Friday, March 20, 2009
FCCJ Artist Series Presents "One Night of Queen" April 8, 2009
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009 7:30 PM
TIMES UNION CENTER ● MORAN THEATER
JACKSONVILLE, FL – One Night of Queen formed in 2000 after Gary Mullen won ITV’s ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ grand final with a record poll of 864,838 votes, more than double the runner up and the most votes ever received on the show. Along with his band ‘The Works’, Gary delivers the look, the sound and the showmanship of arguably the greatest live band of all time. One Night of Queen will play in Jacksonville on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM at the Times Union Center’s Moran Theater.
Over the past 7 years One Night of Queen has toured virtually non-stop around the UK, Germany, Portugal, Holland, Belgium, France and New Zealand, playing theatres, arenas and festivals to sell-out crowds everywhere.
In September 2005 the show was invited to perform at the BBC’s ‘Proms in the Park’ event in Hyde Park, London, alongside Andrea Bocelli, G4 and Simply Red. Being described as “the highlight of the day” and receiving rapturous applause from 45,000 fans, cemented One Night of Queen’s reputation as being “much more than a tribute”.
In spring 2007 as well as completing tours of the UK, France and Germany, the band took part in a Canadian TV Documentary focussing on the World’s best tribute bands. 2008 will see the show embark on it’s first ever tour of the USA and Canada.
Born in Glasgow in 1973, Gary Mullen has been a lifelong Queen fan. A regular in the karaoke bars around Glasgow, Gary would the wow crowds with his uncanny performance of Queen’s songs.
At 26, while working as a computer sales person, Gary’s wife Jackie and mother Theresa secretly sent away an application to ‘Stars In Their Eyes’. After auditioning as Freddie Mercury, Gary was offered a place in the heats. Gary not only won his heat but went on to become grand final winner of the 2000 series. Polling 864,838 votes in the Live Grand Final, more than double the runner up, this is the all time record number of votes cast for an artiste on this TV show.
After winning the show Gary returned to his computer sales job in Glasgow. He stayed for four weeks but the demand for him to perform was too much and it became apparent that his career choice was about to change quite dramatically. Even Brian May himself wrote to Gary, wishing him well and saying what a remarkable likeness he has to Freddie, in more than just voice and appearance on stage – what finer accolade could there be?!
After touring as a one-man show for a year, Gary decided it was time to put a band together and pursue his dream of filling theatres with his tribute to Freddie and Queen. ’The Works’ were formed at the end of 2001 and One Night of Queen was complete.
Since then, Gary and The Works have thrilled audiences across the UK, Germany, France, Portugal, Holland and as far afield as New Zealand. A very special performance came in 2005 when One Night of Queen were invited to perform at the BBC’s ‘Proms In The Park’ alongside G4, Andrea Bocelli and Simply Red.
Stranger projects have included working for various advertising campaigns. In 2003 Gary recorded a version of ‘I Want To Break Free’ for an Irish internet provider. Gary sang the vocal and the sound was dubbed over an actor’s performance, i.e. someone pretending to be Gary pretending to be Freddie – bizarre!
In 2007 Gary recorded a radio advert for ‘Which?’ magazine, not a Queen song, but specially written lyrics to a popular opera tune. Rumour has it that the members of Queen have heard it and thought it spookily accurate to Freddie’s voice!
Outside of One Night of Queen, Gary is a devoted husband and father to three children. Not only a singer, Gary spends much time playing the guitar, piano and drums and writing original material.
ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN will be performed at the TIMES UNION CENTER’S MORAN THEATER Wednesday, April 8, 2009 for one performance only. Tickets range in price from $30.50 to $80.50. Discounts are available for groups of 10+ or 20+ by calling (904) 632-3228.
To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call the FCCJ Artist Series Box Office at (904) 632-3373 (toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY.)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the
FCCJ Artist Series’ website, www.artistseries.fccj.org.
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