The Queen Extravaganza

The Queen Extravaganza

The 'Queen Extravaganza' is an official Queen tribute show, created by Roger Taylor, which was formed in 2011 after an online talent search consisting of three rounds of auditions.

The first round consisted of users submitting video performances of Queen tracks, which attracted over 6.4 million entrants, and Roger and a team of judges chose the best 50 to advance to round two. For the second round, each entrant had to submit a further video of them performing a specific Queen track ('Crazy Little Thing Called Love' for vocalists, 'One Vision' for drummers, 'Keep Yourself Alive' for guitarists, 'Another One Bites The Dust' for bass players, and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for keyboard players). A public vote then chose the top 10 entrants for the final round, which was held at a live event in Los Angeles on 8 December, with a panel of judges including Roger.

The chosen band members were:
Jennifer Espinoza - Vocals
Marc Martel - Vocals
Tristan Avakian - Guitar
Brian Gresh - Guitar
Tyler Warren - Drums
Francois-Olivier Doyon - Bass

Three additional musicians were also added to the group:
Jeff Scott Soto - Vocals
Yvan Pedneault - Vocals
Brandon Ethridge - Keyboards and Musical Director


The band debutted on American Idol on 26 April 2012, performing 'Somebody To Love' with Brian and Roger. They went on to tour North America in 2012 and 2013, and the UK and Europe in 2013 and 2014.

The band toured in Australia and the UK in 2015, to mark the 40th anniversary of the 'A Night At The Odeon' album, with a smaller line-up, consisting of original members Marc Martel, Tyler Warren and Francois-Oliver Doyon, with Nick Radcliffe on guitar.

The band toured the UK again in 2016, with the same line up as 2015, adding Darren Reeves on keyboards. This was preceded by a show at the Casino Barriere, Montreux, to mark Freddie's 70th Birthday, which was broadcast online. The last show of the tour was recorded and the album was available at the venue immediately after the show, titled 'A Night At The Apollo'.

The shows to date are listed below. One off shows are included within the nearest tour.

 

2012 North American Tour
2013 North American Tour
2013 UK Tour
2014 European Tour
2014 UK Tour
2015 Australia and UK Tours
2016 UK Tour

'A Night At The Apollo' album


2012 North American Tour
Act 1: The Prophet's Song (taped intro), We Will Rock You (fast version), Tie Your Mother Down, Now I'm Here, Killer Queen, Love Of My Life, I Want It All, Bicycle Race, I Want To Break Free, The March Of The Black Queen, Dragon Attack, You Take My Breath Away, Save Me, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, Bohemian Rhapsody
Act 2: Rock It (Prime Jive), One Vision, A Kind Of Magic, Don't Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Who Wants To Live Forever, Another One Bites The Dust, You're My Best Friend, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Stone Cold Crazy, In The Lap Of The Gods, In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited, Radio Ga Ga, The Show Must Go On, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love
Encore: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

26 May 2012 - Grand Theatre du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
27 May 2012 - Theatre St. Denis, Montreal, Canada
29 May 2012 - QE Theatre, Toronto, Canada
31 May 2012 - MI Fox Theatre, Detroit, USA
1 June 2012 - House Of Blues, Chicago, USA
2 June 2012 - The Brick, Minneapolis, USA
4 June 2012 - House Of Blues, Cleveland, USA
5 June 2012 - The Pageant, St Louis, Missouri
7 June 2012 - Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, USA
8 June 2012 - 9:30 Club, Washington, USA
9 June 2012 - Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, USA
10 June 2012 - Event Center, Bethlehem, USA
11 June 2012 - House Of Blues, Boston, USA
12 June 2012 - Paramount Theatre, Huntington, USA
15 June 2012 - Louis Lykes Ferguson Hall, Tampa, USA
17 June 2012 - The Plaza Live, Orlando, USA
19 June 2012 - Grand Prarie, Dallas, USA
20 June 2012 - House Of Blues, Houston, USA
23 June 2012 - House Of Blues, Las Vegas, USA
24 June 2012 - Humphrey’s, San Diego, USA
25 June 2012 - Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
26 June 2012 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, USA
28 June 2012 - Showbox, Seattle, USA
30 June 2012 - Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
2 July 2012 - Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, Canada
3 July 2012 - Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Canada


2013 North American Tour
Act 1: We Will Rock You (fast version), Killer Queen, I Want To Break Free, Dragon Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Love Of My Life, Don't Stop Me Now, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, Bohemian Rhapsody
Act 2: Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic, You're My Best Friend, Drum Solo, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, The Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love

Encore: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

11 January 2013 - Music Hall Theatre, Tarrytown, New York, USA
12 January 2013 - Toyota Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, USA
13 January 2013 - The Paramount, Huntington, USA
15 January 2013 - Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, USA
16 January 2013 - Hershey Theatre, Hershey, USA
17 January 2013 - Bergen Performing Arts Center, Verona, USA
18 January 2013 - Hamilton Place Theatre, Hamilton, Canada
20 January 2013 - National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
21 January 2013 - Sony Centre for Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
22 January 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
23 January 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
25 January 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
26 January 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
27 January 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec, Canada
29 January 2013 - Theatre Granada, Sherbrooke, Canada
30 January 2013 - Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
1 February 2013 - Imperial Theatre, St. John, USA
2 February 2013 - Casino Moncton, Moncton, USA
3 February 2013 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, Canada

6 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
7 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
9 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
10 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
11 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
13 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
14 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
16 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
17 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
18 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
20 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
21 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
23 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
24 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
25 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
27 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
28 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
30 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
31 August 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
1 September 2013 - Capitole du Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
3 September 2013 - Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, Ontario
5 September 2013 - Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, Nova Scotia
6 September 2013 - Casino New Brunswick, New Brunswick
8 September 2013 - Opera House, Lebanon, New Hampshire
9 September 2013 - Count Basie Theater, Red Bank, New Jersey
10 September 2013 - Rapids Theater, Niagara Falls, New York
11 September 2013 - Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, New Jersey
13 September 2013 - Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
14 September 2013 - Theater At Westbury, Westbury, New York
15 September 2013 - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, Massachusetts


2013 UK Tour
Act 1: We Will Rock You (fast version), Killer Queen, I Want To Break Free, Dragon Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Love Of My Life, Don't Stop Me Now, A Kind Of Magic, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, Bohemian Rhapsody
Act 2: Under Pressure, I Want It All, You're My Best Friend, Drum Solo, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, The Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love

Encore: Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

25 October 2013 - The Brook, Southampton, England
27 October 2013 - The O2 Academy, Birmingham, England
28 October 2013 - The O2 Academy, Oxford, England
29 October 2013 - The O2 Academy, Bournemouth, England
30 October 2013 - The O2 Academy, Liverpool, England
1 November 2013 - The O2 Academy, Sheffield, England
2 November 2013 - The O2 Academy, Leicester, England
3 November 2013 - The O2 Academy, Newcastle, England
4 November 2013 - The O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
6 November 2013 - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, England
7 November 2013 - Sub 89, Reading, England
8 November 2013 - Assembly Hall, Worthing, England
10 November 2013 - Komedia, Bath, England
11 November 2013 - The Gorilla, Manchester, England
12 November 2013 - The Fleece, Bristol, England


2014 European Tour
Act 1: Track 13 (taped intro), The Prophet's Song (taped intro), We Will Rock You (fast version), Killer Queen, I Want To Break Free, Don't Stop Me Now, Love Of My Life, Dragon Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, Bohemian Rhapsody
Act 2: Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic, I Want It All, You're My Best Friend, Drum Solo, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, The Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love

Encore: Tie Your Mother Down, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

29 March 2014 - Hong Kong Sevens 2014, Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong

10 May 2014 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth, England
12 May 2014 - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp, Belgium
13 May 2014 - 13, Tilburg, Netherlands
15 May 2014 - Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
16 May 2014 - Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
18 May 2014 - Alte Kongresshalle, Munich, Germany
19 May 2014 - Bastchkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
20 May 2014 - Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
21 May 2014 - Arena, Vienna, Austria
22 May 2014 - Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy
24 May 2014 - Olympia, Paris, France
26 May 2014 - Studie 2, DR house, Copenhagen, Denmark
28 May 2014 - Sentrum, Oslo, Norway
29 May 2014 - Tyrol, Stockholm, Sweden
31 May 2014 - Circus, Helsinki, Finland


2014 UK Tour
Track 13 (taped intro), The Prophet's Song (taped intro), Tie Your Mother Down, Don't Stop Me Now, Save Me, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Killer Queen, Hammer To Fall, Dragon Attack, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Love Of My Life, A Kind Of Magic, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, I Want It All, Another One Bites The Dust, Ogre Battle, Stone Cold Crazy, I Want To Break Free, Radio Ga Ga, Fat Bottomed Girls, Somebody To Love
Encore: The Show Must Go On, We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

5 September 2014 - The Hexagon, Reading, England
6 September 2014 - The Assembly, Leamington Spa, England
8 September 2014 - St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales
9 September 2014 - Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, England
11 September 2014 - O2 Academy, Bristol, England
12 September 2014 - Rock City, Nottingham, England
13 September 2014 - Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, England
15 September 2014 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
16 September 2014 - O2 Academy, Leeds, England
18 September 2014 - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
19 September 2014 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
20 September 2014 - City Hall, Sailsbury, England
22 September 2014 - Town Hall, Cheltenham, England
23 September 2014 - Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, England


2015 Australia and UK Tours
Act 1: Now I'm Here, Keep Yourself Alive, The March Of The Black Queen, Seven Seas Of Rhye, In The Lap Of The Gods, Killer Queen, Tenement Funster, Flick Of The Wrist, Lily Of The Valley, Stone Cold Crazy, Liar
Act 2: Death On Two Legs, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, You're My Best Friend, '39, Sweet Lady, Seaside Rendezvous, The Prophet's Song, Love Of My Life, Good Company, Bohemian Rhapsody, God Save The Queen
Encore: In The Lap Of The Gods... Revisited, Somebody To Love

The two shows in August had the same setlist as the 2014 UK Tour.

12 August 2015 - The Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
13 August 2015 - The Kursaal, Ostend, Belgium

3 October 2015 - Jupiter's Theatre, Gold Coast, Australia
6 October 2015 - The Star Event Centre, Sydney, Australia
10 October 2015 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
13 October 2015 - Crown Theatre, Perth, Australia

30 October 2015 - Assembly, Leamington Spa, England
31 October 2015 - The Forum, Bath, England
1 November 2015 - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
2 November 2015 - Assembly, Worthing, England
5 November 2015 - Colosseum, Watford, England
6 November 2015 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
8 November 2015 - Fairfields Hall, Croydon, England
9 November 2015 - GLive, Guildford, England
10 November 2015 - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland
12 November 2015 - Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
13 November 2015 - Engine Shed, Lincoln, England
14 November 2015 - Open, Norwich, England
16 November 2015 - Town Hall, Birmingham, England
18 November 2015 - Hexagon, Reading, England
19 November 2015 - St Davids Hall, Cardiff, England
20 November 2015 - City Hall, Salisbury, England
21 November 2015 - GL1, Gloucester, England (Brian attended the show and appeared on stage, but did not play)


2016 UK Tour
Act 1: Death On Two Legs, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, I'm In Love With My Car, You're My Best Friend, '39, Sweet Lady, Seaside Rendezvous, The Prophet's Song, Love Of My Life, Good Company, Bohemian Rhapsody, God Save The Queen
Act 2: Tie Your Mother Down, Seven Seas Of Rhye, Don't Stop Me Now, Stone Cold Crazy, Another One Bites The Dust, I Was Born To Love You, Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, The Show Must Go On, Radio Ga Ga, Somebody To Love
Encore: We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions

4 September 2016 - Casino Barriere, Montreux, Switzerland (Freddie Mercury's 70th birthday party; broadcast live online)

28 October 2016 - The Pavilions, Plymouth, England
29 October 2016 - City Hall, Salisbury, England
31 October 2016 - The Hexagon Theatre, Reading, England
1 November 2016 - The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, England
2 November 2016 - De Montford Hall, Leicester, England
4 November 2016 - City Hall, Newcastle, England
5 November 2016 - Clyde Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
6 November 2016 - Empire Theatre, Liverpool, England
8 November 2016 - Apollo Theatre, Manchester, England
9 November 2016 - City Hall, Sheffield, England
10 November 2016 - The Barbican, York, England
12 November 2016 - St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales
13 November 2016 - Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, England
14 November 2016 - Guildhall, Portsmouth, England
16 November 2016 - Victoria Hall, Stoke, England
18 November 2016 - Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales
19 November 2016 - The Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
20 November 2016 - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith, London, England (recorded and released as an album on double CD and download, as detailed below)


A Night At The Apollo
This two disc album features the full show recorded at the Eventim Apollo (formerly the Hammersmith Odeon) in London, England, on 20 November 2016. It was recorded by Live Here Now and copies were available from the venue after the show, with the first 100 copies signed by the band. The album was later available online on the Live Here Now website, and the Queen Online shop.

As the CD was pressed on the night, the track positioning is slightly out, most notably on 'I'm In Love With My Car', where the first 9 seconds are included at the end of 'Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon'. All song lengths below are for the songs themselves, ignoring audience noise or dialogue.

Full scans of the album can be found in the gallery.

Band:
Marc Martel (vocals)
Francois-Olivier Doyon (bass)
Nick Radcliffe (guitar)
Darren Reeves (keyboards)
Tyler Warren (drums)

Produced by Roger Taylor
Executive producer: Jim Beach
Recording and mixing: Will Shapland, mix supervised by Joshua J Macrae

Disc 1 - A Night At The Opera: (49:24)
01. Death On Two Legs (3:46) (includes a Kenny Everett introduction before the song)
02. Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon (1:05)
03. I'm In Love With My Car (3:05)
04. You're My Best Friend (2:51)
05. '39 (3:31)
06. Sweet Lady (6:04) (includes a drum solo)
07. Seaside Rendezvous (2:14)
08. The Prophet's Song (7:56)
09. Love Of My Life (3:28)
10. Good Company (3:20)
11. Bohemian Rhapsody (6:27)
12. God Save The Queen (1:33)

Disc 2 - Greatest Hits: (66:06)
01. Tie Your Mother Down (5:14) (includes the 'A Day At The Races' album introduction)
02. Seven Seas Of Rhye (2:39)
03. Don't Stop Me Now (3:28)
04. Stone Cold Crazy (2:24)
05. Another One Bites The Dust (3:57)
06. Save Me (3:53)
07. I Was Born To Love You (3:50)
08. Under Pressure (3:48)
09. Fat Bottomed Girls (4:23)
10. The Show Must Go On (4:15)
11. Radio Ga Ga (5:43)
12. Somebody To Love (9:28) (includes band introductions)
13. We Will Rock You (2:22)
14. We Are The Champions (3:48)