Joe Bonamassa. Freddie Mercury. Chris Squire. Grand Funk Railroad. Brian May. Ian Gillan. Led Zeppelin. Mark Knopfler. David Gilmour. Ritchie Blackmore.
Free Spirit Live. Live at Hammersmith Apollo Live at Manchester Apollo The Royal Sessions. Last time I had been more than impressed with Paul Rodgers and the diversity and range of his vocals.
Unlike many of his peers he had lost nothing in terms of the upper register, the fact that he was also able to retain all of its power was quite simply spellbinding at times. I am quite sure that I was not the only audience member standing visibly open-mouthed for the majority of the one-and-a-half-hour set. Backed by a high-quality band where all the elements both individually and collectively shone in terms of talent.
Kudos should however be paid to guitarist Pete Bullick. To not just replicate the playing of Paul Kossoff by rote but to also add both emotion and feeling to capture the very essence of the songs certainly was very admirable. All the musicians were also graciously offered their own solo spots in the set. Generally musician solos leave me cold and disinterested but they came over as just the correct length in order to just entertain and engage, but not leave me disinterested. The set list as promised was essentially a walk through the Free back catalogue.
In a nutshell, a fantastic evening paying respectful homage to the standards of the past but which, through the voice of Paul Rodgers , delivered one of the best sounding live vocal performances that I have ever been fortunate enough to witness.
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Born Under a Bad Sign 3. I Can't Stand the Rain 4. I Thank You 5. I've Got Dreams To Remember 7. It's Growing 8. Shake 9. Walk In My Shadow Walk On By Cheeeek that out dude.Walk in my shadow I ain't gonna take it anymore When I get you in the shadow The Royal Sessions von Paul Rodgers; Live Blackpool Opera House von Paul Rodgers; Live at Hammersmith Apollo von Paul Rodgers.