Roger Taylor forms Queen tribute band

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 May 2014
Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor has formed his own Queen tribute band, while still playing with the original band himself

Roger Taylor has formed his own Queen tribute band.

The Queen drummer admits he was so fed up of seeing below average tribute acts that he decided to host auditions for his own, with fans being given the opportunity to vote for their favourites on the Internet.

He said: "The terrible ones [tributes] are cheesy and panto-like, more about dressing up in a Brian May wig and a Freddie Mercury moustache and what they're missing out on is the fact that the music is quite complicated and actually not easy to perform."

Taylor's search for a lead singer led him to a French Canadian man named Marc Martel, whose vocal similarities to late frontman Freddie Mercury won him nearly 9 million likes on YouTube.

Once the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' hitmaker found his lead singer he built the rest of the act, named "The Queen Extravaganza", around him.

Taylor told the Daily Express newspaper: "I spent some weeks with them in Canada rehearsing but they've found out what works and what they're good at. They've got some brilliant arrangements of a lot of our old stuff and I've sort of let them get on with it now.

"It's great - I just go and see them occasionally and they're wonderful."

The Queen Extravaganza

The official Queen tribute act, assembled by Roger Taylor.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sat 17 Nov

£31.35–£51.15 / 01223 357851

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Wed 21 Nov

£31.35–£51.15 / 0116 233 3111

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London W6

Thu 22 Nov

£30–£48 / 0844 249 4300

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