Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? In this case, real life. The likes of one of the musical greats will be gracing the stage for one night only at the Community Arts Center, "One Night of Queen," as performed by Garry Mullen and the Works.
This is not your average tribute band. Garry Mullen and the Works have been acknowledged worldwide for their ability to perform Queen's works live. Anyone who is aware of the late Freddie Mercury's vocal range and persona, (the lead singer of Queen, for those who may not be aware), would know it's not an easy task to emulate such a person.
"We have had many tribute bands throughout the seasons at the Community Arts Center, and 'One Night of Queen' is one of the top acts around," said Carla Fisher, CAC's director of marketing and creative design.
“One Night of Queen” performed by Gary Mullen and The Works will rock the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., at 7:30 p.m. April 12. For tickets, visit www.caclive.com or call the theater’s box office at 326-2424 or 800-432-9382.
Like the great Freddie Mercury himself, Garry Mullen also hails from the U.K., but Scotland, specifically.
In 2000, Mullen won the grand finale on a British celebrity impersonation series called "ITV's Stars in their Eyes" after receiving over 850,000 votes, the most ever received in the history of the show.
Shortly after is when he decided to start the full time Queen tribute band, Gary Mullen and the Works. Last year was their 10-year anniversary. After wildly successful tours throughout Europe, the band headed for the U.S.
Other members include David Brockett, lead guitar and vocals. He was rated as one of Scotland's best guitarists by Total Guitar magazine and has his own production company in Glasgow; Billy Moffat on bass guitar and vocals; Jonathan Evans on drums; and Malcolm Gentles on keyboards.
Collectively, the members are essentially able to reincarnate Queen. Fans will get the chance to hear classic songs such as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions," "Another One Bites the Dust" and plenty more. They will also get to see spectacular stage lighting.
An eight-minute promotional video on YouTube shows various songs performed by the band: www.youtube.com /watch?v=35HzUVgXLJ0.
With nearly 23,000 views, the video also has its fair share of comments.
"Had the pleasure of seeing GM [Gary Mullen] last year. He was phenomenal! Absolutely magnificent!! And I'm a Huge Freddie fan, so a harsh critic, but Gary was spot on! His moves were eerily Freddie-like, his voice, spectacular, his confidence, soaring to Freddie standards. The band was extraordinary as well," said one YouTube user "LOVEMYFREDDIE."
Clearly, even the biggest Freddie Mercury fans are pleased.
"I have no doubt that Gary Mullen and the Works are going to put on a show to remember," Fisher said. "If you love rock 'n' roll, then you will not want to miss this show. You will leave the show believing that you literally just saw Freddie Mercury on stage in Williamsport."
The show starts at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and tickets are on sale now at caclive.com.
To read more about Gary Mullen and the Works, visit garymullenandtheworks.com.