Gary Mullen Does Freddie Mercury

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Posted April 22, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Features
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Popular impersonator successfully pulls off Freddie Mercury

Let me be quite honest with you. Impersonating Freddie Mercury is a very hard job. You need the skill, the stage presence, the charisma and the big pipes of a clone to pull off this kind of an entertainer. The late frontman for Queen captivated audiences across the globe with the the kind of electricity that only the likes of Elvis and the Beatles has seen. Paul Rodgers, the Free/Bad Company singer, did a very good job on Mercury’s arena-rock anthems like “We Are the Champions” and “Someone to Love.” His stint with Queen was even recorded and documented on full-length albums in the 2000’s. But Rodgers doesn’t hold a candlestick to Gary Mullen’s persona, who gets into the Mercury character like he was born for this. Call it campy, call it “too Vegas” if you want: Mullen pulls off the role of Mercury better than most Sin City’s impersonators.

After experiencing success on Britain’s Stars In Their Eyes in 2000, Mullen started a tribute band (Gary Mullen & the Works) and began touring the globe singing the A-Z catalog of Queen’s repertoire. His two-hour stage show, “One Night with Queen,” has been a big hit from jump street and certainly keeps the spirit and legacy of Mercury alive. And yes, we’re extra positive that Brian May is aware of this. This is what the Queen guitarist said of Mullen’s troupe:

 “”Gary bears a remarkable likeness to Freddie, not only in emulating Freddie’s unique stage persona but also accurately reproducing Freddie’s live vocal style and range.”

Now how cool is that?

Gary Mullen & the Works is currently performing “One Night with Queen” in the US, with stops in Pittsburgh, PA, Trenton, NJ, Birmingham, Ala. and Atlanta, GA.

For more information, go to www.garymullenandtheworks.com.

VIEW :: CLIP MEDLEY OF 2-HOUR SHOW OF GARY MULLEN & THE WORKS PERFORMING “ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN”


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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