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2006-03-16 – Queen+ Paul Rogers

Band: Queen+ Paul Rogers
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto ON
Date: March 16, 2006
Tour: Return Of The Champions
Support: None

It’s A Beautiful Day (Taped Intro – Ross Robertson/DJ Korma 2005 techno mix) / Lose Yourself (Taped Intro – Eminem) / Reaching Out (Rock Therapy cover) / Tie Your Mother Down / Fat Bottomed Girls / I Want To Break Free / Take Love / Crazy  Little Thing Called Love / Love Of My Life / Hammer To Fall / Feel Like Making Love / Under Pressure / Let There Be Drums (Sandy Nelson cover) / I’m In Love  With My Car / Guitar Solo / Last Horizon / Bad Company / Can’t Get Enough / Another One Bites The Dust / Dragon Attack / These Are The  Days Of Our Lives / Radio Ga Ga / The Show Must Go On / Bohemian Rhapsody

First Encore:

We Will Rock You / Alright Now / We Are The Champions / God Save The Queen

Members Of The Band:
Paul Rogers (Vocals, Piano and Guitar)
Brian May (Guitar and Vocals)
Roger Taylor (Drums and Vocals)
Spike Edney (Keyboards and Bcaking Vocals)
Danny Miranda (Bass, Acoustic Guitar and Backing Vocals)
Jamie Moses (Guitar and Backing Vocals)

Comments: So Stefan, an old friend of my, has got to be one of the biggest Queen fans out there who never got to see the band fronted by Freddie Mercury. I would tease him from time to time that I had seen Queen on three separate occasions back in the late 70’s. Well, when I found out that Queen were returning to our fair city with Paul Rodgers as lead singer I spoke with Rhonda about getting a pair of tickets for Stef and his girlfriend Christina. She agreed and we presented him the pair for Christmas. He was thrilled. I was really looking forward to seeing Queen again, especially with a Rodgers, a singer with a fantastic voice whom I had always admired. Even though it was a Queen show, the band let their singer pull out a few chestnuts from his days front Bad Company and Free. Rogers succeeded admirably if for no other reason than he didn’t try to ape Mercury. He took the Queen tracks and made them his own, putting a bluesy edge on one of Queen’s campier tunes, I Want To Break Free and it worked. When a video of Freddie Mercury singing the slow section for Bohemian Rhapsody the crowd lost it. A fantastic concert all around.

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