Gary Mullen and The Works will perform “One Night of Queen” at University of Florida Performing Arts on March 30. Below, Gary Mullen shares his connection with Queen’s late celebrated lead vocalist and lyricist.
Q: Freddie Mercury is one of the most iconic performers of all time. When you are on stage, do you feel his energy?
A: I wouldn’t say that I feel Freddie’s energy, but there is an energy generated from an audience when the shows are going great. It gives me an idea of how he must have felt every night on stage, performing. It’s this energy that makes you want to give the best performance that you can give to that audience, because that audience, and that moment, will never happen again.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment with the band?
A: I think the most memorable concert I think we have done was in Montreux, Switzerland. The concert was for the 20th anniversary of Freddie’s death, and the significance of Montreux, was that Freddie recorded his last songs there, and there is a statue of him on the lake. The concert was a complete sell-out and was attended by Queen fans all around the world. So the night was amazing and emotional at the same time.
Q: What is the most challenging part about portraying Freddie Mercury?
A: I think the most challenging part of portraying Freddie is to make sure that I can sing the songs every night! When people come to see the show, they want to hear Freddie at his best, so the pressure is on to look after my voice, and myself physically, so I can give the very best performance every single night.
Q: Is it difficult to turn the character off after a performance?
A: No, I don’t find it difficult to turn off the character. When the lights go down, then the character comes on stage, as soon as the last chord of the show is struck, then I instantly go back to being me. It just takes longer for the adrenaline to wear off.
Q: If you could say anything to Freddie Mercury, what would it be?
A: I don’t know what I would say to Freddie! I would probably ask him about how he wrote all those incredible songs, and how it felt touring the world, and playing to all those amazing audiences.