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Posted: 19 May 09, 06:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the title says it all

some people seem to slag off Paul Rodgers cause he's nothing like Freddie.

to me, that's why the project worked. he did it his own way. the songs were the same but done in a different way

for Brian and Roger to go out with a Freddie soundalike would be insane imo. no one can do freddie mercury like freddie mercury. anything else would be a cabaret

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Posted: 19 May 09, 06:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Would be nice for one song. Like Gary Mullen, but no...
That would not add anything to the Queen catalog.
Soundalikes are only good at singing what's already there. 
A good singer with the musical interests of Freddie would be better.

Have a competition where everyone can write a couple of interesting songs, record a demo, send it to Brian and Roger and have them listen to these demos for about a month. Then let them pick out like 12 songs on which they will play and produce.
Queen + Newcomers...

A lot more interesting, and very exploitable for QP, so it might even have a chance. ;)



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Posted: 19 May 09, 07:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No soundalikes!!!  Might work for AC/DC but not for Queen ;)

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Posted: 19 May 09, 08:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No soundalikes for me either. Thats why the Q+PR stuff worked for me - Paul definetely wasnt trying to be Freddie.

Gary Mullen is a good singer and can sound like Freddie, but can he write songs like him? Is he musically capable like him? And the same goes for any other Freddie wannabe's. Are they capable? I suspect a lot of them arent.


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Posted: 19 May 09, 11:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I also agree that Queen should never go on tour with a sound-alike. That would be very insulting. Gary Mullen puts on a good tribute show, but that is all he is, a copy cat. Remember Gary isn’t Freddie Mercury and he doesn’t want to be.

Queen with Gary Mullen (or whoever) would be like making love to a transvestite. it seems like a real girl, but in the details, its not.
 
They do need someone else if they are going on tour again though, what with Brain’s vocal range not being that great and Roger stuck behind a drum kit.

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Posted: 19 May 09, 12:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



emrabt wrote:

 
They do need someone else if they are going on tour again though what with Brain’s vocal range not being that great and Roger stuck behind a drum kit.


Pffft is all I can say to that.  Brian managed stuff live that Freddie couldn't (at least not in 86).  

It's very open to debate how GOOD Brian sounds.. some people can't stand his voice... but he has a better live range than what Freddie had when he quit.






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Posted: 19 May 09, 12:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



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emrabt wrote:



 
They do need someone else if they are going on tour again though what with Brain’s vocal range not being that great and Roger stuck behind a drum kit.



 



Pffft is all I can say to that.  Brian managed stuff live that Freddie couldn't (at least not in 86).  


It's very open to debate how GOOD Brian sounds.. some people can't stand his voice... but he has a better live range than what Freddie had when he quit.

 



 



 


Brian has improved as a singer over the years - no doubt!

but to compare him with Freddie? are you nuts? I'm not into techinal terms when it comes to singing- but I know for a fact that brian hasn't got the power in his voice to deliver a set like Freddie did on wembley - even though it was an off night for Freddie vocal wise

range and power are two different aspects.






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Posted: 19 May 09, 12:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Okay sorry, I think I mixed up RANGE and POWER. I shall learn from my mistake. 
But you understood what I meant, right?

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Posted: 19 May 09, 13:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian singing ballads in the studio = potentially great. I like his voice. I find it a bit similar to McCartney's.
Brian singing anything live = could be good, could be bad. Depends on the song.
Brian singing live while effectively playing rythm or lead guitar = mostly disastrous, particularly with rockers.

Roger singing up front to a backing tape or guest drummer = can't stand it
Roger singing while drumming in the back = LOVE IT! but can he do it for 8-10 songs as opposed to a couple?
Roger singing while drumming up front = Chuck Norris' level awesomeness!

I don't like AKOM but I loved Roger's version in the 2008 tour.

It could work, as long as it doesn't get weird or shitty like Queen's Day at Amsterday 2002. No female back up singers, additional drummers or lead guitarists, please.



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Posted: 19 May 09, 13:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rufus Taylor could drum for a few songs to let Roger sing, but it still wouldn't be 'Queen.'  It would be watered-down Queen, instead of a different take on Queen, like with Paul Rogers.  I'm not a fan of the Cosmos Rocks, except a few songs, but I liked them live, Paul allowed them to be strong, even if they were different.  I think if just Roger and Brian toured, it would be so weak.  They could do it, but would probably struggle to carry it by themselves, which is hardly how they want to be portrayed.

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Posted: 19 May 09, 15:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lead Singer from Manic Street Preachers for Rock,
Lead Singer from Keane for Ballads.

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Posted: 20 May 09, 10:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Quite easy answer, no.
Gary Mullen is awesome and his show is pretty much as close as its gets, but involving him in Queen...well, that would be quite weird. However, it would be interesting for just one song though.

However, a tour with Brian and Roger....thumbs up!

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Posted: 20 May 09, 11:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A Freddie look-alike would be far more effective.

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Posted: 20 May 09, 11:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


NO-NO-NO-NO-NO-NO NO !!!!!
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Posted: 20 May 09, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



TheGame wrote:

Quite easy answer, no.
Gary Mullen is awesome and his show is pretty much as close as its gets, but involving him in Queen...well, that would be quite weird. However, it would be interesting for just one song though.

However, a tour with Brian and Roger....thumbs up!


Now, let this song be something from The Cosmos Rocks and we're looking at a lot of mislabeled mp3's in the following years and probably a misleading Wikipedia article saying the song was recorded originally by Freddie. Have this song be one of the Rodgers penned songs in there and it gets weirder.





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Posted: 20 May 09, 17:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Realistic choices for a future frontman would have to include

Jordan Knight from NKOTB
Gary Barlow from Take That
Brian Harvey or Tony Mortimer (if you know them you should shoot yourself right now)
perhaps Mark Wahlberg as Marky Mark

Also, I think they should consider adding a rapper into the lineup for streetcred.
Someone with hardcore credibility... like... Will Smith as The Fresh Prince

I see good things for the future of the Queen brand.



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Posted: 20 May 09, 17:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



e-man wrote:







Zebonka12 wrote:











 







emrabt wrote:







 
They do need someone else if they are going on tour again though what with Brain’s vocal range not being that great and Roger stuck behind a drum kit.











 







Pffft is all I can say to that.  Brian managed stuff live that Freddie couldn't (at least not in 86).  






It's very open to debate how GOOD Brian sounds.. some people can't stand his voice... but he has a better live range than what Freddie had when he quit.





 







 







 




Brian has improved as a singer over the years - no doubt!

but to compare him with Freddie? are you nuts? I'm not into techinal terms when it comes to singing- but I know for a fact that brian hasn't got the power in his voice to deliver a set like Freddie did on wembley - even though it was an off night for Freddie vocal wise

range and power are two different aspects.







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Brian was fantastic on the Super live in japan dvd... LOML was fantastic. But he was not ever close too Freddie live, even Freddie on a bad day in the 80s sounded better than Brian at his best (Freddie bad in 79 another story)










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Posted: 20 May 09, 17:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's one from left field. How about Ian Gillan coming on board?


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Posted: 20 May 09, 19:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



 



 



 



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I just went to a Keane concert in DC last night; Tom Chaplin is a damn good singer!  Way better "live" than on the CDs.  And while I understand your choice, I don't think he's Queen vocal material.  (Yes, I actually found my mind wandering in that direction while I was listening, I must admit...) 

   
 





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Posted: 20 May 09, 19:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A soundalike might create the image that Queen desperately need to get back to their old goods.
I think a soundalike would be fatal because this would bring up even more discussion about the "replacing FM thing".

If you need a soundalike watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjegftuSS5g&feature=related

There you have a soundalike from a cover band called Mercury. Shall Queen become their own best cover band? ;-)







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