Watch “The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” Monday, April 29 8|7c
By Jim Donnelly | Apr 19th, 2019
The two-hour documentary The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story airs Monday, April 29, on ABC. On the heels of Queen and Adam Lambert’s show-stopping opening performance at the Oscars® on Sunday, Feb. 24, Lincoln Square Productions has acquired the U.S. television rights to a documentary from Miracle Productions on the iconic band and their new regular frontman, Adam Lambert. Produced by Jim Beach and acclaimed writer and filmmaker Simon Lupton, “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story” airs MONDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, prior to Queen and Lambert’s already sold-out July/August 2019 U.S. Rhapsody tour. Be sure to watch on the ABC app from your smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), computer on ABC.com and connected devices (Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV).
With rare concert footage and exclusive, revealing portraits of the band members offstage, “The Show Must Go On” chronicles Queen and Lambert’s incredible journey since they first shared the stage together on “American Idol” in 2009. From his humble beginnings and meteoric rise on reality TV to now standing center stage as lead singer of Queen + Adam Lambert, the documentary features brand-new interviews with Lambert, his parents Leila and Eber, and Queen founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor, as well as Golden Globe® and Oscar® winner for Best Actor “Bohemian Rhapsody”‘s Rami Malek, and Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins.
Queen remain vanguards of rock in the 21st century. They scored their first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980 and soared through that decade performing in stadiums, including their landmark 1985 performance at Live Aid which was seen by 3 billion people worldwide. Freddie Mercury died of AIDS in 1991, and a star-studded tribute concert the following year was thought to be the conclusion of Queen live.
“The Show Must Go On” simultaneously follows the ensuing 27 years. Lambert, starting at the age of 10, is beginning to come of age, discovers his love of music and finds a voice of his own while, across the pond, the surviving members of Queen see their songs remain staples with DJs, in clubs, in theatres around the globe with their hit musical, “We Will Rock You,” and in movies. Lambert and Queen intersected in spectacular fashion when Lambert first performs with the band, singing “We Are the Champions” as one of only two finalists on Season 8 of “American Idol.” The public reaction was remarkable and first seeded the idea that perhaps Lambert might become a permanent fixture in the Queen family. In 2012, Queen + Adam Lambert was born. To date, Queen + Adam Lambert have performed together in nearly 200 sold-out shows in arenas and stadiums across the world.
First Look: ABC’s Queen + Adam Lambert Special Airs On April 29
“The Show Must Go On” will air from 8-10PM EDT on April 29.
This past winter, ABC confirmed plans to air an upcoming special called “The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story.”
The two-hour broadcast airs at 8PM EDT on April 29. Ahead of the airing, ABC shared a collection of production photos.
“With rare concert footage and exclusive, revealing portraits of the band members offstage, ‘The Show Must Go On’ chronicles Queen and Lambert’s incredible journey since they first shared the stage together on ‘American Idol’ in 2009,” says the official press release. In addition to the concert and behind-the-scenes footage, the special will feature interviews with Lambert, his family, members of Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” star Rami Malek and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
The first-look photos follow (courtesy ABC and Miracle Productions):
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has made nearly $1 billion so far
Fans will be able to get stuck into more visual Queen theatrics when a documentary about Queen and Adam Lambert airs in the US later this month.
The two-hour film, The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, is to be shown on ABC on April 29 and will follow the band’s ongoing collaboration with Adam Lambert.
Lambert, who opened the 2019 Oscars by performing with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, has toured regularly as lead singer of the band since 2011.
The Movie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has made nearly $1 billion (£760 million) taking in box office receipts of over $900 (£687 million) around the world.
The Oscar-winning Queen biopic generated $901 million (£688 million) internationally, according to Variety. Of those figures, it has been a huge hit in Japan where it has grossed $114 million (£87 million), a further $76 million (£58 million) in South Korea and in the United Kingdom where it has brought in returns of $71 million (£54 million).
The ticket sales show a huge return for the biopic, which itself only cost Fox $50 million (£38.2 million) to make.