Dear Jim: Paul [Rodgers]
was not there to replace Freddy [Mercury]; he was there to carry on the
music. Yeah, there were just a couple of slow moments, but come on, my
friend: The show was awesome.
Re: Your review of the
Queen-Paul Rodgers show at Allstate Arena [March 25]: As a '70s fan who has
seen both Queen and Bad Company in the height of their popularity, I went
into that show with a bit of skepticism. What I walked out with was a
greater appreciation for what both those bands meant to my youth and how
great they really were. I felt sorry for hundreds of Chicago faithful that
missed out, and I just wanted to give a fan's view to a show you obviously
did not care for. I don't quite figure where you come from with your classic
band reviews; you've really written some stinkers.
I do not regret paying
$200 to see Queen. The ingenious Brian May is a guitar virtuoso and an
underrated vocalist, but he was overshadowed by the garish Paul Rodgers.
Rodgers significantly diminished the aura of the show, but I will always
embrace an opportunity to see guitar phenoms such as Brian May and Jeff Beck
as a means to listen to their dynamic tones and wonderful riffs.
Remembering Rick Johnson
Dear Jim: I just read
your excellent piece about the great [late rock critic] Rick Johnson [Sunday
Show, April 16]. I grew up in Mexico City buying/stealing Creem magazine in
my teens. Now, as a 41-year-old banking executive, I still remember
Johnson's stories. Best regards, or, as we say in Mexico, "un abrazo" (a
Mr. DeRogatis: I've read
your columns in the Sun-Times for years, and I have always admired your
work. But never before have I been as touched and moved by an article as I
was by your tribute to my friend and mentor Rick Johnson. Growing up in the
little college-farming town of Macomb, Ill., I never knew that there was a
rock-history legend living amongst us, selling the newspaper to my dad and
telling dirty jokes while he rung up my Mountain Dew. Rick was a good man, a
friend, and apparently an amazing writer. I had no idea that he had inspired
journalists as diverse and widely read as yourself and Dave Barry.
Clinton J. Boomer
Dear Mr. DeRogatis: I am
writing in response to your review of Morrissey's new album, "Ringleader of
the Tormentors" [Spin Control, April 9]. Your review speaks a lot about
yourself: You seem detached, indifferent and negative overall. I can
understand if you don't care for Morrissey's new album, and I can understand
if you don't care for Morrissey in general, but you never mention the impact
Morrissey has had on music and the music industry. You are definitely out of
touch with the fans, but I hope to see you this summer when Morrissey comes
to Chicago, and I hope you enjoy yourself.
P.S.: Morrissey moved
out of Los Angeles several months ago. He now lives in Italy.
Kenneth G. Stavitzke
Hi Jim: I read your
review of Coldplay's concert [April 1] and I was compelled to write. I would
have loved to have been able to go, but being a recent grad and unemployed
at the moment, it's hard to cough up 50+ dollars. I consider myself a fan of
Coldplay, and I would have been disappointed that they played only 17 songs,
and that Chris Martin's "goofy" antics were as annoying as antics seen on
the Austin City Limits show. I firmly believe their music better fits small
venues such as theaters and small-capacity arenas, somewhere between the
United Center and the U.I.C Pavilion. Their music is too "soft" to be played
for 25, 000 fans, and I totally agree that they need to find a compromise.