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 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 101
Classic rockers Queen + Paul Rodgers unite and tour.Page 5 of 6    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Totally understand.

Freddie Mercury can't be replaced.

But this isnt queen.....its two members of queen and paul rodgers......and a guest performance of Freddie in bohemian rhapsody....

So truly its just a show...and what a friggin show it was.......no more no less!

I love paying homage to Freddie Mercury, because when he was labelled as a gay/bi so many rockers gave up on queen and him.......I never did. I knew his talent and his creativity at times propelled my youth.

But that changes nothing about this show...and truly the show must go on
 toonsmith
Joined: 1/19/2005
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Posted: 8/16/2006 5:03:24 PM
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

Toon
 cougar99
Joined: 6/1/2005
Msg: 103
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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
 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 104
Classic rockers Queen + Paul Rodgers unite and tour.
Posted: 8/17/2006 5:30:49 AM
Cheers toons.

I don't think i've heard Taylors voice sound so good.
I know im cheezy but i kind of liked the title...hehe

On Styx. One of the best shows i ever saw, was a small gig, about 150 people in a hotel for a cancer fundraiser. The show was of just Larry Gowan and his piano. This guy rocks. I believe he is still the new lead singer for styx. Not sure how that all sounds. I know they've been doing some Queen covers and Gowan tunes in their show. Hopefully your surprised by the show and im thinking that you just might be.
 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 105
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Posted: 8/17/2006 5:25:02 PM
I should add.......truly this is probably the best queen has ever sounded live. digital sound, all the great gadgets for sound recording. For someone like i....its truly a treat.......and im loving every moment of it

I should also add, im a tad bit disapointed in your review toons. You have a great knowledge of music and a feel, a gut feel for what you like that i appreciate. But you did'nt really talk about the dvd. You talked more about the concept.

Some highlights for me were Taylor singing " Say its not true " Brian May "last horizon" "Imagine" by queen and paul rodgers at hyde park.

I probably could go on, because truly the whole dvd is special and i love special :)
 toonsmith
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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.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14485292/ (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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 toonsmith
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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.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060825/ennew_afp/afpentertainmentmusic_060825180850


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

 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 108
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Posted: 8/31/2006 2:15:49 PM
Well, extremists seem to always find a way of being extreme. Hence the word extreme .......oh well, i shall be having a drink on fred's birthday and probably will play Queen and Paul Rodgers, alongside of Queen " Live at the bowl" I dont have my videotape handy of Queen live at the rainbow........so feel free toons to play it Saturday for me
 silversongwriter
Joined: 8/5/2006
Msg: 109
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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.

 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 110
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Posted: 9/2/2006 10:36:02 AM
I strongly suggest you buy the Queen and Paul Rodgers DVD........If not happy, ill personally refund your money ...Feel free to do an editorial after witnessing the show. Paul Rodgers easily Rocks with the best of them.
 Zain.
Joined: 9/20/2005
Msg: 111
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Posted: 10/14/2006 1:40:46 PM
Paul Rodgers is a good vocalist but no one could replace Freddie Mercury His range was amazing
 toonsmith
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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.
 Longshanks
Joined: 10/6/2006
Msg: 113
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Posted: 10/14/2006 4:48:32 PM
No one can replace freddie,forget the tour.

Rob
 belly18dancer
Joined: 7/22/2006
Msg: 114
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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
 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 115
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Posted: 10/18/2006 8:21:12 PM
I dont think fred would have limited himself to anything. He would have been open to anything and everything.

But i think he would have moved more towards a bigger show, not just the four of them on stage, but a bigger show.

But i still enjoyed the Paul Rodgers and queen tour.

I also look forward to new work by them both.
This is one new tune they are working on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1CxWmB4BHA





I'm always amazed at the people that were inspired by Fred and Queen for that matter.

Toons, if you get the chance search out "silver salmon" recorded in 1972, good rockin tune by fred and the boys, written by Tim Staffell Originally ( the original bass player with brian and roger before freddie joined the two of them)
 toonsmith
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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".

Toon
 Justin Case Sr.
Joined: 11/29/2005
Msg: 117
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Posted: 1/8/2007 2:03:57 PM

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


So true


Glad your enjoyin it. I enjoyed it immensely.

I look forward to the new sounds and songs from these aging but talented Musicians/Song-Writers.

I also look forward to a tour, even if its a short one.



On February 14th, i shall be watching a large cast of musicians and vocalists performing "A Night At The Opera." In it's entirety, with no back ground tracks.

The album is the first album i purchased at the age of 9.

A classic album that at the time was the most expensive to make.

Should be a special show for me, i look forward to it.
 zep185
Joined: 9/13/2006
Msg: 118
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Posted: 1/9/2007 4:35:43 PM
i think the thing people have to remember is that paul is not trying to replace freddy thats impossable , you have to look at it with an open mind paul rodgers is one of the best rock vocalists in the busness and although he sounds nothing like freddy he dose have the vocal range i ,e he has the power to belt out those notes .having watched the gig i wasnt disapointed he did a bril job ,
 Thatguy67
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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
Msg: 120
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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
Msg: 121
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Posted: 7/25/2009 1:54:42 PM
JUST HAD TO POST AGAIN,,,, ^5 TO LONGSHANKS,,, NO ONE EVER CAN REPLACE FREDDIE MERCURY.... AND YES LETS JUST FORGET THE TOUR. HE LEFT THE BAND AND THAT WAS WONDERFUL.. I HATED BAD COMPANY BUBBLE GUM JUNK, AND HIM TRYIN TO REPLACE THE GREATEST ENTERTANTER THAT EVER WAS, ,TO ME AT LEAST AND TO CERTINALLY MILLIONS IS RIDUCLOUS..... XOXO HOLLIE
 Wings4AnAngel
Joined: 5/31/2009
Msg: 122
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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.
 Osiris13
Joined: 7/26/2008
Msg: 123
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Posted: 8/15/2009 12:12:35 PM
Let me put the record straight here - this project is an abomination and all concerned have booked their places in hell! And they'll wish they were gay when they get there cos Freddie's gonna be waiting with a big hard-on! Shame on the lot of them. And thumbs up to John Deacon for having nothing to do with it.
 Mikey7619
Joined: 5/14/2008
Msg: 124
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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
 sugar164
Joined: 7/25/2009
Msg: 125
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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.
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