As I'm sure most of you are aware, Brian announced that he, Roger and Paul would be going to a secret studio to start writing new material in October! I for one am extremely excited. Paul is a tremendous songwriter on his own, as are Brian and Roger, so I'm intrigued to see what these three hitmakers can produce together.
Of course, there's every chance Roger might handle some lead vocals too, which is always a plus!
I must admit I haven't bought anything Q+PR so far, as I can't handle Freddie's trademark songs ("WATC" or "Boh Rhap" or "STL") sung by anyone else...I'm aware that a Queen concert can't be without them - but I just miss Freddie on those particular songs so much, because they were HIS stuff full stop to me...that's why I couldn't get round to buy "ROTC". It's not that I don't like Paul though...he's a fine singer, from what I heard on the net - don't know much about his songwriting, I must confess . Anyway, as a new album will feature UNRELEASED songs, I'm curious about it - and like you, would love to hear new Roger's vocals !!!
Paul is the man behind such sterling rock classics as "All Right Now", "Wishing Well", "Shooting Star".... he is a skilled vocalist, as well as an able guitarist and pianist. On his first solo album "Cut Loose" he played everything himself.
Paul does a fine job of 'We Are The Champions" - he doesn't try to copy Freddie, he just delivers a top quality vocal. He openly admits he wanted no part of singing 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and he stays true to his word. Freddie sings it on 'ROTC' in a very moving tribute. Freddie is as much as part of 'ROTC' as anyone, getting the biggest cheer of the night. I was there, it's not an overdub. Freddie's presence is all over it.
'Love Of My Life' is handled by Brian alone, with a second empty stool next to him which was a lovely touch. Roger handles 'Days Of Our Lives' and there's a fantastic video montage of Queen from the Japan tour back in the seventies while Roger sings. None of it is tacky, it's a celebration of Queen's awesome legacy, and the band make sure Freddie and John are credited accordingly.
I will openly admit I was horrified when Paul Rodgers was announced as the vocalist, because I thought he was all kinds of wrong. But Paul made me eat my words and blew me away that night in Sheffield. I can't recommend 'ROTC' enough Roberta - especially the DVD version. It's much more of a Queen concert than you might imagine, and salutes the past, while paving the way to the future. Brian and Roger handle plenty of the singing, and they play like it's twenty years ago!
Plus it's great to see Roger singing in front of such a huge crowd!