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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby The Milkman » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:29 pm

Marc sounds excellent!
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby CNB » Sat Aug 31, 2013 10:37 pm

Marc is a good Freddie imitator but lacks charisma!
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby The Milkman » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:49 am

CNB wrote:Marc is a good Freddie imitator but lacks charisma!



Maybe so, but when I LISTEN to music I don't care about charisma. I also don't care about hair and clothes. Props to Marc because he sounds great. I would pay to see Brian & Roger + Marc because that would be as close as you are going to get to the real thing.
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby CNB » Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:54 pm

And you would be watching an uninspired performance other than what Brian and Roger provide with their excellent musicianship. Yes, Marc SOUNDS like Freddie but he is missing the spark that Brian and Roger enjoyed in their shows with Adam last year. Performers either have charisma or they don't.
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby M&M » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:39 pm

CNB wrote:And you would be watching an uninspired performance other than what Brian and Roger provide with their excellent musicianship. Yes, Marc SOUNDS like Freddie but he is missing the spark that Brian and Roger enjoyed in their shows with Adam last year. Performers either have charisma or they don't.



Performers spark off each other creating that chemistry so unless Roger and Brian have been playing multiple private gigs at your backyard bbqs this summer with MM, I don't understand how you can make that statement. As far as personal chemistry goes between one performer and fan, that's a personal preference just like a favorite color, movie or painting.

I have no interest in either performer but I would imagine that any Queen fan going to a Queen+ concert is probably looking to recreate the magic of QUEEN so they probably would prefer Marc Martel over Adam Lambert BECAUSE he sounds similar to Freddie.

And finally, your guy won the gig with B+R so I don't understand why you aren't more gracious in affording these MM fans the same courtesy you say you're not getting in the endless AL threads.
 
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby AdamMethos » Sun Sep 01, 2013 1:57 pm

CNB wrote:Performers either have charisma or they don't.


Charisma is also totally subjective -- not everyone finds the same qualities in people charismatic. You may not think Marc Martel has charisma but other people do, judging by reviews in the press and the audience who goes to the Extravaganza shows.

CNB wrote:Marc is a good Freddie imitator but lacks charisma!


I get that you think everyone -- even Freddie Mercury -- is of limited talent and charisma when compared to the force of nature that is Adam Lambert. If I say that goes without saying, can you stop staying it? Or at least be a bit creative and come up with something new to criticize so you don't keep sounding like you're reading from a script. :P

But seriously, do you truly not see any difference between how Marc Martel performs and people like Gary Mullen and Thomas Crane (who I consider actual Freddie imitators)? For reference, here's Gary Mullen:

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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby AdamMethos » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:01 pm

Just wanted to add, that's a fantastic performance from Gary and apparently the audience finds him quite charismatic too! :biggrin:
 
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby CNB » Sun Sep 01, 2013 2:52 pm

AdamMethos wrote:Just wanted to add, that's a fantastic performance from Gary and apparently the audience finds him quite charismatic too! :biggrin:


Thank you! I had never heard of Gary Mullin -- he's great! He looks like Freddie, sounds like Freddie and is loaded with charisma! I say hire him NOW for the Freddie biopic! :biggrin:

BTW, I saw Marc Martel in the QE in Ohio last year and enjoyed him as well as the others in the show. Just saying he's not an inspiring performer.
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby AdamMethos » Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:21 pm

CNB wrote:BTW, I saw Marc Martel in the QE in Ohio last year and enjoyed him as well as the others in the show. Just saying he's not an inspiring performer.


I get that and am not trying to convince you otherwise. I just want you to get that:

(1) There is enough of an audience for Extravaganza for Roger to not only keep it going, but to stick with this specific group of musicians when his original plan was to have several Extravaganza bands in different regions (like how there are different WWRY casts) with each having multiple lead singers. So because other people, including Roger, do find Marc and the band to be inspiring performers, your opinion is not fact.

(2) Most of the recent chatter in this topic has been about how Marc has really grown as a performer and how much tighter the band is compared to last year. So continuing to use that one early performance you saw last year as the basis for your criticism makes your opinion out of date.
 
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby AdamMethos » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:34 pm

A few of my vids from last night's show:

Another One Bites The Dust -- with more charisma! :onfire: :lol:


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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby Another_Roger » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:58 pm

Great videos AdamMethos! Really love the stuff you out on youtube. As a norwegian I would absolutely love to see them do a European tour. I would certainly go to hear this! My favourite music presented in such a great way.
 
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby QueenVault » Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:37 am

Well, I am converted. I caught The Queen Extravaganza last night in Bethlehem, PA. I went into this with no expectations and just to have a good time. Holy hell were they great! Money well spent and a great performance by the whole band! Some bullet points for those interested.

The Venue: Concert was held at the Bethlehem Sands Resort and Casino. Venue is 40 rows deep. Roughly holds 1,600-1,800. I'd say it was 75-80% full?

The Performance and the band: The band's performances completely blew me away. They were all fantastic. Of course, Marc Martel is the focal point and deservedly so. He was absolutely fantastic; a powerhouse of a singer. He also plays piano and acoustic guitar in some points of the show as well. He does a really nice job of interacting with the crowd and is a confident front man. He banters a bit and talks about the history of the band and it's songs throughout the show. Anyone who is doubting this guy obviously hasn't seen him perform live. Brian Gresh, the lead guitarist does a great job mimicking Brian's solos and performance. He nails it all (Killer Queen solo was especially impressive). Tyler Warren (drums) has a great sense of rhythm and speed. He sings backing vocals and lead vocals on a few songs as well. The standout for me was him drumming and singing lead Stone Cold Crazy. Francois-Olivier Doyon does a good job on bass. Of course he doesn't stand out as much, due to his instrument and role in the band. That being said, he shines during Dragon Attack and the instrumental solo bit. He plays tight and does a nice job mimicking Deacon's lyrical style. Jennifer Espinoza is the other lead vocalist. She sings lead on approximately 1/3 of the songs and backing throughout. She is really great too, but unfortunately gets overshadowed by Marc. She does have great range and sings well in the lower registers. Finally, Brandon Ethridge is the musical director, providing most keyboards and backing vocals. He plays the Spike Edney role and keeps the whole thing glued together.

Production: I was very impressed with the overall production. The lighting rig was fantastic. There were three video screens that were interactive with the music. At times showing the band, the crowd, clips of Queen, and graphics. You can tell some time and money went into the look of the concert, and it was well conceived. The sound was really good in the venue I was in too.

Setlist: The songs on the setlist were mostly a greatest hits type package with a few surprises thrown in for good measure (Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon!). A Night At The Opera was the most represented album.

My Favorite Performance: Somebody To Love (Marc on vocals), I Want To Break Free (Marc on vocals), Stone Cold Crazy (Tyler on vocals).

Closing: The crowd was hugely into the show, singing along the whole time (and knowing the words!). Standing ovation and a load roar to close the show. If you've been doubting this, or don't like the whole tribute band thing, just go see this thing. It is well worth your time and a great time!
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby Another_Roger » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:27 am

 
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby Frank » Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:44 pm

QueenVault wrote:Well, I am converted. I caught The Queen Extravaganza last night in Bethlehem, PA. I went into this with no expectations and just to have a good time. Holy hell were they great! Money well spent and a great performance by the whole band! Some bullet points for those interested.

The Venue: Concert was held at the Bethlehem Sands Resort and Casino. Venue is 40 rows deep. Roughly holds 1,600-1,800. I'd say it was 75-80% full?

The Performance and the band: The band's performances completely blew me away. They were all fantastic. Of course, Marc Martel is the focal point and deservedly so. He was absolutely fantastic; a powerhouse of a singer. He also plays piano and acoustic guitar in some points of the show as well. He does a really nice job of interacting with the crowd and is a confident front man. He banters a bit and talks about the history of the band and it's songs throughout the show. Anyone who is doubting this guy obviously hasn't seen him perform live. Brian Gresh, the lead guitarist does a great job mimicking Brian's solos and performance. He nails it all (Killer Queen solo was especially impressive). Tyler Warren (drums) has a great sense of rhythm and speed. He sings backing vocals and lead vocals on a few songs as well. The standout for me was him drumming and singing lead Stone Cold Crazy. Francois-Olivier Doyon does a good job on bass. Of course he doesn't stand out as much, due to his instrument and role in the band. That being said, he shines during Dragon Attack and the instrumental solo bit. He plays tight and does a nice job mimicking Deacon's lyrical style. Jennifer Espinoza is the other lead vocalist. She sings lead on approximately 1/3 of the songs and backing throughout. She is really great too, but unfortunately gets overshadowed by Marc. She does have great range and sings well in the lower registers. Finally, Brandon Ethridge is the musical director, providing most keyboards and backing vocals. He plays the Spike Edney role and keeps the whole thing glued together.

Production: I was very impressed with the overall production. The lighting rig was fantastic. There were three video screens that were interactive with the music. At times showing the band, the crowd, clips of Queen, and graphics. You can tell some time and money went into the look of the concert, and it was well conceived. The sound was really good in the venue I was in too.

Setlist: The songs on the setlist were mostly a greatest hits type package with a few surprises thrown in for good measure (Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon!). A Night At The Opera was the most represented album.

My Favorite Performance: Somebody To Love (Marc on vocals), I Want To Break Free (Marc on vocals), Stone Cold Crazy (Tyler on vocals).

Closing: The crowd was hugely into the show, singing along the whole time (and knowing the words!). Standing ovation and a load roar to close the show. If you've been doubting this, or don't like the whole tribute band thing, just go see this thing. It is well worth your time and a great time!


Hi QueenVault,

I was at the concert too! I was sitting in the second row, slightly to the right of center stage. This was my second time seeing the band; the last time was in Philadelphia during their first tour in 2012. I agree with all the points you made about the band's performance and production. They were extremely tight and well rehearsed. I can honestly say that the band has improved since their debut at American Idol. The level of musicianship is outstanding. I cannot stress that enough!

However, where I sat, it took a while for the crowd to warm up. At the Philadelphia gig in 2012 the audience was out of their chairs singing, dancing, and having a great time from the very opening chords of "Tie Your Mother Down." Maybe it was just where I was sitting, but the crowd seemed, for a lack of a better word, dead. Fortunately, by the end of act 1 during "Bohemian Rhapsody" the audience started to show signs of life. My girlfriend and I were actively trying to sing along and get off our asses, but the people next to us weren't having it and started to complain that we were bothering them! :roll: So we moved to the center aisle where a mass of people were forming. From that point on the crowd was wild and having a good time; even the people who had initially told us we were bothering them.

Overall, I was quite happy with the setlist. Honestly, I do miss some of the lesser known material that they did last year, such as March of the Black Queen, You Take My Breath Away, and In the Lap of the Gods (both versions). But the setlist was definitely a crowd pleaser and they managed to slip in a few things like Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon and a brief instrumental medley that included teasers from Liar and another song that I can't remember. Personally, I wish that they would have deafened and blinded us in the beginning with more heavy stuff, but hey, "Killer Queen" was enjoyable nonetheless.

My favorite performances were definitely Stone Cold Crazy, Somebody to Love (especially the part where Marc introduces the band -- they each played a brief solo -- Brian's was part of the Millionaire Waltz solo!!!), Another One Bites Dust (the crowd went nuts during the call and response part), and Fat Bottomed Girls (it almost tore the roof down!).

Seriously, if you haven't seen them GO AND SEE THEM! Don't let the idea of a tribute show spoil it for you. It's so much more than that. The band does a great a job at honoring Queen's legacy.

By the way, did you get a chance to meet the band, QueenVault? I got them to sign a few things and they seemed like nice people.
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Re: Queenextravaganza

Postby QueenVault » Sun Sep 15, 2013 4:31 pm

I think we sat beside you? My wife and I were in row 2, seats 5 and 6 on the right hand side. Note: we weren't the complainers lol.
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