News > What they're saying about 'Queen + Paul Rodgers' (10 March 06)

Added on 10-Mar-2006

Friday, March 10, 2006

"There is a void for showmanship and musicianship in rock music, and Queen's surviving members . . . are up to the task to fill it.

"Of course, it's impossible not to miss (Freddie) Mercury. Rodgers, long respected as one of Britain's better blues-rock belters, adds an interesting contrast to the band -- a macho, straight man fronting a band named Queen -- but his vocal register is keyed lower than Mercury's, so some hits sounded curious.

"Still, Rodgers, looking fit at 56, valiantly gave it a go, endearingly looking as if he were a newcomer who had landed the dream gig of a lifetime."

-- Howard Cohen, Miami Herald "What the show lacked was a sense of movement or purpose beyond the revisiting of long-gone good times. Like, say, The Rolling Stones, Queen + Paul Rodgers proved itself fit and energetic enough to play its youthful output convincingly and keep a big room entertained.

"Unlike the Stones, there was little effort to locate this project in the present, or test the limits of its relevancy today. The ensemble debuted a new song, "Take Love Where You Find,' but it had the familiar, blues-rock contours of the old Bad Company songs performed on Friday.

"It helped, then, to just take the show as you found it, on its own narrow terms.'

-- Sean Piccoli, "At worst, Queen + Paul Rodgers comes off as an adequate cover band, one made only a little less creepy by the participation of two original members of Queen.

"This is Queen like I'm Lou Rawls. Freddie Mercury being rock's most irreplacable dead front man, the best that this sewed-together simulacrum billed as Queen + Paul Rodgers (not to be confused with The Doors of the 21st Century or Creedence Clearwater Revisited) can aspire to be is an effective tribute outfit.

"Well, to be fair, they can be. Brian May's liquid-fingered tone is in great shape; Roger Taylor is fine behind the kit and on his occasional vocal (original bassist John Deacon opted out) and both are appropriately reverent to Mercury, who died in 1991.

"That the show was bad is up for debate. That it's utterly unnecessary isn't."

-- Jeff Vrabel, Florida Times-Union


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