Adam Lambert and Queen

Turbo Gerbil

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I saw the show in Houston, it was fantastic. I can't think of a better front man than Adam for them at the present time. Sure his voice is different ( more like a Jackson compared to Freddy's Les Paul) but he has all the range, makes the songs his own, and is a fantastic front man. Really good show I thought.
 

Phila67

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I saw the show in Newark and it was a good show. I used my reward points and so the tickets did not end up costing that much and turns out we were "upgraded" since they closed off about a third of the upper deck--I guess sales weren't quite what they expected. My wife loves AL and she thought "it was the best concert I have ever seen!". I have nothing bad to say about AL; his vocals were top notch.

There did seem to be a lot of canned music and harmonies in the show. Rodger Taylor brought his son to help out on percussion and he looks just like him from 30 years ago. But John and Brian and clearly getting on in years. May was great, but there were times when he was either playing over pre-recorded rhythm tracks or there was an unknown rhythm guitar player in the back unseen (most notably in the opener "Now I'm Here"). But then again, I think Queen back in the day also used a lot of canned music in their live shows. May still seems deeply affected by the loss of Freddy and seemed to well up during his solo spot playing "Love of My Life". However, I thought he looked rather silly in the gold lame hooded cape he donned for "Bohemian Rhapsody". It reminded me of a SpongeBob parody. I wish the set list was a little more on the rocking side--they did not do "Keep Yourself Alive", "Hammer to Fall" or "I want to break free"--songs I was looking forward to hearing.

All in all though, glad I did go because there will likely be few, if any, future tours.
 

Oldschool59

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I think Lambert does simply not have the voice. As far as voice goes, Marc Martel, in my opinion, was the perfect choice. He lacked the stage presence, but the man WAS Freddy, voice-wise. Lambert puts on a better show, to his defence.
 

SW33THAND5

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i saw the show from the 11th row. wasn't sure how adam was gonna do but i wanted to see my 3rd most favorite guitarist (after gilmour & pagey) and was excited to see a living legend with a unique sound. i was just as excited to see o'l red!

anyways, adam did great. he's singing queen's songs and has big shoes to fill.


the only person living that i believe could have done better vocally within the rock idium is ian moore or chris cornell.


IT WAS WORTH THE MONEY
 

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Never mind whether he is good as Freddie (he isnt) the main problem w lambert is that he lack power and projection. He has better range for the songs than Rodgers but at least he had the balls in his presentation of them. Lambert is technically good but too weak in his Vocal style
 

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Never mind whether he is good as Freddie (he isnt) the main problem w lambert is that he lack power and projection. He has better range for the songs than Rodgers but at least he had the balls in his presentation of them. Lambert is technically good but too weak in his Vocal style
Yeah, Freddie had this very strong mid-range tenor voice that really powered the music. Nothing is wrong with Lambert's technical abilities, but he just has a thinner voice. When you hear something like "Another One Bites the Dust" or "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Lambert sounds a bit weak. However, he can deliver a good, entertaining performance, and he can use that incredible live range of his to hit notes that Freddie wouldn't even try live.
 

jiml

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It should work, Lambert and Freddie cut from similar molds. Lambert just over sings everything, and it's grating.
Adam is just a little too "Axle" for me - there is something screechy about his vox that grates on me.
Just watched a couple of video's. It sounds like somebody doing Ethyl Merman doing Queen. Just no.
Thats who I was trying to remember! Lambert gets really "trilly" when he pushes the higher stuff...
 

Fezziwig

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I saw the show in Newark and it was a good show. I used my reward points and so the tickets did not end up costing that much and turns out we were "upgraded" since they closed off about a third of the upper deck--I guess sales weren't quite what they expected. My wife loves AL and she thought "it was the best concert I have ever seen!". I have nothing bad to say about AL; his vocals were top notch.

There did seem to be a lot of canned music and harmonies in the show. Rodger Taylor brought his son to help out on percussion and he looks just like him from 30 years ago. But John and Brian and clearly getting on in years. May was great, but there were times when he was either playing over pre-recorded rhythm tracks or there was an unknown rhythm guitar player in the back unseen (most notably in the opener "Now I'm Here"). But then again, I think Queen back in the day also used a lot of canned music in their live shows. May still seems deeply affected by the loss of Freddy and seemed to well up during his solo spot playing "Love of My Life". However, I thought he looked rather silly in the gold lame hooded cape he donned for "Bohemian Rhapsody". It reminded me of a SpongeBob parody. I wish the set list was a little more on the rocking side--they did not do "Keep Yourself Alive", "Hammer to Fall" or "I want to break free"--songs I was looking forward to hearing.

All in all though, glad I did go because there will likely be few, if any, future tours.
One correction -- John Deacon is not playing bass for Queen + Adam Lambert. Neil Fairclough is filling his shoes, so he would be old guy you mention. ;) John Deacon is retired and didn't have any interest in touring in a version of Queen without Mercury.
 

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Saw the show in Dallas, it was awesome. We had great seats and they were expensive. Seemed like everyone was there for Brian May. Brian carried the show and basically stole the show. At times Brian was channeling Hendrix at the end of Fat Bottom Girls & Page during the beginning of his solo spot. His guitar solo was probably the coolest guitar performance I've ever seen with incredible visuals which felt at times he was leaving this world. Its one thing to see it on YouTube but being there & not expecting it was an entirely different experience. Of course his guitar tone was massive. It was a special treat to see them play one of my favorite Queen tunes '39.

Typical TGP to be bagging on Adam but from watching Brian and Roger they seemed truly happy Adam was onstage with them performing Queen classics. Going in I had my doubts too but Freddie is dead and those are big shoes to fill. I thought he did a great job.
 

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Typical TGP to be bagging on Adam but from watching Brian and Roger they seemed truly happy Adam was onstage with them performing Queen classics. Going in I had my doubts too but Freddie is dead and those are big shoes to fill. I thought he did a great job.
These guys are just happy to play and get paid....
 

Phila67

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One correction -- John Deacon is not playing bass for Queen + Adam Lambert. Neil Fairclough is filling his shoes, so he would be old guy you mention. ;) John Deacon is retired and didn't have any interest in touring in a version of Queen without Mercury.
I meant Rodger but typed John accidentally--I knew he wasn't there, just crossing thoughts with the fingers.
 

Pat Healy

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Completely in agreement with all of this:

FWIW, Paul didn't work for me. Amazing singer, and anyone has the right to cover a tune and/or be part of a loving tribute. But to step into Freddie's shoes for a full-blown tour,...IMHO his voice and delivery are too unequivocally masculine. Freddie's camp and ambiguity were an integral part of what made Queen what they were. Adam brings that to the table, with his guyliner, natural camp, and musical theater influences, along wth the vocal chops to pull it off (and no, it's not about being bi vs strait vs gay, it's about the music). I don't think Adam is the total musician Freddy was, but as a frontman for a tour, he fits the mood and style of the band.
I'd hoped that the Adam/Queen thing would come off, and now that it has, it's...pretty cool. I like Adam Lambert's voice and he pulls off the material and the theater perfectly...it's just not quite as great as I thought it would be. Contrary to popular belief, he is able to back it down a few notches from screamer mode, and he sounds great when he does so. I wish he'd do it more with Queen.

I'm amazed at what good fit George Michael was, at least on stuff like "Somebody To Love." His tone and phrasing are actually the most Freddie-like of any of the tribute singers.

Would I pay to see them? We'll never know. Weirdly, they are not coming to Denver. :dunno

These guys are just happy to play and get paid....
Yeah. No ****. :facepalm
 

vladorg

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Saw the show in Merriweather Post Pavillion and Adam Lambert killed it. The whole band was super tight and the vocal harmonies were spot on - both Roger and Brian May also sang great. The only parts I didn't care for were the drum duel Roger did with his son and May's guitar solo. Highly recommend seeing the show though.
 

John 14:6

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Just watched a couple of video's. It sounds like somebody doing Ethyl Merman doing Queen. Just no.
It is pretty horrible sounding. They even play video recordings with Freddy Mercury still singing some of the classics. A game show singer fronting Queen. That is too funny. It is amazing how easily swayed by hype and nostalgia people are these days.
 
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