Media and Celebrity

Channel 5 TV

Watch Phil Copping (Freddie Mercury in Supersonic Queen) being interviewed by Channel 5 News regarding the Sotheby’s Freddie Mercury exhibition on 23rd August 2023.



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Radio 5 Live

Phil Copping as Freddie being interviewed by Radio 5 Live in June 2023 regarding the announcement of Sotheby’s Auction of Freddie’s personal effects on 6th September 2023


TV Appearance on CBC

CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Interviewed Phil (Freddie Mercury in Supersonic Queen) for this report they did on the Sotheby’s Freddie Mercury Exhibition and Auction. It went out on live TV across all of Canada in August 2023 and is also available online.

Human League Support

The band had an incredible experience supporting The Human League at the “Feile an Phobail” Belfast Festival back in August 2022 to an audience of 13,000 people. Phil Oakey is shown here backstage with Phil Copping (Supersonic Queen’s Freddie) signing an autograph. Here’s another one we got on the CD cover of their classic album Dare!

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Meeting Joe Pasquale

On seeing Supersonic Queen in 2022, Joe commented “Supersonic Queen are head and shoulders above other Queen Tributes: they have a great energy and sound fantastic – highly recommend you see them!”

Joe Pasquale  is a comedian, actor and television presenter. He won the fourth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2004 and participated in the eighth series of Dancing on Ice in 2013. He also hosted the revived version of the game show The Price is Right.

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Oliver Barker, Sotheby's

Supersonic Queen were chosen from over 40 Queen Tributes in the UK to work with Sotheby’s for their staff party in July 2023 and as a result of this were asked back for a private tour of the Freddie Mercury Exhibition including some invaluable time alone with the vast collection of 33,000 items time after the public had left. Here is our Freddie Phil Copping pictured with Oliver Barker – Chairman for Sotheby’s Europe.

Watch our interview with 3 key members of Sotheby’s Staff regarding the exhibition

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Metro Online Feature

A lovely article from the Metro in September 2023 talking about the extraordinary atmosphere at the Sotheby’s Evening Auction…
And a great picture of our Freddie – Phil – having his photo taken with fans at the auction
Other mentions for Phil or the band were received from as far away as the US – the US Times Post and Vulture 

Metro Online Interview - Sept 2023

Amongst the audience was Freddie look-alike, Philip Copping, 50, who is the lead in Queen tribute band ‘Supersonic Queen’ and had been hoping to get his hands on the moustache comb.

If money had been no object he said ‘I would probably be one of the only people who would actually get any use out of it, so I would love it.’

He said he had been to visit the exhibition three times and also played at Sotheby’s with his band just over a month ago.

Dressed in white skinny jeans, a white vest, and Adidas trainers and told Metro: ‘I see all of these items as the mortar of Freddie, of all of the parts of his life that we’ve never been able to see before.



‘The books and the music and his lyrics are the bricks, but everything on sale here is the mortar and the insight into what he was really like.’

He added: ‘Sadly there’s no way I can afford anything here but I have learnt so much just being around his items, and getting an insight into his life.

Some of the items up for sale were personal gifts between Freddie and Elton John and the proceeds will go to charity.

‘It has given me a deeper understanding of Freddie so I can go back to what I do everyday and do it with a greater knowledge of the great man.

‘He would have loved this auction, it’s a bit of drama and a bit camp, exactly what he would have wanted.’


Metro Newspaper Article

Phil was interviewed by the Metro at Sotheby’s Freddie Auction in September 2023:

“Freddie lookalike Philip Copping (50) said if money was no object he would have loved to bid for the rock legends moustache comb. “I’m probably one of the only buyers who would have actually got some use out of it!” he quipped.


Phil gets a mention by chief auctioneer Oliver Barker at the Sotheby’s Evening Auction in September 2023

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The Independent

The Independent Newspaper commented:

“In the crowd among the suits, is a Freddie doppelganger. Wearing a wife beater vest, matching skinny jeans and a wonderfully thick moustache, he is the spitting image of the man we’ve all gathered here tonight to honour. (As it turns out, he is Phil Copping, the lead singer of a well- respected tribute band called Supersonic Queen)

This was also picked up by The Telegraph  Newspaper


Supersonic Queen supporting Toploader

On Tuesday 20th June 2023, Supersonic Queen were honoured to support the fabulous Toploader (most famous for their best selling hit “Dancing in the Moonnlight”) at the Downing College, Cambridge University Ball

Toploader are a British indie rock band from Eastbourne, UK. The four-piece are made up of lead singer Joseph Washbourn  (pictured here with our Freddie Phil Copping), Dan Hipgrave (guitar/vocals), Matt Knight (bass) and Rob Green (drums)

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Supersonic Queen meet Faye Tozer from Steps

Faye Tozer has successfully combined a pop career with infamous 90s choreographed band STEPS with her theatre work on notable shows like the incredible “Over The Rainbow – the Eva Cassidy Story” and more recently “42nd Street”. Shown here meeting our Freddie Phil Copping.