My Life With Queen – Queen + Paul Rodgers

This is the 2nd part of my story with Queen. You can read the first part HERE

Back to my Queen-related story… I’m gonna jump right to 2008. The band was touring with the Rock singer Paul Rodgers since 2005. So I spent a lot of time dreaming about the band coming back to South America. The last time the band was near here was in 1985 for the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil. So, once the band started touring again with Paul Rodgers, all I had in my mind was them coming to South America again, and hopefully, this time including my country. (They had only included Argentina and Brazil on their 80s touring in South America.)

By the 2008 era, I can say that my life was pretty much a disaster. I was still struggling with my artistry and was not happy at all with what was going on in general here. So, then a miracle happened! After a long tour across Europe, and recording a brand new album (The Cosmos Rocks), the band confirmed they were returning to South America, and this time including Chile!. The heavenly date was set for November 19th.

The tour was announced in August and the tickets started selling in September. My life was exciting again! It was the one and only opportunity to see Brian May and Roger Taylor performing with my very own eyes. As every fan would do, I spent all September working my ass off, playing several shitty gigs, and saving all the money I could. So instead of paying bills, I irresponsibly spent all the money I had buying a VIP ticket. They were in a seated position, so I chose a place very near the catwalk, where hopefully I’d see Brian and Roger very close.

With the ticket in my hand, I started daydreaming and getting awfully excited.

The band arrived several days before the big concert. The fans started gathering around their hotel, and started to create a big buzz over social networks. It was finally happening!

For some reason, I thought I would have a better chance of meeting them by getting to the venue the day before; hopefully, they would be doing soundcheck. So I went to the soccer stadium, San Carlos de Apoquindotold the security guards that I wanted to subscribe to the stadium soccer team, and I sneaked in.

The band was not there, but I got to see for the first time the big screen, the catwalk, and all the things that I had only seen over Youtube videos. It was heaven!  And no other fans around. I can’t describe how excited I was seeing with my own eyes something that was pretty much unlikely a few months before. I even recorded a small video of my experience there:

But I missed the chance to see Brian and Roger at the hotel… By that time, many fans were claiming and bragging that they met them, showing their pictures and autographs. So, I realized it wasn’t my most clever move to get to the venue instead of going to the hotel.

Anyway, the next day was the concert, I couldn’t sleep that night and woke up very early to go to the venue and try to sneak in again. I was hoping the band would do soundcheck in the morning. I passed through the security guards, saying the same fake lie like the day before.  But this time, I found that the gates to the stadium were closed. So I started walking around like I was a member of the soccer club, doing some jogging. I was quickly discovered by the security guards and kicked out with the promise that if I went back, they would call the police.

So I failed, for the second time in just two days, to meet Brian May and Roger Taylor.

It it didn’t matter;  the concert was that night, so I had no choice but to go back home and get ready for the big night.

I still have fresh in my mind every detail I lived that day. I could make another entire post just dedicated to that concert. It was one of the most special days of my life. I couldn’t believe what my eyes and ears were feeling. Finally, I got to see how these people were in real life. I heard the Red Special, and Roger’s drums, in real time!

That night was close to perfection, but some people there tried to ruin it. Mostly security guards who were assholes the whole concert, and the fact that I was completely by myself and had nobody to hug while I was almost fainting there.

Still, for me, this was one of the few opportunities where the positive side was so big, that it overshadowed all the bad things that happened during those days, and even the entire year!

In the next few years, I became obsesed with that concert. And I tried to get everything that would remind me of something from that experience…..

So I started my new hobby: collecting things from the under-rated album with Paul Rodgers “The Cosmos Rocks”. The funny thing is that it was an album despised both by fans and music critics. But for me, it is one of the most special Queen albums ever…. well…. the most special Brian and Roger recording.

Stay tuned for the final episode of this story!. Click here for part 3