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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 12:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

okay, i'm guessing someone brought up this idea a while back, so forgive me if i'm repeating it.

Recently VH1 Classic has been promoting a new album called Metal Mania: Stripped. The album features classic heavy metal and hard rock songs of the 1980's in an acoustic or "toned-down" style. Much like MTV's Unplugged performances, which featured acoustic shows from artists like Nirvana and even KISS, who are known for heavy guitars and pounding drum beats.

Hope i didn't bore you with that. Here's my idea:

Wouldn't it be interesting if Queen & Paul Rodgers made an 'Unplugged' kind of album, with some of their best hits played acoustically?
I got the idea after hearing the slow version of Hammer To Fall from ROTC. It's pretty cool, and gives the song a more subtle, deeper tone.

Think about it: songs like Radio Ga Ga, Tie Your Mother Down, Play The Game, I Want It All, Under Pressure, and even Innuendo could sound pretty cool unplugged. Believe me, Brian May doesn't need the Red Special to make a song sound great. But it does help lol

What do you think? I'd be interested in seeing what you have to say!


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'd love it, but for something like a 'Queen: Unplugged' it would have to be without Paul. Just Roger, Brian, and some backing musicians when needed.


On a related note, I have been working on my own acoustic arrangement of 'I Want It All' that I hope to record for the 'Stage Of The Champions' here on Qz.


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 15:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dan Corson wrote:

I'd love it, but for something like a 'Queen: Unplugged' it would have to be without Paul. Just Roger, Brian, and some backing musicians when needed.

Agreed! That would be awesome!


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 15:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Just no Radio Ga Ga ok?


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 16:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mean Mistreater wrote:

Dan Corson wrote:

I'd love it, but for something like a 'Queen: Unplugged' it would have to be without Paul. Just Roger, Brian, and some backing musicians when needed.

Agreed! That would be awesome!



I thought exactly the same thing when I heard the slow Hammer to fall. I agree it wouldonly be good if Brian and Roger did it. Who knows maybe John would join them for something like that.


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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 17:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

a Queen Unpluged concert wouldn´t work, for the fact that the concept those songs were madde(Under Pressure, Radio Gaga, I want it all, etc etc) doesnt fit...anyway if you wanna promote these kind of thing, you may wanna think on songs like Jesus, Who needs you, 39´, Save me, Love of my Life, even hen, it wouldn´t fullfill Queen´s talent and what it represents, just leave it, and enjoy the temendous work they´re doing now..cheers...GOD blees you all

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Posted: 27 Oct 05, 19:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=391969

And for the aptly named "me-and-my-innuendo", here's a thread we started sometime ago.....

Never mind the nay-sayers....there were plenty of thoughts on the subject!!!

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Posted: 28 Oct 05, 03:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


As Brian once said - we can't be completely unplugged, we are a rock band after all!




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Posted: 28 Oct 05, 11:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

good points. It was just an idea, but it got a lot of feedback.

Well, you're right. it may not work as well as i think it would, but they do have good songs they can do acoustically. LOML they've done acoustically so many times lol


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Posted: 30 Oct 05, 07:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Its a good idea, but it would be nice if John came back too for suce a project !


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Posted: 30 Oct 05, 08:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

shanemcd wrote:

Its a good idea, but it would be nice if John came back too for suce a project !


And it's the best idea I've heard in the last 5-6 years

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Serry... wrote:

shanemcd wrote:

Its a good idea, but it would be nice if John came back too for suce a project !


And it's the best idea I've heard in the last 5-6 years


best idea since Made In Heaven.

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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 07:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

OMG! I don't understand what people like in unplugged. I hate it with all my heart!

Don't you hate what Brian did to Driven by You for the AW tour? Does anyone really like the slow verison of Hammer to Fall? Those are rock songs (as most Queen hits), let them remain rock songs!

What Bon Jovi did to their songs for "This lef feels right" is simply tragic. They turned all ther amazing hi-energy stadium rock hits into "a guy whines and ocasionally does something to an acoustic guitar"-shit :(

What Queen could try instead of going acoustic is turning their slow songs (ballads) into hard rockers! Now that would be something :P


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OMG! I don't understand what people like in unplugged. I hate it with all my heart!

Don't you hate what Brian did to Driven by You for the AW tour? Does anyone really like the slow verison of Hammer to Fall? Those are rock songs (as most Queen hits), let them remain rock songs!

What Bon Jovi did to their songs for "This lef feels right" is simply tragic. They turned all ther amazing hi-energy stadium rock hits into "a guy whines and ocasionally does something to an acoustic guitar"-shit :(

What Queen could try instead of going acoustic is turning their slow songs (ballads) into hard rockers! Now that would be something :P


I agree... partly. I don't like a full acoustic cd or concert, but I think the slow version of Hammer To Fall is nice (that isn't acoustic IMHO). I didn't like the acoustic version of I Was Born To Love You they performed in Japan. They (Brian, Roger and maybe Paul) have to write NEW songs (not ruin old songs) or 'remix' old songs a la Made In Heaven.


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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

me_and_my_innuendo wrote:

okay, i'm guessing someone brought up this idea a while back, so forgive me if i'm repeating it.



http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=391969

http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=614121

http://www.queenzone.com/queenzone/forumnew/forum_topic_view.aspx?Q=583447

Hmmm.

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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 10:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Whisperer wrote:

OMG! I don't understand what people like in unplugged. I hate it with all my heart!

Don't you hate what Brian did to Driven by You for the AW tour? Does anyone really like the slow verison of Hammer to Fall? Those are rock songs (as most Queen hits), let them remain rock songs!

What Bon Jovi did to their songs for "This lef feels right" is simply tragic. They turned all ther amazing hi-energy stadium rock hits into "a guy whines and ocasionally does something to an acoustic guitar"-shit :(

What Queen could try instead of going acoustic is turning their slow songs (ballads) into hard rockers! Now that would be something :P


I don't like the slow version of Hammer To Fall (or the semi-acoustic version Brian did of Tie Your Mother Down) but a lot of Queen songs could have been done unplugged that were originally slow numbers - Las Palabras De Amor, Sail Away Sweet Sister (and Love Of My Life obviously), and also more up-tempo songs like '39, Long Away and Misfire.

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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 10:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

marcio17@queenzone.com wrote:

a Queen Unpluged concert wouldn´t work, for the fact that the concept those songs were madde(Under Pressure, Radio Gaga, I want it all, etc etc) doesnt fit...GOD blees you all


sorry, but i have to disagree...you're talking rubbish. the concept of "unplugged" was to strip away the amps and effects...some of the heavier bands out there did the best sets on unplugged...the KISS one was fantastic...esp when you consider the setlist and the egos. it's not about what's in the finished studio song that makes it unpluggable or not....it's about the feel and tempo of the basic tune...

a Queen unplugged would definitely work....the typical set was cut down to 50mins for tv...here's which songs i think would work

1.wwry - slow - 2.i want it all - 3.now i'm here - 4.heaven for everyone - 5.love of my life - 6.'39 - 7.somebody to love - 8.nevermore - 9.lap of the gods revisted - 10.i want to break free - spread your wings - 11. you're my best friend - 12.i'm in love with my car - 13. don't stop me now - 14. we are the champions








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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 11:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The fantastic Dreamer's Ball!!!

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The fantastic Dreamer's Ball!!!

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Posted: 17 Apr 06, 13:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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marcio17@queenzone.com wrote:

a Queen Unpluged concert wouldn´t work, for the fact that the concept those songs were madde(Under Pressure, Radio Gaga, I want it all, etc etc) doesnt fit...GOD blees you all


sorry, but i have to disagree...you're talking rubbish. the concept of "unplugged" was to strip away the amps and effects...some of the heavier bands out there did the best sets on unplugged...the KISS one was fantastic...esp when you consider the setlist and the egos. it's not about what's in the finished studio song that makes it unpluggable or not....it's about the feel and tempo of the basic tune...

a Queen unplugged would definitely work....the typical set was cut down to 50mins for tv...here's which songs i think would work

1.wwry - slow - 2.i want it all - 3.now i'm here - 4.heaven for everyone - 5.love of my life - 6.'39 - 7.somebody to love - 8.nevermore - 9.lap of the gods revisted - 10.i want to break free - spread your wings - 11. you're my best friend - 12.i'm in love with my car - 13. don't stop me now - 14. we are the champions







Agreed about the concept - look at Nirvana's MTV show, they did an excellent rendition of Come As You Are, which is a heavy song...

I'd go along with most of your choices, but if I had the picks (not sure about Somebody To Love, to be truthful)...

1. We Will Rock You (slow)
2. I Want It All
3. Sail Away Sweet Sister
4. Spread Your Wings
5. Misfire
6. Las Palabras De Amor
7. Love Of My Life
8. Dreamers Ball
9. Long Away
10.'39
11. A Kind Of Magic
12. Now I'm Here
13. In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited
14. We Are The Champions