I was twelve years old when Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991. If you don’t know who Freddie Mercury is, leave this page now and educate yourself on Google. For 23 years I’ve accepted that I’d never see my favorite rock band perform live. So what else can I say but that I was brought to tears when the curtain rose on their first of many stops on a new North American tour featuring Adam Lambert. Seriously, my mascara was running as soon as I saw the fluffy hair and white sneakers of Brian May. It was unforgettable.
I know there are many Queen “purists” out there who refuse to even acknowledge the band now that Adam Lambert has jumped in to accompany them on vocals. All I can say is they are seriously missing out. Lambert did a fantastic job, hitting the high notes with grace, and putting his own mild twist on the original songs without altering them. Tie Your Mother Down rocked. Radio Ga Ga had the enormous multi-generational crowd going gaga. Bohemian Rhapsody brought down the house. In fact there was only one song that I felt he didn’t do justice and that was Killer Queen. I don’t know, but I just didn’t feel it. Other than that, Adam rocked.
What I really loved about the concert is that Adam Lambert didn’t take over the show. In fact, it seemed like he was only on stage about half of the time. When Brian May sat down solo with his acoustic guitar and crooned Love of My Life, we all sang along. I was pleasantly surprised at the inclusion of ’39, a song which after all these years I’d forgotten how much I liked. Roger Taylor performed a “drum-off” with a much younger drummer, which made my son—a hopeful drummer—light up, and sang These Are The Days Of Our Lives to a video montage of vintage Queen clips. And, yes. There were plenty of Freddie cameos on the video scream which, as you would expect, caused the crowd to roar with enthusiasm. It was truly an amazing night.
If you have an opportunity to see this show, do it. You will not regret it. I was so much more than I originally anticipated. If you are a Queen fan, I promise it will not disappoint.