Queen's Roger Taylor Reveals Finalists for "The Queen Extravaganza Tour"

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BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ -- Over the course of the past 10 weeks, vocalists, guitarists, drummers, bassists and keyboard players from across the U.S. and Canada have auditioned online at www.queenextravaganza.com, hoping to become part of "The Queen Extravaganza Tour," a major production launching in 2012 featuring performances of Queen's biggest hits. The contestants performed such Queen classics as "Killer Queen," "Somebody To Love," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Another One Bites The Dust," among others. Fans had until November 28th to vote to determine the 21 finalists (6 vocalists, 6 guitarists, 3 drummers, 3 bassists and 3 keyboard players with Taylor picking an additional five wildcard finalists). The full list of finalists is available at www.queenextravaganza.com. These 26 hopefuls will be flown to Los Angeles to meet Taylor and perform their final audition live on December 5th at Foo Fighters' Studio 606 West. Auditions and interviews with Taylor and the finalists will post throughout the day at www.queenextravaganza.com .

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"I look forward to the final auditions with these 26 young musicians," said Taylor. "It's going to be a long and difficult day, but the end of the first stage of the long and exciting road to the opening of The Queen Extravaganza."

The buzz surrounding "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" has sparked worldwide interest with video submissions generating millions of views to date. Television host Ellen DeGeneres was so impressed with the level of talent, that she invited hopeful Marc Martel to perform his audition, a stunning rendition of Queen's "Somebody To Love," on her show. Fans around the country felt the same way, awarding Martel the MTV O Award for Best Fan Cover. His performance from The Ellen DeGeneres Show can be viewed at: http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2011/10/marc_martel_performs_somebody_to_love_1003.p hp

Launching in 2012, "The Queen Extravaganza Tour" will feature three vocalists and a five-piece band and will be booked by powerhouse agency CAA. Taylor is fully hands-on, taking the role of producer and music director.

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    The 26 finalist are as follows:
    VOCALISTS
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             Cody Bond
             Albuquerque, NM               
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoUVwi7DeHs&feature=player_embedded
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             Selcuk Sami Cingi
             Boca Raton, FL                
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvh4szHWODU&feature=player_embedded
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             Aisha Elmehdaoui
             Seattle, WA                   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmDyRNcCN0s&feature=player_embedded
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             Jennifer Espinoza
             San Antonio, TX               
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg_zs-FIJus&feature=player_embedded
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             Michelle Jameson
             San Marcos, TX                
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YnwssK1zHM&feature=player_embedded
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             David Martel
             Montreal, QC                  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSD9PeMZZwE&feature=player_embedded
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             Marc Martel
             (Montreal, QC / Nashville, TN)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qmFEh5zsBY&feature=player_embedded
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             Tyler Martin
             Edmonton, AB                  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orHhQ0lsM78&feature=player_embedded
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             Sean Slaughter
             Portland, ME                  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOUY1zPx9Eg&feature=player_embedded
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    GUITARISTS
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             Tristan Avakian
             Toronto, ON                   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBxAvY2hISI&feature=player_embedded
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             Richie Castellano
             Staten Island, NY             
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3x9vvskQ9U&feature=player_embedded
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             Jason Du Preez
             Vancouver, BC                 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXIsjPIM7lc&feature=player_embedded
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             Brian Gresh
             Tulsa, OK                     
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjQLlXl-J3I&feature=player_embedded
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             John Notto
             Hollywood, CA                 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWlHZzPj2yk&feature=player_embedded
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             Roy Ziv
             Toronto, ON                   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt1l-fcjYsQ&feature=player_embedded
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             Steve Zukowsky
             Santa Monica, CA              
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi7NAHAn4xw&feature=player_embedded
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    DRUMS
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             Zach Mullings
             Boston, MA                    
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhRjILqo_ww&feature=player_embedded
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             Billy Orrico
             Denville, NJ                  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_33v1fCMxq4&feature=player_embedded
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             Nico Saavedra
             Orange County, CA             
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=604-56p4R2U&feature=player_embedded
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             Tyler Warren
             Camden, TN                    
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfNszLK9GJk&feature=player_embedded
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    BASS
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             Juano Davison
             Laguna Beach, CA              
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trGx_DPqSD4&feature=player_embedded
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             Francoise Olivier Doyon
             Quebec City, QC               
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AT_zCnHAZII&feature=player_embedded
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             Brian Weaver
             Philadelphia, PA              
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVVA1Bh-XBU&feature=player_embedded
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    KEYBOARDS
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             Tushar Apte
             Los Angeles, CA               
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFw_0LJNARk&feature=player_embedded
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             Brandon Ethridge
             New York, NY                  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_sYt2yMyWE&feature=player_embedded
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             Mac Willaert
             Saint Charles, IL             
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN-gzcMVSX0&feature=player_embedded
    For more information, visit www.queenextravaganza.com
    ABOUT QUEEN'S STUDIO ALBUMS:
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As the centerpiece in the 40th anniversary celebration, Queen's entire 15-album studio catalog has been reissued in a series of deluxe editions. Every note has been tweaked, every piece of artwork cleaned, freshened up and resourced, wherever necessary, with the legendary Bob Ludwig having done the remastering, working from the original source material. The first installment, comprised of the first five LPs (QUEEN, QUEEN II, SHEER HEART ATTACK, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A DAY AT THE RACES) was released May 17, the second installment (NEWS OF THE WORLD, JAZZ, THE GAME, FLASH GORDON, HOT SPACE) was released on September 13 and the final deluxe box set installment (THE WORKS, A KIND OF MAGIC, THE MIRACLE, INNUENDO, MADE IN HEAVEN) was released November 1 and is available now at on amazon.com.

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