As a kid I listened to Queen quite a lot so when I found out they were having a concert here in Auckland, I jumped at the chance.
I must admit that prior to the concert I knew very little about Adam Lambert and hadn’t heard him sing either, so I wasn’t sure what I was in for. Was he going to be any good? Was he going to be a Freddie wannabe? Was I going to stop asking myself questions? Well, was I?
To my surprise Adam was great and wasn’t a Freddie wannabe at all. He has an amazing voice with a great range. I can hear all of you Lambert fans screaming “DUH” at me right now. Yeah, yeah, I’m late to the party, I get it. He has a very different voice to Freddie and yet it works. It works really, really well. After a few songs I stopped even trying to compare and just enjoyed the show.
Hearing all their hits live that I have enjoyed over the years was great. It’s not until you see them live that you remember just how many good songs they have. Radio Gaga was an unexpected highlight for me, as that has been one that has never been a favourite of mine. Last night, changed my mind about it.
The videos and lights were something else. Just when you thought they had peaked you were hit with more visual delicacies. The crowd, of course, got into it too using their phone lights to wave around instead of the old lighters. Whilst the phone lights are prettier, I do miss the old lighters. But hey, we are living in the future, well I was yesterday anyway!
The absolute highlight of the show, and this should be of no surprise to anyone, was of course Bohemian Rhapsody. If for no other reason, hearing the entire crowd (myself included) signing the high parts.
I had a great night at one of the best concerts I have been to. I never did get answers to my other questions though… or did I?