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ZepSinger
09-23-2011, 12:23 PM
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Frickin' incredible. If he can dramatically amp up his stage presence, he'd be a shoo-in IMO...

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keg in kc
09-23-2011, 12:28 PM
Damn. Hard to believe coming from such a...vanilla looking dude.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 12:29 PM
wow. impressive.

ZepSinger
09-23-2011, 12:30 PM
Damn. Hard to believe coming from such a...vanilla looking dude.

Yeah. But that voice- it takes alot to blow me away, and I'll tell you what- I'm blown away. Uncanny.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 12:33 PM
yeah, I almos thought he was lip syncing it was so good etc, then heard him ad-lib a bit at the guitar solo.

that's crazy good. dead-on. and THAT's hard to do considering Fredie's pipes.

Phobia
09-23-2011, 01:04 PM
Seconded.

BillSelfsTrophycase
09-23-2011, 01:08 PM
That was amazing

Frazod
09-23-2011, 01:16 PM
Excellent. I'd be interested to hear him do some of their other stuff.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 01:19 PM
I listened a 2nd time; and even more impressive is it sounded like there were no effects; echo/delay, etc. sounded like a straigh shot to the mic.

DMAC
09-23-2011, 01:25 PM
He even frikken looks like him.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 01:58 PM
it's like if Casey Afleck and Freddie Mercury had a baby, this is what it would look like
NTTAWWT.

BigMeatballDave
09-23-2011, 02:10 PM
Lipsync

BillSelfsTrophycase
09-23-2011, 02:13 PM
Lipsync

My first thought, but after listening a second time I don't think it is

Fat Elvis
09-23-2011, 02:17 PM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

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ForeverChiefs58
09-23-2011, 02:23 PM
Excellent. I'd be interested to hear him do some of their other stuff.

His name is Marc Martel, he also does an awesome Bohemian Rhapsody. Sounds like the next Freddie Mercury to me.
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Other stuff
Wow. Singing Nessun Dorma at the Covenant Awards 2009
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Keith Green's "Asleep In The Light"
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Keith Green's "So You Wanna Go Back To Egypt"
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Amnorix
09-23-2011, 02:32 PM
He's good. Really good.

Frazod
09-23-2011, 02:44 PM
I run into people like this occasionally singing karaoke. They start singing and it's like listening to the fucking record. With some songs that's not really difficult if you have any sort of talent, but when the artist being perfectly mimmicked is somebody like Ann Wilson, that will get your attention. There are some amazingly talented singers out there that you'll never, ever hear of.

I had, however, never heard anybody come close to sounding like Freddie Mercury, let alone dead-on nailing him, before this guy. Wow.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 02:46 PM
I run into people like this occasionally singing karaoke. They start singing and it's like listening to the ****ing record. With some songs that's not really difficult if you have any sort of talent, but when the artist being perfectly mimmicked is somebody like Ann Wilson, that will get your attention. There are some amazingly talented singers out there that you'll never, ever hear of.

I had, however, never heard anybody come close to sounding like Freddie Mercury, let alone dead-on nailing him, before this guy. Wow.

yeah, pretty much this.
good example with the Ann Wilson reference too. I recently watched Heart Live at Sky Church, and she sounded incredible ...still. and still sounded just like the album, even while singing live (she killed "Alone"....among others etc)

Detoxing
09-23-2011, 02:48 PM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

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nice. Never thought I'd hear a good Vedder impersonation.

Frazod
09-23-2011, 02:51 PM
yeah, pretty much this.
good example with the Ann Wilson reference too. I recently watched Heart Live at Sky Church, and she sounded incredible ...still. and still sounded just like the album, even while singing live.

Yep - I saw them over the summer with Def Leppard. Old girl can still belt it out.

WilliamTheIrish
09-23-2011, 03:04 PM
That Eddie Vedder was unreal. Holy hell!

BillSelfsTrophycase
09-23-2011, 03:06 PM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

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Now that HAS to be lipsynched

He even got the "potato wave" part right

DaFace
09-23-2011, 03:10 PM
That's almost scary.

Dayze
09-23-2011, 03:11 PM
what's the 'potato wave' part?

BillSelfsTrophycase
09-23-2011, 03:16 PM
what's the 'potato wave' part?


LMAO


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Guru
09-23-2011, 03:24 PM
HOLY CRAP!!!!!

ForeverChiefs58
09-23-2011, 03:32 PM
looks like he has a band called Downhere

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stevieray
09-23-2011, 03:59 PM
...more gutteral, little more emotion, he could easily pull it off.

I'd like to hear him sing Melancholy Blues...

chasedude
09-23-2011, 04:41 PM
Pretty amazing stuff, great voice. Wish I could sing like that.

ForeverChiefs58
09-23-2011, 04:44 PM
Found this story to the video in OP:

Marc Martel Channels Freddie Mercury

http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-PU455_martel_E_20110923131516.jpg

Freddie Mercury. There really was no one like him. As the front man of the iconic band Queen, he was the voice, the face, and the master showman, blazing a melodic trail of music and unity on a worldwide scale. Together with Queen, the late, great Mercury blessed us with songs that have become sporting anthems (“We Are the Champions”) and satirical riffs in films like “Wayne’s World” (“Bohemian Rhapsody”).

This week, Roger Taylor of Queen launched a North American talent search offering vocalists and musicians alike an opportunity to star in “The Queen Extravaganza” – a live touring band that will pay tribute to the songs and vision of the original band. Of course, tribute bands are a dime a dozen – you can find them in any bar on a Tuesday night across America – but rarely are they backed by the original group. Thus far, uploaded auditions have been sparse – as of this writing there were no more than 20 in all categories – lead vocals, drums, etc.

Some may see this as just the karaoke version of “America’s Got Talent.” That is, until they click on the audition of Marc Martel. To date, Martel’s audition video hovers around 476,000 views and here’s why: His voice is probably the closest thing to Freddie Mercury next to Freddie Mercury. Shot in his disheveled studio (which many readers have already commented on), the 34-year-old, newly married Martel (sorry, ladies) recorded his rendition of “Somebody to Love.” (Those auditioning have the choice of the aforementioned song, “Killer Queen,” “I Want to Break Free” or “Seven Seas of Rhye”)

His voice is that of a seasoned, trained, almost operatic professional but in reality, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. In a video shot two years ago, the singer – who originally hails from Canada but now lives in Tennessee — states that he has had no formal training, a knack for mimicry and is a fan of singers like Mercury, George Michael and Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block. Wait…what? “I’m not going to back down from that one, and I am fully aware of the stigma attached to it. Honestly 1989 I was 12 or 13 years old and primed for the new boy band thing. This guy Jordan Knight sounded like a chick, and I wanted to figure out how to do it, and I did.”

Over the years, Martel honed his inner Jordan Knight and later moved on to perfect his own voice with a dash of the iconic Freddie Mercury. “I’ve been in a band full-time over the past ten years (called Downhere) and it’s been a pretty great time with my best friends. But as far as 2012, our touring schedule is looking kind of sparse. A friend of mine emailed me the link to the Queen Extravaganza and I thought ‘I don’t know if I have the strength to not do this.’ As it stands right now, my schedule is pretty open – I don’t know if there’s money or not but my wife said ‘This is an opportunity that doesn’t come along very often.’”

With no expectations, Martel decided to sing the song simply and without theatrics. “’Bohemian Rhapsody’ is my all-time favorite,” says the singer, “But that wasn’t an option; ‘Somebody’…was my second. I thought lyrically, that song is so perfect for right now…it’s just a guy crying out that he’s tired and can’t get ahead, and most people in America can relate to that…I know I can.”

Martel’s band, by the way, is a Christian rock band. Will singing the songs of Queen help, or hurt him in the eyes of those with strong opinions about Mercury and his sexual proclivity? Martel feels this is a non-issue. “Freddie Mercury wrote songs that were real and true. Rock and roll reaches people because it’s honest, and doesn’t shy away from the issues. You can have a great voice, but people can spot a fake from a mile away. Our music may come from a biblical standpoint but we don’t shy away from true experiences – doubt, loss, pain, sorrow – we want to deal with all of that. Queen’s repertoire deals with those emotions and feelings too and I love singing their music because at the end of the day, it’s just true.”

BigMeatballDave
09-23-2011, 04:55 PM
Holy crap. His Bohemian Rhapsody gave me chills.

It's creepy that he looks like Freddie, too.

KcMizzou
09-23-2011, 05:08 PM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iD32b_iA2uE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>He should try singing it in english.

Guru
09-23-2011, 05:28 PM
Holy crap. His Bohemian Rhapsody gave me chills.

It's creepy that he looks like Freddie, too.

Yeah, too bad his backups sucked or it would have been even better.

Frazod
09-23-2011, 05:44 PM
Yeah, too bad his backups sucked or it would have been even better.

It's just a matter of time until he gets a call from the surviving members. Not only does he have it down, but he seems to do it nearly effortlessly.

Hell, he even looks a bit like Freddy (minus the teeth and... well, you know :D ).

ForeverChiefs58
09-23-2011, 05:55 PM
It's just a matter of time until he gets a call from the surviving members. Not only does he have it down, but he seems to do it nearly effortlessly.

Hell, he even looks a bit like Freddy (minus the teeth and... well, you know :D ).


I can't imagine anyone else winning that Queen Extravaganza contest but him.

I thought the same thing. That guy made the hair on my arm stand up he sounded so much like him. I thought he looked like him too, sometimes even appearing to have a similar overbite. Awesome.

tk13
09-23-2011, 07:50 PM
This guy has to be related to Freddie Mercury somehow. Scary good.

Nzoner
09-23-2011, 08:09 PM
yeah, pretty much this.
good example with the Ann Wilson reference too. I recently watched Heart Live at Sky Church, and she sounded incredible ...still. and still sounded just like the album, even while singing live (she killed "Alone"....among others etc)

Yep - I saw them over the summer with Def Leppard. Old girl can still belt it out.

Have you guys heard her latest cd of all covers.Here's a sample if not and she also does Immigrant Song and Goodbye Blue Sky on it too

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Nzoner
09-23-2011, 08:16 PM
It's creepy that he looks like Freddie, too.



Hell, he even looks a bit like Freddy (minus the teeth and... well, you know :D ).


I thought he looked like him too, sometimes even appearing to have a similar overbite. Awesome.

This guy has to be related to Freddie Mercury somehow. Scary good.


I was absolutely blown away,it's too bad he wasn't discovered before Queen did that crap with Paul Rodgers.

As for the looking like,I think Freddie just may have visited "the other side" one evening at a Dreamer's Ball :D

FAX
09-23-2011, 08:32 PM
Nice

FAX

Guru
09-23-2011, 10:00 PM
Nice

FAX

This has to be the absolute shortest and to the point FAX post I have ever seen.

BigMeatballDave
09-24-2011, 12:59 AM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iD32b_iA2uE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>If this is real, its fucking awesome. I'm skeptical.

ZepSinger
09-24-2011, 10:37 AM
I was absolutely blown away,it's too bad he wasn't discovered before Queen did that crap with Paul Rodgers.


I'll bet that Queen is in talks right now about doing a tour with this guy. When they decided to do auditions for this Queen Extravaganza tribute band thing, I bet they had no idea that they'd actually end up with a viable FMII. Take him out of the Queen tribute lineup and put him onstage at Wembley!

MIAdragon
09-24-2011, 12:17 PM
And here is Eddie Vedder for you....

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holy fucking shit.

MIAdragon
09-24-2011, 12:22 PM
Now that HAS to be lipsynched

He even got the "potato wave" part right

here are a few more from this freak.

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ZepSinger
09-28-2011, 07:27 PM
As fate would have it, Marc Martel's band Downhere is playing in Lawrence at Liberty Hall this Tuesday, Oct. 4. Me, Mrs. Zep, and our 3 Zepsterettes will be going. Maybe we'll see you there!

http://www.1inchrist.org/

Dave Lane
09-30-2011, 01:14 PM
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Molitoth
09-30-2011, 01:49 PM
Amazing.

Stewie
09-30-2011, 01:59 PM
Wow! I never thought anyone could ever sound like Freddie. This guy is nails.

I might have to take the 20 minute drive to Lawrence on Tuesday.

ZepSinger
09-30-2011, 04:27 PM
Wow! I never thought anyone could ever sound like Freddie. This guy is nails.

I might have to take the 20 minute drive to Lawrence on Tuesday.

I just found out that his band has added 'Somebody to Love' to the setlist. Hoping the same goes for Bohemian Rhapsody? Man, this is gonna be AWESOME.

nstygma
10-03-2011, 05:21 PM
this was today on Ellen

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Braincase
10-03-2011, 07:29 PM
As fate would have it, Marc Martel's band Downhere is playing in Lawrence at Liberty Hall this Tuesday, Oct. 4. Me, Mrs. Zep, and our 3 Zepsterettes will be going. Maybe we'll see you there!

http://www.1inchrist.org/

The Downhere website says it's at Haskell. Better check your sources. Wife gave me the greenlight... I'm seriously tempted.

Braincase
10-03-2011, 07:33 PM
Damn....

ZepSinger
10-03-2011, 08:37 PM
The Downhere website says it's at Haskell. Better check your sources. Wife gave me the greenlight... I'm seriously tempted.

Braincase! It's been a few years. Hope to see you there!!!

ZepSinger
10-03-2011, 08:38 PM
The Downhere website says it's at Haskell. Better check your sources. Wife gave me the greenlight... I'm seriously tempted.

Hmm. this website says Liberty Hall. I will definitely confirm tomorrow...

http://www.1inchrist.org/

EDIT: just checked the downhere website- it now says Liberty Hall as well...

RockChalk
10-04-2011, 07:57 AM
Hmm. this website says Liberty Hall. I will definitely confirm tomorrow...

http://www.1inchrist.org/

EDIT: just checked the downhere website- it now says Liberty Hall as well...

Does his band sing Queen covers? Or do they play mostly their own music?

DJ's left nut
10-04-2011, 08:11 AM
If that dude ends up touring with Queen, I would travel a long damn way to see one of those shows.

That was amazing. Just absolutely incredible.

I figured Freddie Mercury and Steve Perry were about the two toughest guys to mimic extremely well due to how unique their voices were but that dude absolutely drills it.

Frazod
10-04-2011, 08:18 AM
this was today on Ellen

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So on top of sounding just like Freddie, he also plays guitar AND the piano?

Wow.

:wayne:

vailpass
10-04-2011, 11:20 AM
Can he play the pivot on the bath house team?

The_Doctor10
10-04-2011, 12:36 PM
Here's a version of Nessun Dorma without a godawful band. The dude has got INSANE range.

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Frazod
10-04-2011, 12:45 PM
It must suck to be one of the other members of this guy's band, because he's obviously moving onward and upward, and it seems pretty obvious that they won't be along for the ride.

ZepSinger
10-04-2011, 09:50 PM
Just saw this guy perform with his band Downhere at Liberty Hall in Lawrence. All I can say is- DAYUM. His voice absolutely blew me away. He plays guitar, piano, bass, and has a great front man presence. If ever there was someone to replace Freddie, this would have to be the guy. Best voice I've ever heard live, hands-down.

If Brian and the boys install him in the band, the Queen show would be a must-see. Again, freaking PHENOMENAL.

Pitt Gorilla
10-04-2011, 09:58 PM
If Brian and the boys install him in the band, the Queen show would be a must-see. Again, freaking PHENOMENAL.If they DON'T put him in the band, they are insane.

ZepSinger
10-04-2011, 10:09 PM
couple of pics from the show:

http://www.lewerke.com/images/marc1.jpg

http://www.lewerke.com/images/marc2.jpg

Jayhawkerman2001
10-04-2011, 11:49 PM
though i'm not much into his music, I'd have to say this guy sounds like good ol' Freddy as well. the other guy doesn't seem to hit the higher notes all that well

http://youtu.be/XlEsBaAFPoo

deadbabyseal
11-17-2011, 11:12 AM
Round 2

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RockChalk
03-29-2012, 12:49 PM
How about this guy?

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Sofa King
03-29-2012, 12:55 PM
Is that Tommy Chong?

RockChalk
03-29-2012, 01:00 PM
Is that Tommy Chong?

a young Tommy Chong. The end is what makes it for me...just slides those glasses back on and acts as if that just didn't happen.

Fried Meat Ball!
03-29-2012, 01:03 PM
Here's a version of Nessun Dorma without a godawful band. The dude has got INSANE range.

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Way back in the day when I sang, I was doing a duet version of The Lord's Prayer. The tenor ended on a high B-flat. I was singing in the early morning service, which started at 8 a.m. A little nervous about having to get my range up so high that early in the morning, I was chatting with one of my friends before service. He suggested this: "Oh, it's no problem. Aim for a B, and it'll be flat."

vailpass
03-29-2012, 01:31 PM
This guy catch AIDS yet?