The @QueenExtrava European Tour 2014 , new UK shows to be announced soon! http://t.co/a4hnmsJgLE
10:13 AM - 10 Mar 14
Press Release: The Queen Extravaganza Out to Rock Rugby Fans at Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens http://t.co/3EnDfmkKCn
2:58 PM - 5 Mar 14
RT @Paulcbond: Off to Hong Kong with the amazing @QueenExtrava band on 24 March. Half time entertainment for @HKsevens. Can't wait! #queene…
10:48 AM - 5 Mar 14
@barnster81 Don't you worry...all in hand. The UK has not seen the last of @QueenExtrava!
7:46 PM - 4 Mar 14
Meet the band...Marc Martel https://t.co/ays5y26wMN
4:17 PM - 4 Mar 14
Press Release: The Queen Extravaganza Out to Rock Rugby Fans at Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens
March 5th 2014
The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) today unveiled its biggest and best ever entertainment line-up for this year's Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens.
Once again in 2014, the HKRFU and co-title sponsors Cathay Pacific are cooperating to bring another major international performance to the already rollicking Hong Kong Stadium during the Sevens.
Headlining this year's musical action is the official Queen tribute show: The Queen Extravaganza founded by two of Queen's original band mates and songwriters - iconic drummer Roger Taylor and legendary guitarist Brian May.
Created to continue to keep the legacy of Queen alive, The Queen Extravaganza began as the world's biggest online talent competition. The first round was an online open audition with thousands of contestants uploading their renditions of Queen songs to www.queenextravaganza.com.
Roger Taylor and his team then selected entrants to progress to round two. Two weeks of online fan voting decided the finalists who then competed in a 'Live Final'. In the final round, the contestants performed various songs and in different band combinations in front of Roger and his team who then had the difficult decision as to who would make the band.
The live final was webcast on the Queen Extravaganza YouTube channel. The buzz surrounding the auditions sparked worldwide interest, with video submissions generating more than 10 million views.
Since forming, The Queen Extravaganza has toured North America and the United Kingdom to huge acclaim. More than 20 million viewers watched the band's international television debut on American Idol in April 2012.
"This band is now so frighteningly good, I would hate to have to follow them on stage," says Taylor.
Hong Kong Sevens fans can look forward to rocking along to Queen stadium anthems like "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Another One Bites the Dust" and more.
The Queen Extravaganza will perform on Saturday afternoon following the renowned Hong Kong Sevens March Past when the massed pipes and drums of the Hong Kong Police, Auxiliary Police, and Scout Pipe Bands will lead out the 28 participating national teams and members of Hong Kong's 20 mini rugby clubs in the traditional pitch parade.
The HKRFU is doubling down on the musical performances in 2014 with a nod to the tournament's Hong Kong roots as the stadium will be rocking to Hong Kong's own hip-hop heroes, 24Herbs, accompanied by the city's premier jazz guitarist Eugene Pao.
24Herbs are a six piece collective with a growing reputation, having released two critically acclaimed albums and recently topped the local charts with collaboration with movie star Nicholas Tse. Eugene Pao's name is synonymous in Hong Kong with jazz. A pioneer in local music circles, Eugene was the first local jazz artist with an international recording contract.
The traditional assembly of local school bands will once again take pride of place in the Hong Kong Stadium during the weekend of the Sevens. The East Upper Level concourse will again feature a wide array of musical entertainment on the mini-stage.
Joining the school bands from the Hong Kong International School, Canadian International School, German Swiss School, and International Christian College will be the Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir returning for a second year, as well as local cover band Bus Uncle.
Adding to the international entertainment, the Oxford Gargoyles, an internationally renowned jazz a capella group will delight fans with their mix of toe-tapping jazz standards and grooving funk tunes.
Combining the best of sports performance and entertainment, the Kukri Starlets will return to encourage players and crowd alike, performing to the sounds being spun by Tournament DJs Simon & Simon.
According to Simon Southgate, the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Tournament Entertainment Manager and one-half of Simon & Simon, this year's entertainment is going to take the Sevens to a new level.
"The event is all about the rugby, but we want to make sure that we support the best Sevens action in the world with the best atmosphere, and the music plays a key role in that.
"We're confident that we've got the tunes to keep the Stadium bouncing all weekend, and with 24Herbs, Eugene Pao and Queen Extravaganza in the line-up it's going to be a very memorable event. If you're coming to this year's Sevens, I can guarantee that 'We Will Rock You'!"
Copenhagen: On Sale Today!
February 19th 2014
On Sale Today! Tickets for our May 26th show in Copenhagen at the Studie 2, DR house are now available to buy.
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Full European Tour dates and ticket links can be found here.
Press Release: The European Tour! Tickets On Sale Today!
February 17th 2014
THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR STARTING IN MAY
THE OFFICIAL QUEEN TRIBUTE SHOW PRODUCED BY QUEEN DRUMMER ROGER TAYLOR CELEBRATES THE BAND’S GLORIOUS MUSIC & LIVE EXPERIENCE
Following the resounding success of the recent UK and North American tours, The Queen Extravaganza will perform in select European cities starting in May 2014.
The Queen Extravaganza is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and live experience of legendary rock band Queen and bring it to generations of fans. Two of Queen’s original band mates and songwriters— iconic drummer Roger Taylor and legendary guitarist Brian May—are the masterminds behind The Queen Extravaganza.
“The Queen Extravaganza is a brand new show specially designed to enable new fans, together with fans of old, to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event, says Taylor. “It’s very spectacular, it’s very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises. It will be a rock celebration in the Royal tradition.”
Taylor personally has taken on the role of producer with long time Queen keyboardist Spike Edney as global music director. Together Taylor and Edney have created the ultimate Queen concert experience in an electrifying road show, which celebrates the band’s music and legacy as performed by a new generation of musical talent.
The Queen Extravaganza band includes musicians selected by Taylor in a unique online talent search that culminated with the group’s performance on American Idol in 2012. The band is: vocalist Marc Martel; guitarist Nick Radcliffe; drummer Tyler Warren; bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon; and keyboardist and musical director Brandon Ethridge. "This band is now so frighteningly good, I would hate to have to follow them on stage," explains Taylor.
The 90-minute show features more than 20 Queen classics drawn from the band’s biggest hits: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions,” “A Kind of Magic,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Killer Queen” as well as other fan favorites. The production will be enhanced visually with rare video footage from Queen’s extensive archives and also newly-created imagery.
TOUR DATES (For ticket information, go to queenextravaganza.com/tour-and-tickets/)
May 12 Antwerp - Stadsschouwburg - Tickets
May 13 Tilburg - 013 - Tickets
May 15 Cologne - Live Music Hall - Tickets
May 16 Hamburg - Gruenspan - Tickets
May 18 Munich - Alte Kongresshalle - Tickets
May 19 Frankfurt - Bastchkapp - Tickets
May 20 Berlin - Postbahnhof - Tickets
May 21 Vienna - Arena - On Sale 18/02
May 22 Padova - Gran Teatro Geox - On Sale TBA
May 24 Paris - Olympia - Tickets
May 26 Copenhagen - Studie 2, DR house - Tickets
May 28 Oslo - Sentrum - On Sale 22/02
May 29 Stockholm - Tyrol - On Sale 21/02
May 31 Helsinki - Circus - On Sale 24/02
NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 15: BRISTOL - The Final Show!
February 10th 2014
We again travelled through the night to Bristol and our last gig of this tour in the UK!
Our promoters, Ian Richards from the o2 Academy Music Group was present as was Alex Murray from One Inch Badge, both of whom have worked hard and done well to sell out so many venues for us.
It was an emotional night for all of us, not least because Roger Taylor again came to see our last performance.
And so to the end of this tour. Huge thanks to everyone who supported the band during their time in the UK. Everyone behind the scenes, our exceptional crew and you the amazing fans, without which none of this could be possible.
See you down the road in 2014!
Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)
Next Gig: Who knows!? Watch this space!
NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 14: MANCHESTER
February 7th 2014
From Bath, we travelled overnight to Manchester for our penultimate show at the Manchester Academy where other great names have graced the stage including Nirvana,
The Stranglers and Oasis amongst others in this university complex.
Despite its setting we had a real mix of age group of fans represented, which is one of the really great things about a Queen Extravaganza audience they can represent all generations!
Next Gig: Our final one! Bristol
Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)