Friday, April 28, 2023

Queen rock vintage Sheer Heart Attack performances on The Greatest Live

Queen rock a mix of vintage 1970s/1980s performances of their classic track “Sheer Heart Attack” on the latest episode of the weekly series The Greatest Live.

Originally written by Roger Taylor for the band’s 1974 album of the same name, the song wouldn’t surface until its inclusion on the group’s 1977 set “News Of The World”.

Displaying Freddie Mercury’s evolving stage wear, the episode presents live footage of “Sheer Heart Attack” from a 1977 show in Houston, TX; a 1979 London gig; and, a 1981 concert in Montreal, QC.

As Mercury transformed himself throughout this period, the original Glam Rock influence was receding, with the singer visually displaying his love of ballet and, later, more minimalist, but no less dramatic looks of the era.

As Julian Day, costume designer of 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody biopic movie, once told Vogue: "I don't think Freddie ever followed fashion as such."

Instead, the singer fused his own kaleidoscope of passions into his increasingly head-turning stagewear, whether that was the inspiration of glam-rock, ballet, theatre, monarchy or club life.

And as Freddie told biographer Lesley-Ann Jones, performing was a chance to slip his identity: "I change when I walk out onstage."

This week, it was announced that a collection of personal items owned by Mercury will be sold via a series of auctions this fall by Sotheby’s; get more details here.

Pick up your copy of “News Of the World” here and Queen’s “Greatest Hits” collection here.

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