Added on 09-Jul-2007
Founded in 1989, the Liverpool based GaGa is now billed as presenting the ultimate tribute to perhaps one of the world's greatest rock bands.
The present line up of guys - Graham Patrick (drums/vocals), John Holmes (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards) and Tony Pilling (bass guitar, vocals) do not try to impersonate Queen, but focus on recreating the same sound, energy and excitement of an original live Queen show.
Granted interview to Lady Taylor:
1- How did the band start?? Tell US a bit about it.
We started off as a cabaret band Playing cover versions from loads of
Different performers and bands. As we were big Queen fans we had quite a few
Queen songs in the set and one Day we were Asked to do a charity show
Playing just Queen songs. We did the show, loved it and decided to
Concentrate on just Queen from there on. This was 11 years ago.
2- To the vocalist, what is like to "replace" Freddie Mercury?
As I also play lead guitar I'm not replacing Freddie per se, and don't feel
That I have to try and mimic his stage performance. Instead I concentrate on
Doing the best I can with the vocals which isn't easy as he was such a
3- Has any of you already had another band, or played another kind of music?
Between US we've played heavy metal, gospel, punk and original material in
The past and have played with many different bands between US.
4- We would like to know how the guitarist and the drummer feel knowing that
Their idols (Brian e Roger) are still Playing... Have you already met them,
Or been to a concert?
Neither have US have been to one of the recent concerts, but both of US have
Seen the original Queen at least twice. We think it's great that they are
Still Playing as the songs should be performed, and who better to do it.
5- In your opinion, which Queen song is the most difficult to play?
From the point of view of getting everything tight, probably Brighton Rock.
The likes of Bicycle Race are also difficult to do properly.
6- Which Queen song is the best for each of you?
John - White Man
Graham - Death On Two Legs
Tony - A Kind Of Magic
7- Which Queen song you haven't played yet but you intend to do it someday?
We keep talking about doing It's Late and Death On Two Legs. Eventually we
Hope to get around to it.
8- Which was Queen's best concert, in your opinion? And which was your best
Performance covering Queen (when/where)?
From a sense of impact, you'd have to say Live Aid. From a personal point of
View we are tied between Wembly '86 and the Empire Theatre, Liverpool in
1979. We went to both so obviously this makes US biased. Our best
Performance was probably at the 11th Official Queen Convention. Fantastic
Night with a fantastic audience.
9- Does any of you have a solo project?
Not solo, but we are working on completing an album or original songs. We do
A Little then something comes up and we take time out. It's a long process
But something we are determined to do.
10- What are you dreams, as musicians?
Just to keep on performing in the way we are and hoping that people keep
Liking US. It would also be nice for the original album to be well received.
11- As you cover Queen songs, we suppose you like Queen... But which other
Band would you cover?
Probably U2 or Pink Floyd.
12- Every band has several problems... How do you solve yours?
We fight each other until one of US is left standing; he wins! Or we talk
Around the problem and generally GO with the person who feels most strongly
About their solution. Problems don't rear their Head that often.
13- Speaking about problems, what are the biggest problems and issues for a
Cover band? And what's the best "reward"?
Biggest problem is marketing the show and getting theatres to give you a try
In their venue. Audience reaction is the reward without doubt.
14- Queen without Freddie Mercury, Queen with Paul Rodgers... What do you
Think about it?
I don't pay to much attention to it really. Queen for me will always be
Brian, Roger, John and Freddie and anything e