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Rhapsody Queen @ The Swan, High Wycombe on 19th September 2014

Published by: Yvonne Delahaye on 21st Sep 2014 | View all blogs by Yvonne Delahaye


High Wycombe rocked to the sounds of Queen, when tribute band Rhapsody Queen performed at The Swan on 19th September.  The hits came thick and fast and the band gave a high octane show that had the audience on its feet within minutes.  The audience's ages ranged from 7-70, proving that the popularity of this band will carry on for generations to come.

We all sang along to the songs we knew so well; One Vision, Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust, Fat Bottomed Girls, You’re My Best Friend, Killer Queen, Bicycle Race, Lullabye, The Show Must Go On, Don’t Stop Me Now, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Flash, A Kind Of Magic, Seven Seas Of Rye, I Want It All, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Tie Your Mother Down, Radio Gaga, We Will Rock You, I Want to Break Free and We Are The Champions.  It’s an extraordinary list of hits that began in 1973 and kept on coming until 1991, when tragically Freddie Mercury died.  We can only wonder how many more hits they’d have had in the ensuing years, but in the words of one of his songs his legacy will ‘live forever’.

Tribute bands often get a lot of flack, but I think they have to work extremely hard to produce the sounds and emulate their heroes. What is extraordinary about this band is that they’re all in their 20s, so wouldn’t have been born at the height of Queen’s success.  They met at music college BIMM in Brighton and this line-up has been performing together for the past year and they’re going from strength to strength.

Yvan Silva as Freddie Mercury, is an accomplished musician and has a good vocal range up to high falsetto.  He’s a great showman to front the show and has the strutting confidence to engage the audience and get everyone to accept his tribute performance in his own right.  No-one can match the vocal dexterity that Freddie had and Yvan struggled a few times with some of the complex key changes and could have brought more light and shade into some of the songs, but I’m sure that’ll come with time and more experience. Jonny Sennet produces Brain May’s distinctive sound and style and has the height and the hair, as well as the musical abilities to give the band the right image.  The band is completed by Paul Lennox as Roger Taylor, Matt Sparkes as John Deacon and Jason Mercer as Spike Edney, who are all accomplished musicians and singers.

The show is everything you’d want a Queen concert to be, theatrical, entertaining and good fun, with the chance to have a sing-a-long and bop to our favourite songs.

Catch the show on tour:
4th October at Floral Pavilion Theatre, Brighton
17th October at Palace Theatre, Redditch
29th October at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
It’s a show you can take your kids or your granny along to and have a great night out!
For more info visit:

Reviewed by:
Yvonne Delahaye
Twitter: @yvonnedelahaye


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Yvonne. Sounds like a great rock nostalgia trip! You're right, this kind of show will keep the Queen back catalogue alive for generations to come.
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