KILLER QUEEN BRING THEIR TRIBUTE SHOW TO THE COAST
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.