I’ve been on a real Queen kick ever since I accidentally came across Queen Rocks Montreal-a show filmed in 1981 at the old Forum- on TV last week. I knew Freddie Mercury was a great performer, but I don’t think I quite understood the magnitude of his presence, and I certainly didn’t know he had the capacity to make me cry.
I don’t think I’d ever really taken the time to sit down and watch footage of a live Queen show. It blew my mind. I watch a lot of recorded performances but this one really stood out. I actually ran out and got a DVD of the show this week and I love it. You can get the Montreal Show alone, but I recommend getting the extended version released in 2007. It’s around the same price, the sound is great, and the latter version includes Queen’s performance at Live Aid.
I’m compiling a list of my favorite performances captured on film, and I’ll blog about my selections as soon as I stop arguing with myself. Until then, here’s Freddie doing “Play the Game” from the ’81 show – it gets me every time. Enjoy!