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Monday, April 03, 2006

Airing the Linnen: Queen Reigns!

Guest post by Brian Linnen

Having attended two Queen + Paul Rodgers concerts in the past few days, the music of my favorite band has been running through my mind pretty much non-stop. And THAT fact has reminded me that I wanted to share a link that I discovered a few months ago.
It's for the website of Mike Dawson who is a writer and illustrator of independent comics. He is currently working on an autobiographical piece about his high school years and much of it ties in with his love of Queen's music. Even if you don't like the band though, the story is compelling enough that I think you would enjoy it. Check it out if you have time - he has over 60 pages completed and posted, with more added every Thursday.

It's great stuff! I hope it eventually comes out as a book.

CLICK HERE to go visit his website.


At 4/03/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger Craig Box13 said...

Hey Bill I always knew there was something about you I like. Queen is in my top 5 favorite bands of all time. How do they sound with Paul? I've been a little scared to find out.

Craig Box13

At 4/03/2006 5:50 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

HA! You got the wrong guy, craig box13! I liked Queen back in the '70 before I was sucked in by Punk and New Wave, but I'm not a fan... this post was written by Brian Linnen who is a HUUUUUGE fan of the band... I'm gonna go make sure everybody can read his byline - be right back!

At 4/04/2006 7:20 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

I know that Queen + Paul Rodgers is not the same as Queen - it's been said a thousand times and it is true: You can't replace Freddie Mercury. But Paul is a brilliant frontman and a heck of a singer. He seemed to be having a blast giving us the opportunity, the first one in 25 years, to celebrate the music of Queen. He rocked his way through "Tie Your Mother Down", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Another One Bites The Dust", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (and his own tune "Bad Company") in rapid succession and never hit a bad note. Brian, Roger, and the rest of the band kept up with him, playing everything perfectly. It was great to see them enjoying it so much. Brian in particular was blown away by the reception they received, especially at the New Jersey and Philly shows. As he stepped up to sing and play "'39" and "Love of my Life", he explained how he never expected such a welcome - and the surprise on his face made it obvious he was being sincere.

The high-point for me was seeing Roger Taylor performing his songs because he has always been my favorite member of Queen. He is such an interesting songwriter with a great rock voice (the same is true of Freddie who I love too!) I have all four of Roger's solo albums and the three albums he put out as the lead singer of the band The Cross, and I always hoped that I would be able to see him live at some point in my life.

Anyway Craig, Q+PR is definitely worth checking out! They do have a CD available and PBS has been running one of their performances occasionally, so either check your local music shop or your local TV listings! I think you'll dig it.

At 4/06/2006 9:05 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Hey guys! I just wanted to mention that th artist of FREDDY AND ME has a story entitled "Ace-Face vs. The Target" in the new comic book SUPERIOR SHOWCASE #1 that just came in this week...

Check it out!

At 4/07/2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Linnen said...

Yeah, I picked that one up. It's a pretty good book. Three stories, they're all different and all quirky. Or is it quirkey? I'm a terrible speller.


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