FRED­DIE RE­TURNS

Trib­ute band Killer Queen have won plau­dits from ev­ery­one from Dan­nii Minogue to Brian May him­self, and the re­sem­blance is star­tling

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

Fans of leg­endary out­fit Queen look­ing for a near-per­fect ren­di­tion of their favourite songs will want to make their way to Twin Towns to­mor­row night.

Bris­bane’s Killer Queen are re­garded as one of the world’s pre­mier Queen trib­ute out­fits, fronted by tal­ented vo­cal­ist Johnny Blunt.

Blunt looks and sounds so much like the late, great Fred­die Mer­cury that in 2010 he ap­peared in a French TV look-alike show and was voted by 7 mil­lion view­ers as the best Fred­die fac­sim­ile.

That was high praise in­deed, but an even big­ger boost came soon af­ter when Queen’s found­ing gui­tarist Brian May saw footage of Killer Queen and pro­nounced the show “as­ton­ish­ing”.

Af­ter the band ap­peared on Australia’s Got Tal­ent and scored rave re­views from Dan­nii Minogue and Red Sy­monds, the rest of Australia was ready to agree.

All the mem­bers of Killer Queen bear un­canny re­sem­blances to their orig­i­nal equiv­a­lents. This is no ac­ci­dent, with over $100,000 spent on cos­tumes alone.

The well-known cover band formed in 2003, and Blunt says he can barely walk down the street with­out peo­ple com­ment­ing on the like­ness.

“I do look a lot like Fred­die Mer­cury and some­times the re­sem­blance even scares me,’’ he says.

“We play the mu­sic of Queen ex­actly the same way they did back in the day, so what you’re hear­ing is ex­actly what you’d hear at a Queen con­cert.”

Killer Queen’s reper­toire cov­ers the full ex­tent of Queen’s amaz­ing run, from early num­bers such as Seven Seas of Rhye and Brighton Rock, to mid-pe­riod mas­ter­pieces such as Bo­hemian Rhap­sody and Tie Your Mother Down, through to their globe­con­quer­ing an­thems such as We Are The Cham­pi­ons, Ra­dio Gaga and An­other One Bites The Dust.

“Be­cause the mu­sic fea­tured in the show cov­ers the 1970s through to the mil­len­nium, the au­di­ence is al­ways a broad col­lec­tion of fans, from 18year-olds through to re­tirees who all share a love of time­less rock mu­sic,” says Blunt. “As Fred­die used to say: ‘We’re not here to per­form a CD – we’re here to per­form live’.’’

Killer Queen play all the band’s hits in ex­actly the same way the orig­i­nal Queen did back in the day.

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