Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Ukrainian attendance record...and that’s no joke

I haven’t purchased many new packaged Queen items lately, but I came across this one at HMV the other day.

It’s a 2-disc audio CD recording and a DVD of the same concert held in Ukraine’s Freedom Square in Kharkov. Although the sleeve notes claim that there were 350,000 Ukrainians in attendance, I have to wonder if that number isn’t inflated a bit.

Did Queen retain their popularity there to a point where Brian, Roger and Paul can pull in an audience greater than the original Queen line-up could?

This must rank near the top of the list for the largest audience draw for a single act. Not that I’m complaining since we haven’t heard claims like those since Queen’s South American tour back in the early ’80s.

What I liked about this particular concert was that Roger's drum solo is initially performed with a bass drum, snare drum, and hi-hat; then roadies begin to assemble his full kit around him as he continues to play.

Roger’s drum solo also features him tapping the bass strings of Danny Miranda’s guitar with his drum sticks. Hearing the opening riff to Under Pressure played by Roger’s drum sticks on a bass guitar was in interesting moment and shows that the band isn’t above taking a fresh approach to older songs.


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