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Best of Queen comes to the Woodville Theatre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:16 15 June 2018

Flash performing as Queen. Picture: Woodville Theatre

Flash performing as Queen. Picture: Woodville Theatre

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Audiences will be able to enjoy the music of one of the most theatrical and dramatic rock bands of all time, when The Best of Queen comes to The Woodville Theatre, Dartford.

Claudio Desideri as Freddie Mercury. Picture: Woodville TheatreClaudio Desideri as Freddie Mercury. Picture: Woodville Theatre

Queen will be brought to life by tribute group Flash, who have been performing across the world since 2002.

For more than four decades, millions of fans have been enjoying the music of the band fronted by Freddie Mercury.

They released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs with estimates of their record sales ranging from 150 million to 300 million.

With a catalogue of timeless hits including Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and I Want To Break Free, Queen continue to reach out to music lovers of all ages.

Flash’s Italian-born front man Claudio Desideri plays Freddie.

When asked how he ended up being a part of Flash, Claudio said: “I was approached by the group back in 2015 - their previous vocalist had just stepped down to spend more time at home with his growing family and they had exhausted all UK efforts in trying to find a replacement.

“John, the drummer with the show, had made contact with me online after watching some footage of me performing in my Italian Queen tribute show and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Claudio’s first official show with Flash was in April 2016, and he has since performed more than 110 shows with the group.

He said: “None of us were ever lucky enough to watch the original Queen line-up live. Obviously, growing up we all studied in awe the footage of their live performances and always hoped the opportunity to watch them would come one day but sadly not.

“We have, however, all seen members of Queen performing solo shows and have all seen Queen with different vocalists since.

“But whenever they show the footage of Freddie at these shows and the audience reaction, you know you’ve missed out on something very special indeed.

“We have all throughout our own musical development been hugely inspired by Queen and our individual counterparts and as such this has had a huge influence in shaping the way we perform on stage.”

When asked what his favourite track from the band was, Claudio said: “Personally I would pick These Are The Days Of Our Lives. It is so emotional and an honour to perform live, but, for the fun factor it has to be Fat Bottomed Girls, always a great number to hear the audience participation.”

To prepare for a performance, Claudio said it’s important for the group to take care of their voices: “We are extremely lucky and very grateful to have a busy calendar which keeps us performing on a regular basis.

“This takes away the necessity to rehearse every single week – that is unless we’re adding new songs to the show.

“As we all know, vocally Freddie was unique and had such a vast vocal range. Performing these songs in the way in which they were intended to be performed is challenging and looking after all our voices night after night is the biggest challenge we face.”

Claudio’s favourite thing about performing is seeing the audiences’ reactions: “Simply the interaction and enjoyment in the audience, these songs evoke the greatest response from people and it’s always a surprise and amazing to see younger audience members lip syncing all the lyrics word for word.”

The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most loved and iconic classics from across Queen’s entire back catalogue creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.

You can watch The Best of Queen at the Woodville Theatre, Gravesend on Friday, June 22 at 7.30pm.

For tickets, contact the box office on 08442 439 480 or go to https://woodville.seatlive.com/Online

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