Almost Queen, a Queen tribute band, performed at Sellersville Theater on November 28, 2015 at 8 pm. The show was sold out and there was a mix of those who have seen them before and newcomers. The band has played at this theater for several years now, and they show no sign of not coming back, year after year.
They started out with a recording of “We Will Rock You” that morphed into them playing. This drew the audience in with a familiar song. They ended with “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions,” bringing the show full-circle and leaving the audience with a resolved feeling.
The band played familiar songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Under Pressure,” and “I Want It All,” as well as some unfamiliar tunes like “Flash” and “’39.” The crowd was a little bit more tame than usual, but they eventually got into it. More people dance in the aisles for a lot of the show, though some people were and then others joined. During “Bohemian Rhapsody,” someone was full on headbanging! “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of Queen’s most famous songs, so people connected to that song more than the lesser known songs.
The band played very well. They paid attention to the audience as well as each other. They played “Stone Cold Crazy” after an audience member yelled out the song as a request. They are very interactive and they feed off the audience’s energy. Each song sounded as if Queen was on stage and not a tribute band!
The band looks and sounds just like Queen. Joe Russo (Freddie Mercury) has identical mannerisms to Freddie Mercury and sounds like him. They mimic each song perfectly, even down to the littlest detail. Between their look and sound, one would think that Freddie was on stage, along with the others. However, the band acknowledges repeatedly that they are not the band. They try to reproduce the experience without thinking they can be Queen. The bassist is known as “John Decoy” and the guitarist is known as “Brian Maybe.”
Merchandise was available for purchase in the lobby throughout the evening, with the proceeds benefiting the Mercury Phoenix Trust. This foundation was set up by Brian May and Roger Taylor after Freddie Mercury passed away to help raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to raise money to support research and treatments. They provide funds to organizations working on the ground to fight HIV and AIDS around the world. This organization also provides education about HIV and AIDS to those at highest risk. More information and ways to get involved can be found here.
After the show, the band graciously took the time to take pictures with and meet the audience members who chose to hang out after the show. They are all so nice and very personable to everyone they come in contact with. They have an amazing sense of humor and are willing to take the time to talk with those who stay. They are so appreciative of their fans, both old and new.
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