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God save Queen: Tribute concerts will rock Tampa Bay fans




Queen is a band that ended too soon, due to the untimely passing of singer Freddie Mercury. So it's no surprise that the music world wants to keep the Queen flame going with scores of tribute acts and concerts each year.

As is the case with The Beatles, Tampa Bay loves a good Queen tribute. And it just so happens a few good ones are coming to town in the next few months -- starting this weekend with the Florida Orchestra.

"With the background vocals, the harmonic structure, it just lends itself to orchestras so well," said Brent Havens, who will conduct the Orchestra's tribute to Queen at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mahaffey Theater (click here for ticket and details). "It kind of wrote itself because the music is so fabulous. Bohemian Rhapsody is hugely symphonic. We Are the Champions works incredibly well."

Click here for John Fleming's interview with Havens.

Looking ahead, there are some good Queen tribute shows coming up around Tampa Bay:

-- On Feb. 12, Florida's own Queen tribute Absolute Queen will perform alongside the AC/DC tribute Highway to Hell in a free show at Jannus Landing. Click here for details.

-- On May 5, one of the world's foremost Queen tribute acts, Gary Mullen and The Works return for "One Night of Queen" at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre. Mullen is a dead-ringer for Mercury in concert -- not only in appearance but in voice. Their show recreates the staging and lighting of a typical Queen concert as they cover the band's epic catalog of hits including Radio Ga-Ga, We Will Rock You and Somebody to Love. Click here for details. Stuck in the '80s' Steve Spears interviewed Mullens before their concert last year; click here for the interview.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:44pm]


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