Coming on the heels of the blockbuster film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a top American tribute band is performing in the Philippines to relive the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
In their first teaser performance, Queen Nation rocked the studio of It’s Showtime with their rousing interpretation of “We Will Rock You,” to the delight of the audience.
The quartet, composed of Gregory Finsley as Freddie Mercury, Mike McManus as Brian May, Pete Burke as Roger Taylor, and Parker Combs as John Deacon, also took the challenge of host Vhong Navarro to follow his new dance steps to the tune of another Queen classic “Another One Bites the Dust.”
The group, which also performed in Lucena City before their big show Manila Cove Okada, are not mere copycats or impersonators.
All accomplished musicians, Finsley, McManus, Burke, and Combs play their own instruments to recreate the sound of vintage Queen.
Notably, Finsley as Mercury brings the house down with the uncanny resemblance of his voice and flamboyant looks and posturings of the late rock icon.
“My mother is proud of me. She was a great fan of Queen," said Finsley, who first saw a Queen concert in Texas in 1977 with his parents as a 12 -year-old student. "I knew then this is what i wanted to do!”
“Queen’s music has endured to this day because of its many melodic elements spanning the classics and modern forms of music," he added.
Formed in 2004, the group has also enjoyed new popularity with the immense box office success of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which has earned its lead star Rami Malek a best actor recognition at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards and another nomination at the forthcoming Oscars.
“We have more shows because of the movie, which is really great," the group enthused. "And now for the first time, we’re performing in the Philippines and Asia. The Filipinos are also great singers, really loud! We’re really inspired coming here and meeting all the wonderful fans of Queen.”
Pinoy promoter Jessie Gonzales, who brought Queen Nation to Manila, believes the group will carry the musical torch of Mercury and Queen for many years.
The live show, which will have its final run on Thursday at the Sta. Rosa Coliseum in Laguna, is also a retro journey of other Queen songs, such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are The Champions," and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."