Queen News: American Idol takeover recap, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ kids, Freddie Mercury Marvel Comic submission
The music of Queen took over this weeks episodes of American Idol, with Wednesday nights show kicking off with Brian May and Roger Taylor performing with the remaining contestants, and then the two returning last night (Apr. 26) to perform ‘Somebody To Love’ with the Queen Extravaganza ensemble, including look and sound alike Marc Martel on lead vocals, with assistance by Jeff Scott Soto . Check out both performances below.
Elise Testone was the latest contestant voted off, even though I though she had the best solo performance of the season on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love.’ In Elise’s farewell tribute video, she said that her favorite part of her Idol journey was connecting with the other contestants. “I want to be an inspiration for people,” she said. “That’s what this is all about.” She may be on her way — Stevie Nicks wants to hire her. Sweeeet!
The Queen Extravaganza North American Tour kicks off May 26th in Quebec, with 25 dates throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Queen Extravaganza touring band includes four vocalists and five musicians (two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards), who were hired after an intensive 12-week online audition search. The buzz surrounding the public auditions sparked worldwide interest, with video submissions generating more than 10 million views. Television host Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent that she invited one hopeful contestant to perform his audition on her show. That contestant, Nashville’s Marc Martel, secured himself a place in the final band. The rest of The Queen Extravaganza band includes vocalist and QE contestant Jennifer Espinoza, along with addition vocalists Yvan Pedneault and Jeff Scott Soto; bassist Francois Olivier Doyon; guitarists Brian Gresh and Tristan Avakian; drummer Tyler Warren; and keyboardist & musical director Brandon Ethridge.
A You Tube video has been posted by a dad with his three children, belting out ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on the way to school. The video’s description states:
“It has become a morning habit to sing Bohemian Rhapsody on the way to school in the morning. Depending on traffic, we can usually start the song as we pull out of the driveway, and pull into the school just as the song ends.”
This is the coolest, keep rocking kids!
This from Rollingstone.com: Sci-fi blog io9 has unearthed a comic book page featuring Wolverine and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury drawn by an unknown artist as a submission to Marvel Comics at some point in the Nineties. The page depicts the X-Men antihero prowling through the woods only to stumble upon the Queen singer standing in a confident pose.
The only dialogue on the page has Wolverine uttering “Freddy [sic] Mercury?,” because, really, what else would you say if you unexpectedly ran into the Queen singer a few years after his death? Also, obviously, Wolverine must be wondering what Mercury is doing in a comic book to begin with.
The page has been in circulation online for some time. Back in 2010, former Marvel Comics staffer Steve Bunche shared the page on his blog, saying that while the art was not up to snuff for the top superhero comics publisher, he admired the artist’s imagination. “Seriously, how the fuck does someone even make the leap in narrative logic from depicting Wolverine stalking through the forest to having him run into Freddie Mercury of Queen for no apparent reason?” Bunche wrote. “That, dear readers, is a sign of true creativity.”