Queen + Adam Lambert reign supreme as TRNSMT goes rock with The Xcerts, Mason Hill, Hunter & The Bear, The Temperance Movement and Texas
Queen + Adam Lambert (★★★★★) make other bands look lazy. The hit rate is phenomenal.
Ridiculously overblown rock classics pretty much from start to finish. Keeping it old school with opener ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’ then come ‘Play the Game’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and ‘Bicycle Race’ in quick succession. It’s exciting, exhilarating and infectious, these are anthems built for stadiums and festivals. Big life affirming celebrations of excess and rock grandeur, matched by a huge theatrical production with lazers, smoke, giant robots, disco balls, hydraulic platforms and a pink tricycle.
For such an astounding, technical guitarist, Brian May always looks so calm and composed as he reels off classic riffs and glorious solos. Adam Lambert knows how to work a crowd, it’s cheeky, funny and a little bit saucy but his voice is outstanding. Crisp, clear and powerful it’s exactly what’s needed to bring such massive tunes to life. There will always be pedantic purists who whinge about lineup changes and authenticity but Queen openly acknowledge this is a new chapter. Everyone misses Freddie Mercury and there are tributes and video footage throughout the show. What’s great about Lambert is that he never tries to impersonate Freddie but there’s something about his performance that captures his spirit, flamboyance and showmanship. Roger Taylor also gets his time in the spotlight as a drum kit pops up at the end of the runway for a drum battle and to share vocals on ‘Under Pressure’.
May takes centre stage for a 10 minute guitar solo before ‘The Show Must Go On’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ ended their main set in truly epic style. The encore of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’, with its handclaps and huge singalong choruses, surely reverberated through the tower blocks that dominate the skyline across the Clyde, the majesty of rock writ large across Glasgow Green.