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I recently purchased the DVD of Queen & Paul Rodgers - Return of the Champions.

It has stayed in my player since then.

I love a great performance that you can watch over and over. There's always something new to catch or appreciate.

Even though I have Queen - Live in Rio, Queen - Live in Wembley, and Queen - We Will Rock You....(not to mention an awesome VHS of Queen at the Rainbow) and they all have nearly the same songs.... each performance is a bit different.

It's a blast watching them at various stages of their career. I always enjoy May's Brighton Rock guitar solo. He never seems to get tired of playing it. I used to listen to the version on Queen - Live Killers over and over in my youth. (Great song to air guitar for a 15 yr old!)

I had some thoughts in watching the DVD. First off, the title is a bit cheesy. Return of the Champions....I read somewhere that the band cringed when they heard it, but it was out of their hands.

I remember my first reaction to hearing of Queen & Paul Rodgers...sorta like when I heard Lisa Marie Presley marrying Michael Jackson.

I didn't believe it at first.

Paul Rodgers?.....singing Mercury songs? Hmmmmmm. No, sorry, could not envision Paul Rodgers in black and white tights gaily romping around the stage singing "Fairy Feller's Master Stroke" from Queen II ......but you know, I bet people would pay money to see that?

I had remembered the disasterous teaming on Van Halen 3 with their replacement singer, I noted that several 70's groups were reforming and hitting the County Fairs.....I am seeing Styx tomorrow and I have GRAVE CONCERNS!

(Although, I am practicing my Mr. Roboto dance.)

How could Paul Rodgers bring out that mysterious operatic feeling, that mystical sense of pomp and circumstance, that puck sense of the absurd, to the music of Queen?

He can't.

But.....the roar of the red special and one of the best drummers in the history of rock...

Well, that sound needs a vocalist who knows how to rock and please an audience. No mean feat indeed. My god, they could have screwed up and picked George Michael!!!

Then I got to thinking about the history of Bad Company. Their albums were hit and miss. But when they hit...whoa. Shooting Star, Feel Like Making Love, Seagull, Rock n Roll Fantasy....

I have great memories of these songs. High School, cruising, hanging out, sharing a hit or two, and good friends.

When you think about it...hooking up the sonic roar with the weary traveled voice of someone who has seen it all...and STILL decides to gets up there one more time to rock for us. Very cool.

Yes, there is a macho swagger, a confident feeling of rock chords played to make us feel like we could take on anything. Queen and Bad Company music is designed for feeling good. It's stadium rock for the masses. Music to be blared out of hot cars cruising the strips.

Time stands still on this performance. They may have been out of circulation for 15 years but my god, on this DVD, you have the souls of people who have been doing this with a passion for years and time has not dimmed their talents. When Brian May plays....he means it.

They all look like they are enjoying themselves immensely. I think these guys NEEDED to rock. It's criminal that they lost their way and have been dormant for so long. But the mojo is back. If they have this much heart onstage....think how interesting new ideas in the studio may be?

Long Live The Queen

Joined: 6/1/2005
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Classic rockers Queen + Paul Rodgers unite and tour.
Posted: 8/16/2006 8:37:00 PM
May's Brighton Rock guitar solo..great solo....and there is also...the solo from Let Me Entertain You, combined with Taylors heavy drum back beat....smoking
Joined: 1/19/2005
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Posted: 8/31/2006 12:50:18 PM
Freddie would have been 60 on Sept 2nd. My, how time flies.

I saw this in the news today and it made my blood boil. Once again, backward thinking in the Islamic world.

Freddie Mercury was one of the greatest positive charitable contributors on this planet. then his memory gets slammed by this group of idiots. (It's in the middle of the gossip section)

A Muslim group in Zanzibar is protesting a planned celebration of Freddie Mercury on Sept. 2, the date that would have been the 60th birthday of the late lead singer of Queen. Mercury, a native of the African country, died of AIDS complications in 1991. “Associating Mercury with Zanzibar degrades our island as a place of Islam,” the islands’ Association for Islamic Mobilization and Propagation said in a letter to the Tanzanian archipelago’s culture ministry. “Allowing such a function for a person known outside Zanzibar as a homosexual tarnishes the name of Zanzibar.” . . .

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Posted: 8/31/2006 12:56:52 PM
Even more.......

ZANZIBAR, Tanzania (AFP) - Outraged Zanzibari Muslims sought to ban a 60th birthday party for the late Zanzibar-born rock star Freddie Mercury, complaining the flamboyant singer's lifestyle offended Islam.

In a strongly worded letter to the semi-autonomous Tanzanian archipelago's culture ministry, a group of conservative Muslims said plans to honor the lead singer of the supergroup Queen at a gala bash next month must be stopped.

"There are people claiming that Freddie Mercury is a Zanzibari but he grew up outside Zanzibar and then changed his name," the islands' association for Islamic Mobilization and Propagation (UAMSHO) said in the letter.

"Associating Mercury with Zanzibar degrades our island as a place of Islam," UAMSHO chief Abdallah Said Ali wrote, adding that the singer was known to have been gay, died of AIDS and had lived a wild life many Muslims would condemn.

"Allowing such a function for a person known outside Zanzibar as a homosexual tarnishes the name of Zanzibar," he said in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. "Let us protect our good culture."

The complaint follows the appearance throughout Zanzibar in recent weeks of posters advertising a huge beach party in the islands' capital to mark what would have been Mercury's 60th birthday.

Restaurateur Simai Mohamed Saidi, who is organizing the event amd runs a Freddie Mercury theme restaurant and club named "Mercury's" on the waterfront, said he would go ahead with the party on September 2 despite the complaint.

He said he would launch a counter-drive and ask officials to start promoting Mercury's link with Zanzibar to promote tourism.

"I plan to ask the authorities to advocate Mercury because he was an artist who advertised Zanzibar abroad," Saidi told AFP.

There was no immediate response to the dispute from the government, which has long tip-toed between secular constitutional ideals, the demands of a booming tourist industry and the wishes of conservative Muslims.

Almost 99 percent of the million-strong population of the sun-drenched Indian Ocean islands -- known for their idyllic palm-fringed beaches and spice- and slave-trading past -- are Muslim, though most are moderate.

Few on Zanzibar seem even remotely aware of Queen or Freddie Mercury, who was born Farrokh Bulsara on the main island of Unguja to Persian parents employed by British colonial authorities, on September 5, 1946.

Although he was educated in India and moved with his family to Britain in 1964, Mercury, who died in 1991, remains perhaps Zanzibar's most famous son to many westerners and rock music fans.

Outraged Zanzibari Muslims..... What a bunch of jerks.

Joined: 8/5/2006
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Posted: 9/2/2006 10:12:45 AM
Well I have to admit, I'd certainly be interested in hearing the results. I think Paul Rodgers is an amazing vocalist. I saw him at the Freedom Fest here in Windsor a couple years ago. Kansas opened for him, and he blew away Kansas. How old is this guy? People say, "he doesn't have the energy of Freddie"...well...all I know is that Mr. Rodgers (haha), had TONS of energy when I saw him live.

Joined: 1/19/2005
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Posted: 10/14/2006 2:49:57 PM
I still miss him.

Happy to have anything continue with the surviving members though.

It's interesting to speculate about the music that Freddie would have come up with, had he not contracted AIDS.

I think he would have steered the band towards more soundtrack work. The Chronicles of Naria would have been an awesome film for them to score.

What would they have done with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? (Whoa)

Since Freddie took an interest in opera, would there have been large lavish concept albums incorporating more opera?

Maybe a return to basics with one solid hard rock album? Maybe he would have organized his own rockestra with the finest to back him up.

Sheer Heart Attack really got me going. Would he have jammed with Metallica? (They were big fans)

Who would have Freddie collaborated with? I bet he would have shocked everyone by dabbling in a country duet..... Dolly and Freddie?...... He could have very well done it!

Yup, I miss him.
Joined: 7/22/2006
Msg: 57
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Posted: 10/18/2006 7:11:59 PM
when u have such a powerhouse as a lead singer like Queen, you just can't replace them...Freddie is one of the greatest voices period...of any genre of music...u cannot call Queen Queen without Freddie...doesn't seem right

i am a huge INXS fan...and it pains me when i see then trying to replace Michael...I was so incensed by the rock star INXS show but then got into it...i even went to see them in concert last february...they basically picked the guy who could mimic Michael's voice the best...and did a good job picking him...I like a couple of the new songs...but it's still not the same INXS i love...

I think AC/DC is about the only band I can think of that successfully replaced a lead singer with very few problems...Genesis had a lot of success with Phil Collins but purists really didn't like him as the singer

another disaster is Guns N Roses....Axl has the legal use of the name...he is coming to Jax to kick off his tour, and I think a lot of people are thinking they are going to see the real Guns N Roses...not his new band...I hope he can live up to a little of all his self hype...I always liked him and the band...but one without the other, I just don't see working
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Posted: 1/7/2007 8:23:30 PM
I can't wait until the new album by Queen + Paul Rodgers.

Return of the Champions is constantly in my DVD player. I have many live in concert DVD's but this is one that always seems to raise the hair on the back of my neck when I put it in...

...and nope, we ain't talking static electricity.

The powerhouse way that this disc opens with a slam bang "Tie Your Mother Down".

You know that after all these years of being lost in the wilderness after Freddie's passing, that Brian May KNOWS that he is home again and back where he belongs... onstage with the red special making a beautiful noise.

My God, to anyone who has doubts about this new group, get this DVD. Paul Rodgers brings a brilliant soulful sound and really shines on "I Want to Break Free". The difference between his onstage style and freddie's?....... he stays put and just belts it out, when Freddie was all over the place. But you study Paul's face and you see that he is just totally into it.

How does this guy stay in such great shape? He looks tanned, bronzed and totally at peace with himself. Paul Rodgers is the perfect fit. I had doubts... big doubts. But there is just something in witnessing a old pro comfortably fitting in with friends and rocking out.

...and rock they do.

The light show is just brilliant. But then, we are talking Queen, who always invested in the greatest light show that money could buy.

You just KNOW that Queen are cooking in the studio as we speak and Queen Mach Two, will be hitting the road very soon.

Another favorite that finds it's way into my DVD player often.... Queen - Live at the Bowl

My personal opinion, but this was the last tour where it seemed important. This was the 1982 Hot Space Tour. The album wasn't very well recieved. But the live tour SMOKED.

The live versions of "Action This Day" and "Backchat" are much livelier than their recorded counterparts. When they sing "Save Me".....they sound like they mean it.

The Works, and A Kind of Magic tour were good.... but there was something about this tour that was different. The DVD has some interesting interviews with the band members. You get some new insight. Freddie talked about going on to new things and seemed impatient with being interviewed, Brian and Rodger talked about loving the road.

I suggest to anyone to get these two DVD's. Return of the Champions and Queen - Live at the Bowl. Incredible performances with and without Freddie. You can get them online for under ten bucks now. A bargain for some great rock.

I think that both Queen reuniting.... and the new bond turning out pretty good in Casino Royale, shows that there can be new life and you don't have to accept boundaries imposed upon you by the stigma of age or the unknown.

As long as you can rock and have a good time while you are here.... so be it.

Paul Rodgers worked..... thank God.

Now if Alice Cooper would only join Air Supply and sing "Only Women Bleed".

Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 12/4/2008 7:34:17 AM
These guys have hit the road on a world tour for 2008-09 behind their new album, The Cosmos Rocks.

 Hollie Jo
Joined: 4/11/2009
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Posted: 7/25/2009 12:05:43 AM
YES,, just without PAUL RODGERS singing my Freddies songs.. good ridence to him..
 Hollie Jo
Joined: 4/11/2009
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Posted: 7/25/2009 1:54:42 PM
Joined: 5/31/2009
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Posted: 7/25/2009 3:55:31 PM
I have to say that Paul Rodgers is a great musician and vocalist.

What he did with The Firm and Jimmy Page was utter magic in my humble opinion. He was a wild child with Bad Company but refined his style and craft. He has to have supreme confidence in himself while performing with the great Jimmy Page. And he took the reigns of Queen with the same attitude. He just goes about his business and rocks. He would never try to duplicate what Freddy did. Those two greats have their own styles and their own niche in rock history. I'm sure Mr. May appreciates the efforts of Mr. Rodgers, who kicks ass. Sure, it appears he had too many plastic surgeries to his face but that's another matter.
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Posted: 8/21/2009 6:25:20 AM
Nothing wrong with giving Queen fans a thrill. I have the0 return of the champions DVD and CD and I love both. I think my favorite DVD or concert is Live at the Rainbow. They were so young then :) and sounded great
Joined: 7/25/2009
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Posted: 8/21/2009 9:23:25 AM
I thought the whole thing was just wrong. I heard the songs, and they are not Queen. I got to see Queen 3 times, and Freddie was the best.
If they wanted to get back out there and play, they should have just started a new band.
They only person I have heard cover a Queen song and sound even remotedly close, was George Michael. He did Somebody To Love live with them, and he sounded great. It's on YouTube.
Joined: 3/22/2009
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Posted: 9/4/2009 9:37:58 PM
I am a diehard Queen fan but Paul Rogers just absolutely **stardizes every song that Freddie Mercury sang to the point that I want to shoot him for it, it's just an insult to such a great man's legacy as a singer. There are some things musicians should and shouldn't do, anyone doing a Queen song should be smacked for it because they always do it badly.
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Posted: 9/7/2009 9:33:56 PM
You don't have to "want" to do it, doing it just makes it happen. No one should do a Queen song that Freddie sang on, new material is fine but just singing the classics is awful by any singer on this planet. Singing the works of a vocal legend in a way that Paul Rogers does it which is boring and lame with no energy or enthusiasm is a bad idea. Seems more like it was an attempt to rake in some cash off nostalgic Queen fans more then anything.
Joined: 9/3/2009
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Posted: 9/8/2009 12:35:17 PM
I don't understand why they don't just call the band something new - I mean these days bands form and reform and seem to change the band name each time someone comes and goes. Queen really can't be Queen without Freddie. I'm all for them playing on, but it seems very odd without such a distinctive showman at the front to really be able to call themselves by the same name. How about Princess?
Joined: 3/22/2009
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Posted: 9/8/2009 4:21:15 PM
It's not even all of Queen, just Brian May and the drummer Roger Taylor, John Deacon didn't get involved in such an embarrassing project that brings shame to the band as a whole. The people who seem to actually like the crappy vocals of Paul Rodgers are being nostalgic despite the fact that quite possibly one of the best singers of all time is dead and the knob who replaced him is probably one of the most dry singers with near the energy or vocal range and skill to sing Queen songs well, they just sound boring as hell. Considering they **stardized some of the best songs with hack singers like Pink, Robbie Williams and Britney Spears, I can completely understand why Deacon was pissed off at May and Taylor.
 leggs luther
Joined: 4/14/2009
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Posted: 9/17/2009 9:02:10 AM
I've listened to their CD, and it's not bad, but like one poster said, it's just not Queen. I don't fault Brian May and Roger Taylor for wanting to keep playing and touring (they're great musicians and should play as long as they want) but I sort of took John Deacon's stance on this. Without Deacon, let alone Freddie, I'm not sure if they're entitled to even still call themselves "Queen," but that's a minor issue for me.
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Posted: 1/31/2010 11:33:06 PM
a friend of mine who knows alot about most bands told me that Paul Rodgers and the rest of the Queen band is not trying to replace Freddie. no one can do that.
they are now Paul Rodgers and Queen.
and he also told me that the band and Paul went to Freddies mother to ask her if Paul Rodgers could sing with them and tour etc.

i love
Bad Company, and Queen
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Posted: 2/2/2010 10:34:49 PM
Since Queen have been my favorite band for nearly 30 years,I might as well chip in here.
My Aunt gave me The Cosmos Rocks CD for Christmas '08.Here we are in February 2010 and I have yet to listen to it.
Sure they could call it something else,but than how many people would be likely to buy a CD or ticket?People know the name Queen,even though I agree with a lot of people that Queen ended when Freddie died.
Anyway,I for one am very much looking forward to Roger Taylors upcoming solo album.
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Posted: 2/2/2010 10:38:14 PM
I just checked out the post above mine.I am picturing Paul,Brian and Roger at Freddies mothers place;
"Uh..hello,Mrs Bulsara.Can Freddie come out and play?Oh that's right,he's singing in Heaven now"
",we were wondering if it'd be okay with you if we use the name?Our friend Paul here wants to sing some of your sons songs".
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Posted: 2/3/2010 4:46:39 PM
Was into Queen in 1973 and remember trying to to find record store that stocked Queen 1 album!..i think George Michael could have stepped in and done a really good job at replacing Freddie, and to a lesser extent (dont laugh!) -Mika! earlier poster made reference to Pink?, i have to say i caught a Pink concert on tv and she and her band did a fantastic cover of Bohemian Rhapsody!
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Posted: 9/6/2013 5:04:25 PM
Paul Rodgers has a great voice then and now. He fronted one of Britain's best hard rock soul bands FREE.
If you put him against the other greats such as Robert Plant , Ian Gillian both of these guys were great in there day but these days there voices are as weak as piss.
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Posted: 9/9/2013 7:01:21 PM
When I saw Deep Purple live in 2003, Ian Gillian was far and away better then a lot of singers still out there. And I disagree about Robert Plant too. Like many other older singers who used to do all the high pitched wails back in the 70's, he has adapted his style to still fit the music and Celebration Day was a perfect example of that. I'd say if anything, he is more emotionally driven as a singer now which is perfect for a lot of the songs Led Zeppelin did. David Lee Roth hasn't aged gracefully as a singer, that much is for sure. Paul Martin from Mr Big still has some of his vocal pipes even though he is in his 40's or 50's now.
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