Today is Imbolc, the midpoint of WInter. That’s Groundhog Day to you secular/non-pagan types (and yeah, P-Phil peeped his shadow, so throw another blanket on the bed). It’s also my birthday, and my good friend Dr. Mike Pecaut has offered up a fine present – lots of concert footage from one of my all-time favorite bands, the unparalleled Queen! I got to see them live on The Game tour, and my only regret is that this was in the Greensboro Coliseum before they did the renovation. Which meant that the acoustics were roughly that of a quonset hut in a hail storm. Still, I got to see the most amazing band in the world in person.
Let’s kick the Dr. Slammy Day festivities off in style with – what else? – “Bohemian Rhapsody.” If we don’t get it out of the way now you’re just going to be rushing through the rest and missing out on some spectacular moments in the process, right? If you never saw Queen in concert, you may not know that they didn’t even try to do the operatic movement. No way they could have. So they simply get up, leave the stage, play the record and let the lights go nuts. You don’t see that here because they intercut footage from the vid. Still, thought you should know.