[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Queen[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Roger Taylor[/lastfm] will be the first to admit that age is starting to catch up with him. Touring is a young man’s game and Taylor, along with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brian May[/lastfm], are… well, they’re old. So Rog is on the lookout for new, young talent to take Queen’s music on the road.
The contest is called The Queen Extravaganza and it is very serious and very real.
Tired of hearing all the lousy Queen tribute bands out there, Taylor believes their has to be some genuine talent that can do the band justice.
“I’m quite convinced that there are tens of thousands of kids, of really talented people, in their bedrooms around the world playing drums, playing guitar, and singing,” Taylor tells Rolling Stone. “And I want to find some of those people. And of course we want young people because we’re no longer young,” Roger says with a laugh.
Hopefuls will be bale to submit videos of themselves nailing a Brian May guitar riff or hitting notes like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Freddie Mercury[/lastfm] did to www.queenextravaganza.com, and after the band sorts through the submissions, will have the winners perform at the Queen Extravaganza show. And the show will be all about the winners.
“We’re putting the show together now, so what I wanted to do is leave sort of places in the show which Brian and myself could roll up and do a turn, maybe if we’re starting a run somewhere exciting. So that would be an option, but, in general, this show will not feature a Queen band member.”
It won’t be a one-time deal either. The new band will carry on the Queen legacy with an American tour in 2012 and possibly beyond.
“In an ideal world I do and I hope it’s a continuing item. We were a very sort of a global band – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia. All these things are possible so it could be a never ending tour.”
Who knows, maybe it will all work out. The winners might even be bestowed with the greatest honor… a Google Doodle.
Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”
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