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Posted: 15 Feb 06, 22:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

After seeing the show in Nj and watching ROTC a bunch of times i must say im really let down by the stage and lights.With ticket prices as high as any major act touring i hoped for alot more then what we got.The lights are dated and the catwalk idea is poor because Paul does not have the charisma needed to pull it off.Brian has said there are no gimmicks this time-but isnt that what we love?The over the top experience of a Queen show.I am so torn sometimes because i want this to work but for Christ sake Queen were never a boring bluesy band so why trhe cutbacks now?Money is no issue and having seen other bands this year i just wonder why they cant give us all that they can.I know for sure we give all we can to the Band.Having said all that,i will be in Philly and Washington forking out the cash!


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 11:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

When I first saw it I also felt it was a bit small, however by the time I saw the Hyde Park gig I changed my mind.

I think the DVD brings it out well, but the main difference I think is that they used varilights as well as par spots, so they didn't really need so many lights.

Years ago before vari lights they had to just use gel on par cans which means you need many more to create the effects.

But the rigs have been getting smaller with all bands these days due to the technology, the days of the 'pizza' rig are over.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 11:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Put it another way.

One single varilight costs £1000
One single Par56 cost £50

you do the math

Hence why bands have smaller rigs these days, however the cost of hiring a rig is still way higher than in the 70's and 80's even allowing for inflation.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 11:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Nice to see serious discussion on the craft and lighting instruments here.

Do you work in the industry, Togg?

Intelligent lighting (ie. Computer-controlled/manipulated) has definately come a long way since the Magic Tour and even the late '70s "pizza oven". Varilights, Studio Colors, all of it...it's all changed the way concerts and industry shows are designed.

I can't wait to see them at work at the Toronto show!

Oh, yeah, and to see Q+PR...Can't wait to see them too...yeah...um...yeah!

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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 11:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No I don't work in the industry as such, although I do hire lighting etc for my band from time to time.

I do however work in the creative industry and part of our business is a photography/film studio in which we do use a certain amount of lighting (naturally) however it tends not to be of the same spec as for rock bands.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 13:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would love to see roger blowing of his chair like the early days. Some gunpowder in a bucket or some great bangs at the and of tie your mother down like the wembley 86 tour.(pyro) To Bad!


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 14:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

lol I agree i love explosions!Togg-Great stuff.I understand what your saying,my point was that i have seen quite a few shows this past year and much lesser names are doing much more then QPR.Perhaps Paul being a no frills kinda artist has something to do with it.But when you see the name Queen you think excess and over the top which this show-sophisticated new lights or not-just seems drab.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Togg wrote:

Put it another way.

One single varilight costs £1000
One single Par56 cost £50

you do the math



i am absolutely sure that the stuff is rented.
but anyway... i like the lightshow a lot. simple and great.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 16:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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.. the catwalk idea is poor because Paul does not have the charisma needed to pull it off.


Well that is just patently ridiculous. Paul Rodgers leaves more charisma floating in the toilet every day than most of us will have in our whole lives.

You're very one-note about this tour, stateside fan. Practically every comment you make shows that you are viewing the entire enterprise through the prism of how much you feel ripped off by the ticket prices. When the ticket prices were announced way back, that was your first reaction and it has colored everything you've said since. And now you're actively looking for things to criticise in the context of how expensive the tickets are. You're starting to sound like a broken record or a skipping CD, my friend. Let it go. You've already paid your money, so you must at some point have gotten past the prices. Why not let it go now? One day they're all going to be dead and no one will care what they paid to see the show.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 17:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ray D O'Gaga wrote:

stateside fan wrote:

.. the catwalk idea is poor because Paul does not have the charisma needed to pull it off.


Well that is just patently ridiculous. Paul Rodgers leaves more charisma floating in the toilet every day than most of us will have in our whole lives.

You're very one-note about this tour, stateside fan. Practically every comment you make shows that you are viewing the entire enterprise through the prism of how much you feel ripped off by the ticket prices. When the ticket prices were announced way back, that was your first reaction and it has colored everything you've said since. And now you're actively looking for things to criticise in the context of how expensive the tickets are. You're starting to sound like a broken record or a skipping CD, my friend. Let it go. You've already paid your money, so you must at some point have gotten past the prices. Why not let it go now? One day they're all going to be dead and no one will care what they paid to see the show.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 18:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Radio first off thanks for following my posting career im flattered.Why so angry?If you think a certain way on this or any other issue about Queen thats fine.Its what makes for great debate.The show lacks what i thought it would be and what i became used to with Queen.Dont get your panties in a wad though.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 21:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 21:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Can't you just be happy with it instead of being ingrateful? If your going to complain about it then don't go.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 22:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh piss off you twit.


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Posted: 16 Feb 06, 22:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think the lighting rig is pretty impressive.

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Posted: 17 Feb 06, 02:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

stateside fan wrote:

oh piss off you twit.


Ok I'll get right on that...


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Posted: 17 Feb 06, 02:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

jcrawford79 wrote:

I think the lighting rig is pretty impressive.


I agree, I was very impressed...


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Posted: 17 Feb 06, 04:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

knebworth wrote:

Togg wrote:

Put it another way.

One single varilight costs £1000
One single Par56 cost £50

you do the math



i am absolutely sure that the stuff is rented.
but anyway... i like the lightshow a lot. simple and great.


Of course the gear is rented, well hired to be accurate, however the cost in percentage terms is the same, it is much more expensive the hire varilights than standard Par cans.

I was just using the value of the equipment to purchase as an example. the fact remains that to build a big rig these days is several times the price of the old days due to the technology.

That being said I understand the thread starters point, and I think Queen made a decision to produce a smaller less extravigant show this time out. It makes the point this is not the same as before, we are now Q+PR which is a different animal, they treat the songs in a different way and hence the show too.

Now as we know some here seem to rant about the fact they have changed, but frankly they our just kids that can't get their heads around the fact that as you grow you have to change and evolve.

These people display a basic ignorance and clearly don't have any concept of what it's like to be a musician. but I digress.


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Posted: 18 Feb 06, 01:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Togg wrote:

knebworth wrote:

Togg wrote:

Put it another way.

One single varilight costs £1000
One single Par56 cost £50

you do the math



i am absolutely sure that the stuff is rented.
but anyway... i like the lightshow a lot. simple and great.


Of course the gear is rented, well hired to be accurate, however the cost in percentage terms is the same, it is much more expensive the hire varilights than standard Par cans.

I was just using the value of the equipment to purchase as an example. the fact remains that to build a big rig these days is several times the price of the old days due to the technology.

That being said I understand the thread starters point, and I think Queen made a decision to produce a smaller less extravigant show this time out. It makes the point this is not the same as before, we are now Q+PR which is a different animal, they treat the songs in a different way and hence the show too.

Now as we know some here seem to rant about the fact they have changed, but frankly they our just kids that can't get their heads around the fact that as you grow you have to change and evolve.

These people display a basic ignorance and clearly don't have any concept of what it's like to be a musician. but I digress.


"Now as we know some here seem to rant about the fact they have changed, but frankly they our just kids that can't get their heads around the fact that as you grow you have to change and evolve."

I agree with you completely.


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Posted: 20 Feb 06, 09:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

hmmm, i agree with stateside in a way, it isnt nearly as big a show as it used to be, but then again the biggest showman isnt there so....
when i went to see them it wasnt that they werent good, they were i guess, it was just, i thought, they lacked a freshness, the lights were just there and i dont think added anything, and the show was more akin to karaoke really. it was all a little self congratulatory. BUT i looked around and everyone was having a great time, lots of smiles and clapping and that ultimately is the barometer. you and i stateside can complain forever but them selling out everywhere tells its own story