Queen + Paul Rodgers: Return of the Champions (2005)

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Rock legend Paul Rodgers takes the place of the late Freddie Mercury as Queen return to play their greatest hits again.


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Return of the Champions
6 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It was very interesting that Queen would choose to team up with Paul Rodgers, since his vocal style and range are so different from Freddie Mercury. I agree with reviewers that Rodgers wisely chose to bring his own blues-rock style to Queen songs rather than to parody Mercury. However, on certain songs Rodgers has to strain to hit the high notes which Mercury does with ease. I really missed Freddie on those songs where he belts out the high notes. The standout tracks were the Bad Company /Free songs ("Can't Get Enough", "Feel Like Makin' Love," and "All Right Now"); Rodgers is clearly in his element and Brian May & Queen do a great job of session playing. The guitar solos are right on and stick very closely to the studio-recorded versions by Bad Company and Free. Among the Queen songs, the ones that stood out were "Hammer to Fall" (where Brian May plays and sings with acoustic star before turning to his electric guitar), "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". I liked the songs where May and Rodgers were the main singers. I didn't like the ones where Taylor sings as much ("Radio GaGa", "These Are the Days of Our Lives") because frankly speaking, Taylor should stick to drummming rather than singing. The only song I didn't like was "Bohemian Rhapsody" where they played a video of Freddie Mercury singing for 4 minutes straight. I wouldn't pay big bucks to see a video of Freddie singing the song if I were the audience. Why didn't the band let Rodgers sing the song instead? It felt weird to have the video for most of the song and then to have Rodgers pick it up after the climactic guitar solo. The bonus track "Imagine" was very well-done, with Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Paul Rodgers taking turns to sing the verses. If you like Bad Company and Queen, this is the perfect blend of both bands! If you're a fan of Brian May and great guitar-playing, you got to get this DVD because his playing is just awesome throughout! The sound and picture quality are superb.

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