Killer Queen, the world’s premier tribute band to Queen is coming to Cape Cod on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center to benefit Independence House and the Cape Cod Synagogue. Known as one of the first and best tribute bands in the world, the group has a history and large following that dates back to 1993.
Donna Giberti, Director of Development and Marketing for Independence House and a Board of Trustee member for the Cape Cod Synagogue had the opportunity to touch base with Killer Queen’s lead singer Patrick Myers (aka Freddie Mercury) with a few questions about their chronicles.
D: We are thrilled to have Killer Queen make a stop on Cape Cod for our benefit concert and to excite our community with your outstanding renditions of Freddie Mercury and the entire Queen band. Looking back at your history with Killer Queen, how did the four band members come together?
P: We originally all met at college. We were kids – just left home. We got the news Freddie had died and started singing Queen’s songs. We were the 1st generation to just miss out on seeing Freddie so we thought we would do one concert ourselves. There were no tributes back then to Queen so this felt like the only way to experience their music live. That's how it all started.
D: It’s uncanny the similarity you portray to Mercury. Your singing has a vocal range of many octaves as did Mercury. Was this a gift or were you professionally trained?
P: I had a background in acting and had sang in bands as a teenager in my hometown. So all of that helped. I studied Classical Guitar as a boy and harmony and composition so that all helped too. But this wasn't something I'd planned to do. It happened sort of organically. When I realized this was shaping into a tour I got some vocal training in and still work out vocally a lot to keep things ticking along. Freddie had a great voice so it's not going to be something you just magic out of nowhere! Not for me anyway. It takes work but it's something I love doing and find fascinating so it doesn't feel like work.
D: What is one of the highlights of your career with Killer Queen since you started in 1993?
P: We've had so many adventures. You wouldn't believe the stuff that's happened to us over the years – offstage and on. Very odd juxtaposition of a normal very un-famous life flipping like a switch into private jets, helicopters and all sorts of mad escapades. It's like a taster menu of the rock star life then the switch flips back and you're bipping your groceries in the self-service supermarket. It's delightfully insane.
But I guess looking back playing the same Arena's as Queen and selling them out was pretty jaw dropping. Fairy tale stuff. I was the kid who just missed out on seeing Queen's last shows and ended up putting recreations of the shows on in the same place they played! Just surreal. But generally speaking, those moments, fantastic as they are, are just memories after a while.
The thing I love doing is being with an audience and having fun together and that's something fresh each night and something to look forward to rather than look back on. So that's what keeps my engine rolling.
D: How often do you tour? Is the U.K. home to all of the band members?
P: We tour all year round. Yes we're based roughly in and around London.
D: Are there any specific songs you and the band members like to perform? How do you keep it fresh for you and the band?
P: Well they are all great songs. I love the big guns like Bohemian Rhapsody but also love tracks like Days of Our Lives and non singles like Sail Away Sweet Sister. Each crowd has its own character and getting to know that character is what keeps it fresh. You're getting to know them though music you all love that is incredibly powerful and potent.
D: When you approach each show, what do you hope to accomplish with the audience?
P: The connection with the audience is the thing. Riding that tidal wave of music with them together is just massively exhilarating. Essentially we want everyone to have the best time. We get whole generations coming to the show – Grandma through to grand-kids. We want them all to feel like it's a mind blowing first gig together. A shared experience that transcends time. We had someone write this morning saying just that. She was a Grandma and came to our show with her whole extended family and she said she felt eighteen again. That's utter magic to hear. It’s a big part of why I love doing this.
Killer Queen’s shows have been sold out all over the country on their U.S. tour. Some tickets are still available for the Cape Cod show but they’re now going fast. Online ticket sales are available through Tuesday morning at https://killerqueen.brownpapertickets.com. The box office will open on Tuesday at 5:00pm if there are any remaining tickets. Doors open at approximately 6:00pm with a show-time of 7:00pm.