A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
Johnny Zatylny as Freddie Mercury*
Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Freddie Mercury, formed the phenomenally successful rock band Queen in London, England, in 1970. Although all first-rate musicians, most of the attention and excitement centered around Mercury, a talented showman with an amazing vocal range and a flamboyant style.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, in Zanzibar, Mercury had moved to England as a youth where he studied art, became interested in rock music and decided to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. After performing in a series of unsuccessful bands, he struck gold with Queen.
Although their recording career began in 1972, their first international hit was the single Bohemian Rhapsody, in 1975. Written by Mercury, it featured a complicated series of chord changes and time signatures reminiscent of Brian Wilson's work. Its near-operatic multi-part harmonies are extraordinary, making the song is as exciting and entertaining today as it was some 40 years ago. Although Freddie Mercury died in 1991, the group's career continued to flourish. They have sold more than 300 million records and remain popular to this day. The group has been inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame.
When Montrealer Johnny Zatylny dons his flashy stage clothing, bounces across a stage and makes love to a microphone, he almost seems like Freddie Mercury reincarnated. Zatylny's voice has Freddie Mercury's almost four-octave range. And his vocal technique exhibits the excellent rhythm, smooth phrasing, and stamina the late star was famous for. As a singer and showman, Johnny Zatylny is a hard act to follow!
In a way, Dick Clark is responsible for Zatylny's successful career as one of the world's foremost Queen tribute artists. It was his knockout performance as Freddie Mercury on Clark's Your Big Break that gave him his start. As a result, he has been able to make the jump from weekend gigs in Montreal bar bands, to performing with large orchestras in Berlin, Stockholm and throughout Europe, close to 80 times per year, and also front Queen tribute bands Flash in North America and Merqury in Europe.
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