‘Queen’ will rock die-hard fans

2015-11-10 06:00
Englishman Giles Taylor takes on the role of Freddie Mercury in Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic.

Englishman Giles Taylor takes on the role of Freddie Mercury in Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic.

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Cape Town audiences will get a chance to relive the iconic glory days of Queen when Queen – It’s A Kinda Magic comes to the Artscape Opera House this week.

Recreating Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, the show features all of the band’s greatest hits, including “We Will Rock You”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions”, performed together with big sound, lighting and costumes.

Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic has even attracted the attention, endorsement and eventual involvement of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury’s best friend, neighbour, biographer and personal assistant for 12 years.

After reviewing the show while in Singapore in 2007, Freestone was duly impressed and contacted promoter John van Grinsven from Showtime Australia with his compliments. A friendship ensued and Freestone now tours with the show where his schedule allows, acting as a production consultant as well as signing autographs and chatting with Queen fans.

Englishman Giles Taylor will perform the role of Freddie Mercury with support from Australians Richie Baker, as Brian May on guitar, and Kyle Thompson, as Roger Taylor on drums, and South Africa’s Steven Dennett as John Deacon on bass.

Despite having worked with some of the world’s biggest musical names, multi-instrumentalist Taylor counts his involvement in Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic as his toughest musical role to date.

“Freddie was known for his powerful voice and vocal range, and had a very distinct character in general, so emulating him is quite a challenge,” he says, adding: “Those details need to be just right for a show of this magnitude.”

Taylor says true Queen fans will appreciate the attention to details. V Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic will be on stage from tomorrow to Sunday 22 November. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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