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A tribute to Queen
Freddie Mercury interviewed by the Melody Maker, May, 1981
"I like people to go away from a Queen
show feeling fully entertained, having had a good time. I think Queen songs
are pure escapism, like going to see a good film - after that, they can go away
and say, 'that was great' and go back to their problems"
From the beginning Mercury's ambition was to play large venues and capture the true emotion, atmosphere and sheer power that Queen themselves generated in live performances.
Queen recordings were always superbly crafted pieces of work, with multi-tracked harmonies and guitar work. For us to perform these songs live it was necessary to peel away some of the layers yet still leave enough of the production so a five piece band could do a convincing performance without resorting to backing tapes.
Queen have a huge catalogue of hits - Mercury are adept enough to bring to life even the most intricate recordings live, without backing tapes, as well as including some of the more unusual tracks such as the Acoustic Flavoured '39' and 'Love of my life'.
A brief history
Mercury's first gig was played in humble surroundings at the George and Dragon pub in Derbyshire on 19th February 1999. Tolo Pomar of Romantic Corporation in Spain was in England searching for a Queen Tribute Act to play a summer season in Mallorca -so in stepped Mercury.
Mercury were catapulted into the limelight and won "Best show in Spain Award 1999", returning to Mallorca for two further seasons gaining 100's of loyal fans who now follow them across the UK.
Mercury's performances have been televised live from Holland to Hungary. A New Years Eve concert in Dubai was broadcast live by MTV Asia to millions of homes. But perhaps Mercury's most memorable moment was being invited to perform a live gig for Roger Taylor and his friends.
Today, Mercury are enjoying success worldwide, filling large venues and leaving audiences feeling fully entertained by the kind of show Queen themselves would have been proud to deliver.
The Legend Lives on…………………….