Review Archive
Various: 'The All-Star Sessions'
Album Review - 13-10-2005
Roadrunner United - a very special celebration album
Ill Nino: 'One Nation Underground'
Album Review - 30-9-2005
Ill Nino: rocking over typecasting
The Rolling Stones: 'A Bigger Bang'
Album Review - 5-9-2005
The Rolling Stones: the veterans’ return to norm - somewhat
Baxter Dury/Various: 'Floorshow'/'The Cave'
Album Review - 23-8-2005
Baxter Dury's 'Floorshow'/'The Cave' OST
Cherubs: 'A Man of No Importance'
Album Review - 17-8-2005
Cherubs: meaty-gritty dancefloor ditty
Chimaira: 'Chimaira'
Album Review - 9-8-2005
Chimaira in ‘third instalment is a MONSTER’!
Kottonmouth Kings: 'Kottonmouth Kings'
Album Review - 3-8-2005
Kottonmouth Kings: about disasters that can cause concussion
Madball: 'Legacy'
Album Review - 2-8-2005
Madball: heavy, in your face and with real facets!
The Raveonettes: 'Pretty In Black'
Album Review - 27-7-2005
The Raveonettes: top collection of new hues and blues
Querelle: 'Querelle'
Album Review - 26-7-2005
Querelle: 29 minutes of bliss!
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Where notre helden vadis?

Queen - well, sans John Deacon, only two members, Brian May and Roger Taylor - fronted by Paul Rodgers make the Euro-rounds... And it is - something else.

In may be Free Queen but not a Bad Queen; it may be butch Queen but it simply ain’t so: it’s a show of covers played by, ironically, original members. Public don’t see it past the songs they sing-along happily whilst recollecting memories. With all the gigs sold out in a matter of hours shows that Queen’s commercial acumen is intact, the effect on their reputation remains to be seen. It may suffer less, one suspects, if this Queen edition keeps it to one-off tour.

Alas, it is not a rare occurrence that bands continue after the Grim Reaper called for a vital member: AC/DC [Bon Scott replaced by Brian Johnson], The Pretenders [despite two men expiring], Genesis [Peter Gabriel vacated the mic for Phil Collins], Pink Floyd… This legendary band lost two members even, Syd Barrett and Roger Waters, a turn of events their manager Peter Janner described “like the Stones losing Mick Jagger, twice”.

Van Halen, Motley Crue and Judas Priest had to re-hire their famous frontmen to survive, Kiss were a joke without the original personnel as are The 21st Century Doors. INXS continue their tragicomedy of trying to replace Michael Hutchence via a 13-part Reality-TV series ‘Rock Star’… It’s like Nirvana without Kurt Cobain.

Joy Division wisely became something else, New Order… Thank the Supreme Brother that ‘Pop Idol’/manufactured acts can’t survive a goner: The Spice Girls [after Geri legged it], Take That [following Robbie’s exit], Hear’Say folded without the sexy Kym Marsh...

Texa Pussley