Added on 21-Dec-2004
Tony Parsons had some rather silly comments regarding Queen in the UK Daily Mirror newspaper...you can discuss this article in the forum:
QUEEN OF THE FAKES Dec 20 2004
QUEEN to reform? Be still my beating heart.
One commentator said Queen "arguably rank second only to the Beatles in British pop history".
It is certainly arguable.
Queen were crap with Freddie Mercury - pompous, overblown, all style and no substance - and they will be crap fronted by grizzled bluesy shouter Paul Rodgers (an odd choice - like getting Mike Tyson to stand in for Wayne Sleep).
In the 30-year orgy of British groups, Queen were never more than a fake orgasm.
As a punishment, my first editor once sent me to see them at Wembley Arena. It was horrible - like a pantomime for thick adults.
These little islands have produced the greatest bands in popular music. The Who, Stones, Kinks, Beatles, Small Faces, Faces, Clash, Sex Pistols, Smiths, Stone Roses, Libertines - I could go on all day.
Queen were never the real thing. They made a few good singles because, for all Freddie Mercury's faults - a preening emptiness being the foremost - the old tart had a sense of humour. But Queen were always the most wildly overrated band in the world.
Apart from U2, of course.
Ed: Thaks to Brenski for typing this out.