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In December of 2004 guitarist BRIAN MAY made the surprising announcement that QUEEN, truly one of the greatest ever British Rock acts of all time, was set to reform, the new band being fronted by PAUL RODGERS of FREE and BAD COMPANY repute and billed simply QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS. Since the death of QUEEN's showman extraordinaire FREDDIE MERCURY on 24th November 1991, all notions of carrying on with the band had been put to rest and fans were given little hope of ever seeing the band on stage again.

However, in 2004 May, Rodgers and drummer ROGER TAYLOR, had jammed FREE's 'All Right Now' at the Fender 50th anniversary concert, the reception to this show and the onstage chemistry apparently providing the catalyst for the new group. Another factor in the decision would be that Rodgers had been held in high esteem by FREDDIE MERCURY.

2005 was opened for QUEEN by both BRIAN MAY and ROGER TAYLOR, marking the 1000th performance of the stage musical 'We Will Rock You', appearing onstage with the cast for the songs 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'Tie Your Mother Down' and 'The Show Must Go On'. Proceeds from the show would be donated to UNICEF to aid victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami victims.

The first concert announced for the QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS collaboration would be a personal invitation by South African president Nelson Mandela to appear a '46664' AIDS fundraiser at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in March. The live band comprised May, Taylor, Rodgers, TNT, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and FAITH AND FIRE credited bassist Danny Miranda and keyboard player Spike Edney. The band's set list for this ocassion included a version of 'Too Much Love Will Kill You' as a duet with young Pop diva KATIE MELUA, 'Say It's Not True' and 'Radio Ga Ga' both with ROGER TAYLOR on lead vocals, 'Hammer To Fall' with BRIAN MAY on vocals, BAD COMPANY's 'Feel Like Making Love', FREE's 'All Right Now' and 'We Are The Champions' featuring the African Children's Choir.

The band wound up their 32 date sell out, PAUL RODGERS fronted European tour by performing in London's Hyde Park on 15th July. The original date for the gig, a week earlier, was postponed due to the London terrorist attacks. The band then set their sites on North America. With QUEEN not having performed in the USA since 1982, two tester dates were scheduled on each coast with a 16th October show at East Rutherford, New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena and a 22nd October stop at California's Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl. The latter gig saw the guest inclusion of VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash, jamming on BAD COMPANY's 'Can't Get Enough'. Japanese dates in Tokyo, Nagoya and Fukuoka followed.

Debut product came in the form of a live single recorded at the Sheffield Arena in May, featuring 'Reaching Out', 'Tie Your Mother Down' and 'Fat Bottomed Girls'. The band scheduled a full-blown North American tour for March and April 2006.

In early May 2006 the band were featured on the 'American Idol' talent contest as contestants tackled classic QUEEN songs under guidance from May, Taylor and Rodgers. The band then performed at the first annual VH1 'Rock Honors' televised show, to "salute the groundbreaking bands of rock, the once-in-a-lifetime events and the influential people who made a lasting mark on the history of hard rock", held on May 26th at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center to pay tribute to the achievements of KISS, QUEEN, DEF LEPPARD and JUDAS PRIEST. The night opened with the FOO FIGHTERS joining BRIAN MAY and ROGER TAYLOR for a performance of 'Tie Your Mother Down' before QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS delivered a medley of 'Under Pressure', 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions'. Following this appearance BRIAN MAY went into the studio with MEAT LOAF to lay down guitar tracks on a song 'Bad For Good' included on the 'Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose' opus.

Studio time for May and Rodgers would be projected for October 2006 as Rodgers also scheduled UK dates in a solo capacity. The guitarist also launched an astronomy book, 'Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe', co-authored by Dr. Chris Lintoot and Sir Patrick Moore.

Promoting the message "Don't let AIDS to ruin your life!", QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS performed a free live to television concert in Kharkov's historic Freedom Square on 12th September 2008 to more than 100,000 in Europe's second-largest city-centre square. Supported by the HIV AIDS charity, The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the free concert was organized by the Elena Franchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation and is being devoted to the fight against AIDS in the Ukraine. 

On 19th September Latvia's Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis took over Roger Taylor's drum kit at the band's Riga Arena concert for a performance with the band of FREE's classic hit 'All Right Now'.

In May 2009 Paul Rodgers signalled the end of the collaboration, revealing "I think we're kind of leaving it there gently". The singer duly hooked up with a BAD COMPANY reformation tour.

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