Paying tribute to Queen

Paying tribute to Queen

With the recent burst of new music in the market, many would feel that rock ‘n’ roll had started to take a backseat. There are some who see this as a good thing and others who feel otherwise.

   The former was evident at a recently-held gig at Hard Rock Café where City-based band ‘Sheldon and the Gagas’ performed a tribute to the legendary British rock band ‘Queen’.

With frontman Sheldon Pereira on vocals, Louis D’Souza on vocals, Howard Pereira on guitars and backing vocals, Joseph Satralkar on keyboards, Roland Fernandes on bass and Sheldon Dixon on drums, an impressive performance was witnessed. Playing popular numbers like ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘We Are The Champtions’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the band members seemed to be have a great time churning out their own renditions of Queen’s songs. Some lesser known gems like ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, ‘Somebody To Love and ‘Innuendo’ were also played, making for a great night of rock ‘n’ roll.

“It was a brilliant gig as it was a completely packed house. We played a set that lasted a little over 90 minutes and the crowd was with us throughout. During the first half, people kept coming in to hear the music and we watched the place fill up. By the second half, they were going berserk because we played all the popular numbers and they knew all the lyrics. It was a fun gig for us and the audience,” said Howard, the guitarist. It was surprising to see the number of people who had showed up for a tribute gig compared to an original music one. Sheldon offered some great showmanship as he engaged the audience in stage banter and even got them to sing into the mic when he went down to interact with them. Even in their last song ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, it was quite a sight to watch the crowd sing the chorus as loudly as it could.

“I had the time of my life and these guys did a fantastic job of covering a band as great as ‘Queen’. My personal favourite was ‘We Are The Champions’. There need to be more tributes to remember the good ol’ days of real music,” said John M, an
audience member.

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