I saw the show yesterday here in Finland.
For me it was the first time that I witnessed the show and I was positively surprised!
The first thing that popped in to my head during the show was that why the hell the bands nowadays don't
try to be more versatile and explore new areas with different sounds?
Compared to Queen's music performed live, almost majority of the bands today seem to be performing one song only.
Well the parallels with my ranting and the story in the musical are quite obvious.
But anyway, the songs themselves translated perfectly to the musical medium and , for me, it breathed new life to them because of my repeated viewings of the Queen's 80's "Hard-rock" setlist gigs (The Magic tour), the songs had been
a bit weared down in my mind.
That's why I too am waiting for the 70's era live on dvd, because my only experience of Queen's live thing is starting from Montreal and onwards.
The cast were really good, especially the guy who played the whacky Shaqileo.
There were moments in the songs where you realised that you are listening a trained professional doing his thing
and singing his/hers heart out and still can't get to the heights or capture the gold that Freddie did, But it still rocked.
It just shows more how unique Freddie was as a singer.
But yeah the british humor worked and the songs were great and the story was camp enough for Queen!
More of this!
It would be great to hear renditions of the more unknown material translated in to this spectacle thing.
But one can always dream.
And it would be great to see reviews from this tour, to be posted here from different publications and your opinions as well!
I try and find reviews from these finnish shows, if they are written in english.
There were couple of May/Taylor/Elton interviews that they had given on the eve of this tour, but they are all in finnish, so maybe they are from a press meeting where the english reporters were also present?
They talked about the birth of the musical and Elton talked about the accusations of him selling out.
Also they talked about the Freddie musical that had been written before Elton came onboard and said that it was really sad, depressing and tragic story and they thought that it's just not Queen.
And the first story covered AIDS, death and the last years of Freddie.
And they wanted a writer who understands the 'british way of life'
And the first version of the musical was "too USA".