Zarathustra II wrote:
Here is my review of ROTC that I wrote for www.amazon.com
. I think that the thing has already sunk way down in the charts, so I'm not sure why I even bothered to write it. But I somehow felt the strong need to defend Freddie on this one! Well, here it is:
I don't know either why I bother to review your crappy review. But I somehow felt the strong need to defend Paul Rodgers, the DVD... and, last but not least, a band called Queen. (+ or - Paul Rodgers :P)
Title: You big disgrace!
Reviewer: Queen Fan (USA)
Or maybe just a Freddie fan?!
Although I own every single album that Queen ever put out (including "Hot Space" and the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack), this cd/dvd is not worth getting. There are so many problems with it that I don't even know where to begin.
Well, then, just don't get the DVD. Leave the other fans make up their minds by themselves whether they want to buy it or not.
And, btw: *Hot Space is great - been into it again lately and it surely rocks; very different, but great.
*Flash Gordon is a fine soundtrack album
*I Can Hear Music / Goin' Back sounds terrific for such a young band (nah, I know you didn't mention this one, but it is currently labelled as "crap")
In the first place, Paul Rodgers is by no means an acceptable replacement for Freddie Mercury.
Well, at least, it's the best one so far whatsoever. AND... he's NOT a replacement (do I need to go on on this one? I guess this has been talked about countless times on this forum).
On a purely objective level, he lacks Freddie Mercury's extraordinary vocal range.
Actually he's got a fine vocal range and his vocal improvisations are great. For a man almost in his 60s, he's kept his voice at a top level.
But on a deeper level, there is something even more fundamentally wrong here. Although he is a talented singer, Paul Rodgers neither inspires the listener nor does he stimulate the imagination in the way that Freddie Mercury did. On the contrary, Paul Rodgers is really quite dull. A band that, under the guidance of Freddie Mercury was campy and funny and amusing and brilliant is now just one huge snore.
I do agree with you on the idea that Freddie was unique. I bow down to his amazing stage performances. But... he's not with us anymore and none of us can bring him back.
On the other hand, Paul Rodgers is far from being a dull singer. First of all, he's brought a new feel to the songs, which is nice to hear. And then, he moves in a stylish way and frequently interacts with Brian. Man, these guys are almost in their 60s, what do you expect them to do? Jump around on stage?!! Do you think Freddie would have been doing that nowadays, had he lived?!!
Watch Freddie Mercury's performance at Live Aid and you will see something extraordinary and larger than life. In fact, there was almost something god-like about Freddie Mercury, almost as though he would embody the spirit of some Roman god. All of this is missing with Paul Rodgers. Without Freddie Mercury, "Queen" has been reduced to nothing more than a boring blues band.
Blues band? Huh? Tie Your Mother Down, Fat Bottomed Girls, Hammer To Fall, I Want It All, We Will Rock You, I'm In Love With My Car, Another One Bites The Dust... never noticed before these are boring blues bits :)
I also found it deeply offensive that Freddie Mercury's mother would be forced to watch this terrible concert. What was she supposed to do or say after seeing her brilliant son replaced by this vastly inferior substitute?
She was NOT forced to attend the show. Where did you get that?
What did she say after the show? Well, according to Paul that's what she said: "His mum, sister, niece and nephew came to a show in Sheffield, and that was one of the highlights of the w
I LOVE QUEEN!
"My guitar was my weapon and my shield to hide behind" (Brian May)