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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 06:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What were the best moments of the tour for you? Was there something special you will not forget soon? Or do you think it was all a waste of time and money?

here are my favourite memories

- The QZ meeting before Brixton and the excitement standing in the Academy and waiting for the first Queen concert of this century.

- meeting Penetration_Guru and Jeroen

- Having my home full of bootleggers before and after Frankfurt, what a great group of people:)

- meeting Riku

- the preshow and aftershow meetings in Cologne, finally enough time and opportunity to chat with people from 7 countries.

- making new real life friends with fans I only knew from the internet before and meeting old friends again.

The whole four concerts I saw and never getting tired of it. Watching the band grow together from a nervous bunch of musicians to a great band of people who seemed to enjoy the show and each other's company.


What I don't care to remember

- the Brixton lottery. I think Martin, Fenderek and me were the only people on the planet who did not win :)

- the Cologne SMS hoax.

- my correspondence with bb productions concerning the security bullies in German venues.






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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 07:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LOVED:
- TYMD intro in Brixton, curtain falling - that was THE moment when we knew this was happening for real and Queen are going on tour
- meeting the band in Leipzig - they were relaxed and there were only 3-4 fans waiting there so we chatted for quite a long time
- Eminem intro - really hated it first, totally fell in love with it after a few gigs. I really hope I'll feel this experience once again in the future - packed hall full of 15000+ sweating people and suddenly the red & blue lights and the rap & heavy drums... incredible experience.
- meeting all the people I knew from the Internet (especially enjoyed meeting Jeroen as he always seems to be in a good mood, just like me :-)
- talking to Rudi Dolezal several times + being interviewed + recorded in Budapest several times (before / during gig)- Rudi says he wants to put me on the DVD unless the band decides to censor me :)

HATED:
- the incredibly stupid Brixton lottery (looking back, I'm not surprised it was a total failure). In the end I wasted my money = got one spare unused ticket :-(
- thirst - only in a few venues you could get drinks without having to go away and lose your standing position. Only Munich was great in this aspect and I think they were giving away some free water in Prague and Budapest too.
- the tight security - but luckily we (bootleggers) are professionals :)
- waiting for the band after the gig in Munich (with no success) - I caught a really bad cold and thought I'd die in Prague/Leipzig :-) Managed to cure it only after more than a month :-(

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LOVED:
1) 11 more QUEEN Shows to add to my list...
2) Meeting all the People & putting Faces to e-mail-adresses... Especially the Wembley Pre-Show Meeting was a real Blast!
3) Budapest: Was there in 1986 - and the Magic has not changed much
4) What a great Excuse to start a Webpage....
5) Meeting Brian & Roger again & again
6) Sheffield - After Wembley '86 that's another DVD where I was at ...
7) ANNOUNCE - wow - so many good-quality Bootlegs in such a short time ....
8) LONG AWAY - am I the only one who got to hear this rarity played twice on this tour....
9) Another One Bites The Dust - should have been in the Set right from the Start
10) Paul Rodgers - without whom all this would not have been possible....

HATED:
1) The Organisation (or the Lack of Organisation) concerning the Whole Tour with dates being sold Out before THEY announce them ...
2) 46664-The Webcast - what a shame, was thinking about selling all my tickets for the tour for a minute
3) Not getting a Photopass for Munich (my Hometown) 10 minutes to showtime because "I have already done too many" - so I ended up without seeing them in my hometown...
4) Brixton Lottetry - all said!
5) Wembley - what a shitty venue
6) Setlist - could have been much better!
7) Open Air Tour - what a waste, setlist wise!
8) These Are The Days & Radio GAGA - Playback is for Milli Vanilli and nor for Queen
9) I Want To Break Free & A Kind Of Magic - these did not catch me at all
10) USA - Where are the Dates? It seems that they are doing all of HATED 1) again


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 11:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

LOVED:

- Four Queen shows I saw

- personal meeting with Brian (we were only 3 fans there)

- meeting the other members of the band (inclusive of Brian again)

- meeting the other Queen fans

It was very great time for me, what a pity it´s over!!





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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 11:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"8) These Are The Days & Radio GAGA - Playback is for Milli Vanilli and nor for Queen"

I agree, I did not like these backing tapes, either (BoRhap !). Sorry about the photo pass, what a pity.

And I agree about the organisation. When I saw "fan club pre-sales" a couple of days ago, I had a real bad deja vu:)


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 12:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, I only managed to attend two shows: Stockholm and Hyde Park. But here are my thoughts.

I HATED that they missed Finland again. But then again, I had a really good time with other Finnish Queen fans on the Helsinki-Stockholm-Helsinki cruiser. Believe me, it was a blast.

LOVED to see Brian & Roger (=Queen, if you will) live for the first time. Front row on Jamie's/Danny's/Spike's side at the Globe Arena. Dream come true!!!

LOVED Paul Rodgers. He was waaayyy better than I ever could have dreamed of. Exellent singer and a great showman. Also, Free/BC songs fitted in the set very well.

The setlist was a compromise. A couple of old gems from ANATO, but mostly the greatest hits package.

LOVED the fact that Bri and Rog also had their intimate moments with audience. Brian's '39 and Roger's TATDOOL were simply GREAT.

LOVED Imagine.

HATED Bo Rhap video in Stockholm. The band were rocking away and it just didn't fit in. But in Hyde Park it was perfect. 60.000 people singing Bo Rhap with Fred once more. Just unbelievable.

LOVED that a reporter, who is also a friend of mine, interviewed me for her article about Queen in Hyde Park. Felt great to be quoted next to Roger:) For those who understand Finnish, The article can be found here:
http://www.hameensanomat.fi/Article.jsp?article=19051



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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 17:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The best moment, or at least the best one I think of right now:
TYMD in Arnhem, the first time Brian's standing so close to me... right in front of me... 3 metres... beautiful. Tears were in my eyes I can tell you. I'll never forget that. That was the moment I had been waiting for nearly 8 years or so.

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Posted: 26 Jul 05, 01:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

means my beauties from that side of the pond
must now travel to NJ for the show....

thats right

start looking for flights....

stay at the hotel i am at...walk across the parking lot... ooops look the arena....

rock it tin pigeon style..........




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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 05:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A bit overdue, but here's my thoughts...

First of all, I need to say that the first half year of 2005 has been a total blast I never expected to experience. Ever since december 11th last year it's been nothing but excitement.
The wonderfull moments from that first weekend in Brixton up to the final show in Arnhem have been countless. Musically, but maybe most of all because of the great atmosphere at all the shows and pre- and afterparty's.

From the beginning I've been almost equally excited about meeting all those people I've known for years but never met in real life (or only see once a year max).

Thanks to Barbara and Martin for their kind words. I can't say any different then that the feeling was mutual!!
But Martin; 'always in a good mood'?? ME??? LOL! ;-) You should see me on an average day at work! And surely you remember my mood after the Brixton show?

Which brings me to one of my personal downers of the tour: the Brixton show and all things around it. The ridiciolous lottery, my personal encounter with Ticketmaster about that show and all the nerves I had to stand untill only few days before the show.
The days we spent in London where an absolute highlight - Visiting Abbey Road studio's, seeing the stage being built the day before the concert, having an unexpected dinner (and lots of wine) with one Freddie-related person (thanks again Basje! ;-), the very first Queenzone meeting.

But the show itsself, I still feel, was a disaster. The gruelling intro, not fluent setlist, the images with Radio GaGa and all the other forced WWRY-The Musical elements. But most of all the musically below-standard performance. The sound of an unrehearsed band, and especially Brian performing so bad it no longer was in balance with my feelings of seeing them together for the first time in years n years. During AKOM I even thought about going outside to smoke a fag... I've truly been a bit depressed for a couple of days after the show...
Also because I had to write a review about this show for the Dutch press agency. I felt realy bad about HAVING to write a not realy positive story...
I wanted to give the boys a second chance in Milano, but I truly feared for a while that I would feel forced to sell all tickets to the eight other shows - for my own well feeling...

But then came MILANO!
Meeting Leonardo and Willy again, and also Luca, Giorgio, Daniela, Stefano and all other Italian fans. The atmosphere at the Italian shows was nothing less but amazing. Totally unheard off in other countries. These guys give there all and already hours and hours before the show the singing and chanting was deafening. A very impressive 1 minute silence for the pope and then the show: what a gigantic relief it was for me to hear that the boys where playing A LOT better.

Everything fell into place during the shows in Italy. When we arrived to Frankfurt, we all thought it was the best show we could wish for. Not knowing that it would become even BETTER!
Antwerpen, Rotterdam... to name the best two; Awesome shows and everyting was totally right.

Dortmund? Well... not our greatest moment... Seated rockconcerts SUCK! Especially when you have had to pay the highest ticketprice of any of the shows (80 blasphemous euro's!) and it turns out to be one of the least good shows (except for Brixton). Fact that we got unnessecerely harassed by the security (twice - for two different reasons) did not add to our enjoyment of the show. The only night of the tour I'll probably forget in time ;-)

The final two shows in Cologne and Arnhem were amazing. Especially Cologne will go down in history as one of the best days of my life. Having heard basically all of the shows of the tour (except 2 ;-) I can honestly say that this was probably the best show of the whole tour.
And despite the rain the atmosphere was out of this world. Great moments also at the pre- and afterparty's!!

Arnhem had technical problems (Brian's guitar) in the beginning. N

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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 06:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How could I miss this thread? :)

I never thought I'll feel anything like this... I became a devoted Dream Theater fan because apart from loving their music I also wanted a band that TOURS, I wanted to feel this rush of date announcments, this feeling of "I HAVE TO BE THERE!". I didn't expect to see Queen...

When they palyed with Paul on TV I thought- that's brilliant... I suddenly forgave them all Blobbie Williams and 5ive collaborations and thought- "Man, finally they got it right". I remember when I told my lady "I wish they toured". I thought taht was wishfull thinking...

And they announced it... It was UNBELIAVABLE. I already knew I HAD TO BE THERE! Not just one show- as many as possible. It may naever happen again... I also knew it was going to be good- always was a Paul Rodgers fan :)

And than it came- the dates. First thing I did I bought UK gigs, deciding only not to go to Newcastle (regret now :) ) and praying taht I'm going to win the lottery...

Oh yes- lottery. Remember? It was a total disaster YET I remember it with some sort of weird nostalgia... Maybe because 2 days before the show I still wasn't going, was just reading all those threads about pre-show meetings and suddenly- they started giving tickets away to everybody! Living only one tube station from Brixton Academy I bought them not thinking twice- and there I was!

Meeting was amazing- met so many ppl whom I knew from the board- Martin, jeroen, Barb, P_G, Mcm, eggy... It was really special. And than after few beers we went to the venue...

Intro was...a wful... Track 13... Than Eminem... Back than I hated it and 25 minutes of big nothing didn't help... Than after Reaching Out the courtain fell down and we saw stage and heard Tie Your Mother Down... I must say taht this moment I'll remember FOREVER! That was THE moment when the dreams became reality. It WAS happening...

As jeroen said- the gig wasn't very good. I liked few bits- I'm In Love With My Car, Feel Like Makin' Love, TYMD, and my fav- SEAGULL... Well- I didn't suspect that it wa first and last time I'm hearing that song... '39 which wasn't even suppose to be on the setlist was also a nice thing... But it almost seemed like a dress rehearsal, not gig... Well

Than I had a month of reading- ppl were writting about the gigs in Italy, Holland, Germany, Spain... And I was waiting :) Hearing that every single gig was light years better than Brixton... The stlist was changing slightly, Paul had voice problems and all I was doing was praying taht he'll be fine by the time they reach UK...

I gave Newcastle a miss but the very next day I wa in Manchester. Of course there was a meeting and few really nice ppl I met- Crazy Little Thing, man on the prowl and his lady and quite few ppl who never had anything to do with QZ :) Hard Rock Cafe even played few Queen tracks :) Than the gig- and it really was AMAZING! The audience was HOT, the gig was great... And hey- they palyed Under Pressure for the first time! It was also the first time I've heard Say it's Not true and Wishing Well- and I loved it...
After Manchester there were Birmingham and Cradiff, a night at the coach station in Birmingham, hotel lobby meeting, few bloody Mary's with crazy Little Thing and meeting headlong24 and his brother and our Australian friend... And the gig exactly in front of the catwalk... when Brian run towards us to play TYMD slide solo... Man, I could see every single scratch on his guitar... What a moment... Night in Cardiff, very drunk Cardiff.. An dthan Sheffield, when paul gave one of his best performances on tour, absolutely PERFECT... The only bad thing was the audience- folks who couldn't recognise I'm In Love With My Car and were alive only during radio Ga-Ga or WWRY- I'm sure though the camera will focus on thsoe few crazy ones like me who were air drumming and pogoing all the way :)

And than that was Wembley... For those who weren't there- yes, it was THAT BA

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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 09:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fenderek wrote:

AND THE WORST OF THEM ALL-
the fact that it's over...


Well, get your butt to America then!! WOOO HOOOO!!! :-)

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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 09:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Erin wrote:

Fenderek wrote:

AND THE WORST OF THEM ALL-
the fact that it's over...


Well, get your butt to America then!! WOOO HOOOO!!! :-)


YEA!! Come on then!!!


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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 10:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wel.. I didn't have enough money to go to Cologne and you want me to go to States? :) Maybe spring'06 :)

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Fenderek wrote:

Wel.. I didn't have enough money to go to Cologne and you want me to go to States? :) Maybe spring'06 :)


Queenzone convoy '06! Awww yeah! :-)

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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 12:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you decide on going to 'only' one US show, better make sure you join me in Detroit, Fenderek!!

If they'll go there to begin with, that is...

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Posted: 03 Aug 05, 12:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I probably wouldn't care that much were as it's as expensive- well, it'd have to be the Eastern Coast I guess... So why not Detroit? (it's closer to London than bloody LA or Frisco... even though I'd love to go there as well... And who knows- maybe they'll play Chicago AS WELL? I could see two :) They're not that far apart, are they? And than visit Bob in Canada :)

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Fenderek wrote:

I probably wouldn't care that much were as it's as expensive- well, it'd have to be the Eastern Coast I guess... So why not Detroit? (it's closer to London than bloody LA or Frisco... even though I'd love to go there as well... And who knows- maybe they'll play Chicago AS WELL? I could see two :) They're not that far apart, are they? And than visit Bob in Canada :)


How come you guys want to see them in Detroit? Does it have a special meaning for you?

It is about a 6 hour drive from Detroit to Chicago. If they come to Cincinnati you BOTH BETTER BE HERE. I'll leave it at that. You know what they say about American girls being psycho right? You'll find out first hand if you don't come to Cincinnati if there is a gig here!!!

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Posted: 04 Aug 05, 04:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, to me I want to see them in Detroit because that's where my best friend went to live a couple of years ago.
I'm going to visit her next year anyway and because I probably cannot affort to go to the US twice in a year, I'm waiting for a (hopefully) more extensive tour (with date in Detroit) to book my flight...

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Posted: 04 Aug 05, 04:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How I wish I could be posting in this topic with my own memories... my memories to this point consist of watching and listening to bootlegs.

October 16th... my time will come. 73 more days!

And no, seated concerts don't suck. I'll be in the third row, standing the entire time. If the people in the 4th and 5th rows don't like it, then they can stand too. I'm paying for that seat, and I can do whatever I want in it. Maybe I'll jump into the pit, if possible!

Jeroen, I'm looking forward to meeting you and Fenderek next year. I'll try to make as many concerts as possible within 1000 km of me.



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Posted: 04 Aug 05, 04:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

well Jeroen, if you go to Detroit I'll join ya, ... I'm going there in april myself ... I did an internship there once, and I'm going to visit my old friends over there

HighLights
- Going to London, seeing the musical
- Queenzone pre-meeting, meeting Jeroen, Mr. Scully, Barbara, Fenderek, etc...
- The long, long wait at Brixton whilst meeting two queenzoners who flew over from fucking Australia, just for the opening (damn)
- Sing Kyle's mom is a bitch with Jeroen
- Falling curtain and TYMD. Fenderek, you are right, that was THE moment of my life (for now that is)
- ROTTERDAM!!!!: what an outstanding performance
- Standing only a couple of meters away of my two idols Brian and Roger
- The beertenders in R'dam (but that's another story)
- Meeting Eric and Marleen again in the row at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, and Eric a-gain in Arnhem.
- Getting out of the Gelredome, damn it was hot in that damn hole.

Negative side:
- TicketMaster still owes me money
- The identical setlists.
- They are releasing Sheffield, instead of Ahoy (boy should they have taped that one) or Hyde Park. (maybe some bonus-stuff, but it's probably useless)
- The lack of Freddie songs, and post AKOM songs. What did we here from the Miracle, Innuendo and Made In Heaven album? Nothing .. only songs they already performed live after Freddie's passing (TATDOOL, TSMGO, IWIA).

Other highlights;
- Seeing Brian Wilson for the first time live as well in Belgium and in Amsterdam
- Attending all the home games of PSV in the Champions League and reaching the half-finales.
- What a year ... this cannot be topped, ... unless I win a couple of million euros next year


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