The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story
01:21:40 | 04/29/19 | TV-PG | CC
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.
The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story is produced by Simon Lupton and Jim Beach for Miracle Productions, and Matt Lombardi is executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions.
Review: Adam Lambert, Queen amazing on ‘The Show Must Go On’ documentary Special
On April 29, the highly-anticipated music documentary “The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story” aired on ABC, and it was extremely well done.
This film highlights Adam Lambert’s journey from his childhood to his rise to fame while competing on the hit reality competition, American Idol. That was where he met Queen for the first time, and Brian May admitted that there was “instant chemistry” when they played together on the show. Their journeys intertwined over the years following American Idol and Lambert’s solo career.
The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story featured commentary from Joe Jonas, Simon Cowell, Lambert’s parents, as well as Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek and music editor and journalist Lyndsey Parker. Parker noted that Lambert being in a different time was able to take advantage of the doors that Freddie Mercury opened for him.
Lambert admitted that he initially felt intimated singing somebody else’s songs from a beloved band yet he was stoked to sing them, and fortunately for the world’s sake, we are glad he took that chance. When Queen and Lambert first performed in America at the iHeartRadio Festival that’s when the classic rock band noticed that “magic” was starting to happen.
Queen noted that iHeartRadio played a big role in how they were perceived in America, and Brian May described Lambert as giving them a “blood transfusion” at the time, where it felt good to have “young blood” in the band.
In this two-hour documentary, viewers had the chance to get to know Adam Lambert on a more intimate level. He was bold, unapologetic, driven and talented. Throughout his journey, he stayed true to himself, and along with his rise as a solo artist, he found his home as the new front-man of Queen.
Veteran drummer Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) shared that being a “flamboyant, great, wild frontman” is exactly what one needs to front Queen, and rightfully so.
The film indicated that the Academy Award-winning movie Bohemian Rhapsody helped expose Queen’s music to a younger generation, where they are hearing their music for the first time. At the same time, Lambert helps bring a whole new fanbase, so it is a match made in musical heaven.
Both remaining Queen band members had nothing but the greatest remarks about Adam Lambert. Brian May praised him as a “stupendous” talent, while Roger Taylor described him as the “best singer around,” and stated that he does not know anybody that can “outsing him.”
Overall, this is a music documentary that will make one cry for joy. It pays homage both to the iconic group Queen, it honors Adam Lambert for revitalizing the band, and it celebrates the life, career and legacy of late front-man Freddie Mercury. It is recommended for all fans of Queen and Adam Lambert. The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story deserves a standing ovation and it garners five out of five stars.
In other Lambert news, he served as a celebrity guest mentor of the American Idol contestants on April 28, where the theme was “Queen Week.”
Fresh from mentoring our Idols last night follow @adamlambert’s epic journey from Idol hopeful to lead singer of @officialqueenmusic. The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story premieres TONIGHT at 8|7c on ABC.