Queen + Paul Rodgers live at the NEC Arena, Birmingham, UK [06.05.2005]
Queen + Paul Rodgers
01. Intro: It's A Beautiful Day Ross Robertson / DJ Koma 2005 techno mix [tape]
02. Intro: Lose Yourself [tape - Eminem]
03. Intro: Reachin' Out (Paul on vocals + Spike keyboards only)
04. Tie Your Mother Down (Paul on vocals)
05. I Want To Break Free (Paul on vocals)
06. Fat Bottomed Girls (Paul on vocals)
07. Another One Bites The Dust (Paul on vocals)
08. Wishing Well (Paul on vocals)
09. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Paul on vocals + guitar)
10. Say It's Not True (Roger on vocals)
11. '39 (Brian on vocals & guitar)
12. Love Of My Life (Brian on vocals & guitar)
13. Hammer To Fall slow/fast (Brian and Roger on vocals)
14. Let There Be Drums
15. I'm In Love With My Car (Roger on vocals and drums!)
16. Guitar solo
17. Last Horizon
18. These Are The Days Of Our Lives (Roger on vocals)
19. Radio Ga Ga (Roger and Paul on vocals)
20. Can't Get Enough (Paul on vocals)
21. A Kind Of Magic (Paul on vocals)
22. I Want It All (Brian on vocals)
23. Bohemian Rhapsody (Freddie and Paul on vocals)
24. Under Pressure (Roger on vocals and drums!)
25. All Right Now (Paul on vocals)
26. We Will Rock You (Paul on vocals)
27. We Are The Champions (Paul on vocals)
28. God Save The Queen
Right at the end of the show the entire band tried numerous times to throw and catch a drumstick but they all failed - Paul came closest. Roger also chuckled when the condoms were thrown on stage (like in Manchester). During the concert Brian said that he remembered playing at the Bingley Hall many years ago and that that inspired him to go home and write WWRY - which received a huge amount of applause.
Paul Rodgers (lead vocals, acoustic guitar)
Brian May (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, lead/backing vocals)
Roger Taylor (drums, congas, lead/backing vocals)
Jamie Moses (electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals)
Danny Miranda (bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals)
Spike Edney (keyboards, backing vocals)
ticket stub (from my own collection)
concert program (from my own collection)
Photos supplied by: Tazman, markyboyt
Written by Eirik
Been a fan since 91, and never thought I'd be seeing Queen in any form live. Funny thing is, only a couple of months prior to the UK Hall Of Fame thing which lead to the new tour, I got into Bad Company, Free and generally Paul Rodgers... and I thought: why haven't they (Bri & Rog) teamed up with this guy?
Well, the tour became a reality and I knew I was gonna see them, no matter what and where. Being from Norway I figured I'd go to England and catch at least one gig. I ended up doing Birmingham and Sheffield. I got my Cardiff ticket the day they went on sale but I didn't manage to get a Birmingham ticket, as they sold out quicker I believe... but I found a guy who was selling a ticket at face value so I was extremely happy with that. Me and my mate travelled to Birmingham and got to the venue, where we even met Jeff Scott Soto.
A great feeling when Paul walked on stage and sang Reachin' Out and when Brian came on, I was happy to be alive. TYMD sounded amazing, as did the following tracks. The middle bit was great too, even though I was hoping to hear more from Paul but it was cool to hear Roger do the bridge in Hammer! Another treat was the first perfomance of Bites The Dust! Back for the last part of the concert, Paul did a great job and the band was tight as hell! A really cool version of under pressure with both Brian & Rog doing the vocals...
After the end of the gig I couldn't really believe what I'd just seen, but there you go, 14 yrs of waiting can do that to you, not to mention a superb gig, better than I hoped it would be!!!
Next day was Cardiff - which I think was BETTER
Written by James Starbuck
What a brilliant show at Birmingham this year the band was in really top form and It is really cool to see Queen back on tour and with someone as good as Paul Rodgers but it is really a shame that he was suffering with throat problems so Brian and Roger had to sing for most of it. What a brilliant set list (even better with the debut of Another One Bites The Dust) but it was a shame that they didn't do One Vision (one of my favourite Queen songs) but what a fantastic night. I can't wait for the DVD and to see them again at Hyde Park (if the bank balance recovers).