What about Bad Company ? Paul Rodgers, and don't kill me for that because it is a fact, was way more successful than Freddie Mercury with his solo career and some of his bands. Bad Company, Free and The Firm are great bands. Queen was more successful than his entire career, but Rodgers was more successful than Mercury.
Let's say, Bad Company reforms after Rodgers' death, who died in 1991, and they go on tour with Freddie Mercury. Bad Company + Freddie Mercury, what would you say ?
"Oh it's not the same thing ! They will rot in hell ! They are pathetic losers ! They suck ! They're gay !" etc...
That would be stupid...but I won't rob you of your stupid thoughts of the past. They're better than my stupid thoughts anyway...2 thumbs up and that's because I only have 2 thumbs. :P
Brian May is one of the greatest guitar player of all-time with the likes of Hendrix, Page and Clapton. Roger Taylor is one of the greatest drummers of all-time alongside Densmore, Bonham and Ulrich. They are Queen. The original. Smile were Queen. A different Queen.
Question : Did you hate them because Mercury replaced Staffel ? Mercury sucks ! Stafel rocks ! No ? That's weird if you haven't thought about that before...
Smile : Brian May, Roger Taylor and Tim Staffel
**Staffel leaves and is replaced by Farookh Bulsara.***
Smile : Brian May, Roger Taylor and Farookh Bulsara.
**Bulsara changes the name to Queen.***
Queen : Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and 3 different bassists in a short time.
Queen : Brian May, Roger Taylor, Farookh Bulsara and John Deacon.
**Bulsara changes his name to Freddie Mercury.***
Queen : Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deacon.
***A couple of musicians join them on stage, most notably Spike Edney, but are never recognized as Queen members.***
***They collaborate with a couple of musicians including Mike Moran and Steve Howe, who are never recognized as Queen members neither.***
***Freddie Mercury dies in November of 1991***
Queen : Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
***Though Brian May himself said : "I don't think it is Queen", it may be regarded as an incarnation of Queen too. He said "I think", so therefore, he wasn't sure himself.***
***One complete show is performed and is a tribute to Freddie Mercury himself in 1992.***
***The 3 of them finish the last sessions and a couple of old unfinished numbers recorded with Freddie Mercury while he was still alive. It becomes their last original album to date, "Made In Heaven".***
***They perform "The Show Must Go On" with Elton John for the "Ballet For Life" in January of 1997.***
***They record a Brian May song intended to appear on "Another World", "No One But You", as a tribute to Mercury again and other people like Lady Diana.***
***John Deacon retires from show business.***
Queen : Brian May and Roger Taylor.
***They perform very often together. Brian is very often, a guest on Roger's shows. They perform for the very first time as "Queen" when they collaborate with boys band, 5ive. Their appearance at the "Party At The Palace" in 2002 is a huge hit and the Queen day performance in Amsterdam is Queen has if they had never aged. They do all kinds of things together including a musical and a lot of remixing. They are arrangers and organizers at the 46664 concert in November of 2003 as well as performers. They perform will a lot of artists like Anastacia and Robbie Williams, who is even considered to go on tour with them. They perform with Paul Rodgers at the 1st ever UK Hall Of Fame in 2004. It's a huge success. They decide to go on tour with Paul Rodgers and to record a new album.***
Queen + Paul Rodgers
***They are very aware that Mercury can't be replaced and that people like Anastacia and Robbie Williams were just "fillers" for the shoes of Mercury, so they don't go on tour as Queen but rath
"I Am Dracula. I Bid You Welcome."
Bela Lugosi, 1931.