Queen & Adam Lambert – Sun Jul 13 2014 @ A.C.C.

by Bill Kwan

The sold-out Air Canada Centre venue was in deep anticipation for Queen with Adam Lambert. Loud clapping, whistling, stomping and cheers roared out as the “Witching Hour” approached for the band to hit the stage by the enthusiastic and appreciative audience.

Adam Lambert and Queen started the set late with “Now I’m Here” perfect for the late start and the frenzy created from the fans waiting in the wings for the band. Basic, straight ahead, no nonsense Rock N’ Roll, 23 of their great songs, no synthesizers, no lip-syncing, 2 and a half hours of pure talent from accomplished well tuned musicians treated the fans to an amazing concert It was an honour to be in the presence of greatness and dare i say… “Royalty”. Lambert’s vocals were excellent and we aren’t here to compare apples to oranges or Lambert to Mercury as we should say.

If you take the show for what it is, then you’ll really enjoy the content, the musicianship and the legacy of Queen. This maybe their very last tour as both original members are in their mid 60’s and the retrospective back drop video showcased their history. May is an “A” list guitarist – not only did he sing solo but his guitar solo showed he is one of the best guitarist of all time. Roger Taylor the other remaining original musician is also super talented and sang, got the crowd off their seats and did a drum solo with his son Rufus which showed his greatness as a Rock N’ Roll percussionist.

Bohemian Rhapsody wasn’t performed ‘live’ but with the help of modern technology they were able to capture the great vocal skills of the departed Freddie Mercury. It was a brilliant studio creation of Freddie’s and the guys last night did it full justice, while at the same time saluting Mercury’s legacy! The library catalog of their music stretches back to 1974 and I would have loved to have seen a 3 hour concert. We didn’t hear “Dragon Attack”, “Hammer To Fall”, “Your My Best Friend”, “Need Your Lovin” and “I Want To Break Free” to name a few. The flamboyant Lambert did a spectacular job as lead singer for this tour and injected new blood into the Queen lineup. Paul Rodgers did a great job when they toured and played here in 2006. But Lambert was full of energy and charm. The fascination to see someone replacing Freddie Mercury will never end, as will the fascination to enjoy Queen and their music will live on. Long live the Queen and Adam Lambert.

Set List:

1. Procession (Queen song)
2. Now I’m Here (Queen cover)
3. Stone Cold Crazy (Queen cover)
4. Another One Bites the Dust (Queen cover)
5. Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen cover)
6. In the Lap of the Gods… Revisited (Queen cover)
7. Seven Seas of Rhye (Queen cover)
8. Killer Queen (Queen cover)
9. Somebody to Love (Queen cover)
10. I Want It All (Queen cover)
11. Love of My Life (Queen cover)
11. ’39 (Queen cover)
12. These Are the Days of Our Lives (Queen cover)
13. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
14. Love Kills (Freddie Mercury cover)
15. Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen cover)
16. Guitar Solo
17. Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover)
18. Radio Ga Ga (Queen cover)
19. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen cover)
20. The Show Must Go On (Queen cover)
21. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)

Encore:
We Will Rock You (Queen cover)
We Are the Champions (Queen cover)
God Save the Queen