In the 1970’s and 1980’s one of the biggest rock and roll groups was Queen. The band has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums, with some estimates in excess of 300 million albums world-wide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They have been honoured with seven Ivor Novello awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 20011.
Sadly the band ended witht the death of its flamboyant front man Freddie Mercury from AIDS in 1991.
It’s been 40 years since Queen formed and in celebration Queen’s Roger Taylor is launching a North American talent search that will offer vocalists and musicians the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza.
The Queen Extravaganza is a live touring show celebrating and paying tribute to the songs, style and vision of one of the World’s biggest bands, Queen.
Ok… That sounds cool but who is going to win.
I had no idea until I heard Marc Martel.
Who the hell is Marc Martel?
Unless you are into Christian rock and/or from Canada you probably haven’t ever heard of him because Martel is the front man for Canadian Christian Rock Band Downhere.
This is his audition tape, a cover of Queen’s Somebody to Love.
The second clip is Queen’s Famous Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody is one of the most complex rock and roll songs ever.
Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor reportedly sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day. The entire piece took three weeks to record, and in some sections featured 180 separate overdubs. Since the studios of the time only offered 24-track analogue tape, it was necessary for the three to overdub themselves many times and “bounce” these down to successive sub-mixes. In the end, eighth-generation tapes were used. The various sections of tape containing the desired submixes had to be spliced (cut with razor blades and assembled in the correct sequence using adhesive tape). May recalled placing a tape in front of the light and being able to see through it, as they had been recording so intensely. It was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history.2
A Canadian Christian rocker is wowing the world with his pipes and his similarities to one of the most flamboyant front men ever.
Original Queen Version
If none of this impresses you… There is always, The Muppets Cover Queen’s mega-hit Bohemian Rhapsody.