Queen tribute ruled with Bandstand gig

Anticipation builds at a jam-packed Eastbourne Bandstand for Mercury, the acclaimed Queen tribute - writes John Mclean.

This version of Queen has five members including one keyboard player, allowing Freddie to focus solely on singing.

After a slightly untidy start they’re quick to find their feet with a montage of ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’, ‘Under Pressure’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’. Living lookalike Freddie and fellow band mates look and sound like the real deal. Brian May nails every solo and the flowing keyboards on ‘Good Old-fashioned Lover Boy’ and ‘Killer Queen’ are spot on. The moon shines over the sea during ‘Somebody to Love’ and Freddie conducts our efforts to sing along. We sing back verses of ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and everybody knows the moves to ‘Radio Ga Ga’. Freddie keeps us involved throughout - his stage presence is enough to convince some children that he is the actual Freddie Mercury. There is a huge physical resemblance but during more challenging tracks like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ it is clear that he doesn’t have the same vocal range.

The set ends with ‘We Will Rock You’ and a positive reminder that ‘We are the Champions’. Mercury are unlike other tributes because they customise the show and play a real gig.