Queen (One Night of Queen)
Gary Mullen has been a lifelong Queen fan and has always been a keen singer.
His career as Freddie started in 2000, when his wife and his mother secretly applied to the Granada TV show Stars in Their Eyes.
Gary won the overall Live Grand Final, polling 864,838 votes, more than double the runner up and setting the all time record for votes on the show.
Gary is featured in the Stars in Their Eyes video, CD and book and has represented the UK on Euro Stars in Their Eyes.
After the television experience Gary performed as a solo artists but immediately started to receive rave reviews and was encouraged by the audience reaction therefore in 2002 he created One Night of Queen and formed his band The Works.
Since then One Night of Queen have gone from strength to strength and are one of the hardest working bands in the land. For the last five years they have consistently performed over 150 shows per year in a variety of countries.
Gary was personally invited by Brian May to attend the Queen & Paul Rodgers show in Cardiff and was thrilled to be introduced to Brian backstage after the show.
For the first time in Gary's life he was left speechless by the great man.
Gary has recorded various voiceovers for radio, television and computer games. He is currently recording an album of original material with long term song writing partner Barry Kelly.
Gary keeps himself in shape by training hard on the road and also enjoys practising yoga.
When he does get time off Gary enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Having already conquered the UK, Europe, USA and New Zealand, Gary and One Night of Queen are looking to explore new opportunities in South America, Asia and Australia in the near future.
This is from a review in an Oxford newspaper in January 2008 and sums it all up -
Gary Mullen is the 2000 winner of the TV talent show ‘Stars in their Eyes'. He doesn't look remotely like Freddy Mercury which in itself is testament to his talent: the typical ‘Stars in their Eyes' winner draws in an average of less than 150,000 votes; Mullen had 864,838 and has gone on to achieve phenomenal success performing throughout the world. Fans of the show appear to be as much in awe of Mullen as they are fanatical about Queen.
Freddy Mercury must be a tough act to impersonate, with his unconventional looks and distinctive operatic, sometimes off-the-wall, vocal talents. Mullen did not sing a note off key and he performed some marvellous oral gymnastics, though he was by no means showing off. He was entirely bent on ensuring the audience was having a good time.
Mullen sprang around the stage striking Freddy-like poses (bending over and slapping your own bottom, etc.) while somehow remaining sincere; anyone else performing in such a manner would look silly or sarcastic. He's quite prepared to joke around and tease the audience. Mullen also forces everyone to get off their seats and clap their hands.
Mullen's talent alone could carry the show; however, the band members, comprising two guitarists, a drummer and keyboardist, are extremely skilled musicians. The lead guitarist performed an awe-inspiring solo whilst looking like he was waiting for a bus.
‘One Night of Queen' is a flawless concert showcasing some exceptional talents. Gary Mullen is a force to be reckoned with whose talent, together with exceptional musicians, enables even the most dedicated of Queen fans to celebrate and enjoy their heroes' magic once more. If I was Freddy, I would take it as a compliment.
'Sadly I never saw Queen live, a real regret in my life - however having now seen Gary and the Works it was an astounding experience, and as near the real thing as I could have imagined. Thank you Gary, your voice and mannerisms are amazing!' - Events Manager, Birmingham
SALT LAKE CITY, USA
Those who don't believe in reincarnation should have spent Thursday night inside a packed Kingsbury Hall watching Gary Mullen and The Works impersonate Queen. Wearing tight white pants, some ancient Adidas sneakers and often little else, Mullen brought legendary Queen front man Freddie Mercury back to life in a two-hour energy-filled concert that had toddlers to grandparents dancing in the aisles. The shirtless Mercury - or was it Mullen? - busted some moves that would have shocked Chris Buttars. Of course, he was playing on the University of Utah campus, that bastion of Salt Lake liberalism, where no one seemed to mind his strutting, posturing and preening.
Fans know Queen classics such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Will Rock You," "Killer Queen," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Another One Bites the Dust" so well that these tunes are almost rock cliches. But since few were able see Mercury, one of rock's legendary front men, in person before he died of complications due to AIDs in 1991, the chance to watch someone as talented as Mullen bring him back to life was a genuine treat.
This was no cheesy Vegas stage show. Mullen, backed by a crack four-piece band, uses sophisticated lighting and an uncanny ability to connect with an audience to almost fool folks into thinking he's the real deal. After the first song, Mullen shocked an audience used to fairly tight security, especially in a place such as the venerable Kingsbury Hall, by inviting folks to come into the orchestra pit. At least 100 obliged, adding a clapping, dancing, writhing, interactive element to the show. But that wasn't enough for Mullen, who told the crowd that "this would be the most fun you can have with your clothes on" and then delivered.
By the time he told the audience to get off their asses, stand up and dance, the strutting front man had nearly everyone involved. They were dancing in the aisles, rocking in the balcony and generally having a great time. This was only the second night of what will be a seven-week tour for a show that is called "One Night of Queen" but the professionalism of the band shined. Mullen's uncanny ability to reincarnate Mercury - from using the half-broken microphone as a prop to wrapping himself in a huge American flag at the show's finale which featured "We Will Rock You," "Friends Will be Friends" and "We Are the Champions." - made the audience actually believe it was watching the real thing.
The fact that Mullen has an incredible voice range and was wise enough to crank up the amps loud enough to be effective but not loud enough to hurt your ears added to the pleasure of an enjoyable evening. Everyone, of course, has a favorite Queen song. But one I didn't expect to be at the top of my list was "Fat Bottomed Girls," a rousing rock anthem that, like many songs on this night, had everyone singing along. Add to that Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" and most of Queen's classics and this was a night to remember. Indeed, for one night only, Queen and Freddie Mercury came back to life.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
Freddie Mercury rocked a packed house at the Westpac Centre in Christchurch at least his spirit did because the moustachioed man performing on stage was in fact Freddie Mercury Impersonator and Stars in their Eyes winner Gary Mullen.
That made little difference to the audience that Mullen had clapping along a few songs into the performance. It was clear that the crowd were in the palm of his hand by the time he got to Under Pressure.
The fast set ended with an amazing guitar solo by Brian May-alike David Brockett, whose talent as a guitarist is at least equal to Mullenâ€TMs vocal skill. In the pantheon of rock guitar players May ranks alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. Brockett has done his homework and does a good imitation of Mayâ€TMs guitar sound during a performance punctuated by many good solos and some classic riffs.
Set two of the show started with some of Queenâ€TMs harder numbers, including a speeded-up version of We Will Rock You and Stone Cold Crazy as well as an impressive drum solo, before slowing down on an acoustic Love Of My Life. Killer Queen was a highlight, as was Queenâ€TMs best known song Bohemian Rhapsody. Clearly this song must be hellishly difficult to play live.
Last night I would probably have believed that the band performing were the real Queen and that Mullen was the real Freddie Mercury if I had not been aware that he died in 1991.