Freddie and Michael Kamen backstage of “Who Wants To Live Forever” music video, 1986
ghlander is a bootleg album by Michael Kamen and Queen which is the original soundtrack for the film Highlander (1986) for which Queen recorded several arrangements of songs, some of which were released on A Kind of Magic and particularly the 2011 reissue of A Kind of Magic.
🎶 In “Who Wants To Live Forever” Queen were backed up by an orchestra, with orchestrations by the co-composer of the film’s score, Michael Kamen. In the film version, Freddie provides all the main vocals. On the album version, Brian sings lead vocals on the first verse before Freddie takes over, with Brian also singing “But touch my tears with your lips” during Freddie’s verse and the closing line “Who waits forever anyway?”.
An instrumental version of the song, entitled “Forever”, was included as a bonus track on the CD version of the album. This instrumental featured only a piano, with keyboard accompaniment during the chorus sections. The piano track was recorded solely by Brian. Queen were backed up by an orchestra, with orchestrations by the co-composer of the film’s score, Michael Kamen.
🎥 The video was directed by David Mallet and filmed in a (now demolished) warehouse at Tobacco Wharf at London’s East End on 16 September 1986. It featured the National Philharmonic Orchestra with forty choirboys and several hundreds of candles which remain lit throughout filming as well as Freddie wearing a tuxedo suit. The video also features bassist John Deacon playing a white double bass, despite not performing on the original recording.
“Who Wants To Live Forever” is such a beautiful song that always gives me goosebumps, this song is so beautiful and has a lot of meaning on it in my opinion, at least for me it does. I think Brian is a brillian songwriter, I love most of his songs .
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