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Iconic British music with stand-in icons

Queen without Freddie Mercury, Police without Sting and Dire Straits without Mark Knopfler. What’s that all about? Like scones without the clotted cream and jam?

pg6aGuadalajara music fans and anglophiles may not care that the original band combinations fizzled out years ago, just as long as they can hear some of their hits performed by top-class musicians. Such is the love for UK music in these parts, they will make do with the next best thing, as (cover bands) Dire Straits Legacy, Call the Police and God Save the Queen all come to town within the space of eight days, between September 30 and October 7.

Dire Straits Legacy is a cover band that features four musicians who played and toured with the famous band more than 30 years ago. Hear classic hits such as “Money for Nothing,” “Sultans of Swing,” “Walk of Life” and “Brothers in Arms”—albeit minus Knopfler’s extraordinary guitar skills. Palcco, Friday, October 6, 8:30 p.m. 920-2,645 pesos.

God Save the Queen is an Argentine Queen tribute band formed in 1998 that is regarded as one of the best on the continent.  Palcco, Saturday, October 7, 8:30 p.m. 820-2,000 pesos.

Call the Police actually features the U.K. band’s lead guitarist Andy Summers, now the sprightly age of 80 (anything Mick Jagger can do!), with two Brazilian musicians, Rodrigo Santos on bass guitar and vocals and Joao Barone on drums. Their shows includes most of the original band’s greatest hits, such as “Every Breath You Take,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Roxanne” and “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.” Can Santos’ vocals get close to Sting’s distinctive sound? Go and find out. (Concert reprogrammed from March.) Conjunto Santander de Artes Escénicas, Saturday, September 30, 9 p.m. 450-2,100 pesos.

 

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