The Queen Extravaganza



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January 22nd 2014



No rest as we continued north through the night to the legendary ABC in Glasgow which has existed since 1875. The venue is not the easiest to access as it involves a lift (Elevator to our American followers) but the team at ABC led by Joe and Mig made our stay a very pleasant one. This venue gets the tour vote for best Production Office with beautiful windows overlooking Sauciehall Street.

Sound check shows Brandon wearing his coat and Marc adopting a new line in scarves and hats! We are in Scotland after all...

The show itself was another great one (Easy to say as there were no not so great ones!) and we definitely made some new friends that night!

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

January 21st 2014


Straight into another show, but not before Marc and Tyler did an acoustic couple of numbers for radio station on Magic AM and DJ Tom Davies.

Great show in Newcastle and equally great audience. They queued around the block in the freezing cold to get in!

Attached is another shot (not very good as is the way with most my photos) of Radio Gaga.

Look closely to the right of the photo and you will see an elevated Willie T. Cole joining in under the stage curtain and below him our Video Director Nev Bull not missing out on the action!

Next Stop: Glasgow

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

January 20th 2014


Leicester was our next stop, having travelled through the night and as if by magic we woke up outside the venue having been delivered there safely by our tour bus driver Patrick.

Another great venue and the birth place of Queen’s legendary bass player John Deacon. It was packed to the rafters and I managed to get photographic proof of our crew in action with the usually very serious and professional Ross Anderson (of Stereophonics and Radiohead fame) joining in the action!

From Leicester we travelled north to Newcastle!

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

January 10th 2014



Having spent Halloween in Sheffield, which Tyler spent dressed up as a banana for some inexplicable reason, we were all ready for the next show. 

Whilst the crew got busy loading in to the really lovely venue, my duties were with Marc and Tyler and BBC Radio Sheffield and presenter Paulette Edwards who warmly welcomed us and joined in with the two numbers Marc and Tyler played. It is really appreciated when local (and national) radio stations show an interest in Queen Extravaganza. The BBC have been huge supporters of the project since the beginning as shown with Roger Taylor being on the One Show and Chris Evans BBC Radio 2 programme as well as Radio 6 Music. That support continued around the country with BBC regional stations.

Sheffield was a good sized venue with a decent stage. We enjoyed our time there! The only negative was that we had what is called a “disco load out” as the club was waiting to be occupied by Knife Party after us - always exciting to load out as someone else loads in. However, despite this Sheffield was good. Very good. Also great to have our co-promoter Ian Richards from the O2 Academy Music Group with us, as he has been for the majority of the O2 gigs.

This was about the time when something else became the norm on stage. It was the inclusion of our on-stage crew in the claps from the wings in Radio Ga Ga as some eagled eyed fans might have seen at various gigs. This was purely an organic thing, they just started doing it one day and it never stopped!

Next Show: Leicester

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

Notes From The Road #4 - Part 5: Liverpool
January 7th 2014


Many of the band were really excited to have the opportunity to explore a city so steeped in musical history and I was pleasantly surprised that even some (not all) of the vampires got out to see the sights in daylight!

Tyler, (as he always does in just about every city we visit), made his way to the vinyl record shops and found a rare 7” single which he was delighted with. Others visited the Cavern Museum and some made it to the Ferry (of “across the Mersey” fame).

The Liverpool audience did not disappoint! They were up for it from the get go and had adopted the now obligatory stomp stomp clap in an attempt to get the band on early!Needless to say a great evening for everyone followed.

After Liverpool and bumping into Tom Odell’s tour bus who was waiting for our parking space, they had just arrived from Sheffield and that was our next port of call, only we had a well earned day off to enjoy first.

Next gig: Sheffield

Paul Bond (QUEX Tour Manager)

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