Both Queen and the hand selected Queen Tribute Band are touring this summer
Adam Lambert is currently preparing for a summer tour with Queen aka Brian May and Roger Taylor. The tour will have 19 stops starting in Chicago, June 19 and ending in Washington D.C. on July 20. Tickets will be on sale Friday, March 14 through LiveNation.com.
The Queen Extravaganza Tribute Band will be touring through Europe from May 12 to May 31. Roger Taylor and Brian May are behind the Queen Extravaganza Tribute Band and personally picked the artists about two years ago. The Band consists out of front man Marc Martel, Brian Gesh, Tyler Warren, Francois-Olivier Doyon and Brandon Ethridge.
I am happy to say that I experienced Adam Lambert and Marc Martel both live.
Who is Adam Lambert?
Back in 2009 Adam Lambert was the front runner on American Idol (Season 8). Lambert stood out because of his powerful voice, theatrical stage antics, glittery costumes and funky song arrangement. Freddy Mercury is known for this as well. At the American Idol finale, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert performed “We are the Champions” accompanied by none other than Roger Taylor and Brian May. Kris Allen was declared the winner and Adam Lambert the runner up. I saw them at the American Idol tour in Baltimore. Lambert released then two albums titled “For Your Entertainment” and” Trespassing”. Last July Adam Lambert and his record label RCA parted ways. Adam was also chosen twice for a mentor ship on American Idol and he also was on Glee. He also performed with Queen at the iheartradio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Who is Marc Martel?
Marc Martel is a Christian Rock musician and was successful long before he was picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May for the tribute band. Marc Martel and his buddy Jason Germain formed the band Downhere in 1999.They released 6 studio albums and received multiple GMA Canada Covenant Awards, GMA Dove Awards and Juno Awards from 2002 up until 2012. Among them is also an award for male vocalist of the year. Marc Martel’s “Somebody to Love” audition for the Queen Extravaganza Band went viral. He not only has the voice of Fred Mercury, but also resembles him in his looks. To date this video has 8,198,776 hits. Ellen invited him on her show and he took off from there. In April 2013 Queen Extravaganza performed with Brian May and Roger Taylor on American Idol. I met Marc Martel about two weeks before that at a Downhere show in Salt Lake City. I provided security for the band and practically was around them the whole day. Marc Martel and gang were incredibly nice and laid-back. During sound-check, he performed a couple songs from Queen and then there was the Downhere show at night. I was so impressed I didn’t want to go home. Read about it right here. I was devastated when the band Downhere announced a hiatus last year. But Marc Martel just released a solo album. The Queen Extravaganza tour never came close enough for me to see them. But I am still hoping.
Queen or Queen Extravaganza
If Queen featuring Adam Lambert and Queen Extravaganza came the same day to Salt Lake City for the same affordable price, I would go to the Queen Extravaganza concert in order to listen to Marc Martel over seeing Queen with Adam Lambert. Marc Martel has so much control over his voice and vibrato I wouldn’t want to miss it. I have seen Brian May on Rock am Ring shortly after Freddie Mercury died and May did nothing for me even so I owned a couple Queen albums. Seeing the video of Adam Lambert and Queen performing on the iheart festival I have to say that Lambert probably fits the role of Freddie Mercury better than Marc Martel because Adam Lambert’s personality is as glittery and glamorous as Freddie’s. But I believe that Mar Martel vocals are a little stronger than Adam Lamberts. In the end I don’t think anyone can replace Freddie Mercury. He is simply a legend. I am not a fan of recreating moments of the past. I like creating new moments. Therefore, I like to see a younger band like the Queen Extravaganza getting a shot at the old Queen classics.