Q & A WITH KEVIN GOODWIN, Founder member & Bass Player of The Bohemians for The Best of Queen ahead of their show at The Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on Friday, August 16 at 8pm.
How did you end up being part of The Bohemians?
“I responded to an ad in an advertising paper called LOOT in 1996.”
When did you first get involved with the show?
“January 1996. I have always been a massive Queen fan, so I was able to bring a lot of ideas to the table.”
Have you ever seen QUEEN live and if so how does it compare to your concerts?
“Yes, on the A Kind of Magic tour in 1986 at Wembley Stadium and Knebworth. I also saw them with Paul Rogers a few times around 10 years ago.”
What is your favourite track from the band?
“Somebody to Love, it has great harmonies, great structure to the song and very creative in the arrangements.”
Tell us a little more about the band members and how you got together?
“We advertised for a new Drummer in 1998 in which Wayne Bourne replied. I met him at a petrol station in Woodbridge, Suffolk and knew straight he would be the perfect Roger Taylor. He looked the part, was a great drummer and could sing lead vocals. The perfect combination.
We needed a replacement ‘Freddie’ in 2004 because the original ‘Freddie quit the band. Our then guitarist spotted Rob Comber in a local pub band, approached him and asked him to audition. It was obvious Rob had a superb vocal range and musical ability which is essential if you’re going to try and replicate Freddie Mercury.
In 2008 our guitarist of 12 years, Nick Ballard, decided to hang up his guitar and give us notice of leaving the band until we could find a replacement. By then Christopher Gregory had already played for us on a few shows that Nick couldn’t do. Christopher Gregory was already in a Queen tribute band, but they were about to disband. It was a very easy decision for him to join us with a very smooth transitional period.”
What preparation do you need to do to get ready for the performance?
“Travel to the venue, set-up the equipment and sound check. Rob does his vocal warm ups, but we are quite relaxed and just get on with it.”
What can the audience expect from attending one of your concerts?
“The Best of Queen! We try to put on a Queen show where everyone will know all the songs, performed with passion, to a high standard and with the dynamic of a live Queen show. Those who didn’t get the chance to see Queen with Freddie get to experience the live energy Queen were all about, and those who were lucky enough to see Queen can re-live the memories.”
What do you enjoy most about the performances?
“The reaction of the audience and the great feeling Queen songs always seem to produce in people. It has always been an ambition to play live shows for a living and this is a fantastic and very enjoyable way to do it.”
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
“There have been so many, but playing at the Queen Fan Club conventions, meeting Brian May back stage after one of our performances, playing venues around the world with thousands of people in the audience and touring with at 25-piece orchestra to name a few!”
For full details about the show and booking information.
The Best of Queen, performed by The Bohemians and presented by Sweeney Entertainments, pay homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic Rock band, Queen.
The Bohemians formed in 1996 and have since had a huge impact on audiences across the world. Their ability to recreate Queen live is something truly special. Front man and pianist, Rob Comber’s outrageous stage antics and personality makes him perfect to play an uncannily realistic ‘Freddie’ with just the right look and stage persona. Rob is joined on stage by an enormously talented band including Christopher Gregory who brings all the electric guitar virtuosity required to play a very convincing Brian May. Their attention to detail is really impressive.
For over four decades’ millions of fans have been enjoying the music of Queen. The band released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles and 10 number one DVDs with estimates of their record sales ranging from 150 million to 300 million records.
With a catalogue of timeless hits including Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody and I Want To Break Free, Queen continues to reach out to music lovers of all ages.
Sweeney Entertainments, co-founded by Julie and Peter Sweeney, has been providing a wide repertoire of top-quality touring shows for theatre and corporate events for over eighteen years both in the UK and internationally and now boasts a repertoire of fourteen touring productions. The company saw its busiest year to date in 2018 and now has even more performances on offer, at a growing number of venues, and with the strongest audience figures to date.
Kevin Goodwin, founder member and bass player for The Bohemians, said “We try to put on a Queen show where everyone will know all the songs, performed with passion, to a high standard and with the dynamic of a live Queen show. Those who didn’t get the chance to see Queen with Freddie get to experience the live energy Queen were all about, and those who were lucky enough to see Queen can re-live the memories.”
The Best of Queen show features a selection of the most-loved and iconic classics from across Queen’s entire back catalogue creating a live stage show which really catches the essence of this most incredible British band.
The Best of Queen, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, Friday 16th August 8pm Tickets: £29.50, £27.50, £23.50*
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