I sent this to Brians website but considering that he probably is unable to read a fraction of the mail he is sent, I thought I would post it here also.
Got home to Gainesville today and read this review with much anticipation. http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/030606/lif_jeff.shtml
I wrote the guy back and suggested that he watched a different show than I did or listened from the bar outside the arena. Of course most of the article focused on the now obligatory " Paul Rodgers is no Freddie Mercury" line. I took exception to the comment that the show was " unnecessary". I explained to this guy that I have seen Queen nine times since 1975, twice now as Q+PR, and that audience participation in Jacksonville was as fervent as I have ever experienced. Granted the audience was smaller than Queen are used to playing, but everone that I saw were in rapture and awe, singing, clapping, and dancing. He should ask the people I shared this experience with if they thought the show was "unnecessary". The concert was, in my opinion, better than the show I saw in New Jersey last year.
Brian, I am sure the vibe you got must have been really positive. These so-called "music critics" just seem so far removed from what people expect from a show like this, and seem to want to interject (is that a word?) their own idea of what it should or would have been like that they they lose sight of what it actually is. I am rambling, sorry.
Anyway, great show and keep it up.