411Music is kicking off end of year list season with a countdown of the best live acts of 2018, but this list comes with a very important disclaimer.
Disclaimer: This list is only made up of acts I have seen in person, so obviously some your favourite acts will be missing
It’s no radical insight to say that Adam Lambert is revelation. Brian May and Roger Taylor credit the singer with reviving Queen and the front man’s brilliance lies in his ability to “do a Freddie” without actually doing a Freddie. Rather than mimicking Queen’s legendary frontman, Adam almost sends him up, blowing Queen’s eccentricities up and allowing the audience to both laugh and indulge in the preposterous nature of it all. May and Taylor are rock solid and still play magnificently, while Adam is outrageous and playful as he celebrates an incredible hard rock legacy. There are genuinely tender moments as Brian May takes the stage alone for “Love Of My Life”: he leads the crowd in song before Freddie’s ghost eventually appears for a heartbreaking finale. There’s plenty of bite to match the sentimentality however, “Stone Cold Crazy” still kicks like a mule and “Bicycle Race” remains one of the most barmy creations to get an airing on a corporate arena stage. Ultimately though, this is a Queen show and it’s about giving the people what they want: spectacle, showmanship and hits, glorious hits. They more than deliver, making Queen the perfect Christmas time show – they could take this show on the road until the end of time.