Right, here we go!
The evening couldn't have started better for me, after hanging around outside the Grand Hotel for about 45 minutes, Brian came out to head off to Globen for the soundcheck. The waiting Merc had the engine running, so we fully expected him to rush by without even time for a quick photo. However, the curly-haired one stopped in his tracks and started signing stuff, no ego there-cheers Bri.
The concert started with Track 13 and then Eminem which I thought was a strange track to pick, but funnily enough it worked perfectly-an amazing beat that got the whole of Globen jumping around in anticipation. Everyone was expecting Paul to show up on stage, but as the first chords to Reachin' Out started to play, there he was, at the end of the catwalk-how the hell did he get there without anyone noticing-it certainly took everyone by surprise. For all those doubters out there, Paul Rodgers has one of the best voices I've ever heard, and I would put him up there with Freddie, who I've seen 9 times. They both have their own very distinctive styles, and only a fool (or a music journalist) would dare to compare.
We were at the side of the stage and could see behind as Brian was struggling to get through the curtain to strike up the intro to TYMD!
But God, did it rock. The band sounded HEAVY and tight-absolute bliss.
The gig hammered along at an amazing pace. Roger looked so in charge of his kit as he bashed his way through song after song and Brian was playing like a demon, while Paul was having no trouble hitting all the notes, sometimes even outdoing Freddie himself!
Roger presenting Say it's not true by asking if we were all wearing condoms, and explaining that he was and that Jamie was infact wearing two!!
Love of my life- very moving, and I'm sure I saw Brian wiping away a tear after.
I'm in love with my car-How does Roger play with such energy and sing at the same time?
These are the days-Roger's voice works perfectly for this song. It was so moving to see the films of the band in the early days. I don't know how Brian and Roger don't burst out into tears-I had a lump in my throat, I can tell you!
All right now-Paul is a true rocker and entertainer. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands and the whole of Globen was rocking to the foundations.
On the whole it was one of the best gigs I've ever been to. I wasn't sure the Swedish crowd would get going, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everybody seemed to have a great time (except for the idiots that call themselves music journalists). The band were on top form, Pauls voice was incredible, Brian is the guv'nor, and Roger is just amazing.
I'm sure Freddies up there looking down with a huge smile on his face!
Long live Queen