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03/17/2006 Queen + Paul Rodgers (Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena)

By Eric | March 17, 2006 11:59 pm

This show has a pretty good backstory to it. I didn’t pay for this show, rather, I won the tickets through the Sabres Insider mailing list that I’m on, in a simple email contest. Ya know, the kind you always enter and never win. 🙂 So anyway, I won four tickets, so obviously Tiff and I went, I bought Carlo, Tiff brought Wendy, and we piled in the car to head down the 90. Smooth sailing until we hit the 33, Best St. exit, where some ricer cracked his car up pretty bad. Traffic comes to a grinding halt. Ever do a 360 on a highway? We did! The guy behind us got sick of waiting, does a 180, and tries to go up the on-ramp the wrong way. A couple more people did it, and it looked like a decent escape route. And I’m like, hey, why not? So I get in line, and traffic starts to move again. Hell, another 180, and we’re heading the right way again. Good thing too, because we saw flashing lights at the top of the ramp… don’t wanna know what the cop was telling those folks. Didn’t stick around to find out!

Anyway, on to the show! We had seats in the far right corner, but every seat was good. They didn’t open up the 300 level, so it was just the lower bowl that was populated. No openers either, just two hours of Queen! Obviously, Freddie Mercury has left us, so they tapped Paul Rodgers (of Free/Bad Company fame) to sing for them, and as such, they did a couple of his tunes over the course of the night. The show sounded excellent, the light show was pretty damn cool, and since this is the first time Queen has toured the USA since 1982, it was awesome to see the excitement in the older folks who were fans when the band was at their peak. We all had a great time, but I can only imagine how cool it was for people that are actually true Queen fans. It was mostly a greatest hits type show, but they threw in some more album cuts that were crowd pleasers as well. Paul Rodgers knows how to command a stage, that’s for sure. He also knows how to change his clothes apparently, because he did just that about six times! Both Brian May and Roger Taylor had guitar and drum solos, respectively, and Taylor, the drummer, also sang lead on two songs. They closed off the with the mass sing-along, We Are The Champions, and on this night, Queen were the champions. The setlist was as follows:
The setlist:
1. It’s A Beautiful Day (Remix(Tape))
2. Lose Yourself (Eminem(Tape))
3. Reaching Out
4. Tie Your Mother Down
5. Fat Bottomed Girls
6. I Want To Break Free
7. Take Love
8. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
9. Love Of My Life
10. Hammer To Fall
11. Feel Like Makin’ Love
12. Under Pressure
13. Let There Be Drums
14. I’m In Love With My Car
15. Guitar Solo
16. Last Horizon
17. Bad Company
18. Can’t Get Enough
19. Another One Bites The Dust
20. Dragon Attack
21. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
22. Radio Ga Ga
23. The Show Must Go On
24. Bohemian Rhapsody
25. We Will Rock You
26. All Right Now
27. We Are The Champions
28. God Save The Queen (Tape)

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