Queen do not give a fuck about the fans especially the long term ones...
Fair enough we got the very good Video Hits 1 and 2 on DVD and the Freddie box set.
I dunno really what their fucking problem is, but they can fuck off with their so called album and tour, i won't be going to it,"Cosmos Rocks" indeed, "Cashcow Rocks" is more like it!
I think it's time for Queen to appeal to younger audiences and to new fans, really. The re-issues, with better sound and info, are a way to do it - and, believe me, if you want to appeal to new audiences, releasing the concert at MK and the one in Montrel, 1981-1982, in very good sound and image quality, Blu-ray, DTS and so on, was the right way to do it: Queen never sounded more impressive. They were at the peak of their form as a band and both concerts are stunning for the absolutely incredible performance of the band.
More impressive doesn't mean better: of course there are a lot of fans who would prefer the 70's stuff, but bear in mind that the sheer power of Queen's sound comes to its full potential around 1981-1982, and the MK and RM DVDS (now Rock Montreal with Live aid in Blu-Ray) are the way to go. Nothing more impressive for new fans who have been brought up accostumed with another kind of technology.
Doing the Musical, releasing the NEW ALBUM, which is the most important, appealing to a new audience is a way of spurring the interest for Queen's earlier stuff.
Queen is still alive and playing. They have a potential new audience to appeal to.
I'm part of this audience: ME. lol I still wanna go to a Queen concert, I wanna see Paul Rodgers too, for sure, I want to listen to their new songs, I still haven't had enough of Montreal 81 and Milton Keynes, I love their performance in Live Aid, the Greatest Hits are amazing, I mean, it takes some time to really enjoy all this material.
And, frankly, Queen never did any effort, as far as I know, to shut down this website - long term fans get pretty much what they want here, there's a lot of stuff, it takes a whole life to listen to and enjoy it all. So no one's losing, I guess. Queen fans don't have so much to complain about.
I'm a die-hard Stones and Beatles fan. I can't, I'm serious, I can't deal with all the stuff that has been released. It's too much. I mean, the Stones, I was still enjoying the whatever live CD or DVD they released 10 years ago and there are tons of new stuff, and singles, and live concerts, and documentaries, and all you could ask for: I can't follow it. So, how it all worked for me?
Obviouslly, I started to become a fan of the new Rolling Stones - the Rolling Stones of the boxset with the new live concerts AND the new songs in DTS and so on. I watch that video recorded in Hyde Park - official release -, I mean, it's musically interesting, but absolutely unappealing. Appeal zero. Music? Great. Appeal? Zero. The new stuff is more exciting, frankly.
For sure, Queen is going to release the earlier stuff, probably this year there will be another release in excellent quality, with commentary of the guys of the band, and new fans like me will get stunned: wow, this is how Queen sounded like in, I don't know, 79?
I mean, I think they will take advantage of the technology. But they have been building a new fan base too and that should not be disregarded. It'd be awkward to release a huge box as if it were the band's last statement.
They will be going to release a boxset and, believe me, just like happened to the Stones, a lot of people who will enjoy it will be youngsters like myself who have been introduced to the bands by the earlier generations of friends, parents, or through the internet.
OLD FAN, you have already WATCHED MERCURY SINGING LIVE IN YOUR FACE. lol So, sit back, relax, download your favorite 70's stuff here, watch it, have a good time and, don't forget, many of you had the pleasure