Friday, September 25, 2020

Quips and Quotations (Come Hear the Music Play Edition)



 I simply enjoy watching her. But if I ever got a chance to meet her or talk to her, it would be great. As for our stage show, you can probably pick out certain similarities to Liza's show. Well, not similarities, but influences.

--Freddie Mercury 





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  1. I can't wait to see that. I can't watch it now as it is evening and the tv is on.

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    1. Andrew, watch it during a commercial break.

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  2. Hi, Kirk!

    That's a touching picture of the mutual admiration society made up of Freddie Mercury & Liza Minnelli posing cheek to cheek, good buddy, and the video captures one of the most exciting events in rock history. On Easter Monday, April 20, 1992, five months after Freddy Mercury's death, Liza aka The Queen of Hollywood aka The Queen of Broadway, joined Elizabeth Taylor and an all star group of rockers at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness, a benefit concert held at Wembley Stadium in London. Performing at the concert which was attended by 72,000 fans were artists that had been influenced by Mercury and Queen. They included Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield and Robert Plant along with the three remaining members of Queen: bassist John Deacon, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

    Thanks you for bringing back this exciting and important moment in music history, good buddy Kirk!

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    1. Shady, as a believer in artistic diversity (among other kinds of diversity that I favor), I love the fact that there was such a wide range of performers with such a wide range of styles, and how they all came out at the end for the grand finale. Imagine, Axl Rose and George Michael on the same stage! (Even if there is some distance between them.) Hearing Brian May announce "Ladies and Gentlemen, Liza!" to resounding audience approval almost makes you forget that her career has been more musical theater than hard, or any kind of, rock. Not that the lady CAN'T rock with the best of them, as proven here. Makes me wonder if Mama Judy had some Elvis Presley records lying around the house when she was growing up. Also love how Liza ends the song on a blue note.

      Now, if you'll excuse me, I want to see if I can find a video of Freddie Mercury singing "Cabaret".

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    1. Debra, I got so into that video that I held up a lighter and set off the smoke alarm in my apartment.

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  4. He was a great man and she was stunning in her youth! Great performance by her! Maybe she should have joined Queen instead of Paul Rodgers!

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    1. Either that, Ananka, or Liza could sing lead for Bad Company.

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  5. Hello Kirk, Minnelli showed true class with this tribute, and the audience reaction was palpable.
    --Jim

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    1. Jim, they knew what they were doing when they saved her for the finale.

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  6. She's amazing. I love her rendition of New York, New York. And I loved her in Arthur.

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    1. JM, I looked it up and found out the song "New York, New York" was written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the same two guys who wrote the songs for Cabaret. Martin Scorsese's same-named movie (which I liked) that starred Liza opposite Robert De Niro was a flop at the box office, possibly one reason that Frank Sinatra's cover of the song is the better-known version.

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