“Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)” - Queen
In the "Classic Albums" documentary about the making of A Night at the Opera, Brian May stated that the band at first was somewhat put back by the incisiveness of Mercury's lyrics. After the song came together, it was agreed that the "author should have his way," and the song went on as penned.
As with "Bohemian Rhapsody", most of the guitar parts on this song were initially played on piano by Mercury, to demonstrate to Brian May how they needed to be played on guitar.
"Death on Two Legs" was on the setlist right into The Game Tour in 1980, then fell off the setlist half way through the tour.
Freddie Mercury - March 1977, Circus Magazine:
"Death On Two Legs was the most vicious lyric I ever wrote. It's so vindictive that Brian felt bad singing it. I don't like to explain what I was thinking when I wrote a song. I think that's awful, just awful. When I'm dead, I want to be remembered as a musician of some worth and substance." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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