“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?”

Killer Queen – a tribute band to the legendary British rock quartet – will perform at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.

In other words, get ready to sing along to the group’s lengthy catalog of hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions,” and “Another One Bites the Dust.”

Ticket prices run from $29 to $39. However, QNS readers can get 20 percent discounts with the promo code “RHAPSODY.”

These Brits really capture the essence of the original group’s adrenaline-pumping guitar licks, light show and genre-bending sound. They also dress in the style of the flamboyant Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor. They groove to the music like Queen members. Heck, they probably even snore like Queen members did on the tour bus back in the day.

At the center of it all is lead singer Patrick Myers, who possesses veritable carbon copies of deceased frontman Freddie Mercury’s pipes, mustache, and Energizer Bunny stage antics.

In other words, the audience will experience a “Crazy Little Thing Called ‘Love.”

The imitation is real, but Killer Queen’s story is surreal. The group had its first gig in 1993 in London University, the same spot where its namesake had its first shows in the 1970s. At the time, members were expecting a summer of fun and nothing more, but they quickly became addicted to performing – and their fan base grew so much that they had to continue.

In 1995, Killer Queen got a residency at The Strand in London’s famous West End theater district. More concerts, more fans, more media coverage. Now, they sell out the same concert halls that Queen did.

In fact, this Saturday’s concert is as part of their third world tour, so you’ll want to break free and see them in person.

Colden Auditorium is located at 153-49 Reeves Ave., in the vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard in Flushing.

Editor’s note: The original Queen was formed in 1970 and while many fans think it ended when Freddie Mercury died due to complications from AIDS in 1991. However, a version of the group still exists today, as May and Taylor perform with “American Idol” star Adam Lambert and other musicians under the billing “Queen + Adam Lambert.” Killer Queen is a completely separate entity.

Images: Killer Queen


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