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Posted: 25 Apr 12, 22:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This week on the American Idol 2012 top 6 performance show, each of the remaining contestants performed a song tribute to the legendary rock band Queen as well as a second song of their choice. Late, great Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is a notoriously hard act to follow and we couldn’t wait to see how the contestants approached their song tributes to the band on Wednesday night’s show.

First on tap for the night is a video montage paying tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Original Queen band members Roger Taylor and Brian May hook up with the American Idol 2012 top 6 to give them advice and help with their songs chosen for the evening.
The remaining American Idol 2012 top 6 contestants take the stage with Roger Taylor and Brian May to perform a medley of Queen rock anthems, including “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions.”

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Posted: 25 Apr 12, 22:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Actually wasn't a bad performance from the singers...Loved the opening segment with Brian and Roger....


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 00:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Me too. Bri is such a gentleman, even with his guitar playing.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 00:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What'd they play?

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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 06:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fat Bottomed Girls, Another One Bites the Dust, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions were done in the medley


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 06:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brians advice was cool, "..the people in the audience all want to see you do well, give it your all..." extremely paraphrased, but that's how I heard it.

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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 07:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

is this on tonight on itv2 in the uk? starts at 7 as last night there was no listing for the show?


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 07:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jessica: Borap. I just wasn't into it. 16 and maybe doesn't know enough about Queen. Steven Tyler nailed it when he said rock is not her thing.
She can't rock a stage at all. A big handicap if you're attempting Queen.

Skylar: tsmgo. Had intensity, but that country twang was bleeding through and so for me a nightmare. Her next song choice was about pickups and mustangs - obviously her true sensibilities.

Joshua: CLTCL. Another nightmare. Because he has no "heat" in his performance. It was like a Disney version of it. He could of used a motorcycle or leather jacket.

Elise: IWIA. Good job. At 28 she gets it. She's a natural rocker. A few shows back she sang Led Zep and it was awesome.

Philip: attempted FBG. Ok. But needs to work on crowd control. How to interact with the audience. In that department, no Freddie skills. Sad.

Hollie : SM. Due to her background, i'd like to think she was raised with Queen, but in her comments it seemed she'd only been recently introduced to the song. A brave choice for a young person and she reminded me of a young Kerry Ellis in her attempt.

Best thing of the night: Brian's guitar solo - WWRY.

Interesting that the person I would of liked to see, Colton, was sent home last week. Wonder what he would of chosen, given the chance.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 10:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well said, queenUSA... agreed on all points above


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 10:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

p.s. i hate Phillip Phillips


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 11:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Quite interesting that in the video montage backing the medley they included some of the drag scenes from the I Want To Break Free video - hopefully this means that mainstream US can take a joke now?!?

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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was Queen Karaoke night on American Idol... They sounded no better than any other person trying to attempt a Queen song at a bar,IMO.

Is it just me or did Phillip and Josh sing one note during FBG and CLTCL? Couldn't they even try to sing the melody lines? Jeez, I would have been really embarrassed with those half-assed attempts.

Out of all six contestants, Hollie is the best singer. Her version of Save Me was really good.

These young singers (if you can really call them singers, they're more like screamers and warblers,imo.) are used to singing all over the place, they don't know how to sing a real song with a melody.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 13:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In a related matter, the official Queen Extravaganza says that the band will be playing "In The Lap of the Gods" live on the tour - my guess is that they've gone the usual route of getting amateurs to write their press release, coupled with poor proof reading, and there should be a '...Revisited' on the end of that. Still, we'll see!

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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 15:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@dragon --

You must go to some awesome karaoke bars.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 15:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Man...seeing the bits that I have.(Online) Maybe Bri+Rog really oughta hang it up.

At least tour with some ROCK vocalists...they became their own tribute band... And that AI thing was pretty bunk. :(

Effort by effort, I'm leaning more and more towards the detractors' side.

A Vh1 special shoulda been done. Not another american idol butchery fest.

Steven Tyler: get down make love
Dave Grohl: TyMD,
Chris Cornell: It's Late
...Somebody...SOMETHING good.. A one off show...
Its not too late for that!

not this. Daaamn. :-/
They turned "Save Me" into an AM country song!
(Thought admittedly it was the best so far)
Apparently they'd already cut these songs as promos at least a few weeks before
I heard Save Me (studio American Idol b.s.)
And Bo Rhap (studio with verses) on youtube today.

It WAS pretty bad, unlike the first one up there^
I thought the opening medley was beyond pitchy and HEARTBREAKING.
Lol okay I'm stretching it...but it was pretty bad.

Sounded really unprofessional.

The talent pool for rock on these six is pretty lame. I haven't seen the others, dreading that too

I was hoping that Jessica chick would sing something graceful and sentimental like Love of my life...
Or TRY TO belt out "Spread Your Wings"
But with all the songs being preceeded by "the Queen hit from 1980"etc...unlikely a great catalogue song would make it

She clearly has the best voice here.
Save Me sounded like a 1980's Donna Fargo song or somethin...



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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 15:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oh and one more thing: I dunno the black dudes name...but heard him once before


He's like Randy Jackon (not the talented one related to Michael)
Reminded me of a bit from AMAZON WOMEN OF THE MOON...

Just not AS bad,...

I refer:
Www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt73TC9xRz8


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Meh. Meh.


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 21:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As for tonight (Thursday) - i thought the Queen Extravaganza, such as it, did quite a respectable job with Somebody To Love. Marc Martel was in strong voice, though a little raspier than his usual clear tone (probably rehearsing the CRAP out of them these days) and it was fun to see a pro like Jeff Scott Soto ripping out in the background. Plus, despite what RT had said, he and Brian DID appear at the end and join in. First public performance for QE, first time for most of them on LIVE, PRIMETIME, NETWORK TV... impressive considering all that... and i quite enjoyed it.

(moving a copy of this to a STL on IDOL specific thread...)


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Posted: 26 Apr 12, 23:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought it sucked for the most part. Back flipping guitarists... Please.

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Posted: 27 Apr 12, 02:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was pleasantly surprised by the QE - they are obviously all competent musicians, but they also seemed to 'gel' and didn't seemed forced or like a bunch of individuals as is often the case with these types of tribute acts or bands put together. The feel and genuineness of the band was pretty right for me - considering they are right at the start of their journey they have a lot to look forward to.

Great to see BM and RT too, and whilst done purists will disagree with the treatment of the end of the song, my opinion is that it worked really well, and good to see that they can sti do something fresh with the music whilst keeping the core of it intact.

Man, I wish I was in the QE - I was born for that drumming job!!