All good stuff and good luck with the results:
>1.) Who of you support Paul Rodgers in taking the lead vocals?
Having been a fan of Free for what seems like ever and having seen Brian perform live with Paul a number of times (Night Of 100 Guitars at Wembley Arena etc), Paul was always going to be the best choice in terms of his experience within the industry and having come from the same kind of place musically. He has a great voice and a great stage presence too as well as attracting the right kind of listener. HOWEVER, the big question is whether Brian and Roger should have re-convened the band as Queen at all - Paul is the perfect choice to sing with Roger and Brian, but whether he is perfect for some of the Queen material (in the same way that Brian and Roger may not be ideal for some of the Free / Bad Company material they are going to play) is a different matter. I'd rather that they had spent some time in a studio and formulated *a plan* and then toured behind an album of new material, rather than have this as a Greatest Hits tour, which, after all, we have all heard before.
>2.) Who of you disagree with having him sing? Who would you rather have?
George Michael would have been great vocally, but I'm not sure that his ego could have taken all the comparisons that are inevitably made with Freddie. Robbie Williams would have been *the worst* choice due to the type of audience he would have attracted to the shows.
>3.) For those of you who don't agree, Why? And is it because you think that Freddie can never be matched, and it shouldn't be attempted?
This isn't an issue in my mind. I think that Roger and Brian's intentions are good, but they are at the mercy of the larger industry that controls them. If QPL and or EMI want Freddie replaced, that is what they will get. They are the ones that handle the publicity and promote the whole thing so depending on how they try to sell the shows to local promotors will determine whether it's being billed as Paul being a replacement for Freddie or not - will posters / flyers / magazine / newspaper articles have pictures and references to Freddie?
>4.) Do you think that this tour will elevate Queen’s status? Or disappoint fans?
It will inevitably elevate Queen's status, but it's not *Queen* that are touring - it's two people that were in Queen and another guy that was in Free, plus assorted musicians. If John Deacon tours, that will lend the project FAR more credibility as he has been so openly against much of what has had the Queen name attached to it. As for the fans, its not for me to say really - I hope it's good, but I have a horrible feeling that it's not going to be - hpefully I'm proved wrong!