds and lightning and spirit horses in yellow chariots as he sang a track with a Karoake backing.

Haha.

The room reverberated to the ends of the Earth.

Oh man.
 
2011-09-22 03:17:51 AM  
Jesus Christ, Freddie Mercury was no way as good as that Dexy's Midnight Runners guy. Or Weird Al.

Get over your attempted deification of the guy.
 
2011-09-22 03:34:33 AM  

Confabulat: Freddie Mercury was no way as good as that Dexy's Midnight Runners guy. Or Weird Al.


Queen trumps weird Al.

Was it ALL Freddy? No. Was Freddy integral? Hells yes.
 
2011-09-22 03:46:23 AM  

doglover: Confabulat: Freddie Mercury was no way as good as that Dexy's Midnight Runners guy. Or Weird Al.

Queen trumps weird Al.

Was it ALL Freddy? No. Was Freddy integral? Hells yes.


Queen isn't Queen without Freddie. Brian May is awesome, but it was Freddie's voice and stage presence that made Queen so successful.
 
2011-09-22 04:19:58 AM  

IgG4: Is it true that Mercury used to close every show with "it's been a pleasure doing business with you"?


Not that I've ever heard. All the living recordings I've run across end (no matter where they were recorded) with the playing of "God Save the Queen."

Now, it's wouldn't surprise me if he closed certain intimate encounters that way. ;)
 
2011-09-22 04:38:35 AM  
Very cool. Best of luck to this guy!

/Scratches "Somebody to Love" off my list of karaoke go-to numbers.
//Thank god I still have "Feeling Good"
 
2011-09-22 04:40:10 AM  
While I LOATHE the spate of reality programming ruining the channels these days, I DO have to admit that if they aired the auditions for the Queen tribute band, I'd eagerly watch it...just as long as it didn't involve talentless judges eliminating the contestants.

/but if it was Queen's surviving members sitting there saying "yes" or "no", I'm all for it
//but then again, wouldn't this just be recycling the horrible INXS lead singer replacement reality series all over again, only with a much more epic band? (even though it IS just a tribute band selection).
///Michael Hutchence, why, oh, why did you need to indulge in autoerotic asphyxiation?!
 
2011-09-22 04:48:45 AM  
Nailed it.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-09-22 04:51:08 AM  

calbert: well I hope he wore a condom


this post did not receive the appropriate attention.

/thread if i ever saw it
 
2011-09-22 04:59:54 AM  
Anyone else find it funny that a Christian rock singer is mimicking the best gay lead singer of all time? And not only once, but a lot of times?

/guess it's ok to be gay if you're Christian, as long as you rock the fark out
 
2011-09-22 05:15:44 AM  
Yay a Queen thread.

www.examiner.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

bluenred.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-09-22 05:45:13 AM  

fluffytuff: Anyone else find it funny that a Christian rock singer is mimicking the best gay lead singer of all time? And not only once, but a lot of times?

/guess it's ok to be gay if you're Christian, as long as you rock the fark out


You DO realize that not all Christians have it out for teh gays, right? But don't let a little thing like FACTS get in the way of your own prejudice, bigoted, douchebaggery.
 
2011-09-22 05:48:52 AM  
I was in Cork, Ireland on a Sunday night last year and me some friends found a pub that had NFL games on (nothing else to do on a Sunday night except get drunk in a pub and watch some American football).
About 10pm all the TVs changed to the stage in the back, where a band was setting up. My friends and I asked if they could change just one TV back to the football but were told they couldn't because of the band. So instead of leaving we decided to just hang out and see if the band was any good. The place kept getting more and more crowded, by the time the band started there had to be close to 500 people there with no more room to move. It turns out it was a Queen cover band, tribute band, whatever you want to call it. And they were amazing. The guy who did Freddie looked exactly like him (with better teeth), had the swagger, had the voice, had the mannerisms. Now I'm too young to have seen Queen in person, but from all of the videos I have seen, it was spot on.

It gave us chills just to be there. One of the coolest, totally unexpected experiences of my life.
 
2011-09-22 05:51:17 AM  

thefatbasturd: fluffytuff: Anyone else find it funny that a Christian rock singer is mimicking the best gay lead singer of all time? And not only once, but a lot of times?

/guess it's ok to be gay if you're Christian, as long as you rock the fark out

You DO realize that not all Christians have it out for teh gays, right? But don't let a little thing like FACTS get in the way of your own prejudice, bigoted, douchebaggery.


Oh shut up. Your damn religion makes the noise about it. You deal with the repercussions.
 
2011-09-22 06:22:14 AM  
That was just fantastic! Even the spoken parts of the song. It was really uncanny!

/Missing Freddie now.
 
2011-09-22 06:31:36 AM  
Call me back when he does the same song naked in SoHo with three guys servicing his shlong at once.

(After this video the second step should come in about 8 days.)
 
2011-09-22 06:31:48 AM  
I'll have to check this out after work.
 
2011-09-22 06:32:13 AM  

lasercannon: Yay a Queen thread.


Why are you posting pictures of Elton John in a Queen thread?
 
2011-09-22 06:36:56 AM  

MurphyMurphy: calbert: well I hope he wore a condom

this post did not receive the appropriate attention.

/thread if i ever saw it


Indeed. It deserves at least +1 internets, but all I have is this small local area network.

www.arisenetworksolutions.com

Please accept it with my compliments.
 
2011-09-22 06:43:24 AM  

MaxxLarge: Speaking as Fark's resident Queen superfan, that shiat just gave my GOOSEBUMPS goosebumps. There is more to Freddie than just hitting the notes...There's an edge, a character you have to have in order for it to feel real. And whoever this kid is, he has it in SPADES. He even LOOKS like Freddie. CREEPILY so. So much so that I almost wonder if he isn't a long-lost son or something. And yeah, he looks about the right age to have been from the era where the man swung both ways, so whatever.

I'm guessing this is an audition for the Queen Extravaganza tribute tour Roger Taylor is putting together. And if they don't pick him, they're FOOLS.


You have said eveeeeeeerything I wanted to!
 
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