Added on 17-Apr-2005
When this flamboyant British band lost singer Freddie Mercury to AIDS in 1991, they vowed never to tour, or record, again. A wise decision, considering Mercury owned one of the most powerful and expressive yowls in rock history.
But this year, two key members - guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor - thought better of their pledge and decided to tour. To pull this off, they roped in singer Paul Rodgers, formerly of Free and Bad Company. Original bassist John Deacon decided not to join them.
The group is playing theaters in Europe, with plans to hit the U.S. this fall. Though I haven't yet heard them, and while Rodgers remains one of the U.K.'s most soulful singers, he hardly seems suited to the grandeur of Queen. Which means the group probably sounds like some weird hybrid: Bad Queen, anyone?