Killer Queen Experience comes to town with their repertoire of songs in tribute of the British band
All set to play at Phoenix Market City tomorrow, the four band members of the Killer Queen Experience bear an uncanny resemblance to the original quartet. A tribute band to the legendary British rock band, Queen, it comprises John Blunt (vocals), Wayne Vitale on bass, Kevin Shilling on drums and Andreas Tedreiko Edwards on lead guitar. The quartet claim the likeness is both coincidental and intentional. “We wanted our show to be an overwhelming Queen experience for the audience,” says Blunt, adding, “We set out to be the best Queen tribute in the world, hence the attention to detail which you will soon witness.”
Based out of Brisbane, Australia—and named after the song, Killer Queen, from Queen’s 1974 album, Sheer Heart Attack—Killer Queen Experience was formed in 2003, after Blunt had the idea while working in Warner Brothers Movieworld. With a a wardrobe of detailed and exactly-replicated costumes and a repertoire that spans the 70s through to the 90s, Blunt promises a show that will be eerily similar to the original. And though there have been many line-up changes to the band over the years, he says that the present one is the most competent and professional line-up that they’ve had till date. “At all our shows (and they have done scores, including headlining at the Skaanevik Blues Festival, in Norway, twice), the crowd is dancing by the second song. We are there to give them to a party and not a rock ‘n’ roll education on Queen,” he says.
When it comes to influences, the band members say there are many—and as it so happens, most of them are the same artistes that inspired Freddie Mercury and his team. These include Elvis Presely, Roy Orbison, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and The Beatles, to name a few.
In the city
This is the band’s first time in India—they consider it their “showcase tour”—and confess that they hope to come back many times. Come tomorrow, they plan to play a whole set list, including hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Another One Bites the Dust.
At The Courtyard, Phoenix Market City, tomorrow, at 7 pm.