Queen drummer's own tribute act might have found its singer: Watch him here!

When Queen frontman and general force of nature Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991, that looked like the end of the band (the tracks on 1995′s Made In Heaven feature vocals Mercury recorded prior to his death).

Still, that hasn’t stopped the members of Queen from trying to keep the magic alive. There was the ill-advised 2008 album with Paul Rodgers, as well as a number of theater projects that incorporate the band’s most iconic songs.

Queen drummer Roger Taylor has decided to go a different route. Even though he’s an actual member of Queen, he has decided to put together his own tribute act, which he is calling Queen Extravaganza, and he is looking for a few good men (or women) to fill in the various necessary roles.

Of course, the most difficult jumpsuit to fill is Mercury’s, but there is already one guy who is apparently up to the task. The Internet has been buzzing about Marc Martel, frontman for Canadian Christian rockers downhere.

His take on “Somebody to Love” was uploaded to Queen Extravaganza’s YouTube page and immediately caught fire. Is he the heir apparent to Mercury’s glittery throne? Decide for yourself after the jump.

That’s a pretty impressive spin through a rather difficult tune (ask anybody who has mistakenly chosen “Somebody to Love” as his karaoke jam). While he doesn’t quite have Mercury’s charisma — though in fairness, that’s basically impossible — Martel certainly has the chops.

Based on some samples posted at his band’s website, Martel is used to infusing classic rock riffs with a heaping helping of high drama, so he’s been in training. Does he realize he’ll have to ditch his strange mountain-man look in favor of this? That could be the only thing standing in between him and Tim “Ripper” Owens-esque infamy.

What do you think of Martel’s take on “Somebody to Love”? Sound off in the comments.

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  • ontheroof

    He’s a Jesus freak. Next!

    • Evan Schechter

      And Freddie was born a Zoroastrist. Your point?

    • Melody

      Proud to be a Jesus Freak!

    • atheist’s suck

      Yeah, because the only singers that matter are atheists right? And you guys call yourselves free thinkers. Closed minded idiots is more like it. Strip the world of anything you disagree with so you can sulk in your hopeless life!

      • theist’s suck

        close minded are the idiots who asume that atheism is crap

  • Paula

    AMAZING

    • Roekest

      F-ing chills….

      Hire him!

  • Doug

    This dude has got the chops. Polish him up a bit and Taylor may have something.

  • Templar

    Adam Lambert is the obvious heir, but he’s destined to do better on his own. And without Freddie’s song writing ability, where is Queen going?

    • sm

      Freddie Mercury didn’t shriek like a banshee.

      • Templar

        He would have if the song called for it. He was certainly capable of it. Your prejudice blinds you.

      • Anonymous

        Memo to Templar: Just because a man has dark hair, is gay and shrieks doesn’t mean he’s the heir to Freddie. Flamboyant doesn’t mean obnoxious, either. Freddie was flamboyant, but loved and humble. Lambert managed to make an ass of himself as soon as he got some popularity, and still shows no humility.

      • Clare

        To Anonymous,

        Adam Lambert may be gay, but that isn’t why I would compare him to Freddie Mercury. Having actually seen the man in concert I was completely amazed at the range and purity of his voice. Yes, he’s a fan of Freddie’s and glams up his performances, but that’s just fun– his voice is still amazing, clear and beautiful. People who judge him based on reading a couple of blog posts are really annoying. He also is generally extremely congenial and well reported on by those who have met him and interviewed him. He made an error at the AMA’s which was early in his career when he was quite new to the game. Last time I looked humans made errors.

        I’m curious if Adam has seen/heard the Marc Martel video since he’s a big fan of Freddie Mercury’s. Martel’s performance gave me chills when I heard him. If we can’t have Freddie, it is lovely to have a substitute to share his music with the world in his name…

  • Lori

    Marc Martel is awesome. Go look at his Bohemian Rhapsody video on YouTube

  • brenda

    i think he nailed it. he resembles freddie, and sounds very much like him. better than paul rodgers any day.

  • Susan

    This guy is incredible. Perfect. Like Doug says, above, polish him up a little and you’ve got your front man. I must have listened to it 2000 times.

    • Templar

      I’ve told you a million times not to exaggerate.

      • Jay

        Zing!

  • Christine

    WOW, it was fantastic. If I had been listening instead of watching the video I would have sworn it was Freddie.

  • Evan Schechter

    Freddie is without question irreplaceable. But this guy is right there. Obviously from this “audition” one cannot comment on his stage bravado, which of course would be requisite. Can he rock the harlequin spandex, lol? But all in all a solid and impressive performance.

  • JoeC

    The drummer’s name was Roger Taylor, not Roget. Spell check anyone?

    • Evan Schechter

      Seriously? Like I’m gonna waste my time trying to find a fycking typooh? It’s not like they called him Norman Mailer. Or Sinbad the Sailor. Good lord! If I spent that much time picking my nose I’d have drilled a hole through the back of my head.

      • Evan Schechter

        And while we’re on the subject, ROGER Taylor is still alive. So it’s not “was” but “is” the drummer from Queen. Since we’re being particular. And that, by the way is not a typo.

  • Evan Schechter

    Anyone remember George Michael’s take on this tune? You would if you heard it. You’d never forget it!

  • don Clark

    You have to hear Gregory Finsley perform as Freddy Mercury it will give you chills……some have said it made them cry! Check him out on youtube Somebody to Love

  • MarySue

    Proud to have been a fan before the video went viral! He’s great, truly authentic. Check out his and his band’s other videos on the youtube channels cramletram and thebanddownhere.

    • Heather

      Well said, Mary Sue! I agree 100%!

    • Nessa

      YAY!!! I love Downhere. They are all such nice guys.

      • Tammy

        Love Downhere too! They were AWESOME here at The Lamb’s Chapel in North Carolina.Will be good to see them live again! Marc would definitely be great doing Queen’s music. God could also use Marc for the Gospel’s message there as well.

    • Stephanie

      Downhere fan for 3 years, Queen fan my whole life. Marc deserves this more than anybody. He’ll do justice to my favorite songs and I know Freddie would be proud.

  • Nina Kirkland

    WOW! Sounds GREAT.

  • Leslie

    LOVE IT!!! What an amazing voice. My husband walked in while I was playing it and thought it was Freddie!

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