News > Concert Preview: Philadelphia - Philadelphia Inquirer (10 March 06)

Added on 10-Mar-2006

Queen & Paul Rodgers

As the surviving members of the Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd and INXS have proved, any front man - no matter how iconic - is subject to posthumous replacement. The muscle behind Queen's pomp-and-circumstance - guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor - aren't really replacing the inimitable Freddie Mercury with the first voice in blues-rock, Paul Rodgers. They've basically entered into a corporate merger with the former singer of Free, Bad Company, the Firm, and the Law for a tour that's already done huge business in Europe. Semantically, it's a little sticky, but the Queen-Rodgers union is a lot more appealing than, say, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson becoming Van Halen's next singer. Classic-rock comfort food, really, it's a chance to hear two of the genre's most identifiable commodities - Rodgers' rough-hewn pipes and May's layered wall of squeal and shred - tearing through many of the genre's most identifiable songs together.

- Patrick Berkery


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