Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Sit Down With Sam

If you flick to the Event Guide on page 18, you’ll see we have a couple of icons coming to Mackay.

Well, not quite; it would be quite the feat if both Elvis Presley and ABBA graced the stages of the MECC in the same week, but with world class tribute shows touring the country, we get to experience the next best thing.

My parents are big music fans, Queen and ABBA frequently getting played through the record player growing up.

Whenever tribute shows for bands like these came Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre, they would be quick to grab tickets for the whole family and we would all go along, ending up on our feet by the end of the show singing, clapping, and dancing.

I grew up on tribute shows and am a huge fan of the concept.

Of course, seeing the real thing would be an absolute dream, but why not head along and enjoy the music that you love performed with energy and dedication by professionals who hone their craft and presentation over years.

The question was always posed; do these performers realise they look like icons like Freddie Mercury or Elvis then train their voices to sound like them or vice versa?

How do four people who happen to look and sound like Agnetha, Anni-Frida, Björn and Benny happen to find each other in the same band?

I haven’t come across the answer, but I’m all here for the result; although my moustache pales in comparison to Freddie’s, maybe I should start banging out some Queen bangers.

The Airlie Beach Hotel is also famous for bringing these types of performances to the area, always providing a solid afternoon of live music.

So, get out and enjoy some live music this week and take a trip down memory lane.

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