Queen's Roger Taylor Reveals Finalists for "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" FINAL AUDITIONS TO BE HELD DECEMBER 5 IN LOS ANGELES

WINNERS TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA IN GRAND PRODUCTION FEATURING CLASSIC QUEEN SONGS

 

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 www.queenextravaganza.com, 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 www.queenextravaganza.com.  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 www.queenextravaganza.com .

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"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: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2011/10/marc_martel_performs_somebody_to_love_1003.php

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: 

VOCALISTS

 

 

Cody Bond 

 

 

Albuquerque, NM    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoUVwi7DeHs&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Selcuk Sami Cingi 

 

 

Boca Raton, FL       

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvh4szHWODU&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Aisha Elmehdaoui

 

 

Seattle, WA           

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmDyRNcCN0s&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Espinoza

 

 

San Antonio, TX 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg_zs-FIJus&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Michelle Jameson 

 

 

San Marcos, TX      

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YnwssK1zHM&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

David Martel

 

 

Montreal, QC        

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSD9PeMZZwE&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Marc Martel 

 

 

(Montreal, QC / Nashville, TN)  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qmFEh5zsBY&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Tyler Martin

 

 

Edmonton, AB      

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orHhQ0lsM78&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Sean Slaughter

 

 

Portland, ME         

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUY1zPx9Eg&feature=player_embedded

 

 

GUITARISTS

 

 

Tristan Avakian

 

 

Toronto, ON            

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBxAvY2hISI&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Richie Castellano

 

 

Staten Island, NY      

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3x9vvskQ9U&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Jason Du Preez 

 

 

Vancouver, BC            

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXIsjPIM7lc&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Brian Gresh 

 

 

Tulsa, OK               

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjQLlXl-J3I&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

John Notto

 

 

Hollywood, CA         

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWlHZzPj2yk&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Roy Ziv 

 

 

Toronto, ON              

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt1l-fcjYsQ&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Steve Zukowsky

 

 

Santa Monica, CA      

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi7NAHAn4xw&feature=player_embedded

 

 

DRUMS

 

 

Zach Mullings

 

 

Boston, MA            

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhRjILqo_ww&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Billy Orrico

 

 

Denville, NJ                

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_33v1fCMxq4&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Nico Saavedra 

 

 

Orange County, CA     

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=604-56p4R2U&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Tyler Warren

 

 

Camden, TN             

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfNszLK9GJk&feature=player_embedded

 

 

BASS

 

 

Juano Davison

 

 

Laguna Beach, CA     

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trGx_DPqSD4&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Francoise Olivier Doyon

 

 

Quebec City, QC      

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT_zCnHAZII&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Brian Weaver

 

 

Philadelphia, PA        

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVVA1Bh-XBU&feature=player_embedded

 

 

KEYBOARDS

 

 

Tushar Apte

 

 

Los Angeles, CA        

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFw_0LJNARk&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Brandon Ethridge

 

 

New York, NY            

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_sYt2yMyWE&feature=player_embedded

 

 

 

 

Mac Willaert 

 

 

Saint Charles, IL         

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN-gzcMVSX0&feature=player_embedded

For more information, visit www.queenextravaganza.com 

ABOUT QUEEN'S STUDIO ALBUMS:

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 amazon.com.

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SOURCE Queen's Roger Taylor



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