It’s no easy charge to channel the late Freddie Mercury on stage. But Brody Dolyniuk, the Las Vegas-based singer who does just that for Music Of Queen: A Rock Symphony, says he’s found a way to make it work.
“I try to do the music justice without being an impersonator up there,” says Dolyniuk, 30, a piano bar veteran who also fronts a cover band called Yellow Brick Road. “I’m not running around trying to act like Freddie Mercury; I consider myself an entertainer and try to get the crowd involved in the show.
“My natural voice sounds enough like him that, with a little bit of tweaking, I can dial him in a little bit. But Freddie Mercury was one of the top singers of all time; I’ll never match him, but I try to get as close as I can.”
That’s in terms of his vocals. Dolyniuk promises that Mercury’s look remains his own.
“I don’t run around in tight shorts and a fake moustache,” he explains, “but my approach to showmanship is similar to Freddie’s in that I love to get the audience involved. I’m a little goofy, to be honest; I come across more like Jim Carrey than Freddie Mercury. I’m a little bit of a ham. I like to get carried away on stage, sometimes jump into the audience ...
“So if you’re coming to the show, definitely don’t plan on sitting back with your arms folded.”
Music Of Queen: A Rock Symphony featuring Brody Dolyniuk plays at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.