Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...) is the opening song from A Night at the Opera. The song was written by Freddie Mercury about the band's fall-out with their original manager and Trident Studios owner
|Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…)|
|Song by Queen from A Night at the Opera|
|Recorded||August-November 1975 at SARM East Studios, London|
|Producer(s)||Roy Thomas Baker|
Norman Sheffield. Though the song makes no direct reference to him, Sheffield sued both the band and the record label for defamation. This resulted in an out-of-court settlement, thus revealing to the public his connection with the song. Roger Taylor also noted that despite the success of "Killer Queen" and Sheer Heart Attack, the album preceding A Night at the Opera, the band was broke before the album was made.
The song was recorded and mixed at Sarm East Studios in late 1975. As with "Bohemian Rhapsody", most of the guitar parts on the song were initially played on piano by Mercury, to demonstrate to Brian May how they needed to be played on guitar.
Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano
Brian May - electric guitar, backing vocals
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar, double bass