We Will Rock You intro
Hammer to Fall
Stone Cold Crazy
Another One Bites the Dust
Fat Bottomed Girls
Don’t Stop Me Now
I’m in Love With My Car
Get Down, Make Love
I Want It All
Love of My Life
Somebody to Love
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
I Want to Break Free
Who Wants to Live Forever
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We Will Rock You
We Are the Champions
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After touring on and off with Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor for six years, Adam Lambert still finds it necessary to explain himself to die hard fans unable to accept anyone in place of the late Freddie Mercury.
“I am going to say this right now because I know there are fans who are like ‘Well, it’s not Freddie Mercury.’ This is true. And guess what, there will only be — for all of time — one Freddie Mercury. I am lucky and honored to stand in front of audiences with these legends and keep these songs being performed live. So thank you for giving me a chance,” Lambert told the crowd that packed the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday night.
For many, no explanation is necessary, and Lambert does a remarkable job filling Mercury’s platform shoes.
Lambert, who was just 9 years old when Mercury died in 1991, honors his predecessor, but never resorts to mimicry. His vocals reveal modern R&B and hip hop influences, which give the classic rock songs a slightly different feel, while retaining their power and beauty.
Queen + Adam Lambert, as they are billed, took the stage to the strains of “We Will Rock You,” and offered proof of that promise as they launched into the May-penned “Hammer To Fall” from Queen’s 1984 album “The Works.” It was followed a heartbeat later by the metal-tinged “Stone Cold Crazy.”
Taylor, who anchored the night, shared vocal chores with Lambert on “Under Pressure,” the band’s 1991 collaboration with the late David Bowie. He soloed on “I’m in Love with My Car.”
May justified his rock guitar god status with a scorching guitar solo that closed “Fat Bottomed Girls.”
Later, he performed a moving solo acoustic rendition of “Love of My Life” with an image of Mercury on the giant stage screen at the song’s close.
Mercury offered two performances through archival footage: A clip of him singing “Day-Oh” from a 1986 performance at London’s Wembley Stadium, and a portion of his rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from its promotional music video.
The concert staging and screens also resurrected the giant robot whose image graced the cover of the band’s 1977 album “News of the World.” Painted by “Astounding Science Fiction” artist Frank Kelly Freas, the robot made frequent welcome appearances during the night.
Complementing the high-tech staging was a top-flight laser show, which was effectively used with a soaring performance of “Who Wants to Live Forever.”
Queen + Adam Lambert closed the night with the anthemic “We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions.”