I am and have been since the mid 70's. I still believe that the death of Freddie Mercury was the single biggest loss to R&R since Elvis. A great showman with a fantastic & unique voice which couldn't be touched, in my opinion. Then I saw Gary Mullen win Stars In Their Eyes a couple of years ago with a good powerful performance. 'Not bad' I thought, for a soundalike. Since then I have resisted the temptation to see any tribute bands because, well, there was only one Freddie Mercury and no-one could take his crown. (The recent talk of George Michael joining Queen as the new front man would have been an interesting amalgamtion of talent. GM was the only male performer to do the Queen songs any just at the FM Tribute gig). As a side note the DVD of said gig missed out some crucial moments. Should really have been a 2- disker. Then an ad in the freebie local rag caught my wifes eye. 'A Night Of Queen'. Another tribute band performing at..........Woodville Halls, Gravesend. A typical 1970's Civic centre type venue. Hardly compares to August 9th 1986 when the real Queen performed to me & another 200,000+ at Knebworth Park. This particular tribute band had SITE winner Gary Mullen fronting it. Interesting. Dilemma. Do I go and risk scarring the memory of 1986 if the performance doesn't extend beyond a show winning version of It's A Kind Of Magic? Or do I go and accept that it will at least be a massive group karaoke event? Do I want to see some bloke who isn't FM pretending to be FM? Well, I went. The bar contained a number of people wearing various Queen tour t-shirts. I too am a big fan, but choose not to wear the same appariel. Partly because, like these people, I want the unobtainable. I want Freddie Mercury back singing Queen songs. But I can't have it and I choose the muted display of support as a form of acceptance of that fact. I hoped for the sake of those fans who were literally wearing their hearts on the t-shirts that we weren't going to be TOO disappointed. The stage was only 20% of that used by FM at Knebworth. The seats were small & uncomfortable, the venue was dull, lifeless & lacking ambience, the beer was mediocre and over priced as were the concessions. The show was fantastic! None of the above really mattered when GM got going. His voice is a good likeness, but REALLY hits the spot with the power vocals. He has the ability to recreate that raw but tuneful growl that FM used to do. Queen fans will know what I mean. Gary Mullen clearly shares the same vocal genes as Freddie Mercury & could do it where it really mattered. Not only for AKOM, but for the whole show (pretty much a note for note reproduction of the Magic Tour). From the power of Hammer To Fall to the serenity of Love Of My Life he didn't fail to impress. For anyone who wants to close there eyes, listen and drift back to anytime between 1973 & 24th November 1991 this man is a Godsend. I went to the show with a metaphorical notebook & pen to record the times that he missed the mark. The notebook remains blank. Lets not forget the band! The lead guitarist gets 8/10 for his performance. 9/10 for having his own Red Special & 10/10 for not trying to look like Brian May. Ditto for the bass player & drummer. Keyboard chap pumped out all the right notes and was able to give the music a good feel of authentic reproduction. So, if you are like me and want to hear the music of Queen performed live & authentically, with a bit of copycat in there too, and most importantly, hear a mimic'ed vocal performance worthy of the great man, then locate the show I saw and see it for yourself. You will not be disappointed. I personally promise you that.