Are Queen Touring With The Right Guy? Have You Heard Marc Martel?
There will always be debate on whether or not Queen should even be a band without the late great Freddie Mercury. The group just announced a 25-city tour for the summer stretching from June 23th in Phoenix until they hit Houston August 5th. I would see Queen with Adam Lambert. I love his persona, his stage presence and mostly his voice but there’s another guy out there that sounds just like Mercury – Marc Martel, have you seen his Queen covers on YouTube? He even looks like Freddie Mercury. Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen are well aware of him as well. They hired Martel for their Queen Extravaganza. I like Lambert but I love Martel.
Most of us first heard of him in 2011 with his cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” He entered the tune in Queen’s online contest and easily won getting almost 12 million hits on YouTube. His audition video of “Crazy little Thing Called Love” is almost up to 600 thousand hits while most of the admissions by others got just a few hundred hits. If he doesn’t sing for Queen we would love to see him on the road with the “Extravaganza” tour again. I reached out to Marc yesterday for more info but as of today we have not heard back from him.
Lot’s of bands have lost their lead singers. Like Queen, AC/DC had Bon Scott pass away only to be replaced by Brian Johnson who sounded a lot like his predecessor which they almost had to since Bon had such a distinctive voice. Then there’s the other end of the spectrum Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth in Van Halen and they sound nothing a like and it still works. There’s a great possibility that Queen may think that Martel sounds and looks too much like Freddie and he’s better suited for the Queen Extravaganza which, after all, is the Official Queen Tribute Show owned by May and Taylor and produced by the drummer.
Classic bands sometimes stop recording new material. We reported on Roger Daltrey of The Who last year saying they were done since the new stuff wasn’t selling. So far there has been no new Queen studio album with Lambert.“Made in Heaven” from November 1995 was the last album with the band’s original line up. It was released 4 years, to the month, that Freddie Mercury died. Original bassist John Deacon said after the singers death, “As far as we are concerned, this is it. There is no point carrying on. It is impossible to replace Freddie.” He has since retired from the music business. – by John Beaudin
Queen + Adam Lambert 2017 Tour Dates
June 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
June 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
June 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 29 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
July 1 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
July 2 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 4 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
July 6 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center Arena
July 8 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
July 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
July 13 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 14 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 17 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
July 18 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 20 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
July 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 25 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 26 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
July 28 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center
July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 31 – Washington D.C. @ Verizon Center
August 2 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
August 4 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
August 5 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.