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Added on 16-Jun-2008

2008/06/16 A DOUBLE delight is in store for music fans as Fleetwood Mac and Queen grab the spotlight in a brand new Centrestage production entitled Rumours and Champions – A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Queen. The Centrestage All-Star Band (CASB) will pay tribute to one of the all-time great musical outfits, Fleetwood Mac, for the first hour, followed by an explosive second half fronted by East London’s own Rory McLaren as Freddie Mercury, highlighting Queen’s biggest-selling greatest hits.

The 1977 Fleetwood Mac album Rumours sold 30 million copies worldwide and features timeless evergreens such as Never Going Back Again, Second-Hand News, Don’t Stop and Go Your Own Way , which are all captured in the nostalgic tribute.

While the focus will be squarely on Rumours, this segment will also include tracks from Tusk, as well as the more recent Tango in the Night chart toppers such as Little Lies, Seven Wonders and Big Love.

The combination show will debut in East London . “This double bill brings out the very best in this hard-working band. Lelani Fourie, Eloise Potgieter and Donna Africa have managed to capture the Stevie Nicks/Christie McVie sound to a T,” said Centrestage owner Gary Hemmings.

“Musical director Donovan Hattingh has the Lindsay Buckingham guitar sound down pat as always, while Wayne Kallis adds his irrepressible commitment to their distinctive vocal sound.

“The band as a whole has matured significantly since they first performed Queen – We Are the Champions. Rory McLaren was phenomenal as Elvis in the last CASB show The Wonder of You – and now he gets a chance to revisit the electric stage presence and awesome vocal power of Freddie Mercury,” he continued.

Look forward to a powerhouse collection of hits from the greatest rock ’n roll band in the world, including Radio Ga Ga, I Want to Break Free and Another One Bites the Dust, while gentler songs such as Play the Game and Friends Will Be Friends show off the majesty of the sweeping Queen harmonies.

Songs from the Freddie Mercury songbook include Who Wants To Live Forever and Love of My Life , each paying poignant tribute to the master showman.

“The emphasis and challenge has been to recreate the live concert feel with as much authenticity as possible – to try to get as close as we can to how it would be to actually see Fleetwood Mac and Queen if they were to perform live on stage today,” said Hemmings.

The Centrestage All-Star Band lineup is completed by Gino Fabbri as Mick Fleetwood, Roger Taylor on drums , Mike McAuly on bass and Kanya Matomela on keyboards.

The show opens on Tuesday, June 17, and runs until June 21 at the Guild Theatre. Tickets can be purchased through the Guild Theatre at R99 each, by calling 0437430704.

Submitted by: mickyparise

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