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Offline shanep

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2014, 11:21:04 PM »
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Bono's a better songwriter than Freddie was.

A better lyricist, yes Bono was/is. I agree. Musically, I'm not so sure.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2014, 12:23:38 AM »
Freddie just has a thinner voice than I prefer and is generally very shouty on his higher notes later on. His voice just isn't as pretty as it's made out to be, except when it was annoying camp.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2015, 07:54:27 AM »
I like both bands. I think Freddie and Bono are both geniuses, each in their own style.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2015, 01:19:19 PM »
As singers, Freddie wins hands down, as musicians each member of Queen may be better than their U2 counterparts. As a whole, U2 are all over Queen. They are one of the few bands where the whole is greater than the sum of their parts.

I've always seen Queen as a great singles band whereas U2 made great albums.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2015, 04:11:23 PM »
U2 and Queen are 1 and 1a for me.

I think Freddie Mercury was the best rock front man ever. I think Bono might be the second best though.

Freddie definitely had the better voice. I tend to have a very close emotional reaction especially to Queen's later material, when he knew he was dying. A lot of it is very moving.

I totally adore Bono though. Bono always moves me.

Both such great singers and performers.

Freddie gone much too soon.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2015, 08:51:36 AM »
I prefer U2's music overall, but Freddie was a better singer, songwriter (he wrote many solo songs, melody and lyrics and musical arranger) and a better showman. However I found queens music patchy at best, probably because having 4 different songwriters meant the music could often go in many different directions, not always good.


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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2015, 08:26:31 AM »
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I still get chills listening to the album "Made in Heaven"......esp. "It's a Beautiful Day"  8)

Hard to imagine that the song was from The Game sessions.

FWIW, I'm gutted to have missed out on seeing Queen with Freddie live. I went to the Tribute Concert in '92 (2nd row on the pitch at Wembley). After watching Live at Wembley on Tv in '86, I was desperate to see the band on their next tour.

Such a shame that one of musics greatest singers / performers was taken from us. Freddie and Elvis were probably the best showmen ever. Can you imagine being in the crowd with one of those on stage???

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2015, 08:06:52 AM »
Better vocalist:  Mercury
Better frontman:  Mercury
Better band as a whole: U2

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2015, 09:22:15 AM »
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Better vocalist:  Mercury
Better frontman:  Mercury
Better band as a whole: U2

Do you think Mercury's early death makes the parameters skewed toward him? Just wondering how it would be if U2 ended after the same duration. What would be the result then?

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2015, 10:08:32 AM »
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Better vocalist:  Mercury
Better frontman:  Mercury
Better band as a whole: U2

Do you think Mercury's early death makes the parameters skewed toward him? Just wondering how it would be if U2 ended after the same duration. What would be the result then?

No, I don't think Mercury's death is any indicator, not for my opinion.  Even after U2's defining performance at Live Aid , it was Queen who still stole the show. 

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2015, 07:40:23 PM »
I think Bono is brilliant as a live entertainer. He's in an elite group with Plant, Jagger, Daltry, Stipe as rock's greatest leads...

But Mercury was in a class by himself. He was human rocket fuel...he could lift the venue off it's foundation. I've never seen anything like him. And I hope I never do...

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2015, 09:13:16 PM »
Freddie Mercury without a doubt. He would never let his voice degrade like Bono did

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2015, 09:42:50 PM »
Freddie Freddie Freddie.

Bono is great, charismatic all that. But Freddie, imo, defined what it is to be a GREAT front man, performer, vocalist, etc. Bono's never gotten the crowd to eat out the palm of his hand the way Freddie could do in his sleep. Even in Queens disappointing era, *ahemthe80s* they were still AMAZING in concert, look at the Wembley performance. 

Yea, Freddie would of never let his voice degrade, even though he was a smoker, apparently.

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2015, 10:33:57 PM »
Never cared for Freddie or Queen at all .
             Bono by a landslide !

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Re: Bono vs. Freddie Mercury
« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2015, 10:37:27 PM »
you really can't deny that Freddies vocal are MUCH stronger than Bonos even in the late 80s peak.