QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS Play First-Ever U.S. Show

Launch Radio Networks reports: Sunday night (October 16), QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS played their first-ever U.S. show. A packed Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, saw Rodgers and QUEEN pull from both their catalogues during a show that lasted over two hours, including QUEEN standards "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You"/"We Are The Champions", and "Fat Bottomed Girls", along with Rodgers classics like BAD COMPANY's "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Rock And Roll Fantasy" and FREE's "All Right Now". The band's only other U.S. show for this year is on Saturday (October 22) at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, after which they play a series of dates in Japan, though there are rumors of a proper North American tour for next year.

Backstage after the concert, Rodgers told Launch that the show went great. "Well, it went remarkably well, actually," he said. "When we finished rehearsing, we sort of went, 'OK, we like it — let's go and see if the people like it,' you know? So each area that we've gone into, we've gone into full-on, but wondering how we're gonna go down here, you know? And it's been just remarkable."

The show drew a cross-section of famous folks, including actor Tim Curry and rockers Billy Squier, ex-RAINBOW frontman Joe Lynn Turner, VANILLA FUDGE drummer Carmine Appice, TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda, and DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, who's an old friend of the QUEEN guys. Elliott exclusively gave Launch this review of the concert: "I loved it. This is the second time I've seen this tour — I saw them in Dublin, just before we started the baseball stadium tour this summer, and I thought it was phenomenal. And tonight, seeing 'em in front of this many people is just a beautiful thing. I'm so glad they're still doing it."


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