Adam Lambert and Queen are touring in the UK, Lambert filling the shoes for Freddie Mercury, and the band is pleased considering these are big boots to fill.
Adam Lambert has been given the opportunity by Brian May and Roger Taylor to keep Freddie Mercury’s legacy alive. Last year Queen and Adam Lambert undertook an extensive tour of North America. On New Years Eve, the band wowed the UK with a televised concert on the BBC, the first of it’s kind since 1975. As a result anticipation was high for the band’s first full UK tour together.
A capacity crowd was in attendance at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, to witness the opening night of the tour. This was the first time Queen had played the region since 2008. Last time former Free lead singer Paul Rodgers fronted the band.
Brian May’s silhouette appears, as the curtain falls and the band launch into “One Vision” and the crowd went wild. The band brought a huge production, complete with visuals and a Q-tail walkway leading to a second stage, bringing the fans closer to the action and Adam certainly knows how to use it. During the classic, “Killer Queen” he makes his way out into the middle of the arena to serenade the audience from a lounger, toasting the fans with his bottle of champagne.
Brian May paid homage to the Geordie crowd with a rather fitting cover of, “Fog on the Tyne” before a sublime rendition of, “Love of My Life” complete with vocals from Freddie Mercury via the screens at the back of the stage, a special moment indeed.
The show was truly a family affair, Roger Taylor’s son Rufus features in the band, and got his moment to shine during a drum battle with his father, as well as taking the reigns behind the kit as Roger took to the front of house to sing “A Kind of Magic.”
Queen and Lambert rocked their way through fan favorites like, “Radio Ga Ga,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Stone Cold Crazy.” The band brought their two-hour set to a close with the classic, “We Are The Champions.” Lambert donning a crown, as a sea of arms in the air swayed from side to side.
One thing is for sure, Adam Lambert is not trying to replace Freddie Mercury, he is taking inspiration from the great man and making the songs his own, and doing an amazing job of keeping the music of Queen alive. Lambert is a showman, charismatic and engaging, a natural entertainer and a joy to watch, he has the audience captivated, he jells with the band, they are so tight. It’s obvious to see the band are genuinely enjoying themselves. “Ladies and gentlemen, what do you think of the new boy?” May asks the audience, to which they received a standing ovation, 11,000 people can’t be wrong can they?