News > Queen For A Night - Budapest Times

Added on 22-Oct-2008

Queen return to Budapest next week after three years, without, of course, the late, great Freddie Mercury and retired bassist John Deacon, under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers. With 18 No. 1 albums, the same number of chart-topping singles, and total album sales of over 300 million, the band can lay claim to being one of the biggest of all time.Budapest and Queen have a special relationship: they were the first real superstars to play here in the dying days of goulash communism, as captured in the fascinating documentary film Live In Budapest, during which Mercury cheekily enquires, in a moment known to all Hungarians of a certain age, as to whether the parliament is for sale, and if so, whether it has servants’ quarters.Rodgers, a star in his own right with rock bands Bad Company and Free, takes lead vocals, and with his singular yet equally powerful voice, has sensitively walked the line between paying respect to Mercury and making the role his own since joining the new Queen line-up in 2004. Original members guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor are still rocking though, and will perform such hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust“ and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – as well as Free’s classic “All Right Now” – with keyboardist Spike Edney, rhythm guitarist Jamie Moses and bassist Danny Miranda.Tony Blair once said that if he had been able to sing like Paul Rodgers, he would never have gone into politics, leaving rock-loving voters all over Britain with distinctly mixed feelings. As to whether Rodgers will reprise Mercury’s emotional 1986 performance of the Hungarian national anthem, well, you will have to go to find that one out


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