Paul Rodgers: 'Nobody Should Attempt To Do Freddie Mercury Impressions'

Paul Rodgers recently spoke about the latest Queen + Paul Rodgers album, "The Cosmos Rocks".

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Legendary singer Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free) recently spoke to Ben East of Dubai's The National about the latest Queen + Paul Rodgers album, "The Cosmos Rocks". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. On singing Queen's greatest hits his own way: "Should I attempt to do Freddie Mercury impressions? Nobody should attempt to do Freddie Mercury impressions. Only Freddie Mercury could do Freddie Mercury. He was absolutely brilliant I loved him to pieces and I had a great deal of respect for him." On whether it was nerve-racking the first time he prepared to go on stage with Queen: "No, not nerve-racking. But it was challenging and extremely exciting. We were rehearsing in this empty auditorium and you had all these cleaning staff popping their heads in going, 'What's going on?' And at that point you can feel the power of it all, the intensity of the songs and what they mean to people. It was a good sign, you know, that these songs still had a life." Read the entire article from The National.

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    Shaun Mc B
    the_elements600 wrote: No, of course it isn't. AC/DC didn't call themselves anything other than AC/DC in the late 80s when the only original member of the band going out on the road was Angus (Cliff wasn't there from the beginning).
    What About Malcolm?
    kenson001
    MXFNCK wrote: paul rodgers is better than mercury was
    thats a very foolish thing to say
    canada rocker
    Hey, all I know is that Rodgers and Queen sound great together, and the Bad Co. songs are amazing. But the band's name is Queen ... so be it
    David_Bowie=GOD
    Jtrocks1356 wrote: Black Hole Sun wrote: Didn't Queen have a bassist and a singer? Isn't calling the band Queen + Paul Rodgers somewhat disrespectful to them, basically saying that the drummer and guitarist are Queen, and the others were just extras. how is it disrespectful? is calling ac/dc with brian johnson disrespectul to bon scott? most people would agree no. ( i hope this sparks controversy)
    with the exception of the back in black album, id say so, i dont like brian johnson's voice that much.
    Jtrocks1356
    Black Hole Sun wrote: Didn't Queen have a bassist and a singer? Isn't calling the band Queen + Paul Rodgers somewhat disrespectful to them, basically saying that the drummer and guitarist are Queen, and the others were just extras.
    how is it disrespectful? is calling ac/dc with brian johnson disrespectul to bon scott? most people would agree no. ( i hope this sparks controversy)
    the_elements600
    Jtrocks1356 : Black Hole Sun wrote: Didn't Queen have a bassist and a singer? Isn't calling the band Queen + Paul Rodgers somewhat disrespectful to them, basically saying that the drummer and guitarist are Queen, and the others were just extras. how is it disrespectful? is calling ac/dc with brian johnson disrespectul to bon scott? most people would agree no. ( i hope this sparks controversy)
    No, of course it isn't. AC/DC didn't call themselves anything other than AC/DC in the late 80s when the only original member of the band going out on the road was Angus (Cliff wasn't there from the beginning).
    Black Hole Sun
    Didn't Queen have a bassist and a singer? Isn't calling the band Queen + Paul Rodgers somewhat disrespectful to them, basically saying that the drummer and guitarist are Queen, and the others were just extras.