Diehard Queen fans want to relive the band’s live concerts. New Queen fans who never got the chance to see them perform want to experience what it was like to see iconic singer Freddie Mercury command the stage. For all of the above, cover band Almost Queen is as close to the real thing as one can get. The four-piece band has a sound that is reminiscent of Queen’s harmonies, while their costumes and theatrical backgrounds recapture the energy and style of the legendary band. White Plains Performing Arts Center will present a performance by Almost Queen on June 23. All proceeds from the band’s concert merchandise are donated to Mercury Phoenix Trust, a charity that was founded by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, and manager Jim Beach, in memory of Mercury, who died from AIDS in 1991. Almost Queen bassist Randy Gregg, who plays the role of John Deacon, told ArtsNews that guests can expect to hear “the big hits,” with which the band enjoys seeing fans “ranging from 8-80 years old” sing along. Speaking about his admiration of Queen, he added: “They paved the road and we’re just walking on it.” For more info, visit wppac.com.
A version of this article first appeared in the June 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
Photo caption: Almost Queen (photo courtesy of the band)