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5 stars Well, this is history of music becoming present... No one could and ever will replace Freddy Mercury. But for all the people who didn't have the chance to see Queen live, this must have been quite an event! I saw Queen with Freddy and didn't see them with Paul Rogers. At first, when I heard the news, I thought to myself: why? Do we need this? Yes we do!!! History, as I said...Songs from the seventies, the eighties, very important songs which deserve to be played and heard even today. And no one better than Paul Rodgers, who made history by himself, could have done this. So no one's trying to replace Freddy, but to celebrate him, his talent, his legacy. Musically, this live album is solid as a...rock! Powerfull sound, magic ambience provided by the audience, fantastic vocal performance giving these songs a new dimension. Brian May and his guitar at best, Roger Taylor thundering and singing even better than ever. Only Deacon is missing, and I really wonder why, but the other musicians played their parts respectfully, preserving the original feel of the songs. Personally, I prefer the rock ones, as I find Paul Rodgers' version really ground-breaking: Tie your mother down, Hammer to fall, A kind of magic, I want it all. Emotionally, Show must go on: I can't even figure out Freddy doing better....must have been quite an event!
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Marty McFly
Errors and Omissions Team
1 stars Personally, I think that for people who wasn't able to see good ol' pal Freddie for real, his famous stage persona, wide vocal range and his charisma and personal charm at all, this would spoil them.

Spoil great memory we (most of us) all have for this special person. Yes, as I said many times, Queen is this type of band where you can't replace the singer without suffering, pain, fear amongst the people etc. Not that music itself is bad (it's actually average, seems like two remaining members lost their energy), but the fact that Mercury was replaced (what a blasphemy) is enough for me to lose my temper and taste for this. John Deacon probably understood it already when he left Queen so early.

1(+) for average music (absolute horribility for those who likes Queen, which means most of us) with one big flaw. Ruining memories in a way that they shouldn't be ruined.

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