For ten weeks Canadians have been competing in an online competition to earn a coveted spot in a new Queen tribute band and have a chance to be a part of the Queen Extravaganza Tour, which will travel around the country and perform Queen's biggest hits.
According to antimusic.com, fans had until November 28th to vote and determine who the 21 finalists would be – it's been narrowed down to six vocalists, six guitarists, three drummers, three bassists, and three keyboard players, with Queen's very own Roger Taylor picking an additional five wildcard finalists. You can find the full list of finalists at www.queenextravaganza.com . The 26 finalists will then be flown to Los Angeles to meet with Taylor and perform their final audition live on December 5th at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 West. "I look forward to the final auditions with these 26 young musicians," said Taylor to antimusic. "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."
Some of the Queen classics that tribute band hopefuls have performed include "Killer Queen," "Somebody To Love," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Another One Bites The Dust."
Look for finalists like 38-year-old Tyler Martin from Edmonton, who told CTV News about performing in front of judges: "It's a little bit nerve wracking but that's where I excel. Being in front of someone is going to be better than singing in front of the camera and myself." Montreal crooner Marc Martel is another name to remember – his audition tape went viral and received more than five million hits on YouTube. His brother David is also one of the finalists. Other favourites in the competition are guitarist Tristan Avakian from Toronto, guitarist Roy Ziv from Toronto, guitarist Jason du Preez from Vancouver, and bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon from Quebec City.