With the New Year celebrations having disappeared into the ether, it’s time to start planning future nights out in Doha! One of the best events in town is the Tribute Band Night at Radisson Blu Doha Hotel. Not convinced? Read our review (below) of the Queen Experience that took place on 6 December 2018, delighting fans of the hugely successful British band and its larger-than-life lead singer, Freddie Mercury. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the next event, David Bowie on 28 February, as they sell out fast!
WHETHER contemporaries of the originals, or born long afterwards, the at first expectant then enthralled 500+ capacity audience at the Radisson Blu Doha’s Giwana Ballroom on 6 December 2018 were happily and raucously swept back by tribute act ‘The Queen Experience’ to the era of ‘Glam Rock’ bands – and arguably its best-loved proponents …
Peaking in the 1970’s and characterised by flamboyant, flouncing, androgynous frontmen, OTT dress and avant-garde experimental rock music, the genre produced some of the greatest bands in pop – and ‘Queen’ are right up there on the list. With Farrokh Bulsara, aka Freddie Mercury, and Brian May, the lead singer and guitarist respectively, ‘Queen’ gave some 700 live performances to often sell-out audiences around the world until, finally, they agreed to stop touring following their last performance back in England on 9 August 1986, Freddie having been diagnosed with AIDS. He was to die from bronchial pneumonia resulting from it a few years later in November 1991.
But Queen’s legacy of enduring, original hits lives on and from the moment the tribute began with the band launching into ‘One Vision’ it was clear this was going to be a rock-fest to remember. Immediately, the Mercury-mustachioed gathering were caught up in the excitement generated by both the dynamic Ian Adams as Freddie, making full use of the stage and the moves Freddie employed, including the iconic legs-astride-and-right-fist-to-the-sky pose; and those superb riffs and breaks faithfully recreated by Andy Wills as Brian May. Then, with the clap-along, sing-along and on-song audience on their feet cheering them on came ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘It’s A Kind Of Magic’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’ (can’t you just hear these in your head?), followed by medleys ‘Seven Seas Of Rhye’/’Killer Queen’/Now I’m Here’ and, of course, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Time then to tuck in to the traditionally sumptuous buffet included in the ticket price – before Part 2 and opener ‘We Will Rock You’. Then it was ‘I Want It All’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Tutti Frutti’, ‘Hammer To Fall’, and ‘Radio Gaga’ to bring the glittering show to a climactic conclusion.
Naturally there had to be an encore and the band didn’t disappoint with ‘We Will Rock You’ … and then came another (no prizes for guessing) ‘We Are The Champions’. There would have been more too but the band – also comprising Mark Hilton, who excelled as Roger Taylor on drums and vocals, Nick Smith who did not disappoint as the brilliant bass guitarist John Deacon (his is the dominant riff on the original ‘Another One Bites The Dust’) and Spike Edney (Queen’s talented ‘other’ keyboardist) who was played (pun intended) by the seemingly similarly talented Richard Littlewood – had to head off to the airport to catch their flight home just as we, fortunate enough to have experienced one of the best Radisson Blu tribute evenings, had to reluctantly head for our taxis.
Great show, great value, great food – roll on the David Bowie tribute on 28 February!
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