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Posted: 10 Oct 08, 08:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi,I have found this review (in German language):

It was written by a music critic, who has a good reputation and this time the review isn't ironic, but really appreciative. I'll try a quick translation:

Fabulous Queen concert in the Color Line Arena
The history of Rock music is 60 years old, don't forget that. When May, Taylor, Deacon and Mercury debuted with their band Queen in 1970, Woodstock, Hendrix and Chuck Berry's innocence were already history. And just because it seemed that the final curtain had fallen after Freddie's death it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to look sceptically at a reunion. Or do you? When May and Tayler grouped with Paul Rodgers, whose first band Free supported Pre-Queen band Smile at Londons Royal Albert Hall, to perform their old songs again, some people were embarrassed. Mick Jaggers lyrics "But what can a poor boy do, except to sing for a rock 'n' roll band" could be interpreted: What can a rockstar do to pay the rent but warm up his old hits, after the year 2000?

The question, if the sinfully expensive visit of a Queen show in 2008 could be rewarding in the end, was answered surprisingly quick by the show itself: Yes it is – unconditionally. Though only Taylor and May are left from the original band, even the most annoying songs like "Radio Ga Ga", "We Will Rock You" or "We Are The Champions" suddenly gain quality, songs like "Another One Bites The Dust" or "It's A Kind Of Magic" turn into gems and Rodgers never tries to copy the camp staginess of Mercury, but presents himself as a great voice.

One of the evening's highlights after all is "Bad Company", the title song of Rodgers' second band's first album. In a pee break we miss out on an epic piece of music full of progrock-like tempo changes (Annotation: I guess he means Brian's solo part, not "We Believe"!) and return just to hear aforesaid "Ragio Ga Ga" in full length. Why just did we once think that this song was superfluous? At the moment we don't know...

"The Show Must Go On" is formidable by all means, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is - alternating - sung by Freddie from the screen and by Paul from the stage, his old hit "All right now"  is sung and applauded to by the audience seamlessly and frenetically. Rock 'n' Roll might be old, but it's not frail at all. After 135 minutes the question who the Champions are is finally answered. Their names are May and Taylor and above all Rodgers. If Queen had played "Under Pressure" on top of that, we had been at their feet unrequested.

... I'll be back again before it's time for sunny-down ...
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Posted: 10 Oct 08, 08:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh, I just read the review (the original) and it is really good. Thank you for finding it and posting it here.

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