Added on 09-Mar-2006
On the Classic Rock Revisited website has a new interview with Paul Rodgers!! He talks very kindly about Queen and the tour!!Paul Rodgers' Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Continues
Read Paul's Only Online Interview for the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour
by Jeb Wright, January 2006
Few have embarked on a musical journey as rich and fascinating as Paul Rodgers. Few have a resume as impressive either. Paul has founded and fronted four successful bands whose members include some of the most fawned over guitar players in the history of rock music. The songs he has written and or sung boggle the music lovers mind.
His journey begins in 1968 with the band Free who hit the airwaves with the songs “All Right Now,” “The Hunter” and “Wishing Well.” Free disbanded in 1973 after which Rodgers formed the super group Bad Company. “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Shooting Star,” “Can’t Get Enough” and “Rock n’ Roll Fantasy” are but a few of the classic songs that were released by the band. Rodgers left in the early 80's and later teamed up with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page in The Firm and wrote and recorded the classics “Radioactive” and “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” Paul briefly formed The Law with Faces drummer Kenny Jones and since has toured internationally as a Grammy nominated solo artist, releasing seven solo albums. 2000's Electric, featured the single "Drifters", which charted Top 20 on Rock Radio and #1 on Classic Rock. "Deep Blue" was also a fan favorite. Rodgers' 1993 "Muddy Water Blues” star studded release featured Jeff Beck, Slash, Brian May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Ritchie Sambora and other six- string greats. Rodgers wrote the title track "Muddy Water Blues" and paid homage to one of his teachers Muddy Water. In '99, Rodgers reformed Bad Company with all the original members and released Anthology which included two new tracks " Hey , Hey " by Mick Ralphs and "Hammer of Love" by Rodgers. Both charted in the Top 10. In 2002, half of Bad Co was resurrected to record the live album Merchants of Cool. The albums bonus studio track "Joe Fabulous" proved Rodgers' creative well still runneth over.
In 2004, Rodgers asked May to join him at Wembley for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Fender Stratocaster. Six weeks later, Paul was invited to perform at the UK Music Hall of Fame's first awards ceremony and again asked May to join him. This time, May returned the favor as well asking Paul to join him and Roger Taylor onstage. To quote songs by Queen and Rodgers, “A Kind of Magic” and a “Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy” occurred for all who were present or at home watching on television. The rush felt by both the musicians and the audience spawned the wild idea to blend Rodgers' catalogue with Queen's and tour. Now, in the world of musicians, this is nothing new and is called collaboration. The difference in this situation was that Rodgers would be singing songs from the dearly departed and much beloved Freddie Mercury’s catalogue. This, some say, is treading on hollowed ground.
Where most musical collaborations are looked at with inquisitive wonderment and experimentation, this would have to be spot on perfect. Once the decision was made to use the Queen moniker everyone knew the world would be watching. Against the odds and in the true spirit of rock n’ roll Rodgers took on the challenge of filling in for Freddie. The result was supposed to be a few gigs but the music was met with such an overwhelming success that Queen + Paul Rodgers toured the globe and on March 3, 2006, they will begin a 23-date jaunt across the USA and Canada. In the meantime, they have released a chart topping CD and a DVD titled Return of the Champions.
What does the future hold for Queen + Paul Rodgers? At this point only time will tell. The unlikely pairing of these two rock icons was so against the odds that predicting the future seems pointless. One thing for certain is that rock fans need to strike while the iron is hot and get out and catch this band while they are still doing it. The other thing you can count on is that Paul