02. Hammer to Fall
07. Two Fux
09. Bicycle Race
10. I’m in Love with My Car
11. Get Down, Make Love
16. Drum Battle
19. Take My Breath Away / WWTLF
20. Guitar Solo
Queen finds new king in singer and frontman Adam Lambert
Review: Performance offers the right mix of bombast, camp and rock with Lambert on the bill.
At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, God did not save Queen. But Adam did.
That’s Adam Lambert, the “American Idol” runner-up from 2009. In 2012, he joined up with two remaining members of the British rock band Queen, which had pretty much disappeared after the 1991 death of singer Freddie Mercury, for some concerts. Now they have rebuilt the band to surprising heights, drawing more than 15,000 people to jam-packed Xcel Energy Center on Friday and filling arenas around the world.
In 2005, Queen tried a comeback with singer Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. His performances were workmanlike, the shows unexciting. The arrangement was short-lived.
Then along came Lambert, the best thing to happen to Queen since the 1992 film “Wayne’s World” featured the band’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” introducing its ambitious prog-rock to new generations.
On Friday, Queen + Adam Lambert, as the group is officially billed, was the right combination of bombast, camp and arena rock, with the kind of delicious excess to thrill Queen fans young and old.