Classic Albums Live Returns With Queen!

Classic Albums Live is returning for the fourth time to the Lowell Summer Music Series to do Queen’s A Night at the Opera! I only saw one of their previous shows (Abbey Road) but since this is the year of Queen, I am making sure I do not miss this show!

Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut, using the best musicians. “Think of it as a recital,” says Martin, “these albums are historic and stand the test of time.” Forgoing costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live has found success in concentrating solely on the music. “We don’t dress up or wear any sort of costume. We just stand there and play. All of our energy is put into the music. We want the performance to sound exactly like the album,” says Martin.

Classic Albums Live: Queen (Official Photo)

“”We created something that endures and connects. These albums are sacred to people. We deliver exactly what we promote – ‘note for note, cut for cut’ accuracy.”

“Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” was a game changer for rock’n’roll. If you grew up in the 70’s, this album was everywhere and unlike anything else. All of a sudden, long haired rockers were singing along to operatic songs with soaring arrangements, a far cry from Foghat!  

“Queen became one of the world’s greatest bands by working hard. They toured endlessly and in the studio, they strived for perfection and that’s our challenge on stage. How do you do perfection?  Answer: by working hard!

“Nick Walsh rallied to sing this album. Originally a rock singer, Nick found his theatre vibe singing the David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” album. Now, he’s immersed in the brilliance and effortlessness of Freddie Mercury’s voice.  

“Alongside the vocals comes the challenge of Brian May’s overdubbed guitar sound. We’ve got a small army of guitarists to cover the flash and fun.  Classic Albums Live loves a good challenge. Queen provides just that.

“We’re all familiar with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend,” but it’s the deep tracks like “Prophet Song” and “Love Of My Life” that reveal a profound depth of songwriting.

“First set is the album “A Night At The Opera.”  Second set: more Queen hits and classics.

Tickets for the Classic Albums Live: Queen show are priced at $34 in advance (fee-free!). There are also premium seats – beach chairs are provided by the Series – set in two rows directly in front of the stage for $109. Tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, April 19th at 10 a.m. through Lowell Summer Music Series. Children under 12 are always free – parents, this is a great way to introduce your kids to live music in a safe, family-friendly environment. Don’t forget their ear protection!

For those of you who are unaware of the Series, or if you are aware of it but have never attended a show there, it is an outdoor (weather permitting) concert series held on National Park Service grounds in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Series is not-for-profit, which helps keep the ticket prices reasonable.

Surrounding Boarding House Park are old mill buildings, part of the Lowell National Historical Park, which you can tour if you arrive early enough. They provide an unusual setting for an evening of great music and ambiance.

The Series generally runs from mid-June to early September.

This Series is dear to my heart. I have been a season pass holder since 2007 and it is one of the highlights of the year (and of summer in particular) for me. Many lasting friendships have been made there. I expect this will be another excellent year!

I will post additional announcements for the Series as they are made.

So far, the  lineup is:

June 14th (Friday) – The Allman Betts Band

July 12th (Friday) – Colbie Caillat & Gone West

July 13th (Saturday) – The Record Company

July 14th (Sunday) – Angélique Kidjo

July 19th (Friday) – I’m With Her

July 20th (Saturday) – The Wallflowers

August 2nd (Friday) – Blue Öyster Cult

August 4th (Sunday) – Mat Kearney

August 10th (Saturday) – The English Beat

August 15th (Thursday) – The Beach Boys

August 16th (Friday) – Classic Albums Live: Queen’s A Night at the Opera

August 23rd (Friday) – Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

August 24th (Saturday) – Toad the Wet Sprocket and Big Head Todd and the Monsters (full sets from each)

August 30th (Friday) – The Mavericks

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

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