Born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England back in 1949, the legendary singer Paul Rodgers first became famous as the vocalist of Free and later on also continued to be an influential artists froting bands like Bad Company and the supergroup The Firm, formed alongside the Led Zeppelin guitarist and producer Jimmy Page.
But the musician also worked with Queen, alongside the guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. They were together from 2004 to 2009 and besides touring all over the world, they recorded the studio album “The Cosmos Rocks” (2008).
He recalled in an interview with Talk Shop Live (Transcribed by Blabbermouth) his time with the group.
The singer Paul Rodgers recalls his time with Queen
Brian (May) spoke to me about doing some gigs just for fun. ‘Cause we’ve done this TV show together and we played ‘All Right Now’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. And it seemed to fit. And he said, ‘Let’s do some shows out in Europe just for fun.'”
“And I went into it with a lot of respect for Freddie, actually. And I came out of it, when I wanted to get back to my own music, with even more respect. By the time I’d toured with the guys and done all that, I realized what it was like to stand in Freddie’s shoes, and it was not an easy gig.”
“I mean, they have so many great songs, and it was a really, really enlightening experience, actually. It was,” Paul Rodgers said.
New Rodgers album
The singer is currently promoting his new solo album “Midnight Rose” that will be released next September 22. It is his first solo record in 25 years.
“A celebration of a storied career and a feel-good, hopeful look towards the future, Midnight Rose features Paul’s quintessential larger-than-life vocals in a whole new chapter of his career. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, Rodgers powers through all original, new tracks like ‘Living It Up,’ ‘Take Love,’ ‘Photoshooter,’ and more,” the official statement about the new record said.