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ConcertsQueen & Adam Lambert @ Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield UK 27 Feb 2015

Posted on Monday, March 09 2015 @ 08:45:13 CDT by Dean Pedley
General After witnessing their live set on BBC TV on New Years eve I was certainly one torn Queen fan, one hand thinking it was blasphemous the other singing loudly. I decided there was only one thing for it; I had to see this for myself to make my own mind up.

No one will ever replace Freddy Mercury FULL STOP! The man is possibly the best the world has and will ever see, but Queen are more than one man and with Adam Lambert they've certainly found someone with the showmanship and a more than respectable voice. The set list is hit after hit, Adam bursting onto the stage it's obvious from the start they have the right man who can keep the Queen machine rolling with a high degree of respectability. The audience certainly think so too, singing every word to 'One Vision' 'Fat Bottomed Girls' and 'I Want To Break Free', Brian May looking comfortable in the company he now shares the stage with. Roger Taylor takes over vocal duties for 'A Kind Of Magic' which to be honest impresses me, who said drummers didn't have talent? With the massive stage set up it comes as no surprise that Adam Lambert revels in his new found position and takes the opportunity for five costume changes. Taking the band to a smaller set up in the middle of the arena gives the concert a slightly intimate feel before the spectacular guitar solo of Dr. May complete with spacey projections. 'Radio Gaga' is simply spectacular with the audience fully immersed in the Queen Experience, clapped hands synchronised for that unmistakable chorus.

You want an oversized disco ball? You got one, it is unforgivingly camp but my God it's what you expect from a Queen gig. While footage of Freddie performing is blended into the set seamlessly you can't but feel a lump in your throat forming at his sad loss. Finishing with the trilogy of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Will Rock You' & 'We Are The Champions' I have to hold my hand up and say I was impressed. An emotional, nostalgic celebration of the greatest Rock Band to grace the earth ensured myself and 11,999 people left that arena totally entertained. Long live Freddy, long live Queen, Adam Lambert is the man to carry on his legacy and he certainly does it with the dignity and respect every Queen fan deserves.

Words & Pictures Mark Davies.


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