Okay, it's time for me to put in my two cents. Of course, the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour is the hottest topic on this board (well, definitely this forum lol), and there have been many things said. Some say this will be a great tour, Queen will once again rule the world of music. Some, however, say that it will not be as good as hoped because all it is, really, is two members of Queen with the former lead singer of Free and Bad Company, and that it really is not Queen anymore.
Well, of course it is not the same Queen we grew up with. Things change. But the idea is still there, and we can use that as a rejuvenated feeling of hope and strength for this "new Queen". I mean, take Guns 'N' Roses for example. Though the band split up, Axl tried to piece it back together with a new lineup. It didn't work, unfortunately, but the idea was still there.
What I'm trying to say is, it's obvious that it is not the same Queen, with the untimely death of Freddie and the retirement of John. They will not have the exact same power and electricity that the former Queen of the 70's and 80s, but we, as Queen fans, should embrace the idea of a new Queen. After all, the two founding members are still running after 30+ years, so we should not have to debate about this, saying that "it's not the same Queen". We know that, and you don't need to keep saying it over and over again.
To be honest, with this new formation, the Queen of old will once again be resurrected with a brand new audience that has only heard few songs, if any. And with Paul Rodgers, we can also experience a new sound with the legendary style of Queen merging with the unforgettable style of Free and Bad Company (I wanna see how "Feel Like Making Love" sounds along with Brian and Roger)
I, for one, am completely in support of this new Queen tour, and encourage all of those who disagree with me to look within the heart of the band we know as Queen. Despite suffering numerous shocks and such, that heart is still beating...
We can only grow the way the wind blows
On a bare and weathered shore
We can only bow to the here and now
In our elemental war
- Rush, "The Way The Wind Blows"