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The Epic Queen Tribute Show at St. Vitus

Mercury rising: Heavy metal legends play tribute to Queen on World AIDS Day

Brooklyn Daily

There will be several little silhouetteos of a man at Saint Vitus on Dec. 1.

A super-fan is organizing a Queen tribute show in honor of World AIDS Day, which will feature performances by hard rock legends and musicians from all over Brooklyn.

“This is about bringing people together who love this music and want to do something for a good cause,” said show organizer and performer Linda Leseman. “It is to honor Queen’s music and the memory of Freddie Mercury.”

The show will feature bands doing full sets, as well as musicians who will perform just a few songs. Noteworthy bands on the bill include Blue Coupe, Guillotine Riot, and Chaos and Lace.

“I remember freaking out in my living room when I was about five to some Queen music, so the chance to freak out to Queen in front of other people seems natural,” said Alison Clancy, frontwoman of Brooklyn-based dream thrash band HUFF THIS!.

HUFF THIS! is planning to cover “Get Down Make Love” from the classic 1977 album “News of the World.” Clancy said she chose that one because it is a lesser-known song.

“There is a lot of room for interpretation,” said Clancy. “I do not like to cover the hits so much, because everyone has expectations of how they want those to be delivered.”

The show will feature some big heavy metal names. Blue Coupe, which includes Albert and Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult and Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper, will play a set. Guitarist Nick Didkovsky will join them for a few songs, and has had his guitar altered so that he can better replicate Queen guitarist Brian May’s sound on the songs “Stone Cold Crazy,” “Killer Queen” and “Sons and Daughters.”

“I’ve been dissecting the music, listening to two or three seconds of it at a time,” said Didkovsky. “It is studying a master, like an artist studying Michelangelo.”

All of the proceeds from the show will go to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Leseman is also collecting items to raffle off, and all of the raffle money will also go to IAVI.

“It’s a charity that’s very relevant to Queen’s history,” said Leseman of the disease that killed singer Freddie Mercury in 1991.

Leseman hinted that other surprise guests who are big heavy metal will show up at the show, but she declined to say who.

The Epic Queen Tribute Show at Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave., between Clay and Box streets in Greenpoint, www.saintvitusbar.com), Dec. 1 at 8 pm, $10.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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