Added on 27-Jul-2005
Blabbermouth.net Reports Queen+Paul Rodgers 2 USA Gigs, CD/DVDBlabbermouth.net also reports on the Quenn+Paul Rodgers 2 USA tour dates and their new live CD/DVD release.
''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 www.queenpluspaulrodgers.com, www.queenonline.com, or 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 Australia.''
''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 front-man…. QUEEN remains a right royal treat.''
'' ... a marvelous night that ranks as one of the gigs of the year,'' added The Guardian newspaper in the U.K.''
''QUEEN was formed in 1971 and spent the next 20 years writing and recording such multiplatinum albums as ''News of the World'', '