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Queen fans in town had anticipated that Queen Nation would perform their dynamic tribute show at HHT in August, but a mix-up with the booking agent forced the show to be postponed. Tickets were exchanged for a new date while anticipation grew. Adding to the excitement, a new film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has been released, portraying the rise of Freddie Mercury and Queen as one of the most powerful and iconic groups in the history of rock music.
So it is not surprising that the Tribute to Queen on Saturday, Dec. 8 has been sold out for several weeks. Queen Nation has a particularly passionate fan club, which will bring dozens of patrons from across Southern California to Hemet’s vintage movie house.
Back in the 1970’s, Freddie Mercury took music showmanship to a new level and was undisputedly crowned the lord of arena rock ‘n roll. He mesmerized audiences with his charismatic energy and larger than life stage persona for more than two decades.
Today, no one captures that energy and showmanship like Gregory Finsley, lead singer for Queen Nation. Finsley and the band recreate the image, sound, and stage persona of vintage Queen. Fans will be taken on a retrospective journey with “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” and so many more classic hits. This show is one that may 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), and The Glen Campbell Story (Feb 23) are just some of the upcoming shows.
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 / $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.