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New York Times Review Queen+Paul Rodgers' Sunday New Jersey ShowHere is the New York Times rather nasty review of Queen+Paul Rodgers' show last Sunday in New Jersey. Prepare yourselves.

One GOOD thing in the review though, the critic does love both Roger's singing and Brian's singing.


Published: October 18, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 16 - They came armed with $10 commemorative coins. They came armed with $40 souvenir drumsticks. They came armed with $250 tour jackets. (Maybe it's time for a new law: During rock concerts, each A.T.M. machine shall be connected to a Breathalyzer.) And they came armed, too, with a new lead singer.''

''Have you always wanted to hear the ''Feel Like Making Love'' guy try to sing the greatest hits of Queen? Actually, don't bother answering. It's happening, regardless.''

''On Sunday night the Continental Airlines Arena was packed for the first American performance of the hybrid group billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers. Fourteen years after the death of its gloriously weird lead singer, Freddie Mercury, the group - which is to say, the brand - has returned in two different versions. If you want Queen, the rock opera, you can go to Le Théâtre des Arts, in that quaint French village known as Paris Las Vegas, home to the Queen-themed musical, ''We Will Rock You.'' And if you want Queen, the band, you can go to the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, for the second American performance by Queen + Paul Rodgers.''

''This concert emphasized the bluesy bluster that was always part - but only part - of Queen's appeal. ''Killer Queen'' was notably missing, and for ''Bohemian Rhapsody,'' Mr. Rodgers wisely let Mercury's recorded voice sing the most operatic bits. The band chugged and sometimes plodded through one rock sing-along after another (though there's something sublime about hearing thousands of people sing ''Radio Ga Ga''), led by a singer who loves to underscore the biggest lines by rephrasing them. Not content to promise, ''We will rock you,'' Mr. Rodgers also warned listeners, ''You can't stop the rock.''

''While fans waited for ''We Are the Champions'' (it came last), they also got to hear a few hits from Mr. Rodgers's old bands Free (''All Right Now'') and Bad Company. He even sang Bad Company's ''Bad Company,'' though he declined to follow it with Queen's ''Good Company.'' With his leather pants and white tank top and short hair, he bore a passing resemblance to Danny Bonaduce, only a little bit less muscular and a lot less sociopathic. (Although until Mr. Rodgers gets his own reality show, how can we know for sure?)''

''Mercury was many things but rarely if ever dull, in this way, at least, Mr. Rodgers sometimes outdid his predecessor. And some of the best singing came from the musicians. Roger Taylor, the drummer, took the microphone for a fragile version of ''These Are the Days of Our Lives.'' And before he sang ''Love of My Life,'' the guitarist Brian May said, ''The man who should be singing this song is not here.'' Presumably he wasn't talking about Mr. Rodgers.''

''Needless to say, this was a profoundly silly and sometimes foolhardy night, though the band members seemed moved by the crowd's enthusiasm. ''I think this is a momentous occasion,'' Mr. May said. Really? A momentous occasion? Did he mean that? Or was he just reiterating his band's deep and abiding and sometimes charming belief that there is no other kind?''


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