Returning to bring a special ‘kinda magic’ to the Norwich Theatre Royal stage on Sunday, June 18, is the Royalty of tribute acts, Killer Queen.
The group has been performing its tribute to the supergroup led by Freddie Mercury since 1993, thrilling audiences across the globe from the UK to Moscow and, in 2016, completing a successful first tour of the USA. Their top quality musicianship and dynamic stage presence in full-on concerts sees them belting out a wide range of the high energy hits that marked Queen out as legends.
The band is fronted by Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury. He not only bears an uncanny likeness to the man himself with a three-and-a-half octave range enabling him to hit those Mercury high notes, but he has also earned approval from Queen guitarist Brian May whose website declares: “This guy is not to be missed”.
Formed in 1993, frontman Patrick Myers is backed by a four-piece band, hand-picked to emulate the musicianship of Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. Patrick said: “That first show back in June 1993 changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most but it’s a very addictive thing performing these songs! The concerts grew and grew and we’ve ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. It’s been quite a surreal ride.”
Killer Queen’s first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier.
By 1995, the tribute band’s UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London’s Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage and making them the first tribute to have a show in the West End. They were further recognised by the music industry in 1999 when Suggs from Madness presented them with the award for Worldwide Best Tribute Band.
During their various careers, the band members have gone on to work and record with a vast array of artistes including Queen drummer Roger Taylor, guitarist Brian May and Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, who famously recorded the duet Barcelona with Freddie Mercury.
They also scored a number one hit when they they were asked to recreate Queen’s harmonies for The Real Life with Fatboy Slim in 2001, and they have twice played the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam where the re-formed Queen have also performed.
They were selected to represent Queen in a restaged tribute Live Aid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof and performed with him at his arena charity concert to raise funds for the homeless. The band has also performed with Wilson Pickett, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Mica Paris and the Bootleg Beatles, packing out theatres and arenas around the UK.
For the Norwich date, audience members can expect a high energy performance with a stunning stage set and special effects and faithful renditions of Queen’s greatest hits from across their entire recording career from the Seven Seas of Rhye through to their 90s classics – and displaying more than a smattering of that commanding Mercury magic and dynamic stage presence, Patrick Myers will ensure everyone is up on their feet and having a killer night.
Killer Queen perform here on 18 June, and tickets are available now.