Various Artists

Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute

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Stone Cold Queen: A Tribute features a number of hard rock performers covering some of Queen's best-known songs. Many of the featured performers are industry veterans: Billy Sheehan, Matt Sorum, Marty Friedman, Geoff Tate, Gunnar Nelson, Jake E. Lee, Richie Kotzen, Vinny Appice, Kip Winger, Carmine Appice, Tommy Shaw, Dweezil Zappa, and Bruce Kulick are just a few of the featured performers. It's a little uncertain whether this is more of a tribute album or an artist showcase. All of the performers go out of their way to revel in the spotlight. This sense of vanity takes away from the music, but it is always interesting to see what changes these musicians choose to make to these classic songs -- if any at all. Queen fanatics and anyone familiar with the performers should best appreciate this album.

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