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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 13:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This just came up on Brian's website! It's official!

RETURN OF THE CHAMPIONS

QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS TO ROCK IN THE U.S.A.
AT MEADOWLANDS AND HOLLYWOOD BOWL
WITH DATES COME 2-CD SET AND DVD

They’ve sold more than 200 million albums, released more than 50 CDs and totaled up an enormous collection of #1 hits around the world. Now, as Queen + Paul Rodgers, they’re bringing their sold-out European arena concert show to North America.LONDON, July 25, 2005 _ Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free, just off a sold-out, 32-date arena tour of Europe under the banner of Queen + Paul Rodgers, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will bring their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare performances this fall, touching down on each coast before heading out for a stadium tour of Japan.

Queen + Paul Rodgers today confirmed much-anticipated shows for October 16 at Continental Airlines Arena (The Meadowlands) in East Rutherford, N.J., and October 22 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif.

Tickets for the Continental Arena date will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, July 30, and for the Hollywood Bowl date at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, July 31. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster or http://www.queenpluspaulrodgers.com, http://www.queenonline.com, or http://www.paulrodgers.com. (Check the Web sites for information on pre-sales and special VIP ticket opportunities.)

Following the pair of U.S. dates, Queen + Paul Rodgers will continue on to Japan, where their dates include the Super Arena in Saitama on October 26 and 27, the Dome in Nagoya on November 1, and The Dome in Fukuoka on November 3.
It’s been 23 years since Queen played concerts in the United States – in 1982 they sold out a 30-date arena tour.





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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 13:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's official.. I'M FREAKING OUT!!! :-)

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 13:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How many seats does that NJ arena hold?


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 14:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

wstüssyb wrote:

How many seats does that NJ arena hold?


20,000. Quite alot but not so many that anyone would wind up in nose bleed seats.

http://www.meadowlands.com/COArenaFacts.asp?navID=7

I'm afraid I won't be able to go though. That's what, like a three hour drive from where I am?

IF...I had the money...I would prefer to go to the Hollywood Bowl Show...much more.


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 14:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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wstüssyb wrote:

How many seats does that NJ arena hold?


20,000. Quite alot but not so many that anyone would wind up in nose bleed seats.

I'm afraid I won't be able to go though. That's what, like a three hour drive from where I am?


Three hour drive?? That's nothing! :-) I drove 16 hours to see Brian in Chicago in '98...

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 14:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HOLY SHIT!!

Erin, we are sooo there!!! I'm putting in my vacation request NOW!!! We need to talk on MSN to get our arrangments together ok!!! This is an excellent time of year to fly standby also!!

I'll be home from work in about 4pm, can you get on MSN so we can get the count down on? We can buy our tickets Saturday!!! Talk soon!!!!!

Are the ticket prices out yet? I don't see them listed anywhere.


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Here's the full press release:

RETURN OF THE CHAMPIONS

QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS TO ROCK IN THE U.S.A.
AT MEADOWLANDS AND HOLLYWOOD BOWL
WITH DATES COME 2-CD SET AND DVD

They’ve sold more than 200 million albums, released more than 50 CDs and totaled up an enormous collection of #1 hits around the world. Now, as Queen + Paul Rodgers, they’re bringing their sold-out European arena concert show to North America.LONDON, July 25, 2005 _ Legendary rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free, just off a sold-out, 32-date arena tour of Europe under the banner of Queen + Paul Rodgers, are headed for the U.S. later this year. They will bring their acclaimed show to the U.S. for two rare performances this fall, touching down on each coast before heading out for a stadium tour of Japan.

Queen + Paul Rodgers today confirmed much-anticipated shows for October 16 at Continental Airlines Arena (The Meadowlands) in East Rutherford, N.J., and October 22 at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, Calif.

Tickets for the Continental Arena date will go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, July 30, and for the Hollywood Bowl date at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday, July 31. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster or http://www.queenpluspaulrodgers.com, http://www.queenonline.com, or http://www.paulrodgers.com. (Check the Web sites for information on pre-sales and special VIP ticket opportunities.)

Following the pair of U.S. dates, Queen + Paul Rodgers will continue on to Japan, where their dates include the Super Arena in Saitama on October 26 and 27, the Dome in Nagoya on November 1, and The Dome in Fukuoka on November 3.
It’s been 23 years since Queen played concerts in the United States – in 1982 they sold out a 30-date arena tour.

During the following four years, the band defined stadium rock around the world, with mega-shows throughout Europe, Japan, South America and Australasia.

The glory that was Queen during those record-breaking years – at Brazil’s Rock in Rio Festival (January 1985) the band reached a record-setting audience of more than 350,000 in a single show – would never again be seen in the U.S. In 1986 lead vocalist Freddie Mercury was stricken with the then-relatively unknown HIV/AIDS virus. Without the benefit of modern retroviral treatments, Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness, in 1991. Since Queen stopped touring North America in 1982, an entire era of subsequent Queen anthems has been lost to those audiences, only now to be discovered, with the 2005 dates.

“I never thought I would be doing this again,” said May. “I was always against the idea of putting someone in there trying to impersonate Freddie in any way. Then suddenly I’m looking at this guy who doesn’t in any sense try to take the place of Freddie. He comes from his own place musically and we can reinterpret these songs with someone who understands us – the songs would mean something new.”

The collaboration was cemented last fall when May, Taylor and Rodgers performed in public together for the first time, bringing the house to its feet at the first annual U.K. Music Hall of Fame Awards in London. They served up blistering versions of “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and the finale, “All Right Now.”

“There was a natural chemistry between us when we performed together in London,” said Rodgers. “The idea took hold for us to do something together after that, and the momentum has taken on a life of its own.”
Taylor noted: “Paul is one of the people who’s influenced so many of the singers out there at the moment, and Freddie was a great fan of his. I always hoped we would tour again, and I’m thrilled we’re doing it. After all, it’s our profession; it’s what we do and what we’re good at.”

The Independent in London commented in a review: “All right now – even without their killer queen. There was a kind of magic in the air when Queen played their first concert since 1986…. Rodgers gives good f

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

May (guitar and vocals), Taylor (drums and vocals) and Rodgers (vocals and guitar) are joined on tour by Danny Miranda (ex-Blue Oyster Cult) on bass, Jamie Moses (former Brian May band member) on second guitar, and Spike Edney, longtime Queen sideman on keyboards. (Though supportive of his band mates, Queen bassist John Deacon has elected to retire from touring.)

Queen + Paul Rodgers concluded their European tour this month with large outdoor concerts in Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands, and returned to London’s Hyde Park, where Queen performed a free show before a then-record crowd of 150,000 in 1976. This time their show, postponed a week by terrorist bombings, was dedicated to the city’s emergency workers.

Over the past four years, Queen has also successfully developed and launched their musical, “We Will Rock You,” around the world, in partnership with Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Productions. Now in its fourth sold-out year in London, it has also enjoyed successful runs in Spain, Australia and Russia, and is packing them in nightly in Las Vegas, Tokyo and Cologne, where it is the #1 German theatrical show. More than four million people have seen the production.

A double-sided Queen + Paul Rodgers single of “Reaching Out”/“Tie Your Mother Down” b/w “Fat Bottomed Girls” was released to radio earlier this month by Hollywood Records. It was recorded live May 9, 2005, at Sheffield Arena, in Sheffield, England.

The U.S. dates will be topped and tailed by the release of a live, two-CD set, Return of the Champions, released on Hollywood Records September 13, and a DVD set of the show filmed by renowned director David Mallet, released on October 24. They were also recorded and filmed, respectively, during the May 9 Sheffield Arena performance.

The DVD set will contain extensive bonus material, including rehearsal and backstage footage, and highlights of their European shows.

Hollywood Records is also issuing a Queen tribute album – Killer Queen – on August 9, 2005. Artists performing Queen songs include Gavin DeGraw (“We Are the Champions”), Jason Mraz (“Good Old Fashioned Loverboy”), Flaming Lips (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Eleven featuring Josh Homme (“Stone Cold Crazy”), Joss Stone (“Under Pressure”), Los Lobos (“Sleepin’ on the Sidewalk”), Sum 41 (“Killer Queen”), Rooney (“Death on Two Legs”), Jon Brion (“Play the Game”), Be Your Own Pet (“Bicycle Race”), Ingram Hill (“’39”), Breaking Benjamin (“Who Wants to Live Forever”), Antigone Rising (“Fat Bottomed Girls”), Shinedown (“Tie Your Mother Down”) and “American Idol” finalist Constantine with the cast of “We Will Rock You,” from the Las Vegas production (on a second version of “Bohemian Rhapsody”).

At the end of the year, Queen will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their two-time hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (first released in the U.S. December 7, 1975), with a special anniversary DVD and CD of the band’s classic album A Night at the Opera.

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 18:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OH HELL YES!!!!!!

I live right down the parkway, about an hour from the Meadowlands. Can't wait.


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 19:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Question?

I tried to post the entire press release, and I kept getting an error code stating ''too many characters'' to fit a post. How come it worked for you?

Got a magic touch? :)


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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 19:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hope you are sitting down.

For The Hollywood Bowl $30-$200.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0B003AE791544B32?artistid=845182&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1


For New Jersey, $37 to $127.

http://www.billboard.com/bb/daily/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000991264

Bear in mind, that anything UNDER $100, will not be worth it anyhow because it will be nosebleed seats where you can NOT see!

Highway Robbery and an insult to their fans.



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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 20:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Arlene R. Weiss wrote:

Question?

I tried to post the entire press release, and I kept getting an error code stating ''too many characters'' to fit a post. How come it worked for you?

Got a magic touch? :)


You just have to break it up over two posts. I think the character limit is kinda lame but what can ya do?

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Posted: 25 Jul 05, 22:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Highway Robbery and an insult to their fans.


Highway robbery? Stadium robbery more like it...

An insult to their fans?

I think they've always had their own wallets at the top of their minds, as opposed to caring a damn about the fans. I'm not insulted. I think they are ruthless capitalists, out to make as much money as they can, and considering their already amazing weath, I think that makes them pretty sad and pathetic. On the other hand, I think about 90% of the human population would do the same...

As Freddie says on Live Killers: Ahhhaa, the things we do for money.

If they do come to Australia, which I doubt, I can see now we're talking $100 minimum for a decent seat. Would I still go? Yes. When they have people over a barrel, as they do the fans, they can charge whatever they want. They are definately taking advantage of us. If I wasn't already inured to capitalism's wicked ways, I suppose I would be insulted :)))


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Posted: 26 Jul 05, 13:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

djaef wrote:

Arlene R. Weiss wrote:


Highway Robbery and an insult to their fans.


Highway robbery? Stadium robbery more like it...

An insult to their fans?

I think they've always had their own wallets at the top of their minds, as opposed to caring a damn about the fans. I'm not insulted. I think they are ruthless capitalists, out to make as much money as they can, and considering their already amazing weath, I think that makes them pretty sad and pathetic. On the other hand, I think about 90% of the human population would do the same...

As Freddie says on Live Killers: Ahhhaa, the things we do for money.

If they do come to Australia, which I doubt, I can see now we're talking $100 minimum for a decent seat. Would I still go? Yes. When they have people over a barrel, as they do the fans, they can charge whatever they want. They are definately taking advantage of us. If I wasn't already inured to capitalism's wicked ways, I suppose I would be insulted :)))


Well, if Queen can get people to pay these rates fine. But, it's a lousy way to treat fans who are working class and would happily pay to go but can NOT afford these outrageous prices. (Like myself)

Also..in 2004 the reason the USA suffered the highest financial losses EVER in its concert grosses according to Pollstar and Billboard and Clear Channell (who is the promoter for most USA shows), is that they said acts WAY overcharged their tours last year, then when the acts saw that MANY cities and venues sold less tham 80% or alot MORE of each venue, the acts CANCELLED their tours or those cities and they only hurt themselves in the long run as they shot themselves in the foot.

When 2005 began, these same 3 sources said that ONLY Prince and Madonna grossed significantly on their USA tours...and...actually ...

...added cities/tour dates...

...because they understood the concerns of ALL USA fans and the current bad economics of the USA, and so Prince and Madonna LOWERED ticket prices.

Result, fans responded in droves. Each city sold out, more cities were added and those 2 tours did great and the fans felt that those 2 artists had VALUED all of their fans...regardless of economic status...instead of catering to the rich elite and showing total disregard and disrespect for the everyday working clas fans who supported these acts through their careers and WANT to also see them in concert.


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