Queen is reigning on the international concert circuit once again. Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor have joined forces with Bad Company vocalist Paul Rodgers to recreate musical magic on stage. Queen + Paul Rodgers appeared at the Verizon Center on Thursday, March 9, 2006, in Washington, D.C., before an energized audience.

     The stunning combination of Rodgers' voice with a reformed Queen was a major draw with European audiences in 2005. Having released a powerful live album Return Of The Champions, the trio have set their sights on conquering their joint American fanbase.

     Comprising a mixture of Queen hits, Bad Company standards as well as a trusted classic from Free, the band's setlist has included room for more than just Rodgers handling lead vocals. Both May and Taylor take a turn behind the microphone to give the revised stage act an enhanced appeal.

DC setlist: Reaching Out > Tie Your Mother Down * Fat Bottomed Girls * I Want To Break Free * Take Love * Crazy Little Thing Called Love * '39 * Love Of My Life * Hammer To Fall * Feel Like Making Love * Let There Be Drums * I'm In Love With My Car * Brighton Rock Guitar Solo > Last Horizon * Bad Company * Another One Bites The Dust * Dragon Attack * These Are The Days Of Our Lives * Radio Ga GA * Can't Get Enough * The Show Must Go On * Bohemian Rhapsody * Encore: We Will Rock You > All Right Now * We Are The Champions

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Finding a voice after a void
Queen returns with Paul Rodgers to carry the torch

by Timothy Tilghman