Queen Nation makes their way back to Hemet for show
■ BY SUSAN CARRIER / Contributed
Queen fans were treated to an amazing tribute show on Saturday, Dec. 8, as Queen Nation made their long-awaited return to Hemet. Lead Singer Gregory Finsley and the band stunned the crowd with their dynamic performance, recreating the look, sound, and energy of the iconic Freddy Mercury and Queen.
“Bohemian Rhapsody,” the new Queen movie in theatres was a topic of conversation throughout the auditorium. Many patrons boasted that they have already seen the film multiple times. One of the evening’s raffle prizes was a movie poster for the film. Other raffle prizes were a donated by Lost and Found Treasures, Golden Era Productions and a custom decorated guitar from LocoLady Guitar featuring Queen. In total, the raffle raised over $700 for the building fund.
At times throughout the evening, the dance floor looked more like a mosh pit, filled will fans dancing and singing along with the lyrics. Cheers exploded each time Finsley tossed strings of beads to the crowd. All through the auditorium, fans clapped and cheered and chanted the lyrics for each hit. The retrospective journey was both nostalgic and memorable. It was a show that will be talked about for a long time.
Meanwhile, tickets for Season One of the 2019 Tribute Mania Concert Series are now available: Tribute to Bruno Mars (Jan 12), Tribute to Van Halen (Jan 26), Tribute to Marvin Gaye (Feb 9), The Glen Campbell Story (Feb 23), The Music of John Denver (Mar 9), Tribute to AC/DC (Mar 23), The Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute (Apr 6), and Tribute to The Doors (Apr 27).
Upcoming “Friday Nite Live!” concerts are Tribute to Garth Brooks (Jan 4), The Music of The Platters and Aretha Franklin (Feb 15).
Tickets for Tribute Mania and Friday Nite Live shows are $22 presale and $25 day of show. Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.
Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 North Harvard Street and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 South Harvard Street.