Added on 22-Jul-2005
Hyde Park Review By Dave LingDAVE LING - HYDE PARK REVIEW
''Last night, with much trepidation, I went to Hyde Park for the penultimate show of Queen + Paul Rodgers's European tour. I'd heard mixed reports of the alliance but needed to make up my own mind. I'd feared it would be awful, Rodgers being no Freddie Mercury. Then again, Paul brings very different attributes to the table. It's like comparing apples and oranges; you've just gotta go with personal taste. Rodgers sings most of the Queen catalogue convincingly; 'Tie Your Mother Down', 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'Another One Bites The Dust', 'It's A Kind Of Magic' and 'I Want It All' among them. On the other hand, where 'I Want To Break Free' demanded decadent vampishness, Rodgers sang it like a supremely gifted but self-conscious pub singer. Sadly, the atmosphere also went comparatively flat each time the band ran through Paul-related standards like 'Wishing Well', 'Feel Like Making Love' and 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love'.''
''On the plus front, Roger Taylor sang not only a brilliant 'I'm In Love With My Car' but fronted out 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' and 'Radio Ga Ga' with aplomb. Brian May also conducted a stirring singalong during '39' and 'Love Of My Life'. The group had invited more than 6,000 members of London's emergency services to attend the show in honour of their sterling work on 7/7. And the finale, which kicked off with Freddie Mercury singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on the video screens, before the current musicians - and Rodgers - kicked in, tapped into the growing mood of sentimentality. Paul sang 'The Show Must Go On' with soul and power, but the real tear-jerker of a moment followed 'We Will Rock You', when May dedicated 'We Are The Champions' to "the men and women that brought London back to life, the real champions of this hour". Even typing this after the event, it remains a bit of a choker.''
Dave Ling writes for Classic Rock/Raw/Metal Hammer