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Posted: 06 May 12, 19:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Montrealer Marc Martel, 35, will be playing the late, great Freddie Mercury in a musical travelling performance of the rock band Queen's musical legacy.

The Queen Extravaganza, under the control of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, one of the group's original members, will soon be taking the stage at major centres across North America. It starts in Quebec City on May 26 and hits Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 29.

We caught up with Martel recently when he was in town rehearsing.

Q:OK. There's a bit of a resemblance to Freddie, but listening to you sing his songs I'm sure there's people that can't tell the difference. I know that both Brian May and Roger Taylor were mesmerized and said you sounded exactly like their late friend.

A: To tell you the truth, if I hear a quick clip of music there are times I can't even tell the difference. The band has some great material and it's an honour and a pleasure to be singing it. He was a great performer, he loved his fans and I hope I do him justice.

Q:It's obvious you must have been following the band's work for a long time, you can hit every note and your delivery is spot on.

A: Well, I have always been involved in music and I'm currently a singer in a Christian rock band called Downhere, but the first time I can really remember hearing any of the bands work is when I heard Bohemian Rhapsody in Mike Myers' Wayne's World movie. A friend knew I have kind of a gift for picking up on other singers' voices and he encouraged me to pick up on Freddie.

Q: What should the audience expect? Is it an authentic tribute right down to the shag haircuts, bared chests and Freddie's black leotards?

A: Not even close. Roger is overseeing the whole thing and it's a celebration of the music. The material is so powerful, so varied that's all you need to carry the band's legacy. I'm not even expected to move around like Freddie — there are a few fashion nods to the era — but nothing crazy.

Q:As you say, it's all about the music. The band had such a distinct sound. It was so layered and, at times, very lush. There was always a lot going on but it was always delivered with a bow.

A: Agreed. The sound was very distinct and that's why there's nine people in the band. That's how many it takes to get us where we want to go. There's three other singers and two guitarists. As I said, this isn't a tribute band with each of us playing one of they guys, this is all about getting the music exactly where it should be. The band had a huge, huge following and sold millions of records. Queen still has a huge following and Roger doesn't want anyone disappointed.

Q:You've obviously performed before, but you've never been on an extended road show like this. Are you prepared?

A: That's why we have four singers. I won't be singing lead all the time, it would just be too hard on your voice. The act has some incredible vocalists and we all get along. And working with someone like Roger is just beyond belief. I just didn't know what to expect but everyone has just been great. The best part of all this is that I know it's going to be fun.

http://www.toronto.com/article/726335--marc-martel-on-the-queen-extravaganza


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Posted: 06 May 12, 20:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Can't wait to see them!


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Posted: 07 May 12, 00:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't get why people say they can't hear a difference, they don't sound like each other at all...

Also I hope one of those extra 3 singers isn't the one who was out of tune on American Idol, sounded awful

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Posted: 07 May 12, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hear distinctions. Anyways, the reviewed's intentions are to sell the show. Very straightforward interview. Thanks.


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Posted: 08 May 12, 07:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He is a good singer but he sounds absolutley nothing like Freddie's voice and yes I have seen Queen live in 86 he sounds more like a west-end singer i.e musicals etc.. not a rock vocalist.


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Posted: 08 May 12, 13:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

flash00. wrote:
He is a good singer but he sounds absolutley nothing like Freddie's voice and yes I have seen Queen live in 86 he sounds more like a west-end singer i.e musicals etc.. not a rock vocalist.


If you can't hear any similarities in certain parts of Martels singing you do not want to hear it. Even Roger has stated that he had a very special experience when he heard him sing Bohemian Rhapsody while he was not watching. I can of course respect that you have a different opinion. But don't talk as if you sit on the objective truth.

In my opinion its so similar to a young Freddie at times, that its almost magical. I can tell that there is a difference though, but its damn close at in some areas.



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Posted: 08 May 12, 14:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ok, so there's a Queen cover band playing in town.

Big deal.

And they all have to pay Roger to sing Queen songs. Genius part on Roger and Brian. I remember a few years back when they said cover bands would have to pay for permission to play an artists' songs. It was shot down quicker than the bill came to the table.

Roger and Brian just figured out a way to screw cover bands without going thru all the red tape.

How would you like it if the $100 club gig now paid you $90 because $10 bucks goes to Brian and Roger for doing nothing?

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Posted: 08 May 12, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Micrówave wrote:
How would you like it if the $100 club gig now paid you $90 because $10 bucks goes to Brian and Roger for doing nothing?

They made the music. That's something.


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Posted: 08 May 12, 17:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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I dont know what came over me I'm so terribly sorry lol take it on the chin and stop whinging and respect others opinions, They sound no different to any other good tribute band to be honest I prefer Jeff Scott Soto's voice but thats just me... lmao.
It was just my "own" personal opinion


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Posted: 08 May 12, 17:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

flash00. wrote:
He is a good singer but he sounds absolutley nothing like Freddie's voice and yes I have seen Queen live in 86 he sounds more like a west-end singer i.e musicals etc.. not a rock vocalist.

I think it's more Adult Contemporary than West End. If you listen to his original material with his band Downhere he sounds almost nothing like Fred natively. But he has a gift for imitation and can capture Freddie's style and tone when he's going for that. But so can some of the other dedicated Freddie tributes, so he's hardly the second coming that YouTube and perhaps Roger would have people believe.

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Posted: 08 May 12, 18:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GratefulFan wrote:
flash00. wrote:
He is a good singer but he sounds absolutley nothing like Freddie's voice and yes I have seen Queen live in 86 he sounds more like a west-end singer i.e musicals etc.. not a rock vocalist.

I think it's more Adult Contemporary than West End. If you listen to his original material with his band Downhere he sounds almost nothing like Fred natively. But he has a gift for imitation and can capture Freddie's style and tone when he's going for that. But so can some of the other dedicated Freddie tributes, so he's hardly the second coming that YouTube and perhaps Roger would have people believe.


Well put, 100% agree with you.



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