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article imageReview: Adam Lambert and Queen amaze at New York's Madison Square Garden Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 18, 2014 in Music
New York - On July 17, Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert fronted the iconic rock band Queen at their Madison Square Garden concert in New York City.
The stage was graced in a white backdrop with the Queen logo, that changed to blue, as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Brian May and Roger Taylor took the stage as Lambert belted out the opener "Now I'm Here." Lambert was dressed in black leather, guyliner, and spikes and even sported black sunglasses and black nail polish.
They followed it up with "Stone Cold Crazy" and Lambert incorporated the spitfire "Another One Bites The Dust" as a crow sing-along. "C'mon, New York. I can't hear you," he said.
"Fat Bottomed Girls" was another fan-favorite, as May rocked the lead guitar and Lambert nailed the vocals.
Lambert returned with a different outfit for "Seven Seas of Rhye" and he sang "Killer Queen," while sitting on a purple couch and towards the end he took several sips from a bottle of champagne, prior to spitting it out to the audience. "Hi mom," he said jokingly. "Anybody else thirsty?"
"Are you guys having fun?" Lambert asked, and expressed his gratitude to the crowd for coming. "We are having a great night," he added.
Lambert showcased his powerhouse pipes on "Somebody to Love" and as the stage was graced in red lights, he sang "I Want It All" with May in perfect pitch.
Roger Taylor impressed on his drum solo and May was able to captivate with his lengthy guitar solo.
One of the most moving moments of the evening was when Taylor sang lead on "These Are The Days of Our Lives" with May on harmonies as the stage was graced in blue lights. It was a poignant homage to the late Freddie Mercury, as a video montage showed clips of the original group.
"Under Pressure" was a neat collaboration between Taylor and Lambert, and it is evident that he holds him in the highest regards. "Give it up for Roger Taylor on the drums and vocals," Lambert said.
In "Who Wants to Live Forever," Lambert proved that he is in a league of his own vocally.
After yet another outfit change, Lambert sang "Radio Ga Ga," as he had the audience clapping along to him.
They closed with "The Show Must Go On," as well as "Bohemian Rhapsody," the latter of which was his audition song during his American Idol days. Most impressive about this version was that they performed it as a duet with Mercury, with the help of modern technology on the televised screens. It really brought the whole show together, and it ended their concert on a high note, and it garnered them the longest standing ovation of the evening.
For their encore, they returned and sang two of their greatest hits "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions," as Lambert wore a golden crown on his head and a golden chair around his neck, and displayed his incredible vocal range, which was sheer perfection. Yellow confetti drizzled from the top of the venue, and it proved that all six men (Lambert, Taylor, May and their band members) knew how to rock.
The Verdict
Queen featuring Adam Lambert was one unforgettable concert experience that I was honored to be a part of. Lambert's superb vocal ability is unparalleled and Brian May is a guitar king. While I have never seen Freddie Mercury live, since he passed away while I was a kid, I thought Lambert did an exceptional job paying tribute to his lengthy body of musical work. You just could not get your eyes off of Lambert, no matter how hard you may tried. Lambert seemed to have a great deal of fun with his outfit changes and theatrics, and the crowd did too. He had good stage presence as did May and Taylor. Somewhere in heaven, Mercury would be smiling upon them, especially since Lambert helped bring Mercury's classic rock music to a younger generation of fans. They garnered an A+ rating.
For more information on Adam Lambert and his tour dates with Queen, visit his website.
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