Behind the Iron Curtain of Cold War Russia, Queen fans were denied seeing their music idols, so today The Bohemians are welcomed with open arms.

The Show Must Go On was a freedom song of that era and is still a firm favourite when ever the British tribute show goes east.

Christopher Gregory, who plays Brian May in The Bohemians, says that performing in places like Russia is not only an eye-opener but a humbling experience.

“It makes you realise how privileged we are living here. Queen never got to perform in Russia and Slovenia so they go crazy for us over there. For years they have listen to Queen material and when we play it live it is a special experience. Some songs have significant meanings for different counties,’’ said Christopher.

The band are heading west this New Year bringing their theatre show, The Best of Queen, performed by The Bohemians, to Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on January 18, 2019.

The current line-up has been together for more than 10 years and is made up of musicians who all played in original bands before forming The Bohemians.

Christopher said that he always gets a buzz from performing Queen songs and seeing the audience’s reaction. “I was a fan from a young lad, feeling that Queen were sophisticated and different to the other bands around. I was lucky enough to see Queen with Freddie, it was a real bonus,’’ he said.

The guitarist began playing at the age of 13, and the songs of Queen were always on his play list.

“I loved the music but it wasn’t until I became professional and looked more closely that I appreciated the technical side and their personality we know as Brian May,’’ said Christopher.

“It became my personal goal to recreate his personality in music. Everytime I play their songs I authenticate what he did. Brian May’s playing is unique so everyone knows if I get it right, the pressure pushes you further.’’

The guitarist admits that his favourite Queen song has always been Bohemian Rhapsody, right from his early days sitting in his bedroom struggling to get the chords right.

“But there are others I love, purely from the interaction with the audience such as We Are The Champions, Radio GaGa and We Will Rock You.’’

Christopher had his own Queen tribute band when he first met The Bohemians, he was the last one on board the current line-up. “We decided to do something special and pool resources, so in 2009 I did a full show as a guest guitarist and we took it to another level.’’

Constantly touring and performing can take its toll and Christopher was tormented with shoulder problems. Eventually he admitted defeat and went to a chiropractor and discovered the Alexander technique.

“Not surprising after three world tours and plenty of late nights. It was doing me no favours. On stage working with our own Freddie (Rob Comber) we do a lot of running around and up and down decks, and we need to make sure we do it in the correct fashion. I learned how to treat my body, help my posture, even the way of sitting can cause neck and shoulder problems,’’ said Christopher. “I have found a way to respect my body and that is the number one priority.’’

Now back in tip top health Christopher and The Bohemians will be spreading A King Of Magic at the Wyvern Theatre on January 18, 2019. Tickets are £29 from 01793 524481 or visit - Flicky Harrison