Rick's List: Queen edition

Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.

By now, the reviews and posted online set lists of the Queen/Adam Lambert tour - which comes to the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 19 - confirm what I greatly feared: the show we'll see at the Sun will be significantly lacking in terms of the songs I particularly want to hear. This isn't a great surprise. Queen's musical style shifted quite a bit over the years, and the albums I love - the first three: "Queen," "Queen II" and "Sheer Heart Attack" - featured a band that fused dynamic hard rock with celestial harmonies, melodies and arrangements. The gradual shift to musical hall ditties, disco and over-stylized rockabilly all came later - along with, admittedly, multi-platinum success. I'm sure the Queen/Lambert production will be dazzling, but here are five tremendous Queen songs you won't hear - and which I believe are better than anything on the set list.

Give them a listen:

1. "Keep Yourself Alive"

2. "Ogre Battle"

3. "Nevermore"

4. "Stone Cold Crazy"

5. "Father to Son"


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