Queen and Paul Rodgers

  • Christ I'm getting excited about this gig coming up.... getting to see my idol Roger Taylor again is one thing, but he also sings two and a half songs of the set to keep me happy. I've been a critic of Paul Rodgers in the past but I've since heard him sing "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions" and "Tie Your Mother Down" and I thought he sounded great!

    Anybody else excited or are more people in the the "No Queen without Freddie" camp?

    JG

  • I was skeptical but all the reports say this is the real deal and is happening...Sounds like it's a pretty amazing combination.


    John

  • I went to the fan club show at the Brixton Academy in London and it was excellent and also very moving in places.

    Paul Rodgers is ok and hopefully will have learnt all the words and the tunes to certain songs (A Kind Of Magic, I Want To Break Free for example).

    Brian May's guitar playing is awesome and Roger Taylor managed to play the drums like a demon for the whole 2 hour show.

    I won't spoil it if anybody is going to see one of the shows on the tour but...Freddie does sing!! :clapper:

  • It's in Japanese, but you'll get the idea :)


    クイーン+ポール・ロジャース ヨーロッパツアー遂にスタート!

    3月28日月曜日、ロンドン、ブリクストンアカデミーでクイーン+ポール・ロジャースのツアーが始まりました。

    初日の公演は一般発売されず、HPでの抽選に当選した約5000人の幸運なファンで会場は開演前から異常な熱気に包まれていました。20時50分(日本時間 朝4時50分)、ステージの幕前にポール・ロジャースが一人で登場。挨拶変わりに「REACHIN' OUT」を唄った後、ブライアンがギターを持って現れ「タイ・ユア・マザーダウン」のイントロを奏でた瞬間、ステージの幕が下ろされ公演が始まりました。

    Photo by George Chin



    前半、クイーンの曲、ポール・ロジャースの曲を取り混ぜ演奏し、中盤にブライアン・メイのソロ コーナーが始まりました。「オペラ座の夜」収録のブライアン・ボーカル曲「'39」が久し振りにファンの前で演奏されると、会場は一気にヒートアップし、 続く「ラブ・オブ・マイ・ライフ」ではブライアンの声が聞こえない程の大合唱となりました。



    ギターソロの後は、いよいよロジャー・コーナー。ロ ジャーがフロントに出て来てアルバム「インニュエンド」収録の、ライブでは初演奏の「輝ける日々」を唄っている間、後のスクリーンでは我々日本人には懐か しい、初来日公演のオフショット映像が上映され、若き日のフレディやクイーンの姿に観客は感無量。
    「RADIO GA GA」の後半、ロジャーはドラムセットに戻りボーカルをポールと交代。続くバッド・カンパニーの大ヒット曲「CAN'T GET ENOUGH」が演奏されるとロンドンっ子達は大騒ぎで、そのまま本編ラストの「SHOW MUST GO ON」まで地響きがするのでは、と思う位に盛り上がっていました。
    2回目のアンコールではクイーンのライブの定番。
    最後はイギリスでのライブならではの全員、大声を張り上げての国歌「GOD SAVE THE QUEEN」大合唱で、22時52分(日本時間 朝6時52分)ステージは幕を閉じました。





    Photo by George Chin


    サポートはキーボード、ギター、ベースの3人のみ。ブライアン、ロジャー、ポールの3人は年齢を感じさせない程、熱く激しいバンドサウンドを心掛けていました。このメンバーでの日本公演が早く見たいものです。



    ■QUEEN+PAUL RODGERS at BRIXTON ACADEMY, London 3/28

    • REACHIN' OUT
    • TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN
    • LITTLE BIT OF LOVE
    • I WANT BREAK FREE
    • FAT BOTOMMED GIRLS
    • CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE
    • SEAGULL (ポールのギター弾き語り)
    • '39(Vo.ブライアン・メイ)
    • LOVE OF MY LIFE(Vo.ブライアン・メイ
    • HAMMER TO FALL(前半:ギター弾き語りSLOW VERSION/後半:バンドヴァージョン・Vo.前半:ブライアン/後半:ポール)
    • ブライアンギターソロ
    • LAST HORIZON(インスト・ブライアンのソロアルバムより)
    • THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES(Vo.ロジャー)
    • RADIO GA GA (Vo.前半:ロジャー/後半:ポール)
    • CAN'T GET ENOUGH
    • I'M IN LOVE WITH MY CAR (Vo.ロジャー)
    • I WANT IT ALL (Vo.ブライアン)
    • A KIND OF MAGIC
    • BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (Vo.前半:フレディ/後半:ポール)
    • SHOW MUST GO ON

    ENCORE-01

    • FEEL MAKING LOVE
    • ALL RIGHT NOW

    ENCORE-02

    • WE WILL ROCK YOU
    • WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
    • GOD SAVE THE QUEEN

    メンバー


    Vo. Paul Rodgers G. Brian May
    Dr. Roger Taylorサポートで、ベース、ギター、キーボード各1名

    http://www.toshiba-emi.co.jp/queen/special/special_003.htm

  • Most of the reviews in the press seem to agree it actually works pretty well.
    Rodgers is best on the "proper" rock songs and not so good some of the others.

    I think everyone will agree that replacing Freddie is impossible but if the other two want to keep playing Queen stuff then why not as Queen rather than May & Taylor. Its no different to the Thin Lizzy without Lynott situation, Floyd without Waters, Sabbath without Ozzy, Priest without Halford etc etc etc.

    Bring back Rod Evans to Purple :lol:

  • I really hoped Jeff Scott Soto would get the gig but for whatever reason they've picked Paul Rodgers. Still, at least there's no chance of Freddie comparisons because Rodgers has a pretty influencial style himself. What bugged me was on a Queen fan site I mentioned Jeff Scott Soto and was met with "who?!?!" which I expected. Then when Glenn sang "Stone Cold Crazy" with Brian and Roger last year I went nuts over it and was met with "Who?" And finally Paul Rodgers comes along and damn if I aren't hearing "So who is he again?" and "Oh, that guy who sang the song on the chewing gum advert..." "Couldn't they have got Robie Williams?" HELP ME!

    That's one thing that separates us GHCP's from the rest of the boards out there. Some of Queen's have a large percentage of people who listen to nobody BUT Queen. Check out Foreigner's board when they vote for "best singer ever" and Lou Gramm is always number one.... "even now". I'm sorry, but that's bollocks. You'd be shocked at how many people on that board didn't know who JLT was! Here you get good civilised discussion about all kinds of music and people tend to know what they're talking about. It's good to be back!

    JG

  • Quote from James Gaden

    It's good to be back!

    .....'cause the boy can sing the Blues.

    Meanwhile,
    I hope that the gypsys have been treating you well :lol:
    Grace

  • HI James,

    Make you sound like an egomaniac? Me? Lol!
    I KNOW you're the great one, there is no other!

    On the subject of Queen though, I have to admit, when we went to last years SAS show in Surrey we met a crowd of Queen fans who, as you said, mustn't listen to anyone else but Queen. Who is the greatest guitarist in the world? Brian May of course. They were so narrow minded in their views, so blinkered to what else was out there, it was scary!
    They had the cheek to insult US for our musical taste!
    Don't get me wrong, I've been a fan of Queen for many, many years, but I don't think they are the best band in the world! (That would probably be Deep Purple, Come Taste the Band era! Lol!)

    By the way James, never forget the words of the aforementioned Mr. Lewis- It's Hip to be Square!

  • Quote from Sue

    By the way James, never forget the words of the aforementioned Mr. Lewis.....................

    ...........or quoting Mr. Lewis in his memorable acting debut,

    (from the band audition scene) in "Back to the Future - Part I":

    "I'm sorry, but you guys are just too plain loud."

    :)

    PS...................Go read your birthday wishes at GH.com

  • Are you saying I'm square Sue? Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear...

    Many thanks for the birthday wishes Grace! I used a big chunk of wealth to buy my freedom back off the gypsies so I'll be back online for the forseeable. I got a bulk buy of pegs and lucky heather to seal the deal but it was worth it.

    And just to say I love Queen, I love Roger Taylor more, but I don't think they're the best band ever. They're a contender but I think it's impossible to pick one band. If people are interested in hearing Paul Rodgers with Queen, check out the attachment - the Hall of Fame performance that ended up sparking a full tour!

    JG

  • The spark was the Fender Strat 50th Anniversary concert at Wembley, which I also attended. Paul Rodgers and Brian May performed together. They decided it felt good and needed a drummer...enter the excellent Roger Taylor. The Hall of Fame performance "cemented" their union!!

    As regards Queen fans...don't we all believe that Glenn is the greatest vocalist ever? We're not much different to them really ;)

  • Hi James
    Thanks for the clip - good quality, as you would expect & Paul's vocal was OK but you obviously have to make comparisons with Freddie. Do you know if 'Alright Now' sounded OK?

    More recently it would seem that the Vatican were none too happy that Monday(?) night's concert in Rome wasn't cancelled out of respect for the Pope.

    Cheers
    Ben

  • IT WAS A FANTASTIC NIGHT.PAUL SANG VERY WELL AND THE MOST MAGIC MOMENT WAS WHEN F.MERCURY APPEARED IN THE SCREEN SINGING BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY INTRO :singer:

    :claphands :claphands :claphands :claphands :claphands :claphands :claphands :claphands

    WONDERFUL MOMENT :clapper:

  • Have seen Rodgers numerous times, but haven't seen Queen since the Uris Theater as an opener for Mott the Hoople. Also great to see Danny Miranda is playing bass for the "new" Queen. Being a big BOC fan I am glad he was picked for such a huge role. Too bad those of us in the US will just be dreaming of those great shows many of you are getting to see.

    Frank:div27:
    "if only we'd turn around and notice the door to the cell is open"

  • Their version of All Right Now is pretty good, Brian May extends the solo a litlle but apart from that it is pretty faithful to the original.

    They also play Free's Little Bit Of Love and Bad Co's Seagull, Can't Get Enough and Feel Like Making Love.

    Brian May has said that they are planning to do dates in America later this year...if all goes well in Europe.

  • Thanks for the clip!

    Looks like I have to go and see the show - it's sold out, of course... :( - a friend of mine works for EMI, so he might be able to get tickets :huh: - I hope!?!

    At least the concert is not in Woergl, but here in Vienna where I live ;)

    Thanks again for the clip, Rodgers really sounds great (and the band too ;)

    Cheers,
    Chris

  • When he sang in the band Free,Paul Rodgers was great,really,really great and soulful...a bit less in Bad Company,but still more than very good.

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