Almost Queens pays tribute to the incomparable original Queen.

Almost Queens pays tribute to the incomparable original Queen.

Get in the mood for some “Bohemian Rhapsody”! Or how about enjoying the long version of “We Are The Champions” for a change!

Almost Queen successfully blends the lavish vocal layering and intricate studio precision that embodies the original band’s signature offerings, and brings that fantastic level of energy and spectacle to their live stage productions.

Elaborate lighting, special effects and classic costumes frame the seasoned musicians who follow in Queen’s footsteps to deliver an authentic experience worthy of their namesake. With Joseph Russo as Freddie Mercury, Randy Gregg as John Deacon, John Cappadona as Roger Taylor, and Steve Leonard as Brian May, these performers fit the bill perfectly. Almost Queen can boast an unbroken string of sold-out shows from San Diego to New York, as well as headlining major rock festivals in countries around the world.

The showmanship is matched by the musicianship. These band members have themselves toured with the likes of Thin Lizzy, Dee Snider and Angel. Russo, who uncannily channels the lead vocal skills of Freddie Mercury, is also a veteran of Broadway, having toured in traveling Broadway shows on the road. Together with his Almost Queen band mates, this band flex all their musical chops to proudly present the music that Queen fans have come to love so well.

It’s a live concert that experience that has to be seen to be believed. Here’s what a few listeners had to say: Howard Stern said, “These guys are even better than the Queen that’s out there touring!” Zebra’s Randy Jackson said, “I had heard a lot of great things about these guys, but the show was even better than I imagined!” And Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda said, “I am a very big Queen fan and Almost Queen does a great job of creating the illusion of actually seeing Queen live. We all miss Freddie Mercury. I feel the band pays tribute to him and Queen respectfully.”

But let’s give the last word to Fingers, WBAB’s wonderful Long Island DJ, who said, “The beautiful thing about this band is that all the youngsters are able to catch a glimpse of the greatness that is Queen and all of us old timers can watch and say, ‘Oh man, do you remember when Queen used to do that?’”

Almost Queen, Five Towns Performing Arts Center, 305 North Service Rd., Dix Hills, 631-656-2148; $25, $30, $35; 7:30 p.m., February 7

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