Born in England, raised in Scotland, Jody Cooper is a musician in every sense of the word. After joining his first bands in his teens, Jody accepted the challenge of becoming a full-time musician and later a music student at Liverpool University. Since then he has released several albums as a singer-songwriter and has toured New Zealand, California and Germany. Always up for a challenge, he left the UK in 2013 to bring his unique style to Germany. Jody joined the MerQury family in 2016 and is thrilled to share his love of music with Queen fans around the world.
Volker brings out the big guns with a heavy bass sound as monstrous as his biceps. This muscleman grooves low and heavy and conjures up wild potions of intoxicating bass lines. Volker reveals his raw energy and dynamic versatility in a spectacular pyro-laced guitar and bass medley of 70's mega hits as MerQury “turns on the radio” in Radio Gaga.
A world-class heavyweight drummer, Falk pounds the skins with precision and finesse. His high-powered vigorous drum solo is a flood of percussion that spills into the audience forcing everyone to their feet in utter awe. An extraordinary talent who turns the backbeat into a show of its own!
He joined MerQury a few years ago as a worthy replacement for our founding member Thomas Engelmann. By playing music in a wide variety of band projects, he was able to rock with us straight away. The typical Queen sound on the guitar is a matter of course for him.
The keyboard player and the man from the very beginning at MerQury. The chance meeting with the singer Stefan Eberhardt in the music academy Carl Maria von Weber in September 1990 forms the origin of the still ongoing band history of MerQury. He sees his musical roots in the seven years with the Dresden Kapellknabenchor, where the focus was on singing and making music together. In addition to his role as a keyboardist, the lush vocals of the band Queen are another factor that explains his love for Queen's music and meanwhile his love for the band MerQury.
Participates in MerQury from time to time
After leaving Montreal-based Simon Says and moving to L.A., Johnny got his "big break" on an American television show called, yep "Your Big Break" where, because of his natural resemblance, he imitated Freddie Mercury for the first time. This electrifying performance sent shock waves through America and across the Atlantic which ultimately washed ashore on the steps of MerQury's Dresden office. Since signing Johnny as frontman in the lineup, MerQury has been catapulted into the big leagues of tribute bands worldwide. The potent ingredients of Johnny's unique ability to summon Freddie's voice along with his extravagant stage show and personal connection with the audience provide the spark needed to ignite the MerQury explosion.
As a guitarist, next to Norbert and Volker, the third from Schwerin and the third in the group, who is one of the original members of the band MerQury. It is part of the family truth that Thomas and Norbert spent time together in Kindergarten in Schwerin, and how could it be otherwise, they played together in their first youth band. While studying guitar in Dresden, Thomas immediately got a job as a guitarist with the band "Long John Silver", which in May 1992 changed its name to "MerQury".
Also due to professional reorientation, Thomas finally handed over the baton to Martin at a concert in Remscheid in September 2019 and has been available ever since when Martin is unavailable.
Cover bands are a dime a dozen, exceptional ones are in short supply. One such rare gem exists in Dresden. The Queen tribute Band MerQury is one of the few groups that has been playing to enthusiastic audiences worldwide for years. Various tours have taken MerQury through Europe, North and Central America and Asia. Undoubtedly there must be something special about the four graduates of the Dresden University of Music and their British frontman. Since its founding in 1991, MerQury has played more than 2500 shows in 20+ countries. The band's musicians were also main actors in the hit musical We Are the Champions, celebrated by over 200,000 fans across Europe. Here, the concept of MerQury - a mixture of faithfully interpreted Queen songs blended with their unique creative style - makes them a tribute band like no other.
Through their performances, the five thoroughbred musicians convince even sworn Queen fans offering their audiences an extraordinary concert experience. The successful combination of brilliant sound, elaborate light show and pyrotechnic effects, flashy costumes, and lots of audience interaction make every MerQury show incomparable. Jody Cooper, who comes from the UK, is not only visually convincing as frontman in the role of Freddie Mercury. But especially vocally, the singer shines in even the most difficult passages of world-famous Queen songs. As an extravagant and accomplished entertainer, he quickly makes the audience his own.
MerQury has been actively involved in the Aidshilfe Dresden e.V. for more than 25 years and organizes the annual traditional Queen Party in the Saxon metropolis on a grand scale. For this event, artist friends from a wide variety of genres perform together with the band as a tribute to Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on November 24th, 1991. At past shows, artists such as Jimmy Somerville, Chris Thompson, electra, Dresdner Kapellknaben and Julia Neigel have performed fantastic interpretations of Queen's music. Also we got Olaf Schubert as an funny guest. Proceeds from the event help support the fight against one of the world's most devastating diseases. In another project, MerQury further continues Freddie Mercury's legacy: The "Queen Classical" ingeniously combines the sound worlds of a rock band with a symphony orchestra, allowing audiences to experience works like "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Barcelona" live in their full majesty.