CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Michael Shotton and the Jeans 'n Classics Band's concert of the music of Queen with the West Virginia Symphony made an amiable evening Friday night at the Clay Center.
The orchestra's forays into rock music have sometime yielded very opaque sounds, with the electric guitars and amplified drums of the band burying the orchestra's contributions.
That was not the case with this concert, where even the busiest music had the orchestra in apt balance with the band.
Shotton opened with Roger Taylor's "One Vision" and a rollicking "Kind of Magic," which featured some nice flourishes from the trumpets and horns.
"Show Must Go On" had tight playing from the band, the orchestra's strings and trumpet.
Shotton kept drawing the audience in. On "Radio Ga Ga" he had it clap two times on every fourth beat to add to the backbeat. On John Deacon's "Another One Bites the Dust" the audience sang the chorus.
Freddie Mercury's "Love of My Life" had Shotton in his high range, where he was mostly comfortable, with the orchestra's woodwinds and strings in finely detailed support.
His bluesy singing on Deacon's "I Want to Break Free" was aided by principal trumpeter David Porter's solo.
"Under Pressure," with its iconic bass line, ended the first half.