Added on 03-May-2002

AMSTERDAM - Queen's day 2002 was wet and cold. But at 3pm yesterday afternoon on the Amsterdam Museumsquare all misery disappeared suddenly when, as big surprise, the legendary formation Queen entered the big stage.The group, who after the death of their flamboyant frontman en singer Freddie Mercury in 1991, performed only 3 times, was invited to Holland by beerbrewer Heineken specially for Queen's day and pulled an enormous stunt with that. The original members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor gave, completed with a number of musicians and singers from the cast of the upcoming Queen musical "We will rock you", a three quarters of an hour lasting show.

Smashing performances of songs like "Radio GaGa", "Under Pressure", "The Show Must Go On" or "We are the champions" , which was performend with national pride Trijntje Oosterhuis, sounded over the 100.000 people strong mass. Brian May was afterwards euforic. "We rock, dont we?" was his statement when he left the stage. He was glad to be back again in our country. "Holland has always been very good to us. Here are more Queen-fans than in any other country in the world. We like it that we have been able to add a small bit to such a beautifull event as your Queen's day" said the guitarist.

Also for Trijntje Oosterhuis this was something never to forget. "This was kicking, I'm still shaking", she said happy, after she was allowed to sing the public-smashing and closer "We are the champions". The hungry audience wanted more, but that didnt happen unfortunately. The group, fully working on the musical which will go in premiere in London in 2 weeks, immediately stepped of the stage and into the limousine headed to Schiphol airport. Tomorrow you will find in this newspaper an exclusive interview with Brian May and Roger Taylor following the unique and already legendary concert which took place yesterday.

Thanks to Freddie van ter Beek for the translation.

Submitted by: Richard Orchard

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