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Queen Nation

A Tribute to the Music of Queen including their greatest hits

We Will Rock You – Bohemian Rhapsody – We Are The Champions – Crazy Little Thing Called Love – You’re My Best Friend – Another One Bites The Dust

at The Egyptian Theatre

January 3, 2014 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Add to Cal
Ages: All Ages    

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      TICKETS: Reserved Seats $29 Advance / $34 Door
Front-of-House $35 Advance / $40 Door; Cabaret Seats $45 Advance / $50 Door

   

There is little doubt among the pure rock community that the legendary band Queen and lead performer Freddie Mercury earn high ranks as one of the most powerful and iconic groups in rock history. Queen, the kings of arena rock, performed to packed stadiums around the globe for over two decades. Freddie took showmanship by a rock front man to a new untapped level and was undisputedly crowned the lord of arena rock. He mesmerized audiences with his charismatic energy and larger than life stage persona. Upon his death in 1991, a huge void was left in the rock concert world, which to this day has not yet been matched.

Queen Nation, a tribute to Queen, was formed in 2004. The mission of the show is to carry on the musical torch and pay homage to the golden age of vintage Queen concerts. Audiences are amazed at the accuracy of Queen Nation’s live retrospective journey through such Queen songs as We Will Rock You – Bohemian Rhapsody – We Are The Champions – Crazy Little Thing Called Love – You’re My Best Friend – Another One Bites The Dust – Under Pressure and many more. 

  JOE RETTA - VOCALS / PIANO   

Joe Retta is a talented singer and performer who has an uncanny ability to totally assume the role of rock's greatest icons. His role accomplishments include Ronnie James Dio, Paul Rogers, Robert Plant and of course Freddie Mercury. Joe can easily recreate the vocals of the late Queen frontman complete with his dead-on physical appearance and on-stage mannerisms.  He's a Virgo and his Turn-ons include quiet nights by the fire, female firefighters...

  MIKE McMANUS - GUITAR / VOCALS  
Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston and weaned on his Dad's Beatles albums at an early age, Mike could sing every song on the Sgt. Pepper's album by the age six. It was there he acquired a taste for melodic 70's arena rock bands such as Queen and Cheap Trick. After High School, Mike enrolled in Berklee College of Music. 

In 2004, Mike got a call from singer Joe Retta to complete the line-up for Queen Nation. Looking at it as a labor of love, Mike buckled down and began learning all the guitar parts and transcribing all the harmonies. Not an easy task! Mike stated "I didn't think I could gain any more respect for Brian May and Queen than I already had... My respect for them DOUBLED when I sat down to learn these songs!" His hard work led to an endorsement with Burns Guitars, maker of the Brian May model. Add to that Mike's dead-on Brian May mannerisms and accurate stage attire, and you'd swear you were at the L.A. Forum in 1980! 

  GREG FINSLEY - VOCALS / PIANO  

Gregory Finsley has been influenced by music’s greatest heroes since he could turn a radio dial as a child! Having been educated from middle school through high school, jazz and marching bands in Dallas, TX Gregory took up percussion at age 11 and never stopped. His desire to multitask became an easy habit early in life wanting to sing and play the drum set simultaneously and later the piano. Mixing rock, blues, swamp pop, country, and other styles of music in bands, Gregory has played with great musicians in New Orleans since he arrived in 1995.

  PARKER COMBS - BASS

Parker Combs, longtime Queen fan, started playing standup bass at 12 years old. After spending the next five years playing in school orchestras and spending summers honing his craft at Interlochen Performing Arts Academy in Michigan he graduated to the electric bass.

He has spent the last 18 years playing original and cover music in a variety of rock, funk and country bands. "Playing with Queen Nation has allowed him to use his classical and rock background to truly appreciate John Deacon's Musicianship and re-discover the music and history of Queen.

  PETER BURKE - DRUMS / VOCALS

Peter Burke has been active in the LA music scene since the mid-90s. Originally inspired by classic rock bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Led Zeppelin, the first album he ever bought was Queen’s “The Game”.

In college he developed a love for jazz and classical music, performing throughout Europe with the CSUN Symphony Orchestra and statewide with renowned Jazz “A” Band. He earned Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Cal. St. Northridge in 2000.

Highly regarded as a studio drummer, many of his recordings have appeared in major motion pictures and TV shows. Songs from the 2006 debut album of the band “The Skies of America” with famed producer Sylvia Massey Shivy (Chili Peppers, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins) have appeared in movies “The Bridge to Terabithia”(Disney), National Lampoon’s Van Wilder II, and “Eulogy” (Myriad Pictures). He’s also recorded with Joseph Arthur (for “One Hour Photo”, with Robin Williams), and Paperback Hero, who have had songs placed in TV shows “Friday Night Lights”(NBC), “Shark”(CBS), and “Felicity”(WB).