SMACNA’s 74th Annual Convention will come to an electrifying conclusion celebrating the music of the legendary rock band Queen. The Queen Extravaganza, the official tribute band, features the stunning music of Queen, performed by a talented new generation. The show takes place after dinner Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, in Maui.
The 90-minute show features more than 20 Queen classics 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,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Killer Queen,” as well as other fan favorites.
The new band was hand-selected by original Queen band mates—drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May—in 2011 after a talent search. Contestants submitted videos, which were voted on by the public, generating more than 10 million views. The finalists then auditioned for Roger Taylor in Los Angeles.
“I’m incredibly proud of these guys and it’s going to be a nostalgic and stunning night out for anyone who goes along,” said Mr. Taylor.
The Queen Extravaganza made their television debut on American Idol in April 2012. The live performance of “Somebody to Love” featured appearances by Roger Taylor and Brian May. Since they began touring that summer, they have played nearly 200 dates worldwide. In 2016, the tour culminated with a sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, a venue once played by Queen themselves in the 1970s.
The Taylor-May hand-picked line-up includes vocalist Marc Martel, guitarist Nick Radcliffe, bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon, drummer and musical director Tyler Warren, and keyboard player Darren Reeves.
Capturing the design and excitement of Queen’s legendary live performances, the late Mark Fisher—who staged The Rolling Stones and U2—created the production for The Queen Extravaganza. The spectacular show is designed to enable new fans and fans of old to celebrate the music of Queen.
Sign up for SMACNA’s Annual Convention, which takes place in beautiful Hawaii at the Grand Wailea and Wailea Beach Resort-Marriott, Maui, Oct. 22 to 25. Don’t miss your early-bird discount that ends July 15.