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Gary Mullen & The Works

One Night Of Queen
Liverpool Empire Theatre

Saturday September 1

Image: Gary Mullen live in concert 2007

Review


Tribute band, so it is said, keep the music of the band in question alive. Gary Mullen, winner of the 2000 TV show Stars In Their Eyes imitating Freddie Mercury, certainly took on the biggest and the best to imitate and on the show, was amongst the notable of winners. The thing is, could he do it for a full two-hour show?

 


Oh yes is the answer. If it’s got Queen attached to it, I like to check them out and am, it has to be said, universally disappointed. Not so with Mullen and his backing band, who collectively put in a performance almost as worthy of the great man himself.

 

Taking the stage as the strains of Flash Gordon petered out to kick off with Tie Your Mother Down, Mullen struts and prowls the stage like a master, taking control of the audience with each flick of his wrist and each gyration of his hips.

His voice, too, is uncannily Mercury-esque, finding a range that makes one wonder why it is the guy has only found success being someone else. Surely the music industry isn’t so full of talent it can afford to miss out on such dexterity.

With Dave Brockett keeping fine pace on an imitation Red Special guitar and Jonathan Evans grinding out a steady rock-steady rhythm behind the drums, two of the highlights of the night were superb solos in the middle of Now I’m Here from Brocket, who slipped seamlessly into Brighton Rock  as though he’d written the piece himself and during Keep Yourself Alive whereby Evans thumped out a spellbinding solo Roger Taylor would be proud of.

Billy Moffatt on Bass, who even had the audacity to lick his fingertips a la John Deacon, and Martin Campbell on keyboards, also played their parts, providing a substance and depth usually alien to such outfits.

The lighting and sound, too, were faultless – notable in itself at The Empire – as the audience were encouraged to stand and “boogie” to their hearts content or to “sing until your throats bleed” by the singer.

Highlights? Love Of My Life was delivered with faultless capability and a truly soul-filled version of Somebody To Love – surely Queen’s greatest single – hit all the right notes to make the hair stand up on end. Indeed, there were many occasions when it could be believed if you closed your eyes for a second, that The Man Himself was back.

This was truly one of the great nights for Queen nostalgia seekers and for those unfortunate in never being able to lay claim to seeing Freddie Mercury in person, Gary Mullen is very definitely the next best thing.

www.onenightofqueen.com

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SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

 

1st

Liverpool, Empire

 

 

 

 

6th

Exmouth, Pavilion

 

 

 

 

7th

Salisbury, City Hall

 

 

 

 

8th

Cambridge, Corn Exchange

 

 

 

 

16th

Sunderland, Empire Theatre

 

 

 

 

28th

Worthing, Assembly Hall

 

 

 

 

29th

Cardiff, St. David's Hall

 

 

 

 

30th

Wolverhampton Civic

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER

 

 

 

 

5th

Newcastle, Journal Tyne Theatre

 

 

 

 

6th

Newcastle, Journal Tyne Theatre

 

 

 

 

7th

Carlisle, Sands Centre

 

 

 

 

13th

Aberdare, Coliseum

 

 

 

 

14th

Bristol, Hippodrome

 

 

 

 

17th

Fareham, Farneham Hall

 

 

 

 

18th

Truro, Hall for Cornwall

 

 

 

 

19th

Truro, Hall for Cornwall

 

 

 

 

20th

Plymouth, Pavilion

 

 

 

 

21st

Yeovil, Octagon

 

 

 

 

25th

Crewe, Lyceum

 

 

 

 

26th

Southport, Theatre

 

 

 

 

27th

Blackburn, King Georges Hall

 

 

 

 

28th

Halifax, Victoria Theatre

 

NOVEMBER

 

 

 

 

1st

Manchester, Opera House

 

 

 

 

3rd

Edinburgh, Playhouse

 

 

 

 

4th

Edinburgh, Playhouse

 

 

 

 

8th

Lowestoft, Marina Theatre

 

 

 

 

9th

Billingham, Forum Theatre

 

 

 

 

10th

Billingham, Forum Theatre

 

 

 

 

15th

Chesterfield, Winding Wheel

 

 

 

 

16th

Aldershot, Princes Theatre

 

 

 

 

18th

Dunstable, The Grove

 

 

 

 

22nd

Ipswich, Regent Theatre

 

 

 

 

23rd

Brentwood, Centre

 

 

 

 

24th

Tunbridge, Assembly Hall

 

 

 

 

25th

Stoke, Regent Theatre

 

 

 

 

29th

Aberdeen, Music Hall

 

 

 

 

30th

Aberdeen, Music Hall

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER

 

 

 

 

1st

Dundee, Caird Hall

 

 

 

 

2nd

Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall

 

 

 

 

6th

Glenrothes, Rothes Halls

 

 

 

 

7th

Glenrothes, Rothes Halls

 


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