Queen cover band pays tribute at Fillmore Miami Beach

08/08/2014 4:12 PM

08/08/2014 4:13 PM

Ever notice how you rarely see a cover band perform a song by Queen? That’s because they’re so difficult to pull off. Many Queen compositions — driven by Brian May’s pristine guitar sound and the late Freddie Mercury’s beautiful, soaring vocals that border on the operatic — are miniature symphonies, both melodically complex and technically daunting.

But for the Argentinian tribute band God Save the Queen, epic anthems such as We Are the Champions, Killer Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and dozens more are its sole focus — and passion. And the group, which hits the Fillmore Miami Beach on Saturday night, has been doing such a stellar impersonation of the real deal for the past 15 years that it’s been dubbed “the best tribute of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine — which obviously covers a lot of territory.

Of course, no one can replace the iconic, majestic Freddie Mercury. But God Save the Queen singer Pablo Padin comes delightfully close during the shows, right down to the flamboyant costumes.

“What people can expect is seeing Queen live,” he says with matter-of-fact confidence. “It’s a shared dream where both we and the audience believe that it’s possible to see Freddie onstage again.”

And what a way to experience the glory of the legendary group: God Save the Queen will perform a stunning re-creation of Queen’s famous 1986 concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.

“Wembley is probably the best Queen concert ever and the one everyone remembers,” Padin explains, “so we decided after 15 years of our career that it is now a great time to play it live.”

Padin — whose three favorite Queen songs to perform are Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love and We Are the Champions — has always been drawn to Mercury’s “voice, his leadership, and especially his overall charisma,” but remains humble amid all the praise.

“No one is able to sing like Freddie,” he says. “I’ve just tried to do my best.”

Info: 8 p.m. Saturday at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater; LiveNation.com; $63.50-$103.50.

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Madeleine Marr

About Madeleine Marr

Madeleine Marr


Former fashion and food writer Madeleine Marr joined the Miami Herald in 2003. The native New Yorker's celebrity coverage includes features, interviews, events, red carpets, premieres, award ceremonies, style, news and gossip in the South Florida area and beyond.

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