If you’re a Queen tribute act and you get a review of your performance from Brian May that says ‘Brilliant’ and from Roger Taylor ‘It’s uncanny’, you know that you’re probably onto a good thing.
These are two – and possibly the most meaningful as they come from the remaining band members of Queen – of the rave reviews for The Bohemians.
I caught up with the band at Buxton Opera House, not the most atmospheric band setting.
We – me and my Queen-mad teenage son Harry – went with open minds. Regrettably I never saw the band live, but do know they are a very hard act to follow.
The theatre was packed – young and quite old alike – which shows the appeal and love for the music of Queen.
The Bohemians certainly have the prescence needed to carry such a show.
Rob Comber ‘does’ a very good Freddie Mercury. He has the showman’s movements and eccentricities to a tee.
With his bandmates – Christopher Gregory (Brian May), Wayne Bourne (Roger Taylor) and Kevin Goodwin (John Deacon) – The Bohemians really do gel.
They played everyting you’d expect and want – and many others beside. Expect Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bicycle, Tie Your Mother Down, Save Me, Killer Queen, One Vision, Play The Game, We Will Rock You, Seven Seas of Rye, Don’t Stop Me Now and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody.
The sound is great (you just have to accept no-one will ever sound quite like Freddie ), with drums and lead guitar true to the originals. You’ll get guitar and drum solos, audience participation and everything you’d have expected from a live show back in the 80s.
If you get a chance to see The Bohemians, take it. They rock the house. And they’ll leave you hoarse from singing along to .