|What a great show tonight, they sounded really great tonight, and the crowd seemed to be really into it....out of the 3 times i saw them, this was the best.(hollywood, pittsburgh being the others.
I did get to meet Brian May after the show, what a thrill it was and I got a pic with him too....it will be posted soon...
|I was on the catwalk railing on Brian's side, just a few feet back from the stage. There were some pretty sedate people around me. Well, compared to me at least .. I didn't hold back one bit! :)
A guy next to me had a digital camera and was taking shots the whole show. I should have asked if he was a Queenzoner, but hopefully those shots will show up.
Where did you have to hang out to meet Brian? I didn't come out of the building until about 11 (stupid concession lines), and saw a few people straggling over to the left of the exit. If that's all you had to do, I'll slap myself for not waiting around.
First of all, my ticket was for the floor, row 47. Where did I end up? 2nd f--ing row middle of the catwalk!!!!!!!!! Right next to Sarah and her crew. I just did the same thing I did in San Diego, walked right past the guards when they were distracted with other people, checking tickets. By some MIRACLE, no one came for the 2nd row seat I was in!! Isabel from Switerzland and I rocked out together. (Is she online here?) We wanted to get into the very front row, but there was a security guy watching us. But when he finally left, she pointed and we went for it!! Front row! (well right behind a little kid) We literally climbed over the seats, hah!
Nice meeting some of you at Britannia Arms before the show, btw!
I had the big Freddie flag, I think they showed it on the big screens a couple times. (I'll bring it to Vegas) Wow, I can't tell you how cool it was to be at the end of the catwalk all of 5 feet from Brian when he played LOML. It was BEAUTIFUL!! A dream come true!! :) There were some crazy harcore Queenies in that front row of the catwalk-- my people! *hugs*
I tried to be respectful of the people behind me with my flag, not waving it their faces. No one complined until the very end of WATC when the lady behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me to put it down. I said sorry and lowered it. There was about 20 seconds of the song left. Then when the band came for their final bows right afterwards, I raised it again, and she tapped me again and told me to put it down... OK-- The show was OVER. (which is exactly what I said to her) Then her husband yelled at me after the band left the stage that "some people paid $200 for these seats!" and all I had to say back was, "Well... I didn't!" :evil: :P I felt bad getting snotty but there was no reason for them to wait till the very end of the show if it was bothering them!! I would have been happy to put it down if they had asked earlier!! Passive aggressive BS. I felt bad about getting snotty, but geeze, if it was bothering them they should have said something! I'm reasonable.
Sorry-- that bothered me.
After the show, I had about 10 people ask where I got my flag and if I was selling them, haha! I've had it for about 14 years and it isn't for sale!
ONWARDS TO VEGAS!!!! That whole crew with Sarah and Vern and the Japanese girls in front of me, and Isabel will all be there! yay-- reunion!
Jeff Silveira wrote: I did get to meet Brian May after the show, what a thrill it was and I got a pic with him too....it will be posted soon...That's great news! You must have deserved it :-)
ElleInnuendo wrote: I had the big Freddie flag, I think they showed it on the big screens a couple times.This is cool, but I think that if anybody else out there is planning on doing this, it is best to just flash it for a couple of seconds at a time and not for the whole show - maybe just at the end for a couple of seconds. It's too bad when fellow audience members say something nasty to you during a show. I hate that. It can really ruin the mood.
|But let's face it..... doing something that you know will block someone else's view isn't cool.
|I didn't have it up the whole time, actually. I only flashed it when the band was on the catwalk of the stage directly in front of me and I held it in front of myself, blocking mostly my own view. My point was, it was lame for them to complain at the *end* if it bothered them is all. I put it down as soon as she asked. But by then the show was literally ending, so as they bowed on stage, I waved it one more time. Saw myself doing it on the big screen even! (well since I was holding it in front of me, I couldn't actually see *myself*!)
If you were blocking people's view ESPECIALLY when Brian was down close, that's not very nice. You could hold it chest high and still get the same effect. If people are annoyed, then you're ruining the show for them. Plus they paid $200 per tix PLUS you DIDN'T! You shouldn't have been there.
When we were at the Hollywood Bowl show, there were four teenage girls that had NO IDEA who Queen was and sat and talked about their boyfriends during LOML/39. Just as annoying...
We are all there to enjoy the show and if you are doing something so that others can't enjoy it, you should stop for a second and try not to be so selfish. Sounds like the guy with the sign that Brian "bought".
Being of average height myself, I found myself surrounded by a group of guys that were all 6' 4" or taller. No lie. My wife and little boy tried standing in the aisle, but the security guys were trying to keep the aisle clear. He let my little boy get away with it and he enjoyed the show! After Brian's solo, we moved to some seats right up off the floor in the back and could see everything.
Donna13 wrote:I felt like i deserved it, because it was freaking cold out there! He is such a nice guy, and he also signed a magazine and a picture I had of him slaping my hand at the hollywood bowl...Jeff Silveira wrote: I did get to meet Brian May after the show, what a thrill it was and I got a pic with him too....it will be posted soon...That's great news! You must have deserved it :-)
The best part was when I gave him a picture of him and slash from the hollywood bowl and he seemed surprised...and happy and shook my hand.
I am 30 years old but felt like a little kid...
Didnt under pressure sound great?????????
|Now just a second.
The people behind me chose to ask me to put the flag down in the last 20 seconds of We Are the Champions, the last song of the show. So I thought it was interesting that they waited till the very end. So either I didn't block anyone the whole time, but got a little over excited at the very end-- OR they were too chickenshit to say anything to me till they had an escape route after their comments. And I put it down when they asked-- I'm not unreasonable, and certainly not unapproachable. Had they been bothered by me holding the flag up (with my hands, not on a pole, you see), they could have talked to security if they didn't want to approach me. I held it up over my chest most of the time, as I mentioned previously. I only waved it over my head a couple time. And no one else minded the flag- in fact it got passed around and people kissed it! People asked me after the show where I got it, said they loved it, etc. :)
I'm 5'4" myself, so trust me, I know what it's like to be blocked at shows. But you can't expect everything to go your way, regardless of how much you paid for a ticket.
And you're right, I didn't belong in those seats, but by some stroke of luck, no one claimed the seat I was in in the 2nd row. I wasn't going to question that happy little result!
It's interesting to hear everyone's comments on this issue. I didn't have to mention it in my write up but I'm not sorry I did despite people jumping to conclusions as to what the situation was like. Especially if they weren't there.
No disrespect intended. If the husband was yelling at you at the end of the show, then you were annoying. Personally, if you did it tastefully, which is sounds like you did, you are a true fan adding to the experience of the show. Most people won't say anything for fear of a confrontation. See the movie CRASH or the Seinfeld episode where someone is talking behind Jerry at a movie.
I didn't see your banner, but it sounds like you enjoyed the show as much as the rest of us. Do you have a pic of it?
I'm headed to see the band again in Seattle.
|No worries jchen. I didn't want to give the wrong impression of the situation. I can't get in these people's heads as to how annoyed the were or for how long. But it kind of brought down the end of my night because I thought things were cool- the crowd was insanely crazy and into it. During "All Right Now", I thought the roof was going to blow off the place! :)
I'm bringing the flag to Vegas (forgot to bring it to San Diego) and I will be diligent to not block anyone as I tried to be last night. It's all perspective of course. I've been the one blocked many times before, so I was careful not to block anyone. I will try to assume it was just the end that bothered them and hope it didn't spoil their night. Because that certainly wasn't the intention!
It's Freddie in his yellow 1986 Magic tour outfit, crouching and pointing the mic out like a guitar. (if that makes sense) What was weird was a guy I met before the show had the SAME flag as me!! And he was in the next section over to my right. Crazy!
|the show was amazing...i wasnt sure what to expect from the crowd, but during some of the songs, the crowd was dancing alot, i was just amazed....especially during bite the dust and dragon attack....being in the first row, i could look up and even in the 2nd deck people were dancing, during all right now people were going nuts....just a great concert....i thought the hollywood bowl was good, but this was just miles ahead of that....
i thought it was funny when roger put on a sombrero for his drum solo....and then spike, danny, and jamie had them on too, and were doing a dance....
am i the only one who thinks the show must go on should be dropped....for me it really kills the flow...such a dark sounding song....
|Jeff, trust me on this one, you're the only one who thinks The Show Must Go On should be dropped. Yes, it sounds foreboding and heavy but the point of the song is to never give in. And in my opinion it's among Queen's best compositions.
Personally, I like the placement of the song in the setlist when it precedes Bohemian Rhapsody rather than the previous sequence, in which we went from "......nothing really matters to me..." into the heaviness of The Show Must Go On. Now, on the other hand, the new setlist allows the entire encore, with WWRY, All Right Now, and WATC, to be incredibly upbeat and positive.
|ok, well i guess i am the only one....but i think there are many other songs from their catologue that could be put there...
I liek the studio version better then th elive version, but i would rather hear innunendo, headlong, the hitman, bijou, i cant live with you, i'm going slightly mad, hell, i even rather hear delilah...haha
review of the show.....somewhat complimentary
|Incredible how different perceptions can be from different vantage points. When I walked into the arena and to my seat I was a little disappointed as to how high up they were. I was in row 3 of section 202. The eyes then seemed to adjust and it was OK.
One of the best things about being up there was seeing almost everything that was going on. In our section (and along most of our side, the receptions were rousing and I was stunned at the amount of passion toward the music there was from the crowd. Our side gave "Show" a really loud cheer and it got a massive ovation for the way Paul's delivery was so passionate. I'd be disappointed if they ever dropped that one and the crowd seemd to love it. I saw people with their eyes bulging out when the guitar pitch soared up to the skies and did battle with his vocals. An amazing moment to witness.
|This show was fantastic!!!!!!
Absolutely stunning display of master musicianship from the whole band. There were so many “up” people in the audience that the whole Queen experience was a joy to behold. We were going crazy in the nosebleeds and everywhere I looked around us, people were dancing, laughing, and singing. We had people of all ages around us singing words along with the band and going nuts at every song.
I was proud to be part of this concert and, from where we were sat, the drums sounded incredible. Roger pounded his heart out with some intense rhythmic change ups. These kids sitting next to us were in awe at his power and passion. Brian’s solo was better at this show than I can ever remember. Again, people were going crazy when he started building up to the wall of distorted sound and were simply stunned at the genius they were witnessing. It was a great, great feeling for us to be there. I attended with my fiancé and her sister.
We were able to view the majority of the audience and saw TONS of handclapping, swaying, jumping, and singing to LOML. Only spotted a few empty seats from where I was at and they were in the uppers. Looked like a great turn out from where I was at.
We went to the Hollywood Bowl in October and really enjoyed that. This show, however, blew that one away in all ways I could think of. I had thought that Dragon Attack should have been added given Paul’s voice. It was fantastic to hear the arrangements on that song. Also, Under Pressure was a kick ass version. I’m astounded they would even attempt this and could not see how they could have pulled it off successfully – but they did. Everyone was singing along with these songs…a truly magical evening for us all. We’ll never forget it. My fiancé is adamant on going to Vegas tomorrow now and me (the big Queen fan) is having to talk her out of it!
|ElleInuenndo-You didn't happen to be at the worcester show with the freddie flag were you? I saw someone sitting right at the front of the stage with a freddie flag- I'm just curious.
|Nope, that wasn't me, unless I was there "in spirit" or had an out of body experience. ;) I'll bring it to Vegas, though! :)
shammy wrote: Incredible how different perceptions can be from different vantage points. When I walked into the arena and to my seat I was a little disappointed as to how high up they were. I was in row 3 of section 202. The eyes then seemed to adjust and it was OK. One of the best things about being up there was seeing almost everything that was going on. In our section (and along most of our side, the receptions were rousing and I was stunned at the amount of passion toward the music there was from the crowd. Our side gave "Show" a really loud cheer and it got a massive ovation for the way Paul's delivery was so passionate. I'd be disappointed if they ever dropped that one and the crowd seemd to love it. I saw people with their eyes bulging out when the guitar pitch soared up to the skies and did battle with his vocals. An amazing moment to witness.I agree.
I absolutely love Q+PR's version of TSMGO and last night's version was the best one I've heard yet.
Paul tore it up. He loves that song. You can tell.
I'm a big fan of Paul's and a musician/vocalist myself and he never ceases to blow my mind with his natural abilities. He's fucking incredible!
Can't wait to get a copy of San Jose's version.
One of the highlights of last night for sure, along with UnderPressure and All Right Now.
I'll never forget Bri's solo on All Right Now.
I was six rows back from the catwalk and it was just mesmerizing watching Bri tear into that solo with such passion.
Amazing moments really.
|All three california shows were AMAZING!! God I have been in Heaven for the last week....I should have stayed after to meet Brian but I tried it in Anaheim and it didnt work. But I did catch his towel. That was pretty awesome. I'll post some pics soon.
|Well, I didn't get the chance to go see the San Jose show, so I'm totally in the wrong post, but I did want to say hi to ElleInnuendo...I had the chance to meet her and a bunch of the coolest fucking people (which also happen to be Queen fans...and let's not forget Richard from THIS very site, who is kind of aforementioned in the 'coolest fucking people'), but I saw the San Diego show, and holy dammit it was by far the best fucking concert I've ever seen in my 25 almost 26 years of life. I'd been waiting for that moment since I was 9!! I lost my voice come Saturday night after three songs, and I STILL haven't recovered it. So to all of you that i met at the Effin's in SD, and to all of you who are seeing the upcoming shows (who are of course fortunate enough)...enjoy them...these guys really fucking ARE the champions...no questions asked...yes...EVEN Paul Rodgers! (Tho he isn't Freddie, but he holds his own sho' nuff!!)
|gotta like some one who uses the word fuck more then once :)
|On the other hand, many of us appreciate someone who is adequately articulate to express himself WITHOUT having to resort to a barrage of f-bombs.
Nonetheless, I'm very happy that everyone had a great time at the Queen concerts.
|Hey Jeff can we see your pic of you and Brian? :)
|yeah, its being emailed to me tonight....i was told i have a stupid goofy smile....oh well....be up tonight sometime
|Hi Chefman, it was great meeting you at the pub!! Glad you had fun-- how could you NOT at a Queen show? :) :)
I'm new here,it is the first time, that I send anything anywhere, but I need to wright this down, because you understand more than anyone else.
Sorry, but it will be long.
First of all, sorry for my English. I came from Hungary, where the Queen played in 1986.It was a big thing back then, because my country was a communist country, but the Queen got the permission and they dared to go there.They where the first rock band in our country from the West.But I was just 9, but I remember, they were in every news.
Unfortunately I started to like them when Freddie died, because everyone played their music everywhere.So it was a miracle for me too, when they started a tour last year.They went to Hungary in April, but I went to the Hollywood Bowl to see them in October.I have no words what I felt.
In December I fond out than they will come back, so I bought tickets for all of the Californian shows.Me and my sister rented a car and from Encino we went first to San Diego, then to Anaheim.We were far from the stage, but the experience was great.
On Tuesday midnight we went to San Francisco(I never had a chance to visit that city before)we reached it at 7am, then looked around quickly and at noon we went to San Jose.
We had floor seats 13 row, 13-14 seats (my favorite number was always 13), but we went to stand on the side of the catwalk, but 15 minutes before the show they sent everyone away, but within minutes everyone was back, so we went back too, and had a better place than before. And the show started and WE WERE AT THE FRONT ROW!!!!!!
When Paul Rodgers came at the front the first time he reached out for my hand! Than a little bit later he came again and during the song he stoped and posed and looked into my camera, but unfortunately my camera didn't get that moment.What a shame! Than he came closer and said to me that he likes my eyes, and throwed a kiss to me and he reached out again for my hand.It was a perfect moment.Anytime when someone said this kind of things to me before I felt so bad I didn't even dared to look up, but from him it felt so good ,not like I feel something for him, but, like it is part of my perfect day.
I came there to see the Queen, and I got a lot from Paul. I never though anything of him, I just accepted him as a singer. I didn't even know him before he came to sing with the Queen, but I could see in his eyes and in his every movement that he enjoyed every moment of the concert.And I enjoyed every moment to watch my favorite band from this close.We could jump, we could scream, we could sing, not like when you are far away from the stage, and the others ask you to sit down, because they can't see. How can anyone sit still on a rock concert?
And to make my perfect day more perfect, the guy, who gave the guitars to Brian during the show came to me before the God Save the Queen, and gave me Brian's tick(?)I don't know the word, the little thing what he use in his right hand when he twang on his guitar.It is grey and it has his name on it.I didn't ask for it, he came to me and gave it to me! I felt sooooooo happy!!!
And my luck is not over yet!
We left the city to go back to Encino, and we were on the road more than two hours. My sister went to sleep already and I was so tired, that I almost fell asleep too, when a police car stopped me, because I went with 85 miles instead of 80. They stopped me, but after they checked the driver licence they told me that they wont give ticket, if I promise to be carefull during the way home. We left, but I think he was my guardian angel that day. Maybe we won't be alive now if they didn't stopped us then.( I know that I made several mistakes in this sentence, but I never learned this language, so sorry for that). Then we stopped and went to sleep for a couple of hours, then returned home easily.I went to bed straight and slept 18 hours!!!
In that 6 days I drove 1437 miles, but let me tell you, it wasn't enough!!!!!!
It's sad, that people can't do
|It's me again.There is a mistake(ok, several), but it is not called catwalk where we stand, but caddie or run or what you call that T shape thing where they come out from the stage where the drums are? Where Brian sang the Love of my Life.
|how do i post a pic in the thread?....
|I went to the show with my husband who got me the tickets and we had the most amazing seats also. I could almost reach out and touch the guys it was so cool. Just like at any concert people get so excited that they truely forget there are other people behind them and jump around and hold up signs and things and block the view for others but just remember this it was not done as an evil or mean act just a show of love and support for a group who is never going to be topped by anyone. If we didnt all get excited and jump out of our seats then we didnt belong there at all. The San Jose show was the best concert I have ever been to and I will never forget that concert as long as I live. Queen forever!!!!love and miss you Freddiexoxo