One of the biggest bands of all time and one that has undoubtedly influenced a significant number of the biggest rock and metal bands that have since followed, in 2015 their tour arrived in Glasgow so I had to take the opportunity to go.
This is a band I have grown up listening to with most of their work etched in my head and finally seeing them live was just as great as I’d hoped it would be – the fantastic intro and opening with One Vision really set the scene for the night that followed. The set list was extensive, though sadly writing this almost 5 years after the show I can’t quite remember all of it, though some obvious stand outs with One Vision, Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody (with some pre-record vocal work from Freddy!), however with a show time in the range of 2.5 hours a lot of ground was covered! Specific moments do remain in my head, with some great guitar solos from Brian May, a drum battle between Roger Taylor and his son Rufus and a touching tribute song for Freddy with These Are the Days Of Our Lives (with the vocals by Roger Taylor and Brian May).
Queen have toured with a few people covering the vocal duties and on this tour they were joined by Adam Lambert, who had been filling this role for a couple of years by this point (and still does today). I’d have to say that he did a fantastic job, he has a great vocal range and flamboyance that is just right for Queen – but at the same time he doesn’t fall into the trap of trying to ‘be’ Freddy, he made the role his own and worked. As a whole the band were on fire, seemingly giving it everything and playing with energy that electric.
Not being old enough to have ever seen them ‘back in the day’ with Freddy Mercury, I’m not able to make any comparison to then and now, however this was an amazing concert and I am absolutely thrilled that I was able to see this legendary band play live.
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