While they have never really gone away, for the past decade Queen has had something of a resurgence. This has never been more evident than the past year when on top of a sold-out world tour, the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was finally released earning a swag of award wins and nominations, including a bucketload for star Rami Malek who portrayed original lead Freddie Mercury. This Queen celebration culminated Sunday night with Queen + Adam Lambert opening the 91st Academy Awards with an awesome rendition of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions” that had the Kodak Theatre on its feet rocking on. Hardly your traditional Oscars opening.
But the party isn’t quite over just yet.
Yesterday (February 26) ABC announced that they will air a new documentary about the famous band. Aptly titled The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story – after the song from Mercury’s last album with Queen – the documentary picks up not long after where Bohemian Rhapsody ended. It explores how the surviving members of Queen fell back in love with performing following the death of Mercury in 1991 from complications of AIDS. It also details how they came across Adam Lambert and discovered a new winning combination.
Queen first performed with Lambert during his stint on American Idol in 2009. That performance quickly spread around the world among fans of the group, who eagerly wanted more from the performers. It took another three years before Queen + Adam Lambert was formed and none of them have looked back since. They have gone on to have two successful world tours and a number of smaller tours taking in Europe and Asia.
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story will feature brand-new interviews with Lambert; his parents, Leila and Eber Lambert; Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor; American Idol judge Simon Cowell; Malek; and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins. The documentary will air April 29 at 8pm ET on ABC.
And if you haven’t seen their Oscars opener (and why haven’t you?) or you just want to relive that amazing performance, check it out below.