evenko is bringing the official Queen tribute show, Queen Extravaganza to New Brunswick! The show will visit the Imperial Theatre in Saint John on February 1st and Casino New Brunswick’s Event Centre in Moncton on February 2nd.
Queen Extravaganza is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and the live experience of rock legends, Queen to generations of fans. Behind the show is Queen’s iconic drummer Roger Taylor, a man whose own talents as a writer and musician have inspired such legends of modern times as The Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Katy Perry, and even Lady GaGa, who took her name from one of his biggest hit songs.
Taylor’s idea was to create the ultimate Queen concert experience in an electrifying road show that celebrates the band’s music and legacy. The show, performed by some of the best new music talent working today, has Taylor in the role of producer and music director. To guarantee the touring show matches the fabled design and excitement of Queen at its live best, Taylor has enlisted a heavyweight production team headed by stage designer, Mark Fisher. Fisher has been responsible for some of the most memorable rock concerts ever staged, including The Wall for Pink Floyd and every Rolling Stones show since 1989. He has also worked with lighting designer, Willie Williams for every U2 concert.
The Queen Extravaganza touring band, including four vocalists and five musicians (two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards) were hired after an intensive six-week online audition search. The buzz surrounding the public auditions sparked worldwide interest with video submissions generating more than 6.4 million views. Television host, Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent, that she invited one hopeful to perform his audition on her show. That contestant, Nashville’s Marc Martel (born in Montreal), secured himself a place in the final band.
The show, which runs just over two hours with a 30 minute break, has the band performing close to 40 true Queen classics drawn from a list of the band’s biggest all-time chart hits – “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Under Pressure”, “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”, “A Kind of Magic”, “Radio Ga Ga”, “Somebody to Love”, “Killer Queen” – as well as highlighting some of the band’s finest heavy-duty rock based anthems which have long been at the core of their live performances. Audiences can also expect a healthy dose of early period Queen with songs such as “I’m In Love With My Car”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Seven Seas of Rye”, and “In the Lap Of The Gods”.
The show also includes some never-before-seen video footage.
“Queen Extravaganza will not be like a traditional tribute show,” said Taylor. “It is a brand new show specially designed to enable these new fans, together with fans of old, to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart stopping event. It’s going to be very spectacular, it’s going to be very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises. It will be a rock celebration in the Royal tradition. I think you can expect not to be bored for one second.”
For more information on Queen Extravaganza, visit: www.queenextravaganza.com
Tickets for all NB shows go on sale this Saturday, October 27th at 12 noon.
Tickets for the Saint John show are $41.50 (including tax, plus surcharge) and will be available at the Imperial Theatre Box Office, by calling by phone at (506)674-4100 (1-800-323-7469) and online at www.imperialtheatre.nb.ca or www.evenko.ca
Tickets for the Moncton show are $42.50 (including tax plus applicable surcharge) and will be available at the Casino Gift Shop (located at 21 Casino Drive in Moncton, exit #450 off the Trans-Canada Highway), by calling 1-866-9-GET-TIX/ 1-866- 943-8849 and online at casinonb.ca or www.evenko.ca
Doors open at 7 pm.
evenko is a Quebec company, which has become the most important independent promoter and producer in Canada. Presenting more than 800 musical, family and sporting events annually throughout the province of Quebec, Atlantic Canada and the eastern United States, evenko plays host to the biggest entertainers in the world and invests in the development and promotion of Quebec artists.
evenko is also the creator and producer of two major festivals, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival and Heavy MTL, which are held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal. In January 2012, Pollstar, the industry’s most respected source, ranked evenko 13th worldwide in the Promoter category while the Bell Centre was ranked 4th in North America in the category of top Arena Venue. The evenko trademark is the property of L’Aréna des Canadiens Inc.