Cover bands look and sound just like the real thing, unlike cover audiences, who are just used mannequins holding up lighters. See the real almost-real thing with this GrouponLive deal to see the 2012 Queen Extravaganza North American Summer Tour at Fox Theatre. For $20, you get one ticket for seating in sections F2 or F5, rows R–KK on Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $40.40 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
When they began the audition search for The Queen Extravaganza's eventual members, Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor didn't want musicians who could simply imitate their sound. They also wanted them to carry their legacy to a new generation of fans. After 12 weeks, they found nine members that fit the bill. The ensemble of four vocalists and five musicians is fronted by Marc Martel, whose audition tape earned him no small amount of online attention as he uncannily replicated Freddie Mercury's soaring tenor and aggressive growl. The show, which runs about two hours of playing time with a 30-minute break, covers almost 40 classics, from the rock-orchestra bombast of hits such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" to more obscure early-period anthems such as "Tie Your Mother Down" and "Seven Seas of Rye." Equal to the auditory spectacle are the show's visuals, bursting with surprises such as never-before-seen video footage and a man playing piano and singing at the same time.
The opulent Fox Theatre hosts the evening’s festivities under its intricately carved dome ceiling. Towering columns line the side walls, steadfastly protecting the venue from overeager fans trying to raise the roof or bring down the house.