Added on 17-Oct-2005
On Sunday night (October 16th), Queen + Paul Rodgers played their first-ever US show.On Sunday night (October 16th), Queen + Paul Rodgers played their first-ever US show. A packed Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, saw Queen and Rodgers pull from both their catalogues during a show that lasted over two hours, including Queen classics such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You", "We Are The Champions," and "Fat Bottomed Girls," along with Rodgers standards like Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Rock And Roll Fantasy" and Free's "All Right Now." The band's only other US show for this year is on Saturday (October 22nd) at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, after which they play a series of dates in Japan, though there are reports of a proper North American tour for next year.
Backstage after the concert, Rodgers exclusively told us that the show went great:
[ click here to listen if you have a Backstage Pass] "Well, it went remarkably well, actually. When we finished rehearsing, we sort of went, 'OK, we like it - let's go and see if the people like it,' you know? So each area that we've gone into, we've gone into full-on, but wondering how we're gonna go down here, you know? And it's been just remarkable."
The show drew a cross-section of famous folks, including actor Tim Curry and rockers Billy Squier, ex-Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner, Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice, Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda, and Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott, who's an old friend of guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Elliott exclusively gave us this review of the concert:
[ click here to listen if you have a Backstage Pass] "I loved it. This is the second time I've seen this tour - I saw them in Dublin, just before we started the baseball stadium tour this summer, and I thought it was phenomenal. And tonight, seeing 'em in front of this many people is just a beautiful thing. I'm so glad they're still doing it."