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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 09:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/exclusive-queen-putting-together-own-tribute-band-for-2012-tour-20110919 
Queen drummer Roger Taylor was recently in his hometown when he saw a poster that caught his attention. "It said, 'Queen on stage,'" Taylor tells Rolling Stone. "I saw in the very hall where we used to play and there's just the quite bad picture of a band. There are so many of these tribute bands and then there are like orchestral concerts going on featuring music. A lot of these things are not up to scratch and so we want to do it properly."Assembling a tribute tour worthy of an iconic act – a group that remains so popular late lead singer Freddie Mercury was honored on Google's home page a few weeks ago on what would have been his sixty-fifth birthday –  is a daunting task. But  Taylor thinks he's found an innovative solution to, as he puts it, "keep Queen's music alive." The drummer is enlisting the public's help, putting together an online competition to find the group for Queen Extravaganza, a 2012 trek that will feature a band playing Queen's music combined with unseen footage and a production spectacle. Beginning Monday September 19th, people who think they have what it takes to play Brian May's guitar riffs in "Sheer Heart Attack" or do their best Mercury vocals on "Bohemian Rhapsody" can upload their auditions to www.queenextravaganza.com. It's a daring venture, but one that Taylor hopes will become a lasting way to deal with the fact that as Queen's legacy and legend has continued to grow over the last two decades, they've had to try different ways to tour after Mercury's 1991 death. The most successful were the treks they did with Paul Rogers, but Taylor thinks those might be done.Rolling Stone spoke with Taylor about the ongoing love for Queen's music, his own musical future, some of his favorite Queen non-hits, and what fans can expect when the Extravaganza hits the road in 2012.

It's a very interesting and daring concept for The Queen Extravaganza, which isn't everything Queen did extravagant?
I'm very glad you think that. Also, we thought Extravaganza was the perfect name for something produced by Queen (laughs). Essentially we're producing our own show using our own footage and production values to make a show because let's face it, we're getting a little long in the tooth, but there are an awful lot of tribute bands, some of them good, some of them not good. And we put together something that we felt was purely extraordinary.

You mention being long in the tooth, but you guys have still been active as a band and toured with other vocalists.
Absolutely, even last week Brian [May] and I did a charity thing for Freddie's birthday, we had Jeff Beck, which was fantastic, and a lot of other guys, the guy from Keane, Tom Chaplin. So we can still do it, but I don't really think I want to travel around the world doing it anymore. And, of course, not having Freddie has always made it difficult for the last 20 years. It's a big hurdle, [but] this is a way of keeping our music alive and doing it to our standards.

Will you be involved at all then musically in the Queen Extravaganza?
We're putting the show together now, so what I wanted to do is leave sort of places in the show which Brian and myself could roll up and do a turn, maybe if we're starting a run somewhere exciting. So that would be an option, but, in general, this show will not feature a Queen band member.

To this point you haven't seen any auditions yet, so which aspects are you finding fascinating?
What I'm doing at the moment is actually designing the show, choosing the songs, the song combination, the order of the show, and designing the lights with all our people here. And also, choosing whatever pieces of film and effects we want to use. But, as you say, the actual audition process hasn't started yet. [But] I'm quite convinced that there are tens of thousands of kids, of really talented people, in their bedrooms around the world playing drums, playing guitar, and singing. And I want to find some of those people. And of course we want young people because we're no longer young (laughs). So we'd like really great looking guys to be in this band. Obviously they have to be really good musicians and we're quite convinced that they're out there.

Do you envision this as being an ongoing show beyond next year?
In an ideal world I do and I hope it's a continuing item. We were a very sort of a global band – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia. All these things are possible so it could be a never ending tour.Certainly the interest is there, as people can see from the fanfare surrounding Freddie's sixty-fifth birthday.
I've gotta admit, Brian and myself, we're constantly amazed it's all over the radio, certainly here in the U.K. We're honored and lucky people still enjoy the music and it still has resonance today. It's a long time down the road.You say you're surprised, but you must be very aware of the interest. You couldn't do the show if there wasn't still such a love for the music out there.
Yeah, if we felt that our music had been sort of forgotten or something like that we wouldn't be doing this, it would be a pointless exercise. It's really fulfilling some kind of demand to do that. Not many young people saw Queen live, so this is a chance to do the closest thing and see a very good facsimile.

But you toured extensively with Paul Rogers.
Yeah, and that was very enjoyable. I like working with Paul. It was never meant to be any more than a temporary thing, but Paul has such a wonderful voice. It was great to do it. It was almost unexpected and it sort of happened organically. I think that phase is finished now.

Is there any chance of special shows with him?
I wouldn't rule it out. In fact I read the other day Paul said he wouldn't mind doing something. If something came up as special, we could maybe do that, maybe the Olympics or something. But I certainly wouldn't rule it out and he is a wonderful singer, there's no doubt about that.

After so many years do you have the perspective to look at it and see why the music is so enduring?
It's a very complicated question. One thing we do have now after all these years is definitely perspective and I would say one of the things that contributed to it is we made a lot of different kinds of record; there was a lot of variety and I think there was quality there. I would say it was quality, but I would also say that the variety of our music. It went from hard rock to almost rockabilly to a little bit funky to grandiose.

As you've been going through the footage and listening to music are there songs you're developing a new appreciation for?
When we made the albums we never made singles, we made the album and then we picked singles. So, at the time I would probably have liked completely different tracks. I want to include non-singles, album tracks; I want to go quite deeply into the catalog. I think there are some real gems that deserve to be in this show so people get a complete spectrum of the band and not just a rerun of the Wembley concert or something.

What are a few of the deep tracks you'd like to include in the show?
For instance, "In The Lap Of The Gods 1 and 2," nutty things like "Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon," "I'm In Love With My Car," going into the catalog really. "You Take My Breath Away," that'll be there. And of course there were some of the later Eighties hits that we had that were bigger hits in Europe, like "Her Kind Of Magic." It'll be a real broad spectrum.

Is the footage previously unseen?
Some of it's never been seen. There's stuff from as early as 1973, and even earlier. We've even got stuff, a little bit of stuff, from 1969, so very, very early. There's black and white stuff and there's big stuff, there's a lot of moments never seen.

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 09:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well I've got the kit...just maybe not the talent....


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 09:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Summary:

1.  No more Queen tours, ever. 

2.  Roger is bored

3.  No more Q+PR unless someone else finances it

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Micrówave wrote: Summary:

1.  No more Queen tours, ever. 

2.  Roger is bored

3.  No more Q+PR unless someone else finances it

can you elaborate number 3?

it's obvious that something must have happened between paul and brian...

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 10:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

this is basically xfactor live tour

maybe they rename it Q-factor for this one tour?


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 11:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are already lot of good Queen tribute bands out there, what diifference is this going to make except maybe bigger lighting shows and sound systems. It aint Queen, it aint even Q+PR. This is sounds like another Pepsi/5ive/Robbie Wiliams/X Factor debacle post Freddie. I really enjoyed the Paul Rodgers Tours and Albums and would prefer they do something with him of Jeff Scott Soto rather than this idea it stinks of cash cow again and this time Brian and Roger have to do nothing! I am blessed I got to see Queen with Fred twice, this 'extravaganza' is just a glorified tribute act.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 12:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If this happens I promise to pile up everything I own related to Queen and burn it in my garden. I will film it and put it on youtube and send Roger and Brian the ashes of all the things they used to be.

Better to burn out than to fade away? Not according to Roger.

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 12:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What the fuck is this? This seems interesting but if this is there idea of a 2012 Queen Tour than this is absolutely absurd. If If you're not in the band, why would any Queen fans give a crap about watching other random Queen fans playing instruments while Roger Taylor is just sitting in the back playing drums? 

It's basically just asking to put together a Queen tribute band but with Roger on drums.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 12:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It will create jobs for musicians.  I'm in favour of anything that will give talented musicians the recognition they deserve.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jamster, from the article -

Will you be involved at all then musically in the Queen Extravaganza?

"We're putting the show together now, so what I wanted to do is leave sort of places in the show which Brian and myself could roll up and do a turn, maybe if we're starting a run somewhere exciting. So that would be an option, but, in general, this show will not feature a Queen band member."

Maybe after 40 years of touring they're tired of it.  That doesn't mean they have to stop working overall.  It sounds like they'll just turn up now and again, like at the WWRY musical.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...i can hear the rumbling and grumbling gathering momentum.....the juggernaut of disapproval is rollign towards queenzone....

comments like:

"if freddie were alive, they wouldnt do this"
"pissing on freddie's memory"
"seeling their souls"
"no standards, no integrity"

and...yes all these comments are valid...but - and there's a big "but"....they have every right to do whatever the fuck they like with the "queen" label..purple, the who, kiss, zep, ..floyd, and many many more have continued despite deaths and revolving door approaches to HR.....so why NOT queen? there's no specific rules that apply to queen and no-one else

.it doesnt matter whether we approve - in some respects they're reaching new generations....the xfactor kids will lap this up....established rock band in easy-easy-lsiten-bite-size-pieces...too good to resist

but it's like marmite some will love it, some will hate it.....i hate it...so i don't buy it...but i also don't moan like fuck that tesco continues to put marmite on it's shelves along with 10,000 other items i don't like - i just don't buy what i don't like

simples


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

brENsKi wrote: and...yes all these comments are valid...but - and there's a big "but"....they have every right to do whatever the fuck they like with the "queen" label..purple, the who, kiss, zep, ..floyd, and many many more have continued despite deaths and revolving door approaches to HR.....so why NOT queen? there's no specific rules that apply to queen and no-one else

.it doesnt matter whether we approve - in some respects they're reaching new generations....the xfactor kids will lap this up....established rock band in easy-easy-lsiten-bite-size-pieces...too good to resist
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There's a big "but" to your "but"... You don't see any of those other bands recruiting a tribute band of their own.

Can you imagine the criticism The Who, Led Zeppelin, or Pink Floyd would get if they recruited a similar "Extravaganza" to perform as a greatest hits jukebox? I'm not a fan of any of those bands, and I would STILL think it was in poor taste, no matter how much it was their absolute right.

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 14:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh! My! God!

" Is the footage previously unseen?
Some of it's never been seen. There's stuff from as early as 1973, and even earlier. We've even got stuff, a little bit of stuff, from 1969, so very, very early. There's black and white stuff and there's big stuff, there's a lot of moments never seen. "...

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 14:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Eric Taylor wrote: Oh! My! God!

" Is the footage previously unseen?
Some of it's never been seen. There's stuff from as early as 1973, and even earlier. We've even got stuff, a little bit of stuff, from 1969, so very, very early. There's black and white stuff and there's big stuff, there's a lot of moments never seen. "...

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 14:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And the 73 footage could just be the KYA and Liar promos.

It's looking more and more likely that the earliest live footage of the band is Rainbow 3-31-74.  And we're lucky enough to have seen 10 minutes of it, 3 of which are damn good quality.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote: Jamster, from the article -

Will you be involved at all then musically in the Queen Extravaganza?

"We're putting the show together now, so what I wanted to do is leave sort of places in the show which Brian and myself could roll up and do a turn, maybe if we're starting a run somewhere exciting. So that would be an option, but, in general, this show will not feature a Queen band member."

Maybe after 40 years of touring they're tired of it.  That doesn't mean they have to stop working overall.  It sounds like they'll just turn up now and again, like at the WWRY musical.

Well said. Thanks for the clarification.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 15:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dear God, no.


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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 16:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"purple, the who, kiss, zep, ..floyd, and many many more have continued "

Yes... as themselves.. playing music in their band... not sanctioning an official tribute band. The idea is horrific and very very sad in every sense of the word.

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 16:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OK. This is it.
I will sell my entire Queen collection over the next few weeks.

Totally done with this band.
Thanks for ruining Freddie's legacy Brian + Roger.

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Posted: 19 Sep 11, 16:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Sir GH wrote: It will create jobs for musicians.  I'm in favour of anything that will give talented musicians the recognition they deserve.

Does this mean there is a pay?


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