Spike Edney of Queen shares how humour can keep a band from breaking.

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How do some of history’s most memorable musicians foster a community of creativity? Spike Edney, the legendary live keyboard player for Queen and musical director of the Nelson Mandela 46664 concerts, spills the secrets. Edney draws connections between concerts and creative teams to figure out what all good leaders have in common.

About the episode

In this week’s episode of the Humourology Podcast, Paul Boross is joined by legendary musician Spike Edney. Edney shares his experiences from 40 years of playing with the biggest bands and stars in the world. Whether you lead a band or the boardroom, Edney says that laughter is the key to keeping teams in tune.


“If we make a mistake, we always laugh and make a gag out of it. It’s never a negative moment.”


“Humour is a natural release valve.”


Edney believes that keeping creative people comfortable is the best way to lead. What keeps bands of bards from breaking? Discover Spike hilarious star-studded stories from the stage that will make your frets curl!



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