The hugely popular live band performance returns to rock North America with the ‘Queen Extravaganza Tour’ in September-October 2018!
Back by popular demand, ‘Queen Extravaganza’ was one of last year’s fastest selling UK theatre tours. Queen fans will be thrilled to learn that there will be a chance to hear all their favourite Queen songs performed live, when the official tribute band created by Roger Taylor and Brian May, hits North America for a series of shows this year. They will celebrate the UK’s biggest selling album of all time ‘Queen Greatest Hits’ released in 1981 which sold over 6.1 million copies in Britain alone.
‘Queen Extravaganza’ – described by the legendary Roger Taylor himself as ‘A rock celebration in the Royal tradition’ and designed to enable new fans and old to celebrate the music of Queen – will play 30 shows across North America and Canada from September 2018 opening in Sacramento September 6 and ending on 21st October in Surrey, BC. The band then heads straight to the UK to play 17 performances across the UK and Ireland. UK DATES HERE
‘QuEx’ as they are known by their avid fans, have already played over 160 dates across the world and made appearances on TV shows such as American Idol where the performance was seen by over 20 million people. ‘Queen Extravaganza’ Tour 2018 promises to deliver all the greatest hits any Queen fan could want to hear – “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘Somebody to Love’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Bicycle Race’, ‘You’re My Best Friend’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Now I’m Here’, ‘Play The Game’, ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’, ‘Body Language’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy’, ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Radio GaGa’, ‘Under Pressure’ … all will be presented 100% live by some of today’s finest musicians hand picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May themselves.
The show is produced by Roger Taylor and designed by longtime Queen creative team, Ric Lipson from Stufish Entertainment Architects, and Lighting Designer Rob Sinclair.
BAND LINE UP FOR NORTH AMERICA
The band are hand picked by Brian and Roger, from their international pool of top-class musicians.
Alirio Netto will be joining the line up this year as the lead singer. Brazilian born singer Alirio Netto is one of the most recognised rock voices in Brazil. Whether it be on stage or in the studio, his powerful voice and amazing range impressed Roger and Brian when he starred as Galileo in the Brazilian production of We Will Rock You in 2016.
As well as his stage career, Alirio has achieved success as a signed artist with albums released worldwide and performances on numerous shows and festivals including the world famous Rock In Rio, Brazil. He is an award-winning singer, having won Brazil’s Best Musical Actor Award for his role in Jesus Chris Superstar as Judas Escariot. He also provided the Brazilian voice of Lefu for the feature film Beauty and the Beast in 2017. Roger Taylor comments “Alirio is not only a superlative singer, he is also a great showman who will deliver our songs with tremendous flair”
Joining Alirio in the band line up will be:
Drummer: Tyler Warren (USA)
Tyler is the touring MD, keeping the band in time and well rehearsed, which he does alongside his ‘other’ job as percussionist on tour with Queen + Adam Lambert. *Tyler will join the tour from 24th September due to commitments with Queen + Adam Lambert*
Bassist: François-Olivier Doyon. (Canada)
Has been with Queen Extravaganza since the first online auditions in 2011 where he beat hundreds of other applicants to the coveted role of bassist for the band.
Guitarist: Brian Gresch (USA)
Brian was in the original line up for Queen Extravaganza, and we’re delighted he’s returning to the band for the North American tour.
Keyboardist: Alex Maynard (UK)
Alex joins the line up as our youngest new band member, having worked with We Will Rock You’s Musical Director Stuart Morley. A Music graduate of Cambridge University, Alex’s multi-talented abilities are not just limited to keyboard & excellent vocals – he also plays bass guitar & cello when he’s not tickling the ivories!
‘Queen Extravaganza’ Tour Tickets are available via: www.queenonline.com/quex and usual outlets and on sale from 22nd June at 10am local time.
9/6/18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
9/7/18 – Riverside, CA – Fox Performing Arts Center
9/8/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
9/11/18 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
9/12/18 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
9/14/18 – Louisville, KY – The Louisville Palace Theater
9/15/18 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews
9/16/18 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
9/18/18 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
9/19/18 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theater
9/20/18 – Carmel, IN – Carmel Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium
9/22/18 – Atlantic City, NJ – Harrah’s Casino
9/23/18 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater
9/24/18 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
9/25/18 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre
9/26/18 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
9/28/18 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
9/29/18 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
9/30/18 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
10/3/18 – Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
10/4/18 – Moncton, NB Casino New Brunswick
10/6/18 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
10/9/18 – Ottawa, ON – Centrepointe Theatre, Ben Franklin Place
10/11/18 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square
10/12/18 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
10/13/18 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Concert Hall
10/16/18 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
10/18/18 – Calgary, ALB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
10/19/18 – Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre For Music
10/21/18 – Surrey, BC – Bell Performing Arts Center