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Queen+ Paul Rodgers announce 2008 tour to support new album


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#1 of 19 OFFLINE   Michael Allred

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Posted April 01 2008 - 06:15 AM

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Q+PR 2008 TOUR PRESS RELEASE/DATES

Queen + Paul Rodgers Rock The Cosmos 2008 Concert Tour

Well, at least UK, Northern Eurasia, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe

With highly anticipated return to Latin America expected to follow.

Tour heralds in first new Queen studio album in 13 Years


With a new album in the pipeline - the first new studio album to carry the Queen name since the Freddie Mercury sessions – Queen is heading back on the road for a four-month tour, once again in the company of musician/singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers who joined the band for the highly successful 2005/2006 world tour, the European leg of which ended with the band’s spectacular London Hyde Park open air concert before going on to play the US and Japan.

In all, the band’s tour was attended by more than a million people.

Together Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers have recorded their first album’s worth of material, jointly written and produced. With the title yet to be disclosed, the album is being readied for release September 1, two weeks ahead of the start of the tour.

The Queen + Paul Rodgers 28-date arena tour will take in 14 countries in just seven weeks, and take the band to Northern Eurasia, Central and Southern Europe, and the UK, and is expected to wind up at the end of the year with the band’s highly anticipated return to South America, the setting of some of its most historic tours in the early 80’s.

Queen’s historic Latin America dates set new world records for the numbers of the audiences it attracted. At the 1985 Rock in Rio concert the band played to an unheard of audience of 300,000 and was watched on television by nearly 200 million people throughout the South American continent.

The 2008 tour kicks off mid-September in Russia with two dates at Moscow’s SCO Olympic Arena, moves on into Poland for a massive free concert at the historic Gdansk Shipyard, and then follows a path through Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands before arriving in the UK early October for 6 dates including London’s 02 Arena on October 13.

The UK dates see the band additionally play Nottingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and Birmingham with a final UK date at Liverpool Arena on October 18 before continuing on to Spain, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Austria for seven further dates.

Tracks on the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album will include ’Say It’s Not True’, previously released at the end of last year by Queen + Paul Rodgers as a special World Aids Day download for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 HIV AIDS charity , plus a ’first’ for a Queen album – a cover version. The remaining tracks are all newly written by May, Taylor and Rodgers during the late 2007/early 2008 recording sessions.

One of these tracks, C-lebrity, will receive a sneak preview when the band make a by-demand return to the UK’s ITV Al Murray’s Happy Hour for the final show on April 4.

Queen’s last studio album release was "Made In Heaven" released in November 1995 containing the last recordings with Freddie. The album became the band’s biggest selling studio album, with world sales in excess of 20 million.

Queen’s "Greatest Hits 1" album has achieved the distinction of being the UK’s biggest selling album of all time, having sold a staggering 5,407,587 copies in Britain alone (source: VH1/The Official UK Charts Company. November 2006).

Paul Rodgers’ voice is one of rock’s platinum assets and as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter as front man of Free and Bad Company and as a solo artist he has written, produced and recorded some of radios biggest hits.

Between them, Queen and Paul Rodgers have released more than 50 albums during their long careers and sold in excess of a staggering 300 million records.

Tickets for all UK dates will go on sale at venue box offices and usual ticket agents from Saturday April 5.

Official UK tour hotline: 08700 11 26 26

Ticket Zone - online tickets for concerts, festivals, shows, groups.

Pre-registration is available from Wednesday April 2 at:
Queen Online › Home
...:: Queen + Paul Rodgers.com - Official Tour Site ::..
Paul Rodgers - Official Website

UK ticket prices: £49.40, £39.50 (check venues).
A Phil McIntyre Entertainment Tour.

The Cosmos Rocks over Europe at:

EUROPE LEG 1:
Tuesday 16 September Moscow SCO Olympic Arena RUSSIA
Wednesday 17 September Moscow SCO Olympic Arena RUSSIA
Saturday 20 September Gdansk Shipyard POLAND
Sunday 21 September Berlin Velodrom GERMANY
Tuesday 23 September Antwerp Sportspaleis BELGIUM
Wednesday 24 September Paris Bercy FRANCE
Friday 26 September Rome Palalottomatica ITALY
Sunday 28 September Verona Arena ITALY
Monday 29 September Zurich Hallenstadion SWITZERLAND
Wednesday 1 October Munich Olympiahalle GERMANY
Thursday 2 October Mannheim SAP Arena GERMANY
Saturday 4 October Hannover TUI Arena GERMANY
Sunday 5 October Hamburg Color Line Arena GERMANY
Tuesday 7 October Rotterdam Ahoy NETHERLANDS

UK
Friday 10 October Nottingham Arena
Saturday 11 October Glasgow SE&CC
Monday 13 October London 02
Tuesday 14 October Cardiff Arena
Thursday 16 October Birmingham NIA
Saturday 18 October Liverpool Arena

EUROPE LEG 2
Wednesday 22 October Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi SPAIN
Friday 24 October Murcia Estadio Municipal SPAIN
Saturday 25 October Madrid Palacio de Deportes SPAIN
Tuesday 28 October Budapest Sportarena, HUNGARY
Wednesday 29 October Belgrade Arena SERBIA
Friday 31 October Prague 02 Arena CZECH REPUBLIC
Saturday 1 November Vienna Stadthalle AUSTRIA

I guess America will have to wait until 2009. Damn

#2 of 19 OFFLINE   BrettV

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Posted April 01 2008 - 09:58 AM

Is john deacon still with them?

I must admit, I love Queen, but I haven't been interested since FM died. I wish they'd call themselves something else besides Queen + Paul Rogers.

Oh well.

#3 of 19 OFFLINE   Michael Allred

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Posted April 02 2008 - 06:26 AM

John Deacon retired in 1997 so he's not around.

I have no problem with them going under the Queen+ Paul Rodgers moniker.

#4 of 19 OFFLINE   David Deeb

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Posted April 02 2008 - 10:42 AM

Perhaps they should be Queen + Paul Rogers - Freddie Mercury - John Deacon = Something Else

#5 of 19 OFFLINE   Andrew Pratt

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Posted April 02 2008 - 11:55 AM

I had given up on seeing Queen live...but maybe if they come to Canada I'll get my chance. I'm going to see Mark Knopfler this summer so that'll hold me over for a little while.

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Posted April 03 2008 - 08:05 AM

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Perhaps they should be Queen + Paul Rogers - Freddie Mercury - John Deacon = Something Else

or perhaps we should just get over the whole name thing and dig the music......

#7 of 19 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted April 03 2008 - 08:18 AM

I've only heard a few of their songs, but I didn't like the combination.

#8 of 19 OFFLINE   Michael Allred

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Posted April 03 2008 - 05:20 PM

Greg, much like anything else, not everyone is gonna like everything.

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Posted April 04 2008 - 01:04 AM

I saw the Paul Rodgers Queen just once, on some awards show, and it was disturbing. Aside from too-much-sun face, he tries too hard with the Paul Rodgers affectations and ruins the songs for me.
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Posted April 04 2008 - 08:58 AM

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Perhaps they should be Queen + Paul Rogers - Freddie Mercury - John Deacon = Something Else

Queparfremyjodese!

Brilliant! Posted Image

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he tries too hard with the Paul Rodgers affectations

Some people have even started calling him "Paul Rodgers!"

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Posted April 06 2008 - 07:55 AM

If you haven't seen it yet, their performance of the song "C-lebrity" is posted on YouTube...and I REALLY like it! A little more rock-oriented... (think along the line of "Headlong" for instance).

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Posted May 10 2008 - 09:30 AM

My initial impression of "C-lebrity" wasn't terribly positive. It's an "ok" song but I hope they're not planning on releasing it as the first single for the new album. Speaking of the album, if "The Cosmos Rocks" ends up being the actual title, I'm gonna shave May's head. Insipid.

I dunno, I was holding out for that promised "Queen+blues" combo they kept talking up, something similar to what Queen and Paul sounded like when performing the old Free chestnut "Fire & Water" (which you can find on youtube as well, taken from their "Super Live in Japan" DVD.) That was just an astounding performance. Eh....we've only heard two songs from the album to date (one of which, "C-lebrity," was live) with "Say It's Not True" being the strongest so far so maybe the other tracks will enliven the festivities.

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Posted May 10 2008 - 09:36 AM

I don't like how dated the lyrics to C-Lebrity are. Critiques of reality shows and the like just aren't original any more. It just felt like filler.

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Posted May 11 2008 - 05:48 AM

> I wish they'd call themselves something else besides Queen + Paul Rogers.

They do- they call themselves something else besides Queen + Paul Rodgers. Posted Image

I don't get the objection; if they wanted to deceive people they could just call themselves Queen, like a lot of other bands would do.

Has anyone seen the tour? It didn't come within 200 miles of here.

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Posted May 11 2008 - 08:41 AM

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> I wish they'd call themselves something else besides Queen + Paul Rogers.

They do- they call themselves something else besides Queen + Paul Rodgers. Posted Image

I don't get the objection; if they wanted to deceive people they could just call themselves Queen, like a lot of other bands would do.

Has anyone seen the tour? It didn't come within 200 miles of here.

I saw them on tour in 2006 and really loved it. No, it's not how I would have wanted it...I would prefer to see Freddie again...but it was a lot of fun. One nice thing (and something I DIDN'T enjoy about the original tours) was that Roger and Brian got to sing more. I never understood why Freddie did vocals on many of the songs those two had recorded.

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Posted May 11 2008 - 09:23 AM

This isn't a criticism of anyone on this thread, but I can't believe how sensitive some of the Q+PR fans are on YouTube. Someone says they don't like C-Lebrity (not me, I didn't comment at all), and everyone jumps on him, saying, "You're a Paul Rodgers HATER!" I've actually been a fan of Queen and Paul Rodgers the same length of time, and have seen Paul live. I just don't think they complement each other particularly well.

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Posted May 11 2008 - 09:27 AM

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I've actually been a fan of Queen and Paul Rodgers the same length of time, and have seen Paul live. I just don't think they complement each other particularly well.

I think it just depends on the song. Have you seen their performance of "Fire & Water"? They do more than compliment each other, I think they proposed marriage!

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Posted May 12 2008 - 08:32 AM

I just listened to it--I think the Japanese performance. Really good.

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Posted May 12 2008 - 05:52 PM

Glad you liked it Greg!


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