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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 07:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Which queen tribute band is generally considered the best?

Would you recommend going to seem them?

I know that there is one that has the approval of Brian and Roger but i have forgotten the name of them

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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 07:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen and The Works is the one that's had the approval of Brian. This is the one i always recommend, they tour the UK and the US, Gary is fantastic but the band hasn’t got the “Queen” sound to it.

God Save The Queen (Dios Salve a la Reina), the Spanish one with Pablo Padin, looks okay from what I’ve seen on youtube, he plays the piano, but sounds nothing like Freddie mercury.

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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 10:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dios Salve a la Reina played in Monterrey last year and it was very cool. Their Freddie looks and acts very much like him (from a distance) and it is a very entertaining show. It's very odd that they cut Killer Queen and then played If You Can't Beat Them in full, and also they played Don't Stop Me Now as an encore AFTER God Save the Queen.

It was a great night out. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 12:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One Night Of Queen are very good, but my favourite is probably Gaga. They haven't been round my neck of the woods for a while though.


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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 12:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

funny there should be this topic cos I wanted to write about this! xD

Im from Britain and on Saturday me and my family were at a local village called Holt & every year they do 'Holt Music Festival' with various local bands.
Anyway the last band on were called 'Rhapsody' a Queen tribute band and they were FANTASTIC! They are a five peice band instead of 4 (5th member keyboards) It was a great atmosphere they got everyone up on the dance floor and performed most of Queens hits they even did 'Tie your mother down' It was great!
The Highlight had to be when they did Bo Rap though EVERYONE was singing along it was a great atmosphere :) I hav'nt seen a Queen tribute band before but seriosuly these guys were so good even despite the cheap wigs haha
When they did I want to Break free the lead man came out with a hoover lmao!
It was a great tirbute and very entertaining I would see them again :-D


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Posted: 07 Jun 10, 23:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've been to 'It's A Kinda Magic' twice in the last four years, and I'm planning on going again when they come back around. I'v heard a lot of people complaining about them around here, but everybody that I talk to after the show are regulars, too, and I love 'em. Also, they're the only tribute act I've acutally been to, because we don't get that many in New Zealand.


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 02:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

One Night Of Queen is great.  Gary Mullen is excellent.  Check them out.

http://onenightofqueen.com


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 08:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

WHAT THE FECK?????????????????? IM FROM GLASGOW AND SEE GARY MULLEN AT THE PAVILLION AND HE IS 2/10 THERES A LOT BETTER THAN THAT KARAOKE CLOWN, CHRIST WHEN I SEEN HIM HE JUST DONE THE WEMBLEY SET AND IT WAS WORD FOR WORD NO ORIGINALITY, SO IF YOU GET THE CHANCE OF FREE TICKETS TO SEE HIM, THEN BY ALL MEAN SELL THEM AND GET YOURSELF A BEER LOL


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 10:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

[quote]THERES A LOT BETTER THAN THAT KARAOKE CLOWN, CHRIST WHEN I SEEN HIM HE JUST DONE THE WEMBLEY SET AND IT WAS WORD FOR WORD[/quote]

Can you please list some better, it would help the original poster, who is looking for some tribute bands. I’m not being funny but you have nothing to add to the thread.

Staying on topic, I saw one called "mercury" a few years ago maybe 2004. Fun night out but they weren’t too great, the guitarist guitar was out of tune. The singing sounded a tiny bit like Freddie, if you imagine Freddie getting drunk screaming the start of each sentence then trailing off. They Did attempt innuendo though, the bad side is they try and do the full Bo rap themselves on stage, so look forward to lots of screeching vocals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsaRF_GTY3s

Found a video, looks
like they have improved. Apparently they have played a gig for Roger Taylor
himself, If it's to be believed, I can't find any proof other than the bands
website. At least Gary Mullen has a sun article and a photo of him and Brian
together to back his claims up.

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 12:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Seen Ga Ga twice, but not for a long time, very authentic and dedicated, but somehow lack that vital spark, probably due to the fact that they are (or were, when i saw them), a threesome. But at least they don't go in for the corny 'look-alike' aspect, god i hate curly wigs and false moustaches.
     'Magic, a kinda Queen' 3 or 4 times, very cabaret,  lead vocalist not the best in the world, the whole thing held together by the lead guitarist who is very good, but never the less a worthwhile night out. Their E.L.O. show is well worth a watch, if they are still doing it.

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 14:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw Itsa Kinda Magic a few years ago.  I've posted about them here before.

Craig Pesco was great as Freddie.  He has the charisma on stage and sounds quite a bit like Fred.  The rest of the band kinda sucked.  "Brian" was clearly a good guitarist but didn't sound like Brian May, "John Deacon" was fine and the clown they had drumming was terrible.  Really brought the band down.

I think they have a new drummer now (I remember someone posting that they did) and it's a good night out, but since I saw them the ticket prices jumped.

They now charge $70ish dollars per ticket to see them (at least in Canada that's what they charge).

It'sa kinda ripoff.

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 14:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was doing something else the day that a Queen tribute came to town, but some of my friends saw it. One friend recorded some of it to show me, and they were amazing! I'll have to look up their name,though....

www.imgoingslightlyqueen.webs.com

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 15:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In the US, there is a very good tribute band called "Almost Queen".  You can check out several videos on Youtube.


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 17:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A Night ata the Opera, saw them in the 90's brilliant. Seen Rhapsody too, ok not group, when they dress up like the band gets a bit silly.


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 19:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Flash Harry Hamilton, anyone....?


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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 19:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

- Dios Salve a la Reina, from Argentina, are great. I saw them in Sao Paulo, at a Brazilian Convention. They are very professional and very nice chaps as well. I had chats with both Pablos and they were very nice.

- Lurex, from Brazil (Belo Horizonte) is freeking awesome. Even though they are not as "technical" as DSLR, they just love Queen and do it for pleasure. I saw them playing a Queen II set at the same day I saw DSLR and I was immediately hooked. I saw them about a dozen times after that, as I often go to Belo Horizonte, their home town.

- Rivendel, from Argentina were fabulous, but I guess they disbanded.

- As 4 Rainhas, from my home town, Brasilia (Brazil) are fun to watch. Also here in Brasilia my friend Marcelo Brandao sometimes performs with well-known local musicians. He sure knows his Queen stuff and has a great rock voice.

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 19:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

can't believe no one's mentioned "The Queen Kings" yet. the singer doesn't sound like freddie, but he sings good and they have a GREAT band.

Or if you fancy something a little more original, check out our Queen Duo:
http://www.theroyalsqueezebox.de

:)
I hope you like it!

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Posted: 08 Jun 10, 21:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

A couple of years back, I went to see Queen Nation perform at a casino in San Diego. Their regular lead singer was elsewhere, so they brought in Gregory Finsley, the lead singer of Queen for a Day, to fill in.

What happened that night sounded exactly like a Queen show. Finsley is at least as good as Gary Mullen (I'd argue better--he absolutely nails the high notes), and the band was on fire, both technically and in terms of mimicing Queen's sound.

It was a match made in Heaven, pardon the pun. Finsley's vocals with Queen Nation's musicians was, I'd argue, as good as any Queen tribute out there. For 90 minutes or so, we forgot we were in a casino lounge, and it almost felt like we were in a concert hall in the late '70s. No, seriously, that's how good they were.


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Posted: 09 Jun 10, 01:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm not to keen on Finsley, he doesn't sound like Freddie to me, but I know he has a lot of fans, and I love the fact he’s more 1973 to 1980 orientated, so it's good if your tired of the magic and works set lists the others retread.

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Posted: 09 Jun 10, 02:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for all your replies they are most helpful

i shall have a look at some of their websites now as well