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My feelings? Somewhat mixed. No one can ever replace Freddie, much less the guy from a generic 70s band. And Queen without Freddie and John isn't Queen anymore.Rodgers Replaces Freddie Mercury in Queen
By The Associated Press
LONDON - The '70s rock band Queen is planning a tour next year with guitarist-vocalist Paul Rodgers (news) replacing frontman Freddie Mercury (news), who died of AIDS (news - web sites) in 1991.
Details about what would be the first Queen tour since Mercury's death were being worked out, but it could include shows across Europe beginning this spring, the band's spokesman said Wednesday.
Rodgers, from '70s blues band Free, impressed the remaining members of Queen when he joined them for several performances this year.
Rodgers and Queen guitarist Brian May (news) performed Free's hit "All Right Now" at a concert in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar earlier this year. May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor then asked Rodgers to stand in for Mercury when the band was featured on a British TV channel's music hall of fame program.
In a note on his Web site, May said there had been "amazing chemistry" when he played alongside Rodgers, adding: "It seems blindingly obvious that there was something happening here."
The official Queen Fan Club welcomed the promised tour, even though it wasn't known whether bass player John Deacon, the other member of the band, will join it.
Queen's stadium anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" were played to packed audiences worldwide. During the late 1980s, when the band had to give up touring because of Mercury's illness, Queen reached new fans with recordings such as "The Miracle" and "Innuendo."
But Brian May has been pretty MIA for the past few years, save some guest guitar-slinging on a Foo Fighters CD or two. Any excuse to hear a master at work is worth it. My only hopes would be that Brian and Roger don't ignore their great solo stuff, and that this lives up to the hype it will no doubt produce.
If Pantera's Vulgar Display of Power is getting old after playing a bazillion times in the past week, maybe it's time to put in News of the World! Just skip the crappy remix thrown on at the end, and it's one of the most perfect albums ever produced.