Don’t Try So Hard

16 March 1990, Queen are finalising the last few vocal lines, guitar solo and drums for the track ‘Don’t Try So Hard’. It will be the fifth song included on their fourteenth album ‘Innuendo.’A melancholy chaser to the joyful ‘I Can’t Live With You,’ ‘Don’t Try So Hard’ is a stunning, powerful ballad but unfortunately, a very underrated song. This track has great dynamics and emotions. Queen show that they can have silence as well as over the top power in one song, mixed together with complex musical structures. Freddie’s vocals are absolutely magnificent and he sings a large portion in falsetto.

There has been a raging debate for years as to the actual writer of the song: rumours circulated that John was the creator, while David Richards recently revealed that the song was the work of Brian and Freddie. Brian finally confirmed in an interview that ‘Don’t Try So Hard’ is Freddie’s work and a masterpiece!Nonetheless, Queen shares authorship as a whole since it was decided a couple of years earlier that the four musicians will share all credits, no matter who the creator was… this alleviated tensions during the writing and recording sessions. The song has lyrics full of stock adages about overcoming obstacles with courage and conviction, but they’re made more trenchant in context of Freddie’s condition when he recorded it.

He was determined to make as much music as he could before he passed on..Roger´s drumming is powerful, but economical. As there are lots of quiet gaps, Roger probably made a demo-guide-track to have an overview and the perfect timing. In the basic track, the ride cymbal plays the most important role. There isn´t a Hi-Hat used and only in the chorusses and in the bridge are snare, bass, toms and crash cymbal joining. The low toms also does some the impressive fills. Snare and toms are heavily reverbed. Overdubs: Many of the crash cymbal rolls in the fills and the quiet parts are overdubbed. There´s lots of panning in those rolls.In the solo, a shaker plays in the middle…

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Gallery update,Studio Shepperton

Beautiful pictures of Freddie Mercury at Shepperton Studios during the rehearsals for ‘News of The World” tour – later of October 1977

Queen performed @ Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK

14 March 1974, Queen performed @ Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK
‘Queen ll’ Tour

The opening band, Nutz, didn’t make it to the gig because their van broke down.

Queen ended up playing an extended set for the appreciative audience. No complaints there

Gallery update Tour .hot space

3 October 1983 – Queen released “Live In Japan” a heavily edited VHS of concert Seibu Lions Stadium from the final concert of the ‘Hot Space Tour’
3 November 1982 – it was exclusively released in Japan 🇯🇵 (Brian May Soapbox)

Queen released ‘Live In Japan’, the final concert of ‘The Hot Space’ tour which was performed at the Seibu Lions Stadium in Tokorozawa, Japan on 3 November 1982 (Traditionally attributed to Tokyo, Seibu Lions Stadium is in the suburb “Tokorozawa.”)

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It’s stupid to say there is no such thing in boarding schools

“It’s stupid to say there is no such thing in boarding schools but all the things they say about the stories are more or less true. All the bullying and everything else. I’ve had the odd schoolmaster chasing me. It didn’t shock me because somehow boarding schools… you’re not confronted by it, you are just slowly aware of it. It’s going through life.

Let’s put it this way, there were times when I was young and green. It’s a thing schoolboys go through. I’ve had my share of schoolboy pranks. I’m not going to elaborate further.”

Freddie Mercury Interview 1974.