And people who are more classical music fans than classic rock fans, he believes will find something there, too. Classic rock connects with classic listeners.
"I don't know how many times I've had conservatory-trained musicians come up to me and say, 'You know, this Frederick Mercury was a rather talented fellow, wasn't he?'"
Freddie Mercury was the lead singer for Queen and wrote many of their best-known songs, including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Killer Queen." Although Mercury died in 1991, the band has continued on occasionally with other singers since.
Shotten said classical musicians not knowing about rock music cracks him up. He added, "But why should I expect them to know anything about him?"
It's new to them, but what really surprises him are the kids.
"We've done the Led Zeppelin show and you'd be surprised at how many 10-year-old kids sitting in the audience know the words to every single song."
Shotten, a singer in several other bands, a record producer and a songwriter, said he's been listening to and singing Queen songs for most of his life.
"I never get tired of them," he said.
And there's just nothing like performing them with an army of musicians behind you.
"We did this show in Denver a while ago, and they had like a 175-piece choir," Shotten said. "When you think about all the people on stage and you're standing in the middle of that -- I just shake my head sometimes. It's surreal.
"You're in the midst of all that sound, singing away, and you can hear all these people singing on top of it, adding layers -- it's really phenomenal."
It's a great night of music.
"At least it's better than going to see that 'American Reunion' movie," he said.
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