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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 23, 1993
FIVE LIVEGeorge Michael and Queen (Hollywood 61479)On the surface, "Five Live" seems little more than a simple tribute album, in which George Michael and the surviving members of Queen pay homage to the late Freddie Mercury. Listen closely, though, and between songs, you can almost hear Michael thumbing his nose at Sony Music. How so? Because in addition to a spirited and soulful duet with Lisa Stansfield on "These Are the Days of Our Lives" and a hammy (even by Queen's standards) rendition of "Someone to Love," Michael also manages to include a couple numbers of his own, including his "Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone" medley.
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By Emma Schkloven and For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
With a decade-long career that has survived several member departures and includes four stylistically different albums, Panic! at the Disco and its musical trajectory have been anything but ordinary. Sunday night's wide-ranging show at Pier Six Pavilion reflected the emo-turned-alternative-rock trio's unpredictable career. Following two opening acts (Magic Man and Walk the Moon), Panic! hit the stage with high-energy tracks (“Vegas Lights,” “Time to Dance”). The heat of the summer night led to a quick and necessary costume change for frontman and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie.
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November 25, 1991
Freddie Mercury, 45, who was known as the showman of British pop music as lead singer of the rock group Queen, died yesterday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at his London home, his publicist said. As a flamboyant star of the British hard rock scene for almost 20 years, he took Queen to the top of the charts with hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions." Mr. Mercury announced he had AIDS only a day before his death, calling on his fans around the world to join the fight against the disease.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery .) True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife - Mrs. Brown will vouch for this - “that guy should sing with Queen.” The band was casting about for a new frontman after ending its five-year partnership with former Free/Bad Company/The Firm/The Law singer Paul Rodgers, and Lambert was enlivening another dreary season of Idol with his three-octave range, upper-register confidence and flamboyant stage presence.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 1, 1991
Less than three weeks after basketball superstar Magic Johnson shocked the world by announcing that he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS, the specter of the disease has hit the rock-music community.Even before the death last Sunday of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, however, music figures were reassessing their lifestyles a field that long took pride in the slogan "sex, drugs and rock and roll.""For Freddie Mercury [to get AIDS], well, it can happen to me," said veteran rock star Ozzy Osbourne.
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By Emma Schkloven and For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
With a decade-long career that has survived several member departures and includes four stylistically different albums, Panic! at the Disco and its musical trajectory have been anything but ordinary. Sunday night's wide-ranging show at Pier Six Pavilion reflected the emo-turned-alternative-rock trio's unpredictable career. Following two opening acts (Magic Man and Walk the Moon), Panic! hit the stage with high-energy tracks (“Vegas Lights,” “Time to Dance”). The heat of the summer night led to a quick and necessary costume change for frontman and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery .) True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife - Mrs. Brown will vouch for this - “that guy should sing with Queen.” The band was casting about for a new frontman after ending its five-year partnership with former Free/Bad Company/The Firm/The Law singer Paul Rodgers, and Lambert was enlivening another dreary season of Idol with his three-octave range, upper-register confidence and flamboyant stage presence.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
There's a straightforward, high-octane jukebox musical screaming 'I want to break free' from 'We Will Rock You,' the overstuffed, more or less entertaining tribute to the famed band Queen that opened its North American tour at the Hippodrome Tuesday night. The show, which started out 11 years ago in London and is still running strong there, painstakingly weaves two dozen songs through a sci-fi scenario that makes the plots of ABBA-fueled "Mamma Mia" or heavy metal salute "Rock of Ages" seem downright Shakespearean by comparison.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 22, 2005
There may never be another three operatic tenors packing the combined vocal and star power of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, but there are at least three highly marketable singers who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to stir the public. Call them the poperatic tenors. Heading the list of these mass-appeal vocalists, who cross back and forth between classical and pop idioms easily and who generate unusually effusive fans, is Andrea Bocelli. The blind Italian singer soared to fame and fortune in the 1990s, given an extra boost by heavy exposure on American public television.
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May 19, 2009
American Idol's two-night finale starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WBFF, Channel 45, and the choices couldn't be more distinct. A vote for Adam Lambert or Kris Allen might say as much about us as it does either of them. KRIS ALLEN We all know by now that American Idol is a TV show on the hunt for a future pop star. But notice the order there. Idol is a TV show first and a talent scout second. Adam Lambert may have buzz, but so did washed-up Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. Remember him? Probably not. Yes, Lambert makes great TV, but can he make great pop music?
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
There's a straightforward, high-octane jukebox musical screaming 'I want to break free' from 'We Will Rock You,' the overstuffed, more or less entertaining tribute to the famed band Queen that opened its North American tour at the Hippodrome Tuesday night. The show, which started out 11 years ago in London and is still running strong there, painstakingly weaves two dozen songs through a sci-fi scenario that makes the plots of ABBA-fueled "Mamma Mia" or heavy metal salute "Rock of Ages" seem downright Shakespearean by comparison.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 23, 1993
FIVE LIVEGeorge Michael and Queen (Hollywood 61479)On the surface, "Five Live" seems little more than a simple tribute album, in which George Michael and the surviving members of Queen pay homage to the late Freddie Mercury. Listen closely, though, and between songs, you can almost hear Michael thumbing his nose at Sony Music. How so? Because in addition to a spirited and soulful duet with Lisa Stansfield on "These Are the Days of Our Lives" and a hammy (even by Queen's standards) rendition of "Someone to Love," Michael also manages to include a couple numbers of his own, including his "Killer/Papa Was a Rolling Stone" medley.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 1, 1991
Less than three weeks after basketball superstar Magic Johnson shocked the world by announcing that he had contracted the virus that causes AIDS, the specter of the disease has hit the rock-music community.Even before the death last Sunday of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, however, music figures were reassessing their lifestyles a field that long took pride in the slogan "sex, drugs and rock and roll.""For Freddie Mercury [to get AIDS], well, it can happen to me," said veteran rock star Ozzy Osbourne.
NEWS
November 25, 1991
Freddie Mercury, 45, who was known as the showman of British pop music as lead singer of the rock group Queen, died yesterday of acquired immune deficiency syndrome at his London home, his publicist said. As a flamboyant star of the British hard rock scene for almost 20 years, he took Queen to the top of the charts with hits including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Are The Champions." Mr. Mercury announced he had AIDS only a day before his death, calling on his fans around the world to join the fight against the disease.
NEWS
March 17, 1992
Buchwald story idea gets him $150,000Paramount Pictures was ordered yesterday to pay Art Buchwald $150,000 and his partner $750,000 for their contributions to the hit 1988 Eddie Murphy movie "Coming to America."Judge Harvey Schneider, who ordered the award, had ruled in January 1990 that the movie was based upon a screenplay idea submitted by Mr. Buchwald.Mr. Buchwald and his producing partner, Alain Bernheim, had sought a joint award of $6.2 million. They said their legal fees exceeded $3 million.
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By Steve McKerrow | April 20, 1992
ON AND OFF THE AIR:* "Alex, what is the queen city of the Patapsco drainage basin?"The answer is Baltimore, of course, which is one of the categories scheduled on tonight's edition of "Jeopardy!" at 7:30 p.m. on WMAR-Channel 2, with host Alex Trebek. As a promotional gimmick called "Bringin' It Home," the show highlights numerous geographical categories and alerts stations therein to plug the local angle.(By the way, Media Monitor borrowed the Charm City description above from the departed Maryland Public Television series, "Crabs")
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