Launch Radio Networks reports: QUEEN & PAUL RODGERS officially kicked off their partnership when they performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa on Saturday (March 19). Their 15-song set, which is shorter than they plan to do when they start headlining their own shows this month, was heavy on QUEEN numbers, though Rodgers did get to showcase some of his better-known FREE and BAD COMPANY material. The concert, which also featured Annie Lennox, Will Smith, and a host of African artists, reportedly raised about $1.6 million to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa.
While the planned team-up with Lennox didn't happen, QUEEN & RODGERS were joined by young pop star Katie Melua for the song "Too Much Love Will Kill You", from the 1995 QUEEN album "Made In Heaven". Melua, who was born in the former Soviet Union but who is based in England these days, has been a life-long QUEEN fan.
RODGERS & QUEEN kick off their own world tour on March 28 in London, with North American shows being planned for the fall.
The setlist for QUEEN & PAUL RODGERS included: "Tie Your Mother Down", "Can't Get Enough", "I Want To Break Free", "Fat Bottomed Girls", "Say It's Not True" (B-Stage, Roger Taylor on lead vocal), "Too Much Love Will Kill You" (featuring Katie Melua), "Hammer To Fall" (Slow Version, Brian May on lead vocal intro), "A Kind Of Magic", "Feel Like Making Love", "Radio Ga Ga" (Roger Taylor on lead vocal), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "The Show Must Go On", "All Right Now", "We Will Rock You", and "We Are The Champions" (featuring the African Children's Choir).