There is a fine line when it comes to cartooning and caricature. When creating a cartoon or caricature of a celebrity the main goal is to capture the likeness of that person. When creating a caricature an artist essentially hones in on someone's most prominent features and then exaggerates them. How far an artist goes … Continue reading Fantastic Art Featuring Freddie Mercury
Barcelona, Freddie Mercury's collaboration with opera superstar Montserrat Caballe, is his crowning achievement. I have long felt this way about this incredibly special album. Barcelona is the logical fulfillment of the bombastic pop/rock opera fusion that Freddie Mercury helped to create within the context of Queen. The music featured on the Barcelona album toned down … Continue reading Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos) is one of the most unusual songs in the Queen catalog. For a band as eclectic as Queen that is saying a lot. From the unusual song title to the music the song is unique. If I had the opportunity to discuss only one Queen song with Brian May, … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Queen – She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
Open up your mind to one of the best covers of a Queen song. I say this because there are quite a few Queen cover/tribute albums out there. Most are serviceable, more or less sticking to basic re-recordings of the band's hits. As a fan why bother to listen to paint by numbers cover versions … Continue reading The Greatest Queen Cover Song?
Queen has always been known for their outstanding live shows. A long time staple of the live Queen experience was a selection of cover songs. In the early days the band played a medley of rocked up songs from the 1950's and 1960's. The songs were made popular by artists such as Elvis, Ricky Nelson … Continue reading Live Spotlight: Queen – Big Spender
I recently had the great pleasure of seeing Queen + Adam Lambert in concert. Wow, what a phenomenal show! Brian May, Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert and the entire band rocked. During the band introductions long time keyboard player Spike Edney received light, polite applause. Based on the response it was apparent that many were not … Continue reading An Appreciation For Queen’s Spike Edney
Let me begin by saying that I love The Cosmos Rocks, the sole studio album recorded by Queen + Paul Rodgers. On paper this combination really should not have worked. Queen's eclectic, over the top rock mixed with Paul Rodgers' working man blues. But in hindsight it was a perfect pairing. How do you fill … Continue reading Song Spotlight: Through The Night, By Queen + Paul Rodgers