The Queen Extravaganza – Part Tribute, Part Nostalgia and ALL Kick Ass Rock &Roll!

The Queen Extravaganza, brainchild of Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May.

The Queen Extravaganza, brainchild of Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May.

The Queen Extravaganza: A truly worthy experience.

Last month I previewed and reviewed the Queen Extravaganza for culturemob.com. I was both hopeful and leery. As one of rock’s biggest icons Queen and legendary frontman Freddie Mercury, the QE had a LOT to live up to. Failing to deliver while performing Queen’s classic hits could be would be a catastrophic.

The Preview
For some background info on the Queen Extravaganza, go to the preview. Here is a sample below…

The Queen Extravaganza, brainchild of Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May, brings the energy, excitement and music of Queen to a whole new generation. The show hits Seattle’s Showbox on June 28, will rock brains right out of their skulls, and then continue on its North American tour.

Queen’s iconic drummer Roger Taylor, a man whose own talents as writer and musician have inspired modern icons such as The Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and even Lady Ga Ga (who famously took her name from Queen song Radio Gaga), personally takes on the role of producer and music director for this event. His idea was to the create the ultimate Queen concert experience that celebrates the band’s fantastic music and legacy. —>READ MORE<—

The Review
Here is the review of the show. It had moments of magic and it had moments of letdown. All told though, I think Mercury would have been proud.

The Queen Extravaganza rocked Seattle on June 28th. Picture by Rob Sinclair.

The Queen Extravaganza rocked Seattle on June 28th. Picture by Rob Sinclair.

The Queen Extravaganza (QE) landed in Seattle, dropped off a dose of Queen-inspired magic, then continued on its North American tour. I’d like to thank them for the show. But more so, for reminding me us all that Queen is still one of the best rock bands of all time.

With that said, the show actually started off slow. Jeff Scott Soto‘s rendition of We Will Rock You, meant as a strong, crowd energizing opener, fell flat. It was at this moment I realized how incredibly hard it must have been for Queen drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May to find people (QE has 4 singers to cover the songlist) to fill Freddy Mercury’s shoes. The next few songs showed the QE heating up and the crowd warming to the idea of “Queen” without Mercury. —>READ MORE<—

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