Added on 15-Dec-2005
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen, continues to define rock sounds and rule over rock stars long after its larger-than-life frontman Freddie Mercury’s demise in 1991. Now, three decades after rocking countless concert stages worldwide, Queen mania burns hotter than ever both in record sales and yes, in sold-out concerts. Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic is the critically-acclaimed theatrical tribute band that has been captivating audiences worldwide with its spectacular take on the original band Queen. And they’re coming to Manila on Feb. 29, 2006. Filipino music fans can look forward to watching what is dubbed as the closest tribute act to Queen. This news was confirmed by producers Francis Lumen and Concertus International’s Bambi Rivera-Verzo, the same group that brought to the country some of the hottest international performers like Michael Bublé, Russell Watson, Alicia Keys, BOND, Blue, Ja Rule, Ashanti and Maksim.
"The band has been performing to packed houses everywhere. And it will bring to Manila the music and the excitement of a Queen concert. Die-hard Queen fans and music lovers must see this one-of-a-kind tribute," says Verzo.
Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic Live! In Manila is the same musical act that has generated international buzz as it vividly recaptures the overwhelming experience of a Queen live concert – the flamboyant costumes, non-stop energy, outrageous surprises and dramatic play of lights and production design, all unequaled trademarks of Queen.
A production wonder work, the popular concert was based on the 1986 World Tour, Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic, and features 30 of the band’s greatest hits including the classics Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust.
Local producers of the show told us that the Manila leg of the concert is expected to be one big entertainment spectacle, following the band’s sold-out concerts in Singapore in 2005. It promises more special effects, more theatrics, and more Queen magic. Indeed, it is the most sensational Queen tribute ever staged.
Here are more information about the band: Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic was formed in England in 1997 after excruciating auditions to find the right musicians to fill in the shoes of Queen legends. The group is composed of Craig Pesco as lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, Travis Hair as guitarist Brian May, Brett Millican as drummer Roger Taylor and Sean Nolan as bassist John Deacon. The band has toured internationally in sold-out concerts in the UK, Europe, Australia and Singapore.
No less than Peter Freestone, Mercury’s biographer, personal assistant and long-time friend, endorses the show as the greatest of all Queen covers. He says, "There are plenty of Queen shows out there but Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic recreated the magic of Freddie – live on stage." Queen’s original member Brian May was deeply impressed by the performance, describing it "brilliant."
The show’s main attraction is of course the highly-charged performance of Craig Pesco, who, as Queen frontman, magically brings to life Mercury’s presence onstage. This is no easy task, but Pesco achieves consistently show after show with an ingenious play on his physical looks, donning eccentric Queen costumes, a natural take on Mercury’s style and showmanship. But more than just reliving Mercury, Pesco’s own vocal power and artistic performance have elevated him as a respected musician in his own right.
Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic serves as a bridge transporting that mercurial euphoria to the present, giving fans everywhere the nearest thing to the bewitching experience of a Queen live concert. For those who were lucky enough to see the original band live, this is a chance to relive old memories. For those who weren’t, this is as close as you’ll get to the real thing.
(For ticket inquiries, reservations and show sponsorship, call Concertus, Int’l at 813-2612 or 813-2617.)