MER­CURY RISES

KILLER QUEEN BRING THEIR TRIB­UTE SHOW TO THE COAST

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - KER­STIN KEHREN

Johnny Blunt read­ily ad­mits his sound doesn’t com­pletely mir­ror that of Fred­die Mer­cury. This, de­spite the Bris­bane res­i­dent build­ing a ca­reer as a trib­ute artist to the late-great Queen front­man.

As Mer­cury, Blunt per­forms the key role in Aus­tralian trib­ute band Killer Queen, who will be at Twin Towns to­mor­row night.

Blunt has been praised by Queen leg­end Brian May, but he hasn’t let him­self get car­ried away.

“I’m hum­ble enough and I think re­al­is­tic enough to say I don’t sound ex­actly like Fred­die,” says Blunt.

“I think that peo­ple that do say that, or im­per­son­ators that do say that, are kind of in­sult­ing the legacy a lit­tle bit.

“Maybe that’s a bit of a melo­dra­matic re­sponse, but let’s face it – there is only one Fred­die Mer­cury.”

That may be the case, but the real Queen has en­joyed suc­cess with Amer­i­can pop star Adam Lambert as guest front­man.

“Adam Lambert’s a per­fect fit. He fits the de­mo­graphic of fans of Queen. Brian May, or the sur­viv­ing mem­bers of Queen, are thor­oughly in love with him. They just think that he’s bril­liant,” Blunt says.

It’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion that has helped Killer Queen, too.

“It’s putting Queen into the fore­front of peo­ple’s minds,” Blunt says. “We do the circa ’80s stuff, so they want to see what it might’ve been like when Queen were per­form­ing in their hey­day.”

Sig­nif­i­cant money has been in­vested in per­fect­ing the im­age of the band.

“I had to get a cou­ple of jack­ets made that (Fred­die) had and they’ve got light­ning bolts through them, and they’re red vinyl and there’s white leather. So they cost about 800 bucks each to make,” he says.

As for what fans of Queen can ex­pect, Blunt says it’s all about the hits.

Killer Queen play Twin Towns, Tweed Heads, to­mor­row night

Johnny Blunt per­forms as Fred­die Mer­cury in trib­ute band Killer Queen.

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