Posted On 07 Jul 2017
Pop vocalist Adam Lambert has been performing with the iconic group Queen since 2009 when Queen legends Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared on the eighth season of American Idol as musical guests. They played a Queen medley with the six finalists on the show which included contestant Adam Lambert.
They began performing together in 2011, conducted a short European tour in 2012, and in 2014 they went on a world tour together with dates in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and South America. In the summer of 2016, the group performed several dates as part of a festival tour in Europe and several dates in Asia. The next year, the group announced a second worldwide tour scheduled for 2017 and 2018.
All Access was lucky to catch one of the first shows of this summer tour in Los Angeles. This incredible night of music took place last Monday June 26th. Queen and Adam Lambert brought the music of this iconic British band to the LA venue, the Hollywood Bowl.
Right away Lambert told the crowd what an honor it was to be singing the music of Queen and revealing his immense admiration and love for the one and only Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.
“Freddie Mercury is a God. He inspired me so much. He is everything. I couldn’t be happier to be here and singing these songs we all love.”
The evening included Queen’s biggest hits like “We Will Rock You,” ‘Stone Cold Crazy,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure” and many others. Each song earning more and more applause and standing ovation from the audience.
During “Love Of My Life,” Brian May played an acoustic version of it in the front and center of the stage. Before beginning, he thanked the crowd for being there and always being so supportive of Queen through the years and selling out the venue. He also shared that he loved LA.
Towards the end of the song, Freddie Mercury’s face appeared on the screen behind the stage and began singing along with May. It was such a special moment that was clearly felt all over the Bowl.
During certain parts of the show, it was touching to see the sing-along parts from Queen’s mind-blowing 20-minute set at Live Aid from July 13th 1985 projected on the background screens. (72,000 at Wembley Stadium in London and 99,000 at the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia watched this concert) It was also estimated that another two billion people in 60 countries watched it on television. It was a bittersweet and memorable moment to witness.
From beginning to end, Lambert certainly proved what an incredible performer he truly is at this point in his career. He was a gracious entertainer and encouraged the crowd to sing and dance along with him. Adam also delighted the fans with his 5 or 6 costume changes. Each ensemble was a little more outlandish and brightly colored then the next.
During Queen’s single from the film Highlander, “Who Wants To Live Forever,” Adam hit every note with incredible intensity and longing. This display of vocal skills was heard throughout the concert and was a joy to see first-hand.
There is no doubt that Freddie Mercury would have been pleased with the show. After all, in Queen’s own words, “the show must go on!”