Review by Marci
I am a dedicated Paul Rodgers fan. Like many others, my
passion is the music of Free, Bad Company, The Firm and Paul Rodgers. I
travel extensively to be able to envelop myself in the music of which I
love. I have realized recently however, that this is not the only reason
that I travel to see Paul perform.
I just returned from a trip to the west
coast of Canada and the United States. To be exact Vancouver and Seattle
to see the final 2 performances that Paul was playing for the year. Let
me begin by saying, both shows were outstanding. Paul is truly a
wonderful performer. However the purpose of my writing this is to
express my thoughts on another subject, also of great importance to me,
I know it has been said many times by many
people; Paul has truly wonderful fans. I believe that his music and
being, attract a special kind of person. From my experiences, the fans I
have had the privilege of meeting are some of the most warm, passionate,
honest and simply real people that I have ever met. So why does this
weigh so heavy on my mind? It is because of my most recent experiences.
How many times have you told someone,
"You just wouldn't understand?", when it comes to your
fascination…in my case the music of Paul Rodgers. It was in the past
week that I realized I was not alone in my little Paul Rodgers bubble. I
had the privilege of spending a good amount of time with some other
fans, whom I had met before, but never really had the chance to get to
know. I must say, the time we spent together, I will cherish forever. I
have never laughed, cried, listened and shared so much in one trip. It
was almost a relief to feel like the magic I felt when it came to Paul's
music was understood, welcomed and shared by others.
I have often felt that if a person goes
through life with out being passionate about anything, that they could
not possibly be living life to the fullest? For those who do not have
passion about something….anything, I am saddened and only wish that I
could share my experiences with them.
To those whom I shared my trip
with…thank you. You are very special people to me. To Paul, you should
be so proud of the music you create…it really does make the world a
London, Ontario, Canada
Review by Donna
It's funny how fast time really does fly… We had been
planning the trip out west to see Paul perform for several months, long
before the tickets even went on sale. I could hardly believe it was
already time to get on the plane and go. I'll spare you the gory details
of several delayed flights and airport hassles and we'll just say that
we finally arrived in Seattle late on Thursday and settled into our
On Friday we set out for Vancouver from Seattle and
arrived at the Massey Theatre a bit before Paul was due to hit the
stage. We met up with a few friends and made our way to the seats to
await the show.
Paul came out to the opening chords of "Can't Get
Enough of Your Love" and proceeded to take over the audience for
the next 75 minutes. We managed to rush the stage after the first couple
of songs and dance right in front of it for the rest of the show. The
band cruised through all of the favorites, like "Satisfaction
Guaranteed", "Fire and Water", "Running with the
Pack", "Bad Company", "Rock 'n Roll Fantasy",
"Saving Grace" and ended the show with Paul solo doing a great
version of "Seagull". The show was over all too soon and we
had to head back to Seattle. We had another show to look forward to the
On Saturday we met up with Lucy and some other fans and
had a lovely dinner before going to the Emerald Queen Casino by Tacoma.
If you are a big fan of 1, 2 or 3 cent slots, this is definitely the
place for you! I was amazed at how many there actually were.
The concert was to be held in a building adjacent to the
casino, so we went over and found our seats. The stage, this time, was
set up with a sort of runway right out of the front of the stage and
down between the first 2 sections of seats. Paul made great use of this
during the show! It's pretty cool how you can be in the 20th row and
suddenly have the singer right beside you, shaking hands with everyone.
The set list was basically the same this night, with the addition of
Lynn singing his song I believe is titled "Lucky Man". I love
how you can hear the same songs two nights in a row and you never get
tired of them. There is always some different inflection, or the crowd
just reacts differently and it's always fantastic. I think I could hear
Paul sing the same songs every night for weeks and never get bored.
Paul, Lynn, Howard and Jeff, as always, did a phenomenal job!
After the show, we had the privilege of going backstage
to say hello and thank you to Paul and the rest of the band. I felt a
bit awestruck being face to face with "The Voice". Hopefully
he understands how amazing he is, how much we all appreciate him and his
talent, and how he affects each one of us. I just have to say thank you
again to Paul, Lynn, Howard and Jeff, and the management, Brad and
Cynthia, for an amazing 2 nights! I look forward to many more!
Ash - Ohio
August 27, 2004
Review by Leonard
You know, after hearing Paul Rodgers at the B&B in Boardman, Ohio
a few weeks ago I thought it couldn't get any better.
So I drove 5 hours south to Blue Ash, Ohio to find out.
I was wrong.
Although the songs played were almost identical the group seemed more
relaxed and the acoustics seemed even better at this venue.
What A cool concert and what a cool place for a concert.
While listening to Mr. Rodgers I realized that this guy really should be
in the R&R Hall Of Fame.
The average person does not even begin to understand the amount of
quality songs Paul Rodgers has been part of over the last 30+ years.
No other singer/song writer has endured for that length of time and has
actually progressed musically to the point that he is as good or even
better now than he was earlier in his career.
As he says in a very early song from the FREE years.
Child...talk about wisdom...the golden rule...
I enjoy a lot of different artists music.
There are a few that are heads and tails above everyone else.
Van Morrison, Neil Young, Marvin Gay.
Paul Rodgers is at the top of that list for me.
The significance of FREE alone should put him in the Hall Of Fame.
The writing team of Rodgers and Fraser during that time period was hard
I only wish he would add or alter his set to include a few more of the
earlier FREE tunes.
In the current set there is a drum solo during the song FIRE AND WATER.
At the end of the song I was thinking the drummer could invite the band
back in by starting the intro to my personal favorite Free tune, Mr. BIG
The beats could tie together easily.
This would showcase the talents of the bass player and expose another
tune that a lot of the newer fans had probably never even heard before.
Seeing Mr. Rodgers in this type of concert is a dream come true.
I only wish that there was more time so he could play some of the other
songs that are truly treasures to the music world.
The Stealer, Catch A Train, Child, The Hunter, Be My Friend Etc...
Could you vision Paul doing a solo acoustic version of Child or Soldier
Boy during these turbulent times?
I do know this.
If he gets voted into the Hall Of Fame I will be there with bells on.
This is one guy who really deserves that honor.
"The Voice" still has "The Pipes"
Keep it going.
Your biggest Fan for over 30 years.
Thanks for everything,
Warfield Theatre, San Francisco
February 26, 2004
Review by Jeff
A fantastic evening of Hendrix music performed by an
Opening the show with searing riffs from "The Star
Spangled Banner" into a soulful version of "Foxy Lady"
was Sheldon Reynolds of Earth,Wind,& Fire. Next Indigenous played a
beautiful "Little Wing" with an emotional guitar solo,
followed by "Hear my Train Coming". The first of many magical
moments of the evening. Eric Gales "let the six string do the
talking for me" with an intense version of "Purple Haze"
and then a flowing version of "Waterfall"- superb. Mitch
Mitchell and Billy Cox, original bandmates of Jimi Hendrix took the
stage with a standing ovation to perform "Freedom" with Billy
on vocals. Jimi's spirit was in the air- continuing with Jerry Cantrell
(Alice in Chains) singing "Hey Joe" Next Joe Satriani
displayed his guitar mastery on "Manic Depression".
Then entered "The Voice"-Paul Rodgers paying
tribute to Jimi. Paul started with a hard rocking "Spanish Castle
Magic" - with impressive guitar work from Joe Satriani. Enter Andy
Amador on guitar for "Angel" - in which Paul lead an
enthusiastic crowd in a sing-a-long of the chorus. Paul had command of
the crowd. Then he introduced the next song "We're FREE....We're
Stone Free!" My number one highlight of the night, a powerful
version of "Stone Free" with Neal Schon and Jerry Cantrell on
guitars. Once again Paul proving why he is music's greatest vocalist.
All these songs with the rhythm section of Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox.
Next Buddy Guy with his 45 years of experience entertained the crowd
with a series of acoustic and electric blues.
The only thing that could have made it better would have
been if he had invited Paul Rodgers back to the stage to share vocals on
"Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Red House" Then hometown
favorite Carlos Santana gave a spiritual and emotional instrumental set
dedicating it to "Jimi, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Graham, and John
Lee Hooker" Next Buddy Guy joined Carlos on stage for "I got
the Blues". Seeing Buddy Guy and Carlos Santana trading off guitar
licks in a heavy blues jam was music history in the making- a fantastic
show of the mastery and talent of these musical giants. One of those
magical moments that makes the San Francisco scene so fantastic.
Finally the encore- Paul Rodgers commanding the stage
like a Lion over a seven guitar orchestra playing a LOUD and Heavy
version of "VooDoo Chile(Slight Return)- it was amazing, lasting 10
minutes. Paul's vocals were unbelievable and perfect. A fitting 3 hour
tribute to the legacy of the man- Jimi Hendrix
Jeff Geer, San Francisco
Seattle, February 22, 2004
Review by Karim
The show was great! It was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to see some great talent. The Paramount Theatre is
incredible! It’s not only very beautifully decorated, but the sound is
just fabulous. There were many great musicians in the line-up, each
doing 2 to 3 numbers. There were standing O’s for all the performers.
As with a function such as this, there were some logistical issues, so
the show had to stop as they musicians came and went, but all-in-all, it
was really well done.
PR played two songs with the original Experience band,
towards the end of the evening. First one was Angel (wonderfully sung).
The second was Stone Free, in which Kenny Olsen also was on stage to
play guitar. Unfortunately, his guitar was so loud, he drowned PR out.
The Experience band sounded a little out-of-sync, which they had warned
us to expect as they hadn’t played some of these songs since the
original album was done!
Buddy Guy played the final set, including some acoustic
numbers. I drooled at the thought of hearing PR with Buddy in this
format, but it didn’t happen. Buddy Guy was fun to hear and watch.
When he played Hoochie Koochie Man, it was great! Only PR would have
made it better.
The finale was the piece-de-resistance for me. All the
guitar players came on stage, with PR on vocals. They performed Voodoo
Child. Lucy, you have never heard anything like it.
Nine guitars, a bass, two drum sets and the Voice on
absolute fire! Only PR could sing over that many electric guitars.
Voodoo Child was just the cat’s meow. I was screaming like a teenager
at how Paul sang it. That man is the best singer I have ever heard, bar
Highlights for me were:
Paul Rodgers (of course) – Angel and Voodoo
Kenny Wayne Sheperd (and, of course, Sheneez thought
he was really cute)
Hubert Solomon (the master)
Alice In Chains and Anne Wilson (singing “Hey Joe”).
I nearly cried when I heard this.
Indigenous – they are a 3 piece band. They are
very tight with a wonderful sound. Terrific vocal, lead guitar (a
little too much distortion, but great technique). Bass and drums
Buddy Guy – he is a great showman!
Double Trouble who played with most of the vocalists
– great bass playing and drums.
Earth, Wind and Fire members who opened the show
with two terrific songs.
I’m sure there are things that I have missed. It was
an evening filled with great music and a terrific audience who showed
their appreciation every step of the way.