Review: Magic - A Kind of Queen at The Hippodrome: 7/10
WITH an audience filled with knowledgeable aficionados of Freddie Mercury and Queen awaiting them, the six members of Magic knew that they could not put any new personal interpretations onto the music of the singer and band they were paying tribute to.
They certainly did not short change the audience, delivering a flood of the best of Queen for just over two hours, with the minimum of chat between numbers to distract attention from the music.
The six-strong combination with front man Dave Brown, lead guitarist Trevor Lock and Dave Chapman on keyboards at their head, more than just adequately produced the familiar sounds of that great band of the 1970s and '80s. Dave Brown may not have been able to match Freddie Mercury's four-octave vocal range but by sheer commitment and belief he took you right into the heart of those well loved numbers.
Just occasionally what you did miss was the more youthful demands contained in songs like I Want It All. Good as the lighting was you also missed the costly spectacular effects that so often came with a Queen concert.
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Only one serious error of judgement in the selection of this programme, which had certainly pleased the vast majority of the audience, came with the encores. Two numbers from the repertoire of the Beach Boys and the Electric Light Orchestra were introduced as adverts to other tribute shows by Magic.
After the highly emotionally charged legendary Bohemian Rapsody they came as a complete anti-climax.