01. We Will Rock You
02. Hammer to Fall
03. Stone Cold Crazy
04. Tie Your Mother Down
05. Another One bites the Dust
06. Fat Bottom girls
07. Killer Queen
08. Don’t Stop Me Now
09. Bicycle Race
10. I’m in Love with My Car
11. Get Down Make Love
12. I Want it all
13. Waltzing Matilda/Love of My Life
14. Somebody to Love
15. Crazy Little Thing Called Love
16. Drum Battle
17. Under Pressure
18. A Kind of Magic
19. Whataya Want From Me
20. I Want to Break Free
21. Who Wants to Live Forever
22. Guitar Solo
23. Radio GaGa
24. Bohemian Rhapsody
25. We Will Rock You
26. We Are the Champions
Queen + Adam Lambert prove they still can rock you at Adelaide Entertainment Centre concert
Queen + Adam Lambert | Adelaide Entertainment Centre | February 27 and 28
THERE was only one Freddie Mercury, the new frontman for Queen tells the audience, almost apologetically. Fortunately for us — and for remaining original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor — there is also one Adam Lambert.
The American Idol runner up and solo artist is a perfect fit for the English group, with a stratospheric vocal range that sends shivers down the spine, and an outrageously macho-camp stage persona that picks up where Mr Mercury left off.
Yet Lambert is no impersonator, thank heavens. While he sticks to the melodies Queen fans know by heart, he adds his own vocal flourishes and stylings to the mix, and takes costuming to the next level with more outfit changes than Dita Von Teese.
Queen also takes concert staging into fresh territory for this tour, styled for the 40th anniversary of its News of the World album.
The semicircular video screen which envelops the stage begins to shake violently to the thunderous sound of approaching footsteps before a giant mechanical hand appears to burst through and reach out to grab the crowd.
A pulse-like line on the video screen followed the unmistakeable bassline of Another One Bites the Dust, with Lambert getting particularly funky with his phrasing on the final verse.
May took the spotlight for growling guitar intro that led into the vocal chorus of Fat Bottomed Girls, with Lambert urging all his “fat-assed bitches” to “get on your bikes and ride” before leaving the stage.
In a stage prop moment worthy of Spinal Tap, Lambert reappeared in a fuchsia suit sitting atop a giant model of Frank’s robotic head as it rose out of the guitar neck shaped catwalk floor, its moving eyes glowing in matching colour, to the tune of Killer Queen.
Don’t Stop Me Now, the singer then implored, as the video backdrop erupted with concentric circle graphics from the Jazz album cover, before he hopped on a floral-decorated tricycle to join the Bicycle Race as those aforementioned girls circled on the screen overhead.
The screen lit up like red light district windows for a brief version of Get Down, Make Love, then some vocal-guitar interplay between Lambert and May, before the anthemic I Want It All brought any audience members still sitting to their feet.
May was then joined by Lambert and Taylor on a stripped-down drum kit for a soaring Somebody to Love and somewhat slowed-down Crazy Little Thing Called Love, before Taylor performed a drum “duet” battle with percussionist Tyler Warren at the rear of stage.
Lambert even got to perform one of his solo hits, Whataya Want From Me, which got a huge response from the crowd, before another classic Queen singalong in I Want To Break Free.
Then Freddie’s ethereal voice rang out as lasers beamed through the darkened arena with Take My Breath Away, and Lambert rose from the catwalk to do just that with an absolutely angelic, skyscraping rendition of Who Wants to Live Forever.
Then Lambert re-emerged wearing a crown, gold cape and silver leather for the inevitable finale, a stomping, clapping We Will Rock You and triumphant We Are The Champions, sending a delighted audience home in a shower of white confetti.
Queen performs again at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, February 28.