QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 5

Just a quick one for today.

I say that, but I do have tendency to ramble on a bit, so lets see how it goes...

Yesterday was a travel day; we were flying out of LAX to Chicago for the opening show. My first job of the day was to heard cats and make sure we had our crew downstairs in the hotel lobby at 8.00am sharp to get the bus to the airport. I need not have worried, all but one were down there 15minutes early. They maybe a motley crew of characters, but they are good and they do it right.

The flight was pretty non-eventful; apart from the live World Cup matches you could watch on the plane! I was quite giddy with excitement when I discovered this. I love America.

Apart from that, the main topic of conversation on the bus, on the plane and as we stood around the airport was the reaction of the iHeart show from the night before. I was suddenly quite popular, as the guys were coming to me to see what the fans were saying and pointing out what parts of the show they enjoyed. This did not shock me particularly, but it was really nice to see that they really cared how the show had been greeted, even though it was just an 8 song promotional gig. I made a point of speaking to Pete and Nigel to see how the band felt it went.

"Brian was thrilled, he loved it.,” said Pete. Nigel then chipped in and relayed that "Roger was up for more, he would have played on if they had let him.” Bingo, it looks like we are all set.

Chicago then, I had never been. I was meeting a family friend who spookily lived just 6 blocks from our hotel. He gave me a tour of the city by car and then later by foot and I fell instantly in love the place. It has such a great vibe, a relaxed lightness if that makes sense, a very cool mix of modern and tradition in its culture and architecture, its like the people who live here REALLY like living here and make an effort, oh, and of course, Lake Michigan, a sea in most other countries. So yes, I managed this complete analysis of this major world city in a 10 minute car ride and having only been in there for about 2 hours. Bonkers? maybe, but I am coming back here for sure, it's my kind of town, plus it has immense rock n' roll credentials.

Following dinner and stroll around Millennium Park, I bid farewell to my host and was going to slide up to my room, but was collared by a handful of the crew in the lobby, led by you guessed it...Malandrone. He is getting way too many column inches in these updates. Anyway, I am so glad I joined them because the chat was just tremendous. I am learning so much from all these guys, on what they do as part of the production and ultimately I always get round to asking them who they have worked for before, and some of the great stories that entertain me every single day are a real highlight of this trip. I have a few tales of my own of course, but I am nursery school storyteller compared to these guys.

" Metal bands? Metallica, yeah I’ve worked with those guys."

"When I'm out with Clapton..."

"Rhianna, was a HUGE production..."

"Madonna loves a great joke..."

"Chili Peppers, Radiohead, um, Pink was a fun one…”

So that was up until last night, well early this morning if I’m honest ;),  and as I finish this, it is ‘pre-load in day’, before the big kick off tomorrow night. If I have time, I will try and squeeze another update in a little later, I just have to get this gold spray paint off my be continued. 

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QueenOnline On Tour: Notes From The Road Part 5

Motor Tim

See ya in TWO HOURS! ;)


How nice to let us know what is happening! Love Chicago myself! Now how about Florida for the tour????


Like these blogs...if people wanna here MORE about Brian & Roger then visit their sites.
I just wanna ask ya...areBrian & Roger following WC BRAZIL 2014 you watch the gamestogether,
Liverpool Lou..please havea bad game all your goals for Liverpool next season.



:) LOlL funny read today ! :) Thanks!


Nice reading, thanks! I'd be curious to read some details on Roger's choice of the DW short stack toms, very atypical dimensions for the sound we're used to hear from him...


Well done on the blogs so far. The website has long needed something like this - a breath of fresh air. They've been doing something similar on the Springsteen website for a while now and yours are just as good, if not better. Helps brings the tour to life for those of us not able to attend, as well as making me realise that I'm most definitely in the wrong job!
Keep up the great work!


Thanks for the blog! To be honest though, there is very little actual interesting "behind the scenes" content. The most detail you go into involves your own observations and comments on subjects that having nothing to do with the tour! Are you not allowed to interact directly with Brian, Roger or Adam? You must realize most people are here reading this blog to hear news about them! The only content involving information about Roger and Brian has been minimal at most "secondhand" at best. You have made zero observations or updates concerning Adam! (You do know there are Glamberts around the world hanging on, hoping for any tidbits you may have to report about him!) Here's hoping your writing skills will begin to reflect a knowledge that this is a golden opportunity that so far you have fallen very short of taking advantage of.
Thanks for listening =)


What about Adam's voice tho? Did he suck as much as we expected? It sounded pretty awful on the vids, guess it can't be much better live. Please give your impression. I trust you dude, Queen purist!!


Chicago, you are in for a great experience tonight!

Nick, keep these wonderful notes coming. I'm counting the days until Inglewood Forum. Queen + Adam Lambert ROCK!!!!


Loved the blog, Adam! Can't wait til Part 6... loved your mention of Metallica! \m/


Hello, Brian, great reading your blog about the U.S. tour. Do keep us posted - so interesting to hear about behind the scenes stuff! I am very much looking forward to seeing the show in Houston and Dallas!

Welcome to Chicago!

Cannot wait! This is going to be epic!
"Love Kills" released as a single please.


Thanks for this blog. It's so interesting and as a proud Glambert and Queen fan, it's a great insider view of what is going on behind the scenes. Rock on!


Noticed that in all your blogs so far, you never once mention Queen's new frontman Adam Lambert. I was looking forward to finding out about him, some anecdotes, what everybody thinks about him, etc. but zip! The fact that they now have this new singer is pretty interesting I think, and the reviews I've seen say he's very good, so why do you not write about him at all?


My daughter (16 b-day present) looking forward to the concert tomorrow night. Huge fan. Has all DVD's, books, etc.. turned off her lights last night with Freddie Mercury biography on the nightstand. this central Illinois family grew up Queen fans. Keep rockin.


Best blog on the entire internet!!! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences so generously.


Loving these blogs! You will find much charm in many of the cities on your short tour. Hope you're able to come back soon!


Pray tell. What is the gold spray paint for?


wouldn't mind hearing what Lambert thought of the opening show, his vocals were spot on.


So enjoying your notes! and the unexpected peek behind the scenes. Keep 'em coming. :)


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