Review – Queen tribute warmed up chilly night

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Burghley House, Stamford,

Saturday, June 9

OVER 20 years after the death of charismatic lead singer Freddie Mercury, the sound of Queen goes on – and it reverberated around the beautiful grounds of Burghley House on Saturday evening.

The weather may not have been as warm as organisers would have hoped and the breeze was at times bitter, but once the concert was under way, the songs warmed us all up.

Classics such as Tie Your Mother Down, Killer Queen and You’re My Best Friend had those who weren’t huddled under blankets on their feet, and the rendition of the classic Bohemian Rhapsody was spot on.

Lead singer Joseph Lee Jackson’s vocals have long been compared favourably with the late Mercury, but it was the superb instrumentation and melodic backing vocals that complemented the singing legend and made Queen so great, and the group Mercury got that spot on.

Even though the wind at times interfered with the accoustics, no weather could stop the delivery of classics such as Don’t Stop Me Now and Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and their rendition of We Are The Champions ended the night to rapturous applause.

Earlier in the evening, while many were still enjoying their picnics in the wonderful backdrop of the majestic house, Seventies rockers Wishbone Ash got everyone in the mood with a solid set of their hits.

If you’ve never been to Burghley before, it’s definitely worth a visit, whether to enjoy the house and grounds or to enjoy one of its regular events – visit www.burghley.co.uk/events for more.

Jeremy Ransome