Press Release: Queen Extravaganza Tour Dates Announced
THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA ANNOUNCES MAY 26 KICK OFF DATE FOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MARCH 31ST IN MOST U.S. AND CANADIAN MARKETS
THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA - THE OFFICIAL QUEEN TRIBUTE SHOW, PRODUCED BY QUEEN DRUMMER
ROGER TAYLOR, WILL CELEBRATE AND PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GLORIOUS MUSIC AND LIVE EXPERIENCE OF QUEEN
“What an amazing storehouse of talent we have unlocked. The standard is mind-blowingly high, it has really been a thrill to discover them.” - Roger Taylor, Queen
Launching summer 2012, The Queen Extravaganza is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and the live experience of legends of rock Queen to generations of fans in cities coast-to-coast across the US and Canada.
Behind the show are Queen: legendary guitarist Brian May and iconic drummer Roger Taylor, whose talents as writers and musicians have inspired such legends of modern times as the Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Katy Perry, and even Lady Gaga, who took her name from one of Taylor’s biggest hit songs.
Taylor’s idea was to the create the ultimate Queen concert experience in an electrifying road show that celebrates the band’s music and legacy performed by some of the best new music talent out there today. Taylor personally takes 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, every Rolling Stones show since 1989, and, working with lighting designer Willie Williams, every U2 concert.
The Queen Extravaganza touring band - four vocalists and five musicians (two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards) - were hired after an intensive 12 week online audition search. The buzz surrounding the public auditions sparked worldwide interest with video submissions generating more than 10 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, secured himself a place in the final band. The rest of The QE band includes vocalists and QE contestant Jennifer Espinoza along with addition 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
In a show which will run just over two hours of playing time, with a 30 minute break, The QE band will perform close on 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, 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 them.
Production values will be boosted with the inclusion of never-before-seen video footage.
“The Queen Extravaganza will not be like a traditional tribute show,” says 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.” Adds Taylor, “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."
Roger is thrilled at the last minute to be able to involve his friend and much admired vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, welcome to the Extravaganza Jeff.
The Queen Extravaganza tour dates are as follows:
May 26 Quebec Grand Theatre du Quebec
May 27 Montreal St. Denis
May 29 Toronto 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 Oakdale
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 Prarie
June 20 Houston, TX House of Blues
June 23 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
June 24 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s
June 25 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
June 26 San Francisco, CA Regency
June 28 Seattle, WA Showbox
June 30 Vancouver Orpheum
July 2 Calgary Jack Singer
July 3 Edmonton Jubilee