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Queen's Roger Taylor Reveals Finalists for "The Queen Extravaganza Tour"



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BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the course of the past 10 weeks, vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bassists and keyboard players from across the U.S. and Canada have auditioned online at, hoping to become part of "The Queen Extravaganza Tour," a major production launching in 2012 featuring performances of Queen's biggest hits. The contestants performed such Queen classics as "Killer Queen," "Somebody To Love," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Another One Bites The Dust," among others. Fans had until November 28th to vote to determine the 21 finalists (6 vocalists, 6 guitarists, 3 drummers, 3 bassists and 3 keyboard players with Taylor picking an additional five wildcard finalists).  The full list of finalists is available at  These 26 hopefuls will be flown to Los Angeles to meet Taylor and perform their final audition live on December 5th at Foo Fighters' Studio 606 West. Auditions and interviews with Taylor and the finalists will post throughout the day at .


"I look forward to the final auditions with these 26 young musicians," said Taylor. "It's going to be a long and difficult day, but the end of the first stage of the long and exciting road to the opening of The Queen Extravaganza."

The buzz surrounding "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" has sparked worldwide interest with video submissions generating millions of views to date. Television host Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent, that she invited hopeful Marc Martel to perform his audition, a stunning rendition of Queen's "Somebody To Love," on her show.  Fans around the country felt the same way, awarding Martel the MTV O Award for Best Fan Cover. His performance from The Ellen DeGeneres Show can be viewed at:

Launching in 2012, "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" will feature three vocalists and a five-piece band and will be booked by powerhouse agency CAA. Taylor is fully hands-on, taking the role of producer and music director.

The 26 finalist are as follows: 




Cody Bond 



Albuquerque, NM





Selcuk Sami Cingi 



Boca Raton, FL





Aisha Elmehdaoui



Seattle, WA   





Jennifer Espinoza



San Antonio, TX





Michelle Jameson 



San Marcos, TX





David Martel



Montreal, QC





Marc Martel 



(Montreal, QC / Nashville, TN)





Tyler Martin



Edmonton, AB





Sean Slaughter



Portland, ME 






Tristan Avakian



Toronto, ON    





Richie Castellano



Staten Island, NY





Jason Du Preez 



Vancouver, BC    





Brian Gresh 



Tulsa, OK       





John Notto



Hollywood, CA 





Roy Ziv 



Toronto, ON      





Steve Zukowsky



Santa Monica, CA






Zach Mullings



Boston, MA    





Billy Orrico



Denville, NJ        





Nico Saavedra 



Orange County, CA





Tyler Warren



Camden, TN     






Juano Davison



Laguna Beach, CA





Francoise Olivier Doyon



Quebec City, QC





Brian Weaver



Philadelphia, PA






Tushar Apte



Los Angeles, CA





Brandon Ethridge



New York, NY    





Mac Willaert 



Saint Charles, IL 

For more information, visit 


As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen's entire 15-album studio catalog has been reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note has been tweaked, every piece of artwork cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig having done the remastering, working from the original source material. The first installment, comprised of the first five LPs (QUEEN, QUEEN II, SHEER HEART ATTACK, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A DAY AT THE RACES) was released May 17, the second installment (NEWS OF THE WORLD, JAZZ, THE GAME, FLASH GORDON, HOT SPACE) was released on September 13 and the final deluxe box set installment (THE WORKS, A KIND OF MAGIC, THE MIRACLE, INNUENDO, MADE IN HEAVEN) was released November 1 and is available now at on






SOURCE Queen's Roger Taylor


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