I have been a big fan of Adam Lambert since his first single came out. Unfortunately, I quit watching American Idol maybe a year or two before he was on. I regret not watching it and seeing him make his amazing way through the competition. I have seen some of his YouTube clips, but it's not the same as watching it live and getting super excited when someone is as talented as he.
I am also a big fan of Queen. I absolutely love Classic Rock, especially the 60's and early 70's. Every time I learn a certain song is by Queen, I am more and more impressed by their repertoire.
I heard Adam Lambert was joining Queen for a big concert in Europe two years ago. I thought that he was so perfect for them. A few weeks ago, I was thinking about this and wondering if they happened to have a concert DVD I could watch. And then I got invited to see the Backstreet Boys. I happened to look up the BSB concert on Ticketmaster to confirm whether it started at 7 or 7:30. And lo and behold, I see a banner ad at the top of the screen that said QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT. I nearly flipped.
I immediately started planning to go. First, I asked my friend, Brady, if he would like to go with me, but he's being a frugal student for the next 4 years, and politely declined. I knew I wanted to go no matter what, so I decided to go by myself. Single seats are one of the best ways to get a decent spot a few weeks before the show, right?
I ended up with a great spot only two sections away from the stage.
Before the show started, I patiently waited in line for a t-shirt. I love t-shirts, and will collect them if they show off something I’m passionate about.
Anyways, on with the show!
It was so awesome. They played favourite hits interspersed with lesser-known songs, and newer stuff. The mix was very tastefully done.
Adam was absolutely astounding. I would watch him sing anything for hours and hours on end. He was totally himself, and his stage presence was unbelievable. He puts so much feeling and meaning into everything he sings. During some of the songs I didn’t know, I wished I knew the words, because he was so expressive and passionate with every word!
Even though he was undoubtedly the biggest star of the show, the producers made sure to balance it out so the two members of Queen got their due.
Adam went backstage a couple times and let the other guys shine. There was a simple acoustic set, and later on there was a long drum solo/drum-off, and a guitar solo. Classic rock stars at their best. Incredibly entertaining.
The end of the show couldn’t have been done more perfectly. The last song of the set was Bohemian Rhapsody. They did it justice, no question. It started out with Adam singing, and then went to a video clip of Freddie Mercury singing at a live show. During the “Mamma Mia” section, they played the original music video with the four heads, etc. They ended it off with a little bit of Adam, a little bit of Freddie. It was absolutely perfect. That ended the show.
After a few minutes, they came back out for the encore. I had to think for a minute, because obviously, Bohemian Rhapsody is their biggest hit. Finally, I remembered that they hadn’t played We are the Champions. Of course! How appropriate! A very fun, very theatrical, very big song to end off the show. Adam came out in a leopard print suit and a crown.
The encore only consisted of this song, and they ended their show very simply and tastefully with a few bows and waves. It was a very joyous, lovely way to end the show. Absolutely perfect.
One of the highlights of the show was the disco ball. Words cannot describe how unbelievably epic this was. It slowly came down from the ceiling, and the light changed and moved all the way down. It filled every corner of the arena. Things like this are one of my favourite parts of live concerts. You just cannot capture that in a photo or a video.
Now, can I talk about Adam’s costumes? So much fun!
He started the show in this little ensemble. Studded leather jacket, shades, and platform boots. Absolute rockstar.
I think this little ditty was my favourite. That fringe!
And of course, the leopard print suit and crown.
I had such a blast soaking up his essence. He is one in a million. :)
I am beyond thrilled that I stumbled upon this concert. It is a memory I will cherish forever. :D