Review: Killer Queen, Ipswich Regent, May 20

Killer Queen performing at the Ipswich Regent

Killer Queen performing at the Ipswich Regent - Credit: Archant

While many are celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday this year, I joined many others in marking 45 years of a different Queen – the one that brought us Bohemian Rhapsody and countless other rock hits.

Killer Queen certainly brought the house down at the Ipswich Regent, and the tribute band’s Freddie Mercury did a fantastic job of getting the audience out of their seats and jumping around as if they were at a concert.

All four band members looked and sounded the part, and the evening was a slick performance. While I was never fortunate enough to see the original band (at least with their original line-up) which formed in 1971 play, I imagine Killer Queen – who have been together since 1993 – are as close as you can hope to come, and certainly did them proud.

If I had to make a criticism, it would be that sometimes for effect Freddie would start a line of lyric after the music, forcing him to play catch up and meaning some of the words got lost.

But this is faint criticism – after all the point is to re-create that raw gig feel, not just perform clean-cut album versions of the songs.

Speaking of songs, there was an excellent selection of some of Queen’s greatest hits from across the ages, from the early rock of Killer Queen through to the more pop-esque Radio Gaga, and right up to the later ballads including These are the Days of our Lives played in tribute to the late Freddie.

I would certainly recommend seeing Killer Queen if you get the chance, whether you are a Queen fan looking to relive those classic moments and costumes or simply searching for an introduction to their work.

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Will Lodge