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How to play the guitar solo from Freddie Mercury Queen vocalist solo song In My Defence

The video has on screen guitar tablature to make following easier

The solo although sounding like Queen guitarist Brian May is in fact played by Paul Vincent

The song was written by Dave Clark, David Soames and Jeff Daniels for the musical Time. During the musical, Mercury performed the song as a duet with Cliff Richard; this was last time Freddie sang live in concert; his last performance would be Barcelona in 1988 with Montserrat Caballé, but this performance was lip-synced. Recorded as a solo project, it was recorded at Abbey Road in October 1985, about six months after Mr. Bad Guy was released. The producers expected that if Mercury was not satisfied with the final song, they would let him record with the rest of Queen, but Mercury found the final version satisfactory. “In My Defence” was first released on the “Time” LP in 1986. Other versions include ‘(Ron Nevison Mix)’ – released on “The Freddie Mercury Album” and instrumental version (with vocals for the last line) released also on The Solo Collection. The Ron Nevison mix is very similar to the original, but has different bass and drums, while some string parts were added and others were removed. The 2000 Remix is a remastered version of the Ron Nevison mix and has the same instrumentation mixed differently.

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