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Reeve Carney – Killer Queen ****

By: Paulanne Simmons

February 29, 2024: The British rock band, Queen, was composed of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass, vocals). So for any one singer to try to reproduce the band’s sound is quite a challenge. Fortunately, Reeve Carney has both the talent and technical skill to meet this challenge quite admirably.

Reeve Carney

By: Paulanne Simmons

February 29, 2024: The British rock band, Queen, was composed of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass, vocals). So for any one singer to try to reproduce the band’s sound is quite a challenge. Fortunately, Reeve Carney has both the talent and technical skill to meet this challenge quite admirably.

Feb. 23, at Chelsea Table & Stage he performed a repertoire of Queen songs that included most of the group’s major hits: “Somebody to Love,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” as well as a good number of lesser-known songs. Most of these songs were written by Mercury with Mercury singing lead. 

Reeve Carney (Photo: Lia Chang).

Of course, Mercury is best known for his flamboyant persona (he liked to appear bare-chested or in a sleeveless undershirt) and his incredible four-octave range. Although Carney was dressed (thankfully) in a modest jacket and jazzy hat, he came pretty close to meeting Mercury’s range and power. 

But while Mercury only played piano, Carney plays both guitar and piano. This, in addition to some pre-recorded sound, helped hugely in recreating the Queen vibe. The only problem was that, without an assistant, Carney spent too much time turning his equipment on and off.

Carney told the audience he first got to know Queen through Mike Meyers. It’s interesting to think the first time he heard the song may have been watching the scene in Wayne’s World in which Wayne, Garth and their friends are listening to “Bohemian Rhapsody” while driving to a local hangout. It was a great comic moment in the film. But it was also a good thing, Reeve Carney took it to heart.

Chelsea Table & Stage is at  152 W 26th St.