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