The New Year is going to get a little sweeter for MTSU alumnus, Tyler Warren.
A former music industry student and musician, Warren just landed a final spot as drummer for the upcoming Queen Extravaganza tour.
Taking flight in 2012, the tour will hit North America with dates spanning coast-to-coast, all the while celebrating the music and live show of the prolific rock group Queen.
The group, composed of Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon and the late Freddie Mercury, has sold more than 300 albums while releasing hits such as “We Are The Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The selection process started a few months ago in September and finally wrapped up around the first of December, after three rounds of auditions. Opening round one with video auditions, contestants proceeded to a public vote in round two followed by a third and final round fronted by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and other music cohorts.
“It’s already been jaw-dropping,” Warren said in reference to the audition process, which took place in the studio of the Foo Fighters.
With many influences in his career such as The Beatles, Foo Fighters and Nirvana, it was Queen that seemed to be the natural fit as he practically came out of the womb listening to the group.
“I grew up listening to Queen. Both of my parents were musicians, and I believe I had every album by the time I was six years old. As for musical growth, they were the most broad and eclectic influence that I had,” Warren said.
With their depth as a group, Queen also helped Warren in his journey with other instruments as he also plays guitar outside of his current project.
“I started drumming by age three, and I learned to play guitar by 10,” Warren noted.
When entering MTSU, Warren noticed there were several musicians who were based in jazz drumming and most rock drummers had developed a compressed style.
In differentiating himself, Warren acquired a setup reminiscent of 70’s drummers with larger drums and also placed cymbals higher and the kit farther apart.
“Most styles were compact. I like to breath behind my drum set,” Warren said.
In the meantime, Warren will have plenty of time to do what he desires behind his drum set in the coming weeks, of course within the boundaries of a Queen set list.
In preparation, Warren will travel to Los Angeles in January for a few days of press duties while the tour is scheduled for a tentative spring launch.
“I plan on taking pictures, blogging and letting everyone know what’s going on while on the road,” Warren said.
For more information on Warren, visit tyler-warren.com, and Queen Extravaganza can be found on the web at queenextravaganza.com where tour dates will be posted soon.