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Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:20 pm
by Buckeye Randy
Ray wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:25 am
Buckeye Randy wrote: Speaking of such things...I'll be seeing the tribute band 'Almost Queen' next month.
Are they any good? I only thought about going to one Queen tribute band last year (don't remember their name anymore though), but after looking at some YouTube videos of them, I decided to not go. It seems just too hard to recreate Freddie's voice AND stage presence. I'd rather just watch DVDs of Queen instead.

So far I've only seen one tribute band - Brit Floyd. They were surprisingly good, be it the musical performances and the impressive light show...both of course not on the same level as the real Floyd, but often really close. They put a lot of effort in those concerts and it was a great evening. Might go see them again in the future.
I do not seek out Queen tribute bands but I have seen a few over the years and it's usually a fun time...if you keep the expectations realistic. I saw 'Almost Queen' before (albeit over 10 years ago) and they stood out to me because they were a four piece and played allot of early stuff. Other Queen tributes I've seen focus on Freddie out front and will have an extra keyboard player or guitarist. If nothing else, it will be fun seeing all the Queen t-shirts and talking with people.

The Almost Queen video montage from their website
http://www.almostqueen.com/video/

Funny you mention Brit Floyd. A buddy of mine says they are the best Pink Floyd band around and he wanted me to go to an upcoming show with him. Unfortunately, I'll be seeing another show that same weekend so I'm skipping Brit Floyd.

I suppose different people require different things from a tribute band. Is it spot on visual or spot on music? With Queen it is tough because there is such a difference between their studio and live performances.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:01 pm
by Ray
Buckeye Randy wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:20 pm
I do not seek out Queen tribute bands but I have seen a few over the years and it's usually a fun time...if you keep the expectations realistic. I saw 'Almost Queen' before (albeit over 10 years ago) and they stood out to me because they were a four piece and played allot of early stuff. Other Queen tributes I've seen focus on Freddie out front and will have an extra keyboard player or guitarist. If nothing else, it will be fun seeing all the Queen t-shirts and talking with people.

The Almost Queen video montage from their website
http://www.almostqueen.com/video/

Funny you mention Brit Floyd. A buddy of mine says they are the best Pink Floyd band around and he wanted me to go to an upcoming show with him. Unfortunately, I'll be seeing another show that same weekend so I'm skipping Brit Floyd.

I suppose different people require different things from a tribute band. Is it spot on visual or spot on music? With Queen it is tough because there is such a difference between their studio and live performances.
From what I've seen it looks quite good for a tribute band. They sound and look close to Queen. And I think it's the only right thing to focus on everything, not just the front man. It all is part of Queen, every band member, the instruments, their cloths, the lighting, the sound, the way they act on stage. And about the difference between studio and live performances...well, a tribute band plays live, so I'd say go with the live performances. ;)

About Brit Floyd...I think they developed from the Australian Pink Floyd Show who are also very good and even got some support from Gilmour back then. It's impressive how they try to recapture all the stuff Floyd did... especially when it comes to stuff from the Division Bell tour with its huge stage and hundreds of lights and lasers back then. They set the bar extremely high in 1994 lol. But yeah, I can recommend Brit Floyd. Really good musicians and also interesting long set with songs from every era.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:46 pm
by Buckeye Randy
Ray wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:01 pm From what I've seen it looks quite good for a tribute band. They sound and look close to Queen. And I think it's the only right thing to focus on everything, not just the front man. It all is part of Queen, every band member, the instruments, their cloths, the lighting, the sound, the way they act on stage. And about the difference between studio and live performances...well, a tribute band plays live, so I'd say go with the live performances. ;)
I think the different Queen tribute bands focus on different things because Queen fans are so diverse. I saw 'One Night Of Queen' a number of years ago and they focused on Freddie and recreating the Wembley concert. The 'Freddie' was quite good as a mid 80's era Freddie but the 'Brian May' character sounded more like Ted Nugent than Brian May and played through a stack of Marshall amps instead of Vox amps (not that Nugent uses Marshall, I think he uses Fender).

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:43 am
by Ray
Buckeye Randy wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:46 pm
Ray wrote: Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:01 pm From what I've seen it looks quite good for a tribute band. They sound and look close to Queen. And I think it's the only right thing to focus on everything, not just the front man. It all is part of Queen, every band member, the instruments, their cloths, the lighting, the sound, the way they act on stage. And about the difference between studio and live performances...well, a tribute band plays live, so I'd say go with the live performances. ;)
I think the different Queen tribute bands focus on different things because Queen fans are so diverse. I saw 'One Night Of Queen' a number of years ago and they focused on Freddie and recreating the Wembley concert. The 'Freddie' was quite good as a mid 80's era Freddie but the 'Brian May' character sounded more like Ted Nugent than Brian May and played through a stack of Marshall amps instead of Vox amps (not that Nugent uses Marshall, I think he uses Fender).
Should have called it "One Night Of Freddie Mercury" then.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:16 pm
by Buckeye Randy
Ray wrote: Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:43 am Should have called it "One Night Of Freddie Mercury" then.
They almost do, they book themselves as Gary Mullen and The Works, One Night Of Queen. Out of all the faux Freddies I have seen, Gary Mullen is the only one that makes me think of Gomez Adams.



In the video montage you'll see what I mean about the rest of the band not really playing roles. The guitarist does have a Red Special and the drum riser looks good, they definitely have a bigger budget that 'Almost Queen'.

However, I much prefer 'Almost Queen', they have the feel of a rock band where as 'One Night Of Queen' feels like cabaret for people who don't understand what it means to be a Queenie. Bigger isn't always better.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:12 pm
by robdeighton
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Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:57 pm
by Old Man
I was lucky to see the original Queen several times. And for me it's quite interesting, how obsessed people are with Freddie nowadays. You get the impression, that many people think, a "Queen"- concert was all about Freddie. In fact a Queen concert was - many people might not believe it - about the audience ! No Youtube video, no DVD can reproduce this.
When I found myself in a Queen concert the first time, I was surrounded by 12.000 people singing along to most every song - not only "Love of my Life"! There were countless bicycle bells in the hall, while Freddie was pretty hoarse that night. Of course Freddie's (and also Brian's) interaction with the audience made it special. They were overwhelmed and Freddie often made funny comments. No one else was interacting with the audience that much in those days. But also no other act at that time had an audience, that from the very beginning to the end behaved like a huge choir. Even before being asked to do so !
So the idea of "Freddie as a hologram" would miss the point completely, cause a hologram cannot interact with the audience. And it's programmed performance would take any life out of the shows, reducing the band to the role of a live-backing-tape.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:23 pm
by whitequeen20
^^^ 100% this.

Re: Freddie as a Hologram

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:00 pm
by Black Wings
whitequeen20 wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:23 pm ^^^ 100% this.
Same. See, we agree on something ;)