In honor of World AIDS Day (December 1), “The Epic Queen Tribute Show” is taking place at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. Many local bands will perform covers of songs by the legendary British rock band Queen, whose original lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991. Saint Vitus has generously donated the use of their space for this show, and all artists are performing without compensation so that 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
Artists performing Queen tunes at this “epic” event include Blue Coupe (featuring founding members of Blue Öyster Cult and the original Alice Cooper group), HUFF THIS!, Nick Didkovsky (of Doctor Nerve), Craig Greenberg, Corn Mo (of .357 Lover), XAVIER, Jason Trachtenburg and The Pendulum Swings, Guillotine Riot, Love Crushed Velvet, Chaos & Lace, Jesse Krakow, QRT (with Wizard of Roz), Athena Matsil, Even Twice, Matt Chiaravalle, Rob Walbourne (of Queen Orlenes), Doug Bleek, Oscar Rodriguez and more—with surprise guests!
The show will be MC’ed by NYC improv actor Katie Halper with help from Freddie Mercury look-a-like Ethan Yavin and comedian Lee Camp.
Official sponsors donating covetable raffle prizes include Pentatonic Guitars, Candy Drip clothing, DopDop Salon, and Hair Metal Salon.
Tickets to the show are $10 and may be purchased in advance at Ticketfly.com; they will also be available at the door.
About IAVI: IAVI is a global, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the development of safe, effective, accessible, preventive HIV vaccines for use throughout the world. Founded in 1996, IAVI works with private companies, academics, and civil society partners in 25 countries to research, design, and develop an AIDS vaccine. (For more information, visit www.iavi.org.)
The Search for an AIDS Vaccine: A clinical trial completed in Thailand in 2009 provided the first demonstration in humans that a vaccine can prevent HIV infection. Some 36 AIDS vaccine clinical trials testing a variety of candidates and vaccine concepts are currently underway, and the field requires a considerable investment of time, talent and resources to maintain the momentum of progress.
What You Should Know About AIDS Vaccine Development: Every day, 6,300 people are newly infected with HIV, and more than 4,300 die from AIDS-related causes. New treatment options have helped stem the tide of HIV in recent years, but an AIDS vaccine is the world’s best hope for ending the AIDS pandemic. Even a vaccine that is 50 percent effective at preventing HIV infections could have a considerable impact on new infections around the world, especially in the regions hardest hit by the pandemic, such as India and South Africa.