So we bought a couple of tickets, which were only $100 each. Ok, they were the cheapest balcony seats, but the Teatro Metropolitan is a smallish theatre so their cheapo tickets are as good as most places best tickets.
Anyway, it was a really impressive show. Queens back catalogue is littered with tracks that are just made for an orchestra conversion, and the pitfall they avoided (that tribute bands cannot!) is a feeble effort to imitate Freddie Mercury. Some singers can easily be replaced – let’s face it, as good as Pink Floyd are, there are a million tribute singers who could pull off a passable Roger Waters or Dave Gilmour. But Freddie? Forget it.
They began, predictably with the most famous, and most orchestral track of them all – Bohemian Rhapsody. And before finishing with that as their final encore, they stuffed in plenty of other tracks – Crazy Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You, Innuendo, We Are The Champions, I Want It All, Flash, Killer Queen, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Another One Bites The Dust, A Kind Of Magic, Radio Ga-Ga, and Save Me.
But…have you ever watched The Wedding Singer? The bit where the Boy George imitator gets abused during a performance – “You Suck!!!” The orchestra was backed up by a British Quintet, on electric guitar, drums etc to add a a little spice. The electric guitarist did suck. Big time. Wrong notes, bad timing, the lot. I was tempted to give him the “You Suck” treatment, but I don’t drink anymore….