Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
Last night (23 March 2018) I went with my husband to The Lowry theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester to watch Champions of Rock – The Supreme Queen Concert Show, performed by Mercury, which is the ultimate Queen tribute act. Both of us have been huge fans of Queen since the very beginning but unfortunately, we never got the chance to see them perform live, so we were really looking forward to this show.
Mercury came onto the stage with just a few teasing chords from Bohemian Rhapsody. They then performed Flash to a huge roar of applause from the capacity audience. Joseph Lee Jackson as Freddie Mercury is incredible, prancing, twirling and strutting around the stage. He looks and sounds uncannily like the real thing with a magnificently powerful voice. He also has Freddie’s mannerisms and flamboyance off to such fine art that I couldn’t believe that I wasn’t actually watching the original showman. The band then immediately followed with Hammer to Fall, Seven Seas of Rhye and Under Pressure among other hit songs. The last song which they played before the interval was Bohemian Rhapsody, which I honestly never expected them to even attempt to do, let alone to perform so superbly. Glen Scrimshaw plays the part of Brian May and his guitar solos are unbelievably accurate. When Glen and Joseph played Love of My Life, I felt a shiver down my spine as it was like watching a real Queen performance. The other three members of the band, Pat Coleman, Lee Harvey and Mike Scrimshaw are equally amazing, harmonising beautifully and ensuring that this is a tremendously accurate recreation of the Queen experience.
Joseph played to the audience, just like the real Freddie, teasing, cajoling and encouraging the audience to sing and dance along. The final song was Radio Ga Ga, when we were on our feet clapping and demanding more. Mercury came back for an encore of a foot stamping We Will Rock You, Friends Will Be Friends and We Are The Champions, with Joseph resplendent in a Union Jack flag. He then came back wearing a crown and robe, just like the original Freddie.
This was a truly amazing performance. Mercury are so much more than just a tribute band and it would be doing them a great injustice to call them that as they are superb musicians in their own right. They have recreated the entire Queen experience in such an authentic manner that it is as good as the real thing. We absolutely loved this performance, as did the rest of the audience. There were people of all ages in the crowd, from youngsters to pensioners and everyone had a tremendous time.
For other shows The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000