Katie and I went to our 2nd big gig of the year on Monday night when we saw Queen + Paul Rodgers at the O2 arena in Docklands, London. We bought the tickets in April and I’ve been looking forward to seeing Queen again since then. I have to admin to being uncertain if Paul Rodgers could win over a Queen audience but I had nothing to worry about.
Considering both Brian May and Roger Taylor have both got to be around 60 by now they put on a fantastic show both doing amazing drum and guitar solos respectively. And yes, Paul has a great voice and rather than trying to just imitate Freddie, he just sung the songs his own way and and carried it off perfectly.
Bohemian Rhapsody has been turned into a duet with Freddie up on the big screen with Roger and Brian playing live and the Paul coming on at the end, I thought it worked really well and bought up the goose bumps on my arms.
There’s still nothing quite like being in a Queen audience when Radio Ga Ga, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You etc are being belted out, absolutely fantastic. Then Al Murray joined the band on stage for one of their new tracks, “Cosmos Rockin’” which is a great track and could easily be classic Queen.
It was also our first time at the O2 and I was very impressed with the facilities and how quickly we got out of the venue and onto a Jubilee line train, very well organised.
Here’s a video I took of probably my favourite Queen song, “Love of My Life”. Forgive the shaky start, I do settle down after a few seconds :-)