It has been two years since Queen and Adam Lambert have toured, and based on the epic spectacle witnessed by a sell-out O2 crowd on Wednesday night it was well worth the wait. Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert have been on tour for the last few months, and they are closing out the UK and European leg of the tour with three London shows and one final night in Birmingham, before heading out on tour again early next year with their Oceania leg taking in New Zealand and Australia.
Fans were treated to over 2 hours of Queen memories, with Lambert as the perfect frontman. His theatricality, charisma, and pure vocal magic make him the ideal person to help keep Queen and their amazing back catalogue alive, and allow fans old and new to keep rocking. As Lambert himself said he isn’t trying to be Freddie Mercury, no one can truly replace him, but the spirit of Mercury is alive and well in Lambert. It is also clear that Taylor and May have become close to Lambert, with May calling Lambert a “gift from God” and the respect Lambert shows May and Taylor shows that the band is in safe hands, and that Mercury is never far from their thoughts, and that is a beautiful thing. The spirit of Mercury was definitely in the O2 this week, and one can only imagine it is the same every night.
The show is as glitzy as one would expect from a band full of showmen, but the stage is still simple and the lighting effects are truly amazing – the rainbow laser show during “Who Wants to Live Forever” was stunning, along with spectacular use of videos including Freddie on a number of the songs.
The whole show was non stop but highlights included “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “We Are The Champions”. Watching Adam Lambert rise out of the stage on Frank the Robot Head singing “Killer Queen” with the perfect level of camp and pure talent was one of the parts of the show we were looking forward to most and boy he didn’t fail to deliver. “Bicycle Race” was another spectacle, the sight of Adam Lambert riding a tricycle around the stage was glorious.
Although Lambert is definitely front and centre as the leading man of the band, Brian May and Roger Taylor each got their individual moments to shine with May wowing the audience with his beautiful guitar playing on “Last Horizon” and his haunting rendition of “Love of my Life”. This was made even more touching by the addition of Freddie Mercury singing behind May on the screen, and at that moment it felt like Mercury was back in the room and it was a wonderful moment.
Taylor is one of the best drummers out there, and his stunning drum solo and him taking lead vocals on “It’s a Kind of Magic” show how underrated Taylor is and although he is sometimes seen as the hidden member of Queen, he was given his chance to show off and shine.
There was an electric atmosphere in the auditorium throughout the concert, however, when you watch a capacity crowd raise their arms as one during “Radio Ga Ga”, it was enough to send shivers down the spine of the most hardened of rockers.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was undoubtedly one of the songs that most people were waiting for and although Lambert started the song with ease and grace, the song segued into the classic video with Freddie front and centre, and there was no better way to close the show.
Queen were always known for being a phenomenal live group, and with Lambert their future is strong and wonderful, and we can’t wait for more from them.
Long Live Queen!
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