Saturday/ Queen + Adam Lambert

It’s the 40-year anniversary of ‘News of the World’ and the giant robot (from was a painting by American sci-fi artist Frank Kelly Freas) was featured in the concert.

We went to a Queen* concert on Saturday night here in Seattle’s Key Arena.  Adam Lambert (he’s from Indianapolis) stands in for Freddie Mercury these days – not an easy task by any means, but he did just fine. If anything, he brings a little George Micheal ‘look’ and persona to the stage.  I really liked Lambert’s glamorous and glittering outfits!

*Of the four original band members, 60-somethings Brian May (lead guitar, vocals) and Roger Taylor (drums) remain.  In the original band, Freddie Mercury did lead vocals and piano, and John Deacon bass guitar.

As for the songs, of course the crowd-pleasers were there: We Will Rock You, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody, Under Pressure, as well as a few songs that I did not know.   My favorite song was actually the closing one, played at the end of the encore: God Save the Queen.  A lot of glitter from the rafters filled the arena, and that was the signal to go home.

[Picture from the Seattle Times]. Here’s Adam Lambert, with Brian May on the guitar.
The view from where we were sitting, with the mirror ball being put to great effect. That’s Adam Lambert on the far right, and Brian May playing guitar.  There were many spectacular variations of the stage and the lighting.  A few times footage of Freddie Mercury was shown. one blended with Brian May playing guitar, live.
The concert is closing, and toward the end of the rendition of God Save the Queen the glitter came down. The song has long been played at the close of Queen concerts, and Brian May performed it on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s golden jubilee in 2002.

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