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Queen Extravaganza

Imagine performing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in front of members of Queen or belting out 'We Are The Champions' in front of a packed-out venue… it could just happen. This is the real life, not just fantasy.

The names Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are synonymous with rock ‘n' roll. And now you too could add your name to that list.

As part of this year’s celebration of Queen’s 40th anniversary, Queen drummer/songwriter/singer Roger Taylor is launching an American talent search that will offer vocalists and musicians the opportunity to star in the Queen Extravaganza Live Tour. Auditions begin September 19th here at www.queenextravaganza.com and the tour, booked by powerhouse agency CAA, launches in 2012.

“The Queen Extravaganza will not be a traditional tribute show,” says Taylor. “It’s a brand-new show specially designed to enable fans to celebrate the music of Queen in a heart-stopping event.”

The Queen Extravaganza will bring the glorious music and live experience of Queen to a new generation of fans in cities across America in 2012.

“It’s going to be spectacular” says Taylor. “It’s going to be very visual, there are going to be some shocks and some tremendous surprises. It will be a rock celebration in the royal tradition. ”

Beginning September 19th, Taylor will launch an American talent search via this site, www.queenextravaganza.com, to find players for a 5-piece band and three vocalists who will carry the tour.  Taylor is fully hands-on in the creation of The Extravaganza, taking the role of producer and music director.

Coming on board to ensure the touring show will match the design and excitement of Queen at its best will be such rock tour heavyweights as stage designer Mark Fisher (U2, AC/DC, Muse, The Rolling Stones, Cirque de Soleil)  and lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Adele, Vampire Weekend, Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel),  and for the auditions, Roger Taylor and a panel of renowned musicians.

The audition process involves two video audition rounds to be judged by both a panel of appointed judges and the public. Taylor will be present to judge the final audition round, which will be held live in Los Angeles in early December. In addition, VEVO, the world’s leading music video and entertainment platform, will unveil exclusive content from each audition round as well as The Queen Extravaganza finals.

Auditions are open to vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bass players and keyboard players. 

Taylor, a man whose drum skills and songwriting talents have contributed to over 300 million record sales and over 700 live concerts in every part of the world, says: “There are great musicians everywhere, and this is a really exciting challenge for us to try and unearth some of those musicians from the US.”