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The Queen Extravaganza Set To Rock American Idol & North America

Thu, April 26, 2012 3:20pm EDT by Russ Weakland 1 Comment
Queen Tour 2012

If you watched American Idol last night you know it was all about Queen. With a spectacular performance by Queen’s Roger Taylor and Brian May on April 25 who were joined by the 6 remaining Idol hopefuls the fun only continues tonight with a performance by the official tribute group, The Queen Extravaganza!

After you all saw the awesome Queen medley that was performed on Top 6 night on April 25 everyone is all about hearing the iconic music of Queen. Well Idol fans and Queen fans the magic continues when The Queen Extravaganza will perform “Somebody to Love” in support of their upcoming North American summer tour.

The Queen Extravaganza tour launches on May 26, and will hit cities coast-to-coast across the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer of 2012 (see below for full itinerary). Masterminded by Taylor and May themselves, The Queen Extravaganza is a spectacular touring concert show designed to bring the glorious music and live experience of Queen to multiple generations of fans. The band includes vocalists Marc Martel and Jennifer Espinoza; additional vocalists Yvan Pedneault and Jeff Scott Soto; bassist Francois Olivier Doyon; guitarists Brian Gresh and Tristan Avakian; drummer Tyler Warren; and keyboardist & musical director Brandon Ethridge. The musicians were hand-selected by Taylor after an intensive 12-week worldwide online audition search, with video submissions generating more than 10 million views.

In a show that will run over two hours, The QE band will perform nearly 40 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,” and “Killer Queen.” In addition, the show will highlight some of the band’s finest heavy-duty rock-based anthems that have long been at the core of their live performances, so 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,” among others. The production will also be boosted with the inclusion of never-before-seen video footage.

To guarantee that 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, every Rolling Stones show since 1989, and many more. Lighting for The Queen Extravaganza has been designed by Rob Sinclair (Queen, Adele, Peter Gabriel, Pulp, Mumford and Sons, Goldfrapp).

So HollywoodLifers, Make sure you to tune in and watch The Queen Extravaganza rock American Idol on April 26 but better yet make sure you see them on tour. See below for all available tour dates!

Russ Weakland

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The Queen Extravaganza Tour Dates:

May 26 Quebec, QC
Grand Theatre du Quebec

May 27
Montreal, QC
St. Denis

May 29
Toronto, ON
QE Theatre

May 31
Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre

June 1
Chicago, IL
House of Blues

June 2
Minneapolis, MN
The Brick

June 5
St. Louis, MO
The Pageant

June 7
Philadelphia, PA
Theatre of Living Arts

June 8
Washington, DC
9:30 Club

June 9
Wallingford, CT

June 10
Bethlehem, PA
Event Center

June 11
Boston, MA
House of Blues

June 12
Huntington, NY
Paramount Theatres

June 15
Tampa, FL
Louis Lykes Ferguson Hall

June 17
Orlando, FL
The Plaza Live

June 19
Dallas, TX
Grand Prairie

June 20
Houston, TX
House of Blues

June 23
Las Vegas, NV
House of Blues

June 24
San Diego, CA

June 25
Los Angeles, CA
Club Nokia

June 26
San Francisco, CA

June 28
Seattle, WA

June 30
Vancouver, BC

July 2
Calgary, AB
Jack Singer

July 3
Edmonton, AB

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