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I was lucky enought to see this previewed at the VUE cinema.
on 16 September 2005
I feel privileged to have seen this DVD at a pre-release cinema screening in London on 14th September. The benefit event (for Medicinema)was attended by Brian May, Roger Taylor and Jamie Moses.
I fully admit to being a Queen fan and a long time follower of Paul Rodgers work aswell. So for me the teaming up of the two was a dream ticket. Right from the first few notes of the concert I knew we were in for a treat...both with the sound and visuals. The sound is awesomely mixed and the stereo imaging creates a truly live and excited feeling. Filmed in High Definition with 5.1 DTS Surround Sound and PCM Stereo, this'll look and sound absolutely spectacular on your TV or multimedia system. Filmed from fourteen different camera positions the bands every gesticulation and rock grimaces are captured from all angles. The director and editor have done a great job in making this stadium concert (Sheffield Arena) into a very intimate occasion. We see Paul sing and grin, then to Brian who hits down on a power chord, eyes up to the lights. The next shot is of two or three fans swaying and singing along in clenched fist, closed eyed ecstasy. And so it goes on..we're under Paul as he twists and turns his mike stand, we're in the crowd, we're above and spinning down to Roger on the drums. It's just what any fan would do if given the dexterity of a spirit form or ghost. We'd weave around and visit each of the band as they interact with each other and the crowd. There are many touching moments during this DVD. The intro track "Reaching Out" really does seem to be a request from Paul for acceptance from the Queen fans "Are you reaching out for me..like I'm reaching out for you?" - Freddie appears on screen to sing Bohemian Rhapsody with the band playing live with him. Paul comes on for the last "rock out" part and the track finishes with Paul and Freddie taking turns to sing every other line. Beautifully and tastefully done. One thing that this DVD does is show Paul off to be the extraordinary front man that he is. His singing is impeccable ("No overdubs, all live" - Jamie Moses) and his obvious enjoyment of the crowd and occasion is infectious. He even does a couple of mad mike stand theatrics that perhaps (back in the 70's) were a precursor to Freddie's famed prop work!
Paul Rodgers isn't Freddie Mercury and is not in any way pretending to be him either!! "Why should he, he's Paul Rodgers" said Brian May in a recent interview. Paul is a rock singer who delivers Queen's material in his own style and Queen back him wonderfully in a number of his own classics. All the band are master craftsmen.
A great coming together. An inspired joining of forces.
Turn it up loud and prepare to be wriggling on the edge of your seat.