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At the end, after an excellent evening, what looked like a sold out Rock City was more than satisfied

ROGER TAYLOR
Nottingham: Rock City, 15th October 2021

I remember coming to Rock City to see Roger Taylor play on his last tour. What I didn't remember was that it was in 1999. Twenty-two years had passed since his last jaunt. A very sobering thought indeed. I don't remember too much about it, but I do remember it being a good show. You have to assume he enjoyed it, and remembered that after the extended period, as he was back again. After that long, would tonight be as memorable?

Well, the first thing I noticed was the fact that the place was heaving (including the balcony), and that's an area I have seen closed on many occasions in the past. Second was the atmosphere and third, the sense of expectation.

Coming on at eight, he started with the title track of his second solo album from 1984, 'Strange Frontier', and it was obvious right from the start that it was going to be a good night, as almost everybody seemed to be singing along with him. He then went straight into Queen territory with 'Tenement Funster', which again saw the room join in. A new song from his latest album 'Outsider' came next with 'We're All Just Trying To Get By', before one of my favourites from 'Electric Fire' in 1998 called 'A Nation Of Haircuts'. Throughout, he covered a wide span of years, from the aforementioned 'Tenement Funster' in 1974 to the final Queen offering 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' from 1991, the surprising Queen And Paul Rogers single 'Say It's Not True' from 2007, and his solo material from 1984 with 'Man On Fire' right up to the present day, with five songs from the new album, all of which most of the crowd knew the words to.

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The band he had with him were excellent. Neil Fairclough on bass was steady all the way through, while drummer Tyler Warren really showed his quality in the drum duets he did with Taylor during 'Up' and between 'More Kicks' and 'Foreign Sand', and also doing the vocals for 'Rock It'. Guitarist Christian Mendoza not only played superbly on the Taylor material, but also did excellent interpretations of Brian May leads on the Queen songs, while keyboardist, violinist, vocalist and guitarist Tina Hizon, who Taylor described as "More talented than all of us" during the band introduction, was certainly appreciated by the crowd, who all chanted her name numerous times following that. The band appeared pleasantly surprised when the audience sang 'Under Pressure' and were louder than they were, and during 'Foreign Sand' after Taylor sang "Hello" they repeated the word back to him. 'Radio Ga Ga' ended the main set and, as you can imagine, the whole crowd had hands in the air, clapping at the correct time, but also, Roger had mentioned that they were down a member, as keyboardist and arranger Spike Edney wasn't playing due to recovering from an operation, while getting better all the time, but came on to do keyboards for this song and the encore.

The encore was quite a surprise to me when, on returning to the stage wearing a red velvet smoking jacket, Roger proceeded to do Led Zeppelin's 'Rock & Roll', followed by David Bowie's 'Heroes'. At the end, after an excellent evening, what looked like a sold out Rock City was more than satisfied, and I was aware of how quickly the two hours had passed.

Set List:- Strange Frontier, Tenement Funster (Queen), We're All Just Trying To Get By, A Nation Of Haircuts, These Are The Days of Our Lives (Queen), Up, Gangsters Are Running This World, A Kind Of Magic (Queen), Absolutely Anything, Surrender, Man On Fire, Rock It (Prime Jive), (Queen (Tyler Warren on vocals)), Under Pressure, (Queen), Say It's Not True (Queen + Paul Rodgers), I'm In Love With My Car (Queen), Outsider, More Kicks, Drum Battle, Foreign Sand, Radio Ga Ga (Queen).
Encore: Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin), Heroes (David Bowie cover)

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