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3.98 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

01. Reaching Out
02. Tie Your Mother Down
03. I Want To Break Free
04. Fat Bottomed Girls
05. Wishing Well
06. Another One Bites The Dust
07. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
08. Say It's Not True
09. '39
10. Love Of My Life
11. Hammer To Fall
12. Feel Like Makin' Love
13. Let There Be Drums
14. I'm In Love With My Car
15. Guitar Solo
16. Last Horizon
17. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
18. Radio Ga Ga
19. Can't Get Enough
20. A Kind Of Magic
21. I Want It All
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. The Show Must Go On
24. All Right Now
25. We Will Rock You
26. We Are The Champions
27. God Save The Queen.
Bonus Track - Imagine - Live in Hyde Park, London

Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Rodgers / vocals, guitar
- Brian May / vocals, guitar
- Roger Taylor / vocals, drums
+ Spike Edney / vocals, keyboards
+ Danny Miranda / vocals, bass guitar
+ Jamie Moses / guitar

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
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Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nš 646

"Return Of The Champions" is a DVD of Queen + Paul Rodgers that was released in 2005. It was recorded during the Queen + Paul Rodgers live tour at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, England. So, we can say this isn't properly a Queen's DVD but a Queen and Rodgers DVD. The concert was also released as a double CD, release in the same year.

Personally, I have the two versions of this live show, the CD and the DVD versions. So, I'm going to make two reviews of this live show. However, as they cross itself one with other completely, I'm going to make both reviews in one as a complement of the other. So, in the CD version I'm going to write more about the music and the songs, saving for the DVD the images of the place and the protagonists on this live show. So, to know what I think, you should read both.

Queen's, Brian May and Roger Taylor members, since John Deacon decided to stay retired after the dead of Freddie Mercury, reunited in 2005 and invited Paul Rodgers to do a live tour with them to be their front man performing some of the most well known Queen's tracks. Rodgers is an English-Canadian rock singer and song writer, best known for his participation as a band's member in the 60's and 70's as vocalist of two rock bands, Free and Bad Company. Beyond them we have on bass Danny Miranda an American musician, on keyboards we have Spike Edney an English musician that has performed with a number of bands and Jamie Moses, an Anglo- American guitarist, all as support musicians.

At the time of this live show was released, fourteen years had passed since Freddie Mercury passed away. So, at that time, it was virtually inconceivable that he could ever been replaced by anyone, and in many ways, it still is, even nowadays. Mercury was a one of the kind of song writers and entertainers, very rare in the musical business, very hard to replace, as happened with many other cases. Regardless of the number of songs that May and Taylor brought to the table, regardless of whether anyone theoretically could replace Mercury's unique and charismatic identity and the reverence Queen's fan base held for their band's iconic front man, nobody actually would, or would even want to do so.

In the history of the popular rock music there are some other bands with the same problem. In this moment come to my mind three of them, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Area. It's also practically inconceivable, for almost of us, to see these three bands without their charismatic front man. Of course we had the case of Genesis in the early 70's. But, they were able to resolve their problem easily and well. However and in my humble opinion, that was a different and unique case.

Anyway, and after all these considerations, in 2005, Paul Rodgers materialized as Mercury's fill in. The Mercury loyalists howled, cries of "blasphemy" rained down upon the band, yet still, they forged ahead. And as it turned out, even as teeth gnashed and bad publicity shellacked Brian May and Roger Taylor, including some less kind words from the retired bassist John Deacon, people showed up to the live shows. But what is true is they managed to do a great show.

Released as a companion to the CD, this is the first Queen + Paul Rodgers DVD. Filmed on an eighteen camera shoot by the multi award winning director David Mallet, the DVD boasts an immaculate transfer, which copes with everything that is thrown at it. From the constant use of the fog machine to the many crowd sequences, the DVD handles everything and there's never any sign or blocking or pixilation. It's of the high standard that all the other Queen releases have. The solid colours are as warm as they can be and never blur around the edges. As with most of the Queen's releases the soundtrack is in stereo and DTS. Both are cracking mixes containing huge amounts of deep bass. Where the stereo falls down is in capturing the audience participation moments. The DTS puts you in the middle of the concert and is a faultless mix utilising the rears to reproduce the concert experience almost faultlessly. The only disappointing on it is the lack of extras. The first is "Jukebox" which allows us to choose five tracks of our choice to listen in the order we want. The other is a track recorded on Queen's Hide Park show which was given to support London's emergency services in the aftermath of the bombings at the time. Queen + Paul Rodgers cover the John Lennon classic "Imagine".

Conclusion: "Return Of The Champions" is a great live experience with many emotional moments. Of course Mercury will never be replaced by Rodgers or someone else. Still, Rodgers didn't never really attempt to do that. Queen's purists railed against May's and Taylor's alleged greed, disrespect or unprincipled commercial exploitation of Mercury's musical legacy. But, even Mercury himself probably and poignantly gave them the green light to continue in one of his last recorded pieces of music, "The Show Mast Go On", from 1991's "Innuendo", the last Queen's album with him. Concluding, with this kind of concerts, Mercury is still alive among us, and we still can say to him: "We still love you".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

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5 stars The greatest musical artists finally together, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen and Paul Rodgers from Free.It is all brilliant: the music, the crowd and the atmosphere. Three old heros putting on a very new show with all the old classics such as: "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY"," '39","WE WILL ROCK Y ... (read more)

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