The Same Song Title That Pink Floyd And Queen Used
If there’s one apparent commonality between Pink Floyd and Queen, it’s the fact that both acts left their marks on rock music. They had and still have a big fanbase and have inspired numerous young musicians. Even though these British bands had somewhat different sounds, since Pink Floyd explored psychedelic and progressive rock while Queen experimented with rock and other genres like pop-rock, they were able to reflect their unique artistic visions.
Nonetheless, their legendary music careers aren’t the only thing they share. ‘The Show Must Go On‘ is considered a classic Queen hit, and many rock fans know that it was recorded a year before Mercury’s unfortunate passing, which makes the song even more emotionally loaded. However, another rock band had already used that title for their song. That band was Pink Floyd as they dropped a song with the same name almost a decade before Queen.
Pink Floyd First Released ‘The Show Must Go On’
After considering the titles ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ and ‘It’s Never Too Late,’ Pink Floyd released a song named ‘The Show Must Go On’ in their 1979 album, ‘The Wall.’ The track was written by Roger Waters and vocally performed by David Gilmour. Roger Waters wanted to create a ‘Beach Boys’ type sound for the backing vocals and actually got Bruce Johnston to come and help create it. To his surprise, the Beach Boys agreed to work on the song as well but had to cancel at the last moment.
Surprisingly, it’s the only song from the album in which Waters does not perform any instrument or sing. While there are several reasons behind that story, Waters’ absence wasn’t initially planned as he even recorded a part for the song right before Gilmour’s bridge. Regardless of the obstacles the band faced during the song’s making, ‘The Show Must Go On’ ended up being in one of the greatest songs of all time. Still, it’s not a well-known track compared to other hits from the album, such as ‘Comfortably Numb,’ ‘Hey You,’ and ‘Empty Spaces.’
Queen Released ‘The Show Must Go On’ After Pink Floyd
Queen released the song entitled ‘The Show Must Go On‘ as the twelfth and final track on their 1991 album, ‘Innuendo.’ The track chronicles the effort of frontman Freddie Mercury continuing to perform despite battling HIV. When the band recorded the song in 1990, Mercury’s condition had deteriorated to the point where May had concerns as to whether he was physically capable of singing it.
May even directly offered Mercury not to sing it, but the frontman defied the odds and killed the vocals as we all know today. Eventually, the song was recorded and released as a single in the United Kingdom on 14 October 1991 to promote the ‘Greatest Hits II album,’ only six weeks before Mercury passed away.
You can listen to both songs below.