With public interest particularly high due to the runaway success of last year's Academy Award-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen, with Adam Lambert as the lead singer, began their Rhapsody tour at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver last night.
You can check out the set list, photos and videos from the show below.
The set opened with “Now I’m Here” and sailed through as many hits as the band could squeeze in, ending with its signature song "Bohemian Rhapsody," with a total of 34 Queen tracks making an appearance in some form.
Once again, the late Freddie Mercury was present in video form for the playback of a handful of songs, including his famous “Ay-Oh” audience-participation routine and “You Take My Breath Away.”
Lambert continued his tradition of reassuring fans by addressing the “pink elephant in the room” and reminding them he was there to “carry the torch for Freddie Mercury and let Brian [May] and Roger [Taylor] continue to play these amazing songs.”
With a cover of the May solo song “New Horizons,” a guitar solo and a taped outro featuring “God Save the Queen” and David Bowie’s “Heroes,” the full show included 37 pieces of music.
Even though Lambert has been fronting the band since 2011, with this new trek being their third time in North America together, he doesn't think they'll make an album. “People always ask if we want to record together,” he said recently. “I’m not sure it makes total sense because it wouldn’t really be Queen, because to me Queen is Freddie."
He may not be recording with Queen, but Lambert nonetheless has his solo career, with an album called Velvet to be released on an as-yet unannounced date. He also finds working with Brian May and Roger Taylor on their stage show to be creatively fulfilling.
“My favorite thing is collaborating and putting these concerts together and creating onstage -- it’s super fulfilling and exciting," he noted. "To present these ideas to these two gentlemen -- especially when they like the idea!”
The Queen + Adam Lambert tour continues tomorrow at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., and runs through Aug. 23 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. You can find more info here.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2019 13:12:12 GMT -5 by skaschep
"Beauty leads to attraction, but intelligence leads to love!"
Listening to the audio stream last night I heard a song I didn't know. "What's that? Wait a minute. Who is singing? Doesn't sound like Adam. A good voice, certainly. Stronger than either Roger or Brian. Not Freddie's tone. ???? oh, wait, now I hear Adam's 3D voice and resonance and ring. Yes, that is Adam after all."
Now with TALC's video the answer is clear. Tyler is dueting with Adam, and Tyler started the song. Fun to hear/watch.
I am not sure you are right about who opened the Machines song. It was strongly implied during the concert via a rotating 3D head of Freddie on screen and Adam pointing at it that it was a studio recording of Freddie's vocals. They even mismatched the start of the playback by a fraction of the second, so it it not quite in the pocket. Unfortunately, the video does not show Tyler during the opening, but I am quite sure it was Freddie singing...
Post by sizzling63 on Jul 11, 2019 13:06:56 GMT -5
It's hard to get a feel for the show when not experiencing it live, but it looks "bombastic". Adam's outfits are quite extravagant and given the many layers I assume that he took the "more is more" approach. So they did away with "unnecessary" banter in favor of more songs on the setlist. I am curious to see on Sunday if and how that will change the vibe and overall energy. I am sure that many of Adam's fans are happy to hear his vocals soar again.
Last Edit: Jul 11, 2019 13:15:18 GMT -5 by sizzling63
She went in very sceptical. Her tweets were posted and I could sense that she wasn't completely on board at first. But Adam totally won her over (like he always does!).
Globe Arts @globearts Adam Lambert makes an impression on Rhapsody Tour with Queen bit.ly/2xKaCdA
Call me a cynic, or a stickler, or unimaginative, but it’s been difficult for me to see the point of going to a Queen concert fronted by someone who isn’t Freddie Mercury. Yes, I know, Brian May; yes, Roger Taylor – the band’s co-founding guitarist and drummer, respectively – are there, the soul of Queen if not the face of it (and for May’s part, maybe the hair). But the idea of seeing Queen with anyone but Mercury at centre stage seemed not just wrong, but sad. Not as in pathetic – a money-grabbing exercise in nostalgia (but that too). But really just sad. On a night out, do I really want to take in a pretender to the throne while also confronting the terrible loss of such a remarkable talent? To be clear, I did not wrestle with this concept in general – the live singer stepping in for the dead one – but I outright dismissed it. As Mercury sang on Queen and David Bowie’s anti-capitalism anthem Under Pressure, Why? Why? Whyyyyyyyy?
Then on Wednesday in Vancouver I attended the first show of the Rhapsody Tour, with Queen and Adam Lambert. Lambert, who has parlayed his American Idol runner-up finish into a successful solo career, was there in place of Mercury, who died in 1991. Lambert has sung with Queen for several years, but the Rhapsody Tour is the band’s first since the release of the 2018 film Bohemian Rhapsody, a smash success at the box office and the Academy Awards, where it won four Oscars, including best actor for Rami Malek.
And I was sold.
This was largely because of the approach. Lambert did not give us a Malek-esque Freddie Mercury imitation. He brought his own thing, his A-game stage presence, his fine voice, his infectious swagger. Even if he seemed a bit queened and preened up, he did not attempt any sort of impersonation. He was himself, and with that approach, Queen + Adam Lambert brought Freddie Mercury back to life for thousands of us – many of us old enough to have grown up listening to Queen, who actually remember first-hand seeing that incredible performance at Live Aid almost exactly 34 years ago. Some of our arena-mates were newcomer fans, thanks to the film (and, no doubt, Lambert).
Lambert, wearing a succession of sparkly, ruffled, over-the-top costumes, addressed what he called “the big pink elephant in the room” early in the night.
“I’m not Freddie Mercury. I know; it [expletive] sucks. But I could never be Freddie Mercury. Because there’s only one rock god,” he said, to the roar of the crowd. “Hear that, Freddie?”
He thanked the band and the audience for giving him the shot, and then asked the crowd to make a promise that he and the fans celebrate Freddie Mercury together.
And that’s what we got: a celebration, a tribute, an opportunity to commune and sing along to the words Mercury (and his bandmates) dreamed up. There were ghosts in the arena, but they were good ones – comforting, good company.
May, who seems like he hasn’t aged a minute since Queen’s heyday (beyond the fact that his signature locks are now grey), received the warmest welcome and consistently the biggest roars from the crowd. His solo version of Love of My Life, delivered at the B-stage at the end of the catwalk, sounded fantastic. Another highlight was a cosmic and prolonged guitar solo during which May – who has a PhD in astrophysics – was elevated above the stage as comets whizzed by and planetary orbs whirled around him.
He also seems like an absolute gentleman. “Is it working so far?” May humbly asked the crowd after Love of My Life, explaining that it was the first night of the tour. He also paid tribute to the crew.
Then he asked the crowd to welcome to the stage Taylor, “my buddy, my brother.” And then Lambert, “the new boy in the band.”
A fun rendition of Crazy Little Thing Called Love followed. Then Taylor took on the Bowie role to Lambert’s Mercury for Under Pressure, and this was when the loss felt particularly staggering. Bowie gone, Mercury gone, and what are we left with?
Well, a legacy of genius. The bass riff on Another One Bites the Dust. The audience chanting the “find me somebody to love” backing vocals on Somebody to Love. Cellphone flashlights illuminating Rogers Arena for Love of My Life, and laser beams accompanying Don’t Stop Me Now. Even Fat Bottomed Girls – not my favourite song, but Lambert’s campy rendition with corresponding dance moves certainly won the crowd over. We were having a good time.
There were a few little bumps; first-night stuff that reminds you that these guys are human. A spotlight on Lambert too early as he was attempting one of his (many) costume changes at the side of the stage. Taylor sounded a little rough on Under Pressure. Before the encore, I think there was video of Mercury leading the crowd with his legendary “ay-oh,” but you couldn’t see it from where I was sitting. (That’s only a bump of privilege, considering I had an excellent reviewer’s seat.)
But my God, the encore that followed was rock ’n’ roll heaven: We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, with everyone standing and singing and thumping along and swaying and waving their arms.
The high point of the night, just before the encore, was entirely predictable and still a shock of wonder. I will never stop being thrilled by the sheer genius and extraordinary innovation of Bohemian Rhapsody, never. But to hear the song performed live and to sing along with thousands of people who also knew every word was next-level. And while for much of the night the video projections were pointless, bordering on annoying, the use of the original Bohemian Rhapsody video during this performance was an inspired integration of past and present. What would Freddie Mercury have thought of the cellphones lighting up the place to his weird and amazing operatic rock song? “Nothing really matters,” we all sang. But we all know it does. Anyone can see.
Queen + Adam Lambert play Scotiabank Arena in Toronto July 28.
"Beauty leads to attraction, but intelligence leads to love!"
Adam Lambert and Queen are bringing the show on the road!
The 37-year-old vocalist and original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor kicked off the first night of their highly anticipated North American Rhapsody Tour on Wednesday night (July 10) at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.
The 25-date arena and stadium tour is set to run from mid-July through late August with an all new concert experience.
The tour follows 10 sold-out shows at the MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas in September of 2018. Click here to see the tour dates!
"Beauty leads to attraction, but intelligence leads to love!"
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irish1139: Bamafan, I have it. And I want to kiss those lips. I can't wait to see you in Florida, I hope. Thanks for all you have done for me.
Dec 5, 2018 19:53:18 GMT -5
irish1139: Bamafan, I hope to see you in Florida. Thanks for everything. I have to get a new computer. This one is 15 years old and doesn't work well. I hope no one has read the stuff I have typed today. It is nutty.
Dec 5, 2018 19:54:42 GMT -5
bamafan: Irish.....Just happened to look down here....I never do. lol. So glad you got it! Not going down to Florida this time, but hope you can go to a QAL show in Tampa or Sunrise.
Dec 5, 2018 23:52:25 GMT -5
nannygoat: Just heard this parody of Bohemian Rhapsody. Thought everyone would enjoy it. Amazes me how people can be so creative. ow.ly/p9ZH30niDPS and did I mention how much I am enjoying all the 'goodies' we got lately? "Feel Something" is gorgeous.
Mar 10, 2019 17:28:10 GMT -5
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May 22, 2019 14:12:12 GMT -5
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May 23, 2019 0:49:47 GMT -5
atomom: Adam's artistry is in full display: the surprise of hiccuppy gasps right before "new eyes", the sensuous tongue, one-two punch of "damn" smile, head thrown back, body drops to heavy guitar beats, a lusciously looking Adam--all make NE a visual/aural feast.
May 26, 2019 15:08:34 GMT -5
Q3: ladyregent: The Shoutbox is really for announcement -- if you want to discuss Adam, go to the Daily News Thread for today. You will be able to post there.
Jun 20, 2019 23:22:56 GMT -5
Jablea: Tonight's the night!
Jul 10, 2019 20:59:08 GMT -5
LindaG23: Front page has a mxlr, is there a streamer?
Jul 10, 2019 21:43:56 GMT -5
jason90405: The complete MTV Pride 2 hour special "Adam Lambert's Fierce Pride Anthems". I did miss the first 30 seconds when he was talking about performing for Cher but you can watch or downloads the whole thing here: drive.google.com/file/d/1H3NfgxeBpk0H
Jul 14, 2019 22:54:29 GMT -5
phronni7: Linda, Thank you so much for your kind wishes and thoughts. I tried to send an earlier thanks, but I don’t know what happened. I was definitely in Zombie mode and might still be to some extent. But I love “I was born to Love You”. Than you again, Laur
Oct 22, 2019 2:09:30 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doing a 2020 Adam Lambert calendar
Nov 9, 2019 8:21:28 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doi
Nov 13, 2019 18:46:33 GMT -5
irish1139: Is anyone doing an Adam Lambert calendar for 2020
Nov 13, 2019 18:47:49 GMT -5
cassie: Irish, I don't think anyone regularly checks the shoutbox. But, I am not making a calendar this year. Sorry.
Nov 13, 2019 19:43:38 GMT -5