Recently I keep remniscing about when I saw the 'Queen + Paul Rodgers' show. I was about 14 then, and despite the whole hoohah about bands not being any good because of original members not being there and all that, it was actually amazing. What I enjoyed most about it, and pretty much anything Brian and Roger do, is that they weren't trying to be Queen with new members. Everyone knows you can't replace Freddie, and subsequently John. They did it more like a tribute to Queen, not being
Queen, which seemed to make everyone more comfortable with it. There was such a unified atmosphere at the gig, and people cried with both sadness and joy all the way through. To be honest, I was just completely flabberghasted that I was actually seeing and hearing Brian and Roger in real life, rather than through a TV screen the way I was used to. I felt pretty lucky knowing that I was seeing this at only 14. Especially Brian; I know it's not great to favouritise, but... well I do have a certain soft spot for Brian. Since I was about 10 years old, to be honest. *Blushes furiously*
But anyway! I find it interesting knowing the reactions of people who were there when Queen were at their best. My mum saw them at Earl's Court in 1977, when they'd just released News Of The World. She said they were just mindblowing, and at first she was hesitant to see Queen + Paul Rodgers because she felt it would ruin the little haven she had in her memory - I guess it would make Freddie's passing more real. But she knew how much it mattered to me, so like the amazing parent she is, we went, and she was surprised at how much she enjoyed it. Although we both had a horrible moment near the end when the band went offstage for a costume change and the beginning of Innuendo started to play, with Freddie's vocals. Somehow it triggered a longing for him, we wanted him to just stride out onto the stage like it had all been a big joke and nothing had ever happened to him.
In fact, my mum has actually met ALL of Queen, which I'm inexplicably jealous of. Apparently Freddie was the most wonderful; she was walking into the Queen fan club in London and Freddie and Roger were coming out. Roger just gave her a grin and walked past, and when Freddie saw her looking starstruck, he just said "hello darling" and held the door open for her, and then wafted away in a cloud of women's perfume. ENVIOUS!