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Paul Rodgers Having A Princely Time With Queen

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When Paul Rodgers takes the stage, he has a body of work from some legendary rock bands — Free, Bad Company and The Firm, his collaboration with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page — from which to draw.

And more recently Rodgers has added another group to his resume — Queen.

Rodgers toured with the group, now dubbed Queen + Paul Rodgers, in 2005 and 2006, and released the live album/DVD “Return of the Champions.” And there’s more where that came from; the troupe has nine new songs worked up and another recording session planned for October.

“With Queen and myself, it’s a very organic thing,” Rodgers, 57, explains. “We’re letting it sort of develop itself naturally and not pushing it or giving it any pressure. We go in, just the three of us. Roger (Taylor) gets on the kit, Brian (May) gets on the guitar, I get on the acoustic guitar and piano, either/or, and then we share the bass line afterwards.

“It’s all very interesting.”

Rodgers expects a studio album in 2008, with a tour to follow. Meanwhile, he’s just as happy to get on the road with his own band, exploring a nearly 40-year body of work that includes enduring hits such as “Alright Now,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Feel Like Making Love” and “Radioactive.”

“What I’m about, really, is music,” says Rodgers, who released a CD and DVD “Live in Glasgow” this year. “There’s a great feeling when you write a song, the opening chords of which 10,000 people instantly recognize and instantly begin to sing. And even though you may have played the song a million times, it very much belongs to that evening when you play it again.

“There’s something incredible about that. That’s the thing that drew me to this business and that’s the reason I’m still going out on stage and playing.”

Paul Rodgers performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday (June 30th) on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MI Stage at the Stars & Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens. Admission is free. Call (586) 913-1919 or visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.

Web Site: www.startsandstripesfest.com

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