Freddie – Songs of a Legend
Now booking extensively in the USA in 2023.
Celebrating Queen also has a more intimate show called Freddie “Songs of a Legend”. This show highlights the story of the Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, one Freddie Mercury.
If you are interested in Booking Freddie “Songs of a Legend” please contact us.
The musicians are at the top of their game and are experts in playing the music of Freddie Mercury.
The 3-man intimate Freddie Show is priced for booking. No nonsense, easy terms and cost.
The Best Set List
The Freddie Set List will Take Your Breath Away, with all of Freddies Greatest Hits.
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This intimate 3-man Freddie show highlights the best hits written by Freddie.
Band Members for Freddie “Songs of a Legend”
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 4-octave vocal range that will captivate any audience. He has studied the voice of Freddie Mercury since 1975, and has mastered it!
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: Songs of a Legend which is a tribute to the music and life of Freddie Mercury with the Queen hits as well as delving into definite deep cuts in the catalog 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!
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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 catalog.
“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 from the Queen II album, 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 stage show ‘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 our Spike Edney!
Shane's favorite Queen songs to play include Don't Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love, Save Me, Play the Game, Seven Seas of Rhye, Bohemian Rhapsody and We are the Champions - obviously, all have huge piano parts which is why these are his piano playing highlights.
Shane is delighted to be taking to the stage as Celebrating Queen keyboardist and Musical Director with Celebrating Queen and the Freddie show in 2023 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.
Some Songs performed during the
Freddie “Songs of a Legend” Show
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
It’s a Hard Life
Love of My life.
In the lap of the gods. … revisited
Seven Seas of Rhye.
Don’t Stop Me Now
Play the Game
You Take my Breath Away
Is This the World We Created…?
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Love me like there’s no tomorrow
Somebody to Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
We Will Rock You.
We are the Champions
Too Much Love Will Kill You
Who Wants to Live Forever
The Show Must Go On
Freddie “Songs of a Legend” Tech Rider
Call with questions 860.374.8542
Total Running Time- Full Show 1:30 Mins
(Support Act 45 Mins)
Strike Stage 1:00 pm Day Of Show
Sound Check 3:00 pm
Dark Stage 4:00 pm
Doors Open-Lights Up-House Music On 6:30 pm
Box Office Will Call 7:00 pm
Take Seats 7:50 pm
Curtains 8:00 pm
Performance ends 9:45
Load Out <12 midnight
4 floor wedges minimum
All necessary cables, extension cords, bus boxes, etc
3 separate mixes to stage
NOTE: IEM headphone drop for keys and Voicestravarius with same band mix
1 Wireless high quality microphone SM58 Beta or equivalent
1 Wired high quality microphone SM58 Beta or equivalent as backup
1 microphone stand which could be separated to use top half only as desired
1 wired backup microphone and stand
2 wedge monitors across stage with band mix
PROMOTER SUPPLIED BACKLINE
PA, CALL (Full with wireless monitors, a teleprompter and microphones)
1 88 key digital piano, weighted, preferably Korg Kronos (Not Nord Stage piano) or similar with sustain pedal or Grand Piano or Baby Grand Piano this should be tuned and made available for the show with appropriate mics
1 Keyboard Stand (for use with Kronos).
1 Adjustable stool / piano seat.
1 boom microphone stand
1 small table or laptop stand for laptop use
1 Direct Input for Laptop samples
1 Monitor wedge and IEM headphone drop – both with band mix
( VOCALS HARMONIZER DRIVEN BY VOICE AND MIDI KEYBOARD )
1 – adjustable scissor-style keyboard stand (to hold a 49 to 88-key keyboard) – No bench / piano stool needed
1 – sturdy adjustable microphone stand with 5/8” male tip for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 Ultra holder connector (Just need the adjustable microphone stand and 5/8” male tip)
1 – sturdy music stand (back up in the event Galaxy Tab has issues for sheet music
1 – small side table (approximate 2’x 3’ size) to hold electronics (lightweight)
1 – boom microphone stand
1 – monitor wedge and wired IEM headphone drop – both with band mix (I will control my IEM to my liking)
• 1 – quad box for power needs
• All XLR and traditional backline cables used from to board and back
Note: will run sound – Microphone to Harmonizer, midi-out from keyboard to harmonizer then harmonizer out to house (two ¼” outputs for left and right). This will carry my voice through the harmonizer to the house. The return to my IEM and wedge will return with that.
Note: Will run sound out of harmonizer as left and right stereo to front of house. CQ band provides Digitech Vocalist Voicestra box and backup unit
Note: The “Celebrating Queen” / “Freddie Songs of a Legend” lighting designs are available a minimum of two weeks prior to the contracted event.
Freddie will rearrange the existing house, front, and rear lighting, and front stage lighting.
We will complement existing lighting with special lighting that is specific to use in the Freddie live production.
We will require:
1 hazer with consumables
2 follow spots
We will require:
2 x stage riser units- 12 inches high, 8 feet long, 4 feet wide with lockable attachments.
Video production equipment
1 rear projector with a high-lumen delivery system
1 Video screen- 8ft by 12ft
1 Teleprompter Suite with all necessary functionality
Promoter will have 2 stage crew (strong, able-bodied), to assist Freddie in setting up and preparing for the evening’s production.
1 stage assistant
Promoter will have 2 Follow Spot Operators and 1 Sound Engineer for the evening’s production.
Clean dressing room area with Full-Length Mirror
Throat Coat Tea I box with water and tea cups
Towels: 3 Large for backstage, 3 Hand Size Towels for Stage
Water Bottles: Voss Preferred-Aqua Panna Acceptable
The foremost Queen Tribute
Our Queen set list is varied with many deep cuts into the bands vast music back catalogue, the show is powerful, the music is phenomenal and you will experience a Celebrating Queen show that is Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!