THE world’s longest established Queen tribute, Killer Queen, will be taking the stage by storm when it hits Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on September 27, 2019.
With frontman Patrick Myers behind the mic as the legendary Freddie Mercury, the band has been touring for over 25 years, bringing the legacy of Queen to life in a spectacular display.
Killer Queen formed back in June 1993. Their first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier.
By 1995, Killer Queen’s UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London’s Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage – the first tribute to have a show in the West End.
The band’s reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. In 1999, they returned from a tour of Europe and Russia for an awards ceremony in Leicester Square, hosted by Suggs from Madness. He announced they had won the award for ‘Worldwide Best Tribute Band’.
The band also scored a number one hit when they were asked to recreate Queen’s harmonies for ‘The Real Life’ with Fatboy Slim in 2001.
Killer Queen toured into their second decade and the audiences grew. In 2005, they played Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam, where the reformed Queen would be performing only a few months later.
The next year Killer Queen joined forces with Bjorn Again and The Bootleg Beatles for a Waverley Stadium show in Edinburgh. It was this performance that led to the band being selected to represent Queen in a re-staged tribute Live Aid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof. They performed with him at his arena charity concert to raise funds for the homeless.
The year 2009 saw a triumphant return to a sold out Ahoy stadium with their acclaimed ‘Queen Spectacular’ production and another award, this time from Sweden’s Vasteras concert hall for ‘Best Concert of The Year 2009’.
In 2013, they performed in another one of Queen’s former venues, the Brighton Centre, to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
Killer Queen set their sights on America in 2016, including the awe-inspiring Red Rocks Arena in Colorado – one of the country’s most prestigious venues which has seen the likes of The Beatles, Springsteen and U2 playing there.
Lead singer Patrick Myers said: “It’s been an amazing journey. That first show back in June 1993 changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most but it’s a very addictive thing performing these songs! The concerts grew and grew, and we’ve ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. It’s been quite a surreal ride.”
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 1 February 2019 priced at £28.90. All prices listed include admin and facility fee.