These are the band members in Celebrating Queen – a group of highly talented musicians. We have the US Band and also our European Band as indicated by the flags on each musicians biog.
JJ Midnight – Lead Singer
Every Queen Tribute hinges on the lead vocalist. JJ Midnight is the best.
JJ Midnight is every bit the full throated, yet dynamic vocalist Freddie Mercury was…listen for yourself. (See audio samples below)
As singers, the similarities cannot be ignored. They are startling.
JJ Midnight is not an impersonator. He is a strong vocalist and showman with a warm personality. He has an amazing nearly 5 octave vocal range that will captivate any audience. He has studied the voice of Freddie Mercury since 1975, and has mastered it!
JJ Midnight “Tributes” the songs of Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen on the big rock show Celebrating Queen, with not only the finest live vocals available, but also backed by a stellar full rock band, and an audio/video multimedia package that will thrill your audience.
He also performs an intimate show Freddie: A Tribute to the Songs of Freddie Mercury with the Queen hits as well as delving into definite deep cuts in the catalogue as an homage to Freddie’s singing and songwriting genius.
These tribute shows are fastidious and precise. JJ Midnight leads the way. Let Them entertain You!
Chris Gordon – Lead Guitar
“It was the first time I heard Brian May’s guitar bit in We Will Rock You” says Chris when asked what brought him to the guitar. “I remember hearing that sound, I was nine years old and I asked my sister what I was hearing. She said it was a guitar, and I said I want to make those
sounds!” … So began the journey that has been his life pursuit.
The pursuit of creation through the art of music. Bands such as Queen, Kiss, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, UFO, MSG, and Yngwie Malmsteen became his early inspiration. Putting his first band in High School Chris began playing throughout the Philadelphia area, soon becoming a sought after guitarist for the area’s top Rock Bands.
At 21 Chris relocated to LA where he recorded for Warner Brother’s artist Urban Gorilla before moving to Nashville where he landed the lead guitar slot with Michael Mason touring the country for five solid years. In early 2000 Chris joined the Rasputin Musical Production performing alongside Vocal sensation Ted Neely and contributing his guitar histrionics to the Rasputin album. In 2009 Chris was on the road again with various Tribute Acts including a return to his early roots with a Tribute to Queen and an Yngwie Malmsteen Tribute Trial By Fire.
In 2017 Chris and his band The Mad Trio landed the coveted House Band position for Philadelphia Classic Rock station WMGK 102.9, who would hire Chris as an evening DJ spinning the very music he has grown up learning! In 2020, as the world went into Quarantine, Chris wrote, recorded, and produced his two albums The Adventures Of Princess Sparkle Fingers and the brand new Chronicles Of Chaos.
Chris is hard at work rehearsing his new band and hoping to get back to the stage with CELEBRATING QUEEN!
Shane McDonald – Keyboards / MD
One of the features of a great Queen song is the majestic keyboard parts which feature heavily in their hit songs. Shane McDonald has spent the last 25 years reviewing the works of Queen, specifically interested in learning every piano track from the back catalogue.
“I had heard songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop me Now, Radio Ga Ga and I want to Break Free when I was younger but I didn’t really know much about Queen. But in 1993 when I heard a track called Procession, I was hooked. From that point I knew that the music of Queen resonated with me and that it would be with me forever.” Although Shane had interests in other bands like Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, and Metallica, Queen provided Shane with the outlet to play wonderful piano arrangements. Over many years, Shane took these songs apart and transcribed them. These transcribed songs later appeared on his Queen Website “Shane’s Queen Site” which at this point has been running for over 18 years.
Shane, from Waterford, Ireland, had played piano from a young age & was involved in the music scene locally from the age of 15. In recent years was involved in local bands & theatre, including performances of the Chris D’Arienzo stageshow ‘Rock of Ages’ at the local Garter Lane theatre. In 2015, Shane also had the amazing opportunity to perform at the Glastonbury Festival. In 2019 Shane joined a local classic rock band called ‘Custom160’ performing hits from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Van Halen and of course QUEEN.
Shane is delighted to be taking to the stage as keyboardist and Musical Director with Celebrating Queen and the Freddie show in 2021 and beyond.
CJ Midnight, better known as Carl, is regarded as a secret weapon within Celebrating Queen. He has been an integral part of Celebrating Queen from the beginning and loves to perform.
With his Voicestravarius, he sings and replicates Queen’s fastidious and precise vocal arrangements.
As a lead vocalist himself and brother of JJ Midnight, Carl adds exacting layers and astounding depth to the replication of some of the world’s finest music with his vocal configurations.
His tremendous talent is the key that unleashes the awe inspiring wall of vocals behind JJ Midnight.
CJ on Voicestravarius provides Celebrating Queen the nearly perfect match for recreating the iconic Queen vocal sound.
Eric P. Moody
At a young age, the Stage was attracted to Eric. Live musical performance is definitely in his blood. Eric is the onstage power center of Celebrating Queen and has a long career on his drum throne. After co-founding and performing with the original power trio Downshift, Eric expanded into studio work and broadened his musical repertoire. But he missed the stage…the roar of the crowd, the thrill of the live performance…he missed being the heartbeat at the center of it all.
“We have had time to rehearse, thanks to the pandemic, but now The Show Must Go On”.
Eric is a consummate student of Queen’s Roger Taylor and has spent endless hours perfecting the Queen set and the percussion offerings within.
And for Celebrating Queen, Eric is truly the driving force at the center of it all!!
Greg Benton - Bass / Vocals
Bass player, Greg "Deaky'' Benton, is half of Celebrating Queen's powerhouse rhythm section. As a scholar of the music of Queen's John Deacon, Greg Benton performs with distinctive similarities to his counterpart. So much so that he is perhaps best described as the quiet guy in the room that has a huge impact on the overall sound of Celebrating Queen. Being a dedicated fan of Star Wars, he has been overheard in rehearsals saying "Do or Do not. There is no try." And DO, he does!!
Hailing from Hawaii, and currently residing in Las Vegas Nevada, Benton has been both performing and building his own bass guitars in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Performing with his local group Cherreys in Las Vegas, has provided Greg an opportunity to display his bass playing talents and strong vocal ability to fans from around the world.
Greg is looking forward to laying down the beat in a big way with Celebrating Queen in 2022 and beyond!
Denes Luko – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Denes Luko became part of the Sbs (Sonic Boom Siblings) at a very young age. American JJ Midnight has been searching for this rhythm combo for years.
Denes has performed for tens of thousands of Hungarian, Russian and music fans from Central Europe and was part of Celebrating Queen USA with special guest, from Queen, Jamie Moses.
Denes is not your average musician, he flies fast airplanes, and lives the fast European metro life. He has been playing bass since he was 7 years old and it is rumored that he literally placed drumsticks in his little brother’s (Zoltan) hands when he was 4,
Of course, after using his head as a drum. Zoltan quickly learned he liked playing the drums,not being the drums.
The Sonic Boom Siblings were born.
Zoltan Luko – All Percussion
Zoltan Luko became part of the SMS (Sonic Boom Siblings) also at a very young age.
Zoltan has also performed for tens of thousands of Hungarian, Russian and other music fans from Central Europe and was part of Celebrating Queen USA with Special Guest from Queen, Jamie Moses.
Zoltan is studying to become as dentist and asks you to brush at least 3 times a day … Seriously
Celebrating Queen is proud to have Zoltan and his brother Denes performing with us.
This is a special combo. Great Guys, Great Talent !
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