Queen Return With Paul Rodgers: "Imitating Freddie Would Be Pointless"

September 16, 2008 11:55 AM ET

Check out this awesome video of Queen with Paul Rodgers performing for more than 350,000 people last week in the Ukraine (they don't come onstage until about four minutes in to the video, so skip ahead). The show, dubbed "Life Must Go On!" raised money and awareness around HIV/AIDS issues in the former Soviet republic, a topic obviously close to the band: "Queen lost its singer many years ago, so we know that this can affect anybody," drummer Roger Taylor told the AP.

Rolling Stone recently caught up with the band as they were prepping the release of their first new material in 14 years (with Rodgers stepping in for Freddie Mercury), October 28th's The Cosmos Rocks. "We could have had any number of people come along and imitate Freddie, but it would be pointless," Brian May says. "Paul's brought us back to a greater awareness of our instinctive side."

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