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NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 14: MANCHESTER
February 7th 2014

MANCHESTER

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)

https://twitter.com/Paulcbond

NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 13: BATH
February 6th 2014

BATH

From Worthing we made our way to Bath and my adopted home town and a day off! The band and crew got out and did some exploring and found the Roman Baths and Bath

Abbey. We also had a band and crew meal out with Juliette our Tour Director also in attendance.

The show the next day was also sold out and the band repaid the patient crowd with another storming performance!

Next Gig: Manchester.

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

https://twitter.com/Paulcbond

NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 12: WORTHING
February 3rd 2014

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From Reading our journey took us to Worthing, on the south coast of England where again we played to another sold out venue and the load-in was as it should be!

This was one of the very few venues we played with a seated section.

Next Gig: Bath

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

https://twitter.com/Paulcbond

NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 11: READING
January 29th 2014

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We couldn’t park in the city centre, due to traffic regulations, so were forced to park at the Madjeski Stadium, which might have been easier to load into than the venue at Sub89, which included another lift, which on this occasion was broken! 

Meaning our crew having to carry every piece up four flights of stairs to the venue...!

On a brighter note we had a friend of the band and big fan of Queen Extravaganza come to see us at sound check, Dr Brian May’s very own Guitar Tech.

The waiting crowds weren’t to know of the horrendous load-in our crew had faced and they queued around the block again for this sold out show. The band performed to their highest standards despite the small stage and everyone went home happy! We were faced with a load-out with a lift that was still broken....!

Next show: Worthing

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

https://twitter.com/Paulcbond

NOTES FROM THE ROAD #4 - PART 10: LONDON
January 28th 2014

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After a couple of after show drinks in a Glasgow watering hole we travelled through the night to London and a day off before Shepherds Bush Empire.

Being the London show, everyone was there including Rock Royalty with Roger being there with his family plus Jim flew in from Switzerland, Juliette from Paris, Spike, Nick Weymouth from Queen online and guests including Jamie Moses, Mike Rutherford and Neil Murray plus many more from stage and screen.

Sound check was interesting as we had TV and Video cameras present.

The good news was that Marc’s throat, which had been bothering him for the last couple of days, was back to its’ best - just in time for our only London show this year!

The Shepherd’s Bush Empire is another historic venue starting its life in 1903 as a music hall before becoming a BBC theatre in 1953 where The Old Grey Whistle Test was filmed every week.

But this was our time and time for The Queen Extravaganza to show London what we were all about. As well as the guests and dignitaries we had the UK Queen Fan Club in attendance as well as the Brazilian Queen Fan Club fly especially over for the show.

The reviews said it all far more eloquently than I could. We rocked the house and I felt proved our point. We are not just another tribute band - if we must use that term then we are the best tribute band in the world!

For me, away from the performance, which is for others to praise - I welcomed the opportunity to showcase a similar sized production to that which we use in North America.

We were able to bring in our large screens and extra lights which had to be scaled down due to the sizes of some of our other venues.

Roger Taylor and Spike Edney join the band on-stage for a final bow to rapturous applause from a sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Although a highlight of the tour, it was not the end as we had another five shows to go!

Next up was Reading.

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

https://twitter.com/Paulcbond

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