Return of the Champions

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Return of the Champions
Live album by Queen + Paul Rodgers
Released 19 September 2005 (CD)
17 October 2005 (DVD)
Recorded 9 May 2005 in Sheffield
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 101:00
Label Parlophone (Europe)
Hollywood (US)
Producer Joshua J. Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith, Peter Brandt
Queen + Paul Rodgers chronology
Return of the Champions
(2005)
The Cosmos Rocks
(2008)
Queen + Paul Rodgers video chronology
Return of the Champions
(2005)
Super Live in Japan
(2006)
Singles from Return of the Champions
  1. "Reaching Out (Live)"/"Tie Your Mother Down (Live)"
    Released: 29 August 2005 (Europe)

Return of the Champions is a double live album by English rock band Queen + Paul Rodgers. It was recorded in May 2005 during the Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, England (except for "Imagine", which was performed in Hyde Park, London immediately after that year's terrorist attack) and released on 19 September 2005. A companion DVD was released in October, directed by David Mallet.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Robert Christgau D+ link
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All lead vocals performed by Paul Rodgers, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Reaching Out" (Black, Hill)**
  2. "Tie Your Mother Down" (May)
  3. "I Want to Break Free" (Deacon)
  4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (May)
  5. "Wishing Well" (Rodgers, Kossoff, Bundrick, Yamauchi, Kirke)
  6. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Deacon)
  7. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Mercury)
  8. "Say It's Not True" (Roger Taylor)
    • Lead vocals by Taylor.
  9. "'39" (May)
    • Lead vocals by May.
  10. "Love of My Life" (Mercury)
    • Lead vocals by May.
  11. "Hammer to Fall" (May)
    • Lead vocals by May and Rodgers.
  12. "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Rodgers, Ralphs)
  13. "Let There Be Drums" (Nelson, Podolor)
  14. "I'm in Love with My Car" (Taylor)
    • Lead vocals by Taylor.
  15. "Guitar solo" (May)
  16. "Last Horizon" (May)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "These Are the Days of Our Lives" (Queen)
    • Lead vocals by Taylor.
  2. "Radio Ga Ga" (Taylor)
    • Lead vocals by Taylor and Rodgers.
  3. "Can't Get Enough" (Ralphs)
  4. "A Kind of Magic" (Taylor)
  5. "I Want It All" (Queen)
    • Lead vocals by Rodgers and May.
  6. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Mercury)
    • Pre-recorded vocals by Mercury, with lead vocals by Rodgers.
  7. "The Show Must Go On" (Queen)
  8. "All Right Now" (Fraser, Rodgers)
  9. "We Will Rock You" (May)
  10. "We Are the Champions" (Mercury)
  11. "God Save the Queen" (Traditional, arr. May)
  12. "It's a Beautiful Day (Remix)" (Queen)
    • Pre-recorded vocals by Mercury
  13. "Imagine" (Lennon)
    • Lead vocals by May, Taylor and Rodgers.

Tracks 12-13 are bonus songs from the DVD.

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Rodgers – lead vocals, guitars
  • Brian May – guitars, arrangements, vocals
  • Roger Taylor – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Spike Edney – keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Jamie Moses – guitars, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Freddie Mercury – pre-recorded vocals ("Bohemian Rhapsody", "Beautiful Day"), pre-recorded piano ("Bohemian Rhapsody")

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[2] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[3] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 39
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[5] 19
French Albums (SNEP)[6] 80
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 13
Irish Albums (IRMA)[8] 47
Italian Albums (FIMI)[9] 19
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[10] 28
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[11] 44
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 42
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 12
US Billboard 200[14] 84

DVD[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Music DVDs Chart[15] 16
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[16] 2
Belgian (Flanders) Music DVDs Chart[17] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Music DVDs Chart[18] 6
Danish Music DVDs Chart[19] 10
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[20] 2
Greek Music DVDs Chart[21] 3
Italian Music DVDs Chart[22] 4
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[23] 6
US Music Videos Chart[24] 13

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] Gold 17,500^
France (SNEP)[25] Gold 10,000*
Germany (BVMI)[26] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
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  4. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 38, 2005". Chart-Track.co.uk. IRMA. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Portuguesecharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  13. ^ "2005-10-01 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  14. ^ "Awards: Queen + Paul Rodgers – Return of the Champions". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "ARIA Top 40 DVD" (PDF). The ARIA Report (823): 23. 5 December 2005. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Austria Top 40 – Musik-DVDs Top 10 11.11.2005". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ultratop 10 Muziek-DVD". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop 10 DVD Musicaux". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Musik DVD Top-10". Hitlisten.nu (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "DVD Music Top 30". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Top 20 DVD/Video". IFPI Greece (in Greek). Archived from the original on 14 December 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Classifiche: Archivio – DVD Musicali". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Top 20 DVD Musical" (PDF). PROMUSICAE (in Spanish). Media Control GfK International. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Top Music Videos". Billboard 117 (45): 77. 5 November 2005. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "French video certifications – Queen + Paul Rogers – Return of the Champions" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Queen; 'Return of the Champions')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

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