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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 10:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

3. Even without Freddie Mercury, Queen recording a new album with Paul Rodgers will be a huge success.

Dan Halen: FICTION - Don't get me wrong, I think it will be semi-successful, especially overseas, where both Queen and Paul Rodgers have always had a stronghold, but huge? No. The live set they did a few years ago only hit 84th in the Billboard Top 200 chart and that was after nothing under the Queen brand had been out in years. While Rodgers brings the Free/Bad Company legacy with him and is an excellent singer, his style, for the most part, has never blended well with the older Queen material. Some songs he pulls off just fine, but the more theatrical numbers (and come on, those are what Queen is best known for) seem to fall flat with his interpretations. There is a bit of hype pushing the release of this, but advance word indicates a lot of the material sounds closer to Free - and is anyone really clamoring for that? I foresee a tour that will do decent business, especially in Japan, UK and South America, but I don't feel the die-hard fans (myself included) are accepting enough of Paul to make this a huge success.

Blake Lauderback: FICTION - Now let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Queen fan, and I really enjoy the work of Paul Rodgers as well. With that said, I don't like this idea at all. Some bands can pull off the lead singer switch after a tragic end. AC/DC springs to mind. However, to me that scenario worked because Angus Young was as much the face of the band as Bon Scott was. Could Nirvana have gone on without Kurt Cobain? No, and that is most certainly not a shot at the talent of the other two individuals. It is because Kurt was the only person that could have filled that hole (that is a Courtney Love joke waiting to happen on so many levels). So how is it fair to ask Paul Rodgers to step in and fill the shoes of Freddie Mercury, who I (and many others) consider to be the greatest front man of all time? It isn't. When the live album came out a few years back, I rushed out and picked it up immediately, and frankly, it didn't work for me. Again, that is not a knock on the other members of Queen or Rodgers himself, because they are immensely talented still, but Queen isn't Queen sans Mercury. Now, if they went the Velvet Revolver/Audioslave route and played up the fact that the boys from Queen have teamed up to create a supergroup with the powerful Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company called *enter band name here,* I would be completely on board. But for now, I would prefer to see them leave the legacy of Queen dead and buried along side their former front man.

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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thank you Blake. Reasoned arguement.


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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 11:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Huge... Well depends on the definition I guess, I am sure it will be successful, the two camps have a big following, this issue will be who will by it that is not a true fan.

If they have a few tracks that get airplay and are catchy to thge general public it will work well, if not it will probably do as well as say Jazz.

The issue here is not about Freddie it's about the music they produce, if John Deacon released an album under the Queen banner it would do well if he had decent songs and some good airplay

These arguments seem to be focused on whether the author thinks they should be called Queen or not. which is a different argument.




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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 12:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Whether it's good or bad, I have a feeling it will bomb. Maybe quite high in the charts first week* then dropping out quickly. After the tour's over, wonder then will Q+PR continue, or will they go back to solo projects?

*I'm prepared to give it a chance because I think Rodgers might shine singing songs that have been written for him, whereas his renditions of older Queen songs are a bit hit and miss. But having said that, I was drawn to Queen partly because of the depth and ambition of much of their music, esp. the earlier stuff. From what I've heard so far (C-lebrtiy, SINT), the new QPR stuff will be fairly basic. It's really quite sad to see 'guitar legend' Brian reduced to playing something as simple as C-lebrity.


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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 12:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Blake Lauderback wrote:


Now let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Queen fan,


and then a few seconds later...

I would prefer to see them leave the legacy of Queen dead and buried along side their former front man.


Yeah. He's a huge Queen fan. At least he spelled Freddie's name right.

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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Another boring comment from someone so bored they are looking for something to write about to bore the rest of us with. Y A W N. Roll on album and concert tour! Who cares about anyone else's opinion? I don't.


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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 14:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I used to think that Queen was dead. At least that Brian and Roger would call their new installment something other than "Queen". However, think about how many years they´ve played together as Queen. How many tours, albums, arguments, breakups and so forth. They´ve litterary worked their asses off to reach the ammount of succes that they have at this day. At least they have my blessing. Also, remember that it´s Queen + Paul Rodgers not Queen. I also think that Freddie would have wanted it. Hell, he might encouraged it. And it not about Paul trying to fill Freddies shoes! When will you understand this?


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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ouh, some grammar errors there ^^^. I Think I better admit it myself before someone gives me a bitchslap about it!


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Posted: 15 Aug 08, 15:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Everyone who reasonably has a say agrees it is right, that is Brian, Roger, John and the Freddie Mercury-estate. That settles it for me.

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Posted: 21 Aug 08, 09:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

All I can say is that having Paul Rogers as the new signer for Queen has been the most dissapointing thing ever. I honestly believe that Brian and Roger should have done this alone, they are brilliant, amazing and could have sung all of these songs better than Paul could in his dreams....

Let me put it this way...on their first tour together (the one that they only did like 2-3 shows in the U.S.) Paul had to use a teleprompter for ALL of the Queen songs. When his shitty Free or Bad Company songs came on, the teleprompter went off. How do I know this? I had 9th row tickets right by the stage and when I turned my head I could see the teleprompter going kareoke style (you know the words light up as you are suppose to sing them). That was all I needed to see to lose any respect I did have for Paul! If you are going to join a band as brilliant as Queen and attempt (I use that word lightly) to see the songs...at least have the decensy to learn the songs...I know about a million people that could sing the songs word for word (maybe not sound so good) but they could do it.

All in All - I am a massive Queen fan, but I have never been sooooo dissapointed by the band in my life.....with Paul, Brian and Roger are the best I just wish they would have done this one their own and not brought in low life non-talent like Paul Rogers.......who on a side note should NOT be trying to rock tight leather pants.....

My rant is over...........I will continue to buy the old queen albums, but don't know if I can muster up the energy to go buy something with that guys voice on it...sorry I just can't do it......

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Posted: 21 Aug 08, 10:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mscales wrote:

All I can say is that having Paul Rogers as the new signer for Queen has been the most dissapointing thing ever. I honestly believe that Brian and Roger should have done this alone, they are brilliant, amazing and could have sung all of these songs better than Paul could in his dreams....

Let me put it this way...on their first tour together (the one that they only did like 2-3 shows in the U.S.) Paul had to use a teleprompter for ALL of the Queen songs. When his shitty Free or Bad Company songs came on, the teleprompter went off. How do I know this? I had 9th row tickets right by the stage and when I turned my head I could see the teleprompter going kareoke style (you know the words light up as you are suppose to sing them). That was all I needed to see to lose any respect I did have for Paul! If you are going to join a band as brilliant as Queen and attempt (I use that word lightly) to see the songs...at least have the decensy to learn the songs...I know about a million people that could sing the songs word for word (maybe not sound so good) but they could do it.

All in All - I am a massive Queen fan, but I have never been sooooo dissapointed by the band in my life.....with Paul, Brian and Roger are the best I just wish they would have done this one their own and not brought in low life non-talent like Paul Rogers.......who on a side note should NOT be trying to rock tight leather pants.....

My rant is over...........I will continue to buy the old queen albums, but don't know if I can muster up the energy to go buy something with that guys voice on it...sorry I just can't do it......
Too bad for you.


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Posted: 21 Aug 08, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

mscales wrote:

All I can say is that having Paul Rogers as the new signer for Queen has been the most dissapointing thing ever. I honestly believe that Brian and Roger should have done this alone, they are brilliant, amazing and could have sung all of these songs better than Paul could in his dreams....


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Posted: 21 Aug 08, 15:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Paul Rodgers wrote:

mscales wrote:

All I can say is that having Paul Rogers as the new signer for Queen has been the most dissapointing thing ever. I honestly believe that Brian and Roger should have done this alone, they are brilliant, amazing and could have sung all of these songs better than Paul could in his dreams....


I have never signed anything for Queen.

But I'm glad you're checking out my pants.


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