Queen Tribute Bands: The Bohemians

The Bohemians are an outstanding Queen tribute band and have even been endorsed by the ‘Official Queen Fan Club’. They were the first band to headline the ‘Queen Fan Club Convention’ with an audience of 2500 people.

The Bohemians faithfully re-create the glory days of Queen from the opening few bars of ‘We Will Rock You’ through to ‘We are the Champions’ at the very end.

Rob Comber – Freddie Mercury
Rob is the latest edition to the band and has been fronting the Bohemians since 2004. He has embraced Freddie’s flamboyant stage persona and the bands stage show now features an impressive array of Freddie’s costumes. His extensive vocal range enables the band to perform virtually all of Queen’s hits in their original keys adding to the authenticity of the sound. As well as his strong vocal ability, Rob is also an accomplished guitarist although this obviously doesn’t feature in the Bohemians set with one song being the notable exception. After joining the band, Rob taught himself to play the piano specifically for the purpose of performing all of Freddie’s piano parts totally live. The spectacle of him seated at his baby grand has also added an extra visual authenticity to the show. The first song he learned was Bohemian Rhapsody and he was featured explaining this story on the award winning BBC Radio 4 documentary ‘Rhapsody In Bohemia’.

Nick Ballard – Brian May
Nick has been with the Bohemians since 1997 and has an uncanny resemblance to the man himself and with his tall slim build and long curly hair is often mistaken for Brian. He has 18 guitars in his collection including two Red Specials. Nick has been a lifelong Queen fan since buying his first single ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ when it was released in 1974. With his degree in art he is also a skilled set designer, an ability which has been very useful when making additions to the Bohemians stage show.

Wayne Bourne – Roger Taylor
Since joining the band in 1998, Wayne has provided the backbone of the rhythm section with a drumming style studiously similar to Roger Taylor, he also sings like him to. Wayne is also a talented guitarist and songwriter and is constantly writing and recording his own original compositions.

Kevin Goodwin – John Deacon
Kevin formed the band in 1996, his drive and determination have ensured that The Bohemians have remained constantly in demand ever since. Kevin didn’t start playing the bass guitar until the age of 18, which was relatively late but he soon mastered his instrument and his mazy runs on the bass are heavily reminiscent of John Deacon’s playing style. This ability combined with Wayne’s drumming makes for a totally authentic Queen rhythm section sound.

Track Record:

1997
Performed at the International Queen Fan Club Christmas Party where they supported ‘The Cross’ (Roger Taylor’s former band)

1998
Headlined the International Queen Fan Club Convention in front of an audience of 2500 ecstatic Queen fans

1999
Played support to Brian May and ‘The Cross’ at the Queen Fan Club Freddie Mercury Birthday Party

2000-2004
World tour (China, Jordan, Switzerland, Spain, Holland, Belgium & Ireland)

2005
Appeared on ITV’s Queen Mania, Radio 1 & 4

2006
Travelled 9,000 miles playing to over 25,000 people, including five shows over one weekend, an audience of 3,500 at the Hastings Music Festival and professionally filmed the ‘Party on the Green’ show in Surrey with an audience of over 2000 people

2007
The ‘Live Rhapsody’ DVD was released

2008
The Bohemians have already toured the Ukraine and India so far.

Reviews:
“Thank you guys, brilliant!” – Brian May

“It’s uncanny” – Roger Taylor

“A brilliant show”
Spike Edney (Queen keyboard player)

“The best Queen tribute band you will ever see”
Jackie Smith (International Queen Fan Club)

“This is the best you are going to see or hear…ever”
Lesie-Anne Jones (Freddie Mercury & Queen biographer)

“So close it’s scary”
Jim Jenkins (Queen Fan Club Co-ordinator)

“Could almost be the real thing”
Peter Feenstra (Music Promoter)

“I saw the Bohemians at Bourne last night. It was brilliant, the bands performnce was out of this world. The best tribute to Queen I have seen. Very enjoyable, if you did not know this band was a tribute band, you would think that you were watching the real thing. The band is just so like the real thing, a great night out. I would like to thank all the boys in the band for a very enjoyable night” – Mrs A. Parker

Clients Include:
Queen Fan Club
Shepherds Bush Empire
Virgin
British Airways
British Embassy
Nissan
ITV
Channel 4
Live TV
Cable TV
Talk Radio
Thames FM

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