Queen Adopts Paul Rodgers for Tour

Published: 2005-11-30
Former Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor are hitting the road with Bad Company front man Paul Rodgers.

The group, which creatively calls itself Queen and Paul Rodgers, will be heading out on the road for six weeks in North America. The band toured Europe earlier this year, playing a show in England on May 9th that was captured on the two-disc album Return of the Champions.

The set list for the tour is a mix of Queen tunes and songs from Rodgers' former bands.

The band didn't want Rodgers to be thought of as a replacement for former Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. "I was always against the idea of putting someone in there trying to impersonate Freddie in any way," May said in a statement. "Then suddenly I'm looking at this guy who doesn't in any sense try to take the place of Freddie. He's nothing like Freddie because he comes from his own place musically and we can reinterpret these songs with someone who understands usóthe songs would mean something new."

Rodgers also fronted the band's performance during its 2001 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

If you want to catch them they'll be stopping by Canada for a couple of dates:

March 16, Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
April 13, Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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