You guys, last night was AMAZING!
I got there at 6pm to ensure a secure spot in line. I was worried that I would be one of the few there, but there was a bit of a line on one side and a couple people on the other. I opted for the latter since it was closer. I had doubts as to whether I was even in the right place, but one of the people was wearing a Breakthru 2010 t-shirt. The three of us hung out talking about Queen and I brought up the Magic Years documentaries for some reason. The person in the Breakthru shirt asked me if I had seen part three, and then mentioned that she was in it. I looked at her for a second and then it dawned on me that she was!
About twenty minutes before the doors opened, someone approached my group and asked if they could get in ahead of us. The person not in the Breakthru shirt was in a power chair and I had my crutches, so we simply said that we weren't going to move. I wasn't paying attention until that someone explained that they didn't want us in their way during the show and I shot them a dirty look. The person in the power chair told them pretty much to piss off, and I was glad that they held their own.
The rest of my time outside was watching other Queen fans wander into line. One person walked by with a sweatshirt that read, "Roger what did you do?" and I commented on it. Apparently I was the first person to notice it. We wound up meeting again in the music hall and they let me take a picture for this blog. Unfortunately, it's pretty blurry, but you get the point.
Finally we made our way into the music hall, and I planted myself firmly at the very front row fairly close to the middle of the stage. There was a giant curtain with the Queen crest covering everything, so I got a few pictures because hell yes! Eventually the show started and it was too fucking awesome for words! It was weird when security started telling people to put their cameras away. I called the House of Blues earlier that day asking if my camera would be okay, and they had said that it would be as long as my flash wasn't on. I personally didn't get yelled at (miraculously), but every time someone near me did, I turned around to see phones and cameras being held up, clearly recording video and such. I kept my camera put away here and there, but then I decided to go ahead and take pictures anyway since I wasn't going to sell them or anything, and I'll be damned if my only memento is supposed to be my ticket!
I appreciated that the vocalists all got their own stage time, and it wasn't the Marc Martel show. Actually, Yvan Pedneault stole it for me as a vocalist. Marc, Jeff Scott Soto, and Jennifer Espinoza did outstanding, but Yvan stood out the most in my opinion.
I tried really hard to get a decent picture of Brandon Ethridge since he didn't get to move around the stage, but my attempts were crap. Sorry, Brandon!
Queen Extravaganza are: Jennifer Espinoza, Yvan Pedneault, Marc Martel, Jeff Scott Soto, Brian Gresh, Tristan Avakian, Tyler Warren, Francois-Olivier Doyon, Brandon Ethridge, and Spike Edney. Produced by Roger Taylor