News > Queen tribute band resembles real thing - Cover band review

Added on 30-Jan-2006

I seen these guys in Cleveland,Ohio at the House of Blues, and this article sums them up excellent. They were outstanding. By RYAN MCCORMICK

The State News

The Union Ballroom hosted an almost contradictory event Friday — an arena rock show in an intimate environment.

Contradiction or not, it was definitely a hand-clapping good time for audience members when Almost Queen — a Queen tribute band — hit the stage with screaming guitar solos, monstrous drum beats and heavenly vocal range.

"Really, we started the band when we found a guy that looked exactly like Freddie Mercury," said Tom Cavanagh, guitar player for the tribute band, before the show.

Cavanagh, who has a striking resemblance to Queen's guitar player Brian May, was right about his band mate Joseph Russo loo

"My favorite song was 'Fat Bottomed Girls'," said Corrinne Thomas, a biochemistry and microbiology freshman.

Cavanagh also spoke about the difference between a cover and a tribute band. He said a cover band plays a bunch of songs by different artists, whereas a tribute band — such as Almost Queen — plays homage to only one band and dresses up like the band to which they are playing tribute.

"There's a lot of tribute bands in New York City and not so much around the country. That is why we tour so much," Cavanagh said.

And the student price was just right for the Union performance — free. Especially since the real remaining members of Queen are charging anywhere from $33 to $200 for tickets to see their current tour with Paul Rodgers. So it was great to hear the sounds of Queen for a price all college students could afford.

For more information about Almost Queen's tour dates, pictures and fun facts about the band go to

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