Album Remarks & Appraisals:
With a hit stage show based on their music spread across the globe, a sold-out tour with rock legend Paul Rodgers winding its way across that very same orb, and prospects for more new things burning very brightly, the story of Queen is still being written. But here in this album you'll find a fascinating assortment of some of the most vital talents in contemporary music, such as Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Flaming Lips, Jon Brion, Los Lobos, Sum 41 and many more all giving their own takes on their favorite Queen songs. Hollywood Records. 2005.
Various Artists: Aspen Miller, Tony Vincent, Lori Eure, Niki Scalera, Carly Thomas, Rosalind Brown, Maria Davidson, Jenny DiNoia, Dustin Dubreuil, Brandon Mix, Joey Calveri, Douglas Crawford, Jamison Scott (vocals); Jason Todd (guitar); John Gilutin (piano); Jed Leiber (Hammond b-3 organ); Greg Hawkes (keyboards); Natasha Shneider (Moog synthesizer); Abraham Laboriel, Sr., Paul Peterson, Brad Stewart , Cone McCaslin, Brian Ray (bass guitar); Adam King (drums, percussion); Sergio González (drums); David Gilmore, Deryck Whibley, Elliot Easton, Jack Irons , Abe Laboriel, Jr., Alain Johannes, Michael Ivins, Oliver Leiber, Steven Drozd, Wayne Coyne, Bill Bell, Brent Smith , Barry Kerch, Ian Sheridan, Eric Hinojosa, Raymond Angry, Dave Brownsound.
Personnel: Deryck Whibley (vocals, piano); Gavin DeGraw (vocals, Wurlitzer organ); Josh Kelley (vocals, background vocals); Jason Mraz, Josh Homme, Joss Stone, Brent Smith , Natasha Shneider (vocals); Niki Scalera, Aspen Miller, Lori Eure (soprano); Brandon Nix, Tony Vincent, Dustin Dubreuil (tenor); Rob Sutton, Joey Calveri, Douglas Crawford, Jamison Scott (bass voice); Oliver Leiber (guitar, percussion); David Gilmore, Elliot Easton, Jason Todd, Alain Johannes, Bill Bell, Dave Brownsound, Kristen Henderson (guitar); Eric Hinojosa (piano); Raymond Angry (keyboards); Ian Sheridan (bass guitar); Sergio Gonzales, Steve Jocz, Jack Irons , Abe Laboriel, Jr., Barry Kerch, Caesar Griffin (drums); Matt Laug (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Dave Fridmann; Tony Battaglia; David Bendeth; Stuart Sikes; Brian Reeves ; Rick Beato; Alain Johannes; Bill Bell; Dave Pensado; Bryan Golder; Jack Joseph Puig; Mark Johnson ; Jon Brion; Kevin Shirley; Tom Biller.
Liner Note Author: Charlie D'Atri.
Recording information: 11ad; Chez Mraz, San Diego, CA; Grand Master Studios; Ocean Studios; Ocean Way Studios; Ollywood Studios; Son Songs Studios; Sunset Sound Studios; Tarbox Road Studios; The Studio At The Sunset Maquis; Water Music.
Released contemporaneously with a Queen "reunion" album that found the surviving members collaborating with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, KILLER QUEEN features a passel of younger artists paying their respects to Freddie Mercury and company. While there's a wide variety of entrants in the build-your-own-Queen-song contest, from veteran roots-rockers Los Lobos to young neo-soul waif Joss Stone, many of these tracks stick surprisingly close to the originals. Hearing pop-punks Sum 41 and power-poppers Rooney deliver note-perfect versions of "Killer Queen" and "Death on Two Legs" respectively, one has to assume that Queen's elaborate, painstakingly created templates just seemed too perfect to disturb. Closing things out, the all-female quintet Antigone Rising adds a wry gender-bending twist to "Fat Bottomed Girls," nodding to the broad sense of camp that was always at the heart of Queen's approach.