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PHOTOS: Almost Queen and Philadelphia Freedom at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 07/17/20

PHOTOS: Almost Queen and Philadelphia Freedom at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, 07/17/20
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If “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” Friday night is for “Killer Queen.”

Following a massive kickoff with local bands the night before, the “Live from the Lot” summer concert series continued rocking the parking lot outside the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township on Friday, July 17 with two popular tribute bands.

Almost Queen teamed up once again with Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John for a night of classic rock recreation. Last year, the pair sold out the nearby F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre twice, and Almost Queen has been seen locally at the Mohegan Sun Pocono and the Sherman Theater while Philadelphia Freedom has frequented the River Street Jazz Cafe and Thirst T’s Bar & Grill.

Philadelphia Freedom is led by Wilkes-Barre native Doug Delescavage and Almost Queen is based in New York City, but both bands seemed to feel right at home as fans cheered and sang along from their socially distanced parking spaces in the lot. From “Tiny Dancer” and “Crocodile Rock” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” the Elton John and Queen hits were properly represented, and as cars beeped in appreciation, Freddie Mercury stand-in Joseph Russo joked about how “horny” the crowd was, as this video shows:

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Turn up the 🔊 and hear what a #StandingOvation sounds like Parking lot-style! Thanks again @almost_queen & @philadelphiafreedomtribute for an amazing night last night! Up next: @jimgaffigan “Drive-Thru Comic!” tonight starting at 8pm. Lot opens at approximately 6pm. 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 per 🚗 Get your 🎫 on your 📱 at Ticketmaster Don’t miss out on #ALotofLaughs tonight!

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These two bands are slated to return to the Kirby Center on Saturday, Nov. 7 “due to popular demand,” as long as the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t get in the way; many 2020 shows scheduled at the theater have been postponed or canceled over the last few months. Tickets are on sale now.