Queen band ready to rock you

Kevin Goodwin (bass) Rob Comber (vocals) Wayne Bourne (drums) Christopher Gregory (guitar)

Kevin Goodwin (bass) Rob Comber (vocals) Wayne Bourne (drums) Christopher Gregory (guitar)

First published in News

A SHOW is coming to Bolton and it promises to rock you.

The Bohemians will appear at the Albert Halls on Saturday, September 13, to re-create 12 years in the life of Queen.

The internationally-renowned tribute band will celebrate one of the most successful and much-loved bands of all time with a new tour, costumes, production and set.

Returning to the venue after the success of their last gig, Rob Comber, Christopher Gregory, Wayne Bourne and Kevin Goodwin will entertain fans with hits including We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody and Another One Bites the Dust.

Rob, on vocals, acoustic guitar and piano, said: “I’m the Freddie Mercury character.

“We’ve been going for about 10 years.

“We regularly tour the UK and Europe and we are bringing the show to Bolton.

“We replicate what Queen used to do live. We try and keep it as authentic as we can.

“We try and sound and look like Queen and wear all the costumes.”

From the long hair and leotards of 1974 to Freddie's iconic yellow jacket he wore at Wembley Stadium in 1986, A Night of Queen – As It Began will celebrate the band’s best performances.

Rob, who has played guitar since the age of 15 and in a number of bands, said: “Most people tend to want to hear the hits and we deliver those in spades.

“This year, we are doing a few songs that perhaps people will not have heard but we are careful not to do too much.

“We are doing a couple of medleys of some of the lesser-known songs.”

The early sound of Queen — also featuring Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor — was influenced by progressive rock, hard rock and heavy metal, before the band ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works, incorporating further diverse styles.

Rob said: “We are all huge Queen fans. Kevin Goodwin was a founder member. He was a real anorak.

“It was him that came up with the idea. The rest of us are rock musicians, rock fans and Queen fans.

“Queen were, above all, a rock band.

“They are known as covering all kinds of genres.

“In the ‘80s, they were known for their pop-style songs — Radio Gaga and I Want to Break Free.
“What attracts us to Queen is they were a rock band.

“They did these wonderful rock songs. Rock, pop, a bit of opera, they could do it, gospel.
“I think that’s what attracts us to what we are doing here. We never get fed up with it.”

One of rock and pop’s most energetic and entertaining performers, Freddie was revered around the world before his death in 1991, at the age of 45, from pneumonia brought on by AIDS.

Rob said: “There was this huge stage presence that was Freddie Mercury.

“All Queen tribute bands have to try and replicate that energy and showmanship that Freddie brought to the Queen shows. We all have our different ways of interpreting that.”

The group also performs other shows, including A Spectacular Night of Queen, featuring a 20 piece orchestra and a choir which plays to audiences around the world.

The Bohemians are at The Albert Halls, Bolton, on Saturday, September 13 at 8pm. Tickets cost £17.50, call 01204 334400. 
 

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